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Thank you Cards

Friday, June 8th, 2012

This is the last post on my wedding crafts! I hope you have enjoyed them and I did not bore you too much with the details!

The tradition in Catalonia is that as soon as you receive a wedding present you send a business card saying thank you. We did our own business cards with the wedding logo and our names on it and then we send them in the same envelopes used as the RSVP and with a stamp we had made ourselves.

In Ireland normally you send the thank you cards after the wedding since a lot of people give you presents even after you get married!!!!!I find this strange since our guests from Catalonia even gave us presents two months before we got married!!!

In the thank you cards you normally put photographs from the wedding. I had a lot of menu cards left over so what I did was to use them as thank you cards. We changed them a little bit.  We removed the big shell from the front and we changed it with small shells. Inside we had several photos from our wedding in one side and the other side was free for writing the thank you! We wrote personalise things to everybody I hate generic thank yous!!! Plus our guests had taken time to come all the way to Spain for our wedding, they deserved to mention that little memory you had of them or that little explanation on what you would do with their present!


Saturday, May 26th, 2012

My mother in law made the corsage flowers the day before the wedding. They looked gorgeous. They were made with orchids to match my bouquet. They were very nice and simple they were made with three short pieces of rushes (an Irish plant that grows in bog land) and one orchid. My husband had two orchids to stand out from all the others. I have to say that they were matching so well my bouquet I loved them!

Table Decoration

Monday, May 14th, 2012

The florist from the venue decorated with flower arrangements the tables at the reception. She used a variety of white flowers that suited very well the restaurant since the room is all black.  Although I knew that the place was going to look good with the flower arrangements we wanted to bring the sea into the reception room as well. In order to do this we made arrangements for each table made from shells. It was quite easy to do this and very effective. We used as a base of wicked sticks and then we glued to them different shells. Since each table had instead of numbers names of shells/starfish, each arrangement had featured in larger numbers the shells that were belonging to that table. For example on the table that was called “Scallop” they had more scallops than the other tables.

Representing each table we had a photo of the shell and its name up high for people to know where to seat. Also each table had a big version of the shell/starfish that represented each table. We placed them in high old glass/silver candle holders or high plastic boxes so people could see them easily, so they would know where to seat.

The main table was a big round table for my immediate family and my husband’s. At the edge of the circle that was facing the guests we had a fish net with lots of shells and starfish. This net was going from the top of the table down to the floor. On the floor where the fishing net was finishing there were lots of white rose petals.


It was important to me that all the shells featured at the wedding were shells that were coming from beach combing or from different projects from my lab. The only shells we had to buy were the big ones representing each table and some saddle oysters. I was not very happy about this but I made sure to buy them in reputable shops. As a matter of fact some of them were even replicas of the real animal!

Since it was important for me that everybody would know this we made cardboard cards explaining this and we placed them in each table




The seating cards were napkin rings. They were made of saddle oysters and children’s bracelets. Years ago my mum and dad had gone on holidays to Cambodia and they had bought a bunch of bracelets that some children were making on the street. The bracelets were made to the size of those children’s arms so they were very small. We made holes on the saddle oysters and put the bracelets trough them! Then with a brown permanent marker my mum wrote the names of the guests. I was not allowed to do it, my writing is atrocious!  My husband said people would not understand their own names!

In the children table we could not have napkin rings since most of our children could not read so we had transparent cubes with photographs of each guess running between fish or else coming out of a big fish mouth!


My mum and I made the menus for the reception. They were simple white cardboard cards that had a rectangular at the front made with the white fibrous and blue papers from the invitation. On top of the square we glued the shell that represented each table. Each menu was in the language of each guest. For the list of snacks we draw a big fish and we put the list of snacks inside.




Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

We wanted a photographer that could capture our day in a natural way. We never liked photos that we had to pose so we wanted something more like a photo documentary I guess. We had the added problem that half of the guests were speaking English so it was important that the photographer could communicate with them all. We chose for this task Karel Noppe.  He did a brilliant job. Himself and his wife are wonderful people that made you feel relax in front of the cameras in seconds. He had great ideas and he took excellent photos of our day. We both are so pleased with the album it looks brilliant!


Friday, April 20th, 2012

We wanted some music matching with a relax and fun ceremony.  We did not want the typical classical music! I found this brilliant a cappella group on my space, Les Sixters . As it turned out one of them was one of my piano teachers from years ago and the others were teaching in the music school I attended.

They were amazing! Everybody was absolutely astonished with their songs! I used their version of “Mediterraneo” (Joan Manel Serrat) to go down the aisle. I have to say that their version is much better than the original one!  They sang in different languages, Portuguese, Basc, some African language, Catalan, Spanish!!! Multicultural songs for our multicultural wedding!

During the snack food we had a group of jazz playing. It was so lovely to hear them in the background while everybody was chatting away and enjoying the weather!

For the dance we had the D.J. from the venue. I must say that he was great. He brought everybody out on the floor dance!



Sunday, April 8th, 2012


The flowers were in keeping with the wedding theme. Every arrangement was very natural and they could be flowers that you would find in your garden or in a park. Everything had a touch of blue, to remind you again of the sea! The flowers were done by La tija they did such a great job!

We had two main flower arrangements behind the table where we got married and then one on the table. The flowers were beautiful, they had a lot of greenery, ivy, wild roses, and a lovely touch of blue with Delphinium.

There were two arrangements in two tree meshes and one on the well. They all looked fabulous. However, my favourite arrangement was the one the florist created between a poplar tree and the area where we got married. The florist set steel wires that were stuck on the ground and were about one metre high. At the tip of the wire there were flower arrangements. They were so nice since they were moving on the wind! This was a great idea since it was perfect to divide the garden from the area that we were getting married.


Monday, March 26th, 2012

Preparing the ceremony took a lot of effort! We wanted a civil ceremony but we did not want the typical 5 minute ceremony that is common in Spain/Ireland. This meant that we had to write everything that we wanted to be said to make it nice and personal. Also we had the added problem that the ceremony had to be in two languages! We did not want to have one person translating absolutely everything because it would have been too long and tiresome!

The official person marrying us was a friend of my Dad from his home town. He did an absolutely brilliant job! We wanted a funny, relax, and personal ceremony and he was able to do all this! He followed to perfection all the things we had asked him to say and he added nice bits to it. The English part was done by my brother in law. He was excellent. He read to perfection everything we gave him! We did not want a complete translation. So what we did is that for instance, when the Catalan person would talking about love, then the one doing the English would talk about love too. But not necessary translating it, but reading something related.

The readings were not sappy romantic stuff. We did not want this sort of things! The Catalan reading was read by a friend of mine and was about how love is like building a house. The one in English was about how love is like having a dog. It was very funny!  I got this reading from the off beat bride.

During the ceremony my sister and my sister in law explained and read things about the unity candle ceremony. This is something we do not do in Catalonia so we needed an explanation. I found nice readings about this ceremony that were read in both languages.

A lot of the ceremony structure and readings I had for the Catalan and English persons officiating the ceremony were from several web sites or from these two books:

Els dies més grans, propostes i textos per a un ceremonial civil from Joan Surroca i Sens

The Humanist Philosphy with an Irish guide to non-religious ceremonies from Dick Spicer and Ellen Sides.

Flower Girls and Page boy

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

My mum did a super job for the flower girls and page boy outfits. She made them all herself from scratch.

She used wild blue silk that we bought in NY years before in a whole sale store in the design district. In this same area we bought little flowers that my mum used to do the hair bans for the girls. This shop is an absolutely treasure for crafters you can find amazing stuff. Here we bought as well some fringes made of shells that were added to the outfits. This incredible shop is: Tinsel trading

Here are the fringes

The girl’s dresses were longer at the back than at the front and had pieces of tulle cut in triangular shape to match my dress. The page boy had a mao shape blouse with cream trousers.


Friday, March 2nd, 2012

My passion has always been the sea so the whole wedding theme was Sea oriented. For the favours, I thought it would be nice to do something that represented my husband passion, computers! So we gave to each guest a mouse mat. We designed the mats ourselves. Each mat had a photograph of the undersea and had all the shells featured in our wedding. Also it had a globe with arrows pointing the countries where we are from and a big Thank you in both languages. We got this done in UK in a company called Cherry thing.

The mouse mat was presented inside of a pocket that was made of blue cardboard and stitched with sawing machine with gold thread. Then around the pocket there were two different blue strings (in raffia) that were attached to the cardboard with a label with our wedding logo (three stars and our initials)


Saturday, February 18th, 2012

We wanted to welcome all our guests with a big smiley photograph.  A few weeks before our wedding we got our wedding photographer to take a few photos of us by the sea. We choose one of them and we made a big poster with it. We attached the poster to sign post just outside our wedding venue. At the top of the poster we had the words welcome! We thought it would be a nice way to welcome every body.

We also used this same poster to welcome people at the airport!