My wonderful boyfriend proposed to me on New Years Day so there will be lots of wedding craftiness for the next year and a half! We are planning a very simple, very casual wedding because a) that's our style and a formal wedding would just be uncomfortable and weird for us, b) because we are paying for most of it ourselves and c) the location is the most important thing on our list and getting to our location is going to cost us quite a little chunk of change... We have decided to get married in Santa Barbara, which is where we met and probably one of the most beautiful places that I can think of to get married but that means paying for plane tickets and a place to stay out there in addition to everything related to the wedding itself (we live in DC). Our budget is going to be pretty small since we are in steady but not extraordinarily well paying jobs but from what we have already figured out our wedding is going to be beautiful and perfect for us despite that fact. My parents were nice enough to offer to pay for our honeymoon, which honestly if we had to pay for that ourselves we would have just opted out of, so I feel very lucky to have that!
I just had to stick in a cute picture of us
And the closest thing to an engagement picture we will have done!
I have created an inspiration board with picture of all of the things I have found and figured out so far... I love it! Our colors are shades of orange with accents of grey. We will be getting married in the Sunken Gardens of the Santa Barbara Courthouse (top left picture) and our reception is going to be a relaxed barbecue in the backyard at the house that our families will be renting for the weekend complete with some bottles of local wine.
Things I have done:
*My dress... purchased for $30 in the prom section at Filene's Basement... Please ignore our messy house and my awful expression
*My bouquet and the bridesmaid bouquets made from coffee filter flowers... I have successfully mastered the coffee filter flower and the coloring I want. Two flowers down, a lot to go!
*Found a suitable house that will fit nine people that we can rent for three or four days so our families can finally get to know each other (mine is from California, his is from Maryland originally and currently residing in Ohio)
*Reserved our courthouse location!
Things I (or family/friends) will be making:
*Save the dates... I am very inspired by photobooth type things I have seen so I have drawn up my own version of that already. I will probably do postcards since it will be cheaper to send them.
*Invitations... I have about a million ideas on these right now and I need to test some out before I decide on one. But I have plenty of time on that front.
*The table centerpieces... One idea is making orange paper flowers on a branch (like in this: http://dozidesign.blogspot.com/2008/05/paper-flower-tutorial.html
) with grey river rocks as a base inside a large glass cylinder and then some little candles in smaller glass cylinders. I want to keep it casual but still pretty. The other is doing some sort of artistic seashell display. I've got time to figure that one out.
*A cake stand (or two) out of plates and vases
*Decorations for the ends of the rows of chairs for the ceremony... I am thinking either the tissue paper poufs or some sort of folded origami type dealio in oranges and peaches. The chairs will be either white or wood. Maybe something like this: http://www.lunabazaar.com/mango-orange-14-inch-honeycomb-rice-paper-daisy.aspx
*Orange and white patterned dresses and grey sashes for my bridesmaids... This type of fabric at a reasonable price is what I am currently looking for...
*Jewelry for my bridesmaids. I already have drawn up the designs for these pieces.
*A lot of the food... My aunt has offered to buy us pies instead of a cake. I (and my future brother in law) will be marinating the meat for the barbecue, and maybe making a side dish or two, but the rest I will buy premade from various places in Santa Barbara.
I will keep updating this as I get more figured out.