Wedding Wednesday #8: Centerpieces!

Continuing on the DIY Bandwagon, this week’s Wedding Wednesday (yes, it’s being posted on a Thursday…but still going up!) is all about our wedding centerpieces.

Bride + Groom preferences:

1. Nothing large – I personally would like to see the people sitting across from me
2. Nothing too traditional – fresh flowers are beautiful but they die (waste of $). Candles are fine (I like those).
3. Personalized – something that people can look at and think of the two of us as a couple.

So, incorporating our wedding colors, I decided to seek out items we already owned that helped personify us. What we didn’t have, I purchased cheap items and made. Those gold bottles? Wine + Guinness bottles that we drank out of and recycled for the cause. The gold frames? I bought 25 of them at the dollar store.

I knew we would have around 30 tables, so I made sure to collect enough items so we could mix + match to make nice centerpieces. My sister and I staged them on the floor of my house a few days before, but once we stepped into the venue to decorate, my bridesmaids went to town setting things out and creating their own concoctions. One less stress for me! Below, you will find pictures + descriptions of some of our table decorations 🙂

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This centerpiece included my grandmother’s 35mm camera from the 50s!

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This is the sweetheart table that we sat at during dinner. Sparkling Champagne Fabric for table runner: Amazon. Big “Z”: JoAnns. Toasting Glasses: Etsy (Vintage 1950s). Champagne Bucket: A gift my husband’s parents received at their wedding.

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A closer look at the Sweetheart Table: Mice from our lovely friends from their wedding.

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Another Sweetheart Table detail: Reserved signs I made for tables meant for wedding party and close family (NO seating chart here!!)

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We set 2 longs tables together for: gifts, guest book, and memorial table (pictures of that below). It served as a single focal point, as we didn’t want people to miss out on the memorial table. Guestbook: a picture book I created and ordered through Walgreens.

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A closer look at the card box I concocted. The box was a cardboard box made to look like a suitcase with old school maps printed on it. When I saw it I fell in love. We love to travel, and planned on using most monetary gifts from the wedding for our honeymoon. Cardboard letters, champagne paint, box: JoAnns.

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A portion of our memorial table. We asked our families to bring their favorite photographs of loved ones who had passed. This way, we still got to see their smiling faces on our big day!

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Our dear friend, Anthony, who lost his life too soon. This photograph that his wife brought from their wedding day had us all in tears!

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My tea cup, gold glitter, an engagement photograph, and a spray-painted Guinness bottle came together nicely with the additional of some extra veil material!

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My favorite – and most pertinent to the day – Dr. Seuss quote. This is one of those $1 frames I mentioned before!

 

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Spray painted wine and Guinness bottles, Timmykin’s Guinness glass (a Christmas gift from me), and candles we already owned. Christmas bulb: WalMart (yes, I bought them at Christmastime – thinking ahead!)

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Another one of Timmykin’s Guinness glasses atop a thrift store candle holder. Framed song lyrics.

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A gift from my little brother atop extra fabric from a dress my mom made me.

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This Big Ben tea pot is what one of my best friends asked me to be her Matron of Honor with. Charger: Michaels. Christmas Bulb: WalMart (did I mention, I bought these for my Christmas tree this past year, and plan on using them onward??)

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An elephant tea pot from my sister. Charger + Christmas bulbs mentioned above.

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Lyrics from a “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” song. One of the most quoted movies in our household.

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I spray painted the Z with the same paint I used for the Guinness bottle behind it (good thing Timmykins drank a few Guinnesses in the week before the wedding!). Fun fact: the white tea cups were leftover favors from my Bridal Shower (great idea, Meredith!)

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We adore the beach. So, in addition to the charger, candle, engagement photo, and Guinness bottle (all mentioned previously), we added seashells to some of the center pieces that we have collected over the years.

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Self-Explanatory 🙂

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More Christmas bulbs: our favorite holiday

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Simple. And one of my favorite “couple-y” songs (right next to Adam Sandler’s “Grow Old with You”!)

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I made a Mary Poppins hat for my costume this past year. One of my bridesmaids paired it with my FAVORITE engagement photo, and placed them on extra fabric from ANOTHER dress my mom made me

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I thought this image would be the perfect ending to this visual entry.

If you have any additional questions about our center pieces, how we made them, if you want portions of what we have for your own wedding, let me know!

Happy Planning!

❤ The RoaminTwin

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Wedding Wednesday #7: CEREMONY!

Good Evening!

It has been so difficult to sit down and put my full self into these posts as of late, that it has been weeks since the last Wedding Wednesday! I am highly disappointed in myself and only hope that you can continue to be patient with me as I transition back into blogging on a regular basis. I love it and hope that I can lend my thoughts and full self over to this blog more often.

ANYWHO! Today’s Wedding Wednesday is all about the ceremony! 

I know some people get married outside, some at an event venue, others at a courthouse, and then there are those – like me – who are married in a church.

1Our Wedding Day

We won’t get too far into logistics, but because Timmykins and I chose to be married in a church, there were rules we had to abide by. At first, the rules turned me off to this choice of setting. But I found ways in which to personalize it as best as possible, and it worked out splendidly. Timmykin’s father presided over the ceremony so he could personalize the homily to us as a couple, and he was emotionally invested in the wedding, so it was a very wonderful time.

On top of that, we were able to choose the readings, readers, liturgist, and music before and after the ceremony. Because we are not partial to church music, we chose not to have music during the ceremony. Doing this allowed us to make a few non-traditional selections:

The Skyrim theme song (this is a video game, and was strategically placed by my husband for when my brother first walked in. I am told the reaction was priceless
Favorite Things (Sound of Music) – what the wedding party walked down the aisle to
Climb Ev’ry Mountain (“) – what I as the bride walked down the aisle to
Skyfall (Skyfall – 007) – our exit music as a married couple “Let the sky fall…we will stand tall and face it all together”

If that isn’t a fun playlist for you, then choose your own! Seriously, it was so much fun to choose the music and so powerful to hear it played. Now I have those songs to connect with my high emotions from the day.

But my absolute favorite thing to personalize over the enter day – coming before decorations, food, music, everything – were the prayers of intention. There are guidelines to go by in the church, but I was ready to tailor them to exactly what we thought needed the most attention:

  1. For the Church and all of those seeking their vocations within it, especially Deacon Tony. That they find the fulfillment and joy in their work that they long for. 
  2. For all people. That we realize despite our race, sexuality, age, creed, and other unique traits, we are all made in the image and likeness of God, and that may bring us together and lead us to a greater peace. 
  3. For E & T. As they embark on this new and exciting journey together, that their love for one another may bring happiness to them, and every life they touch. 
  4. For those that are sick, and those that are unable to join us today, especially Baba & Granny. That they may all feel the warmth of the love radiating from this gathering.
  5. For all of those who have died, especially John S., Roy Z., Ruby Z., Bob E., Ron P., Karl S., Roger S., and Anthony B. May they enjoy perfect happiness and total fulfillment in eternal life. 
  6. For all of us, here today, especially E & T. That we may all carry on the legacy and best attributes of those who have gone before us. Those attributes including, but not limited to: courage, loyalty, compassion, and forgiveness. And that with these tools in hand, we may all live our most rewarding lives.

I had my mom read the intentions, and because they were very personal to her as well, she choked up. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room.

2Not a dry eye

I highlight the majority of this last intention, because living out the legacies of my family and friends who have passed has become a major focal point in my life, and this intention truly came from the deepest part of me that I could access. We chose to make our big day not just about our union, but about the people who have supported us along the way, both living and deceased. So, basically it was just a big THANK YOU party!

4A token to remember…

3RELIEF! We are MARRIED!

Now, what are you doing to personalize YOUR ceremony? Do you tend to go by-the-book, or would you consider mixing in a few non-traditional details?

My advice? Do what makes you happy. There will be compromise between you and your betrothed, as well as family and friends, but ultimately it IS your day. 

❤ The RoaminTwin

 

Love This Week

Hello all!

I completely blew past Monday-Wednesday without even batting an eye! Some days and weeks are like that, but for me it seems to be turning into MONTHS!

So, I thought I would take a quick moment to share what I love/adore/admire SO FAR about this splendid week of November 11th – 17th, 2013:

1. Getting things done. Another photo shoot: complete and edited. A sports highlight video: finished (to be continued, as their post season is still not over! YAY!). 

2. Big ideas. I have some furniture pieces as well as other items I would like to refurb and revamp for my new living space (as well as some personal BIG ideas to be shared later on. EEEE!). The color gold keeps coming to mind. Oh, and that’s right…

3. Slowly (but surely) making the move out of my parents’ home. This has been – and will continue to be – a huge lesson in love, gratitude, comfort, and independence. I can dig it!

4. People who look me in the eye. Whether it’s a quick “Thank you” for holding the door, or an in-depth conversation, eye contact is a biggie for me. I have noticed it a lot more in my every day life, especially this week. THANK YOU! It shows me that you are confident in what you are saying, and provides a huge self-confidence booster (because if you are looking at the ground or the ceiling when speaking to me, I automatically think there is a bat in the cave and could, in turn, start picking my nose. PLEASE: don’t make me pick my nose).

What do YOU love this week? Please share in the comments, through email, or in person! Sharing is caring, because your happiness is ALL of our happiness!

❤ The RoaminTwin

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