Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Planning a Wedding- The Stuff

Like the other wedding posts, I'm writing most of this in September and will go back in and add after pictures after the wedding has happened! With that out of the way- Here are the details of the "stuff" that made up our wedding!

I asked the ladies of my wedding to be there with these cute necklaces from easy.

I made our envelopes for our invitations out of beautiful doilies from this etsy shop

This is my beautiful wedding dress. Unfortunately I had a terrible experience getting it from this shop where I was basically called fat and they attempted to extort money from me for alterations not done. I highly advise any Illinois bride to read their Yelp page and take their business elsewhere. It's such a shame since the dress was so beautiful! At the end of the day I wore my dress with no alterations except for a bustle my mom added and a little bit of her wedding dress close to my heart:
Speaking of my mom's dress- She made me a clutch out of hers:
This was the beautiful inside:
I got my shoes from Nordstrom and they may be the most beautiful things I've ever owned.
My wedding bracelets, beaded sash, and earrings were from little alley shops in Chicago for a few dollars each
The necklace I wore down the aisle came from this beautiful blue box from my groom. I hadn't planned on wearing a necklace:
But it really completed the look after Amanda Hopcraft & team did my hair and makeup:
I stopped in to a little flower shop down in St. Augustine to ask directions and while there asked for a quote based on a Pinterest picture:

 They gave me a fair price and via email we planned out my flowers. They were absolutely amazing and a wonderful small business that deserves yours if you need flowers!

I wanted my ladies to wear attractive dresses that weren't stereotypical. I chose short dresses in ivory that matched my dress. My mom and I picked up silver ribbon at the fabric store and simply cut the ribbon at the correct length for a sash on the day of the wedding:
The guys wore dark grey suits, ivory shirts, and grey ties from Men's Warehouse.
They had simple boutonnieres from the same flower shop:
We decorated simply since the castle was beautiful enough on its on and just lit lots and lots of candles:
My Grandfather's Bible was in the center:
I also loved this sweet little business that created my gorgeous wedding cake, again based on a Pinterest picture:

I bought a cake stand on eBay and the cake topper from this Etsy shop. Unfortunately the place that held our reception lost the cake topper, so sadly I won't see it again:
We gave Christmas ornaments as favors to our guests. St. Augustine is known for its Christmas lights display. We took every guest on a trolley tour to see them between the wedding reception. These pearl and rhinestone trees from The Container Store seemed perfect:
We also made these big Christmas light ornaments out of night light bulbs, glitter, and ribbon:
My mom made the table numbers out of things from the fabric store. She spray painted wooden numbers with silver spray paint, wrapped them with pearl covered ribbon, and mounted them on dowel rods:
I borrowed the mirrors from my aunt, covered them with extra doilies from our invitations, and bought these inexpensive lace plant pots from Ikea to hold our centerpieces:
I made candy favors out of Amac boxes from The Container Store, filled them with fake pearls and chocolate covered pretzels from here, and topped them with this gift tag, covered in a sticker I made online:
We had GREAT food at the reception finished with an amazing coffee bar and tons of fun desserts:

And finally, we had a photo booth for our reception. My mom bought tons of stuff after halloween on clearance from the party supply store. She also picked up a garage sale frame and painted it as a fun accent:

So, that my friends is the "stuff."

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