My Original Inspirations, Oh How Far We’ve Come

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


Image via The Loveliest Day / Photo by Altmix Photography


Image via Wedding Chicks / Photo and photo booth by Katrina Louise


 Image via Brooklyn Bride / Photo by Lizelle Lotter Photography

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.


Source: Capitol Romance / Photo by Elusive Photo Design

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?


Mrs. Panda

Boston, MA
Wedding Date:
June 2013
Road-Trip Honeymoon: In the Mitten
PaC Man & Wife: Walk the Line
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  1. eagle Bee
    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:19 pm

    You should list them on the classifieds, if you don’t find a way to incorporate them into the wedding decor. But as others have said, rehearsal bouquets are possible… Also, a tossing bouquet (so you don’t toss your own)… or bridal shower centrepieces.

    OR, you could probably use them for some really cool wedding photos with them – I’m picturing them all laid out all over the grass, and you and PBear tossing them around like leaves, or else if you’re brave and the ground isn’t too dirty, you could lay in them. I bet the pics would be phenomenal.

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:47 pm

    @ScottishMrs: That’s so sad. That is one of my fears too. I have a ton of diy projects and I’m afraid that half of them will get forgotten.

    @msb: I think rehearsal is a great idea! I love it, I think I will make a bouquet or two just for that.

    @Blonde17Jess: I think wedding ADD is a great way of describing it. Sometimes I think I’d love like twenty different weddings, each with a different theme, just so I can do *everything*

    @Mrs. Eagle: I sense an amazing trash the dress idea! I agree, the pictures would be amazing. I must figure out how to do this

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    mzjynxie 786 posts, Busy bee @ 1:22 pm

    I say use them to decorate a shower, party, or dinner…..or sell them. 🙂

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 8:11 pm

    Maybe you can use the flowers as centerpieces or decor at your bridal shower or engagement party or rehearsal dinner? If you won’t be in your venue for those things, I think you can definitely repurpose them!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:59 am

    OMG! I had that same picture of the flower bouquet and even tested making big and small flowers! See you aren’t the only insane one!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:29 am

    @Jacofblues: lol! Good to know that I’m not the only one!

    @ChicagoDreamer: I think the plan right now is to use whatever I can for the rehearsal and see if I can convince PBear to do a Trash the Dress shoot with me

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