Yesterday I came home and gathered the mail out of our mailbox, only to find an exciting discovery- our floral design quote!
Now, before you think I’ve gone and lost my marbles (who gets excited over a bill?!), let me explain. As you may remember, I wrote recently about our fabulous florist. One of the things that quantifies her fabulosity is the fact the she quoted me loosely $500 less than what the other places in town were asking, for way more flowers and gorgeousness! So when I got the official quote in the mail today, I was jonesing to see what the final tally would be.
Get this- for ALL of our flowers, we’re going to be paying $900 (which includes our $50 deposit). HECK YES!!!! We had budgeted about $1500 for flowers, so do you know what this means? Surplus!
Naturally, (in the crazy world o’ weddings) surpluses must be spent. When I called Momma Powder Puff to give her the good news, she had one thing to say to me. “The chairs are in!” Hooray!
“Wow,” you may be thinking. “I had no idea chairs were so exciting.” Well, these aren’t just any old chairs.
I don’t know if any of you ever read Once Wed, but it is hands down my favorite site for wedding inspiration. Ever single thing that is featured on there makes me want to rip the pictures out of the computer and magically spash them all over our wedding. Gorgeous!
While perusing this site the other day, I came across these photos of a stunning table setting designed by Lobster and Swan.
One of the things I was most obsessed with when we first started planning our wedding was centerpieces. It seemed to me, since we’re on a tight budget, that these could make or break the cost (and the overall look) of the reception.
For those of you who have decided not to use flowers for your centerpieces, here are some creative, cost-effective options. Totally outside the flowers-or-candles box!
1. Balloons! Now stick with me here. While balloons may conjure up images of a three-year-old’s birthday party, when done correctly they can be completely elegant and fun!
Check this out:
I saw this image in a recent Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, and if Martha says it’s great, then it’s A-OK in my book!
For this centerpiece, you need galvanized champagne buckets with a bottle of champagne, or even colorful bottles of Jones Soda inside. Anchor a few balloons on the tables, hang (non-helium filled) balloons from the ceiling, and voila! A gorgeous room for next to nothing. Sweetness! … read more
Once upon a time in July, we were debating between having long or round tables at our wedding. I loved long tables, but I had a lot of people telling me they wouldn’t look right, they require too many centerpieces, people’s knees would touch, and on and on the reasons went. So I wrote a post about it and asked your opinion. I’m so glad you all encouraged me to follow my heart and go with what I wanted.
Here is what our reception area looked like with the long tables:
I was back in Atlanta for a week of wedding madness. It’s almost FIVE weeks away! Things are slowly chugging along, and to my surprise I’m not stressed yet. 🙂
We visited the reception site and went over many many details, one of which were the chair sashes!
We asked Angela, our reception site coordinator, if she could find us dark gray and peach chair sashes. She painstakingly found us the perfect shade of peach and here is what the two colors look like:
Please ignore the second bow on the peach chair- they are meant to be separate. Left is the platinum satin, right is the peach satin + peach organza. … read more
There are few things that I absolutely love about LA. #1- the Dodgers, and #2- the LA Fashion District, specifically the textiles (aka fabric).
Growing up, Mama Peep Toe introduced me to the Garment District, and over the years I have taken a few trips to get fabric for various projects- curtains, pillows, duvet covers, etc. They were all very simple square projects. And while I can still really only sew a square, I have come to TOTALLY appreciate the Mecca that is the LA Fashion District.
So, on my last visit to LA, I made Mama Peep Toe take me around the Garment District. Now I am going to warn you, it’s a little run down and a little gritty, but the fabrics are to die for!! According to this website, nowhere else on the West Coast even comes close, and I concur.
Now, the Fashion District itself is HUGE, so I suggest you start where Mama Peep Toe always takes me first: Michael Levine’s. It’s the largest store there (well, one of the only true ‘stores’):
So I mentioned things got a little crazy before my trip to Colorado. Suddenly I realized that this was the only opportunity I would have to get things out to Vail without having to ship them. I quickly thought of any last minute DIY projects I could squeeze into my schedule before my flight. I thought about our church doors and how pretty dark red letters would look in the snow. So like many bees, I ordered wood letters from (16”³, Times New Roman, 1/4 thick) Craft Cuts . This size is large enough to make a statement but won’t completely take over the church doors.