Wedding Design; Keeping the Peace Between Your Vision and Your Budget

Let’s Talk Wedding Design…

Wedding Design | Yours For Your Day | Vintage Rentals | Colorado | Tables and ChairsAs women, we can handle pretty much anything that is thrown at us, or at least we like to think we can! But put a shiny, sparkly, love-filled diamond ring on our finger and watch what we can really do! As soon as we say “Yes!”, our minds are filled with couture wedding gowns and jaw-dropping bouquets, the venue dreams are made of, and a wedding planner who can totally read our mind!

And then reality starts to creep in. That one little pestering factor standing between you and your perfect, dream-filled wedding day: money! Unfortunately, that cash-growing tree has yet to be found and chances are that you are on a budget. No worries, right? You can totally do most of the stuff yourself!

Good girl for believing in yourself. Of course you CAN do it. Good ol’ Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”  But before you pull on that Superwoman cape, do some rational thinking about your other obligations. You know, little things like your job, so you can set realistic expectations for how much you can handle on your own.  I love the feel of a good DIY wedding; you know that so much purpose and character and love goes into each detail. Take into consideration the size of your wedding, the length of your engagement, the amount of help and support you have, and the how much personal time you can dedicate to wedding planning and DIY.

Before You Go It Alone…

One more thing: if you are a wedding-newbie and have never been involved in planning one (like most brides), consider that there a many, many tiny, but so important details that are easily overlooked by an inexperienced bride.  For instance, heaters for an outdoor reception that may be in an area that is warm during the day but quite cool by sundown, like the mountains. The not-so-obvious details are easier to forget about until Grandma is shivering over her soup at dinner.Wedding Design | Yours For Your Day | Vintage Rentals | Colorado | Lounge Furniture | Wedding Decor

We have compiled a short list of things to take into consideration for your wedding design and when contemplating how much DIY to take on.  This is just a list of ideas and should not be considered all inclusive!

  • Length of your engagement
  • Actual “free” time you will have for projects
  • Your organizational and time management skills
  • Your ability to handle stress
  • What help you will have available to you throughout the planning process
  • Your “Day-of” vision; you don’t want to have to worry about a thing or maybe you want to stay busy and completely involved

Join us for a detailed look at all of these considerations and more in the wedding design companion issue of the Yours For Your Day magazine! It’s 15 pages full of so many details and advice; you don’t want to miss out!

P.S.  Yours For Your Day is also available for Decor Design Services and Day-of Setup and Styling Services; let us know if we can be of help!

 

Wedding Decor Guidance Series by Yours For Your Day Rentals

It’s All in the Details…Wedding Decor Help is on the Way!

Wedding Decor | Guidance | Yours For Your DayHey there!

Thanks for joining us for a brand new series on wedding decor guidance. Wedding decor sets the mood, creates atmosphere, and helps to create an overall experience for you and your guests. This series of posts will guide you through the decisions involving the wedding decor and design process. Planning to work with a professional planner? Getting just a bit of help from a day-of coordinator? Doing it all yourself with the help of family and friends? Maybe you’re using any combination of the above options and the great news is, we’ve got something for everyone in these posts to help ease the process of designing a wedding!

We Get It and You Can Get It Too!

As the owner of Yours For Your Day, I’ve had the privilege of working with so many wonderful brides, grooms, parents, and even extended family. I’ve learned that 1) most everyone has a budget, 2) most everyone wants to contribute their own creativity to their wedding through at least some Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects, and 3) most people haven’t designed a wedding before! Everyone can use at least some guidance and access to useful resources to get through planning this once-in-a-lifetime event. And while there is a wealth of information out there on planning weddings, the variety can be overwhelming so we wanted to give you something concise and easy to navigate!

Thanks again for visiting the blog and keep an eye out for the start of this valuable series (first post: Wedding Design; Keeping Peace Between Your Vision and Your Budget). We also plan to make available, free companion magazine issues chock-full of even more valuable information on designing your dream wedding! I know you’ll find at least some little tidbit of help within these free resources. Additionally, the Yours For Your Day team will always be available for more help should you need it! We’ve got more than awesome vintage and rustic rentals; we also offer decor design services and have a lot of connections to amazing vendors in the Metro Denver area. We’ve got you covered!  We’d also love to hear any questions or comments you have as we travel through this series!

Take care and best of luck on your wedding design process!
Yours For Your Day | Shelley Hall | Owner, Author | Yours For Your Day Blog

 

 

 

 

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Get Me the Jumper Cables…Stat! Recharging Your Inner Batteries

So if I still had a daily planner I carried around with me, that’s what it would look like! Right up there, stuffed to the gills with receipts, memos; just stuff! But I don’t carry one of those any more and I haven’t for decades, thank goodness. So what are we talking about today, besides that sad visual above?
How about recharging your batteries?

 

Here’s the deal, it’s been a busy start to 2015 for Yours For Your Day : a vintage market, a bridal show, new bookings, and then a styled/inspiration shoot have had us hopping! We’ve also been dealing with some adjustments in our personal life that have been challenging for Warren and I.  So it’s the hectic start to a busy year that got me thinking about what the rest of this year has in store for us. And how are we going to manage it? What do we need to do to stay energized and renewed throughout the year?

Recharging your inner batteries when you feel worn-out and as well-used as this old red wagon.

Most of us feel worn-out and well-used at the end of each day; like that awesome red wagon up there. For us, we’re looking ahead to a year filled with keeping one business moving ahead steadily, another business growing into its own, two (count them two) moves as we prepare to purchase a new home later in the year, two family weddings during our wedding business’s busy season, and as many trips as we can manage to visit our newly relocated family in another state.Whew! Shoot me, shoot me now! And while that may be a quick solution, what we really need to do is recharge our batteries and recharge them often!

Is a cup of coffee next to a fire your way of recharging your inner batteries?

And what challenges are you going through these days? Planning for your wedding, getting ready for a new baby, dealing with a loss, a major relocation, coping with an illness, or are you just busy beyond belief with the average daily aspects of life? What are you going to do to get through it? What have you already done to get past it? The great news is this: we’ve all been wired with rechargeable batteries! (I personally believe it’s a gift from God!)

For me, daily frustrations and a feeling of being overwhelmed with tasks are always tamed by some quiet time to make my “to do” lists.  Yes, just putting it down on my desk calendar or entering it into OneNote does the trick for me! It’s my way of relieving the daily stress.  No lists and I’m a mess! It gives me focus in the morning and gets me ready for the day ahead because even though I should be restored and refreshed in the morning after a good sleep; I seldom am!

But for the bigger stuff in life,  re-energizing for me requires more like a long weekend away with my love (preferably a trip up to the mountains or a getaway to a California beach or Disneyland!) Don’t judge; we absolutely love Disneyland because even with the crowds, we are rejuvenated by tapping into our inner children!

 

For you it may be alone time, meditation or yoga, it may be surrounding yourself with friends and family, a ride down the mountain covered in freshly fallen snow, it may be writing poetry, a nice afternoon nap, a quiet cup of coffee on the porch, or it may be a stroll through a park or woodland trail, yes even in the snow! Whatever helps you to recharge your batteries, you need to make the time to do just that, and as often as you need it!

Is an afternoon nap your idea of recharging your inner batteries?

The “stuff” filling your life and causing you stress can all wait! Nothing is more important than staying healthy emotionally, spiritually, and physically. We all need to do it for ourselves and we need to do it for those who love and depend upon us.

 

So what do you do (or what do you need to do) to go about recharging your inner batteries? Please post your favorite way to breathe new life into your soul in the comments below.  I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts! And sharing your thoughts may help someone else figure out where their own jumper cables are and how to use them!

Back Soon,
Shelley

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A Simplified Season


A Rustic Christmas Mantel

Well if you’ve read some of my previous posts, you may be detecting a common thread and that is simplicity. I’m constantly striving to breathe pure simplicity into my life. Most of the time, I fail miserably! I know how I want things to go down: uncomplicated, focus only on what really matters, and “Keep It Simple Stupid!” But inevitably, I get caught up in all of the details and end up getting stressed-out way more than I should. And while my failed attempts are always smacking me in the face, I do have to give myself some credit for at least trying! At least I give it some thought and if I’m being honest with myself, I do have success quite often.

Vintage Bottles Make Great Rustic Decor

 

And I really do need to learn to celebrate those achievements, regardless of how small they may be. So guess what? It’s that time of the year, the most stressful time of the year! And a perfect example of a lack of simplicity and focus on what really matters.  How many times do we all hear things like “Jesus is the reason for the season!” or “We need to remember the true meaning of Christmas!”? It’s true, we all know what it’s “supposed” to be about and we try to remind ourselves, but yet, there doesn’t seem to be any easy way to break free of what Christmas has evolved into for most.

Christmas Quote on Industrial Plates
Words Simplified: No clue what these things were in their original form but I have them in the stairway and change-out the quotes often to remind us of the things that matter each & every time we go up/down the stairs!

It’s hectic shopping sprees, parties, and one expectation after the other to be met. Well, I’m really trying to get back to what this season really needs to be about. At least what I hope it to be for Warren and I. I’m not sure if those around us will follow-suit, but we all need to lead by example, right? And if putting these thoughts out there for all of you can help at least one person just stop to take a moment today and think about ways to simplify the Christmas season and life in general, I’m a happy camper! It’s starts with the little things.

Trees Simplified: We love our Colorado Christmas Trees! Nothing better than going up to the mountains and finding that perfectly imperfect tree, or in our case trees (we especially love our Disney tree in the basement!)
Trees Simplified: We love our Colorado Christmas Trees! Nothing better than going up to the mountains and finding that perfectly imperfect tree, or in our case trees (we especially love our Disney tree in the basement!)

Little details such as decorations, trees, and gift wrap. Sounds silly, but I’m thinking if I keep everything around me uncomplicated, then I will have a constant reminder of simplification. With natural and nonchalant nods to the season on display, maybe, just maybe, we’ll remember more often what it’s really all about. Vintage and rustic details help with this tremendously! The gift giving is probably the biggest challenge because there’s been a whole lotta precedent set in that department, but I’m trying to get grounded there too!

So whether it’s the Christmas season, planning for a big event such as a wedding, or just dealing with day-to-day life, join me in taking on a new personal decree to “Simplify!” Let’s get rid of all that “clutter” in our planning, surroundings, and lives so we can focus on the things that really matter: faith, love…LIFE!

Merry Christmas | Yours For Your Day | Rentals Simplified

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We Can’t Have It All!

I’ve been absent from the blog for a few weeks now and I apologize for that. We’ve been traveling both for my husband’s business and we also went on a road-trip to look for new items for our Yours For Your Day rentals inventory.

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My favorite road-trip find: a vintage french wash stand!

I share something in common with our clients who are planning their events and are completely overwhelmed with all of the choices out there! I absolutely love vintage, weathered, salvaged, rusty & crusty stuff!  And while there’s a whole lotta stuff out there that is wonderful, most of it is just not quite right for our rentals inventory!

Like so many, I also spend a lot of time wandering through Pinterest, various blogs, Facebook posts and tweets looking for all of those amazing “just right” details.

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Rustic Table Decor

 

 

Just like our clients who are trying to decide on what they want their big event to look like and the experience they want for their guests, I too am always in the process of evaluating what I want my curated collection to look like and what I want my clients to experience when working with
Yours For Your Day.

So here’s what I do to narrow down the details as I’m adding to my inventory and If you are planning for a big event, you too can use this exercise:

 

 

 

 

Make a list of all of  the things that are most important to you for your big day. Is it the food, the decor (my personal favorite), the music, the cake, your photos?  Then incorporate those priorities into your desired guest experiences. What do you want your guests to “take away” from each of those aspects of your event? Now take all of those details you’ve been dreaming of and utterly bombarded by, and decide what best fits into your newly incorporated list of priorities. If something doesn’t “fit”, get it off your list. Continue to whittle away at the list until you have aligned all of the “just right” details with your priorities and then focus on making just those details come to life.  Oh, and stop looking for new details after that, you’ll drive yourself crazy!

Possum Belly Table
Ah, there’s more of those “just right” details! Southwest Boho Chic Shoot (See Credits Below)

Anyhow, I thought I would share with you today just a bit of my challenge and how I  go about setting goals for creating my collection of eclectic rentals and how to best meet the expectations of my clients. I hope that you may be able to apply some of what I’ve learned, to planning for your event because… we really are in this together!

Back soon,
Shelley

Southwest Boho Chic Inspiration Shoot:
Photography:  Laura Smith Photography
Styling: Prive Events
Vintage Rentals: Yours For Your Day
Flowers: Bailey’s Blooms
Cake: D’s Sweet Addiction

 

 

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Meet: Angela Chavez

Featured Bride Yours For Your Day
It’s my favorite time of the week, when I get to introduce a new lovely bride.  This week, it is a pleasure to introduce you to Angela Chavez.  Angela is engaged to Stephanie Flores and they are both busily planning for a November, 2015 wedding!

Featured Bride Angela
Angela and Stephanie

Angela, Stephanie, and Angela’s 10-year old daughter call Pueblo, Colorado home.  While they’re currently busy with wedding preparations, they are also working together on improvements to their house and getting into shape!  Angela also loves to cook.

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Happy Smiles!

Allow me to take a step back and share with you this couple’s romantic engagement!  Angela and Stephanie have been together for approximately 1 1/2 years and have been engaged for nearly two months now.  Stephanie planned a lovely surprise engagement for Angela.  In Angela’s own words:  “As I walked down the sidewalk at the Nature Center next to the river, I was greeted by our closest family and friends, pics of our journey and a musician that serenaded me.  Then she gave me my awesome ring!”  What a wonderful gift. Every girl should be so lucky as to have their fiance create such a wonderful memory; good job Stephanie!

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Angela envisions a non-traditional fall wedding with pumpkin decor and a multitude of sparkly gold, pink, and red color accents.  The couple will celebrate their ceremony and reception at the Olde Towne Carriage House, which overlooks the Arkansas Riverwalk in the center of Pueblo.

Congratulations Angela and Stephanie. All life’s best to the two of you!

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Shelley

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Watch Out For The DIY Bug!

DIY (Do It Yourself) weddings are popular, and for good reason. Luckily, many of today’s trends are focused on rustic and hand-made themes so it’s easy to take-on much of the decor and details yourself, either for budget reasons or just a desire to add a personal touch to the day.

But careful…

Large Rustic Decor

DIY could just as easily stand for “Don’t Implode Yourself” when you try to DIY every detail of the wedding! Your time and effort are worth something; definitely worth their weight in gold when demand on your time is at its highest! All of those really easy DIY projects that you see on Pinterest can sneak up on you and cause you stress during the later stages of your planning. If you’re stressed, you won’t be able to truly enjoy the planning process and even worse, all of that stress may spill over into your big day.  And that would be a bummer!

So it may seem like you only have two options when planning for your wedding; DIY to save money and add a personal touch or “acquire” everything and save on time, effort & stress.

Or… find a happy medium!

Hay Bale Signs

Here’s an exercise for you: go out to Craigslist and search “wedding decor” for your area.  You will undoubtedly see several listings for people who are trying to sell all of their DIY decor from their recent weddings. Two things to take-away from this exercise: if you find a match to your theme, you can purchase the details at a discount from someone else who has already invested all of that time and effort to make them, yay! Or, if you do tackle all of your own DIY decor, you now know that you can go to Craigslist to get rid of everything after the wedding! (Unless you want to find valuable storage space in your home to store all of those lovely details!)

Smart Alternatives: plan for DIY details that you can use around the home or garden after the wedding or give yourself a break and rent details from someone like Yours For Your Day!  (less expensive than purchasing and yes, that was a shameless plug for our company!)

Rusty Bike

 

My message is this: don’t short-change the value of your time and effort when deciding on your decor.  Please don’t get me wrong, I love DIY weddings.  Our wedding was completely DIY and we loved every aspect of planning for our special day, but it was also a very small and intimate event, so the details were completely manageable.

Welcome Sign

 If you have been bitten by the DIY bug, just go into your planning with eyes wide open and you’ll be fine.  Fully and honestly evaluate your available time and personal skill set.  And don’t beat yourself up if you decide you may not be up for the challenge of a full DIY event.  Pat yourself on the back for being smart and savvy enough to respect and honor your limitations! You can always pick a few projects that mean the most to you like guest favors, aisle decor, or the guest book and then rent or purchase the other details. You’ll still get the same DIY feel to your themed event, but without all of the stress and investment of your precious time!

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Shelley

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Meet: Hanna Jackson

Featured Bride Yours For Your Day

 

This week, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Hanna Jackson!
Hanna is engaged to Eric Guillory and their wedding is scheduled for June, 2015.
Hanna is originally from Colorado but currently resides in Oklahoma City where she works as a critical care nurse.
Eric is from Tulsa and is an engineer in the oil and gas industry.

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Let’s talk about how these two gorgeous smiles first came together: Hanna and Eric met 2 1/2 years ago when they were both attending Oklahoma Christian University.
They both played soccer for OC and shared the same circle of friends. It didn’t take long for them to discover that they also shared many of the same interests.
They love all activities in the great outdoors(including skiing and snowboarding) and both love to travel.

Hanna & Eric

It was that love for travel that had them vacationing in Alaska this past August. While in Juneau with Hanna’s family, Eric proposed to Hanna in front of Mendenhall Glacier
(a glacier? Way to go Eric; quite the backdrop!)  From Hanna: “We spent the rest of our trip as an engaged couple doing everything from
whale watching, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing and hiking. I’d say it was the perfect trip!”
I’d say that I completely agree with you Hanna!

I'm Engaged!

While Hanna and Eric currently call Oklahoma home and both have successful careers there, they are excited to celebrate their wedding in Colorado next June!
Their rustic mountain wedding will be held at The Meadows at Marshdale in Evergreen.

 

 

Happy Couple!

 

Congratulations and best wishes Hanna and Eric!

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Shelley

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Falling For Change

{transition}: the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.

 

I had a chance for some reflection this weekend as Warren and I walked around the property.  It was a beautiful fall morning.  Fall; my very favorite season!  More than any other season, fall gives us such a visual representation of transition.  The combination of reds, oranges, and yellows are undeniable signs of change.  It got me to thinking about changes in life too.

Fall Walk

 

I think as humans, we are programmed to resist change, at least the kind of change that sneaks up on us.  But for some of us, we thrive on change.  I love to celebrate change and embrace opportunities for transformation.  Whether it’s as simple as decorating for the season or as complicated as making major life-changing decisions, change is good!

Fall Decor

 

{Fall decor around the Hall household.}

Just as we transition from one season to another within the year, we are also constantly transitioning from one point in our lives to another.  If you’re planning a wedding, you’re getting ready to make a huge transition.  I mentioned in my These Are The Days post that you should slow down and enjoy the planning and stop often just to take-in the day.  But you also need to take time to think about how your day-to-day life will transition as you journey through life together.  And then get ready to embrace all of the changes and challenges you will undoubtedly experience with your partner.

Perhaps you are getting ready to have your first child.  I’m sure you’ve heard over and over that your life is about to change drastically.  Well the reason people feel so compelled to tell you this is because we’ve all been there done that!  When faced with the daily challenges of adjusting to your new role as a parent, and dealing with the inability to sleep (or even bathe and get out of your jammies on some days), remember to take a deep breath and cradle not only that baby, but also the fact that you are growing as a person in ways that you are not even aware of, and be thankful for the adventure!

Ben Franklin Quote on Change

 

Maybe you’re getting ready to celebrate a milestone birthday.  My mother would often get melancholy on her birthdays over the years and talk negatively about getting older.  My response was always the same:  “Well Mom, it’s better than the alternative, isn’t it?  You’re still alive!”  I try to cherish each and every day and to thank God for lessons learned and for the courage He has given me to not only accept,  but also initiate change in my life without fear.

Whatever transitions you may be going through, reach out with both hands, grab on, and hold on tight!  Or maybe life is rolling along smoothly and it’s time to initiate some changes all on your own.  Don’t be afraid of failure!  If you never take the risk, you’ll never grow!

Fall Walk 2

 

Try to celebrate all changes in life, even those that may sneak up on you, because every transition in life is a chance for growth!  Like autumn leaves that were once brand-new little shoots of green life in the Spring, we all live through the changes, so let’s just learn to
treasure them!

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Shelley

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Meet: Christine Mauser

Featured Bride Christine Mauser
I’m so happy to introduce you to this week’s featured bride Christine Mauser.  Christine is engaged to Dan Higham and their wedding is scheduled for June 2015.  Christine, while originally from Colorado, currently resides in Daly City, California with Dan, his 7-year old daughter Bethany, and their cat Nessa.  This sweet little family came together in such a lovely way and I’m so honored to share their love story with you today.

Featured Bride Christine

 

 So how did they meet?  Well they met through work, but even more intriguing is the fact that Dan is from the UK and was still living there when they met.  Dan was hired by the same company Christine works for and had traveled to California to train for his new position.   After several lunches together at work, there was an impromptu date and a connection was made! What ensued was a long-long-distance romance that continued to thrive for a year and a half despite the distance!  They traveled Europe together a few months after meeting and then Dan made the trek to California every few months to visit with Christine. How romantic is that?

What a fun couple!
What a fun couple!

So what about the proposal you ask?  On a rainy day in October of 2013, while on a hilltop aside an old monastery and overlooking the picturesque Bavarian town of Bamberg, Germany, Dan proposed to Christine!  And if that wasn’t dreamy enough, Dan had something else up his sleeve when they later took in a concert.  The band they saw that night was a favorite of theirs called Rue Royale.  The band is a married couple with a British wife and an American husband; imagine that! Dan had gotten into contact with the band prior to the concert and they ended up dedicating a song to the newly betrothed couple onstage and served them champagne to boot!
(Sorry Dan, “boot” means car trunk in the UK, doesn’t it?)

Look at that cutie! What an adorable face!
Look at that cutie! What an adorable face!

Still one more piece of this delightful story, and that’s the part when everyone ultimately ended up on the same continent.  Dan and Bethany made the big move from the UK to California to join Christine in January of this year.

What a treat to have introduced you to this amazing bride and her new family!  We’re so thrilled and honored to have been asked to provide some of our eclectic rentals for their ceremony next June. Their rustic mountain wedding ceremony will be held next to the Blue River in Silverthorne, Colorado and I just know that their wedding day will be as enchanting and charming as their love story!

Congratulations Christine, Dan, and Bethany!
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Shelley