One part of wedding planning that I really enjoyed was envisioning how I wanted everything to look. Thank goodness for blogs and Pinterest! They made it easy for me to figure out how all the little details would come together.
First I picked a color scheme. For some reason, light pink bridesmaid dresses have always been on my must have list. I thought about choosing burgundy since it was in style and it was a fall wedding but I just couldn’t envision that for our wedding. With pink being one of the main colors, I wanted to keep everything else pretty neutral so I stuck with gold and ivory/white as the other colors.
Since our reception venue was so rustic, I wanted to tie that into a lot of the decorations. One thing I saw on blogs that I really liked were deer antlers. In the pictures, they were placed on the main tables such as the welcome table, cake table, head table, etc.
My mom and I were able to find a bunch of antlers at flea markets like Canton for a really good price. I saw another picture where they had spray painted some of the a glittery gold so my mom was able to do that on a few of them. We placed some on the head table and the rest were on the welcome table and pictures table. Definitely another one of my favorite details!
Another thing that I saw on a blog was a wreath made out of baby’s breath with the couple’s monogram attached in the middle. Since we were using cotton boles for the boutonnieres, I wanted to have a cotton bole wreath hanging at the venue. I found some cheap cotton boles on a craft site and handed the project over to my talented mom. She did a fantastic job! She was able to get the monogram made by one of her student’s dads and it turned out perfect! The wreath hangs in our apartment now.
In order to keep with the rustic theme, I wanted to have burlap runners on all of the tables and fresh flowers in an eclectic mix of vases and jars for centerpieces. My mom found pre-made burlap runners so that made it easy to decorate the tables when we were setting up. She also did a great job of finding vases and mason jars for the flowers to go in. I think the tables with flowers were one of my favorite parts of the decorations.
Another detail that I loved were the name cards for the tables. I saw on Pinterest that someone had used pieces of wood as name card holders for their guests. Since we had open seating, we only needed them for the head table and reserved tables. I had the idea of using wood from our family farms to tie in both sides of my family. My dad was fantastic and went out to both places to cut limbs off the trees so we could use them. My mother-in-law wrote the names of the guests on thick paper with torn edges so the place card holders turned out to be really neat.
For the cake table, I tied in some of the gold elements. We found a gold glitter table cloth online that we put on my cake’s table. I also found a beautiful gold cake serving set online that we used to cut the cake. Now we’ll be able to use that for future celebrations.
As a favor, we ordered koozies with our wedding date and location on them. I found a girl who made them on Etsy for a reasonable price so I was able to use her pre-set design and give her our information. We ordered purple and maroon ones for K-State and Texas A&M and used gold ink to tie some more gold into the wedding.
For the invitations, I wanted something really simple and inexpensive. I found an invitation with pretty handwritten style script that could be printed in gold ink. I really loved how simple they were. I thought they were classic yet modern at the same time. For the ceremony programs, I found a free font online that was girly and elegant and put them together using Word. My mom printed them on regular paper so we saved some money that way.
Another one of the details that I really loved were all the signs my mom made! She made direction signs so that people could find where they’re going. She also made a couple of welcome signs, a menu sign, and signs for the tables.
For the gift and cards table, we used my mom’s red ropers which she wore on her wedding day and filled them with sunflowers because they were her “marrying flowers” as a little girl and are the state flower of Kansas which is where Cody is from.
There was also an old bathtub out there that guests walk right by when they enter the building. Some people fill it with flowers. We decided to fill it with ice cold Lone Star beers to welcome everyone to Texas 🙂 Since I’m such a type A person, I really enjoyed planing all of the little details. It was fun to add my own touch to the venue with the help of my mom!