I was only engaged for a month and a half…needless to say, planning my DIY wedding was more than a little stressful at times. Thank GOD for my family, for it is full of other artistic people that helped me put this all together in such a short time. A day or two after I had gotten engaged, my awesome aunt, uncle, and cousin offered to let Anthony and I get married on their beautiful ranch a few hours away. During that month and a half period, they worked hard to get the landscaping in order and they set up a beautiful dance floor area; the ground was sprinkled with hay and they hung up café lights from posts on each corner of the dance floor.
Meanwhile at home, my mom and I were constanly scouring thriftstores, craigslist, Facebook sale pages, Ebay, Amazon, and of course, Michael’s. You can’t DIY without getting something from Michael’s. It’s basically a sin (I love Michael’s. . .can ya tell?)!
Anyways, we ended up purchasing WAY TOO MUCH DECOR. DECOR OVERLOAD. I kid you not, my aunt’s living room still had tubs and tubs of unused decorations in it after the wedding. My advice to any future DIY wedding planners, plan out where all of your decorations will go, and then go buy what you need. So if you want centerpieces, arbor decorations, and maybe a fancy dessert table I would recommend getting ideas off of Pinterest and then going on a hunt for very specific items instead of going decor-crazy like I did. It might save you a few bucks. . . or a few hundred!
Our dessert table turned out very pretty, I wish I had a better picture to show you, but just look at those lights!!! *Swoons* . . . Our Penguin cake toppers are also the cutest things ever! I picked them out because Penguins are Anthony’s favorite animals. Adorable right? If you want to check out the Esty shop I ordered them from, click the photo and it should open up a new page 🙂 As you can see we did not actually end up putting them on the cake, as we had a bit of a cake mishap. . . my mom had been planning on baking my cake the night before our wedding but we had literally no time. So she went on a wild goose chase for a presentable wedding cake and the two rectangular cakes in the photo above were all she could find! I won’t lie, I was pretty dissapointed when I saw them, but looking at pictures now makes me smile.
Which reminds me, DO NOT expect everything to go perfectly smooth at your own wedding. It won’t happen. I mean, it could I suppose. . . but it most likely wont. Which is okay! The little quirky “problems” end up making for good memories down the road. Stay calm future brides, all will be well in the end.
Ahhh, my favorite part. The centerpieces. These centerpieces were SO easy to make. I had been saving up wine bottles for a while (You can ask family and friends to save theirs for you. You will be surprised at how fast they accumulate) and my mom picked up plain wreaths from Michael’s. We ordered some beautiful artificial flowers, mostly roses and peonies, and then hot glued them to the wreaths. I spray painted one bottle for each table gold and left the other one its natural greenish color. We added battery operated candes to fill in the empty spaces on each side and the effect of it all was lovely. We stuck a few of those long manzanita type branches in each bottle and, voilà!
It was truly a miracle that so many people were able to contribute their own unique skills and ideas to help pull this wedding off. My dad built the beautiful structure that we got married under and my step mom made the cross that is hanging on it. If you know someone who is good at making tables, or just cutting wood in general, there is a good chance that they would be able to build you something similar to this.
The seating at our wedding was a bit tricky at first, but in the end I loved the way it turned out. We didn’t have enough space for separate ceremony and reception spots so I organized the tables and chairs and had them arranged to where the guests would have a clear view of the ceremony and there was still an aisle to walk down. Sure a few people may have had to turn their chair, but it prevented us from having to reorganize everything before the reception!
I should also mention that the two of our families pitched in and cooked our amazing food. That a was a huge blessing. OH, another huge blessing was that my Maid Of Honor Taryn and my step mom were my photographers. There is SO much I can say about that day, I could probably go on forever. It was truly beautiful and symbolic of our two families joining together in many so ways. Thank you all for taking the time to read about my special day, feel free to comment your experiences or any questions you may have. I will add a few more of my favorite pictures below.
All wedding photos are by Taryn Sierra Photography