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« on: April 14, 2010 10:09:55 AM »

My niece is getting married and asked me to help. She wants to have a vintage beach wedding. I'm not sure I know what she means. I could use any ideas and suggestions you may have. It will be DIY wedding. I will be making the favors, invitations, food, decorations, etc............
We have 6 months to get ready in with a limited budget. We live about 30 miles from the beach so getting sea shells is not problem.
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2010 11:19:16 AM »

does she have cony colors picked? what sort of vintage is she going for?

The never ending quest for pants continues...
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2010 08:31:57 AM »

Okay, Aunt PJW - six months is quite a short amount of time to essentially plan everything in a wedding by yourself, so take a deep, relaxing, cleansing breath right now. Haha.

Knowing exactly what era she's going for would be very helpful. When some people say "vintage", they think 1960s, and some think 1920s. Also, ask her if she has a color scheme in mind. That's very important!

The favors could be small bags with candies in them that represent that era - if she's going for early 20th century, since it's at a beach, little individually wrapped pieces of salt water taffy would be very cute.

I strongly recommend sending a save the date before the invitations because it's so close to the wedding day - since you are on a tight financial and time budget, I would strongly recommend sending an electronic save the date. A really cool trend nowadays is to have the engaged couple film a video, announcing the big day, and post it to YouTube. Free, fast, and fun!
Make the invitations simple! Find a really nice script font online and match it with a simple font (I like Century Gothic which is already in Windows as a font), and alternate between the script for their names and the simpler font for the details. Make sure your printer has fresh, new ink in it, and print them yourself. Most craft stores have invitation kits already, which range from super frilly to very basic.
For the food - hors d'oeuvres! Make it a cocktail-style reception with small snack foods - make sure you incorporate their favorite foods in to it. I have a bride now that wants mini peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut with a fancy cookie cutter - very personal and cute.

Good luck with everything! And remember what I said before - breathe! Smiley
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2010 03:15:14 PM »

ooooh saltwater taffy is a cute idea! I was thinking that the bridesmaids could carry parasols instead of flowers. (i originally wanted a beach wedding....that is now not happening) and you could do a beach barbecue for the reception.  For favors you can make chocolate seashells with molds that you can buy at a craft store- if you swirl dark and white chocolate it looks cool.

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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2010 09:36:24 PM »

you could make a shell bouquet. here's some examples http://www.austinweddingblog.com/2010/02/seashell-wedding-bouquets.html

You could get lots of blankets and have a picnic on the beach. perhaps have big picnic baskets in the middle of the blankets with lunch in it.

favours could be paper/wooden fans, especially if it will be hot.
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« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2010 06:27:06 PM »

A few ideas:

Cake Topper:


Centerpieces: (I know they are hanging in the picture, but I bet they look just as charming on a table with a circle of cute fabric underneath!)


Bunting Decoration:


Fabric Bouquet:


Clutches for the Bride and Bridesmaids:


Set up a table with disposable cameras and print this free sign:


Free, printable, adorable wedding invitations:

I think I would ask the guests to bring a dish to pass... this might help alleviate some of the cooking & preparation stress.

DIY wedding cake tutorial:


DIY Cocktail umbrella seating cards:


Free, printable, DIY wedding fans:


DIY Fortune cookie favors:


DIY moss covered letter:


And then, I'm sure she's looking, but I LOVE dress shopping! Here are a few of my top beach weddings picks! (I bought my gown from this site, preloved, and it was a great deal on an amazing dress!!)



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