28 September 2014
Phew, it took me a little longer than I thought to get this post together…sorry about that! I wanted to share some of the details and decorations from our wedding day. We put a lot of love every element of our wedding and I am really proud of how it all came together. Some projects were pretty hard but all in all, I really think it was worth it. We pulled off a wedding for less than half the average cost of a wedding here in Dallas. If you want to see our wedding video, you can view it here. OR if you want to know more about what we wore, all the details on that can be found here.
Shameless plug: If you like the flowers, you can view more of my work over on my website, Brennan Floral Design.
We got married at Winfrey Point, which sits on White Rock Lake in Dallas. It’s kind of a blank slate, which meant we could make it what we wanted it to be. The ceremony was outside so we kept the decor for that suuuuper simple. My dad made my vision come true by building the arch out of 2x4s – they’re sitting in buckets filled with cement. Then we just covered the buckets with burlap and tied fabric strips around them. The fabric strips are just stapled to the top and since the look is “rustic,” we let them fray and it worked perfectly.
All photos by Heather Hawkins Photography.
To honor family members who were deceased or unable to attend, we reserved a seat for them with a photo. This was a really special reminder that they were there in spirit.
For the reception tables, my mom and I made tablecloths out of muslin to keep them super cheap plus the natural/cream color fit in perfectly with our color palette of peach, blush and mint. I made sure to use 40% off coupons from Hobby Lobby – they let you use it for cuts of up to 10 yards so I made sure to get the correct lengths each time based on the table lengths (I think with the coupon they were less than $2/yard). Then we made runners from burlap that was already the right width, we just ran hot glue along the ends to keep it from fraying. The wood candleholders and wood slices were purchased via Craigslist from another bride – her father cut them himself from cedar trees they have on their land. (I resold them for the same amount and kept a few myself for my home decor…in the end they were totally FREE for us.)
I did our flowers so to keep some of the workload down, we also incorporated some non floral centerpieces. We used $1 unfinished wood picture frames from Michael’s and added a fabric rosette to showcase some of our engagement photos. We also made sure to reuse bouquets during the reception. As a budget-savvy person AND a wedding florist, I can’t emphasize how important it is to reuse bouquets in your reception! They’re almost always a huge expense and they’re gorgeous so take advantage! We had empty containers filled with water on some of the tables so the bridesmaids could just drop them in when the ceremony was over…super easy!
For some tables, we added lace, burlap and rosettes to mason jars and put candles in them. I think candles are so lovely and romantic…perfect for keeping centerpiece costs down!
Here’s the head table, I made the Reserved signs for our table and the family tables using our home printer.
Bridesmaids bouquet (L), Bridal bouquet (C), Maid of honor bouquet (R)
Our wedding favors were coasters – you’ve seen the tutorials online, tiles from Home Depot, scrapbook paper and Mod Podge. It took a lot of work and help from friends and family, but they were a unique and inexpensive gift for our guests. I made the sign for the table and just printed it on my home printer.
Entryway table – pennant banner using inexpensive fabric from Hobby Lobby, $1 wood picture frames from Michael’s, nicer photo frames from TJ Maxx ($6-$7 each), faux vintage suitcase for cards and the word CARDS made out of scrapbook paper
These signs were on the restrooms, I think I got this idea from Pinterest but it was so long ago I honestly can’t remember. I just used one of the fonts from our invitation suite and printed the signs on our home printer and taped the photos on.
I saw the “5 things” idea on some place cards on Pinterest and LOVED the idea of using wood palettes so I combined them! My husband and I each came up with 5 things about ourselves, I printed them on my home printer and my sweet dad made the palette room divider using this tutorial. The left side has my five things along with a bunch of childhood photos, the right side has my husband’s five things and his childhood photos. The flower covered balls at the top are just cheap Chinese lanterns from Party City covered in crepe-paper rosettes – cheap but very time consuming.
Winfrey Point has three different fireplaces so we kept the decor relatively simple on them. DIY yarn covered letters from Hobby Lobby (coupons used, I think they were like $3 each), fabric pennant banners we made, various photo frames and flowers. I REALLY love how these turned out.
Sigh…this next thing was really my pride and joy. I still practically cry (okay, that’s an exaggeration) every time I see a photo because it’s just so beautiful. My dear friend Mallory and her mom did a PERFECT job on our cakes, and my sweet mother in law made all the cupcakes for the groom’s cake. The old oil lantern sitting on the mantle has been in my parents bedroom literally my whole life so I loved incorporating that into our wedding decor.
The mantle is the same as the other two, but served as the PERFECT backdrop for our cake table. The tablecloth is muslin with a lace overlay that was just one piece of fabric I got from Joann’s for about $8 – no sewing necessary. We had multiple cakes and I made the toppers, the teacup topper is actually from my parents’ china set that they got when they were married. My bouquet is sitting in a large mason jar behind the cupcakes.
If you read this whole thing, you are seriously my BFF. I know it’s long-winded but I wanted to give details for people who might want to know more about some of the elements in our wedding. If you have any questions or want more specific DIY instructions on something, feel free to comment here or contact me via social media!