Monday, November 30, 2009

Bridesmaid jewellery

I've decided on the jewellery for Chantelle. Can't say much about it here as she does read this blog :), but i'll post photos and instructions for making it after the wedding. I'm making her a necklace and bracelet, she can choose whether or not to wear earrings on the day.

I've also got the rest of the crystals for my jewellery set, so will start on the earrings tonight.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Beads bought for my bridal jewellery

I've worked out the numbers of beads i need to make the jewellery set and bought most of them today at Benjamin's Crafts. The pearls i found on Ebay today, they should arrive this week as the seller is from Perth.

I already had:
20x 6mm Swarovski crystals in Clear and Clear AB
20x 6mm Swarovski pearls in Light Cream Rose
4 silver crimps
2 silver earring hooks
seed beads

I bought:
25x 4mm Swarovski crystals in Clear
90cm Tiger Tail in Pearl (i bought 5m)
memory wire in bracelet size
20cm of Sterling Silver Heart chain
36 head pins
240 cream rice pearls (i need 136)

It cost me just under $20 to buy the beads/findings for this project - would cost about $35 in total including what i already had. I can start putting together the earrings this weekend, but need to wait for the pearls to arrive to start the necklace and bracelet.

I just went to string some of the crystals on the headpins and realised that the crystals i bought before were the pendant type, with the hole across the top rather than through the middle, so i'll need to go back to the shop for another $7 worth of beads.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bridal jewellery

Now that my dress is finished and the petticoat almost completed, i've started looking at bridal jewellery. I've found a design online at http://kiwijewels.com/ that i am going to modify for my lariat necklace. They make and sell heaps of different designs on their site, and will make you something to order if nothing suits or you want different colours.

The necklace i'm looking at is on page 2, and is made out of freshwater rice pearls and Swarovski crystals. I don't want to use real pearls though on something i'm only planning to wear for the wedding and may or may not wear again, so instead of buying the real one from them i'm going to make my own version with plastic pearls. I'm also going to modify the tassels at the end of the lariat, to incorporate a beautiful heart chain that I found at Benjamin's Crafts.

I'll also make earrings and a bracelet to match. The earrings are going to be styled like the ends of the lariat. I haven't yet decided on the bracelet design - tossing up between making it with rice pearls on tiger tail (like the necklace), or pearls and crystals hanging off the heart chain (like the earrings). At the moment i'm leaning towards rice pearls on memory wire wrapped around my wrist several times, and finished with a pearl or crystal.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

One way to London!

We've bought our outgoing tickets to London via Rob's Frequent Flyer points. It's becoming rather real now! Very exciting. In about another month's time the flights will be available for our return leg too. We decided to go with the FF points rather than buying a flight over, even though the prices are really low now, purely to keep costs down. We're both struggling a little at the moment. The flight itself is free and we just have to pay the taxes, which look to be $450 each for return :)


I've been doing a little work for our guests (and ourselves) in finding out fun things to do while they're over in the EU/UK. A friend at work mentioned Leeds has an outdoor ice rink around the end of the year... now that's something we just don't have here in Australia (winter in the cities is just too warm for it - they could probably put one near the ski fields but i guess it's not worth the cost, as people would have to travel to it). I looked into it and it turns out the rink doesn't open until after New Years, so no good for most of our guests, but i found there's about 8 rinks in London that open at various times, some in November. Here's a link to a website with all the details. How gorgeous does it look?!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Rethinking Welcome Pack

We were going to do a bottle of bubbly and a bottle of truffle oil, given to each guest on arrival to welcome them to our wedding. I have been rethinking the wine as i mentioned this to a friend who promptly announced she didn't like champagne... which could be the case for some of the others too, i thought, and so we'd have to ask each guest what type (ie bubbly, red or white) and taste (sweet, dry or whatever the medium between the two is called) etc and then try to find unfamiliar Italian wines which matched... eek. So i scrapped that and thought just the truffle oil, plus a map of Rome and Order of the Day.

Now though i've found out that some guests will be heading over early to catch up with friends while others will head over for the wedding then spend time travelling around - and carrying a glass bottle of oil with them from country to may make things difficult for them. So now we'll scrap that idea too.

So what we've got left is a map of Rome, and the Order of the Day. What else can i put in there?

Monday, November 2, 2009

Dress bag completed

After sewing the shoulder pieces on inside out no less than 3 times.... i managed to get it right and have finished sewing my dress bag. I made it out of ripstop nylon (same waterproof fabric used for shower curtains), gave it a 5 inch gusset to allow my dress to fit in easily and a zip along one side. I've sewed ribbons onto my dress and my petticoat to allow them to hang from a regular shirt hanger - the ribbons will be removed when i wear the dress and i'll sew them back on the next day, so they can be hung up again.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Average costs for an Australian wedding

I was reading some real-life wedding stories on Bride to Be this afternoon when i came across the wedding of Amanda and Shaun, who held their wedding on a budget of $15,000. At the bottom of the article, Bride to Be had a breakdown of the cost of the average Australian wedding, which i found really interesting. I've reproduced it below, but changed the Cost column from Amanda and Shaun's costs to ours - exact figures where already purchased and estimates where the item hasn't been purchased. I'd still like to get the total lower though.


Budget Box
.
.
.
Cost
National Average
Engagement ring
$1200
$4461
Pre-wedding parties
$0
$3741
Wedding bands
$600
$2069
Ceremony
$2861
$1526
Reception
$1960
$7614
Decorations
$0
$552
Cake
$0
$317
Flowers
$200
$780
Bride's dress
$402
$1940
Jewellery, Shoes and Accessories
$194
$480
Bride's hair and make-up
$100
$466
Bridesmaid's outfits
$40
$377
Groom's outfit
$100
$480
Groomsmen's outfit
$0 each
$313
Other bridal party and family outfits
$0
$1628
Bomboniere and gifts from couple
$1080
$474
Stationery
$300
$437
Photography
$5800
$1909
Videography
$0
$948
Music
$0
$599
Transport
$100
$537
Wedding night accomodation
$1320
$325
Honeymoon
$14080
$6106
Rehearsal dinner
$1120
.
Perth Celebration
$2192
.
.
.
.
TOTAL
$32,378
$39,114



From the Volume 139 - Feb-Apr 07