I’m a budget bride. While our guest list is small (15-20 peeps), trying to plan a Hawaii wedding from the East Coast can be quite costly. To save some cash, we’ve cut out the bridal party and have decided to forgo the traditional reception (more on that later). We also hope to save in the flower department. While flowers can definitely jazz up a place, we can’t justify spending thousands of dollars on them (if we had the $$, it might be a different story). Plus, the wedding is in Hawaii; there is sooo much natural beauty, why should we pay for more?
Back when we visited the wholesale warehouse for our decor elements, I never thought we would wind up with this…
but I’m not that surprised since Mamacado is truly one of the craftiest people EVER! I don’t have step-by-step photos of the process, since Mamacado and Friend Patti were a little busy assembling these just a few days before the wedding to take photos. I did manage to grab a few shots of the basic elements before they were assembled however, which should give you enough of an idea to recreate your own version if you so choose.
I would love to have the budget for elaborate, floral centerpiece displays, but it’s just not going to happen. I’ve read all of the articles in wedding magazines about how to keep the cost of your centerpieces low, and the one idea that stuck with me was using candles. I love candles! I have a lot of them and I burn them all the time, so using them as reception centerpieces seems like a logical decision.
Most of the weddings I’ve been to have featured candlelit centerpieces, including one of my sisters (the other used oil lamps from my mom’s growing collection, so I guess that kind of counts, too!). Whether they are displayed in votive cups, in floral rings or in candlestick holders, wax and wicks are a popular option in my neck of the woods.
My centerpieces came about a little backwards, however. I was in Walmart with both sisters one night last February and there was a clearance sale. I walked out of there with 36 hourglass-shaped clear glass vases for under $25. They were 60 cents each! I hadn’t even thought of centerpieces yet, but with a bargain like that, I was willing to make the vases part of our wedding decor. Yes, I bought vases without any plan for exactly how I will use them. What can I say? I love a challenge! … read more
Mr. Martini and I chose not to get married in a church, simply because we preferred not to change between two locations, not because of any religious reasons. There were slight objections from our Christian families who preferred us to get married in a church, but we were able to negotiate having a religious wedding at our venue location.
Our venue, The Venetian, is great in every single way, except for the ceremony room, which I feel is just too small.
This is a picture of the ceremony room (from my previous entry):
Today our DIY rewind comes from Mrs. Bell Pepper. The Bell Peppers included details from one of their favorite movies, Amelie, into their tablescape. This DIY project was originally posted on May 4, 2007.
My fiance and I both really liked the movie Amelie, and I wanted to find a way to incorporate a cute idea from this movie. In one of the scenes from the movie, Amelie seizes her father’s gnome and hands it over to her flight attendant friend. Her friend travels around the world with this gnome and takes postcard photos of it posing in Moscow, England, all over the world. I thought the idea was amusing and I wanted to include this gnome in our traveling adventures.
I’m currently debating the necessity of fancy linens. Our venue will provide ivory or white tablecloths (that do not go all the way to the floor… what is up with that?!) and ivory or white napkins. I’m down with the ivory napkins, but I don’t think I can get behind the shortie tablecloths.
I really like the idea of champagne pintucked satin or ivory dupioni silk.
Note to Mr. Fondue: This contains photos of my half of the cake topper, so please look elsewhere if you happen to see this post.
One of the most exciting purchases for our wedding has been our cake topper. We were thrilled when we learned we could get a custom cake topper based off of our Mii avatars from our Nintendo Wii. A few different people offered them, but we finally settled on Paul Pape Designs so that we could get completely customized toppers wearing our wedding attire.
I took pictures of our Miis and sent them in along with photos of our attire. Mr. Fondue still hadn’t decided on the black tux or the pinstripe, but he didn’t want to wait, so we opted to make his Mii wear an all black tux for simplicity’s sake.
I like the idea of lighting a unity candle at our wedding ceremony. Not only because of its symbolism and tradition, but because it provides a great way for our mothers to participate in the ceremony by lighting a candle. While the common brass or silver candle holders are beautiful, I fell in love with the idea of having a unity candle floral arrangement. With this type of unity candle, we could have a set of simple white candles surrounded by flowers that match the rest of the decor. Because I just can’t get enough of the wedding-related craft projects, I set out to make one myself.
Here are a few arrangements I found for inspiration: