Our DIY Wedding

Getting engaged on March 14th was so exciting!  I had no idea Devin was going to pop the question.  We were surrounded by friends and family, it was the greatest day ever!  Of course immediately after the proposal I began planning the wedding.  I just can't help myself!

Selecting the venue was step one.  The venue would really determine the style of the wedding and what would be needed decor wise.  We looked at 3 options and settled on the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum.  We knew it was the place the minute we walked in.  It provided a beautiful combination of art, architecture and nature.  The stage was basically set and we wouldn't have to do much to make the already stunning place look better.

Covered Terrace where the reception would happen

Arbor where the ceremony would happen

Another view of the ceremony site with arbor

Bench near the large pond

The Kiss by Umlauf located in the center of the large pond

Having the location determined, the next step was to select a date and start designing the invitations.  We found this kit at Target that included the invitation, insert sleeve for invite, RSVP card with envelope, ribbon (although I opted to use a Tiffany blue ribbon instead to go with our decor) and outer envelope.  All I needed to do was print the invitations and RSVP cards on the provided blank ones and attach the ribbon.  

Invitation kit from Target

So the Photoshop-ing began.  I toyed with several different designs, but settled on the below design when I found the fabric that would be used throughout the wedding decor.  The fabrics were Amy Butler and would provide all the direction as far as pattern and color for the rest of the wedding decor. 

Invitation design
Amy Butler Fabrics
The invitations also included the RSVP cards that I designed as well as a map insert as you can see below.  

RSVP card insert

Map insert of wedding venue and area hotels

Deciding on the fabrics as the overall theme, allowed all the other decisions to be fairly simple.  My bridesmaids wore the Tiffany blue color and carry orange tulips (my favorite flower) and wore orange shoes.  

Bridesmaids Renee, and Cassandra

My mom made the groomsman's ties as well as Devin's tie out of two of the Amy Butler fabrics.  The men wore orange tulip boutonnieres and Devin wore a white tulip boutonniere. 

Brian, one of the groomsmen

My mom also made the flower girl dress out of one of the Amy Butler fabrics.  We bought the basket at Garden Ridge and lined it with satin that was used on the bodice of the flower girl dress and tied a blue ribbon around it. 

Bayleigh the flower girl

My mom also made the ring bearer's tie out of the same fabric used for the flower girls skirt.  They were so dang cute.  My mom did an awesome job with the sewing and made our day truly customized.

Silas the ring bearer
We also used the fabrics for table runners on all the tables at the reception.  Below is our guest book table with pictures of Devin and I as kids, together in Junior High, and then a recent engagement picture. 

Guest book table

Instead of a traditional guest book, we opted for a customized piece of artwork with our last name and date of our wedding.  Devin provided the initial artwork and the guests provided their signatures to finish it up. 

Our guest book

I also created the programs for the ceremony using the floral design that would also be used on our wedding cake (and actually was on the "save the date" cards I designed as well).  The design was simple and I printed two to a 8.5X11 sheet of card stock paper and just cut the paper in half to make 2 programs per page.  The back also included the names of the wedding party.

Wedding Program designed and printed on card stock by me 

As far as our apparel, the dress and the suit were purchased.  I purchased my headband with flower from Forever 21 and added feathers and a pearl and rhinestone broach.  I also wore a birdcage veil (that was purchased) that could be removed after the ceremony leaving just the headband to wear during the reception.  Devin wore the custom tie ala my mom.  He and his men wore black and white Adidas tennis shoes and I wore blue satin pumps to match my "head gear" (as my father would say).  Devin's boutonniere was DIY-ed as mentioned before as well as my bouquet.  The bouquet was white tulips wrapped in blue ribbon with a few mementos attached to it for me (picture of my late father and my late grandmother's wedding rings). 

Our first walk as husband and wife

I also created the seating chart for the reception dinner.  We had the tables numbered and our guests were seated at the table number next to their name. 

Reception seating chart

For our guest favors, we went with a candy bar where our guest could grab a bag and fill it with candy.  I used glass bowls and jars that I already owned, received as wedding gifts or purchased at my local Goodwill.  The key is to buy candy in your wedding colors and then the table is a great decoration item!

Candy Table being set up...we did not leave the boxes of candy on the table

I designed a simple label that I printed to a sheet of 3" labels to attach to the candy bags for our guests to take home with them.  It made a super personalized thank you gift and was totally customized to our day.

Guest Favor Bag full of candy

The tables at the reception had a simple decor with our DIY-ed fabric table runners.  The flowers, which we purchased at a local wholesale florist and DIY-ed, included one large vase of orange tulips, a small bud vase with a white spider mum, and a small white pot with a succulent plant.  The table number was a wooden number purchased at Hobby Lobby and spray painted silver, then stuck in the succulent plant pot.  A few votive candles in orange were also included with an invitation to a Sunday brunch (also designed and printed by me) the day after the wedding.  The catering company provided the white table cloths, white napkins and flatware.

Dinner tables with our brunch invitation cards

Spider Mum and votive candles

The glass was so pretty and just sparkled in the cadle light

The dance floor area was already beautifully tucked into the greenery with a small water fall flowing in the distance, so we just added a few candle lanterns from IKEA and moved the potted plants we used at the ceremony location to the dance floor.

Large candle lanterns from IKEA

Our sweetheart table had a fabric table runner in a different color from the rest of the dinner tables and a few votive candles and two vases that the bridesmaid bouquets sat in.

Our Sweetheart table

Our backdrop for the sweetheart table was just gorgeous.  Exactly what we planned as we realized all eyes (and cameras) would be on us. 

Even those family members that couldn't be present were there in a flat version
Our cake was a simple 3 tier cake with white cream cheese icing and a blue floral design that coordinated with our wedding programs.  The cake was so delicious with one layer of vanilla with banana cream filling, one layer of banana cake with banana fosters filling, and a layer of carrot cake.  Devin and I made our cake topper together.  It was a DIY kit we purchased from Urban Outfitters of a girl and boy sitting on a bench and you turn a crank and their heads turn and kiss.  So cute and so us.  We painted them to match the wedding colors. 

The most delicious wedding cake!

Our DIY cake topper

The cake table had a fabric table runner and a vase that held my bridal bouquet.  We also purchased a footed cake plate from Pottery Barn for the cake to sit on.  Of course this could be used in our home for many years to come. 

Cutting our cake

I think overall everyone had a great time.  I wanted the whole occasion to feel comfortable and not formal for our guests.  I catering company did an amazing job with the rentals (chairs, tables etc.) and our guests went on and on about how delicious the food was. 

Guests at our reception

We all had such a great time, partying the night away.  We all danced till we couldn't dance any more.  Our wedding was exactly what we wanted, a big party.  

Dancin' the night away

We would have never pulled it all off without the help of my amazing family!  A special thanks to my cousins, aunts, uncles, and of course my mom and sister!  It most definitely takes a village to have a DIY wedding!

My overall goal for designing the wedding was to purchase items for the wedding that we could re-use in our home (I just couldn't stand the idea of forking over the big bucks for stuff we would use only one day).  I think I was fairly successful as we have from the wedding the following items in our back yard or in our home now: 
  • four silver pots with original wedding plants
  • four large silver lanterns with candles
  • small white pots
  • all picture frames that were used are hung on our walls
  • glass vases used for tulips, now in various locations, like our bathroom holding q-tips and cotton swabs
  • glass bowls and containers from candy bar now used for serving and/or decoration
  • glass votive candle holders as decoration
  • cake topper as decoration
  • footed cake plate for serving
  • fabric table runners awaiting a future project (like possibly a future nursery)

It was an amazing day and it was truly beautiful and unique to us. 

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