I know our my wedding inspiration has changed dramatically since we actually started planning the nitty-gritty details of the wedding.
Initially I wanted a very eclectic wedding. I was imagining a very modern, clean-lines, whimsical, paper-heavy wedding.
OK, so that’s technically a birthday party, but you get the point. / Image by Flying House by Traveling Mama
I really loved the idea of having tons and tons of colors instead of picking just two or three colors. I wanted to use other design elements to put them all together. Instead of using color as a combining element, I wanted to use broad themes, such as shape and patterns, to make a bold statement in combination with bright happy colors.
I thought I was being clever and original, but in reality, I was being scatterbrained and just all over the place. I was so in love with the idea of “wedding” and getting married. That combined with my lack of a true vision and the fact I wanted to be super Martha and do *everything* meant I was losing touch with what was really important—getting married (while staying sane).
So here is my original color palette that I created once upon a time (ooh, I don’t even think we were engaged at this point). Don’t laugh:
Color chip source: 100 Layer Cake
I’m not actually sure how everything went together, but *shrug* there you go. The pink and the blue were supposed to be the main colors. I was afraid it would look too baby-showerish, so I brought in accents of sea foam, lemonade, lavender, and peony, and to tie everything together a creamy white and a gray as neutral colors.
I was so sure of my vision that before we were even engaged and when I was an impatient waiting bee, I actually made hundreds and I do mean hundreds of kusudama flowers to make wedding bouquets with (not to mention 1001 cranes). I will say, though, keeping my hands busy sure kept me from going insane or breaking down every time another friend got engaged.
My box of shame
So, needless to say, it was a bit of a total vision shock when PBear and I picked a venue, and I realized that my modern styled wedding was just going to clash dramatically with the room. Taking that step back and realizing that all of my hard work wasn’t going to work was by far the hardest thing I have done while planning for this wedding. Though I have doubts sometimes about pulling this together, I am a lot happier with how our planning has gone so far and the decisions we’ve made.
Did anyone get fairly far into a DIY project only to realize that it’s really not going to work? Was it hard to steer in a completely different direction? It seems so sad that this box is living in my closet. Does anyone have any idea what I should do with this stuff?
- Boston, MA
- Graduate Student
- Wedding Date:
- June 2013