Post # 1
A lot of you are doing a lot of DIY, and a lot of you are buying a lot of things from the internet. By the same token, most of us don’t have ongoing access to our venue to put everything together for a dry run to make sure it all “goes.”
So what were the things that did not go? Did you use them anyway, or did they go back into the box?
If you were able to avoid this, I’d love to know how! (Photoshop, etc.)
Post # 3
My colors & vision has slightly changed, I have a few totes full of things that I won’t be using, I do plan to garage sale them.
Lots of items were because they were ivory, and I have since decided to use white. Other things were small items such as wooden tags for a wishing tree [decided not to do], rhinestone banding because it doesn’t fit with the theme, ect.
I won’t be able to do a dry run, but everytime I buy something, I add it to my own personal inspiration board, so it’s more of a “things im doing” board instead of inspiration.
For instance, here is my ceremony inspiration board, based on all the things I have purchased :
It’s easier to look at everything as a whole instead of piece by piece.. i can tell what stands out or doesn’t fit the theme, and get rid of it, or find something else.
Post # 4
This is something that my mother bought without consulting me. We are having a blue wedding but she went out and bought a package of 30 pink flower invitations for $5. It wasn’t a lot but I have already incorporated most of the box into the wedding.
The pink envelopes are being used to mail out the save the dates as those aren’t really with the colour scheme to begin with, the papers are being cut into thirds to be used as the placeholder signs, the white ribbons to wrap around are being used to tie around out centrepiece bottles… I still haven’t figured out what to do with the pockets that actually hold the paper as they are pink with flowers so they may actually be tossed out.
I also bought a long thing of lace as it was ivory and I was positive I could incorporate it into the wedding – when it arrived it was yellowed as if someone had smoked around it… I had wanted to use it to make a headband to go with the ivory veil and dress but it was so yellowed it would’ve looked horrible with anything.
Post # 5
@jenilynevette: That’s a good idea. I keep telling myself I will make one of those, and I just haven’t yet. Guess I need to, if for no other reason than to preserve my sanity!
Post # 6
@EffieTrinket: I’ve found its REALLY easy to go a little overbaord on things.. without realizing they just don’t really fit in with your vision/theme.
I really try to repurpose items if I end up not thinking they will “go”.
I had bought some eiffle tower vases with good intentions of making those feather centerpieces to use on my candy buttet.. but I felt those would be super out of place. So instead I’m going to use the vases to make ferrero rocher & sucker tree for the candy buffet.
Post # 7
@EffieTrinket: I made pomaders and I had put all this work into these little holders and hooks to hang them.
These are what I am referring to…the white canisters are actually wine boxes painted white with ribbon added. I got the hooks and painted them white. The project took me forever!
Well the day of the wedding the plan was to line the aisle with them…..well there was a bit of a breeze that day and they weren’t staying upright so after all the work to make the holders for them I wound up hanging them on the chairs like this….. which now that I look at it I couldn’t imagine it with the set up the other way…..but this was my DIY that didn’t go as planned!
Post # 8
@weddingbound: Your wedding turned out beautiful anyway! Every time I see that runner I am amazed at how great it looks and how much work must have gone into it.
Post # 9
@EffieTrinket: Aww thanks dear! I just realized how close your day is….. So exciting!!
Post # 10
Remember this? Yeah that was me. Lol
Post # 11
Luckily I think everything for our wedding turned out really cohesive, but one thing that just did not work was the necklace I originally bought for my wedding look (ivory flower & ivory pearls). It had antique brass on it & it’s totally beautiful, but it looked awful & yellow with the dress, so I have to reroute & do something different. The first pic is the necklace that didn’t work, and the second pic is me on the wedding day with the dress & necklace that did work.
Post # 12
@MsJ2theZ: Aww, I can’t see the pic 🙁
Post # 13
@EffieTrinket: I was actually going to make a post about this.
My vision has changed so much since getting engaged in July.
Off the hop, I started collecting items. Chandeliers, lanterns, old windows, suitcases, then vintage stuff. Garage sale and thrift shop finds… I was going to make it work on a budget. When I found a deal, I snatched things up.
By October I had SOOO much crap. I mean like a room full. I was panicking as I had so much mismatched stuff and I didn’t know what I was going to use it for, or if I even wanted to use it.
So I stopped buying and haven’t bought anything since.
So I started listing stuff on kijiji (Canada’s craigslist), and I’ve sold a ton of it for pretty much what I paid ( think I’m down in total maybe $10) and now I’m waiting until summer.
My problem is access to the venue too. I can’t visualize. Its an outdoor pavillion and its probably surrounded by 5 feet of snow right now. In the spring, I’ll head out with some items and see where I’m at and sell what I don’t need then.
Post # 14
These paper pomander balls. Fail
Post # 15
Oh! Also, I bought an “enchanted”blend of freeze dried rose petals that were supposed to be shades of pink to sprinkle on the tables at the reception. They were cream and looked dirty/awful against our ivory linens. The pastor’s wife decided to line the aisles of the church with them AND they had two children holding baskets so that guests could shower us with petals after our recessional from the ceremony. It was perfect 🙂
Post # 16
We had a ton of DIY and most of it worked. Some of the vision I had didn’t get translated to reality as we had a lot of friends an family helping with the set up. In all the boxes we misplaced the sand ceremony vase and sand as well as some of the photo booth props. So we didn’t complete the sand ceremony At all. The music also was DIY iPod and seemed to repeat itself a lot. My suggestion is if you need a lot of people to help you make sure to plan ahead and assign duties way ahead of time. Take photos for reference so people will understand your vision