I started a thread on Bohemian themed weddings but decided to leave that for discussion specific to the theme and create a new one for things specific to my own wedding. We have it planned for July 19, 2008 at a church in Bakersfield, CA.
I'm not sure exactly how Bohemian it will turn out as we are kind of going with the ideas that come to us, and deviating and implementing other ideas as desired. As well as being as thrifty as possible with a 200 person guest count on a $5000 budget (generous enough for me).
My fiance is a big fan of intricate, Victorian designs.
I want to incorporate birds into it, as well. That idea was mainly inspired by a couple of lines from an e.e. cummings poem that I want to use on the invitation:
"i have found what you are like...
the coolness of your smile is
stirringofbirds between my arms"
Our colors are going to be dark red, chocolate brown, and probably a teal blue (or some other shade of blue, still undecided, we will probably focus on a teal blue and incorporate a few other shades.)
Things I plan to be crafty with:
Invitations: As much DIY as possible, and relatively simple.
Table Centerpieces: Birdbaths made from 99 Cent store glass plates and margarita glasses, inspired by A_Patchwork_Oran's Design
, with gold foil origami cranes to adorn and double as favors. (Don't worry, I don't plan to fold all those origami cranes, I bought 300 of them on Ebay for $30.. a price I thought was quite worth it!)
Additional Favors: As inspired by multiple people on here, my fiance already created a mix of many of the songs that have been significant to us throughout our relationship. We will burn that onto CDs and make basic envelopes/holders for them out of paper.
My Dress: I bought a lovely dress used once, for $80 (and that included the veil!) that I plan on adjusting slightly. I.e., taking in the bust slightly, converting it from straps into strapless, and de-poofing the skirt.
My Jewelry: Simple. I have a string of (imitation) pearls that I want find some sort of vintage-y charm or medallion type thing to add to. I'll probably make earrings to match.
Bridesmaid Dresses?: Are a possibility (I sew, as well as two of my sisters). I want to wait until the fall/winter styles set in and hopefully there will be more dresses in dark red/crimson/burgundy as I have yet to find anything I really like. (And am not going the typical David's Bridal/prom dress route)
Reception Food: Appetizer buffet, something simple and yummy. We will probably "hire" a semi-professional caterer friend, to appease the church we are using, but do a lot of the prep ourselves.
We also want to serve lemonade instead of punch, made from fresh lemons picked off of friends' trees (so hopefully they get good pickin's this year!)
Bouquets: Again, we'll probably employ friends of the family or even one of my bridesmaids to work with flowers we get wholesale.
Cake: Fiance has a family friend that does wonderful cakes. I just bought two lovely birds at Target today, that I am quite happy with, to be used as cake toppers. So I guess that implements DIY..
And who knows, maybe more (or less?) to come!
Pictures of the works in progress to come when I am not quite so tired!