I’ve been compiling all our planned decor and favors for our final calls with our wedding planner this week. So I figured now was as good a moment as any to catch you all up with what we’ve been planning.
I wish I could say that we bought these trunks from the Cambridge Antiques market, but they’re from Home Goods (and I’m excited to keep them for after the wedding). They nest into each other neatly, which will help us pack them into the car on the drive down to Georgia. … read more
Now that Mr. Sugar Cube and I are getting close to the final stretch, I think it’s about time to come full circle and discuss ceremonies again. (It feels like it’s been forever since I posted some of the ceremony readings and unity ceremonies I had found.)
Because the ceremony was one of the highest priorities for Mr. Sugar Cube and me, we wanted to write the entire ceremony. And so we’ve been working on it the entire length of our engagement, going over and over the wording, tweaking here and there, pulling things and putting new things in, trying to make it as meaningful and as personal as possible. It will be the best ceremony we’ve ever been too. (Completely biased unbiased here!) And hopefully the best our guests have been to as well.
I began by scouring the internet for script outlines for help with constructing the first rough draft of our ceremony, using guides and examples from The Knot, Offbeat Bride, Weddingbee, Officiant Eric, and more.
With a basic outline, I sent out to find the perfect unity ceremony for Mr. Sugar Cube and me. I found it in the ring warming:
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Unless otherwise noted, all photos in this post are mine. And there are a lot of them. Sorry!
At the end of August, I left my job after accepting a position at a new company. Before I started the new job, I took a week off to relax, recharge, and get in some much needed time with my family in Pennsylvania.
And while I was there, I took advantage of my mom’s mad DIY skills and knocked a couple to-dos off my wedding chore list.
Ring Bearers’ Pillows
This is just my personal opinion, but I’m not a big fan of the overly lacy and bedazzled ring pillows you see in craft stores and online. They’re just a little too…froufrou for my tastes. So when I saw two rustic chic pillows at David’s Bridal, I pounced.
While I love the grounds of our venue, I always pictured it a little dressed up for the occasion. A backdrop is an easy way to achieve that, but there was no way I would be able to transport a triptych of distressed barn doors, 1,000 origami cranes, tangle-prone strips of crepe paper, or strung up coffee filters—no matter what Pinterest would have me believe.
In my browsing I had seen some simple but beautiful ceremony backdrops. Some pretty writing on a sheet of fabric would pack very easily into a suitcase and be relatively simple to set up as well. So I set out to emulate these backdrop inspirations, but with our own wedding aesthetic in mind.
So, I know I packed a lot of (over)information into my last post, but there are a few extra, overall tips for European travel that I learned on our honeymoon and wanted to share with you all. Without further ado: