How we did it (no, not that, you weirdo- the wedding!)-Part 1

22 Jun


Now that you have had a chance to get an overview of what the wedding was all about, here’s some info on the details in case you are looking to do a similar event.

The main thing you need to know about this wedding was that it was DIY. By that I DO NOT mean that I did everything myself, but I DO mean that we didn’t hire anyone to do anything.

The first thing we did was discuss what kind of wedding we wanted. We came up with small, intimate, casual and fun. That made it easier to decide what kind of place and what time of year would best fit those ideas. We have all been to weddings that look like the last five weddings we went to. That is fine. That is traditional. BUT, that was not us.

This next part is important (hence the italics), so I want you to read it. You do not have to do what other people do. In weddings or otherwise. If you like what someone else did and want to copy them, then I say go for it. BUT, you don’t really know if it’s what you want to do until you THINK about it. Okay, everyone?

The next step for us was to pick a date and locate a venue. You may have to do some prioritizing based on if your venue is available on the date you want. Luckily, ours was. A lot of people asked how we found that place (because it was down a dirt road, out in the boonies) and the simple answer is…THE INTERNET! If you are reading this blog, you have access to the internet. If you have access to the internet, you have access to the world. You can find or learn to do anything online.

Next, of course, comes the dress. I think it is very important to do the other steps first or you could end up with a dress that doesn’t fit the rest of the wedding. I looked at more pictures than you could shake a stick at before I decided on what I wanted. Once you have some idea of what you want and a price range (and a commitment to stick to that price range), you are ready to shop. Now, from the picture, you can obviously see that my dress was very simple.

No lace, no beads, no corset and no floor-length. But, would you guess that it was only $40? I bought it for $40 at OnceWed and didn’t even have to pay shipping and handling. Now, I was taking a risk there (but only a $40 one!) that the dress may not fit. However, it still had the tags on it so I figured I’d just resell it and buy something different if it didn’t. But, it did (even though it was so tight, I couldn’t even wear a bra under it). The veil was purchased at a thrift store for $11 and after I hot-glued the edge of the veil back onto the comb, it was in perfect condition! And the boots were old. I have seriously had those since 2006 or earlier.

Now that these important pieces were established, everything else started falling into place. I realized I could never afford to feed all our guests but I had another plan. Every year my grandma’s family has a reunion on Memorial Day weekend at a lake pavilion and they have a potluck dinner. It works out great! So, I decided to do that. I felt kind of rude for imposing on people to bring a dish, though, so Spencer and I decided to ask people to count the dish they brought as their gift to us. We didn’t need a blender, anyway. As soon as I told this to our families, my aunt offered to provide the meat and my cousin offered to cook it! Heck yes! Then, I decided a cake would be expensive, a pain in the butt to haul and not fitting with our casual theme. So,we got cupcakes (that my mom and step-dad paid for), which is a very popular option these days.

Then, I started thinking about decorations. Unfortunately, I do not have awesome photos of the decorations because I wanted to take them myself beforehand and there just was not time to do it. But, the decorations were really simple and you can get a feel for it from a few of these pics.

A hand-painted (by me) sign on wood I found in the yard and some Chinese lanterns led the way to the clearing where we held the ceremony

I bought our arch off Craigslist for $10 and just decorated it myself. Now, the boys did hang some little Chinese lanterns on it, which I found strange, but I doubt anyone else even noticed. Or, maybe they did and maybe they thought it looked awesome. Who knows? I simply stuck some greenery on there along with a piece of white silk and a torn up sheet that I bought at the thrift store. I liked the arch. The only problem is that it was windy and the thing was wobbling. We had an aisle runner that I bought at a thrift store for $3 but I just didn’t have time to deal with it, so it fell by the wayside.

I think that will be all for now, but look for more coming soon. I’ll show reception decorations, save-the-dates, invites and provide links to the most helpful sites.


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