Saturday, July 27, 2013

Wedding Inspiration!

Eight months to go! This wedding business is finally becoming a reality, and we're finally making some decisions that are getting us grounded and ready to start DIYing.

You see, David and I are both of the mind that we don't want to spend a down-payment-on-a-house worth of money on our wedding. So this will be a VERY DIY affair. But, personally, I think it's gonna be a kickass party.



I love our colors, and it took me long enough to pin them down. Corals and blues with a touch of mustard. Very spring, and all my faves wrapped into one scheme.

Rustic charm with touches of burlap and barn wood pickets on the walls.


Soft, whimsical lighting...


We're doing a small cutting cake for us and cupcakes or sheet cake for guests. I love the tiered setup, and I want some coral hombre. Isn't that gorgeous? 


And there will be books...


And there will most certainly be owls...


To see more of our scheming, check out our Pinterest board





54 comments:

  1. Looks like some wonderful idea's here and so simple. There's no need to go over the top - as long as you're surrounded by people you love, and enjoy the food. Good luck

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    1. Thanks! We're pretty simple, straightforward folks, so anything too froofy or traditional seems out of character for us. Our goal: to make it a great party for us and our families and friends.

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  2. So pretty and so wise. Of course you don't want to spend the down payment of a house. You are going to need a house with a library! Love reading your blog.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara! DEFINITELY need that library!

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  3. It's looking gorgeous to me! Between the roses and the ombre, that cake is incredible. Good luck with the rest of your planning!

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    1. Thanks, Shannon! Isn't it gorgeous??? Definitely want something in that vein.

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  4. To be honest, I'm tired of the over the top weddings that are popular these days. The last one we went to was simple and it was lovely. It looks like yours will be too!

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    1. Right? That's just not us. This wedding will be full of our character. :)

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  5. Andi, I love you colors! I love the books under the flowers on the tables! I love the ombré effect of the cake(s)! I love that you're getting married and it's going to be so beautiful. xo

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  6. I love all of this! The colors are gorgeous! I really love DIY style stuff, it's more personal. You can save money and know that nobody else is going to have the exact same thing. Plus you get to make everything with love and know that it really meant something! My brother's wedding earlier this month was mostly DIY and I loved it all! And YAY books! I'm excited for you, haha!

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    1. Thank you! I love the colors, and David is very accepting of whatever I pick. LOL I do love that it will be a very "us" day. Plenty of humor and laid back fun.

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  7. Love it! The colors are absolutely beautiful and some of the details you've decided on are definitely cute! Yay for books :)

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  8. Adorbs! My wife and I did a very DIY wedding, although we had great, unexpected luck -- we got married at my workplace, which is a gorgeous historical building right in downtown Boston and my aunt-in-law made our dresses. So we splurged on lots of champagne and a photographer. It was amazing. Love your color palette and ideas -- keep sharing the deets!

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    1. That is AWESOME! re: historical workplace. I work at a university so we thought about going that way, but it wasn't very practical ultimately. We'll definitely keep sharing the details!

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  9. Andi, your wedding is going to be so beautiful! :-) I love the color palette.

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  10. Love the colors. Love the books. Love the burlap. Oh, gosh, I love it ALL. Is going to be so, so beautiful!

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    1. It's gonna be very springy. I just couldn't resist this color selection for March. And yay for burlap! We're country kind of people. lol

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  11. How exciting! Your wedding will truly be yours.

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    1. :D That's what we're shooting for.

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  12. Yay! We DIY'd so much for our wedding but it was mainly fun. We did the "books from our library on tables" thing too; i ended up with a Children's book table, a Classics table, a Sci-Fi table and it worked out well. We ordered waaaaay too many cupcakes though... Best of luck!

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    1. That's awesome, Melanie! I just hope no one tries to take the centerpieces home. I don't want to have to tackle anyone in the parking lot to get my books back. lol

      I love the idea of themed tables.

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  13. I love the photos and details. Can't wait to see pictures of the actual wedding. Books and owls, how can you go wrong with those two themes?

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    1. Thank you! We're terribly excited, and there will be LOTS of pics. We're inviting our guests to Facebook and Instagram our photos, so hopefully there will be TONS of them. :D

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  14. Beautiful!!!!!!!!

    I want to know about the ceremony music, please!! :)

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    1. LOL, Monika! It may be a let down to an actual musician. We're trying to keep costs down, and the venue has a built in sound system, so we're planning to make a massive Spotify playlist and let it fly. As for the "down the aisle" song...no idea. I'm not terribly traditional, so I'm thinking the wedding march is out.

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    2. I wish I wasn't so far, I'd totally play for you! * sob *

      I did a playlist for our reception, it was perfect. Gave us more money to spend on our honeymoon, teehee.

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  15. Love the table arrangements! Great ideas and especially not spending a lot of money on the wedding. Big weddings can be beautiful of course but I cannot imagine going into debt for a wedding. And, I love your color scheme!

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    1. Thank you! Big weddings can definitely be gorgeous, but we're just not that kind of couple. We're definitely more casual and it will be tons of raucous fun knowing our families. :)

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  16. I love your ideas, Andi! I think it's so nice when a wedding is really focused on the couple, with personalized touches. We had a small, inexpensive wedding, and it was nothing but fun from start to finish.

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    1. Thanks, Beth! And it's always good to hear from someone else who had a small, personal wedding. We can't wait!

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  17. Sounds lovely! My sister's in the process of planning her wedding -- they too do not want to spend crazy money on it -- and it sounds like such a challenge to organize even when you're keeping everything simple. Me I will just elope. :p

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    1. It is quite a challenge, but I think STARTING EARLY is the ticket. I am buying things we need up as we find them cheap -- most of the centerpiece books will come from used bookstores and library sales. The favors will be hand-made. The food will be delicious but easy and inexpensive (I had a stroke of genius in regards to food).

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  18. Love your ideas! Wedding planning seems like so much work, I'm glad you're both having a good time with it!

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    1. It's tons of work, but a lot of fun, too. I've been Pinterest-crazy since we started planning.

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  19. I love that lighting! And of course the books. Do you have a dress yet? I think it'll come together beautifully!!

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    1. Thanks! Now we just have to figure out the most effective way to string those lanterns. lol The twinkle lights are already in place for us. I don't have a dress yet, but I have one particular dress in mind. I'll be going to try things on soon and I HOPE it works out like I think it will. ;)

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  20. Everything looks wonderful! You have some great ideas, but the best is about the cost. The over-the-top/take-out-a-mortgage to pay for a one day event is ridiculous, in my opinion. Yes, it's a very special day, but it doesn't have to break the bank. Have fun with the planning and keep sharing pictures!! So happy for you!

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    1. Thank you, Les! Yeah, I couldn't do it. David and I are both still paying off student loans, and I'm still recovering from some other debts. So yeah, DIY is important to us, but it's also important to make it ours.

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  21. I love it all! The colors are simply gorgeous, and definitely perfect for fall. Is it weird that I'm most excited about our book centerpieces?! We have almost 70 hardcovers in reds and grays for the tables, and I think we're nearing the end of what we need... I've purchased almost all of them for a buck at local library sales, and starting to see all the various parts coming together is so exciting. Yay for planning!

    And if you didn't have owls, Andi, I would be sorely disappointed in you! I think of you every time I spot one!

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    1. LOL, I know you would be disappointed if we were owl-less, Meg! I can't wait to see more of your wedding and how it all comes together. I'm still coveting your red shoes. ;)

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  22. Enjoy the wedding planning, Andi and I love the pictures above that you posted. Simple and elegant is the way to go. Over the top is just that - over the top. Goodluck!

    I will tweet you a pic a took of a wedding cake at some wedding expo that I really liked. Just remind me :)

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    1. Thank you! Definitely into simple and elegant. And fun! Some whimsy never hurts.

      Definitely tweet me the pic! I'll remind you. :)

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  23. Lovely, lovely, lovely!! :D It's going to be fantastic!

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  24. Eeeeee! I can't wait!!!!!

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    1. I can't wait, too! <--how's that, grammar!

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  25. Your ideas sound absolutely perfect! :)

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  26. Gorgeous! My BFF just did the cupcake tier thing and it worked out so well. It was much simplier and they still had a little cake to cut on the top. I'm all about the big party. I don't get the people who leave their own wedding as soon as the reception starts in a hail of rice. We stuck around until the end and had so much fun.

    p.s. I had book centerpieces too...
    http://avidreader25.blogspot.com/2010/02/wedding-centerpieces.html

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  27. Looks like it will be lovely! We had whoopie pies instead of a full cake for everyone (but did a little cake for cutting) and it was awesome - they came in little plastic baggies so people stuck them in pockets for late-night snacks. :-

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  28. A kick ass party is way more important than a downpayment :)

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