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Door County Bride-To-Be ~ DIY Wedding Ceremony Arch

September 14th, 2012 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

When Kyle and I were still planning on having an outdoor wedding, I envisioned us standing under a beautiful handmade arch for our ceremony. Once our plans changed and our ceremony moved to inside a church though, I wasn’t sure if that would still work. However, after some planning, sketching, and with a little help from Kyle and my dad, we are having an arch after all!

As I was sketching what I wanted this arch to look like, my original idea was to use old barn wood to go with my vintage theme. After sketching it out though, it was a bit more complicated than it needed to be. There’s no doubt Kyle could have built it, but I tried to think of ways to make it simple, yet very unique and handmade. I was looking online at photos of different arches, and the ones using vines really caught my eye. They are very natural looking, and are very easy to mold and modify into whatever you want.

My parents have a wooded section of their property, and I remembered seeing huge vines hanging in the trees, so we decided to take a trip out in the woods and gather some of the vines. Some of the biggest ones (which of course were the ones we wanted to use) were hanging up 40 feet in the air! The ends were so woven into the trees that we couldn’t pull them down, so we had to find a way to saw them up as high as we could. After gathering a bunch of different strands, probably measuring 2” in diameter, we brought them back to where we were working and decided to braid 4 of the strands together to make a solid, sturdy arch. We had to spend a little time rearranging the strands so they would bend in a nice even curve, and when we brought the ends together and actually cemented them into bases which make the structure keep its form. It was actually a pretty easy process once we got going! Now all that’s left is to add the extra smaller vines for a more natural, rustic look, and I also want to add some draping burlap and baby’s breath to it. This was definitely easier than my first plan, and I think it will look amazing in the church!

 

Until next time,

Amanda

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Door County Bride-To-Be ~ Saving Money on Chair Covers

August 9th, 2012 | 2 Comments - Leave a Comment

After visiting The Lodge at Leathem Smith a few times to plan the layout of the reception space, I couldn’t help but notice the chairs. They are outdated round-back banquet style chairs, in faded burgundy with tan chipping paint on the legs. And when I finally picked out my table linens (sandalwood tablecloths with ivory napkins) and saw the chairs along with it, I knew something had to be done.

I’ve never been a fan of chair covers. I’ve always thought they were a complete waste of money, and that’s why I searched my hardest to find a reasonable price on the nearly 200+ chair covers I’m going to need. After a little research, and a little help from the coordinator at The Lodge at Leathem  Smith, I was able to find simple polyester banquet style chair covers in ivory for $2.15 a piece. And that’s the purchasing price! Most local rental companies charge upwards of $3.00 per chair cover, and a lot of the wholesale rental companies look like they’re giving you a deal at $1.75 a piece, but they really get you with the massive shipping charges, and extra fees. When you’re talking about 200 chair covers, every little bit counts. Purchasing at a low price versus renting also gives you the opportunity to resell them and get a bit of the money back.

The chair cover company I found is Chair Cover Factory, and the really nice thing is the rate is a flat $2.15, with free shipping. They also allow you to order a sample (which is what I did) for the same rate, just to make sure it fits your style of chairs. A lot of places charge more for a sample, and then you’re still responsible for shipping. When I got the chair cover, it was nicely folded, and it is very good quality. Perfect for what I need it for!

In addition to the chair covers, I wanted to have a sash to dress it up a bit, but renting those is also pretty pricey. Instead of renting, I decided on getting rolls of 4” burlap, and just cut it to size. It will match my theme and colors much better, and it is incredibly cost effective doing it that way. I was able to find rolls of 4” x 100 yard burlap for $25 a roll at BurlapFabric.com. You still have to pay shipping, but if you order all you need at once then it is still a good deal, and much better than you’d find in the store. You can also do cute things like add burlap “roses” or tie a pretty bow in the back!

Until next time,

Amanda

Photo of Burlap Rosette Chair Sash: Etsy

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Door County Bride-To-Be ~ Portrait Surprise

August 2nd, 2012 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

A few months ago, my bridesmaid Marcia told me that her fiance Todd wanted to give us a wedding gift that was truly unique and special to us. He wanted to paint us a portrait! Todd Schabel is an exceptional artist, and specializes in capturing realistic images of his subject matter. He’s been featured in numerous exhibitions, and won several awards for his work. Todd not only does portraits, but also paints plein air/landscape and other commissioned work, and he is always working on furthering his career as a fine artist!

When he asked me to send him a picture that we would like him to base his painting off of, I decided to pick from the photos that Jason Mann took for Kyle and I. I love the vintage feel of the photos, as well as the bright colors in the pictures. I couldn’t decide which one I liked better for a portrait, so I gave Todd 3 different choices, and I’m going to let him pick which one so it’s a surprise! Todd is incredibly talented, and I’m so thrilled to have such a wonderful memory captured on canvas. I may even have this on display at the wedding!

Thanks Todd!

 

Until next time,

Amanda

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Door County Bride-To-Be ~ Bridal Shower Shenanigans

July 20th, 2012 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

For the past few months, my sister, my mom & mother-in-law-to-be, and my bridesmaids had been secretly planning my bridal shower. At first it was really hard for me to not know what the plan was, and not try to help. (I may have actually chased my sister attempting to steal her “bridal shower notebook”) But after a while, I gave in and embraced the thought of a complete surprise. And when my bridal shower finally came this past Sunday, I was so excited to see what they had all been planning! When I arrived at the shower, I was so happy to see so many of my family and friends, and was amazed at all the cute and thoughtful things that the girls did to make the day so memorable.

My sister knows full well about my love for all things coffee, so she decided to make the shower coffee themed! She titled the invitations “The Perfect Brew,” and she then set up a mini coffee bar where you could create “The Perfect Blend.” There were also little bags of coffee for everyone to take with a custom stamp on each that my bridesmaid Marcia made, “chalkboard” coffee mugs for everyone to write their name on, chocolate covered coffee beans, and Starbucks cups as gifts! There was so much food, lots of gift opening, some super fun games and lots of laughs and catching up.

Overall I had the most amazing bridal shower a girl could ever ask for. I was so happy to see everyone that came, and it was so nice of my family and friends to put so much time and effort into making this such a special day. I am so grateful to have all these amazing, supportive people in my life, and I can’t wait to see everyone again at the wedding!

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Door County Bride-To-Be ~ Choosing the Flowers!

July 13th, 2012 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

When I first looked at what most people spend on the flowers for their wedding, I got a little bit nervous. There was no way I was going to spend thousands of dollars on flowers! I avoided thinking about them for a little bit, but I knew I could put it off forever.

When I thought of florists in the Door County area, I immediately thought of Maas’ Floral and Greenhouse in Sturgeon Bay. I’ve worked with them a few times on little things like prom and homecoming corsages, and it just so happens one of the owners, Mary Maas, was my 3rd and 4th grade teacher! So I knew I was in good hands.

I set up an appointment for a consultation, and met with one of the ladies there a couple weeks ago, and I have to say they were incredibly friendly and willing to work with me to get the biggest bang for my buck! We chose the flowers for my bouquet, the bridesmaid’s bouquets, boutonnieres, parents, grandparents, the reception, the whole shebang! I chose to go with hydrangeas and baby’s breath as my main arrangement pieces, along with some roses, mini roses, and greenery. I wanted the bouquets to have more of an informal “wildflower” look, while still being classy. We found some great combinations of ivory and coral, and the stems will be wrapped in burlap to go along with the country vintage theme.

I also bought all my own half gallon mason jars for the vases, and plan on using burlap as an accent around them. All I have to do is drop them off two weeks prior to the wedding for some prep work, and they’ll take care of the rest. Overall I’m glad to have that off my plate!

 

Until next time,

Amanda

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