This post is Part III of my series I'm calling Wedding Details where I break down the various choices and elements incorporated in our wedding. See the DIY Wedding Details page for the full series!
Designing your wedding ceremony look and feel is no joke my friends. No joke!
I knew basic things like Adam walks down aisle, bridesmaids and groomsmen walk down aisle, then me, we get married, then walk back from where we'd come. Ta-da! A wedding is born. But obviously when you're planning this all yourself there are quite a few extra details to go over.
Things like signs! Cute signs! What will the cute signs say? Without them will people know where to go? Where to sit? Where to eat? Where to dance?
Thankfully my Mom was all over that. Cue the pinteresty wooden signs.
Overall for ceremony decorations we went simple, DIY. Our program was the epitome of both. Our wedding program was displayed as you walked towards our chairs, on a window that once hung in the home I grew up in. With a single sign it told you what to expect from our entire wedding.
Our aisle featured a burlap runner leftover from our table arrangements, and antique watering cans filled with baby's breath lined the sides. NOTE: If you're walking three abreast down the aisle, measure the space INCLUDING the watering cans. If you forget, cans will dot the aisle and you'll start walking and find not everyone fits and you'll make weird faces as you walk towards your groom. OOPS!
At the end of the aisle stood the alter, handmade by my mother and cousin. From a tree branch hung various pieces of fabric, crystals, and beads, and in the center, a coral A and J. This was made in California, and transported all the way to Bend for our day, and it came together 150% better than I could have ever imagined. It was a two part piece as after the wedding it was removed and hung behind Adam and I for our dinner backdrop.
As guests waited for the wedding to begin, on their chair they found what I called our "wedding time capsule cards" (designed by yours truly!). We asked our guests to write us a note on the back of our postcards and on our first, fifth and tenth wedding anniversaries we'll open a stack and read what our guests had to say to us on our special day. I can't imagine how fun it will be to open the final stack on our tenth wedding anniversary...
Two final details remain worth mentioning. Bridesmaids flowers, and our ring bearers. When it came to bridesmaids flowers I knew probably before I got married that I wanted baby's breath to be the main flower at our wedding. It's cheap as hell, you can buy it in bulk and arrange it yourself, and it screams country wedding. We ended up buying 30 bushels of baby's breath for the wedding for about $600 which covered the ceremony, bridesmaids, reception decorations, and all the table arrangements. Essentially a wedding bursting with flowers for $600.
As well, thankfully I happen to have a family friend who has a knack for flower arrangements and so the day before the wedding we posted her up in the garage with bundles of flowers, twine, and some floral tape, and she made these perfect bouquets for my bridesmaids.
And finally, our ring bearers. We did not have the traditional ring pillow, as we didn't have traditional ring bearers. Our ring masters were my twin girl cousins, so we knew we needed something different. Thankfully my mother is a genius and came up with the idea to tie the fishing theme in our wedding into their entrance. Per the cue they walked down the aisle carrying two children's fishing poles spray painted black that featured twine line with crystals attached (to sparkle like fishing line does when wet), and on the end dangled two coral boxes.
MOM YOU OUTDID YOURSELF ON THIS ONE. Can we all give my Mom a round of applause for this?
And there you have it. Our ceremony decorations! Full of crafted, thrifted, rounded up creativity I give almost exclusively to my mother and family friend Liz. Often I would send them an email with an idea and before I knew it they'd morphed it into something 100 times better than I'd hoped. Those two were the stars of our wedding decorations, and I haven't even told you yet about the reception and table arrangements. YOU. JUST. WAIT.
This is part of a series I'm calling Wedding Details where I break down the various choices and elements incorporated in our wedding. See the DIY Wedding Details page for the full series!