I came across something spectacular today and just could not let the day pass by without sharing it with you all. Let me tell you a few things about wedding planning, it is stressful, sometimes fun, but many times it makes you regret not following ALL the advice you received to just elope. While I know it will be absolutely worth it when the day comes, leading up to the day just might kill me. I am having some slight venue issues, which my mom refers to as a small hurdle in the world of wedding issues (she used to be a wedding planner), but in my mind, issues with the location, less than two months out, is major. Most people in the industry would probably slap me for letting this ridiculously elongated process stretch on this long. There are several loose ends to tie up (no knowledge of whether the groomsman have suits, much less plane tickets, ah boys.) and less than 30 days before the RSVP deadline and I think I have gotten 4, which will be spectacular on the budget. Having a wedding that doubles as a charity event adds a whole new pressure of not wanting to let anyone down. Planning an event composed of multiple different vendors is just a tricky task in itself. The hardest part of all, reigning it all in to avoid letting all my irritability out on some unsuspecting bystander. I know all brides deal with pre-wedding stress and alas their weddings come out beautifully. I am just ready for peace of mind back in my life. I am a planner by nature and to have so many unanswered questions this late in the game when I have been working on this process for what seems like forever, is well driving me insane. But not to worry, I found this today:
It’s peaceful floating-ness put me at ease.
A very calm reminder to…
There are a few notable reasons I enjoy shopping at thrift stores. First and foremost, I enjoy the challenge of sifting through crap to find something amazing. Secondly of course they are majorly budget friendly. Some other reasons include the fact that shopping there means you are reusing someone’s old, discarded things and giving them a new amazing life or the fact that they are often small local businesses and in these times it’s crucial to support our local businesses. Finally, many times the store sends all or part of their proceeds to support a charity which is like a double use of money in my book and I do love efficiency. The goal of my wedding is sort of an eclectic elegance with DIY elements weaved in with fun finds. I am not looking for that matchy, matchy super formal type of event. I want rustic classiness which mixes together textures, materials, colors, and fabrics into a beautiful synergy of wedding decor. I set out today to find some fun elements for the tables and well anything else that might inspire me. Here are a few of the finds.
I was going to save the best for last but I was too excited to share! Thrifty find #1: A Vintage Lou Taylor clutch in nearly perfect condition. Cost: $5.00. Mind blowing, I know. Alright now to table decor…
Who doesn’t love milk glass? It has a nice vintage feel and understated elegance to it. Imagine these in a group with a few flowers in each of them. Perfection.
A brass candelabra may look dull at first sight BUT imagine it draped in strands of pearls, maybe a few crystals hanging down, you could even spray paint it to match your color scheme. The possibilities are endless here! Place this on your sweet heart table for a little mood lighting and all the rest of the tables will be jealous!
In total I purchased 8 things for a total of $20.91. The clutch was a splurge as everything else came in around $2 or less. The biggest bonus is not only am I reusing someone elses old things but when the wedding is over I can use all these pieces as home decor. If I went to a craft store and purchased 10 of the same vases for each of my tables I would likely have no use for them. Who needs 10 of the same vases? Think of the sentimental value of seeing these pieces in various places in my house for the rest of my life and the memories they will invoke. You just can’t beat it. In addition if these items don’t fit in to the whole wedding plan, it’s no major loss. So instead of heading to a major retail store or bridal warehouse, head to a thrift store and see what kind of crazy cool stuff you can find. The planet will thank you and so will your budget.
We are incredibly lucky to have some amazing people involved in our wedding. We can not wait until the big day so that we will see the amazing-ness that they will produce. Our photographer, Melissa Dunstan, and event designer, Kim Duncan, are quite possibly two of the most talented ladies in the Arizona Wedding industry and on top of that really great people as well. Perhaps I am biased but I thought I’d show you a little of what I already know: That these ladies are incredible! Here are some real wedding pictures to inspire you and awe you.
What I love is Melissa’s ability to capture details. You know all the things you don’t really get a chance to appreciate on the big day while you are wrapped up in a whirlwind of all the wedding festivities. The little details are what truly make weddings unique so it’s nice to have such beautiful pictures of them when the day is over.
As a planning bride I know all the work and time that goes into selecting each and every little thing. From the dress to the flowers on the cake. All that should be documented and she does just that.
I love the rings on the champagne corks! So cute!
The following are weddings designed by KD Event Designs. Kim has a background in interior design and she has a knack for pulling everything together. Her designs are unique to the couples she works with and truly impressive.
Speaking of details, Kim nails them. From the tables, to the ceremony, to the decor around the reception she thinks of it all. It’s truly amazing what she can do and I continue to be impressed each time I visit her blog.To other planning brides, I recommend getting to know your vendors on more than just a professional level. It is crucial on the day of your wedding to know you have people you will get along with and you can trust. I feel completely confident to put my big day in their hands and I am honored that they have decided to take on the responsibility!
When most people think of weddings, flowers immediately come to mind. Beautiful, colorful flowers are the epitome of weddings as they are involved in everything from the bouquets to decor on the cake. However they can be pricey and taxing to the environment. I have considered potted plants for decor since day one but was having trouble visualizing how that would really look. It’s all well and good to think about making an effort to make choices that benefit the environment but when it comes down to it, would I really do it? It’s not something you see everyday and weddings are often planned according to the typical mold. Despite my very unconventional approach to this wedding I sometimes find myself getting stuck in the wedding mindset. Meaning I make choices based on other weddings or what is traditional when in all reality that is the opposite of what I want from my wedding. Of course we want our wedding to reflect our beliefs and besides charity, the environment is important to us too. So back to potted plants… The bonus about potted plants is of course you can take them home after the event and enjoy them for years to come. In addition you can give some to your guests and know a piece of you and your wedding is growing out there somewhere and appreciated daily. As opposed to your flowers which were likely starting to wilt before the champagne toast! Of course you can mix and match to get the look you desire. So to ease my mind on the potted plants idea, as I know it isn’t revolutionary, surely there would be some amazing pictures to be found that would give me a better vision. There were amazing pictures, big time. Here are a few of my favorites:
This picture is from Duvall Catering. They used little pots of labeled herbs which I think is adorable. Herbs are easy to come by, easy to maintain and grow like weeds, insuring full pots by wedding day. Not to mention they are incredibly practical as you or your guests can take them home and start using them to cook with! Not everyone will go home and plant a tree from your wedding or even be able to maintain a potted plant, but herbs don’t require much of a green thumb. A little sun and a little water and they are sure to thrive.
To me this picture has a rustic classiness that is sure to please. A company called Give Tree Gifts sells an assortment of little tree products to be used as decor or favors. According to their website the average tree absorbs 26lbs of carbon dioxide a year and provides enough oxygen for a family of four. They also help block and reflect solar radiation. You sure can’t say that about candy coated almonds. I also can’t think of anything cooler than planting a tree from your wedding and watching its progress each year as you celebrate your anniversary. They offer tree favors for under $2.00 and some larger tree options for under $20. So you could give them to everyone or just have a few for decoration. They would be lovely for a winter wedding!
Of course, pots don’t have to include just greenery. You can plant flowers in them too! They are still more sustainable than cut flowers because you will likely have to find them locally. The bottom right picture is of course cut flowers, but what I liked is the little containers they were in. They are all different and very colorful which is a nice way to bring some color and detail in without flowers. I also really like the grouping of rosemary in all white pots in the center of a round table. The picture is from the Sitting in a Tree Blog and they have other potted centerpieces you can check out as well.
In addition to potted plants, this picture includes baskets of fruit. I LOVE it.
This one comes to you from My DIY Wedding Day which is a great blog in general to check out. This is from a real wedding where the couple placed name cards in the little pots to be used as favors.
Last but not least, I think even grass or what looks like grass to me, looks amazing. It looks like these people used the pots to hold the menu for the event. As I was searching for pictures, I found it wasn’t a matter of finding ones I liked and that gave me that wedding feeling but rather deciding which ones to post with all the great options out there. So I am now convinced that potted plants can be just as beautiful if not more so than cut flowers. And like your marriage they will continue to grow!