It only seems appropriate that I should follow up my simplest wedding DIY with a post about what turned out to be our most complicated wedding project: our programs.
Wedding programs seem to be one of those projects that tend to get left to the last minute and often materialize as simple folded pieces of paper that 100% get the job done and, in many cases, look beautiful doing it. Case in point, remember these beauts from the Squid wedding:
Simple and elegant—I’m still verklempt over the gold streak. / Image Credit: Mrs. Squid
Pretty early in our engagement, I was struck by program inspiration that added some complexity to our wedding programs. There were two inspiration pictures, in particular, that I just couldn’t shake.
That flag banner was an impulse buy to get my Oriental Trading Company order high enough to qualify for free shipping. I gave it to Livia and was like “Here, do something with this!” (seriously, I gave her zero direction), and I love what she did with it. It was still hanging there a couple of days later, which made me secretly happy. Did anyone else notice it? Probably not.
My stripey straws with homemade flags, and cocktail napkins.
So we bloggers all do things a bit differently around here, but I for one enjoy seeing some of the reception details while we’re still “on location” in the story. So before we close out the rest of the night, let’s take a look at some of the lovely details that made up our reception. There’s lots to see and talk about today, but if you haven’t eaten lunch yet today, don’t worry—you won’t find any pictures of food here! We didn’t request any shots of food, so just trust me that there was food and drink present as well.
I’d like to start off with some of the gorgeous features that caused us to fall in love with the Board of Trade in the first place.
These Corinthian columns and archways were in the process of being renovated when we booked the venue. / Unless otherwise noted, photos by Eau Claire Photographics
When I booked a block of rooms at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott, I was sure that I had booked too many. (Not a problem since we wouldn’t be held liable for unused rooms.) Most of our guests live in the NYC/NJ area and I assumed that those who were traveling would make plans to stay with family in NJ to save on the hotel expense. Wrong. I ended up having to coordinate with the Marriott to add more rooms to our block twice! Family and friends who attended our rehearsal dinner decided that it was best to spend the extra night in Brooklyn to avoid having to drive back and forth two days in a row. And really, everyone just wanted to hang out together for as long as possible. Our wedding pretty much doubled as a mini family reunion.
After dinner, I bid farewell to Mr. S who was whisked away to the hotel bar by my dad, GM J, and a brigade of other family members ready to get their drink on. My bridesmaids and I retreated to the bridal suite for a girls only sleepover party. The plan was to get into our pajamas and watch Magic Mike, but we ended up girl talking and debating the next day’s accessories the entire night and before we knew it, it was 2:00 am.
I’m really excited to share this project with you all today because this has been my favorite wedding DIY so far. I’m a pretty crafty person—I love making all kinds of things. But my favorite things to make are things that can be worn! After researching bridal hairstyles, I decided that I wanted something a little fancy to wear in my hair, but the bridal headpieces I saw costs hundreds of dollars! I found a style that I loved that I thought I could make, and I sat down one night to figure it out. Once you get the hang of it, the technique is pretty simple. And the best part? The cost of all of the supplies for this project is less than $10!!
The style of this hairpiece reminds me of vines and branches—perfect for an outdoor wedding! Depending on the materials you chose, you can change the look of the piece quite easily.
While most of my important stuff goes straight into the binder, there are a few other things I’ve used to keep organized that I’ve found super helpful.
First of all, just like almost every other bride in the known universe, I’ve been using Pinterest to keep track of all my inspirational photos. Once I get close to a final decision on something, I’ll print those photos out and stick ‘em in the binder so that I can easily bring it with me to vendor meetings.
Secondly, when we first got engaged, FMIL gave me this file folder:
I try, and mostly fail, to keep those words printed on it to heart.
As you may remember from my dress-shopping adventures, dress shopping was pretty overwhelming for me. It was a lovely day, and I’m incredibly grateful for all of the women in my life that came to help me pick the most important outfit I’ll ever wear (this includes the ladies I had on standby on their phones!). The thing is, it was a lot for one day.
Although Mr. C’s and my first registering experience was a bit of a disaster, we learned some valuable registry info during those few hours spent fumbling around Target’s home section. Since I’m all about learning from past mistakes (not making a solid game-plan prior to our Target trip was mistake #1), we took what we learned during our first trip and applied it to the rest of our registry-making. Since I’m also all about being transparent for the sake of helping other brides who have yet to experience the fun/hellish experience that is registering, I’m sharing the mistakes we made and how we were able to fix them by first learning the hard way what not to do.
I am in no way a wedding-registry prodigy, nor did Mr. C and I do everything right when it came to building our list registries. HA. If only! I’m sharing our experience with registering to shed some reality on the whole thing and hopefully give a few helpful tips + tricks to use when it comes time to put your registry knowledge into action. Without further ado…
Mistake #1: Failing to Make a Plan It’s almost embarrassing to admit Mr. C’s and my trip to Target was sans any sort of list/checklist of what we needed as a married couple about to start building a life together. We scanned things only as we came upon them in their respective aisles, which lead to us forgetting some of the “essentials” (How could we forget the toaster?!) and including some of the more obscure “desired” items (I’m lookin’ at you, wok!).