Oh no my love of weddings and all things bridal is reemerging!! My wedding theme, if it had to have one, was classic elegance and a Jewish wedding. I got married 2000 miles away in my home town so I left 90% of the planning up to my mom (who has impeccable taste and is a perfectionist). I told her my colors and vision and she did a great job. The location we chose required you to use their catering (which is fine as they have superb food) for the sit-down dinner and even the wedding cake. I kinda just showed up! I had a "big reveal" like on tv, and I was taken aback by how perfectly everything turned out. Originally I wanted an intimate mid afternoon Sunday wedding on a boat in Seattle, but the event turned much larger once in our home town. My inspiration was a vision of an old jewelry box full of vintage jewelry ... so our colors were cameo pink, coral, pearl, soft gray, and a little gold. We had white linens and simple china with a gold rim. I got my wedding dress in downtown LA in the garment district in the same area where they well all the quinceañera dresses. It was a steal. To make things personal, I had a luckenbooth that my husband gave me sewn to my bouquet, and I attached a blue button from my dearly missed grandmother to my dress. Our neighbor made our huppah (wedding canopy) for us. I didn't really care about the cake at all, but the groom's cake was red velvet in full school spirit. We didn't do any crafting. I think I already lost the guest sign in book. The one thing I absolutely regret is not having a videographer!!
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Aw, fun. I'll have to dig up a couple photos. We did a very simple wedding...late spring with lots of tulips, white lights, and very simple decor. Kind of 1920s inspired dresses and black & white accents. :)
Here is one of my favorite wedding ideas though, plus you end up with something lovely to hang in your home as opposed to a book that gets put away with your wedding keepsakes....
I love everybody's weddings! Mrs. H, thanks for sharing the blog - I LOVE all the cowboy boots and everyone looks gorgeous, especially you.
I won't be much help because I did have a formal, sit down dinner wedding...I did do a lot of DIY and Etsy, though. My colors were citrus - tangerine, soft lime, and a hint of lemon yellow. Both h and I's favorite color is orange, funnily enough. We got married in a church, but had the reception at a resort on the beach. It was Sep 4 and very hot in southern California. We had citrus fruit accents throughout - orange tree and blossom illustrations on the invites and programs, lime slices floating in the vases (all of my flower arrangements were in mason jars or vintage apothecary bottles), and kumquat boutonieres. For seating cards, I wrote everyone's name and table number in silver pen on a green paper leaf, then pinned it into a clementine with a paper orange blossom. That was my favorite DIY :) I tried to keep the citrus motif subtle, but I'm sure some thought it was cheesy. I thought it was fun and summery.
I keep trying to add pics but it's not working :(
This is a fun thread. I am not a wedding person at all. If I weren't so cheap, I totally would have hired a planner. My advice isn't revolutionary: Spend (money and time) on what matters to you, and scrimp on what isn't important. And don't let anyone convince you to do things that aren't your cup of tea. We didn't have centrepieces, real flowers (except boutonnieres and corsages for the moms), a cake cutting, a dance, or a garter toss, and we took a lot of flack. In the end, no one noticed the lack of centrepieces (as the food was served "family style"), the fake flower bouquets looked real, and people told us they enjoyed being able to talk without loud music. The ceremony was at my church which is huge, so no way to make it fancy without spending a ton of cash. Here are some shots of our bouquets (made by my best friend's MIL), tables and ceremonies:
The only things we splurged on were the location (an amazing museum overlooking Canada's Parliament Buildings), and my dress, which my mom insisted on covering. I'll post so you can see the beautiful location.
I went into it thinking, "As long as we're married at the end of it, it will be a perfect day." The worst thing you can do is make so much of your wedding that you don't have any fun!
PS Poppy, I adore your framed Italy map. That is so lovely!
PPS My husband refuses to have his photo posted online, hence the doctored photos. :-)
OMG Maggie, what a gorgeous location!
So I was posting from work before and didn't have access to my pictures... everyone has fun pics to share! Not my wedding pics yet, but my favorite engagement pictures. My photographer is amazing... beyond amazing. We went big on that because after it's all over, you have the spouse and the pictures :)
I know I want green, orange and red to be my theme colours when I get married. I love the colours of autumn (though would rather get married in the summer because... well... it's England and that would be my only shot at a warm sunny day ;) ). I like planning things so I've already done a ton of research. I'll put together a photo montage of what my dream wedding would look like :)
Clearly not married but I've ended-up as honorary brides maid in enough wedding parties I wasn't supposed to be part of its become a running joke. I used to (and sometime still do) wedding make up professionally so it's turned into one of my go to gifts for close enough friends (super cheap for me, saves the bride a ton of money and ensure she takes at least 1 hour before the wedding to get pampered). I have a friend who is an amazing baker and makes multi-teared wedding cakes as her gift. Tap your friends skills (if they can do them in Italy) and use them. They'll love helping out and you have less to worry about.
What I've picked up over the last dozen-ish weddings is this:
1) Choose your MoH very carefully. I know you always want it to be your best friend but if she is at all self-centered, ditzy or unreliable. Choose someone else. If she's younger and has never been in a wedding before, make sure she understands what you expect of her. My friend choose her 16 yr old sister as her MoH and the poor girl didn't know what she needed to do apart from walk down the aisle. Since they are like sisters to me I just started nudging her through it. This can be anything from keeping track of who you want in what wedding picture to, what time things are being delivered and who contact people are for everything, to making sure you eat before she does. (Trust me this is important, and even more so if you are breast feeding - brides and grooms tend to forget to eat until they almost faint because everyone wants a piece of them).
2) My wedding is going to be in a small venue. Hopefully no church involved anywhere. My friend did this and it was awesome. Put the dancefloor in a separate room from the dinners. It forces people to awkwardly stand around the wall instead of reliving prom by awkwardly watching the two couples dancing on the floor. (This helps the mood). If it's all out doors find a way to section them if it's not too much trouble. The other side of the buffet table that is stuffed with flowers - which I feel like yours will be - totally works.
3) The more organized you are to begin with the better. Make lists you can hand off to other people the day before the wedding. The day of the wedding GET YOURSELF PAMPERED!!!
4) Have a rehearsal the day before the wedding not the day of. This sounds self-evident but after going to three day of rehearsals I realize it might not be. It helps everyone involved be more relaxed the day of.
5) Bring a multi-card reader and laptop/external drive to the wedding. Or get the BM to do it. This will allow for collection of all digital photo's before your guest leave that evening. So you'll have all (non-professional) images right away and you don't have to hunt people down. And, you usually get at least one great picture of every guest because someone else took it for you.
6) The most important thing for your wedding to be perfect is for YOU TO HAVE FUN!!! The only wedding that's not perfect is when the bride is stressed out. Don't Bridezilla.
I think you guys should make Roo a tinny flower girl/ring bearer. I realize she'll be much to young but your rings could go in a little mini purse for her and someone could push or carry her down the aisle for you. Then when it's time for the ring exchange your or your FI can hold her while the other gets the rings out of her bag and she can be right there when you exchange them. (Also I'd try to designate someone she adores as "Roo's MoH" or something. I'd suggest someone who isn't your parent or his, it will allow you to know that she is always looked after when your not holding her and her needs are tended to by one particular person and you won't have to constantly look for someone to change her diapers or find her bottle or what not).
(Yikees that was really long. Sorry. Hope at least it's helpful.)
Well I had a Harry Potter (mostly focused on colors) themed wedding in October, on the day my husband and I first met, which is also the same day he proposed. I had a Catholic Ceremony and then a reception followed after. I think photos were the most fun. Me and my girls took photos with our favorite Harry Potter book. We also went to a park after the ceremony and took some gorgeous fall photos.
Most of the things at our wedding I had made. I made a total of 100 wands as favors, which we also used in our pictures. I made all the bouquets, including mine! (origami lilies) I also made 988 cranes, my husband made 12 (total = 1,000 cranes), lol! So he helped a little.
For pictures and more info about our wedding, you can check them out here at my wedding blog: http://apastbride.tumblr.com/tagged/me