Trends We Love: Personalized Wedding Hangers

Personalized wedding hangers have been around for a while now and there appears to be no end in sight. Not surprising since these wonderful little extras make for some wonderful photos and memories.

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Want to make it even more magical? Have personalized hangers made for your bridesmaids as well.

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Check out Etsy for hundreds more gorgeous, handcrafted wedding hangers.

Feeling inspired to create your own?

by Offbeat Bride

There’s some great DIY tutorials out there for you. Pick up some cheap wooden hangers and get creative. In a world of endless paint colors, ribbon, crystals, and letter decals, you’re only limited to your imagination.

What your thoughts on this trend?

Planning a Disney Fairytale Wedding? Be sure to join us at the Disneymooners to see what wonderful ideas our brides have come up with for their big Disney day!

DIY: Paper Love

When I started planning my wedding, I was overwhelmed with the amount of paper goods that would be needed. It felt as if every time I turned around, I needed to add another item to my list. Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs… and since this was a Disney destination wedding, I felt I needed to also include some sort of planning items to that list.

If you have, even just one ounce of, a creative hand, you can save a lot of money by doing your own wedding stationary and other paper projects. Not to mention, being able to create them just the way you envision them. That may be even more rewarding than the cash saved.

Below are a collection of paper goods photos from my own wedding, held at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn with, of course, a Boardwalk theme. Created by me, in nothing more than Microsoft Word. With the help of the internet for free font and clipart downloads, I was able to style my paper to suit my taste and event theme. For fonts, I love Dafont.com. The majority of their fonts are free for personal use. And they have the beloved Disney font, “Waltograph”. Looking for some Disney clipart? Disneyclips.com and Disney-clipart.com has some really cute designs for the taking. Remember, to use these only for your own personal use.

For the invitation supplies, I used Cards and Pockets. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to do their own invitations. They have a wonderful selection of colors and styles. You can download the templates directly from their website, for free, to get started, which can help greatly to decide which style invitation before you order. Afraid to print them yourself, in fear of tossing the printer off your balcony? Cards and Pockets now offers printing for you. You email them a PDF of your work and they will quote you a price. Their website is really chock full of great tools to help you create your dream stationary.

Next up, I needed to work on programs. Making sure to use the same fonts and colors I used in the invitations, to keep it cohesive. Michael’s Arts & Crafts has a selection of cardstock that would make anyone’s head spin and always have a coupon on their website or on their smart phone app. I went with classic white for mine (4.5 x 6.5).

I scoured the internet to find program inspiration. We are not a serious couple by any means, and this was a very lighthearted event, so the program needed to be fun. I found a great one on Style Me Pretty’s blog and created mine in that same writing style.

On to the guest book. I had decided to do a guest mat so it could be framed and hung in a place of importance in our home. Again, wanting something unique and going with our theme, I chose to create a postcard of our locations instead of a photo. Using a couple of photos I had from previous visits to the Boardwalk, text boxes and Microsoft Word, this design was born. It was mounted onto a colored cardstock and set inside of a guest mat, that can be found at most craft supply stores in their framing department.

We used the existing marble cocktail tables at Disney’s Atlantic Dance Hall so we went with open seating. However, we did want to make sure the wedding party would have tables on the dance floor close to us. Our planner, Carol, told me to make enough “Reserved” signs for the tables we wanted held. These were created using the same paper as the programs.

Since this was a destination wedding, and I have a Disney trip planning addiction, I created a few items to send out to our guests about a month before the wedding. Each guest was sent a packet that included park maps, a “Confirmations” worksheet (to keep their trip itinerary organized) and a “Park Hours” sheet covering the week of our wedding. I also included an “Event Guidemap”. This map included the transportation schedule for our wedding day, a list of important dates, times and locations, and a special message from the bride and groom. I will admit that the map took a little more love and attention with some Photoshop help to get it the way I wanted. This project had the help of Office Max. I printed a master of each and headed straight to the store where they may copies on a nicer heavyweight paper, trimmed down, and even folded the maps for me (which was worth the cost all on its own!).

The whole process was a labor of love but, I enjoyed every minute of it. And each project went through several drafts before going to print. I DIYed most of my wedding but, this was one of my favorite projects.

Important things to remember when using Microsoft Word-

  • Set your page sizes correctly.
  • Always set for borderless printing.
  • Use text boxes and break up your text so you can get the placement you want.
  • Format images and text boxes to “in front of text” so you can layer and place.
  • Have fun! Play around with the settings, word art, fonts, and filters until you find what you’re in love with. You may be surprised at what you can do in Microsoft Word.

My Disneymooner Planning Journal has all my DIY trials and tribulations so, if you’re a Disney bride to be, make sure to join the forums and read all about them.

California Grill to Close for Renovations

It has been recently announced that the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort will close on January 6th, 2013 for renovations. ¬†As of right now, Disney Fairy Tale Weddings says that the California Grill is blocked out until July 20th, 2013 but that date could be pushed back even further.

Disney’s California Grill is home to the Napa and Sonoma rooms. These are popular reception choices for their gorgeous panoramic views of Bay Lake and the Magic Kingdom.

The Napa room is a coveted choice for it’s access to the observation deck which makes the nightly “Wishes” fireworks show, at Magic Kingdom, a magical ending to your Disney wedding.

We’re pretty excited to see what the new California Grill will look like when it’s all finished, how about you?

Trends We Love: Here comes the… braids?

Wedding hairstyles are getting a fun twist this year with braids. And we are loving everything about them!

From prim and polished…

To loose and beachy…

any type of wedding can be complimented with this new trend.

We’re especially fond of creating a faux “tiara” out of a sleek braid.

Tell us what you think of this trend? And, for the Disney brides out there, have you joined our private forums yet? We’d love to hear all about the trends you’ll be showing off on you big Disney day!

Wedding Planning: Printable Worksheets

I am an organization junkie. A trip to Staples is almost as fun as a trip to Disney. So naturally, when I was planning my Disney wedding, I was no different. I had my big pink binder that I filled with picture inspiration, all my DFTW information, notes and worksheets. I found planning a Disney wedding to be a different type of wedding beast. I felt there could be better worksheets designed specifically for Disney weddings. So, I created my own. And today, I’m going to share some of them with you to print for yourself.

So, get your printer and hole punch ready!

First off is the DFTW Contact Sheet. This will be your one stop go-to for anyone you are using through Disney.

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You may also need an Outside Vendor contact sheet. This is a sheet you can use to keep track of other vendors such as cosmetology, outside floral, officiant, photography, etc.

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Organize and keep track of all those lucky guests invited to share in your big day with this worksheet. Here you’ll have their addresses and you can RSVP them for different events you’ll be hosting.

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Get ready for, and keep track of any phone conferences you have with this simple Q&A worksheet. It’ll be easier to keep them organized afterwards than trying to search through note after note.

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Due dates… a DFTW has lots of them! Keep them close at hand with this template.

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General to do list for everything else you’ll need to take care of between now and then.

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And last, but not least, for today. The Wedding Day Survival worksheet. Keep this handy on your wedding day. You’ll be full of 1,000 different emotions that morning, keep important information written down so you won’t be trying to remember everything you need, and what time everything is.

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So, get yourself a 3″ binder, some divider tabs, sheet protectors, and inspiration! Keep yourself organized. It’s a long process with Disney and it can be stressful planning a wedding from so far away. We’ll be bringing you some more printables in the future to help you along.