Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Wedding DIY Projects Part 1

I know this has been said many times by many brides, but DIY definitely does not mean inexpensive. These projects really add up! But I just got so darn excited about some of these ideas, I couldn't let them go. I'm lucky that my wife was supportive of me exploring my creative side.

Our wedding ceremony and reception took place at Odd Fellows Hall in Eastsound, WA. The hall doesn't look like much from outside, but the view from the patio and balcony is the best there is and there is just something magical about the hall. We wanted the wedding and the decorations to reflect the natural beauty of the islands, as well as the island's commitment to its local farms, stores, and community. The Cindy Morgan, of Nest, did all of our flowers and she was incredible. The lavender was from Pelindaba Lavender Farm on San Juan Island - Ally and I biked there from Friday Harbor later in the week. Gorgeous!

Photo courtesy of Joann Chang

Wedding themes kind of developed as we went, rather than starting out with a particular theme. Luckily, they all kind of came together. One major theme was lavender, which made sense since it grows so well on the islands. Our caterer was super awesome, and helped us out with the lavender theme. Without going overboard, they made an awesome blackberry and lavender cobbler and a lavender lemonade for the bar. One of the owners brought lavender from his own yard and placed a sprig of lavender on each napkin. Super sweet! We also made our wedding party bouquets and boutonnieres with flower wire, flower tape, lavender, and twine.

Additionally, music and song lyrics naturally wove their way into our wedding because we are both musicians (Allyson won't admit it, but it's true). One of our readings was a selection of our favorite song lyrics, including lyrics from Bob Dylan, Iron and Wine, Death Cab for Cutie, Mumford & Sons, and Led Zeppelin. We also decided to sing and play a song (I've Just Seen a Face by the Beatles) together for our guests. From Etsy, I splurged and bought two items that really pulled the music theme together. 1) Hang tags on which we wrote more love song lyrics and attached them to mason jars. These jars held some of the flowers at each table. 2) Paper hearts cut from vintage sheet music that we spread out on the cake table. We would've placed these more places, but they were blowing away outside. 

I collected driftwood (shhhh) from one of the beaches on the island and painted island names as the tables at the wedding. We then put up an antique-looking map of the San Juan Islands so people could see where their island was in relation to Orcas. Of course, we and some of the wedding party sat at the Orcas table! We stuck with the driftwood theme and bought a bunch of frames when Aaron Brothers was having there Buy 1, Get 1 for a penny sale. All the frames were driftwood-like and held the bar, dinner, and dessert menus, as well as the program and thank you (we tried to make our wedding as eco-friendly as possible, so opted not to print out a bunch of menus and programs).

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