As many brides know, the task of choosing an overall theme for your wedding can be quite daunting. Magazine after website after pinterest article will tell you that your save-to-date to your venue choice to your party favors should form a cohesive theme throughout the evening. No pressure, eh?
With so many choices these days, it’s a wonder brides don’t need to go on anxiety medication to get through the grueling process. Or do they? “H” and I were fairly lucky in that we stumbled upon a venue that told our story perfectly. Our venue’s Tuscan theme combined with it’s mulitmedia capabilities tied our love for wine and travel with our love for capturing cheesy videos along the way. Even though we had a pretty clear vision of our overall theme, we still needed to finalize the details that would provide that cohesive flow. Enter endless options.
So early on in the planning process, “H” (as I’ve been told most fiances do) told me he wasn’t interested in the details — that could be my department. Oh how sweet (insert sarcasm). The problem was I didn’t care too much about the details either. But someone had to care and given that I was the bride, by default, I was the chosen one.
After hours of scouring bridals magazines, wedding websites and pinterest boards, I came across these images that struck a cord:
1) We liked the idea of movie themed invitations and RSVP cards as “H” was creating some sort of video to premiere during the reception and this invitation theme set the tone for the evening.
2) I love burlap and mason jars so these centerpieces were a perfect combo. Instead of flowers and twigs, we used dried pasta and wine corks. Have to be honest, I had three breakdowns during the planning process — two were about the bridesmaids’ dresses and the third was about the centerpieces. My MOH (aka my aMAZing sister) whipped these up one night and it was love at first sight!
3) I am a sucker for succulents and billy balls so this was my dream bouquet. My actual bouquet (shown below) had more white than yellow, but it still looked gorgeous! In memory of my dad whom passed a few years ago, I included a photo of he and I in my younger years on a charm purchased from etsy. Even though my dad wasn’t physically present to walk me down the aisle, his spirit radiated throughout the night for sure!
4) My best find and most repinned image on pinterest to date! These wine cork table names were extremely easy & inexpensive to make, plus “H” and I had an excuse to drink a bottle (or two) of vino in the evenings to supply this DIY project. Look how great they turned out!
5) Love, love, love everything about this thank you because it’s so freaking true! The words, the various fonts, the paper color choice = L-O-V-E. “H” and I created our own version and included it in the programs. We placed it on the back, but if we did it over again I’d place it on the front to ensure everyone sees it. See we even missed capturing a pic, but at least the front looks fabulous, too.
6) The name of our venue was “Oliva on the Hill” so we thought these infused olive oil party favors fit the theme quite nicely. While I’m a novice D-I-Yer at best, it was quite fun creating these little favors with my mom and sis. My talented sister created labels for each of the bottles, which included our names on the front as well as suggestions on how to use the oil and a quote about love inside. Such a nice touch.
7) I wanted a simple design for the cake and this image fit the bill. The simplicity of the succulents on a 3 tiered ivory cake tied into the bouquets beautifully and the bakery did a fabulous job recreating it.
The last two details are probably my favorite. “H” proposed at Barnett Vineyard, a winery in gorgeous Napa Valley. We thought it was all too fitting to have the winery represented at our wedding so we decided to use a wine box, branded with Barnett Vineyard, as our guest book. We asked the guests to sign the box as they arrived then incorporated a “wine box ritual” during the ceremony. “H” and I wrote letters to each other and placed them, as well as 3 of our favorite bottles of wine and 2 wine glasses into the wine box, which we nailed shut during the ceremony. “H” and I are to open the box and share a bottle of wine on our 1st, 10th and 25th wedding anniversary. We can choose which anniversary we open the letters on, but the goal is to save them for as long as we can If we reach a point where we feel we can’t continue in the relationship, we are to open the box, drink the bottle/s and read each other’s letters so we are reminded of how we felt on our wedding day.
The second detail is one I hold pretty close to my heart. I was looking for a way to honor my dad, but didn’t want to use a traditional memorial candle. Growing up my siblings and I felt my dad resembled a turtle so we would give him turtle themed gifts for every holiday imaginable. To keep the tradition alive, I strung a turtle charm on a piece of twine, wrapped it around an ivory candle and placed it on a mercury glass holder. This was my dad’s candle. It was the perfect way to commemorate my dad on such a special day and his presence was very much felt throughout the evening.
And that’s a wrap on the little details at our wedding. All I can say is good thing I married after pinterest was created — not sure what brides did in the pre-pinterest era! Are you addicted to pinterest, too? If so, what’s your favorite category to pin?