Another Quickie….

contest that is:)

So, here is the dealio.  The wedding is on Saturday and I am scrambling to get those last final touches in place, the ones that make the day truly special.  On one of my MANY trips to Michaels today, I saw some of those Provo Craft cans and remembered that back in my paper days, I altered a couple of their lunch boxes… it was pretty darn easy and turned out way cute.  If you have no clue what I’m talking about…. here is an image of Carrie Zohn’s paint can:


And here is a link to my lunch box I did forever ago:

Address Box

But back to the main reason I need your help!  Not too long ago, I remember seeing someone do a paintcan for a wedding, but the purpose of it was for guests to write a special note or something to the happy couple… something like "Ways to Say I Love You" or "Happy Thoughts For Our Couple".  Then the couple can open the can, grab a note on like anniversaries or other special days.  Cute huh? 

Only problem is that I’m not totally sold on either of those ideas… which is where YOU come in!  Think of an original idea for my wedding paint can and if I pick your idea you will receive a $15 gift certificate to my shop at FPD !!!!   I’m actually going to alter the can tomorrow and get it all purty, but need to have the idea ready for me to print and frame for the welcome table by Friday night… that means it’s a 24 hour contest and I will announce the winner Friday morning!

Please HELP me lol!  Thanks!!!!

Susan - February 28, 2007 - 8:45 pm

How about making it a game? Have each guest put in something that you and your hubby can do special for each other on that day – back rubs, feet rubs, cook dinner, something to nurture your love and your marriage!

Demetria - February 28, 2007 - 8:49 pm

How about marriage prayers…. Each person write a prayer for the couple to recite any time that you need some inspiration or an uplift during your marriage!
I pray that God blesses your union! I love that scripture… What God has put together let no man put asunder… That would be my prayer for you!
Congrats… Demetria

Sabrina - February 28, 2007 - 9:14 pm

Each guest could write their most memorable moment of your wedding or reception. It would be nice to have that to look back on.
Sending you many blessings for a perfect wedding day Corina! Can’t wait to see the photos!! You will be a beautiful bride!

AmyK - February 28, 2007 - 9:26 pm

You could do a compliments can, and have everyone write down a compliment that you or hubby could say to each other! I bet some of them would turn out funny when you read them to each other. :) I hope you have a fabulous wedding day, and that every day beyond is the happiest day of your life.

Jenn - February 28, 2007 - 9:38 pm

How about everyone can come up with a coupon? Like, “Tonight is rub my feet night”. Or “hubby makes dinner tonight”. I’m sure some people would come up with some FUNNY or NAUGHTY stuff!

emily - February 28, 2007 - 9:40 pm

what about a wish can!!! where people could leave their wishes for you and your hubby as you embark on this journey together.
i.e. I wish you may always have perky boobs! ha, ha! i couldn’t resist :) .
it’s going to be fabulous; congrats to the two of you :) .

KellieP - February 28, 2007 - 9:44 pm

How about a “ways to makeup when having a fight” can?
Or…”adventures for the new couple to go on.” I know there are times when we get so bored and stuck in our routines that it would be fun to pull ideas out of a can and commit to doing whatever we pull out!
Or…you could have a “naughty” and “nice” can for advice! That would be hilarious!!! At least the aunts and uncles could leave you some clean advice, but I know that friends would be more inclined to leave the naughty!
& on that note, this pastor’s wife is going to bed! LOL!!!

Carin - February 28, 2007 - 10:47 pm

How about when you where young? or why we are friends?
Let people write up why you became friends, what is fun about the friendship or some nice things about the earlier years.
It’s ALWAYS fun to read messages that come from the heart, either wishes, tips and so on.
I love this bucket idea for sure!!!!

Rona - March 1, 2007 - 12:36 am

How about having some of those disposable digital cameras come with the cans….have your guests take pics during the wedding or reception, place the cameras in the can….and you will definitely have a souvenir of your wedding day a year later! (not sure about how long the disposable cameras will last, though..maybe you can open the can sooner, lol!).

Andrea C. - March 1, 2007 - 2:00 am

I worked the reception table at a wedding where they were getting something like this done. They had each person write down “Advice for a happy marriage” and it was funny to see some of the notes people left. Some left serious notes and others left cute little messages like “Never go to bed angry….stay up and fight”
Looks like you’ve been given some great ideas already :)

KirstyB - March 1, 2007 - 2:36 am

What about a “20 years from now” can…where you have your guests guess where you will be in twenty years from now…ya know?? Still happily married, 4 kids, a beautiful home in Paris…LOL Whatever you do, it will be amazing, I am sure!! :)

Kathy - March 1, 2007 - 4:32 am

You’ve got some great ideas already…maybe “things I love about you”

jenn7 - March 1, 2007 - 5:40 am

How about “Share one special or funny memory you have about the couple” (meaning you two). Or people often do “Words of Wisdom” for the newlyweds. Perhaps a twist on that “What Not to Do” kind of thing… could be funny as guests share their own experiences. LOL

Mary E - March 1, 2007 - 7:01 am

Wow so many great ideas here already. But I know I would love to get little notes from my guests saying why they love me, or what they love about me. Make it so your family and friends could write about you and Joe’s side write about him (or both if they want, just separate notes). Put out pink paper for “notes to Corina” and Blue paper for “notes to Joe”. (like 5×7 colored note pads) I bet the responses would get real sappy and sentimental later on in the reception when the alcohol kicked in LOL. I just think that would make it more personal than just notes to the couple. YKWIM?

CraftTeaLady - March 1, 2007 - 7:14 am

You could have one that ppl put money in!
It could give new meaning to a ‘money tree’ to get the couple started on a down payment for a house. :)
I never did understand why a money ‘tree’ was good, other than everyone could see what amounts were on there and give accordingly? Hmmmm…

Valorie - March 1, 2007 - 7:26 am

Great idea, Corina! I am so happy for you and your man! You will make a beautiful bride! I will give this a shot. I have been married almost 12 years now so I am thinking about something I would have liked to had at my own wedding or throughout the years of marriage. Maybe…Ways to keep a marriage strong? Mistakes most couples make and how to not make them? Maybe advice from those “veterans” about mistakes they have made (w/out maybe their info so to keep it from being too personal)and how they fixed them or how they could have kept from making them in the first place? That’s my take. I know I could have used a little can with some words of wisdom during our 1st 5 years! And I KNOW my man could have used a dumptruck full!! hehe. Congrats, Corina!!

Amber - March 1, 2007 - 8:03 am

I would use it to hold wedding favors that guest are going to take home or let it contain bubbles, birdseed (or whatever you have chosen) and have a child carry it around the reception passing them out.

Jaime - March 1, 2007 - 9:22 am

What a cute idea! If you wanted to make it more personal you could say “Your hopes and dreams for the couple” or “Your favorite memory of the couple” Maybe even ideas on how to continue courtship after the years go by, like date ideas or ways to make the other feel really special, I know that has been hard in my marriage, you just run out of ideas. Hope that you find a subject for your can that you just love! Congrats to you Corina, you will be a beautiful bride. So happy for you :)

cynthia - March 1, 2007 - 9:22 am

I really like the idea of having guests write notes of advice or blessings to the couple. It would be really cool to separate the notes into anniversary years and put them into a sealed envelope. Some of the guests may be gone after a few years and what a treasure it would be to get a loving note from grandma on your 20th anniversary.

cynthia - March 1, 2007 - 9:44 am

OK so I’m not done with this idea yet. You could give the guests an option of writing advice, a blessing, a silly activity for your anniversary day (which of course you MUST agree to do). A number of categories for the guests to choose from will insure that more people participate. Then while you are on your honeymoon, have someone divide these notes into the separate envelopes for your anniversaries. I can imagine what our friends would have put into the can. It would be so funny

Janet Lawrence - March 1, 2007 - 9:59 am

OK, I haven’t read all the others but what about if you had people write out the most romantic or memorable thing someone has ever done for them.
It will give you both ideas and you will most likely discover it is the small things we remember, not the grand gestures.
I know on the rare occasions my hubby makes me a fresh pot of coffee before he leaves, it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. lol
Congratulations, I hope you have a wonderful wedding day.

Deb - March 1, 2007 - 12:10 pm

“50 ways to please the other”
(You know, from 50 ways to leave your lover?) You could change the number to the number of guests.
Sorry, I’m terrible at that stuff.
At least the weather should hold up for you. I tried to go to the mountains yesterday to play in the snow and it was pathetic. Kids had fun though.

Jenn - March 1, 2007 - 1:17 pm

How about a “Marital Advice” or “Things we’ve learned about married life/marriage!” theme lol. They could tell something they have learned about marriage, or about each other only after they were married. Something that will keep you strong through the tougher times. Or something that will keep you looking forward to. Even how the veteran couples keep the marriage fresh and fulfilling.
Many well wishes to you on the big day!!!!!! Can’t wait to see the photos!

jan - March 1, 2007 - 7:36 pm

I’d like to see the guests share their personal Recipes for Romance. Some might be simple, some might even be a bit cynical, but it might encourage them to think of the best advice for both you, and for themselves! As the years go by, you’d have your own personal “cookbook”! :-)

Chrystina/Lilaclady - March 2, 2007 - 12:13 am

ok, a couple of girls have said pretty much what I was thinking…”Share a Memory you have of meeting the happy couple for the first time (when you were introduced to the other half) and if you thought they’d make it (to this wedding day) and any quirky/sweet memories of the happy couple.”
I always love hearing funny things other people remember of when my DH and I were “dating”
Many blessings your way from me for your happy day, hope all goes well and is as romantic and memorable as you wish it to be. Congratulations! :)

Jo - March 3, 2007 - 2:44 am

Everyone has come up with wonderful ideas. Mine might sound a little corny but here goes…
A joke can or better yet a fight-deflator can! Get everyone at the party to write down their favourite joke & when you’re having a fight/afterwards (as a way to get back on track) you could read a joke out from the can. Imagine one/both of you are all het up being right about some small thing & you pull out that classic “why did the chicken cross the road” joke from dear old Aunty Agnes who passed away 3 years ago. It might just add a bit of laughter back into the air. I really do hope the day goes well…it will be special because it’s your apecial day!

Ange - March 3, 2007 - 9:18 am

It’s SAturday… :) and I just wanted to say I’m thinkin about you girl! :) Hope your day is WONDERFUL! :)

Coralee - March 5, 2007 - 5:31 pm

Well I’m going to go with ….REFLECTIONS OF LOVE…
That could cover everything, Your guest can write what they feel either about you two or about the day or even just how they feel for this moment.
or maybe
and they could write about what they wish for the future for you both and in years to come you could see if that came true. It could be funny or serious.
Anyway Sweetie, Best Wishes for all. Love is a Beautiful Gift to treasure forever. xxx

Coralee - March 5, 2007 - 5:53 pm

Ok one more…
Hee Hee. I was thinking of our wedding day and all these things rush to my head. xxx

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