- Last updated on November 2, 2009 at 7:42 am
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I never realized that there were so many little details that go into a wedding. So far, it has been a lot of fun planning the particulars. There are still several projects to complete, along with some DIY ones, but I'm looking forward to it.
I will give you a little background on the wedding decor and planning details. It is all of the details that I enjoy sharing. My fiance and I are trying to create a different layout and include unique items to make our day even more special and exclusive. Of course, we've taken some great ideas from those creative ladies out there (especially Ms. Martha Stewart--she's swell!). Our theme is Eros (Cupid) and Pscyche. So, there will be butterflies, candlelight, and lots of cream roses. We're using a more simple, but elegant palette of ivory, black, and dark olive.
We chose Eros and Psyche because of a painting that Charlie and I love. It has a little backstory to it.
This oil on canvas painting is by Adolphe William Bouguereau. We first saw the painting at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. We were walking through the museum, and when we happened on this painting, Charlie turned to me and said that was him attacking me. He was my cupid. I started looking into the myth of Cupid and Psyche. I found that two married in Greek mythology. It was a perfect fit for our theme. From my research, too, I found out that Psyche, upon becoming an immortal, was given butterfly wings. I am extremely interested in mythology and butterflies, so I decided to incorporate the two ideas. To incorporate the theme of Eros and Cupid, each of the tables will be identified by a painting or sculpture of the famous couple. The names of the tables will be those of each artist that rendered them. We thought this was a great idea, and a way to have something different for the table "#'s."
One of my DIY projects will be a large butterfly mobile that will be affixed to the ceiling of our tent, and will hang over the oval-shaped bar. It will not be as large as the one in the picture, but it will be similarly constructed.
This butterfly mobile is grossly exaggerated. I'm using an 18" wreath frame that will be spray-painted black. I will string ribbons from the frame, and adhere the 72 butterflies in olive and yellow-green that I purchased from Clear Cut Crafts on www.etsy.com. The butterflies look very real. I wanted to create a whimsical and ethereal feel throughout the space, and I figured that fluttering butterflies was a good way to accomplish that.
Besides, the DIY mobile, I will also be constructing large tissue poms (approximately 50) that will hang over the dance floor. I am using a Martha Stewart template to make them. I am hoping that they turn out as beautifully as her's. Actually, in my world, Martha would be working on these DIY projects with me. :) I love her!
We will have twenty-eight 90" round tables that will be covered in white linen, and we chose black garden chairs to match. The centerpieces will consist of 2-3 pieces of milk glass per table that I've collected from various thrift stores, antique shops, friends, and family. The vases are various shapes, sizes, and shades of white. There will be die-cut pieces of acetate that have a black brocade pattern on each table, that will show the white linen through the clear areas. These pieces will go underneath the vases. 250 vendela roses, which are a cream color, will be used in all of the centerpieces. A tall stachion will hold the signs on each table, displaying the names with a dark olive background. The centerpieces will be surrounded by several cream colored votive candles in clear holders. Each place-setting will have a rolled black napkin with a DIY butterfly ring, made by using one of Martha Stewart's templates.
I am a fan of all things antique/vintage, girly, and soft. I wanted to incorporate those styles/concepts into our day. I don't want to overly girlify the decor, but my fiance is all for my ideas. I am so happy that he's game. We did a layout at the caterer, and got to setup the table exactly how we wanted it, at least with the centerpieces. The caterer said she had never seen anything like it, so that definitely put a smile on my face. Then, she asked if she could share our layout with others, and that made me even happier. Seeing it all come together reassured me that the ideas in my head weren't crazy or unpresentable.
Charlie and I are pretty simple, so even with our multiple ideas, we didn't want to overload the tables or overdo any of the designs. Brocade and lace show up here and there, but it doesn't drown anything. Like our cake. I wanted to incorporate the lace from my dress, so we chose a simple cake design that I found on Real Simple's website.
I have tried to find the black hobnail cakestand to no avail. I found some plain black ones, but this stand is so beautiful. I even emailed the magazine to see if they could recall where the stand came from. No luck there. I'll keep up my search in the hopes that I will at least find something similar. Our invitations will have a similar motif. Thanks to Jessica's Design Shop!
There is a lot of black in the wedding. It's funny how when I mention the color scheme to the older generations, they cringe a little. They associate black with moroseness or mourning. I remind them that in modern times, and even long ago, black is a sign of elegance and formality, especially when paired with white. As you can see, there is black in the cake, the stand, and the men's suits will be all black, including the shirt, except for the sateen olive-colored ties. I found a similar look on another PW biography. Thank you pinkyjane48! I loved the look and appreciate the inspiration. I also included a picture of the actual suit, but it will not have a vest, or pocket square, and it will be black. The boys will also be wearing Converse Chuck Taylors. It is becoming so popular, but it makes sense; why not be comfortable? We were going to choose olive green ones, but black will get more use after the wedding.
All of the men will have this look, along with a white flower boutonniere. The flower of each groomsman will match his maiden. For example: Jill will have a ranunculus bouquet, and her groomsman, Bill, will have a matching bout.
All of the maidens of honor (no "bridesmaids") chose a favorite white flower to be used in their bouquets. I wanted everything to be distinctively them, from their dress choice (black too) to their flowers. The only thing I chose for them was the dress company: JLM Couture. They could choose any black dress made by any of the designers under that brand. There are six maidens, and most of them have their selections narrowed down. There is only one that has not gone shopping yet, but here are the ones "selected" so far.
Update: The final maiden and I went shopping today, and she chose her dress. Now, let the ordering begin. I'm so excited to see all of the girls in their picks. It will be a stunning array of dresses that lets their personalities shine. They will all be beautiful!
Jill Jen Kim
Johanne Heather Michele
The point of letting the girls select their dresses was that they could wear them again. How many PW girls have been in weddings, have had to wear a 1) horrid color or 2) ugly style? I don't want any of the girls to feel that way. I want them to go in their closets, and know they have a dress to wear to party. It is an investment, and I want it to be one they won't regret. Plus, as you can see, the girls have great taste, so I couldn't be happier.
I cannot post my dress, because it is a surprise. This much I can provide: Pronovias. It is a unique dress that had the vintage style I wanted. It was the first (and only) dress I tried on, but I instantly fell in love with it. It was exactly what I was looking for, a great price, and turned out to be the designer I wanted too. I can exhibit my flowers. I have chosen my bouquet flower, and I was inspired by an Estee Lauder ad. The only difference will be the style of rose. I chose Malu (or peppermint) roses. They have large heads, a soft citrus scent, nearly thornless, and seem to last forever. My florist was great and brought in a sample of the rose, so I could see it in person. Nikki at Welke's is great!
I'm going to have the exact same bouquet style: long stems, ribbon-wrapped center. Nikki saw this picture, and told me that it will be even prettier. I cannot wait to see the final product that day!
There, of course, is so much more, but I'll add more when some of the DIY projects are done.
I am updating this section, since my mom and I finished two of our projects, and are in the middle of another. We finished the picture board that will display my honey and I in separate sides for our childhoods, and we share the center of it with our "couple" pictures. It turned out really cute. We also finished the shower invitations. Mom hand-stamped all of them, we punched out paper hearts, stamped and colored them, hand-wrote the details, attached the hearts with ribbon from a heart-shaped punch, and mounted them to black cardstock. They turned out beautifully. I'll add photos of both projects once I take and upload the pictures. My best friend and MOH is in town, so she has been helping me with my next project, hand-cut paper butterflies. These butterflies come from a Martha Stewart template, and they will be used for napkin rings. That means, we're making one for each guest (approx. 250 butterflies). It doesn't feel too good on your hands after 4 hours of cutting, but they turn out so dainty and pretty. Eventually, they'll get two slits, and black, satin ribbon will slide through as the tie for around the napkin. I'll post pictures of them as well, as soon as we have that project completed.