Hi there, It's been a month since our big day and i've been reflecting on the most perfect day. We loved everything about the day and even more so that we were able to DIY, literally everything. We got exactly what we wanted on a small budget. So I wanted to share some details about it. First off, we came across a commercial building in Cross Plains, while searching for a new place to live. This felt like the perfect situation for us to live upstairs and have my former online boutique downstairs. In addition to that, we were tossing around ideas of where to hold our wedding around the same time. When we saw the space, filled with tables and chairs from the former business, I instantly realized, I also somehow wanted to incorporate the building into our wedding. I made plans to move from my home in Old Hickory to the building in Cross Plains within a month. It was quite a hectic time, moving myself, my business and planning a wedding all at the same time. Fortunately, it was my full time job at the moment, so I was able to get everything done and it also assisted in the wedding weigh loss. We decided to use the upstairs(which is now our home) for the reception venue and chose the church that's right across the street as the ceremony spot. It is such a cute little church and also had parking (which we lacked at the building.) At this point, ideas and DIY were in full effect. I started by designing and having my invitation pack printed. I really personally enjoyed getting to pick every single detail with the wedding, but i'm sure it would also be fun to use professionals for everything as well. I used a graphic design software I already had and just purchased a $3 pack of flower graphics to complete it. I used cards and pockets for printing. I found them to be the least expensive wholesale printing, with quality paper options. I chose a cream linen paper, uploaded my design and they arrived within two weeks(I got the invitation, directions and rsvp card for $70.) I found both sets of envelopes from Amazon for $17. I decided to hold the set together with hemp. Here's how it looked:
Next up was the conversion of the reception space. I painted the space gray from the former outdated, two toned look, which made a huge difference. Then, I decided I really needed to drap the ceiling with fabric in order to achieve the romantic look, I was going for. The room is 19 feet by 24 feet and then also a hallway that was draped. In order to achieve this, I ordered 100 yards of white poly chiffon fabric. I found a super deal on Amazon for $151!!!!!!!! I started by creating a grid pattern using some circle hooks i found that drilled into the ceiling, I then began connecting them using a really thick paper twine. Next, I attached 5 sets of globe lights to go around the center square. I found the best deal on ebay for about $30, but the cord was black and it was just too much of a contrast when i tried it. So I spray painted the wire with white spray paint and it created a rustic gray look. I loved it! The ceil took around 40 hours by myself to do. Probably because the ceiling are so tall and I had to climb on and off tables to put each piece together. Here's the finished product
Next, lets talk flowers and decorations. I decided that since the tables were smaller cafe tables, they could only reasonably hold a vase with flowers as the centerpiece. I decided upon milk glass vases and found them about $8 a piece online. So, I was able to find all that I need in the couple of months leading up at different Goodwill visits for around $1 each.
Next, I was able to make some signs(chalkboard spray paint, embroidery) and find some other things at thrift stores and Hobby Lobby. I probably spent around $200 on decor. Here are some pictures:
After looking into several options for flowers, I decided upon using a wholesale flower store, Import flowers. They sell flowers at VERY low prices in bulk. I had to do a little research to figure out ways to put together the bouquet, boutonniere and corsages. Fortunately, I had bridal pictures done about a month before the wedding and since I would be making my bouquet at that time and had a lot of flowers left over since they come in such large packs, I was able to practice and know exactly what to do for wedding day. You really can only reasonably make up most of the floral stuff a day or two before the wedding and several things had to be done the day of, so you want to ensure, you are comfortable with what you are doing. I ended up buying 4 packs of 12 garden roses (pink o'hara $28 each) 2 packs of Freesia ($16 each) and 2 packs of mini spray roses ($20 each.) The rest of the flowers we used were picked on the roadside by my lovely husband (Queen Anne's Lace.)
Now, let's talk cake and food! I once again decided upon a DIY option for food due to cost and available options nearby. I looked up my favorite italian recipes online (Pasta Milano, Olive Garden Lasagna and Olive Garden 5 cheese Ziti Marinara) I purchased all my supplies at Walmart for around $100 and spent a grueling day cooking pasta for 40 people. I was able to make a meat and non-meat version of each, since I'm a vegetarian. I froze the pasta until wedding time in two weeks. The week of the wedding, I purchased appetizer food and salad stuff (veggies, cheese, fruit) and made a veggie tray, fruit bowl, cheese tray and italian salad. I also purchased clear dispensers at Walmart and added a chalkboard label to display the drink options) I made 4 gallons of sweet tea using my Aunt Jan's recipe (because I don't drink tea. haha) We also had pink lemonade with lemons floating in it and water with limes floating in it. I found most of my catering supplies at Goodwill and Dollar Tree. So, all in all, I spent around $350 on food, supplies, napkins etc.
The cake was made by Sweet as Can Bee, a girl from my hometown, my dad picked it up on wedding day and also paid for it, but it was very well priced, since we decorated it ourselves with fresh flowers and some initial picks from Hobby Lobby.
We were fortunate enough to have a lot of free help too. My friend Ara, did my bridal portraits at no cost. My Aunt Holly took our wedding pictures as a gift to us. My friend Mary and Christina both worked as day of event planners to coordinate everything on our wedding day, so I could relax. I really enjoyed the process of planning and executing my wedding. I even made the groom's bow tie. :) It worked for us! I enjoyed most of the process. However, it was really tough to relax on the wedding day because I had pretty much done everything on my own up to that point and it was hard for me to feel like I shared enough information about different details to let go. Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, i'm happy to help. xo, Rachel