We said ‘thank you’…

… with something personal.

Favors are usually something small, most of the time something to eat. But that wouldn’t have made sense in our case. I wanted our wedding favors to be a reminder of our wedding, without being too much about ‘us’. And since there was a lot of DIY element to this event, these also had to be DIY. Looking back, it was quite a gigantic task, this was by far the most time-consuming project.

Without further-ado, let me introduce our wedding favors: a bunch of self-designed, self-screen-printed, self-sawn sauna towels 😉 It made perfect sense, since during the evening we had a sauna session, in a very cool old-style smoke sauna, and we also cooked outdoors right in front of it.

So I bought about 5m of 100% linen from a thrift store, though the fabric was brand new and had a natural colour.

It took some time to figure out what to print on them though, apart from making sure the paint worked in such extreme conditions as well. Eventually, I settled on a design of a single birch tree, albeit with a somewhat minimalistic look, placed on the side of the towel (in case the ink leaked and ‘marked’ the human bottom that was placed on it). I used a photo which I then sketched over in photoshop. Later we added the name of the place, but decided against including the date, which is probably only important for the two of us anyways.

The task of cutting out the stencil was left to H2B.

Unfortunately, our design was bigger than the screen we borrowed from my father-in-law. So we had to do it in two parts. That made things a lot more complicated and the process about 3x longer.

But of course I had to sew them first. I prewashed the fabric, and it was very difficult to cut straight after that, so I don’t know if it was a good idea… and I don’t have a long enough ruler either.

I ironed all the edges, turning twice. God, that was boring, but it looks a lot better, and I guess also made the actual sewing faster. In the last minute I also remembered that adding a hook could be a good idea, so they all got one.

And then onto the printing… in 2 rounds… and few mistakes, due to a not impeccable positioning in the 2nd round…

I would love to show the end result, but they were all given away before I could take a photo.. 😦

I can show something else though. It was a for a few of the guests we knew would not stay till the sauna. Again, of course, DIY from start to finish, from drawing to ironing.

The folk motif is called Matyó, from Mezökövesd, Hungary, which is very close to where I’m from. See more here.


Papers – fancy, tissue, legal!

Thanks heaven! Only one step left… this process really takes all the romance out of getting married!

So, this is what we went through (it wasn’t always very clearly communicated, and the Finnish system is lot more helpful than the Hungarian…).

At first, the usual way seemed quite complicated, but we managed to find another, less time-consuming one (I did spend a lot of time online, however, to figure out all the steps and the most cost-effective options):

1. Get information about your marital status from the registry in Hungary (Hatósági bizonyítvány – okmányiroda / 3500HUF)

2. Get an apostille to go with the 1., you have to request it in person (Ministry of Foreign Affairs / 5500HUF + travelling costs)

3. Get 1. and 2. to Finland (postal costs/flight costs)

4. Get 1. translated by official translator in Finland (45€ or over) !Note: Finnish office accepts documents in English – but Hungarian office only provides them in Hungarian 😦

5. Get 1., 2. and 4. to Maistraatti.

Now you are registered in the Finnish system as ‘single’ (if you were single).

6. Request impediment check at Maistraatti prior to wedding (form is available online, needs to be presented in person, or witnessed by two / no fee) this is also the time to notify about desired name changes.

Now you are free to marry! Yippee 🙂 And then:

7. Request marriage certificate in English (yeah, you can get it.. and English-Hungarian translation is cheaper than Finnish-Hungarian).

8. Get apostille for 7. (costs – yet unknown).

9. Get 7. and 8. to Hungary.

10. Get 7. officially translated (costs – yet unknown).

11. Get 7. and 8. to Okmányiroda. Then the Hungarian registry is updated.

Now, the next step is not yet figured out, as name change is kind of happening automatically in the Finnish system, but apparently need to request that in person in Hungary. So will I have two different names until I go home? Or is it only for those who live there anyways? Gah…

Somebody please, make this simpler!


It’s soon been a year since we got engaged… meaning we are soon getting married!! Gash… and still so much to do!

Unfortunately, it was never possible to get all my family over here for the big event, but we wanted them to be part of it in a way, so we are, well, actually my uncle, is going to throw a garden party in his back garden for us. Just some well deserved chilling, cocktails perhaps (I wish…) catching up with people, some good food, hopefully lot of sunshine too. I thought it would be nice to send invites out for that as well. So I made a few more, similar, but different at the same time.

I used the leftover brown paper we had for protecting the floor during painting the walls, then painted it haphazardly with white acrylic paint (no blue this time) and doodled some flowers over it with black markers.

And that’s how they turned out (the odd bit is the address being covered up :). Cheers!


Inspired by Alisa Burke.

Hungary, crafts, traditions… yes please!

Though it’s not strictly wedding related, I wanted to tell you about the annual folk art/craft festival that is taking place right now in Budapest. The venue is actually the Buda Castle, so it is very touristic.

This year is the 25th, I wish I could be there… See (and read if you understand Hungarian) here.

by Kerceréce, indafoto.hu/kruzso

And showcasing some more Hungarian crafts, great photos from the 2007 Festival.