my “to-get” list so far
In case I haven’t previously mentioned this, we are having a DIY wedding. In the sense, that is, that we are doing [almost] everything ourselves. From soup to nuts. Or, in this case, from appetizers to flowers.
We have some vendors. Our venue, for one. They are providing us with a building. It has bathrooms and a roof. This is good as it means no hiring of Port-a-Potties or tents, which was a deal-breaker for me.
We also have a vendor who is providing dinner, gelato and coffee. This is an excellent start, as we can do away with cake, and I don’t have to worry about getting one of those giant, nasty coffee makers. But we want to supplement with some extra appetizers, and real dishes. Paper and plastic (or better yet, bamboo and corn’) are great but not at my wedding, and especially not when I have bins full of flatware sitting at home.
Not my house. But it could be. If I spend $300 on fancy shelving.
We will rent some chairs. That will be a vendor. And don’t tell me I can live with the chairs, because that would be lying. There are ugly chairs, and there are these:
And of course, our lovely photographer, who I will get to next week.
But other than that it is all DIY ATT (“all the time” LOLz) over here.
I have no idea what I’m supposed to be doing.
People are always talking about “crafting” and “projects” and insanity and hair-tearing-out.
And I’m not sure what that is in reference to.
See, I’ve got a spreadsheet. And I’m humming along on it rather nicely. Sure, I’ve got things to do, but they don’t involve sewing anything. [Yet.]
I bought myself Handmade Weddings for my birthday thinking it would get me crafting, er…something.
I even briefly considered making tablecloths out of burlap, as inspired by this wedding.
But then I started pricing burlap on the internet.
I would need approximately 64 yards for 8 tablecloths and burlap is not *dirt* cheap.
So for $150+my sewing time, I think I can probably scrounge up 8 tablecloths somewhere. Or head to the fabric store in Brooklyn Heights that has $1 a yard fabric.
But I briefly considered the burlap, and have been enjoying telling it as my “I’ve lost the plot” story. “I was going to order 64 yards of burlap off eBay, until I realized, I don’t know how big 64 yards of anything is! What if a truck pulled up with giant bolts of burlap and I couldn’t get it in the front door, much less near the sewing machine!”
Silly DIY bride.
Maybe my eerie calm is because I’ve done this sort of thing before? I mean, I’ve worked in interior design for 3 years, and before that in enough art departments to understand exactly what one can do with an IKEA…
But I still feel all this pressure to get crafting NOW, before it’s too late!
And so, I’ve started to hate on my easy-peasy plans, and think they’ve all been overdone:
~handmade photobooth with random fun cloth backdrop with camera equipment we already own
~brooch bouquet with brooches I already have courtesy of several generations of female relations (see photo above)
~centerpieces with milk and art deco glass vessels and antique books from our own house…heck, I may even be able to use our own gladiolas
~paper lantern lamps (these courtesy of IKEA) for our venue that doesn’t come with its own lighting
~glass-paned door seating chart with glass doors from out attic
See you guys, I’m some bunting and felt mustaches away from ORDINARY!
Isn’t it ridiculous? The contents of my house have handed me a super-trendy, SUPER-EASY “DIY” wedding, and I’m over here being too concerned with being “original” to appreciate it.
And if it wasn’t for Becca’s well-timed post on her wedding decor last week, I would still care.
But as it stands, this is what we’re doing, it’s easy, and I’m going to have to learn to deal with it.