I am so excited it’s finally the weekend. Both of my sister-in-laws are celebrating their 30th birthdays this weekend (well, we’re making one of them celebrate early!). So we are off to the beach to soak up the last little bit of summer and shower Logan with birthday love.
And while we’re showering people with things, I’m happy to announce that Megan was the winner of the GIVEAWAY! Thanks to all who particpated – I promise there will be more soon!
For those who didn’t win, here’s a great deal on personalized stamps from Tiny Prints to use for all of your thank you notes after the wedding (or just in life in general!).
Enjoy your weekend, happy birthday to Kerah & Logan, and congrats again to Megan!
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.
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! I 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. Since 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.
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.
Speaking of love, don’t forget to check out the giveaway that’s happening NOW. You could win a package full of love!
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!
It’s finally my “wedding week” and I’m just two days away from walking down the aisle in my favorite white dress. We’ve been very calm and collected this week. Actually, so calm and collected that people have commented on it over and over again. After watching the Lion King production on Sunday, we’ve decided that “Hakuna Matata” is a pretty good mantra.
My favorite pieces of advice that have been shared with us are:
1. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Things are bound to happen that are out of your control and little things might happen that won’t matter in the long run. Focus on the day, the moment, and being with the groom.
For me, this is THE big one. I do sweat the small stuff. I have this beautiful vision in my head of our wedding day and a major stressor has been everything not falling into place as laid out in my head. However, I cannot control the weather and currently we have a 70% chance of rain. I will have to make the call tomorrow on weather my wedding will be inside or outside (there might be tears), but in the grand scheme of things, I’m still getting to marry the guy of my dreams and will have ALL of the most important people in our lives in one room for an entire night and THAT’S what is important.
2. Focus on the marriage, not just the wedding. A lot of time goes into planning a wedding. Even before the engagement, there were boards on Pinterest with loads of crafty wedding ideas. But the wedding is only one day and the marriage will last a lifetime. So there has to be effort figuring out how you will deal with the little and big things that arise in life. For some this is pre-marital counseling for others it’s reading books (e.g. The 5 Love Languages – Gary Chapman).
We’ve spent four years together, discussed money, kids, and we’ve already had to have the discussion about moving for jobs. We complement each other. The marriage is our first priority, although the wedding will be amazing.
3. Don’t forget to eat. For this girl, you don’t have to tell me to eat. But supposedly, you get so wrapped up in everything else that you “forget” to on your wedding day.
Not once have I “forgotten” to eat in my life and I don’t intend to on Saturday. PS, we are having the biggest, most Southern meal at our wedding. We will be enjoying it along with our guests.
Last minute advice for the bride and groom? Would love to hear it!
Y’all… it’s almost here. I can hardly sleep from all the excitement. It’s like Christmas, but better. I get to marry my best friend, my favorite guy, and the love of my life in 3 teeny-tiny days. EEEEP!
This past week has been a whirlwind. I am officially off work now and signed off too (occasionally “off work” still means checking email). Last weekend, I made a quick trip to the mountains of Blacksburg, VA for a birthday party for one of my favorite little girls – who happens to belong to one of my favorite bridesmaids and favorite best friends. I also spent one evening exploring a gorgeous undiscovered park in Blacksburg with my mom and a photographer for bridal portraits. Shhh! These were a last minute decision. My groom will surely be surprised. My favorite part of being home was spending quality time with the best Paw Paw a girl could have. Sharing little moments with him means so much. We enjoyed a homemade eclair that I brought safely in a cooler with me all the way from Charlotte. We took a walk to look at his fields and the mountains all the way in Blacksburg. We talked about life, the wedding, and my new job. And before I left we spent some time sitting on the front porch. My heart still breaks to think about not having him here with us on this earth but my heart was full of happiness for getting to spend some uninterrupted time with him and steal a bunch of hugs while I was at it. After Hollins’ birthday party, I had to scoot back to Charlotte to celebrate the graduation of one of our dear friends from grad school! We have both worked closely with Courtney in the past and are proud of her success. She definitely has the “favorite coworker” award from me! And after a wonderful brunch with our awesome friend Jeff who is providing the DJ service for our wedding, we spent the evening watching The Lion King! Such an awesome production – and so fun to reminisce on our childhoods. This was our last major event as an engaged couple and our next big event is THE big one!
We hired shuttles to transport our guests from the hotel to our venue and back again after the wedding, thinking this would make everything easier. Thus far, it’s been a headache.
We have them for 3 hours, which is plenty of time pre and post wedding. The shuttle holds 24 people. The headache has been figuring out how to get everyone there without making some folks be there super early. So the Bride (ME!!!) and the bridesmaids will arrive first for pictures and then hide out upstairs in the dairy barn until wedding time. The Groom & groomsmen will arrive next for their photos. Then we have the guests. It’s a pretty even split on family/friends that will be taking the shuttle.
I decided that friends would be better go first and arrive approximately 45 minutes before the ceremony starts. The next group will arrive 25 minutes before the ceremony starts. We plan to have games and water for our guests to enjoy while they wait and of course our wonderful musicians will be set up and playing.
I know it will all work out fine and I’m trying not to stress of this little detail but I cringe at the thought of a shuttle flying up a gravel road at the start of my ceremony carring a quarter of a our guests. But I guess as long as the bride, groom and officiant are there, that’ll do the trick! 9 more sleeps!