From the Bride:
Our wedding vision was to have a fun, family friendly wedding celebration full of rustic touches I love, and the modern look that my husband loves. Our wedding and reception were both held at County Line BBQ, one of the first places I had taken my husband when we visited Austin before we were dating. We knew in combination with tasty food, fun decor, and tons of games, we would accomplish the feel we were going for.
Our wedding ceremony site and reception site were FULL of DIY projects. Each of our parents gave us $5000 and I saved as much as I could throughout the school year (but as a teacher that wasn’t much!) and I knew that DIY projects would be vital to making the wedding look the way I hoped it would. I created, printed, and cut all the paper goods (save the date inserts- with photos taken on my camera via my AWESOME Maid of Honor, invitations, welcome cards that waited at the hotels with bottles of water and a city map tied with twine, programs, menus, photo scavenger hunt, wedding mad libs, and advice cards which we used in lieu of a guest book). My Maid of Honor wrote out all of the chalkboard signs with her rocking fonts. She also sliced up a tree on her parents farm to make the wood slices that were on the end of each aisle. My mom put together the Babies Breath in mason jars to top each slice. At the front of our ceremony site stood different sized stumps that my oldest brother, Evan, cut and hauled out of the mud mid Texas floods. My mom made various flower arrangements in burlap and metal containers with succulents, draping greens and wild flowers- an arrangement I envisioned while walking through our Gainesville, Florida farmers market this Spring. They were PERFECT! Hanging from the gazebo that stood behind us during the ceremony were mason jars with wire bails my dad put together and hung with twine, each with one single peony. We ordered our peonies and petals wholesale via fiftyflowers.com. My mom put together all of the bouquets we held and I put together all of the table arrangements the night before the wedding (until 2am the day of!) My mom created the peony and burlap inspired boutonnieres by combining a few different types at Hobby Lobby.
Our cake tables featured more chalk items via my Maid of Honor and candy jars full of our favorite candy. I found the jars at TJ Maxx during one of my MANY trips just seeing what I could find that fit our feel. Our cake stand was also from a trip to TJ.
The tables featured peonies in mason jars I had put together, picture frames gathered from…you guessed it…TJ…the printed goods I’d put together, decks of cards for the guests to play, brown Kraft paper, and groupings of crayons put together by my sister-in-law, Shayna. We also had mercury glass mason jars that were a last minute buy from Joann’s Fabric after several failed attempts at finding enough matching candles elsewhere. I tied twine to the top of each of these to mix the rustic and modern look. There were pieces of silver belonging to my late grandparents too bring in the shine and the family memories. My brother put together, stained, and burned giant wooden Yatzee dice and my MOH made a chalkboard score board (mid reception!).
We hung these with twine and mini clothes pins as decor for the reception area.So yes, there were A LOT of DIY projects.?Many things that weren’t DIY were purchased from vendors on Etsy (save the date magnet wood slices, flower girls tutu and headband, ring bearers bow tie and suspenders, officiant’s (father of the bride) bowtie, cake topper, veil, Mr and Mrs signs for receptions chairs, the giant Jenga that my brother then burned to personalize).
HIRE A DECORATOR!!! I was just talking to my Maid of Honor about this the other day. Even if I had all the money in the world for my wedding budget, I still think I would’ve wanted to do all the DIY projects because doing it myself made me have the ability to make it look exactly like how I saw it in my head. I don’t know that I ever would’ve been able to explain that look to someone else. However, it caused so much stress and everlasting lists throughout the whole year prior and lasted even through the reception itself that it didn’t allow for the celebration I think most brides dream of. I loved my wedding and wouldn’t change but a few tiny things, but my advice to anyone else would be to try your best to explain your vision to someone else and let them take that and run with it. Even if it’s a friend or a family member rather than an expensive planner, it will be so helpful! Also, be in the moment!!!
What advice do you have for other brides planning a destination wedding? Honestly, it was hard, but whenever anyone commented on how stressful it must be, my answer was that I thought it was less stressful because I wasn’t right in the middle of it all the time! If I had lived where we were getting married, I would’ve felt more inclined to over manage. My advice would be to arrive EARLY (and to have all the things you need arrive early…we got there a week early but all of the supplies were traveling in with my parents who couldn’t come until 3 days prior to the wedding) and to stay LATE! We left the day after our wedding and I would have loved to stay and enjoy Austin with my husband, friends, and family, stress free! The day before the wedding, my maid of honor and I went zip lining over Lake Travis. Yes, I was making lists in my head of who I needed to call and what I needed to do, but it was a must needed break to enjoy our surroundings and remember why we chose Austin to begin with!
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