Post # 1
I am planning a November 22, 2008 wedding. It’s at that add time of year where it could be fall and it could be winter in MN, so I am using different types of reds in our decor.
Both my fiance and I are really into the outdoors; we both grew up hunting and fishing, spending time at the lake, jogging, hiking, etc. and we spend a lot of time in northern Mn at my parents’ cabin. I kind of want to use the outdoors as a theme to our wedding without it being "hill billy." (ie; no camoflauge tuxes, no fishing lure favors, etc.) I was wondering if anyone out there has done the same thing with their wedding has some good ideas to give? Or, if you just know of any sources that would help, that would be great! Here are my ideas so far:
-To cut down on floral costs, I am going to be cutting cattails and prairie grasses from behind out house to include in floral arrangements. We pheasant hunt, so I will be putting pheasant feathers in the arrangements. I will also be using river rock in the vases.
-Escort cards will be held up with small pine cones and menu cards will be held up with large ones.
-We are having comfort foods for our meal (mashed potatoes, squash, etc.)
-The place we are having it is built like a log cabin on the inside.
Thanks for reading…I’d love any ideas!
Post # 3
I’d go with natural elements like you already started: branches covered with moss, that berry I can’t remember the name of, red berries, non edible, sold in branches.
Fall leaves (real or not). Maybe use beautiful outside photography here and there.
Have invitations that match your theme if you can too…
Post # 4
How about giving little tree saplings as favors? I know I’ve seen them online somewhere, but you could surely get them locally as well.
Post # 5
We are using mason jars instead of vases for our centerpieces. I’ve also got some old galvanized buckets and watering troughs filled with flowers for the reception area. The card box is an old wooden crate that I’ve wrapped with ribbon and flowers. I’ve got an identical one that I am using for the silverware wraps on the buffet. I’m using twine mixed in with ribbons in the wedding colors. We are in the southwest were luminarias are used only I am using white bags instead of the normal brown paper bags. If I can find an hour to do it, I plan to stamp our monogram onto some of the luminaria bags.
Other ideas are I found were using hay bales (which didn’t work for my summer wedding, but might work at your time frame), glass jars or vases filled with pine cones and ornament like balls and straight tree branches.
I had too much fun watching my big redneck wedding on CMT and threating my FI with beer can arches and a camo wedding veil!! 🙂
Post # 6
Adding cranberries into a centerpiece would add a bit of red taht would also look great for fall. Here’s a centerpiece that I love:
I love the branches with the hurricane jars and cranberries, editing these with the rest of the elements you described wouldl ook great!
Where in MN are you getting married? I’m trying to remember what November 22 was like last year, but can’t think of it at the moment…I know it’s been quite a range over the years if there’s snow or not.
(p.s. I’m in Rochester, MN)
Post # 7
I don’t know if you have found Snippet and Ink’s inspiration board website yet, but if not, here is a board that made me think of you. All your ideas sound great so far!
Post # 8
I love the PP suggestions. Here are a few of my own:
Use old wagon for guests to place gifts
Hang a string and attached photos of you and groom by clothespins
A handpainted signpost saying "Wedding"
Lots of wildflowers for decorations would look nice.
Haybales or a wagon wheel are great props
Some baskets of apples, pears, pinecones etc
Here are some ideas and some weddings I’ve done:
Post # 9
About the sapling give-away, check this out:
Really good prices there!
Post # 10
Emredhead76, gorgeous ideas – thank you!!
I’m planning to do saplings and was disappointed to read some not-so-hot reviews of the Arbor Day Foundation’s saplings (though their packaging looks really durable, which is great if you have a lot of guests traveling). A better bet might be to go with somewhere local where there might be better quality control and it would be easier to take them back if you weren’t happy – I was able to find a place close to me that’s actually less expensive than ADF. (We might use the difference to figure out nice packaging.)
However, if you’re in zone 6 or lower (MN is probably 3-4-5), it’s probably not a good idea to plant after October. 🙁 You don’t want to end up with a lot of trees you can’t plant!
Post # 11
Yes, I thought about the sapling idea, but my dad is a commercial landscaper and owns a few different nurseries, and a tree that fragile cannot be planted that late in the year. Otherwise, it would be a great favor, especially kind of honoring what my dad does. Thanks for the idea:)
Post # 12
Not sure if you’re into the photo coaster idea, but these were high on my list until my FI vetoed the idea….but I still really like them.
Post # 13
Our photog just posted a sneak peak of our pics from our outdoor rustic lakeside wedding in the North Georgia mountains. Maybe they’ll inspire you?
wscottchesterblog.com and we’re the Micki + Jason post. Enjoy!!!
Post # 14
I love your theme! Have you checked out Mrs. Cherry Pie’s posts? She had an outdoor wedding in Montana in the fall. They are amazing! Very rustic, outdoorsy and natural. I used them as inspiration for my wedding when I first joined weddingbee. Best of luck to you!