Today's Wedding Wednesday post is all about the details. When thinking about my wedding day I always wanted those perfectly pinnable images, but totally found myself scrambling a month from the big day to pull them all together. So this is The Confused Millennial's Guide to Wedding Day Details.I am going to be walking you through all the DIY projects I took on during wedding planning as well as the amazing vendors I teamed up with to make my vision come to life (and hopefully help you bring yours to life too)!
I am going to be walking you through all the DIY projects I took on during wedding planning as well as the amazing vendors I teamed up with to make my vision come to life (and hopefully help you bring yours to life too)!
After today's post, Wedding Wednesdays will only be one Wednesday a month! Wednesdays will focus on more general relationship stuff as well as Wanderlust posts when I have something!
HEADS UP: At the verrryyyy bottom of the post is all our wedding music, if you want to scroll down and hit “play” and listen while you read ?.
DIY PAPER GOODS:
When I was looking at our wedding budget, I quickly realized one of the easiest ways to cut costs was to DIY the paper goods. We decided to skip save the dates for two reasons: 1) we “had” to invite almost 200 people, but we really only wanted 50 people at our wedding, without save the dates many people could not make the trip to our destination wedding and 2) $$$.
So when it came time to choose wedding invitations I had all the beautiful photos from our engagement session to work with. I looked through your traditional wedding invitation websites, pinned a few that caught my eye and I felt like I could recreate, then purchased a font from Creative Market. I spent some time playing around on Photoshop and ordered a test print from Catprint.com. When I got the final product I realized it didn't feel “balanced” so I tweaked the design and this was the final product:
Catprint is seriously amazing! Their user inner face kind of stinks; but their customer support is beyond awesome (I accidentally CANCELLED our invites and called them in a panic because our wedding was in 5 weeks and we didn't have invitations, they printed them and got them to me in under 48 hours)! Also the quality of their extra thick card stock is amazing! Just look at the thickness of these:
I decided to DIY the envelopes to match the invites. This time I used Canva. I actually don't have a picture of. But basically were simple white envelopes and classic looking black and white flower stamps.
When it came time for menus and seating cards, I also did these myself and printed them at home. I got the brown paper off of Amazon and used the same paper for the seating cards (NOTE: I made the mistake of ordering business card size brown paper for the seating cards, but no printer can actually print on paper when it's already cut that small, I called every local printer and they all said they would need to do a big sheet and cut them that size – so don't buy small cards thinking you're going to avoid cutting them!)
Instead of a traditional “thank you book” we asked guests to write us a note (which I also put together):
I got a bunch of these picture frames actually for the gift table and also did a “with us in spirit” table for loved ones who passed away. These are Umbra's prism frames and I am obsessed with them!
We did matching wooden watches and bow ties.
The bowties were actually from WoodTon, based in the Ukraine. Volodymyr, the shop owner was amazing to work with! He was very responsive and put together this custom order for us.
Gift for the Guests
The biggest hit of the wedding with guests were the Pashminas from Alquimia Shop. The were SO beautiful and came with the bows and cards already finished. Guests loved these! They are really soft too.
For our welcome bags we got chapstick, Advil, and sunscreen from Amazon and chips and cookies from Costco. Inside of each welcome bag I included a welcome note which I made:
And this super cute itinerary from Lemonseed & Co. Angela was amazing to work with, super fast turn around and the quality of these were stunning!
Signage Through The Wedding
Instead of programs we did a chalkboard sign which I picked up for $25 from Kirkland's which was a total steal! It comes in white and brown.
All the rest of the signage throughout the wedding came from Z Create Design. They have so many wonderful goodies to choose from! We opted for the table numbers that sat on the table, not even thinking about the potential of wind!
Our wedding day was actually insanely windy as you can see from the table cloth here:
So windy in fact that we had to lay the “Thank you Sign” and picture frames flat and actually moved dinner inside.
That's right, no one sat at these pretty tables! Our photographers ran around weighing things down at the same table that wasn't getting blown away by the wind.
This “Mr. & Mrs.” Sign (below) was supposed to be pinned to our sweetheart table, but the wind wasn't having it. So instead we brought it down to the beach to take a few photos.
Ok so this is actually a funny story. Eric and I really did everything together as a team, but with all the DIY stuff I was doing he really only said “yay” or “nay” during the tweaks. So I decided to ask him to put together the wedding music (you know for the processional and first dance song). I made it very clear those were the areas we needed songs for… he ended up putting together a playlist of 200 songs. NO. JOKE. I was like WTF? So if you are like us, and looking for less traditional music, I want to share with you our wedding songs:
Eric's processional song (we played this for 1 min 25 seconds):
Then the wedding party walked down the aisle too:
Then I walked down the aisle too Lotte Kestner's version of Beyonce's Halo. I actually first heard this song in a restorative yoga class and started crying in the class. Everything about it is so perfect IMO. When I told Eric this was the song I wanted and played it for him, he started crying too… Weirdly enough, during our wedding ceremony and reception I didn't cry. I totally thought I would but the adrenaline and excitement and happiness of it all finally happening kind of took over (oh and I cried hysterically that morning so I think my tear ducts had dried up…)
Then for the reception the wedding party and we came in too:
And for our first dance, I really wanted “Flowers in Your Hair” by The Lumineers. I tried so hard to make this work. But we just couldn't get a dance going that didn't look like a spaz fest. I even gave it to my friend who is an actual dancer and asked her to help me figure something out but we got nothing. But it's beyond perfect for us so I am just going to leave it here…
Instead we opted for another Beyonce cover… “XO” but by John Mayer. Our DJ created a minute and thirty second version for us to dance too which was perfect (I do not recommend you first dance being longer than 1 min 30 seoncds).
We asked our DJ to go straight from our first dance song to inviting everyone onto the dance floor for a classic:
Followed by some T. Swift and other pop songs to get the all-ages fun in before dinner. After dinner, it was pretty much just all our friends out on the dance floor so basically lots of 90s hip hop.
…. and with that, I hope I helped you get some ideas or find somethings you've been dreaming of!
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97 thoughts on “The Confused Millennial’s Guide to Wedding Details”
Your wedding is seriously a fairytale come true! You also look gorgeous in your wedding dress! Congrats!!
You have no idea how much I just appreciated this post! We are 3.5 months out and I’m starting to stress about the little details. I’m having a hard time determining the intro song at the reception and the flow of everything. You wedding was stunning!
Haha yeah I didn’t start stressing on any of these (except the invites) until 2 months out, so it’s TOTALLY do-able! I had a really hard time with the timeline too. We wanted a really lively and fun reception so we wanted to get everyone dancing for like 30 minutes before dinner and did speeches during dinner then dancing again. I know it’s a personal preference, but my husband and I always get really tired at weddings who go straight from cocktail into speeches and dinner and don’t start dancing until after it all… we don’t even want to dance at that point because #foodcoma haha
Rachel, I always love your posts!! I’m no where close to marriage… but def pinning this for later! I plan to do a ton of DIY things for my wedding someday. Saves you tons of money!! Congratulations on planning your own beautiful wedding! Xx http://www.thecarlycollective.com/
This was so beautiful! For my destination wedding in Jamaica, other than the invitations, I DIY’d all the paper goods as well. And in our welcome bags, I included a under-water disposable camera and that was a hit.
That was a great idea!
Everything about this is absolutely stunning!! Those invitation people were awesome! I’ll pin this to my wedding board, even though I got married two years ago hahaha.
haha i still pin stuff to my wedding board too!!
i love those bow ties! looks like you had a stunning wedding
Thank you Kali!
Oh my word, I have no words! I love everything about all your details. The watches and bowties are especially great. But your paper items too! Gosh what a stunning wedding!
I appreciate this post. As someone who is still struggling to bite the bullet and start planning their wedding, I weirdly appreciate the details.
Every single detail is absolutely perfect. I just got engaged and I will be wedding planning for the next year plus…and I will 100% be referring to all of these details. I love everything. thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing.
I am so happy that we got married pre-Pinterest era. Things were so much simpler back then…
I love, love, love the photo of you as Mr. and Mrs.!!!
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