The Cheap Chic Couple

(Or How To Enjoy The Finer Things In Life Without Breaking The Bank)

Handmade Wedding Invitations January 15, 2008

In our household, green is really good, and we reduce, reuse, recycle and refuse as much as we can. So, what better way to incorporate this aspect of our lives into our wedding than to handmake our own wedding invites from recycled paper?

I had so much recycled paper due to my line of work that I got into papermaking as a hobby. I guess it made me feel better knowing that although I was cutting so many trees down, I was using them in a good way. It’s one of the ways I reuse and recycle. I save practically every scrap of paper I get my hands on – the unprinted borders on white paper, glossy magazines, direct mail pieces- and I turn them into handmade paper crafts.

These are just a few of the things I’ve come up with over the past several months:
PRESSED FLOWER PANEL – I took some of the petals from the bouquet Corey gave me for our 1st anniversary, embedded them into the paper when I was making it and weighed the sheet down with a heavy book. A new twist on pressed flowers for the incurable romantic!
Pressed Flower Panel
RUSTIC JOURNAL – Corey loves journals, so I made him one using recycled paper. I used a twig and a leather string for the binding, pressed some leaves I found just outside into the “cover”, and used a coconut shell button that fell off one of my handbags and string as a “lock”.
handmade journal
POSTCARDS- I always have ziplocs of “found” items that I initially never know what to do with, and the ladybug just happened to find the perfect spot to land eventually. I drew the coffee mug with that puffy stuff that goes on t-shirt designs to give it an interesting texture. The martini glass, I drew with a regular felt-tipped pen. For texture, I mixed olive green paint into good ol’ Elmer’s glue and dabbed it onto the handmade paper to give the olives a 3-dimensional look.
Ladybug Postcard
Drinks On Me Postcard
I think I should be able to come up with wedding invites that are elegant, reflect our commitment to environmentalism and don’t cost an arm and a leg.Stay tuned to see what I come up with!
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I Handmake My Own Paper- Martha Stewart, Eat Your Heart Out! December 27, 2007

Filed under: handmade paper,journal,postcards — cheapchiccouple @ 12:30 am

In our household, green is really good, and we reduce, reuse, recycle and refuse as much as we can.

That’s how I got into papermaking as a hobby. It’s one of the ways I reuse and recycle. I save practically every scrap of paper I get my hands on – the unprinted borders on white paper, glossy magazines, direct mail pieces- and I turn them into handmade paper craft.

These are just a few of the things I’ve come up with over the past several months:

PRESSED FLOWER PANEL – I took some of the petals from the bouquet Corey gave me for our 1st anniversary, embedded them into the paper when I was making it and weighed the sheet down with a heavy book. A new twist on pressed flowers for the incurable romantic!

RUSTIC JOURNAL – Corey loves journals, so I made him one using recycled paper. I used a twig and a leather string for the binding, pressed some leaves I found just outside into the “cover”, and used a coconut shell button that fell off one of my handbags and string as a “lock”.

POSTCARDS- I always have ziplocs of “found” items that I initially never know what to do with, and the ladybug just happened to find the perfect spot to land eventually. I drew the coffee mug with that puffy stuff that goes on t-shirt designs to give it an interesting texture. The martini glass, I drew with a regular felt-tipped pen. For texture, I mixed olive green paint into good ol’ Elmer’s glue and dabbed it onto the handmade paper to give the olives a 3-dimensional look.

-Dezzi Rae

 

The $7,000 Cheap Chic Wedding Challenge December 21, 2007


They say the average wedding in Southern California costs $33,000.

We are 10 months away from our October 2008 wedding, and the quotes are coming in for wedding cakes, venues, flowers, gowns, what-have-you, and while it’s nowhere near that $33,000 magic number, the one line that goes through my head after a visit with one of these wedding vendors is, “ARE YOU FRIGGING KIDDING ME?!!!”

The mortgage consultant in me – the one who gives clients a stern lecture about taking the cashout from their refinance and putting it towards their daughter’s college fund or putting it back into their homes (great for value appreciation) instead of blowing it on a spiffy sportscar that strokes their egos and nothing more- can’t even comprehend how a couple-unless one of them had a last name like Trump or Hilton- could spend that kind of money on the Big Day. I know it’s the most important day in every couple’s life but $33,000 ? Come on! You can pay the closing costs and the down payment on a starter home. A starter home which would give you major tax deductions, and grow in equity over the years.

Having worked as an ad agency account exec prior to becoming a mortgage consultant, I also had to handle some event planning for my clients. We would do a decent markup on the vendor items, but it’s interesting how the mere mention of the word ‘wedding’ is reason enough for the markups to go through the roof.

So, we decided to take on the $7,000 Cheap Chic Wedding Challenge, of course. But how does one go about having a simple, elegant wedding for $7,000 in Los Angeles ?

I have planned enough successful events in the past to where we can do without a wedding planner. I make handmade paper as a hobby so we will be making our own custom wedding invitations. We just walked through the L.A. Fashion District over the weekend and found a store that would sell us two 50 yard-rolls of tulle for only $60, and 20 yards of gabardine for $1/yard (the vendor was going to charge us the same amount to rent it, but I intend to do something arts-and-craftsy with the runner after the wedding). I found these elegant burgundy floor-length gowns with intricate beadwork for my bridesmaids at $76. Corey found beautifully made black paisley vests ($29) and ivory shirts ($15) that his groomsmen could wear over and over at special occasions, and that was just the start. We didn’t make it down to the Wholesale Flower Mart before they closed but we know we’ll find some really sweet deals there as well.

Will we meet the $7,000 Cheap Chic Wedding Challenge? Who knows, but it’s a lot of fun to try. Plus, it’s one way to ensure that we won’t be up to our eyebrows in wedding debt when we’re pronounced husband and wife!