I know in my last post I said I’d be sharing how we built out photobooth, and some of the other pieces for our wedding. I promise those are still in the works and will be finished soon. Until then, we received all of our wedding photos! I am so amazed by how beautiful they are. Our photographer, Anna Morrison, did such an amazing job capturing us and our loved ones!
There are so many beautiful gems, but I’m just going to share a few of our favorites.
Okay, so hopefully you’ve found your dream venue, and if your venue is anything like ours, you’re starting with a blank slate. A lot of work is ahead!
Our venue was just under 100 miles from where we live so we were limited on visits to measure, and plan out decor.
I took a bunch of photos the two visits we made before choosing the venue, and spent a year using those to plan out a rough idea on how we were going to decorate. Then, two months before our wedding, we took a final trip up to the venue to truly measure and make sure everything would work as I envisioned it.
Make sure when you tour your venue, you discuss with whomever is in charge, what items you are allowed to move, and what is not allowed to move. As we walk through this you’ll see there were several items we couldn’t move, and so we had to improvise ways to include them in our decor.
On our second visit to the venue, there was a family reunion being set up, and they had all the tables on the back deck, overlooking the property. I fell in love with this idea, and we honestly planned our wedding guest count around how many people could fit on the deck. Make sure, when you’re planning, to find out how many people can safely fit in your intended area.
I brought my fiancé, one of his best men, and my Matron of Honor to help us measure and plan everything out. Make sure you have a team of reliable and honest people to help you plan. There were some ideas I had that needed some guidance on. There were some problems that needed another set of eyes to help trouble shoot, and having the four of us together really helped us brainstorm and solve the possible issues at hand.
In this post, I’m going to discuss how we transformed the room in the photos above, into the perfect dreamy reception space!
In our conversations with the owner, I made sure to take notes of some very important details that we needed to remember. I’ll include them below, just so you can have an idea what we were working with.
The rug inside the “big room” (room photographed above) cannot have food, or shoes on it. In order to have our reception in the room we would need to roll up the rugs, and the mats underneath and find a safe space for them. Owner warned us, they were very heavy and almost impossible to move
Speakers cannot be moved, and must remain in their same spots
Yoga ball rack cannot be moved, and must remain in spot
Anything we move, needs to be returned to exact same spot it was found
We can use any of the tables or chairs
We immediately sat down on the floor in the “big room” and measured everything. We measured the size of the room, length of the flags hanging from the ceiling , because though they were cute, they did not match our mint green and yellow wedding.
We measured the speakers, yoga ball holder, and mantle with the tapestry piece hanging.
For this room specifically, we knew we wanted to build something to cover the yoga balls, and the TV hiding behind the tapestry. My vision was to turn the yoga ball area into our photo booth (which was our guestbook.) My MOH offered to build frames out of PVC Pipe. I’ll post our how-to in another post, so look out for that!
I drew out a replica for the space, and we planned out where everything would go.
Above, you can see how I drew out the room. The room measurements were 33.10 feet wide by 44.7 feet long. Each square = 2 feet. I cut out minature versions of each of the tables, and made a rough estimate on where things would be. This came in handy the weekend of the wedding because all everyone had to do was look at the diagram and know where things would go.
When planning out your space, I highly recommend taking the time to do this. Draw your space out on some graph paper, and plan out where things will go. That way the day of your wedding you can delegate the task to someone, and be confident the task will turn out ask you had hoped.
I’m going to end this post here, and continue our next post with what decorations we chose for this space!
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Shortly after we got engaged, Mitchell and I sat down and looked around on pinterest, and found some save the date styles we liked. Origionally we had planned to DIY our save the dates AND invites, but we had a family friend offer to hand paint our invites for us, so in the end we only had to DIY our Save the dates.
Just for fun, we hired Points of Measure to create a logo for our wedding. We sent her a photo of our invites and some wedding logos we had found on Pinterest and she worked her magic. When we first got the logo, we weren’t sure if we were going to still DIY our own save the dates or not, originally we had intended to use the logo for our website, and registry.
A few weeks later, Mitchell and I were talking and decided we’d see if we could find someone to turn the logo into a stamp, that we could then use on our thank you’s, and wedding favors and such. I searched high and low, and ultimately found TailorMadeStamps on Etsy.
The stamp arrived and was just as we had hoped! It was then that we thought it would be perfect for our save the dates we had dreamt up! I went out to the local craft stores and big name stores and looked for some wood rounds that we liked and could use. Coudn’t find any that fit our feel, so I took my search Amazon, and found these. We ordered the amount we needed, and found some magnets we could attach to them.
Mitchell and I spent one evening stamping each wood round, and hot glueing the magnets to the back of them.
The next step to our DIY magnet save the dates was to find a way to transport them, and include a little more info. We went out and bought 140 pound watercolor paper (we ordered this one from amazon) and a kids watercolor paint set that had our wedding colors on it. This is the exact one we bought. We sat down on the floor of the craft room, and painted away.
The painting part is all about your preference. We wanted light and sweet. Next, I went into photoshop and designed a what we wanted the papers to say. I’ll attach a screenshot of what I designed below. I used photoshop, but I’m sure you could create something in Word if you needed to.
After letting the paper dry overnight, I came back and cut the paper down to a size that would fit in the printer, and printed two save the dates per sheet. Once out of the printer (and dry) I cut them down to the proper size.
It took some trouble shooting, but we figured out the best way to adhere the magnets to the paper was to use some magnetic strip. I bought this kind, but I’m sure any would work. Once you’re done, it should look something like the photos below.
Custom made Stamp
140 lb Watercolor paper
Hot Glue Gun
Stamp wood rounds
Hot Glue magnets to back, and let dry overnight
Watercolor your paper and let dry overnight
Cut paper to fit into printer
Print something for your guests, I suggest “Put me on your fridge” or something similar.
Cut sheets to fit in your envelopes
Attach a small piece of Magnetic tape to center of paper
So as some of you may know, after 10.5 years of being together, my S/O and I finally decided to get married! We had a moderately long engagement (a year and a half) which gave me plenty, or perhaps too much time to plan everything out.
I was never one of those girls that dreamed about her wedding day, so I went into this completely unsure what I wanted to do with everything. My (then) Fiancé and I sat down, picked colors, and talked about what kind of location we wanted for our wedding.
The number one thing we both agreed on, we wanted somewhere where our Family and wedding party could stay with us for the weekend.
The hunt started, and I found an amazing place on AirB&B. Affordable and we were able to rent out the entire lodge for the wedding.
Immediately we visited the location and toured it. We fell in love almost instantly. The views were stunning, owner was kind, and the property was well cared for.
Some tips for those looking for a smaller private venue:
Make sure you plan a budget first. Know how much you’re able and willing to spend on a venue
Find one that allows weddings, if you search AirB&B on your computer browser, there is an option for places that allow events
Make sure the venue can handle the capacity
Tour the venue more than once if possible. We toured ours twice before putting a deposit down.
Look at reviews, and let them help you decide
Bring more than just yourself and your Fiance’ to tour the venue. We brought along his older sister, my MOH and one of his Best Men the first visit, and the second we brought our moms.
Be prepared that no location will please everyone. We had some people unsure about our venue, and even guests who said they visited the website and just weren’t sure how we’d be able to pull it off, and then were FLOORED to see how beautiful it turned out.
Some Questions to ask when touring your venue:
How much will it cost to have XX people stay?
Will it cost extra to have the wedding on site?
Do we have to use a specific caterer?
Do we have to use a specific table Bar-tender? DJ?
Are Tables and chairs included in rental?
Is parking for wedding guests included?
Does the venue have a tent for parties?
What is expected of guests renting the space
What type of decor is allowed?
Are departure celebrations allowed? (IE Sparklers, bird seed being tossed, flower petals…)
Is there a quiet time?
Are bathrooms included, or will you need a porta-potty? We got lucky, ours included 2 porta-potties.
Are there areas guests cant go into? For example, we had guests let themselves into the Goat enclosure, even though we were told no one was allowed, I guess some guests thought they didn’t need to follow that rule. We also had guests enter the lodge, that was off limits (and had signs all over) and help themselves to Truly, and other food provided by our wedding party and crew helping us. Be ready to deal with these, and find out what areas are 100% off limits. I didn’t find out about most of these issues until after the wedding, and people started posting videos and photos to social media. Be prepared for extra charges in the event that people don’t follow the rules.
Do you need to pack out your own garbage and recycling? We packed out all our own recycling, which saved a ton of space in their dumpster, and prevented a bunch of stuff from going to the landfil
Next post, I’ll talk about how we used the space at the Lodge we rented, and how we chose where the ceremony was vs the reception!
Last December, on our 9th anniversary, my fiance’ proposed. I had every intention on waiting a couple months to ask our wedding party, but while we were on our Christmas vacation in Chicago, I found the perfect gift to ask my best friend to be my MOH.
We were walking around, looking for the Hershy’s store, however, to our surprise, it was closed! In it’s spot stood a Sugarfina, which, is a very fancy candy store. We (at the time) didn’t have a location here in Seattle, but their candy is sold in some of our fancier grocery stores. We popped in, mostly because it was freezing cold and our Uber was still 15 minutes away.
I walked straight to the left corner, and right there on the shelf was the cutest candy set ever. An adorable box set, with some of their tastiest candies, and each cube of candy had writing on it.
The first cube said “Will You”
The second “Be My”
The third “Maid of Honor?”
Of course we’re going to choose to overlook the minor detail that she technically is a matron of honor, because she and her husband got Married in 2017, simply because the boxset was so cute! As soon as I saw it I looked right at Mitchell and said “I have to get
this for her!” I wrapped the boxset up and the plan was to give it to her for Christmas. We went to her mom’s house for Christmas dinner, and I placed it under the tree.
She unwrapped it, and stared at it for a couple seconds, I think she was first in awe of the box set, the cute candies, and also probably confused as to why this gift was just from me and why I chose just candy. She looked at me and said “did you buy it in Chicago?” Then I think it hit her, that it was asking her to be my maid of honor. Some tears were shed, and of course she said yes. We talked for a while that night about the adventure we went on and how excited I was to find those candies.
If you’re looking to propose to your MOH and would like to buy these cute gift boxes, you can find them at your local store, or online by visiting the Sugarfina Website. The colors for this years boxes are slightly different, but it’s the same boxset! They’re such a cute idea! Their candies are incredibly delicious, and they offer candies that are vegan! I highly recommend checking them out if you’re able to!
Of course, if you know me, you know the “proposal” didn’t stop there. I also made her a gift box a few weeks later. I’ll save that for another post though 🙂
Are you recently engaged? Married? How did you ask your wedding party to be in your wedding? I’d love to see/hear other stories!