Most girls have been dreaming of their wedding day since they were 5 years old. Don’t let worries, frustration and sometime family ruin your planning, have FUN, remember it’s YOUR special day.
Make yourself a to do list and include a few of these important things to do: select your bridal party, decide on the number of guests, determine a theme, set your budget, consider a wedding planner
and start organizing your event at least 18 months in advance. The church
and/or venue will play a key role in your overall time frame. Your nerves
will be frazzled as butterflies flutter in your stomach; after all you are
planning the biggest day of your adult life so far.
Consider doing something extraordinary that will stand out from typical weddings…use pattern.
Find a fabric or design you love and incorporate it into your invitations, gift table, thank you cards and favors. Drape the tent or table tops with the same themed fabric and add a touch of your
gown pattern to make it truly unique. Here we chose a beautiful designer floral fabric and mixed it with a co-ordinate sage green lattice to finish off the tent. Dress up your table top by laying a border across the center of your table to give it individual flare.
Roses, hydrangeas, lilies, freesias and a few other various flowers filled the silver center pieces, all color coordinated to go with the designer floral tablecloth. As the wedding was outside by a lake, it was important to create an atmosphere that made it feel like you were inside an interior designed room with a beautiful water view. We added lots of greenery around the top of the tent, chandeliers and table lamps with shades for dramatic lighting, all this added to creating an elegant atmosphere.
Each guest was lucky enough to receive a custom made tote bag, various patterns were used and were made in the same fabric as the table clothes. The tote was filled with local goodies and snacks as well, each guest had a mini vase of roses wrapped with our signature printed wedding ribbon. I think every room should have flowers so to feel at home immediately when one arrives at the hotel. A custom guest book was created by mixing various wallpaper patterns and the fabrics as well as the sage ribbon also used on the invitation and program and other momento’s included throughout the pages of the book made it a real keepsake of the entire event.
Another great idea is to make a CD of your favorite music. We labeled it in the floral pattern and wrapped each with floral wallpaper and a signature printed ribbon, then placed one at each persons place setting. A practical and simple gift which every one loved along with the tote bags. For the children, clear bags made up with shredded lime wallpaper, a small lattice paper was used for the backdrop of the bag and then fill them with candy, tie each one with a bow and voila…..a lovey candy bag that is fun for the kids but also flows with the theme of the wedding.
After the wedding ceremony, hand made cones made out of a lattice print wallpaper and sealed with a sheer ribbon were filled with rose petals for guests to throw at the bride and groom. Very Eco friendly! We decided to have a boat cruize for our rehearsal with a Dixie Land Band. To keep the festivities alive, we made hats with borders on them for guests to wear which carried the floral theme through the weekend as they were placed on the gift table to give it some interest with the custom wallpapered money/envelope box.
Every detail is important so when you select a theme and carry it through the entire event a beautiful story is told at the end of the special day. I hope some of you can use these ideas and make your day special like mine was! Jaima
Images via: Jaima Brown