Friday, September 30, 2011

DIY Wedding- Part 3

Hey everyone!  First, I'd like to say thanks to you for all the positive comments you left about the Florida mantel!  Your feedback is just what I think I needed  and poking around the many great linky parties is getting me into the spirit of this fall season.  I even picked up a couple white pumpkins and striped mini pumpkins to start spicing up me interior spaces.  I will need to get in gear and spruce up my front entry too.    Before I do anymore fall decorating though, I want to share more of what Vicki and I did for Jessica's wedding.   

Randy and Jessica

Dancing it up

I think everything except the catering and cake was DIY.  Vicki, Jessica and I are all long distance from one another, so all the ideas, planning and execution was done through lots of emails, phone conversations, and texting.  Coordinating our ideas was challenging at times.  We worked on projects independently and a lot of the time just hoped for the best.

DIY Chalkboards

Direction sign - cut and ready for chalkboard paint

More chalkboard paint!

The last week before the wedding we were finally all together and worked in a frenzy to get the last details ironed out.  We had an assembly line going in Vicki's living room for many of the end projects.  Vicki's dining room turned into a wedding warehouse of sorts!

Designing and setting up the pew cones

Smiles all around!

Stapling the cones to wooden dowels

Wedding Central!

Where's Waldo?

That's a lot of stuff!

We were a little worried about getting everything to the cottage. But after all the cars were packed, we hit the road with three van loads and two passengers in each.

Van #1, Driver: Father of the Bride and the Groom

Van #2, Driver: Mother of the Bride and Bride

Van #3, Driver: Godmother and brother of the bride

Like I mentioned in an earlier post, once we were at the site, it was all hands on deck.  Vicki and I put everyone to work. We all pulled together and we got the job done.   I would like to say it was  flawlessly executed! 

Working with the caterer to dress the tables

Friends in from Texas and Indiana helping out

Working on projects

Everyone pitched in!

Brother of the bride and Sister of the groom work on the luminaires for the pathway to the cottage at night

After the final walk through before the ceremony, I was able to let out a huge sigh of relief.  I thought everything looked pretty perfect.  It was all I imagined and more.  Vicki and  I were able to thoroughly enjoy the ceremony and reception knowing we did our best. Jessica and Randy thought is was perfect, too.

Beautiful flowers everywhere

Directional sign ready to go! CUTE!

Aisle way was lined with woven pew cones, flowers and burlap ribbon

Favors were popcorn balls in memory of Grandma that past away last summer.
She was known for making THE BEST popcorn balls for her grandchildren.

Seat tag were hung by shutters. This was a freebie find by the father of the bride.

Chalkboard Menu

Tables were dressed in chocolate, khaki, vintage china, ball jars for water with purple striped straws; and
the side of the tent was lined with photos of the bride and groom, growing up
and as a couple strung with twine by clothespins.

Gift table with bird cage holder for cards

Just Married Banner

Beautiful aisle and arbor

Head table dressed and ready for the wedding party.

So, what about you?  Have you ever done a DIY wedding?   
Exhausting and exhilarating?  I'd love to hear about it and see what you did.

Have a super weekend.

PS: Here's a few fun people pics!
Vicki and Barb

Vicki and Barb with Jess

Two very tired gals. Jess and Vicki! Happy, but tired! :)

Linking up to these parties.

Show and Share @ Just a Girl
Best DIY Projects of September @ Beneath My Heart
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest


  1. Wow, oh, wow. It looks amazing. I love it all! Now, tell me, the ribbon that you used on the sprigs for the back of the chairs...where did you get that. I LOVE it! Good job, ladies. Now, will you come help me when my daughter gets oh, about...8-10 years? :-)

  2. Beautiful wedding--love the flowers on the aisle ends. Good job!

  3. I just can't get over this wedding. All the decorations are so charming and clever! I can only imagine the work that went into getting it all together, but it certainly paid off. I just love it! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi there, what a great job you did on the wedding. Thank you so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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