Rustic Elegance Outdoor Wedding

Here are some beautiful pictures from a wedding I coordinated last month. The couple was very outdoorsy and they added quite a few personal touches for the décor. One of my favorite things was the ski poles on the cake.
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WNY Fall Wedding: Blue and Yellow

Here are some pictures from my recent wedding that took place at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds.
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It was a really big transformation from an empty hall to the after which was beautiful especially with the candlelight and soft lighting.
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My oldest daughter put on chair covers and tied sashes for the 250 guests. She is not anxious to see any of those any time soon.
We hung lots of lanterns which really added to the overall ambiance and wedding feel in the space. I used some of the extra chair sashes to make a focal point behind the head table.
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Elegant and Affordable Wedding Decor

I am always on the lookout for great deals and things to offer brides to make their planning easier on them and on their budget.  I was really excited with my latest find at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.  26 crystal bud vases.   Add flowers in your wedding colors, some candles and you have beautiful and elegant look for your reception.  Come on in to the design center and see about renting décor for your wedding!

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All about Fall : Wedding Decorations

Even though it is winding down a little here in Arcade, Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons and Fall wedding décor is not an exception.  There are so many color and accessory options you can choose from.

If you don’t have a lot in your budget for décor, concentrate on places like the head table or sweetheart table.  Get a decorative tablecloth and chargers to bring in the theme.

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Add some decorative table numbers even if you are not using escort cards.  Use seasonal object such as gourds, wheat and leaf garlands.  You can even reuse the chargers in your home later on for a holiday dinner party.

Ornaments: The unexpected wedding centerpiece

When you are a Thrift Store and Yard Sale bride you sometimes have to think outside the box.  You are looking to get the most impact or “bang for your buck.”  When shopping, look for things that you may not expect to be in a wedding centerpiece, but give it that added touch.  Ornaments are one of the best things to use as your main décor or as an accent piece.  I really like them because they come in so many different shapes, colors and sizes.  And, if you plan ahead you can shop for them at after holiday sales and get some great deals.

I this arrangement I  decided to use them to accent the colors I was already using.  They added some glitter complimented the main colors I was using.

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Another option is using them as the main focus of your centerpieces.  This adds sparkle by adding your own wedding colors you make it your own. ffcfe8944c1e44d2311bd1531f9183b2

They can also be used in unexpected ways.  You expect them on a Christmas tree but not necessarily on this kind of tree.

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Get creative and make it about you and the kind of look you want for your own wedding.

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Wedding Lanterns

One of the places I “yard sale” is at my mother’s house when I get a chance to go out to Ohio to see her.  The prices are great (free) and she has a basement full of things.   One of the last times I was there I found these lanterns.  One was black and the other a bronze or gold color.  To make them more “wedding like”, I spray painted them white.

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I then added some crystals, ribbon and pillar candles to complete the look.  You could use any color ribbons, flowers or candles to match your wedding colors.  They would look great as part of an outdoor ceremony space in a tree, or even as an accent for your reception space.

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The DIY Trap: Does it really cost less?

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Most everyone is looking to save some money while planning their wedding.  DIY projects have been one of the biggest ways that brides use to save.  Can making things yourself instead of buying them save you some money?  The answer really is Yes and No.  It all depends on how much the project is going to cost you to make.  Sometimes after you have invested money in all the supplies, you end  up spending more than if someone else would have made it.   In the quest for savings, it is easy to get caught up in finding great deals and getting lots of supplies to make the projects.  Without really planning ahead it can end up costing you more in the long run.

I have done it myself.  I get all excited about a project and I search stores for sales, I go to yard sales and I get things I know are a great deal.  But, they are only a great deal if I can actually use them for my project.  I have totally ended up getting things I don’t need because I don’t plan ahead.

Before you go shopping make sure you have a vision on paper or a picture of the project with you  Know what your budget limit is and make a list of the things you need.  That way you know exactly what will work or not.  Yes, sometimes the plan changes if you find something you think will work better.  You are much less likely to get things that won’t work if you plan ahead.

Happy Project Making!