My two oldest girls, Courtney and Kaleigh are 2 1/2 years apart. Growing up they were as different as night and day. Yet sometime during their late teens/early twenties they began to look more alike. People began having a hard time telling them apart.
They would go through spurts of looking alike then one of them, usually Kaleigh, would cut or color her hair and then friends would say…“Oh, good. Now I know which one is which”.
While they have so much in common and love many of the same things, I realized early in the wedding planning process with daughter #2 that wedding #2 would in no way, shape or form resemble wedding #1.
It was an unwritten/unspoken rule that we would be avoiding things which looked too much like wedding #1.
So, today I’m sharing a few of the creative wedding ideas that Kaleigh chose for her special day.
In the entry to the venue, which wasn’t very large, we placed a simple long table along one side that held a variety of items.
1. Leave a Love Note for the Love Birds
Black craft paper, shiny gold markers and a note enclosed in a gold frame encouraged the wedding guests to write a special message for the bride and groom.
Old, chippy window frames backed in chicken wire provided the perfect spot to stash the notes.
2. Hashtag – #KJB Wedding
We made a cute little glittery, gold Instagram sign asking the wedding guests to include the KJBWedding hashtag on any of the wedding pics they posted to Instagram.
3. Vintage Gold Suitcase to hold Cards
Kaleigh found a vintage, shiny gold suitcase (you can just barely see the gold color on the outer edges) which she put to good use holding cards.
4. Wedding Bells
Simple little gold bells (Hobby Lobby) tied with jute and ribbon were used instead of birdseed or rice to “Ring in the Newlyweds” as they left the venue that evening.
The wedding bells were placed in a basket just outside the venue entrance next to…
5. A Bow Tie Wearing Twig Deer Head
mounted on an old painted door and decorated with a cardstock…
6. Banner announcing The Hunt is Over
The banner is framed with…
7. Yarn Pom Poms
The Pom Poms came in handy throughout the wedding decor but especially to pair with this sign as well as the “cards” sign on the suitcase.
8. Wood Candle Holders
Jared and his dad, Jack, made about 75 wood candle holders in various sizes for us to use as table decor. Each candle holder included a 2″ wide x 1/4″ deep inset for tea lights.
9. Craft Paper Runners
We used white table cloths and craft paper runners on the tables. The tables were divided into two different tablescapes. Kaleigh wanted a simple theme for the table decor which she liked to think of as Mid Summer Night’s Dream inspired.
Tables, like the one above, held the wood candle holders, pillar candles purchased at a dollar store, scattered Sola flowers, a few fresh flowers and…
10. Small Terracotta Pots Painted Gold.
Each small pot contained a succulent or potato vine
11. Vintage Milk Bottles and Oversized Canning Jars
The rectangle shaped tables held larger bouquets of fresh flowers placed in these oversized canning-like jars (we’re not really sure what they were used for) and vintage brown milk bottles collected by Jared’s dad, Jack.
Kaleigh designed the wedding programs in black and gold.
The font was a tad small for this nearsighted Mom but that’s okay. There was a lot of info to include.
Kaleigh and Jared had some great music at the wedding. Notice the song the families walked in to…Once Upon a Time the theme from The Princess Bride. This is one thing the girls did have in common. In Courtney and Drew’s wedding we walked in to Jessica’s Theme from the Man From Snowy River. They did this for me. 🙂 I love both of these movies as well as these songs.
…so more on Kaleigh’s special request, handmade wedding favors coming soon.