#mcwed, part 2

One of my favorite parts about wedding planning…and the actual wedding were all the details. I spent hours and hours on things that most people would have ignored, but it made me happy! It made Keith a little crazy, but oh well.

I’ve seen lots of flack lately about “Pinterest weddings” and how people are “So glad Pinterest didn’t exist when I got married,” and it kind of bothers me. I think Pinterest was a great tool to get ideas, to source items and just for eye candy.

Could I have planned my wedding without Pinterest? Absolutely. I think the problem might come in when people want their wedding to look exactly like those featured on Pinterest, but I think that’s a problem with the internet in general. I had to stop looking at my wedding photographer’s website ~2 weeks before the wedding because everything they posted was so beautiful I didn’t think mine could live up to that. And I think that’s the problem.

You should be striving for *your* ideal wedding, not Martha Stewart Living’s ideal wedding. If those happen to overlap in some areas, wonderful! But don’t get bent out of shape because you didn’t have time to make xyz or you didn’t have the perfect wedding favor. At the end of the day, you’ll be married and that’s pretty much all anyone will remember.

That said, I am a very DIY, hands on person. So many items I took inspiration from online, but made myself. But there did come a point a few weeks before the wedding where I was just *done* and started to outsource things.


(As before, all photos by hot metal studio)

wedding details

wedding details

My dress was from David’s Bridal. I tried on 7, went back and forth between 2 before deciding on this one. I had started to have second thoughts a few months before the wedding (I bought the dress 1+ year before) but once I actually got it on, it was perfect.


wedding details

My shoes were from Modcloth. I had bought a pair of teal wedges a long time ago, but then bought these on a whim. I liked that they had straps and felt they would be a little easier to walk in. (I don’t do heels). They were great. And cheap.

wedding details

My jewelry was Swarovski and a gift from Keith’s mom. It was wonderfully sparkley, but simple enough that I could wear it again. And I have already worn it again!

wedding details

Our venue was the barn at Richland Community Park. It was *very* affordable, beautiful and allowed us to have our ceremony and reception in one location which was a HUGE thing for me. We had many people driving an hour or more, I didn’t want them to have to do any more driving between ceremony and reception or for me to have to deal with setting up and coordinating two venues, it was perfect. Highly recommend.

wedding details

We set the barn up on Friday and after the ceremony, everyone just grabbed a chair and moved it to the tables and tada! Transformation complete!

wedding details

wedding details
Hundreds and hundreds of paper flowers. Made by me. Except I did panic a few months before the wedding and bought some from etsy, but they were a bit different. If I could go back in time, I would start earlier and make 2-3x as many flowers, I think it would have looked amazing with them crowded on the table, but I just didn’t have time. I worked from the tutorial here, though hers are a bit more polished. I think it would have worked better with slightly thinner paper (I used cardstock). I am still happy with them and made sure to bring them all back home with me. Where they are still sitting. In a garbage bag. I am emotionally attached.

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This was from the sweetheart table. I wish all the tables could have been that full. I also quickly ditched the grey flowers. That cardstock was way too thick.

wedding details

Since we didn’t have any sort of *altar* I wanted something to put behind us as decoration and since we would be eating there too, it could serve double duty. I bought this banner from PomLove on etsy and was super underwhelmed once it was all fluffed. I almost scrapped the whole idea but after deciding to double it up, I ended up really liking how it looked. Nice and simple.

wedding details

wedding details

Guestbook was also a DIY project. Saw something similar on etsy for $200. I bought at $20 Ikea frame, an $8 heart punch and went to town. I’ll admit I did redo it 3 times becuase I refused to measure and everything ended up crooked, but I measured the last time and I think it turned out well!


This is getting a little long, so more later!

#mcwed invitations

One of the first wedding things that I completed and was completely over the moon about was the invitations. I went back and forth forever on what I wanted them to look like. Did I want fancy, cute, whimsical, graphic, bold…I am pretty sure I spent a good year trying to decide. I looked at a few websites and pre-made invitations were SO EXPENSIVE I knew I needed to go at least semi-DIY. I looked all over etsy and nothing really struck me. Everything looked like something I could make myself in Photoshop, so I decided to do just that. I decided on a confetti theme. How hard is it to add some dots everywhere and pick a fancy text?

Hard. I am too embarrassed to post my invitation mock-up but it was sad. I actually really liked it at the time, but *spoiler alert* the invitations I purchased are worlds beyond. In comparison, mine were very flat and blah.

I was on etsy for the 12 millionth time when I came across Grace and Guy. They had a gold and pink confetti themed baby shower invite that was the cutest thing I had ever seen. I immediately emailed and asked if she would be able to change the colors and content for my wedding, and she so kindly ageed. I sent her all the deets and just sat back and waited. A few weeks later, I got my proofs, which I then printed and cut myself. It was a bit more work that way, but it was a freaking steal. I got bridal shower invites, wedding invites, direction cards, info cards, RSVPs, address labels, cupcake flags…in my custom colors for $43.00. Then all it took was a printer and a paper cutter. And you know I love crafts.

Probably over a year ago I bought envelopes and pocketfolds from Paper and More, they had great prices and their shipping was the cheapest by far. Which really counts when you are buying lots of heavy paper. I printed everything else on regular white cardstock and just assembled!

In hindsight, I should have had a better method for assembly. Keith’s friend Dave got two (2!) entire invitations. Keith’s other friend got two RSVP cards. Whoops. Better than none, right?

I almost didn’t use the address labels, but I’m so glad I did because they were the cutest part.

I had also cut out envelope liners and had planned on including little glassine envelopes filled with confetti, but I’m a one woman show and I just didn’t have time.

I also created the back of the RSVP card and that’s one of my crowning achievements. More on that, later.


wedding invitations

wedding invitations

wedding invitations

wedding invitations

wedding invitations

wedding invitations

The photographers would have taken nicer photos of the invites but I ran out (thanks to sending Dave two) and didn’t feel like making another set since I had my own pictures.

I also hated those wedding cake stamps but my envelopes were .02 oz too heavy for a regular stamp. I should have had some indication that names were supposed to go on the lines on the front of the card since I didn’t want the stupid M_____ thing, but we got back about a dozen without names. Luckily I could use context clues. (Name on envelope or number in party or what was written on the back). I should have numbered them, but I couldn’t find a place to do it unobtrusively and by the time I remembered I was OVER IT.

Overall I was thrilled with how they came out and thought they were a nice representation of the wedding: fun, playful, colorful, DIY baby.

some updates

So! My friend Ryan mentioned that I never blogged about my new couch, so I figured I would do that now. When we bought our house, we only had a couch and a loveseat.

old apt livingroom

Old apartment.

Pretty normal. Except we moved into a home with three living spaces. We have the gameroom downstairs, the living room and family room upstairs. Which was fine for a while, but as the living room became more and more presentable, I was itching for some furniture to put in there.

The loveseat was in there…it’s tiny, the room is huge, I wanted something else.

I have been scanning craigslist every now and then for something but all craigslist couches are typically floral/plaid and hideous and I was hoping for something grey. I was also a little hesitant to buy something upholstered since you never know how people live, so I had pretty much given up.

I was on craigslist one night after Christmas looking for a dresser and just happened to click on a posting for a couch. “Hey that kind of looks like our couch, but in blue…” And then I clicked on the other pictures and noticed the pillows. “Hey that IS our couch but in blue!”

I asked Keith if he would be okay with getting it if I could arrange for a way to get it home. He said it was fine, so I instantly emailed the lady and got to work on finding a truck. Luckily, nearly all of my uncles have trucks and my sweet uncle Gino agreed to transport the couch for me. And the best part was the couch was 75$. Since we bought the exact couch, I know for a fact it cost more than 10x that.

living room!

So now my little loveseat has a friennnd. And it matches the back of my built-ins, I am so good at picking paint colors! Not sure if the couches will stay where they are, they are actually currently thrown in the middle of the room since I was doing a little painting. I have plans to do some sort of painting/refinishing of the coffee table.


Thinking of something like the above, except probably not teal.

I was doing a little trim painting the other day and decided to paint a frame. My lovely friend Megan gave me an etsy giftcard for my birthday and I purchased a print. Luckily the people we bought the house from left frames everywhere. I have at least 4-5 with weird flowers or ducks in them. But since gold is not my favorite, I repainted one!

before and after

The white balance is off, but it’s a huge improvement! The print is also off-center, but I took it out and fixed it. It is currently hanging in the back hall, but I want to put it in the kitchen as soon as I get Keith to help me.

And the final update is that somone is coming to fix our plumbing tomorrow! The home warranty did not cover crap. It has been completely useless. So thank the flying spaghetti monster for homeowner’s insurance. They are covering almost everything. The repairs are slated to take 3 days and they will have to dig up the basement floor, so we are spending a few days with Keith’s parents. So thankful they only live .5 mile away. I am SO EXCITED that this stupid plumbing saga is almost over!