First Anniversary Paper Gift Idea

Today is my third wedding anniversary and the gift theme is leather! Not wanting to be cliche about expensive and meaningless gifts I thought it would be fun to stay with the traditional wedding gift themes that were handmade or custom ordered. I’m sharing my year one gift with y’all! The traditional first anniversary gift theme is paper, I searched high and low for the best idea for a thoughtful gift to give to my husband that was’t too feminine or cheesy. I decided on maps cut into hearts of the places ‘We met, He proposed, & We Married.’ Travis and I met at the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, he proposed to me in Riviera Maya, Mexico and we got married in Lucea, Jamaica! The ability to use three completely different maps is what really drew me to this project.

{Texas Craft House} 1st Anniversary Paper Gift Idea

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DIY Destination Wedding Guide for Guests

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I’m sharing how I did my itinerary for my Destination Wedding Welcome Bags! The reason these guides are so important is that they allow guests to enjoy their own vacation outside of your events. I would have never expected my guests to travel like they did and to be at my every whim. It was very important to me that they had more fun than just at the wedding. I found brag books, which are small photo albums, at Michaels for only $1.99.  All it took was a few coupons and a few stops to different Michaels before I got 20 perfect brag books. And all for a good price! 

Fun fact: The starfish on the cover of the brag book is the same kind that I had for my wedding hair clip, which I ordered here! 🙂

{Texas Craft House} DIY Destination Wedding Guide for Your Guests

With the cover being the perfect beach scene, I wanted to be able to print the title of the book ‘Travis & Elisabeth’s Destination Wedding Guide’ as well as the date onto it. I played around with Word and changed the paper size to 4×6 and then printed test sheets which I could easily place over the cover page to see how I needed to edit the size and placement of the wording. I used my favorite font ‘Harrington’ which I used on everything I needed to type up for the wedding. Once I got everything perfect I started inserting the cover page, picture down, into my printer one at a time. Since the cover page was glossy the ink did not dry and simply wiped off like a dry erase board. I ended up having to change my print settings and finally got the ink to soak into the paper. However I did have to let them dry for several days before I could put them back into the front page of the book. It was definitely a lot more work than expected, but they turned out perfectly.

{Texas Craft House} DIY Destination Wedding Guide for Your Guests

With the cover page done I wanted the inside pages to tell my guests everything that they needed to know. The pages are as follows:

1. Thank you note
2. Map of the resort
3. The itinerary
4. List of guests names with a space for their room numbers
5. Restaurants available
6. Pools
7. All inclusive activities available
8. A note to use the photo album for memories

Here are the first pages! For the thank you note, I found some cute verbiage online on bestdestinationwedding.com and I found the map of the resort on the resort website and just printed it to size.

{Texas Craft House} DIY Destination Wedding Guide for Your Guests

For the itinerary I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t planning out my guests vacation, so I chose one activity a day that was still optional for the guests, like dinner together on the first night, a sand ceremony for the night before the wedding, etc. The room number page ended up being the best idea, it helped everyone find each other quickly and you could just pick up the phone and reach each other from anywhere in the hotel.

{Texas Craft House} DIY Destination Wedding Guide for Your Guests

I just copied the information from the resort website for restaurants available, pools, and activities available.

{Texas Craft House} DIY Destination Wedding Guide for Your Guests{Texas Craft House} DIY Destination Wedding Guide for Your Guests

Here’s the finished destination wedding bag with the guide right in front! Do you see how it fit perfectly in the front pocket of the welcome bags?

{Texas Craft House} Destination Wedding Welcome Bags

What would you add in your guide?

{Texas Craft House} Elisabeth

Pashminas for Destination Wedding Favors

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Today I’m sharing the easiest craft I did for my destination wedding. I gave these pashminas to the ladies that were attending my wedding and put them in their Destination Wedding Welcome Bags. I found the idea to give a pashmina on bestdestinationwedding.com as well as the verbiage “To have and to hold and keep you from cold”. This was super easy to do and tied in beautifully with the theme. I found the pashminas on Ebay for $4.99 each!

{Texas Craft House} Pashmina Destination Wedding Favors{Texas Craft House} Destination Wedding Welcome Bags

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Glass Sand Jar Wedding Favors

{Texas Craft House} Glass Sand Jar Wedding FavorsMy husband proposed to me in Mexico using a spice jar that I had emptied and packed to bring sand home in. We chose to have a sand ceremony the evening before our wedding with our guests so that they could all take a glass jar of sand home from Jamaica to remember their trip and our wedding. It was fun to be able to share the story of our engagement with our guests and then give them a memory of their own with a glass jar full of sand. I also put these into the Destination Wedding Welcome Bags I gave my guests.

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