The building blocks of a fashionable yet frugal wedding….
When’s the last time you pulled out your wedding guest book, or any guest book for that matter, and read all of the heartfelt sentiments your guests took the time to leave there? Uh-huh, that’s what I thought. Guest books are sooooo last century! .The guests at this wedding were invited to pick a special rock that they liked from our pre-sorted collection and leave their wishes, signature, caricature, whatever, on them. Some made more sense than others…just saying. ”Leave each”? “You kids are totes vegates”? I am sure it must mean something incredibly special to the bride and groom.These were just landscaping rocks we purchased by the bag from the Home Depot, cleaned with much TLC and complaining, and placed in a nautically-inspired oyster basket with some fine-line Sharpies.Guests then dropped them in a special patriotic themed box in honor of the groom’s military service that will hold them all, along with extra blank rocks and a Sharpie to sit on a credenza for when they entertain at their new home….whenever it is that they finally get to live together as a couple!
Small white rocks – again, landscaping rocks from Home Depot – in mason jars held down the sticks we used as camo for the u-g-l-y air conditioning units on the roof interrupting our wonderful river view.We did not want that hulk of machinery to be the focus of the ceremony space!!
Not a perfect solution but they kept your eye at the plane of the window and kept you from focusing on the obstruction outside of it so much.
Tumbled rock tile was our hot glue gun trivet as we made our paper flowers and also the base of the black and white photo take-aways.
There is more about them here.
This roll of Costco butcher paper about $15 – and a hot glue gun were the backbone for our paper flower projects…
Giant paper flowers overhead…
…as well as lots and lots of smaller paper flowers in different sizes to adorn the space in different ways…
…on reserved chairs in the ceremony space…
…mixed with book text paper for a vintage feel in the chalkboard banner……along with book text paper mixed with fabric to bring in a punch of color with the vintage.
On and in the ring bearer’s ring box …
…paper envelopes from love letters written by the couple for the base of the groom’s cake……the huge paper engineer print photos everywhere we could think of……fun fluffy colorful paper pom-poms for the dance floor…( Say that fast 3 times!)…down to the menu cards designed by the groom, emailed from Germany and printed on paper cardstock for the buffet line. More of his awesome graphic design work in the next post.
My absolute favorite paper project were the floor vases we created out of cardboard concrete forms from Lowe’s for about $4 each, spray painted glossy black and banded by a field of our paper flowers. You can read more about the process of making these here.
This room needed drama to liven it up and camo to hide those hulking AC units. Our inspiration was metallic sticks we had seen at a Christmas display with, of course, tiny white lights. We gathered a truck load of sticks, literally, cut from the woods and then set about measuring and trimming them to the varying heights so that in the end, our window sticks would have the suggestion of a wave pattern, naturally, since we were on the water.
We sawz-alled, trimmed, remeasured, and labeled all of our groups of sticks in the different heights.
Twenty four cans of this metallic silver spray paint later, we had these…
Using the chrome metallic spray paint, as opposed to just a normal silver paint, made all of the difference. These branches almost hurt your eyes reflecting the sun, they were so shiny and metallic. There was tons of overspray, since the branches are so narrow, so we had some pretty nicely painted metallic cardboard under them all when we were done! If we had a few more ounces of creative energy left, we probably could have come up with a re-purpose for those!
Later, we gathered two huge black yard waste bags full of pine branches, not technically sticks, I suppose, and sprayed them, as well, to prop up the black and white photos in the table centerpieces.
This was the garage, booby-trapped with hanging bicycles, pine boughs, silver sticks, riding lawn mowers and stretched out white lights on load-in day.
This was just truckload number one.
It was then up the ramps…
…and into the elevator. Fun stuff!
The poor beer delivery guy got caught holding the door for us with a hand-truck full of beer cases behind him on the elevator. He was thrilled, to say the least. That beer was for our reception so we had to be nice and accommodate him! Actually, he was very nice to us. It was a win-win.
Then there was this guy, along with his buddy, Obnoxious-Musical- Cotton-Candy-Machine, in the casino entrance lobby, staring and shouting at us every one of our 243 waits for the elevator to come down over the course of about 8 hours. We were all smiling pretty much like that at the end of it all.
Back to the cool floor vases, this glimpse of a shot was taken just as the ceremony was preparing to begin with the entrance of the officiant and the groomsmen. That’s all I have are glimpses of them finished and in place, the result of me wearing too many hats and photographer was not one of them.The two bigger vases were placed on either side of the ceremony space under the draped organza to fill in the corners.
With a grand total of 17 people in the bridal party facing the guests, it was the only space that needed it up front!
The two smaller floor vases were at the bar and the DJ table filling in some around the glass racks and equipment. Our mason jars filled with white rocks and silver sticks created just enough of an illusion to create a distraction to take your eyes away from the AC units that we were hoping for in the ceremony space. Wave pattern? Maybe not so much…subtle but still effective.
The illusion only went so far but it didn’t seem to keep anyone from having fun. There’s that ceremony floor vase in the background.
The caterers ended up canabalizing some of our jars and table branches along with the ceremony chair markers to add to the display for the buffet line….another set of missing photos. Sigh…next time!
Rock, Paper, Sticks: Dependable, flexible, and economical. What more can you ask for from such basic elements?
NEXT: Wrapping it all up – AWK!