Post # 1
HI there! I’m newly engaged and like lots of women I already have my wedding planned to perfection on Pinterest! lol! Here’s the idea; Intimate garden wedding at his aunt’s beautiful home with lush gardens, an impecably restored victorian home, and the perfect open yard for a tented reception. I’m going for that perfect, shabby-chic look that’s so popular right now. Haybale seating for the ceremony, mason jars, mix and match bridesmaid dresses, baby’s breath bouquets, burlap and twine deatils, galvinized steel beverage buckets, old glass paned windows, DIY photo booth… you get the idea. Here’s my issue, I’m kinda worried that there might be friends and family that don’t “get it” and just think it’s some cheap, hillbilly, backyard bbq!? I’ll admit that, yes, a lot of the decor will be done by myself and friends and the shabby-chic idea does lend itself well to a tight budget, but I think it will be fun and different from anything anyone I will be inviting has been to. So here’s my question, Has anyone had or planning to have a similar style wedding and have you gotten any backlash from family/friends because it’s not a lavish ballroom affair?
Post # 3
Try not to care about what others think! Whats most important is that you are marrying the right man , at the right time and not going into debt! Do what you guys like!
Post # 4
I told my mom that my dream wedding would be something similar to what you described, and she was like, “please just tell me you will have real glasses, styrofoam just doesn’t make that good clink to get you two to kiss.” She was sort of joking, but I think if you show them some of the inspirational images you found on Pinterest they might see what you mean. To be honest, a couple of years ago I would have said, burlap?!? At a wedding!?!? But after going to a wedding with that vibe, I was like, wow this is so elegant and beautiful and natural.
Post # 5
I think some shabby chic will work for that venue, but from what you’re describing, I’m not sure that type of shabby chic is the best us of the venue. You may get some raised eyebrows?
Don’t get me wrong–we’re doing pretty much a rustic theme like you’re describing, minus a few elements, but our wedding is in a restored barn, which I think lends itself to twine and burlap etc (more rustic)
I’ve seen some gorgeous shabby chic themes that are more…french provincial that I think would look amazeballs at the venue you’re describing!
I would decorate the crap out of that space! You probably have your heart set on these deets, though. Go for it! Don’t worry. I’m sure not everyone will “get” our wedding either, but if its what you want, its your wedding.
Post # 6
@Roe: No offence taken! I never really thought about that spin on the shabby chic idea, but I like it! Definitely going to look into it! Thanks!
Post # 7
Okay, I have to laugh at your title..Becuase That Nails exactly what I’m thinking! My wedding will be along those same lines, But we are farmers, and it will be at our farm. I’m so nervice people will think it’s an excuse to wear daisy dukes.
But I want the exact opposite, How can I say, this is a semi formal affair, at our farm, in the hay field and barn, but please dress in your best-as I’;m not throwing a hoedown!!
I have spent alot of time, money and energy making sure my wedding is not “hillbilly” I hope my guests do the same.
And I think you shouldn’t have that problem, being in a garden etc…If anything maybe some guys will wear jeans and a dress shirt.
Post # 8
@wilobrook: The whole idea is so beautiful, if I had barn, believe me I’d be having it there too; but I do hear what you’re saying. My friends would be showing up on quads in their best John Deere t-shirts!
Post # 9
I like to call it “rustic elegance…”
Post # 10
You wedding sounds like mine! (I call it ‘Rustic Chic’) Do it well and make it classy and if anyone thinks it looks hillbilly to bad for them. I personally feel that my wedding is going to be more beutiful and amazing than most of the weddings I’ve attended.
Post # 11
I’m doing rustic country so I’m biased on the subject but go with what makes you happy. It is your special day.
Fiance and I wanted ours to be comfy and casual and just darn fun.
Post # 12
@superh2ogirl: Good for you two! We wanted the same vibe. Fiance and I have been to so many stuffy weddings that we just wanted take away the pressure and have fun celebrating with our nearest and dearest!