When I got married over five years ago, I didn’t know anyone who had produced their own wedding. In fact, I really didn’t know anyone who’d recently gotten married. So the daunting task of planning and producing a wedding felt downright overwhelming at the beginning. Add to my lack of experience, a small budget and only about three months to make it all happen and I was one uninspired and defeated bride-to-be. I didn’t want a long engagement (thus, the three months…it wasn’t like we needed to get married quickly…we were just in love!) and luckily I found inspiration in my favorite color – red. Once I’d decided that the wedding colors were going to be red & white with a touch of black, I was able to get moving on my plans. My next step was to pick a theme and the obvious choice for me was Asian. Paper lanterns, origami cranes and bamboo (some of my most favorite things) were the basis for all the decor. Everything turned out great and I ended up a very happy bride!
My friend & co-worker, Ashley, got married this weekend and she did a beautiful job of producing her wedding. She is very organized and detail-oriented, two excellent traits for planning an event of this importance (in fact, in our office she is “The Clean One”). Instead of a theme, Ashley picked a design element – damask. While I still like the theme idea, I think picking a design element is an even better idea, especially for the bride-to-be who is creative, but maybe doesn’t know how to get started with all the planning.
Ashley had the same color scheme I did, though I’d call hers black & white with red and mine red & white with black. She is a UGA grad so this particular color palette could have gone terribly wrong, but no need to worry! From cake tasting voter cards to the invitations to decor at her bridal shower to the wedding party favors, everything was damask. This particular design element kept the whole affair quite elegant. Of course, I wish Ashley congratulations on her marriage, but also kudos for a well planned and decorated event!
On a final note, I’ve got to plug these guys:
The wedding photographers were awesome! Our Labor of Love.