Ohnik Studio News / wedding
Yay! So you've picked out your wedding invitation design (a custom-illustrated artwork from Ohnik Studio, perhaps?), chosen your fonts, but now... what do you write on your wedding invitation?
The good news is... you can write whatever you want! It's your wedding, after all. :)
Since your wedding invitation is the first item your guests will receive regarding your wedding, it really sets the tone! For instance, if you and your other half are funny and playful, what not be more whimsical and/or casual with your invitation design and wording, too?
A. Checklist for (typical) information to include on your invitation:
1. Name of bride & groom
2. Day(s) of the week & date(s) of the wedding
3. Address(es) of ceremony and reception venue(s)
4. Whether a drink/meal/dancing will be included
5. Method of RSVP; RSVP deadline
6. Wedding website (optional)
B. Opening Phrase
1. Formal, parents are hosting/paying for the wedding:
2. Formal, parents are hosting/paying for the wedding, with a late parent:
3. Formal, bride & groom are hosting/paying for the wedding:
4. Casual, with families:
_____ Seasonal Fish
Thinking back on our wedding preparations, some of the best memories involved having friends and family over for a barbeque dinner and then a waffles brunch -- our bribe for their labour before and during the wedding. :)
There were also a few nights (right before the big day!) where we had to stay up late and finish a few last minutes crafts (yes... we procrastinated...). Huge thanks to everyone who helped make our day so perfect!
Here are a few super easy DIY crafts we made for the wedding (that saved us lots of money):
*Psst... also check out our other wedding blog: "Help! How do I dye my white veil ivory?"
1. Lace-trim votive candle
Votive candle -- we purchased by the dozen at a craft store
(Fabric) Lace tape -- available at dollar stores and craft stores, or check out this beautiful lace trim on burlap if you want a rustic look.
Put lace tape around the votice candle, cut, repeat. That's it!
2. Air Plant Centrepiece
Though we wanted to use air plants for our guest table centrepieces, we decided against it in the end because green was not one of the wedding theme colours. We have since then made a few of these for ourselves and our friends. :)
Air plant (big gardening store or online)
Moss (in bags, cheaper at craft stores; or online)
Soil (from your own garden or gardening stores)
Stone (dollar stores, your garden, park, beach...)
Glass container (small; available at dollar stores or gardening stores)
1. Put a thin layer of soil on the bottom
2. Neatly arrange moss and stone on top of soil
3. Put air plant in the middle
3. Wedding Program
Ok, I have to admit this was actually not a very easy project... at least for someone like me who has little graphic design experience! Luckily, it wasn't tooo time-consuming (it took me about 4 hours, but this varies depending on what you want to create).
Graphic Design Tools at Canva (a free web resource!)
Thick paper stock (at craft stores, stationery stores or online)
1. Create your wedding program using tools at https://www.canva.com/
2. Save the file as pdf
Tips: If you have a nothing-fancy home printer like mine (or, you can get one with duplex printing function, though many seem to not handle thick paper stock well), experimenting how to print double-sided and fitting two programs onto one piece of paper could take some time.
Here's what I've learned:
1. To fit two programs onto one piece of paper, duplicate the front page image (I did this in the Mac program "Preview")
2. Put all your paper stock into the paper tray, or the feed tray if the paper's too thick
3. In "Print", select "Print 2 images per page", then type in the number of copies you need. (i.e. You'll print all copies of the front page at once)
4. Put your paper stock (now with the front page printed) back in. (*Note: Experiment! Should you put in the paper face down or up? Text to the left or right?)
5. Print the back page (duplicate the back page image, select "Print 2 images per page", and type the number of copies you need).
Good luck and happy crafting! :)
Check out our other wedding blog: "Help, How do I Dye my White veil Ivory?"
One of our favourite customers, Adnan & Lara, are about to celebrate their two-month anniversary! :) Thanks so much for having us draw your unique save-the-date. It was a lovely time working with you two beautiful people!
Here's what they said,
"Evy and Kin, you took what started as a shard of an idea and turned it into this amazing work of art that told our most important story together. We could not have imagined a more brilliant outcome for our save the date! ... and the number of phone calls / emails we received telling us how unbelievable our save the date was really put a smile on our faces each day, a necessary break to the stresses of planning a wedding. I can't wait to work with you two again on the next project requiring such artistic talent.
All our best, Lara & Adnan"
About a year before the wedding, I realized how expensive it was to buy a veil in Vancouver. So, I decided to buy one online on Taobao. (Sadly, you need to be able to read Chinese to use this website.)
There are also many beautiful and reasonably-priced veil on Amazon, like this gorgeous cathedral length veil. Or how about this lace-bordered veil with comb? At less than $20 per veil, you really can't go wrong!
The veil that came was beautiful... just what I wanted, with a lace trim. The only problem was... it was white!! Almost bright paper white... whereas my dress was ivory. My Maid of Honour noticed it right away. While it wasn't a huge issue, I wondered if there was a way I could dye my dream veil into my dream colour -- using a natural dye.
After some help from Dr. Google, I figured I could! What I did was largely based on Miss Gator's and Miss IndianaPRolis's posts. Since I had more than a year to go, and I could always order another veil online, I decided to go for it (though it was still pretty scary!):
Dying Veil with Tea (from White to Ivory):
2 x Lipton Yellow Label Tea Bags
10 cups x Water
1 x Measuring Cup
1 x Stock Pot
1 (or more) x Test Tulle/Fabric (I didn't have a scrap piece of tulle, so I just used a white piece of fabric)
1 x Veil
1. Boil (more than 2 cups of) water.
2. Steep 2 tea bags into 2 cups of boiling hot water (I used a measuring cup... couldn't take risks with my veil!), for 2 minutes. Keep the teabags completely submerged by using a clean spoon (I made the mistake of using a not-so-clean wooden spoon in my first trial... oil started floating to the top. I wasn't going to put my veil in that!).
3. Pour the 2 cups of tea into a large stock pot.
4. Measure 8 cups of cold water. Pour into the stock pot. Mix.
5. Wait a while till the tea is completely cooled.
6. Rinse your test fabric in cold tap water, until it's completely wet (this is important so that the dye is evenly distributed).
7. Put your test fabric into the pot of tea for 2 minutes. Make sure it's completely submerged the whole time (I kept it down with my hands).
8. Rinse your test tulle/fabric in cold tap water so all the excess tea is gone.
9. Gently wring out the water, and hang your test tulle/fabric dry.
10. If the dry test tulle/fabric came out with the colour you want, repeat steps 6 - 9 with your veil. Otherwise, adjust the amount of time you submerge your test tulle/fabric and test again.
11. After you've dyed your veil, hang it to dry. Make sure it's not bunched up or stuck to another piece to ensure an even colour (though if you've rinsed it well enough, it shouldn't make too big of a difference).
**If you have a trim like mine, make sure the trim is laid out as flat as possible, too. I also went back to check on the veil again when it was about half dry to straighten things out (trust me... it's worth it!).
*** A word of caution: after dying (so wetting and drying), the lace trim on my veil needed to be ironed out. The little pieces of threads were never quite as straight as before.
So, on my second try (on a second veil), I made sure the trim as laid out very flat when it was hung to dry. Much better result!! :)
Hanging the veil to dry
Test fabric: before and after
Veil: before and after (first veil)
My Veil from the Back
I was really happy with how it turned out. :)
Don't forget to check out our wedding planning page for tips and advice!
We do beautiful custom-illustrated wedding invitations and save-the-dates. Read testimonials from our happy customers here!
We're so happy to announce that we have played a small part in the engagement of a beautiful couple!
The groom-to-be contacted us... and the rest is history :)
Congratulations, V + E!
Here's what the groom-to-be has to say:
"I recently contacted Ohnik Studio to have a custom piece of artwork drawn up to use as part of my proposal to my girlfriend of 10 years. Needless to say, I was extremely concerned about making sure this piece was perfect.
I did not have an exact design in mind but I had small details that I wanted to ensure were present in the drawing. I left the over-all design and style to Kin to put together. The end result was superb! I can definitively say that I would not have been able to come up with a design as good as what Kin put together. I’m very glad I left that part in his capable hands!
Everything came together on-time and he even made sure the digital file was formatted correctly to ensure that there would be no issues with printing at an external print shop.
In Spring 2014, after a long day teaching at a tutoring centre, I came home to a glorious surprise:
All I could say was, "What? What...? No... really?" He then got down on one knee, and popped the question (not without a tear *ahem twinkle* in his eyes).
I said, "Of course! Yes!" and asked, "How long did it take to do this, taking flowers apart and all?"
The first person with the correct answer (______ minutes, no decimals) in the comments below will receive our digital Quickie Art Save the Date OR Wedding Invitation (a $99 value) for FREE!
*One entry per person (we will contact you by the email address you enter in comments)
*Round to whole number (no decimal)
*If no one gets the exact answer in 3 weeks, the person with the closest answer WITHOUT GOING OVER the correct number of minutes will win (Contest End Date/Time: Oct 9, 2014, 11:59pm).
*This IS transferable, meaning you can GIFT it to a friend!
I never get tired of telling this story... how did you get engaged? Share with us! :)