I have spent hours reading through this post, and I still haven't read it all, but I have been jotting down notes of things I want to try to craft. The whole wedding is going to be pretty much DIY. We are getting married at my family's cabin. It's got a mountain in the back yard and a river running through the front yard. It is wild and woodsy - it doesn't have a manicured lawn AT ALL, so the feeling will be pretty casual and laid-back, which fits us. I will post pictures after the next time I go up there. We are going for a subtle woodsy natural theme. We are a little hazy on the budget at the moment, so beyond the location there aren't many details that are nailed down, but we're working as fast as we can to hammer out some plans because the wedding is in September! Six months! Eep!
Our colors were inspired by the colors of our eyes. Mine are blue and his are green and our favorite colors are blue and green as well. We've always considered those colors special, so of course they had to be the wedding colors. I am having a hard time deciding on shades though, so I decided to go with two blues and two greens that will all coordinate. That way, I will have more flexibility. I decided on sage and clover greens with dusty sky and deep cerulean blue. I hope that makes sense!
Anyway, here's my list. If you have any suggestions or feedback I am totally open!
Invites - I am a little nervous about these, but we made our own Graduation Announcements a few months ago. They turned out wonderfully and everyone loved them, so I think we'll be able to pull this off.
After-Party Invites - These will be easy and simple - probably a colorful design on plain white paper. We are having a dry wedding and reception to please our families, but we are throwing an after-party for our friends. Of course we want to party on OUR day!
Recipe Cards for Guest Book Alternative - I got this awesome idea here on Craftster! We are going to tuck little recipe cards into each invitation and ask the guests to give us a favorite recipe, piece of advice, or quotation. Then we will collect them all in a cute recipe box. My fiance is an amateur chef so we thought this would be really special and unique. To simplify this, we may just do fancied-up index cards.
Archway - My fiance will be building this, as well as a stage-like platform.
Welcome Board or Video - Since it is outdoors, we may go the non-technology route and do a scrapbook-type Welcome Sign with pictures of us and our family. Or, we may make a video and borrow my fiance's brother's projector and screen.
Flower Girl Basket
Flowers: Bouquets, Corsages, Boutonnieres - I am excited to do this myself! I love working with flowers and I am not afraid of imperfection. I like bouquets that are more "casually thrown together" and less "perfect." I am probably going to use the roses and hydrangeas Wedding In a Box at growersbox.com. I will likely use white roses and blue hydrangeas. I may also incorporate evergreen boughs and other natural items (twigs, foliage, etc.) that can be found in the backyard of the cabin. We'll see how that goes...
Centerpieces - I am debating about using my antique depression glass plates as the base of the centerpieces, but that could be dangerous. I am also thinking about incorporating evergreen boughs and river rocks straight from the backyard.
Card Box or Basket
Favor Alternative - We are not doing favors. Instead, we are making a donation on behalf of each guest to the American Cancer Society in memory of my stepdad who passed away from cancer a couple of years ago. We'll be putting out frames with a small picture of him and an explanation. Should I put them on each table or just on the guestbook or gift tables?
Wedding Party Gifts - We are thinking of giving the guys a nice pocketknife - perhaps monogrammed somehow. This is a very expensive idea, though! For the ladies, we are thinking of picnic baskets with various nice handmade items and/or handmade jewelry. The problem is we have a LARGE wedding party, so keeping costs in check is a biggie.
Whew! All this, plus we may be doing our own food and cake! But my fiance and my dad both cook and we have a friend who used to work for a catering company, so he can helps us plan and maybe even hook us up with a wholesale food connection.
Please note that all of my ideas have either been blatantly stolen or at least took inspiration from ideas on this forum. I am sorry that I didn't offer credit for each thing, because I have been gathering these ideas over several days so I can't remember where they all came from. Thank you all for sharing your amazing and beautiful ideas!!