Thursday, June 28, 2012

It's all in the Details!

To tie in our rustic/fall theme, I've been collecting bottles, corks, and mason jars among other things that I plan to use at the reception. I hope these little details help pull the look together.

 This is a very simple look. I found glass milk bottles from a local dairy farm that I think are just right. Even beer bottles could be used for this effect.

 I picked up coppery colored mini watering cans and pitchers from a local craft store on the cheap!

 I've fallen in love with mason jars! I'd like to have mason jars for the bridesmaids to put their bouquets in - a nice way to dress up the head table!

 A shepherd's hook, some ribbon, flowers, and a mason jar. Great idea for aisle runners for an outdoor ceremony. Our ceremony is indoors, but this might make a nice path into the reception!

 Mason jars as candle holders. Fill with rocks, sand, moss... the options are limitless!

 A unique overhead display with an old wooden ladder.

I found this idea (on Pinterest of course) for breaking wine bottles to use as vases. If I'm feeling crafty (and perhaps a bit daring!) I may give this a try.

I'm excited to find uses for all the items I've been collecting!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wedding Traditions: to Honor or to Skip?

When planning a wedding, there are a lot of traditions to consider. Planning a wedding today often means feeling the pressure to honor the wishes of loved ones while still achieving the wedding you've been dreaming of.  A modern bride will likely find herself wondering which traditions to honor and which ones to skip.

Traditionally, bridesmaids have always worn matching dresses - whether flattering or not - matching shoes - no matter how uncomfortable - matching hairstyles, matching jewelry, coordinating everything right down to the color of their nail polish. There was a time when seemingly every ceremony was held in a church, with standard readings and traditional vows. Until recently,  it was bad luck for the groom to see his bride before the wedding.

Weddings are becoming more personal while still honoring age-old traditions. More frequently, bridesmaids wear dresses of similar style or color palette of the Brides choosing, and shoes they feel comfortable in rather than footwear dictated by the bride. Now couples are personalizing their ceremonies at unique, and often more intimate, locations, writing their own vows and selecting meaningful readings.Some couples choose to do a sneak-peak before walking down the aisle for a memorable photo opportunity.

So when it comes to weddings, should traditions be honored just for traditions sake?

The good news is, it is more and more acceptable for brides and their grooms to overlook what is expected, and instead do what showcases them as a couple.

Make a grand exit amidst a flutter of bubbles or by the light of sparklers rather than under the old fashioned shower of rice. Forgo the stuffy, formal bridal party portraits for more fun, relaxes shots. In other words, let your wedding be a reflection of you and your future husband.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wedding To Dos

With the big day drawing nearer, people have begun asking, "So do you have everything all set for the wedding?"

I try not to laugh in response.

As the days until the wedding get smaller, the list of things to do doesn't seem to be shrinking! There are lots of checklists out there, but here's a great one I found to stay on track!

12 Month Wedding Planning Checklist
Wedding Planning Checklist by Digby & Rose Luxury Invitations

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Creative Table Numbers

There are some wedding decisions that are particularly hard to make simply because the options are endless! I've been trying to decide on creative table numbers. Thanks to Pinterest, I've seen so many unique ideas, including many that complement our rustic fall theme, I've not been able to narrow it down.

Here are some great ideas I've come across.

Thoughtful/Momento Table Numbers

 Love this idea! Would just need the time to find photos of each of us at every age and put these together.

Allow your guests to write you notes to open on each anniversary!

 Take a photo of yourself and your future hubby holding the numbers - why didn't I think of that?!

Another take on the same idea.

Crafty DIY Table Numbers
Cute and easy DIY idea. Print numbers on labels, put on wine bottles and voila!

Sticking with the wine theme, cork pyramids to hold your table numbers. Ingenious!

Rustic Table Numbers

 I like the rustic feel of numbers in wooden frames.

 These simple numbers also have a rustic feel.

 The burlap is a nice touch!

Do you see a theme happening here ... ?

After seeing so many great ideas, I finally decided on one that was budget friendly, and fit our theme:


 I have a few other ideas to use the extra chalkboards at the reception. Chalkboards could be used as signage for favors and escort cards.

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