I would call our wedding a whimsical adventure. Kevin and I (Casey) want to live overseas for the majority of our adult lives. We plan on moving to India within the next 5 years. We wanted our wedding to reflect our love of the nations of the world. I call our wedding whimsical because we got married on a path in a park under strands of calm, yet colorful bunting.
I made almost everything for the wedding. Kevin helped a lot and other friends definitely made my life easier with their helping hands. However, it was such a joy to handmake my dream wedding. I’d also like to include that we had a very short engagement of only 2 months, so all the intricate details of my wedding, I did in less than 2 months.
All the flowers at the wedding, including the bridal party’s bouquets and boutineers, were made from an old book, two used atlas’, burlap, some felt, ribbon, and lace I bought at a yard sale. Most of the flowers were made from different tutorials that I found on pinterest, but I altered them to be more artsy and unique. I will be selling flowers in yarn wrapped bottles (another DIY that I did for the wedding) and bouquets/boutineers in my Etsy shop.
I designed the programs, mad libs, and invitations using Adobe Illustrator. Kevin and I made the programs using popsicle sticks, double sided tape, and cardstock. I made all the invitations using two different kinds of cardstock, burlap, and brass colored brads. The mad libs are simply printed onto cardstock. I will be selling individually handmade programs, invitations, and mad libs, made to order in my Etsy shop.
I used scrapbook paper, cardstock, and jute to make probably 300 yards of bunting. Some I cut using a paper cutter, but the majority, I ended up cutting by hand.
I put strawberries and blueberries in ice cube trays, poured water over them, and froze them to make adorable fruity ice cubes to go in our lemonade at the reception.
The bracelet I was wearing on my wedding day, I made out of hemp and pearls.
I decorated a pair of burlap TOMS with ribbon and pearls.
I cut strips of fabric and kevin hung them on two dowel rods to make our amazing photobooth backdrop.
Other DIY & things that made our wedding unique:
Map cross stitch hoops were also handmade using maps from one of the same atlas’ that I made paper flowers from.
Our guest book was a polaroid camera. We had a designated person take group pictures of everyone at the reception and had them sign the bottom.
Our favor was glass bottles of coke. We made little tags for them that said “Kevin & Casey 6.10.12” and “Life tastes good. Have a pop and smile.”
Each table at the reception had a burlap table runner, a globe, a pile of old books, a yarn wrapped bottle, a yarn wrapped bottle with paper flowers in it, a photograph of us, mad libs to fill out, and pens.