It was such a nice surprise this morning to hear from Etsy’s Goose Grease that our cake topper was completed ahead of schedule – yay!! I love having a miniature version of us. What fun! Aren’t we cute? … read more
I am super excited for this post. First of all, this is only my second successful DIY project, and let me just say, I loved how it all turned out. Now that I have that out of my system, onwards to table numbering.
Specifically, I wanted to use our engagement pictures, so I went to Michaels and bought 8 of their cheapest frames (two of which are a different style, but I’m okay with that).
I was really looking for some large brown number stickers, but I couldn’t find any. So I did the next best thing—I bought the best number stickers I could find, a little bottle of brown paint, and a small paint brush: … read more
I promised to tell you more about the tent in the street, didn’t I? After the bridal fair, I finally got around to dealing with the “where shall we seat people” quandary. See, while we have almost two acres of land around and behind our house, much of it is wooded, and none of it is level. Okay, some of it is level, but it’s only 10 feet wide”¦ and 60 feet long. No, thanks.
In a not-so-mature moment, I lost my sh*t and cried all over my loving fiance, who flexed his problem-solving muscles (you know, the ones that get bigger when girls cry) and suggested that we put a tent in the street. Um, what? Hey, that just might work! Because of the odd configuration of our street, the fact that we live just at the apex of the hilly street, and the fabulousness of our neighbors, it actually seemed like a viable option.
After a quick call to the city’s Special Events Department ”” a quick laugh at our plan and some delighted voices made me feel better about it ”” we were just about set.
The fabulous Jeff at All Occasions Party Rentals was kind enough to come out to our house to take a look, and after gamely holding back his shock at our plan, helped me figure out how to put an 80 ft by 20 ft tent in the street.
I’m talking about chairs and chair covers today. I know, don’t get too excited. 🙂 But, when you think about it, even though chairs are such a minor consideration compared to other aspects of the day, they will probably sneak into a good amount of the wedding photos. And I don’t want them to look out of place. Yet, in the same vein, our budget didn’t and still doesn’t have a wedding chair contingency plan. Hmm, what’s a girl to do? Let me relay our mini-dilemma.
The first time we toured our venue, our ceremony room was set up for a business conference. Picture long tables covered with white linens and mauve cloth covered metallic legged chairs manufactured in the 1980s, possibly the early ’90s. I perused the room, completely skipping over the chairs, because in my bratty (albeit naive) bridal mind, I assumed that our venue would be providing us with those pretty, “ladies lunching”, delicate chairs that I had seen at friends’ weddings before. Something like this:
I wanted to share some decor inspirations from Martha Stewart. Every time I see a Martha Stewart magazine I feel like I am on overload with ideas. Even her “non-wedding” magazines have things that you can add to your wedding. Below are some photos from her general entertaining and crafts.
Wouldn’t these butterflies and lanterns be perfect for an outdoor whimsical garden wedding?
Well we’re at that point where we’ve finalized our seating chart, and things are really falling into place! I’ve been a little MIA lately, but have every intention to show you what I’ve been working on. First off, I’ll show you our place cards and table numbers. We fooled around with the idea of using “love” or “I love you” in different languages, and here’s what we got:
And for a little close-up action, here are our choices. We used our engagement photos from Girls With Big Cameras as a background, so be prepared for some lovey dovey crap. I had them printed at a local camera shop and taped two pictures back to back on some leftover antique gold cardstock.
I’ve agonized for months over what was going to serve as centerpieces at our reception. Not having the budget for overflowing floral centerpieces (or for anything that would qualify as a “floral centerpiece”), and on the flip side, not wanting to simply plop a candle into a hurricane and call it a day, I’ve struggled. And planned. And changed my mind.
Of course, I could use the hurricanes that my reception site actually has on hand. I’m sure they’re fine. And I love a good hurricane. It can be simple but you can still dress it up. But that’s just far too easy. And who wants things to be too easy leading up to their wedding day? Not this girl.
The primary elements I’ve wanted on our tables from the beginning have been (in no particular order): candlelight, a single flower (floating or otherwise), a green element, a black container/plate/charger of some sort, and possibly a touch of damask.
I was convinced for a while that I was going to go antiquing and find a variety of ornate black trays of some sort at antique stores. How I was going to come up with 15 of these, I don’t really know… I struggled to find even one.
Fortunately, Crate & Barrel exists to save my sanity. Somehow I have managed to find almost every element that I’ve needed—in budget!—for our centerpieces. At least I’m hoping that’s the case, as I just ordered the final pieces yesterday.
I love taking pictures. When I studied in Europe for a year I took thousands of pictures. Can you imagine what it was like to travel with me? Ask any of my regular travel buddies and they will probably roll their eyes when you mention me and my camera. Well, everyone appreciated it in the end and we have some awesome pictures despite frequent picture breaks. For our wedding we want to incorporate lots of personal touches, and one of the ways to do that is with pictures.
We have not decided what exactly to incorporate, but there are so many ways to use your own photos on the wedding day. We want our guests to walk away from our wedding with the feeling that they know us just a little bit better and it was not just a party, but a personal celebration.
Here are some of the ideas I love so far:
I think decks of cards with personal photos could be great gifts for your bridesmaids or groomsmen. They would be a fun addition to any out of town bag for people who are traveling and need something extra to do.