Thursday, October 16, 2014

More Meaningful Moments - Celebrating Generations - Place Card DressTM




I am delighted to share my proudest project yet! 

We have been working with a Spring 2015 bride who was looking for something special - a more meaningful option for her wedding centerpieces. 

 She had fallen in love with and ordered a custom Place Card Dress for her wedding and wanted to know how we could continue these meaningful accents throughout her reception.

Her custom Place Card Dress: 

Hand-cut rounded edge flowers in satin finish ivory tissue paper, rhinestone mesh embellishments and luxurious ivory satin ribbon.  Finished with personalized metallic silver printed chiffon ribbon and mini place card tags.

Hand-cut rounded edge tissue paper flowers

Satin ribbon details 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/207384042/2ft-place-card-dress-wedding-gown

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During our many personal planning sessions for her Place Card Dress I was touched by all of the special moments she had planned throughout the ceremony and reception with her family.

I suggested that instead of the traditional floral centerpieces, the least economical and echo friendly which die in a few days, I could create a miniature dress for each table representing the generations of wedding dresses in the family and bridal party - remembering the past while celebrating their future!

I received pictures of the 17 wedding dresses of the bride and groom's best friends, siblings, cousins, aunts, parents and grandparents.  

As each photo arrived, I'd squeal in delight immediately running to see what ribbon, fabric, embellishment I had in my huge stash of materials that might work to recreate that special dress and jotted down a million notes and sketches for the next shopping trip!

I will be making 2ft versions of each dress creating the loops of each flower a little larger than the Place Card Dress' flowers so that once the dresses have finished their role as table centerpieces, they will then be gifted to each special friend and family member as a gift from the happy couple and then be used as a special jewelry stand!

Each patented center loop on each flower can be used to hold earrings, bracelets, and necklaces!

A truly "more meaningful gift" made with love in the hopes of creating a "more meaningful moment" at that spring wedding!

Please contact me to find out how we can create a more meaningful moment and gifts for your next event!




Monday, September 29, 2014

More Meaningful Moments Monday - A Super NOVA Wedding - DDOTS Constellation Shadow Art Stationery

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I was contacted back in August by a bride in California interested in our DDOTS Constellation Shadow Art Cards as seating cards for her September 13th wedding.

This would be a very special celebration - the bride and groom each gave up their own last name to create a new family name: NOVA!

The evening's entertainment included two telescopes for star gazing including the assistance of a local astronomer with the star theme sprinkled throughout the family celebration.  

I sent several samples to help visualize colors, finishes and styles.  

Here are some of the custom Nova Wedding Cards I created for this very special occasion - check out our line of event stationery at our Etsy Shop!

The Table Numbers

Instead of traditional table numbers, the couple chose constellations that would be seen in the night sky the evening of their wedding to represent each table at the reception.  Each constellation was created by hammering dots to represent each star - the size depicting the brightness - allowing the light of the room to shine through each table number.  The classical line drawings and the name of each constellation was hand printed and embossed creating a shimmering, permanent finish.

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The Seating Cards
 
The front of each seating card was made matching each guest to their table number including each hand printed name in metallic ink in a font coordinating with the theme of the wedding invitation.




The back of each guest card was hand embossed with the couple's new family name and wedding date - making each personalized constellation card the perfect wedding favor!


The Menu Cards

The seating cards' color represented the guests' chosen entree to assist the catering staff.  I then created special 5X7 menu card for the wait staff as a menu key.  Each hand embossed in metallic silver with the entree, wedding name and date.




The Table Tent Cards


Hand printed and embossed 2.5"X7" folded tented cards with the name of each table.
 

I was delighted to help this brand new family celebrate their new lives together and wish them lots of love, happiness and many more starry starry nights!




Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Virgo Birthday Celebration! - Custom Constellation Place Cards - Handmade by Dorana


A Virgo Birthday celebration!


I was contacted in August about designing constellation place cards for a birthday celebrating a Virgo!  

The guest list was a manageable 25 and after a little brainstorming we came up with the idea of getting all of the guests' birthdays and create each place card personalized with their own sign of the Zodiac!  

With just a couple of days to make the deadline for Canada delivery, I quickly "hammered" - LOL- through the order creating the stars of each guests' Zodiac sign constellation and hand embossing each hand carved Greek Illustration onto the cards.  It felt like I zoomed right through the task.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/200437324


I began to practice scripting out the guests names and was tested by the uniqueness of many!  The resulting practice page created beautiful patterns.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/200437324

The result was a very beautiful collection of unique names and oddly similar signs!                                        

  https://www.etsy.com/listing/200437324https://www.etsy.com/listing/203896975

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I was thrilled to get a lovely thank you note from the buyer and photos of the birthday party!  

"Thank you so much for making our event so special with the place cards. Everyone loved them and it was great holding them up to the candles to make out the constellations. The colours went great with our overall theme.

Everyone treasured them and took them home!
"


Contact us to create your own custom Constellation Party Stationery!








Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Introducing: The Guest Book & Place Card WallTM


https://www.etsy.com/shop/EventsHandmade?section_id=14964934

The Guest Book & Place Card WallTM
** The Place Card DressTM and Place Card & Guest Book WallTM Patent-Pending
Handmade Events by Dorana © 2013 - 2014


  • Choose a Meaningful Mural or Monogram
  • Choose 4ft, 5ft, 10ft Wide by 7ft Tall
  • Convert to Guest Book & Place Card Wall
  • Choose Custom Cards & Tags
  • Personalized Satin or Chiffon Ribbons
  • Self-Standing Mural/Room Divider OR Custom Favor Wands
In the ever-growing extravagance that weddings, birthdays, and rights of passage have become, the ONE element that often goes without much flair, personality or "wow" factor:

The Place Card Table.

The traditional Place Card Table, with classic tent cards (usually dressed up business cards!) self standing with generic names and table numbers, do little to set the tone of your event or reception.  

We recently attended a wedding where it was the FIRST thing that guests saw upon arrival at the venue!

Imagine having another opportunity to create an unforgettable event that will have EVERYONE TALKING!

Personalize YOUR Place Card Table and leave a memorable impression on your guests with your very own custom  

Looking for a fresh alternative to the common event d├ęcor?  Let us create a custom PuffScape Mural or Monogram as the backdrop to your ceremony or event.   

First date in the city?  

Proposal at the beach?   

Met in college?   

Our artist can paint with puffs and recreate the New York Skyline, a gorgeous sunset at the pier, or your college mascot as the backdrop to your ceremony or reception – a perfect background for group photos!   

After your wedding, take your special mural home and use it to decorate your family room, nursery or use as an amazing headboard.
  

Each mural is created by hundreds of handmade tissue paper flowers that each have a patent-pending core that are transformed into Guestbook & Place Card Holders, a more meaningful moment!
  •   GUESTBOOK WALL after your custom monogram or mural panel is used as your ceremony backdrop, the self-standing frame with optional caster wheels can be moved to the cocktail area where it will double as the "Photo Booth" background and transformed into the GUESTBOOK! 
    • Attach customized postcard-sized cards with personalized ribbons where each guest can leave personal messages to the bride and groom that can be read on their first anniversary!
  •  PLACE CARD WallTM - the custom PLACE CARD TAGS & RIBBONS replace the Guestbook Cards.


    • CHOOSE HANDCRAFTED CARDS or luxurious tags  & PERSONALIZED RIBBONS - choose from hand-embossed monogram or patterns on delicious paper such as handcrafted, seeded papers or superfine Mohawk tags with a color core and customizable photo on one side and your guests names and table numbers on the other
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    •  SEND US YOUR GUEST LIST - choose to have your guest list preprinted on your choice of cards or tags or handscripted in metallic gold, silver or bronze inks or classic black along with their table number.  
    • PLACE CARD MAP - optional map board of your dress can be created to guide your guests to their alphabetically organized card or opt to appoint a guest of honor to be on hand to help guests locate their special Place Card
 Your custom PuffScape Mural can be created in two ways:

  1. GUESTBOOK/PLACE CARD HOLDER & ROOM DIVIDER:  
    Want to KEEP your MURAL and use it as a ROOM DIVIDER after your wedding?  

    Guests will grab their cards and attached ribbons leaving the dress intact to use as a room divider or accent wall after your wedding! 

  2.  PLACE CARD FAVOR WALL!  Choose to transform each individual flower and Place Card holder into a magical flower wand that duals as a Place Card AND FAVOR! 
Guests will be delighted as they each pull a beautiful handmade paper flower from your breathtaking Place Card Mural allowing them to forever remember the "more meaningful moment" as they take a piece of your wedding backdrop in your choice of colors and accents.


We add extra long 22" personalized ribbons to each wand both at the center and the base of the tissue paper flower, a reusable colorful and eco-friendly acrylic or handmade stainless steel straw as the wand, and a premium jingle bell at the center.

Imagine 200 guests waving their wands with the sweet chime of the bells in the air each time the bride and groom kiss!! 

A BEAUTIFUL photo opp and "more meaningful gift!"




  • CHOOSE:
    • Card or Tags
    • Chiffon or Satin Ribbons - personalize with name, date, favorite quote, wedding song 
    • Acrylic OR Handmade Stainless Steel Smoothie Straws
    • Silver or white jingle bells 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Introducing: The PLACE CARD DressTM

https://www.etsy.com/shop/EventsHandmade?section_id=14960127




** The Place Card DressTM and Place Card & Guest Book WallTM Patent-Pending
Handmade Events by Dorana © 2013 - 2014

Premium fabrics, ribbons, accents and flowers recreate YOUR WEDDING DRESS or perfect event piece!  We transform the skirt of the dress into hundreds of handmade tissue paper flowers that each have a patent-pending core that are transformed into Place Card Holders, a more meaningful moment!
  • Choose your colors & accents
  • Custom Cards or Tags
  • Personalized Satin or Chiffon Ribbons
  • Favor Wands OR Jewelry Stand

In the ever-growing extravagance that weddings, birthdays, and rights of passage have become, the ONE element that often goes without much flair, personality or "wow" factor:

The Place Card Table.

The traditional Place Card Table, with classic tent cards (usually dressed up business cards!) self standing with generic names and table numbers, do little to set the tone of your event or reception.  

We recently attended a wedding where it was the FIRST thing that guests saw upon arrival at the venue!

Imagine having another opportunity to create an unforgettable event that will have EVERYONE TALKING!
Personalize YOUR Place Card Table and leave a memorable impression on your guests with your very own:


https://www.etsy.com/shop/EventsHandmade?section_id=14960127



Your Wedding Dress is the Most Important Dress You'll Ever Own! 

  • REPLICATE YOUR WEDDING DRESS with premium fabric, tissue paper, luxurious accents and custom cards, tags and ribbons
    •  OR have us replicate your mother or grandmother's wedding dress to bring a piece of the past to celebrate your future!

  • CHOOSE HANDCRAFTED CARDS or luxurious tags  & PERSONALIZED RIBBONS - choose from hand-embossed monogram or patterns on delicious paper such as handcrafted, seeded papers or superfine Mohawk tags with a color core and customizable photo on one side and your guests names and table numbers on the other 

https://www.etsy.com/shop/EventsHandmade?section_id=14960127https://www.etsy.com/shop/EventsHandmade?section_id=14960127


  •  SEND US YOUR GUEST LIST - choose to have your guest list preprinted on your choice of cards or tags or handscripted in metallic gold, silver or bronze inks or classic black along with their table number.  
  • PLACE CARD MAP - optional map board of your dress can be created to guide your guests to their alphabetically organized card or opt to appoint a guest of honor to be on hand to help guests locate their special Place Card
Your custom Place Card Dress can be created in two ways:

  1. PLACE CARD HOLDER & JEWELRY STAND:  
    Want to KEEP your dress and use it as a JEWELRY STAND after your wedding?  

    Guests will grab their cards and attached ribbons leaving the dress intact to use as a jewelry holder after your wedding!  Each Place Card is attached with a patented center core that allows earrings, necklaces and bracelets to be attached for safe-keeping! 

  2.  PLACE CARD FAVOR DRESS!  Choose to transform each individual flower and Place Card holder into a magical flower wand that duals as a Place Card AND FAVOR! 
Guests will be delighted as they each pull a beautiful handmade paper flower from your breathtaking Place Card Dress allowing them to forever remember the "more meaningful moment" as they take a piece of your wedding gown in your choice of colors and accents.

We add extra long 22" personalized ribbons to each wand both at the center and the base of the tissue paper flower, a reusable colorful and eco-friendly acrylic or handmade stainless steel straw as the wand, and a premium jingle bell at the center.

Imagine 200 guests waving their wands with the sweet chime of the bells in the air each time the bride and groom kiss!! 

A BEAUTIFUL photo opp and "more meaningful gift!"

https://www.etsy.com/shop/EventsHandmade?section_id=14960127

  • CHOOSE:
    • Card or Tags
    • Chiffon or Satin Ribbons - personalize with name, date, favorite quote, wedding song 
    • Acrylic OR Handmade Stainless Steel Smoothie Straws
    • Silver or white jingle bells 

CREATE YOUR OWN CUSTOM PLACE CARD FORM OR WALL - let us create the perfect Place Card Table by creating a PLACE CARD FORM perfect for your event!




  • Bridesmaid Dresses/Groom 
  • Gift Boxes 
  • Wreaths
  • Animals
  • The possibilities are endless!  ... "more meaningful moments..."