Spring is bursting with colors as flowers blossom everywhere you look. This season is all about bright colors and bold flowers. Use this to your advantage to save some money and make beautiful decorations for your spring wedding. … read more
Spring is all about flowers, pink, and more flowers. A spring wedding is the perfect way to incorporate your girly style, while tying in new trends to have your guests feeling like spring has sprung. … read more
Horseshoes Get Hitched: Modern Barn Wedding with Rustic Details
Before I get into the nitty-gritty of our reception, I have to highlight some of the design and decor details of our wedding. We ended up embracing our rustic garden barn party motif, and it turned out really well. A thousand thank yous go to Sonia of Enriched Events for beautifully executing our vision. Sonia was our day-of and design/decor coordinator, and she knocked it out of the park. She is a hilarious, ever calm and cheerful individual—it was an absolute pleasure working with Sonia on our wedding.
Mr. Horseshoe and I DIYed quite a few things for our wedding: our signs, paper flowers, ceremony garland, and favours. See our DIY posts here and here for more information. We then rented or purchased the rest of our decor.
Heritage Park supplied us with table and glassware, round and rectangular tables, chairs, and linens. We chose ivory for both our tablecloths and napkins. The beautiful wooden chairs are part of the reason we chose this venue—we didn’t have to worry about renting chairs as they were already perfect. We did have to pay a chair setup fee (I believe it was $2 per chair), but it was worth it.
I loved our bud vase arrangements. | Photo by PMG Image
We rented navy chevron table runners and gold charger plates for our table settings. Sonia rented us her spectacular collection of vintage bud vases, and our florist provided us with loose flowers and greens to go in the vases.
Despite the cold temperatures and freezing winds, there is something so exhilarating and beautiful about winter. It offers stunning inspiration for hosting a luxurious winter wonderland wedding. … read more
Lately I have been drooling over all of the beautiful wedding hangers out there. I don’t know what has come over me—why do I care so much about a hanger? I have no idea, all I know is that I wanted one…bad. At $20–$40 each, though, I didn’t want one that bad. I started to toy with the idea of crafting my own DIY wedding hanger. It couldn’t be that hard, could it? Well, let me show you my first few attempts:
OK, I know that looks bad. Did I just scare you? I will tell you that it does take a few tries. I promise, though, that once you get the hang of how the wire bends, it’s smooth sailing. I encourage everyone to not be scared of this project and give it a shot. You can make a beautiful bridal hanger for less than $5. They also make an awesome bridesmaid gift! So here we go.
For those of us who may be DIY-inclined, it can be hard to reign ourselves in. Should we though? What about flowers? Are wedding flowers on the OK-to-do-myself list, or are they strictly for professionals? … read more
The eternal question that is prompted by all of the catalogues, online shops, and wedding magazines couples ponder is as follows: How do I make our wedding “our own”?
We chose to go the traditional route in a lot of ways, but these little details were super fun to execute and, in most cases, reasonably priced relative to the impact I hope they make. Read on for my little “personal touches” roundup:
COCKTAIL NAPKINS. I think this may have been my first buy for the wedding! The napkins are foil-pressed in gold, and I love the traditional “Just Married.” We included our hashtag at the bottom to encourage Instagram debauchery.
While I love the grounds of our venue, I always pictured it a little dressed up for the occasion. A wedding 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.
If you had asked me six months ago whether I was a “DIY bride,” I probably would have said no, not really. However, considering the work we put into our invitations, table numbers, and favors, I guess I am, sort of! It’s always been a pleasure, though. There is something so rewarding about being proud of a finished project; it’s cool to be able to say, “Yep! I made that!”
Enter our centerpieces. From the beginning, I thought I might do something myself, because a) it’s a winter wedding and b) I didn’t really care about flowers, especially after I looked at the average cost of a wedding florist. Therefore, I figured I would make my own bouquet, order boutonnieres (it’s like prom all over again!), and do “something cool” with candles for the tables. Considering the warm, festive, holiday feeling we were aiming for, it seemed like a great idea.
Now we’re a couple of weeks out, and let me be very clear—I am so excited to see our centerpieces in action, and I think they are really going to convey the aesthetic we wanted…but Oh. My. God. This was a BEAST. It just…kept growing. Like a hydra when you cut off its head: 10 more ideas sprouted up and demanded to be executed.
Okay, Sixpence Centerpieces, Final Edition. Here we go:
I’m interrupting your regularly scheduled programming to say that I had the longest, most stressful wedding nightmare last night!* It felt like it went on forever and it was the quintessential “stress dream”—we were running hours behind, the flowers for the bouquets were, like, dyed blue carnations or huge stalks of unknown origin, a big chunk of my hair got loose from its updo and no one would help me, and I realized I had completely forgotten to drop off ANY of the decor to the reception venue. Haha! OK, brain, calm down.
Anyway! I just finished our table numbers and thought I would share, as they were so easy and I’m very pleased with the way they turned out. Originally, I figured we’d do some kind of pretty, vintage-looking paper in frames, keeping with the warm and festive feeling we wanted.
I searched for quite a while for paper or printables and didn’t find anything I really liked…until, one day, inspiration struck. What about antique sheet music? For old-timey, traditional Christmas carols?! A suggested Etsy seller, CuriousCrowDigital, came up who sold downloadable “grungy Christmas music” and let me tell you, it’s just perfect. Again, I didn’t want anything super Christmasy for our December wedding, but this is eye-catching while still being subtle enough that you’d have to lean in to read it. Plus, I have always LOVED old Christmas carols, especially English ones (“I Saw Three Ships” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and all that).