Wedding and reception decorations for our English countryside wedding

Time has a funny way of going about things.  Today is our second wedding anniversary, and yet it feels like it was only a couple months ago.

I’m a DIYer, plain and simple.  If I can try to make it myself, I will – often with fantastically meh results, but at least you’ve given it the old try, right?  Some women face wedding planning with giant dreams and tons of time to go over each detail meticulously; others hire someone and enjoy the ride.

Us?  We confirmed the location and date before we were even engaged, so as soon as our engagement was formal we hit the ground running.  We, being the crazy adventurers we are, saw our wedding as one amazing DIY project.  The only hitch – we had three months.

With such a short engagement there just wasn’t time to DIY everything.  Granted, neither of us wanted something massive and extravagant; we really just wanted a lovely day full of food and good company, ohbythewaywegotmarried, and then more food.  We asked our guests to be our photographers, and I even had time the morning of to sneak in some photos.  Happily, that’s exactly what we got.

But we certainly did try to DIY as much as possible.  I’ve got more than a few people to thank for helping along the way (and a large number of online tutorials!).  Here’s the list of everything we hand-made/designed/printed/sewed/assembled/did ourselves (deep breath in, aaaand go):

  • Invitations
  • Programs
  • Weekend schedule for guests
  • Guest book pages
  • Thank you cards
  • Our cake
  • 200 mini cupcakes
  • My veil
  • Customized my shoes
  • Flowers: my bouquet, my bridesmaids’ bouquets, all the guys’ buttonholes, and all the table decorations
  • 100 dyed baby food jar candle holders
  • 40ish cut and painted bottles-turned-flower vases
  • 8 fabric table runners
  • 270 feet of bunting (big thanks to my girls and mom for helping out with this!)
  • Ring bearer and flower girl shirt decorations for before the ceremony
  • Flower girl hair bow and dress flowers
  • Flower girl basket revamp
  • Ring bearer pillow
  • My garter belt
  • My and his mother’s fabric flower corsages
  • 150 hot chocolate and to-go cup labels
  • Bathroom baskets for guests
  • Music CDs for the ceremony and after
  • Luggage tags for my family
  • Our vows (of course)
  • My nails, makeup, and hair

Looking back now, I’m still amazed and slightly confused at how we managed to DIY so much for our wedding (and ship it overseas – but that’s a story for another day).  And looking back, we still wouldn’t change a thing.  That day was a perfect mix of everything we love: family, friends, food, and projects.

Over the next few months I’ll be adding tutorials on some of the things we made.  For today, I’m going to share a few photos and then get cooking on a fancy meal.  Why go out when you can do it yourself? 😉

Wedding and reception decorations for our English countryside wedding

Wedding and reception decorations for our English countryside wedding

Wedding and reception decorations for our English countryside wedding

Wedding and reception decorations for our English countryside wedding

Wedding and reception decorations for our English countryside wedding

Wedding and reception decorations for our English countryside wedding

Wedding and reception decorations for our English countryside wedding

Wedding and reception decorations for our English countryside wedding

Wedding and reception decorations for our English countryside wedding

Wedding and reception decorations for our English countryside wedding

Wedding and reception decorations for our English countryside wedding

Wedding and reception decorations for our English countryside wedding

 

I had a couple of hours to myself that morning, which I used to put the flowers and bouquets together.  One of my best memories was having a quiet cuppa before everything really got going; this is still one of my favorite photos.

Wedding and reception decorations for our English countryside wedding