It’s a little ironic that my favorite store of all time is Home Goods. We’ve got no space for random knick-knacks or oversized furniture in our studio, but that doesn’t keep me from daydreaming about how a collection of bronzed deer antlers would look so perfect hanging over an enormous weathered credenza. We’ll have a dining room one day, right? So when it came time to pick out some furniture to create lounge areas for our reception, I was like a kid in a candy store. And this candy store…it was gooooood.
After meeting with Michelle Edgemont to brainstorm design options for our new venue, it was decided that we would throw a good chunk of money into renting out some furniture pieces to create two lounge areas off of the dance floor. I was really apprehensive about how the new floor plan at The Liberty Warehouse would work with our cocktail-style party, so although renting furniture is expensive, I think it will go a long way in creating an intimate setting and finally put my mind at ease that our wedding vision is not all lost. Michelle gave me the option of modern furniture or vintage-style furniture, and when I opted for the latter, she pointed me in the direction of Patina Vintage Rentals.
I love a signature drink for an event. Whether the goal is to save on spirits, add a personal touch or just to keep the wedding theme going, I think signature cocktails are a fun experience for guests. I know I’ve tried a few themed drinks at events that were totally different from what I usually sip, and I loved them. Being that our wedding theme has been driven by our location, and the fact that our location is a brewery, we thought it might be apt to suggest a menu of signature cocktails at our bash that were all made with beer. That’s right, signature beer cocktails.
For the uninitiated, beer cocktails are certainly “a thing,” and for the most part they’re incredibly delicious. Across the board, there’s no standard template for beer cocktail recipes. Some combine a beer with a mixer, some mix beer with a liquor, and some just mix beer with other beer. Some popular beer cocktails you may have heard of or tried are the Moscow Mule (ginger beer + vodka), Michelada (beer bloody mary), Shandy (beer + lemonade), Snakebite (beer + cider) and the Black and Tan (Guiness + an ale/lager).
A pic of my usual easy Summer Shandy a few summers ago; just Bud Light and lemonade.
On our first Valentine’s Day together, I planned a three course home-cooked dinner for Mr. S. This was quite the labor of love since my abilities in the kitchen were limited to Cup O’ Noodles and Bagel Bites. (I’m sorry to report that 13 years later, there hasn’t been much improvement in that department.)
My parents went out to dinner for their own Valentine’s Day date, so it was just the two of us. I had watched one too many soap operas on what constituted a romantic evening at home, covered the entire first floor of our house with candles, and had some light jazz music playing in the background. After we finished eating, Mr. S invited me to dance in the middle of our living room. Our sickeningly sweet lovefest was interrupted by the sound of something dripping. Turns out my dollar store candles were not meant for long lasting romance, because they were quickly melting onto my parents’ hardwood floors. The rest of our Valentine’s Day date was spent on our hands and knees scraping wax off the floor.
You would think after that little traumatic event I’d think twice about surrounding myself with candles at our wedding. But before they started melting on me, the dollar store candles were amazingly enchanting and intimate (and helped to disguise my butchered pork loin). The candle centerpiece inspirations I found online confirmed my memory of that night. Everything about glowing candle centerpieces fit into my cozy winter wedding vision.
Mr. BC and I have been talking a lot about what he is going to wear at the wedding. I love the look of ties and vests on grooms (and groomsmen), but that’s not really our style. Now that I think about it, I’m not sure if I have ever seen Mr. BC in a tie before. We keep it pretty casual.
My favorite wedding decorations meet two important criteria. First: they must be inexpensive. I love decorations that are cheap. Any bride can tell you that wedding expenses add up way faster than you would ever imagine. I am in favor of anything that reduces the overall sticker shock of the wedding. Second criteria: the best decor serves a dual purpose. I like decorations that can be used for the wedding day, then later be displayed in the home. … read more
Hive, I have been done with teaching for just over a month, and I kid you not—I don’t think I’ve stopped doing something for the wedding since that time. I mean, yes—I’ve had some plans to get together with friends & family here and there, or had appointments—but seriously, I HAVE NOT STOPPED crafting, ordering things online, going to Michaels (I might as well own the company by now), following up with vendors, and making lists. I get up at about 6:30 or 7:00 every morning, even though I could sleep in, and start working, because my brain is buzzing with a million things. (I finally took some NyQuil last night to help me sleep, and I got nine hours! It was glorious!!) There has not been a single day where I just sat on the couch and watched a movie or read a book. Not a single one. I know that brides get really busy leading up to the wedding—but I had no idea that this is what it would be like. I don’t even have a JOB!! How does anyone do it when you’re working full-time?? I know it was my choice to take on a lot of these projects (they of course aren’t essential), and I know many brides choose to, but I really don’t know how anyone does it when they have anything else they need to be doing in the month leading up to their wedding. I cannot believe there’s this much to do.
After we visited our venue to see our DJ in person, I decided on something—our bathrooms needed baskets. It’s such a small thing, but it really seemed like it would add something for our guests. That, and my internal wedding planner/stage manager wants to be prepared for EVERYTHING.
When considering our bathroom baskets, I read a lot of information to help me create a list of everything that could possibly be needed. Besides getting an idea of what to add, I kept seeing one common thread—costs ranging from $65 and up. For one time use items, if used at all, I definitely wanted to keep this on the cheap side. So, I decided that I wanted to keep the total for BOTH bathroom baskets under $50.
When the time came to think about aisle decor, I was pretty blase about the whole thing. I mean it’s pretty and all, but who really notices anyway, you know what I mean? So when Collette, our wedding coordinator, asked me what my plan was, I was at a total loss (seems to be my trend). I had pinned some inspiration quite some time ago, back when Mr. Farmer and I first got engaged (and when I was still using Pinterest), but I haven’t even thought about it since then.
The reason I haven’t given it much thought? Because our aisle looks like this:
It’s a nice slab of cement. So the traditional aisle runner that I wanted to do was out. Cement and aisle runners do not get along very well. The wind gets a hold of the runner and creates ripples and it’s potentially a tripping hazard. I don’t want Mr. Farmer to whip out his EMT training on our wedding day because someone fell. I would feel awful if someone hurt themselves at our wedding. No bueno. I would have loved to have one but logistics canned that idea, and let’s be real here: I would more than likely be the one tripping.
My other fabulous dumb idea was to fill up vases with dyed water and float some type of flowers or succulents on top to line the aisle.
I never really understood the true meaning of “shit hit the fan” until we lost our wedding at reBar. Shit pieces went flying every which way—our wedding date, venue, catering, DJ, and cake were suddenly splattered turds on pristine white walls. We eventually booked a new wedding venue at The Liberty Warehouse, but as I mentioned before, I had a hard time coming to terms with the change of plans. Our wedding was supposed to be non-traditional and funky, with cozy nooks and crannies of old velvet sofas and mismatched chandeliers.