I Might Never Plan a Wedding Again

As you may have read, I’m worried our wedding will become a lukewarm mess, with semi-interesting aspects that come together to leave our guests feeling meh.


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I fear our ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, and yes, even the details, will leave our guests almost cold. Or they’ll think it’s too busy, too crowded with a plethora of details and a spectrum of flair. Too cramped with poms and chalkboards, buttons and bunting, pumpkins and brownies. Is that possible?

Mostly, I am concerned about disappointing myself. I’ll be so pissed if all this time and effort and energy results in a lackluster look. Like, seriously pissed. I might never plan a wedding again if that happens.

Here’s the latest inspiration boards I have developed…

The ceremony…


Top left, clockwise: Ceremony set up via Tipi Living Retreat, our actual ceremony tree, poms via Project Wedding, and pumpkins via Yet Another Fall Bio

The reception tables and centerpieces…


Top left, clockwise: glinen linen personal photo, button napkin rings personal photo, milk glass vases photo by Blue Castle Photography via Pizazz! Florals Blog, pink chalkboard frame via camillestyles on flickr, milk glass on a tree stump via LYOU

The bridesmaids…


Sangria colored dress via David’s Bridal, J. Crew navy cardigan via Shopstyle, super cute clutches by EmersonMade via Aisle Candy

Add in some bunting, some vintage furniture, cake and s’mores and brownies, some colorful soda and some stripey straws and maybe some yard games and a petting zoo…OK, OK, I’m kidding about the petting zoo. But add in all those other things, and maybe subtract the pumpkins, and what do you think?

Is it hot or is it not?*

Line from a song in one of my fave ’80s movies…anyone?


Mrs. Magic

Chapel Hill, NC
Wedding Date:
October 2011
Twisted Together: Jerry's Truck
Before the Mane Event: BBC

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  1. Member
    Courtnee 153 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:19 am

    I feel the exact same way! If this doesn’t turn out how I envision I’ll be so upset. As I’ve mentioned this to other people I always get the same response.
    1. Guests will remember how much fun they had–not so much the details so don’t stress about them too much
    2. Guest will remember how much the bride and groom smile and if they can “feel the love”

    Great post! I can totally relate!!

  2. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:25 am

    LOVE! I think all of your details go together VERY well. The milk glass with the bright colors = awesome!

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    KCheer 370 posts, Helper bee @ 8:34 am

    I really love your inspiration boards above – super colorful and fun!! Just because you want to use lots of details doesn’t mean it is going to be confusing or a “lukewarm mess”! I think all the different aspects have been tied in by color and that makes it work well!

  4. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:48 am

    I love all your detail and elements together! It looks fun and bright!

  5. elephant Member
    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:51 am

    I feared our wedding was going to be too much, but it was amazing just like I know yours will! Everything will come together, I’m really loving the trees and milk glass centerpieces!

  6. candy apple Member
    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:52 am

    They all look awesome, M. Your wedding is going to kick butt! S’mores? Sign me up… 😉

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 9:04 am

    Smores makes everything awesome.

  8. magic Member
    magic 640 posts, Busy bee @ 9:08 am

    Are y’all just saying this to be nice??? Just kidding…thanks for the reassurances!

  9. hyena Member
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:11 am

    Heh, hopefully you’ll never HAVE to plan a wedding again. 😉

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    KMA, Guest @ 9:15 am

    Trust me, when that day happens, you’ll be amazed at how good it all looks and how well things came together. I was thinking the same thing you were about how it would just look messy or not all put together and everything just happens to work out – even if someone put it out not quite how you envisioned. It will be awesome – and if a few things are missing or not quite right, you won’t care that day :-)

  11. ostrich Member
    ostrich 2402 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:46 am

    …..Bueller?? Bueller?? 😉

    I think the tree/pumpkin/bright pink vibe is lovely, Miss M. Seriously! And your centerpieces with all their milk glass glory will be fab. Don’t over think it – just pick stuff you love and it’ll all come together. Promise. :)

  12. highwire Member
    highwire 1021 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:13 am

    I agree with Ostrich. I’m also just going ahead and planning on everything not being 100% perfect or look exactly like what my vision is, and being okay with it. It will all work out exactly like it is supposed to!

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    ExtraCool Person 22 posts, Newbee @ 10:45 am

    it will be great! if you through out a positive vibe, you will get it in return.

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    Caribee 36 posts, Newbee @ 11:13 am

    I’m sure it will all come together in the end…but if I’m perfectly honest, I think it’s a lot. But that’s just my opinion – my taste is more simple and classic, and I don’t tend to like stuff that’s too trendy. So if you love everything you’ve chosen, go with it and I’m sure it will be great!

  15. msseal Member
    msseal 1179 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:58 am

    You trippin’, M! You’re going to have S’MORES…c’mon. I don’t think it gets much better than that. Seriously. I’m not just blowing smoke up your booty…your wedding is going to be awesome.

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    Crown 578 posts, Busy bee @ 1:26 pm

    Are ya kiddin’ me? Your day is going to be awesome. All you have to worry about is whether you and Mr. Magic have the time of your lives. Everything.else is out of your control.

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    tocarat 324 posts, Helper bee @ 2:01 pm

    I’m loving it!! I think it may be normal to wonder if everything is going to blend together (Im hoping its normal!) and I think your mini-inspiration boards do a great job. No worries its going to be beautiful!!

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    lisamarieloves 19 posts, Newbee @ 2:18 pm

    I think that all your details will work out fabulously. I know how you feel about worrying how your guests will enjoy your wedding. I have nightmares that I show up on my wedding day and hate it. But my mom always reminds me that the majority of the guests at our wedding will not have spent the last four years scouring wedding blogs like I have. So basically, the guests won’t have anything to compare your wedding to. That being said, your wedding will most likely be fabulous so try to enjoy this time!

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    Kcoleybear 683 posts, Busy bee @ 3:04 pm

    I think you have an eclectic mix of ides that will create a chic enviroment. I think the ideas, although in wedding blog land may be plentiful, will feel fresh and fun to your guests. On a side note are you planning on marrying someone else other than Mr. Magic, that you would need to plan a second wedding for? Just wondering, because you said if this one doesn’t work out you won’t plan another.

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    Butterbee 874 posts, Busy bee @ 4:07 pm

    I don’t understand where you are getting “meh” from, your wedding setup looks so fun and exciting!

  21. earrings Member
    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:31 pm

    I love all of your ideas- I think that everything will turn out great!

  22. tartlet Member
    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:36 pm

    Beautiful, and so perfect for your fall wedding!

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