Tuesday, July 13, 2010

DIY Detail: Advice Cards

I knew as soon as I read Mrs. Star's rehearsal dinner recap last December that I wanted to have advice cards at our rehearsal dinner. It was one of my easiest projects, so it kept getting pushed to the bottom of the list. Finally the Wednesday night before the wedding at 1 AM, my wonderful MOH A and I completed the project. 

Basically the cards each have a life event that David and I will someday face together. Our closest family and friends who were at our rehearsal dinner were able to choose one of the cards and give us their advice for that event. They would seal the envelope and we have to wait until that day comes to open it. 
For the materials I used a pack of note cards from Hobby Lobby (that were 50% off, so $2 for 100 of them) and a pretty stamp (also 50% off, so $4). I had a pink stamp pad already and pink envelopes (also from Hobby Lobby) left over from our attempt at using them for our save the dates


MOH A stamped each card and envelope and I wrote in the event on both of them. Here's the list of events we used:
  • Our wedding day
  • Our first kiss as a married couple
  • Our wedding night/first night of our honeymoon
  • The day we return from our honeymoon
  • Our first night in our new home
  • Living together
  • Our first big fight
  • Our first Christmas as a married couple
  • Our first anniversary
  • The night one of us loses/leaves our job
  • Finding out we're pregnant with our first child
  • The birth of our first child
  • Our first night home with our first child
  • The birth of our second child
  • Our 10th anniversary
  • The death of a pet
  • Becoming empty-nesters
  • Our 25th wedding anniversary
  • Our first child's wedding day
  • Finding out we're going to be grandparents
Photo by BM S
(You can click to enlarge)
We set them all out on a table so people could look through and choose one they wanted. We made an announcement about it describing what it was, and as I talked to people I asked if they had filled one out yet. The majority of them were taken, and of the ones that weren't, my mom took several. :) 
Photo by BM S

It was fun seeing which card people chose, especially our groomsmen. I love these pictures of my brother and David's friend from grade school writing out their advice.

Photo by BM S
(We reused the centerpieces from my bridal shower for the rehearsal dinner!)

Photo by BM S

We've loved reading them so far, and it's so fun having several of them to look forward to! MOH A and her boyfriend chose the 'first kiss as a married couple' one so it would be one of the first ones we'd open, and David said he was thinking about their advice right before our kiss! 

For as quick, easy, and inexpensive as this project was, it was still one of my favorites! It's really meaningful to me to have the advice of our family and friends, many of whom are much wiser and experienced than we are. I'd definitely encourage anyone to do this project - It'll be something you cherish for years to come!

Did you do advice cards? Have you enjoyed them as much as we have?

16 comments:

  1. I love this idea!! What fun you'll have opening these throughout your life :)

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  2. This is a GREAT idea! I'll be sure to throw it out there for the next friend/family member I know getting married! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  3. This is a very cute idea! My MIL bought advice cards for people to fill out at our rehearsal dinner as well as the wedding (for the guests that weren't at the RD). We still haven't read through all of them but the few we have are pretty funny.

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  4. wow that is a great idea! I might have to mention it to my cousin who is getting married!

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  5. I love this idea! It sounds like so much fun for both you and your guests.

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  6. What a fabulous idea! This could even be incorporated as part of a guestbook.

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  7. What a cute idea! And a great way to keep the wedding memories coming for years!

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  8. That is a fabulous idea! We actually do that for baby showers where we ask each guest to fill out a birthday card for the 'impending baby' as we call them. On each birthday the new baby/child/teen will open the card from their shower guest..1st, 2nd, 3rd all the way to 18th. Fun stuff.

    For my bridal shower, my sister created a scrapbook of words of advice from each guest and mailed out a card with the invite for them to complete and bring to place in the scrapbook. I have loved reading them...some are fun and sweet, others are thoughtful and truly wise :)

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  9. Very cute- we were trying to come up with a cute idea for our rehearsal dinner and may have to steal this! :)

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  10. Aw, they turned out great! I have seen this on another blog and really love the idea as well. We'll be doing this at our rehearsal dinner too! :)

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  11. I featured these on my Make It Yourself Monday post.

    http://brideonbudget.blogspot.com/2010/07/make-it-yourself-monday_19.html

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