Save the Date

The time has come to reveal our save the dates!  

As most people know, Matt and I met when he joined my swim team, the Gators, freshman year of high school. We became good friends over the next few years and eventually realized that the feelings we had for each other were more than friendship. We started dating senior year and have been together since.  

When thinking about ideas for our save the dates, I knew that I wanted to do something creative and not very formal. After many brainstorm sessions and prototypes, we eventually decided on an idea. A friend of mine, who I actually swam with  when I was 6-10 years old, created the graphic design for us. It was a relatively painless process that started with a simple idea and ended with more than 100 envelopes delivered across the country.  

I purchased a stamp from Etsy with our address on it. This certainly saved a lot of time when it came to the return address!  

I found stickers (on MAJOR discount) at Michaels and got the idea to put magnetic disks on the back. Our best man insisted that I get a magnetic save the date. Apparently, those are the ones that he is able to hold on to until the actual wedding. While I certainly liked that suggestion, the logistics and cost of putting our own design on a magnetic sheet was too much for me the handle. I decided that giving everyone their own magnet would solve the problem.  


I “up-ed” the creativity level for the guests on our list that Matt and I used to swim with. Instead of the save the date magnets, I made little gators out of clothes pins. I painted them green, drew on a mouth with teeth and googly eyes. I then added magnetic tape to the back and sent them off.  


Matt and I set up an assembly line to put together each envelope.

256 days until the wedding! We hope everyone can make it!

Craft Night in the Brethauer/Englehardt Household

…or apartment-hold.

I have been really frustrated lately. I have a dilemma.

I want to post about all of the amazing crafts that I have been doing lately. They are certainly blog-worthy. The problem is, I don’t want to ruin the surprise. I did that once and it was not a good experience (see previous post).

All of the crafts that I have been doing lately have been wedding related. If I post them, then my wedding guests won’t be surprised when they open the mail, visit our website, or walk into the reception. I need to practice delayed gratification.

At my school, our kids take woodworking once a week for half of the year. All semester long they work on one project. They start with an idea, which is then transcribed to a drawing. They begin to measure and cut their wood. They sand and hammer and nail. Weeks go by before their original idea starts to show in their project. At the end of the semester, they walk out of the classroom with a wooden car, a box or a sculpture. They have a sense of pride in their work and leave the class with an understanding of, and appreciation for, delayed gratification; a rare thing in our word of printers, scanners and virtual rewards. I have been thinking about auditing this course with one of the Kindergarten classes. I think I could learn something…

I have sort of become obsessed with our wedding lately. Good news, it is paying off. Bad new is, Matt gets dragged into crafts and my credit card has been suffering severe beatings from Michael’s craft store.

This past week has been a big week in wedding world. We (meaning my mom and I) made our decision regarding which caterer we are going to use. Check that off the checklist. I also received our “save the dates” in the mail and they will be mailed out by Monday. Check! I started the initial design phase of the invitations, we received the contract for the Inn that my family is saying in, and we made a crucial wedding cake decision. Check, check and check! Man, do I feel good! Just call me David Tutera.

So until next week, I am unable to show you the crafting that I have been doing. After I am confident that everyone has received their save the dates, I will post them here. I can leave you with one idea that we DID NOT use for our save the dates. I was a huge supporter but Matt used his groom veto powers to put a stop to this one. Too bad he didn’t say anything about the blog…

DIY – Thank You Notes

In a previous post, I wrote about my homemade thank you notes. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of them before I mailed them off to the people who generously donated to the Pan Mass. Thankfully, a bunch of people donated to my ride since that post and I just spent the afternoon created new cards and writing messages of thanks to be mailed out tomorrow.

This time I took some pictures of these cards. I think it is pretty impressive what you can do with some craft paper, stamps, markers and stickers.

Again, thank you for all of your generous support. We are closer by the mile in finding a cure for cancer.

40 Dollars Later…

Yesterday after work I headed up to Michaels, which is located on the Upper West Side. This store recently opened, and I think I have already been there 10 times. Yesterday I went in search of vellum paper for a new craft project that I was hoping to do at the hospital next week.

Unfortunately they didn’t carry the paper; however, I was able to find $40 worth of things they did carry that I didn’t even know that I needed! As I walked up and down the aisles, things practically jumped into my basket. I purchases spools of ribbon, a variety pack of foam paper, beads and so much more.

How lucky am I that I decided to make an impromptu trip to Michaels? I am still trying to figure out how I lived before without all of the things I purchased.