Unfortunately, our budget is about as teeny tiny as our guest list (23 invited, to be exact). As you can imagine, this limits a lot of the things we are able to do. I opted for a lot of DIY projects, because I absolutely love crafts. In most areas, this saves a lot of money, because you don’t have to pay the costs of the labor and, if you play your cards right, you can just go to your local craft store and avoid the shipping fees.
One cost I DIDN’T take into account was time. Crafts, especially when it comes to your wedding, take a lot of time. We had a few rough patches here and there with venues, but got back on track. Unfortunately, we lost some time with all the trouble.
I may be stretching a bit, but I feel like we all have the wedding we want, but are unable to have. By this I mean we all have things we want in our big day but have to give up, for whatever reason. Time restraints, money, and unforeseen circumstances happen to the best of us. The thing that we need to remember is our weddings will still be beautiful and everything happens for a reason, in the end.
My “perfect” wedding would have looked something like this…
Our guests would come into their hotel rooms after a nice flight and then find a beautifully crafted welcome bag on their beds. While we had welcome bags, they did not have as much substance as I would have liked. By the time our guest list was finalized, there was just no time to order everything I wanted to. I planned on having pamphlets, personalized sunscreen (over $100 for 12 bottles), and handwritten thank you cards.
Photo via Connoisseur of Creativity
I was planning on having professionally made programs. Since we didn’t plan to have a huge wedding party and rehearsal, we didn’t get the ceremony details until closer to the wedding. By that time, it would have been too close for comfort to order them and have them shipped. I had been looking at Wedding Paper Divas for ours.
I had a lovely company I wanted to order our flowers from, but their online store has been down since I discovered them. If you are looking at Real Touch like I was, I highly recommend Angel’s Accents. They are the most realistic looking faux flowers, and they even put scents on them. I obsessively stalked their website, but it became too late to order them. I am so sad about this one.
Image via The Nest / Bouquet by Angel’s Accents.
I took fashion design courses. I love sewing and fabric, and I really wanted to make my own table runner. I thought I could save us a bit of money, and it would help customize the reception space a little bit more. I wish I could have done this just to get me back into sewing, but I just didn’t have enough time to squeeze this project in. I won’t lie, I’m kind of bummed about this one as well.
Our guests would then walk into a candlelit dinner fueled by the light of little handmade seashell candles. I love collecting seashells and have a ton just lying around, waiting to be turned into a craft. I was looking up how to make them and saw more than one person comment on how hot they got. I actually read that someone had them lying on a glass table and the glass got so hot from them that it exploded. Weddings cost enough already, and I decided I didn’t want to pay for something exploding, melting, or burning the room down. We still had candles, but they were floating in water and not in tiny little seashells. They are a beautiful touch, though.
The weekend was going to end with Mr. SM and me greeting our guests at breakfast the next morning with handmade leis. While we will did breakfast and leis, they were bought and not made by me. I thought it would be a nice gesture and I’m also very interested in lei making. Plus, it was perfect since Hawaii was on the list of places we might have honeymooned. We had to choose between making leis or making fans for the ceremony and, in the end, we decided the fans were more useful to our guests.
While none of these crafts got to happen, I still know our wedding was beautiful, and maybe this will give someone else some great ideas. We had a lot of other unique touches, and it was fun to imagine our wedding that isn’t happening.
What projects did you think you could finish but decided to scrap?