DIY or bust!

How many brides collect crafts throughout their wedding planning with intentions of spending time with bridesmaids doing DIY projects for the wedding? More than half, for sure, and I was definitely one of those. Everyone wants “personal touches” at their wedding and I was no different. However, I am the world’s BIGGEST procrastinator, so my DIY projects didn’t happen until the week of the wedding (and if we’re being honest, the Thursday before).

First, were the chalkboards for the seating chart, drink menu, food menu and desserts. We also had chalk picks to go in the flowers for table numbers.
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My sweet husband had already put together the bags which included water bottles, something sweet, something salty, a coupon book for Charlotte and a tourism guide for Charlotte (CRVA items all thanks to an awesome grad school friend – thanks, Daniel!). My chore with the bags was to tag them and add shuttle times. Mission accomplished! photo-1photo-2photo-3I will say that we initially wanted reusable bags but unless you order online, it’s hard to find them for a reasonable price individually at retail stores. We ended up with multi-colored bags (who really pays attention to the bags, anyway?).

Wooden signs were also a big part of our wedding day. It fit the rustic chic theme we were going for and the fabulous interior of The Dairy Barn. My mother-in-law shared a saying on Facebook on that Thursday and it inspired me to paint it so it could be displayed on our big day.
photo-8photo-7Since we had planned to have our wedding outdoors, we made fans out of our programs. I say “we” but really, my groom-to-be took it upon himself to work on these bit by bit, night by night because I thought it was a boring (and annoying) task. Reason #14567 why I’m thankful for him.
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Other projects that day included: getting pictures in frames, getting all the items together that we wanted at the wedding, boxing up everything that had to go to the site during the rehearsal and whew! It was a busy, long day.

Everything got done (done is better than perfect, right?). We loved the decorations and got so many compliments on them throughout the wedding weekend. It was worth spending the extra time on those things. In many other circumstances, we paid for things that we probably could have done on our own but it was more convenient to pay (Give us a break! We were both in grad school and working full time). In addition to our handwritten vows, burlap bows and fingerprint tree, the little details made our wedding more special. They made it “us.” And we loved every last little detail.

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Post Wedding Purge

I mentioned several times throughout the planning process I mentioned all the crafty items I was purchasing for DIY decor at our wedding. Well, it worked. I spent HOURS painting and writing with chalkboard markers but it all looked wonderful, the pictures were framed, signs hung, and banners proudly displayed. But now that the wedding is over, I do NOT need dozens of chalkboards, Mr & Mrs signs, bubbles or stripey straws laying around the house (and my groom would prefer it if this was not the case!).

Another bride-to-be (Happy Wedding Week, Adrienne) approached me and my friend, Valerie about having a “Bridal Yard Sale” here in Charlotte after all of our weddings are finished up. This is a spectacular idea and I cannot wait to share the goodies with other brides who are knee-deep in planning. So, I’m sharing a preview now of some of the things I will have for sale (Southwest VA friends, I’m headed your way at the end of the week and am happy to bring items to you if you see something you like). We haven’t set the date for the Yard Sale but I will keep you updated! You’ll want to mark your calendar for this collaborative and creative day!

1. Tree Stump (used for sweetheart wedding cake – but could be used as a sign or other decoration) – $12

2. Mr. & Mrs. signs tied with navy ribbon – $15 (for both)

3. Wedding sign with arrow $10 – SOLD

4. Mailbox (used to collect cards at wedding – can easily be sanded and repainted (or change initial)) – $15

5. Please Leaf Your Thumbprint sign & frame (used for thumbprint tree at wedding) – $5

6. (4) colors of thumbprint ink for Thumbprint sign – $5

7. Large chalkboard with dark gray frame – $28 – SOLD

8. Window Frame Chalkboard (frame can be painted) – $18- SOLD

9. Pig shaped chalkboard (we used this for our menu) – $12

10. Heart Shaped Slate hanging sign – $3- SOLD

11. Rectangular Shaped Slate hanging sign – $3- SOLD

12. (2) Matching Slate hanging signs – $5 – SOLD

13. (20) Chalkboard picks (can be stuck in flower arrangements, buckets, etc.) – $15- SOLD

14. Hanging chalkboard sign – $7- SOLD

15. Easel (works great with the window frame chalkboard) – $12

16. Burlap & gold table cloth – $7

17. “I do” something blue for the bottom of brides shoes – $3

18. 50+ mini bubble bottles (leftovers from what we used for our exit) – $10

19. Small “W” (will stand on it’s own – about 3-4″ tall) – $3

20. Ampersand sign (would look cute hanging between chairs or for pics) – $9

21. Large (18″) “W” for decorating or photos (can easily be repainted) – $13

22. Lime Green Striped Straws (20) – $4

23. Navy Striped Straws (3 packs of 20) – $10

25. Love of my life sign – $13 – SOLD

26. Elegant picture frame – $7- SOLD

27. Best Day Ever + picture frame – $7

28. White Threshold Picture frame with rope pattern – $6

29. Large black easel (great for the BIG chalkboard) – $15- SOLD

30. “Just Married” banner (2 pieces) – $15- SOLD

Like what you see? Just think – there are at least 4 more brides that will be participating in this yard sale with similar goodies up for grabs!

Happy, happy, happy!

We had a splendid 4th of July yesterday – despite the rain (and by rain, I mean torrential downpours, thunderstorms and clouds all day). We celebrated my cousin’s 10th birthday – and America’s at the same time! We have been doing a lot of celebrating lately – and I apologize that this isn’t really a “wedding post” but I had to share. My ever-so-studious fiance just finished 2 more classes through Northeastern University for his Master’s and earned A’s in both (brag!). And last week, I was offered a BIG promotion with my company, while staying in the Communications arena.

I had to wait to make the announcement – which was tough – especially since I wanted to shout it from the rooftop! I applied for the job on a whim, thinking I really had no shot, it was grades above where I was, I had just earned my Master’s which they wanted but I didn’t have a lot of post-Master’s experience to apply, and I had just been promoted back in December so another jump so soon was not realistic. But alas, I had all of the qualifications and apparently didn’t sound too much like Miss South Carolina in my interviews.

I am so excited for this opportunity and all of the doors that it opens for me, and for my future family. Overwhelmingly, people have been happy for me (lots of screaming, jumping hugs in the elevators at work and tons of text messages), but I did have one person tell me “Don’t expect to be Top 10 again.” We are fortunate at my company to still get bonuses and those are based on your rating for the year. Last year, I was a Top 10 performer for the company and man, it felt good. Disappointing to be told that when I just got a “dream job” and am over-the-moon happy. However, since I’ve been reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandburg, I feel empowered. I feel excited. I feel like I can do anything.

First and foremost, I am going to marry the love of my life and spend 11 spectacular days in Aruba with him. But then, we can focus on our careers and figure out where we want to be before we start a family. I’m not the girl who wants to be a stay-at-home mom (nothing wrong with it!). I enjoy working, and I especially enjoy new challenges and opportunities. My fiance is the same way and while he is knee-deep in his Master’s studies right now, he is well on his way to his next opportunity. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us.

The next 43 days hold lots of last minute details, DIY crafts and collecting of RSVPs. Counting down!

Happy weekend!