Post Wedding Purge, part 2

As mentioned previously, I have a lot of stuff that I no longer need since our big, wonderful wedding day has passed. Here’s what’s still available:

1. Mr & Mrs. chair signs: $15 for both (come with navy ribbon)
DSC_03222. Tree Stump (was used for sweetheart wedding cake but can be used for other decor): $12

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3. Vintage mailbox used to collect cards at wedding (monogram can easily be sanded off and changed): $15
DSC_03374. Easel (medium sized) for holding large photos (bridal portrait?) or chalkboard: $12

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5. Pig shaped chalkboard (used for menu) – would be great for a kitchen or BBQ: $10

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6. Please “Leaf” your thumbprint sign and 4 green ink colors (great for wedding tree thumbprint sign): $9DSC_0315

DSC_03277. Burlap & gold table cloth runner: $7

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8. Navy stripey straws – unopened 3 packs of 20 straws, 60 in total: $9

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9. Green stripey straws – unopened 1 pack of 20: $4

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10. 50+ mini bubble bottles (great for leaving reception): $10

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11. Large “W” monogram (can easily be repainted): $13

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Let me know if you’re interested in something! Some items not available for shipping. Some items may incur additional charge for shipping.

 

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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Friday Favorite Finds!

Lots of people have asked me where I’ve found things over the past few months that I plan to use for the wedding or post wedding (such as my new monogrammed necklace!). Mostly, I can attribute my finds to searches on Etsy that started out of boredom and happened into wonderfulness. Pinterest has also had some good finds, but they typically lead me back to Etsy.

First of all, I found this amazing window-pane chalkboard a while back. We plan to use it at the bar to list out drinks/mixers for the wedding. It came from Splash of Lime, a blog created by a mother/daughter team who finds items that we all want and fixes them up and re-sells them at half the cost of which you could find elsewhere. (Special thanks to my most-specialist MOH who picked it up for me!).   chalkboardI also snatched up the sign in front of it from GroopDealz which offers items at low-cost for a short period of time (hence the “snatching”).  LW is not a huge fan of the sign, so we’ll see if it actually gets used but either way, I consider it a good find!

My next most favorite find, were hangers for my super-sweet bridesmaids. An early thank you for all the time and work they have already put in. I seriously have the most thoughtful group of girls that will be standing by my side very soon! They came from DeLovely Details (an Etsy seller) and were a hit!
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One of my next favorite finds, this this simple needlepoint framed cross-stitch. It’s message makes me smile. I do think that I’ll end up changing out the frame or at least painting it. It was also an Etsy find, and although it was one of a kind, the shop has some other items that are worth taking a peek at.
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Last week, I found a tree-stump cake holder which will proudly display our mini Bride & Groom cake (don’t worry, we’ll have delicious desserts for the guests, as well). I was shocked to find it at Michael’s and for only $14.99 when somewhere else was trying to charge almost 3 times that to RENT one. If you have the time, and ability to be crafty, it can certainly save you a pretty penny in wedding planning. I have a fear that I’m just going to end up with really full craft drawers, and have all of these pretty ideas for years to come. (Any volunteers to come do crafts?!).

cakeMy last, and most favorite find, is my new monogrammed necklace with my brand-spankin’ new initials as of 8-17-13. I am dying to wear this beauty. I had looked at more costly versions (Moon & Lola) in the past but never splurged. Thank goodness! I found this gem on Etsy for a steal!
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Happy Friday – and happy LONG weekend!