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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Wedding Planning 101: DIY Projects

Not all DIY projects are created equal.   DIY can save you money, but they can also end up being more expensive.  My projects tend to be because I end up finding more than I need because there is so much fun stuff in the craft store!  Planning ahead is key.  Set a budget and make a list of the things you need.

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1. Start looking early. I find that doing things early not only cut stress in half, but I then you are able to shop around and find deals on all of the materials you need.

2. Pick materials that are inexpensive. If you have a decent size wedding, you are going to find that you are probably going to have to make more than a few centerpieces.  The cost of materials can add up quickly.   Your wedding is a great time to repurpose things you have lying around the house and make them beautiful again.  Plus it saves you a lot of money if you do.

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Wedding Planning 101: Finding your bridal style

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Before you start thinking about all the details that make up your wedding day,  you should determine your bridal style.  It can be as simple as incorporating your favorite color or having a theme as specific as The Great Gatsby.  One of the best ways to start is to gather inspiration.  You can take ideas from everything to a piece of wallpaper, paint chip or fabric pattern.  Once you start collecting things, you will probably see a theme or color pattern begin to emerge.  If you are stuck coming up with ideas, think about interests and hobbies you both have or places and experiences that were meaningful to you.

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Try not to fall victim to obvious design trends. “Being current is important, but looking timeless is even better. Don’t ruin your photos by getting too caught up in overly trendy ideas.” Don’t overdo it. “Focus on a mood or broad statements in the design, rather than an obvious theme or anything too specific. You can tell a story without making things obvious. Everything does not have to be perfect. “Remember you will never find an image of exactly what you want your wedding to look like.  Stop looking so hard and simply create your own: “Consider the images and ideas you might pull together as suggestions rather than literal picture of your own design plans.”

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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.

Picture This: Wedding Reception Decorations

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These would make great décor or accent pieces at your wedding reception.  Get some frames from a yard sale or a thrift store and paint them to match or compliment your wedding colors. You could put flowers in them hang crystals from the inside or even use tulle with lights.    After the wedding repaint them to use them in your house or keep them the colors of the wedding as a reminder of the day.

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!