Thanks, ladies! This is helpful. I guess to some extent the terms were hiding right in front of me! 🙂 Nevertheless, your inspiration imagery (written and photographic) has been really helpful!
EfffieTrinket’s mention of it looking like no expense was spared does give me pause. Part of the reason why I am thinking about this theme is because I think it’s a new (or at least different) twist on the rustic shabby chic look. Mine will definitely be a somewhat lower relaxed, casual, and yes, to some extent, lower budget affair.
I really like it when a lower budget wedding doesn’t seem to be trying to be anything but what it is. For example, my BFF had a ~7K wedding that had a relaxed, rustic, vintage vibe. She wore a very pretty white sundress. They had BBQ, wine and beer, and spiked lemonade. The decor was mostly DIY, with burlap table runners and daisies in old tea tins. Yes, there was not a whole lot of extras, but it worked because everything made sense and was appropriate for what is was.
I am trying to do the same thing, but instead of a “country rustic” vibe as my BFF did, I want “bohemian glam” or “midsummer night’s dream” vibe. Do you think this is do-able, or do you think this theme/vibe is inappropriate for a more relaxed, casual wedding?
Here’s more info about what I’m thinking…
The venue, while not under the stars, is a 1920s ballroom with beautiful old murals, tilework, nice wood detailing, and attached veranda. It comes with really beautiful antique wooden round tables and chairs and supplies white table cloths. We’re getting a GREAT deal on it! I think it will help set the stage.
While I’m not a huge DIYer, Future Mother-In-Law is, and I am a big flea market and thrift shopper. I’m imagining decorating the tables with something like this, but with more of the vibe above:
I really think that I can assemble a range of trinkets, plants, candles, DIY paper crafts, to create the look I want for relatively little money. I am not above spray painting some old laterns or whatever gold. 😉 I guess it helps that mismatched is a big part of the look I am going for?
Future Mother-In-Law can make some table runners in a fabric that evokes what we’re going for (cool prints and textures, add tassles and fringe). The venue is also such that we can hang some kind of twinkling lights and bunting…
We will be (probably) be doing the ceremony in the same venue, setting up an aisle and altar area (it’s a big space, hard to explain, but it makes sense when you see it and it has been done before), so I was thinking of DIYing a moon backdrop like in the photos I originally posted and otherwise decorating the altar area to match the vibe. We were thinking that the moon backdrop could then be used as a photo backdrop.
I know it’s not decor, but just because it fits with the vibe/theme, here’s what I’m thiking for my dress. I don’t have it yet, but I’m thinking something along these lines:
(exept a bit longer! Still short, but less mini for a wedding!)
(maybe a bit lighter/closer to white, but still gold)
So here are my questions I really appreciate any input you may have (and am SO grateful for what I’ve already recieved!):
-As I said, does this theme/vibe seem appropriate for a more relaxed wedding?
-What can I do to make it more appropriate and cohesive?
-What do you think is key for making it look vintage bohemian glam but not too “fancy”/glam and not relaxed/casual OR conversely, not too hippyish. That is, getting the right balance of “glam” and “bohemian”
-What do you think is key for communicating the look? How do I avoid it looking too country or something else? What is important to make it look “magical”?
-What kind of food would be appropriate? I know this is a decor forum, but I think food sets the tone. If it were a BBQ or a clambake, that would communicate the level of relaxedness I’m going for. I haven’t really come up with an good idea for what I want. Right now I’m thinking Mediterranean: a variety of fresh salads and warm sides (none too spicy or weird), falafel (we have A LOT of vegetarians), and chicken and lamb kebabs.
-Any other inspiration or ideas!