Vintage furniture pieces are the ideal substitution for your average linen-covered display tables at weddings.The Elliott Vanity is one of our star performers ready to step-in and amp-up any display with style, grace, and character!
Here’s the Elliott all dressed up as a beverage station! My favorite aspect of using vintage furniture as a display table is being able to use dresser, buffet, and vanity drawers for additional display space!
Another fine characteristic of The Elliott is his grand mirror. It’s particularly charming when displaying a gorgeous cake or styled dessert bar. The reflection is stunning in photos and will give guests a 360 degree view of all those yummy treats!
A vintage vanity makes for a stunning prop in bridal getting-ready or boudoir shots!
Or really just about any display you can think of! The Elliott, like so many of our pieces, is just so darn versatile! And what a fantastic way to add so much charm and sophistication to your wedding. It’s all those little details that come together to make for a spectacular event!
Anyone else have some creative ways in which they’ve used vintage furniture pieces like our Elliott Vanity? Would love to hear how you may have incorporated lovely old furniture into your wedding or event!
Creating the wedding of your dreams regardless of your budget is completely doable! Your wedding decor is the largest component of designing your wedding so we want to help you figure out where and how to obtain all of the decor that will make your wedding:
a true reflection of your personal style
And by the way, affordable means whatever works for you and your budget. So let’s dive into this article and look at the simplest and most cost efficient ways to make your wedding decor happen.
5 Best Wedding Decor Resources
Hobby Lobby or Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics (Okay, so that’s 3 resources in 1 but they’re all pretty similar!) Best local place to purchase crafty components for making your own decor. Think escort cards, table numbers/names, display table decor, decor to go along with your reception table centerpieces. Also, a whole lot of ready-to-go decor and signage you can purchase; no assembly required!
Local Thrift Stores. Thrift stores are a great place to pick-up, china, sterling silver serving pieces and small furniture pieces you may want to use for your ceremony entrance, altar table, guest book table, etc. Pieces can be easily painted or refinished to create something completely transformed. But don’t try to take on too much when it comes to furniture. You don’t want to stress yourself out with too many DIY projects; keep it simple!
Rentals, Rentals, Rentals. Well I had to be sure you are aware of providers such as our company Yours For Your Day. Specialty rentals are a great way to get the decor elements and furniture you need without the hassle of finding pieces to do yourself and then figure out what to do with all of them after the wedding!
Craigslist offers a wealth of opportunity to find decor items you may need. Quite often, couples list various decor elements that they pulled together for their own wedding at amazing prices and with all of the “work” already done. But take heed! You may be that same couple in a few months having to do the same thing to get rid of all of those once-in-a-lifetime details you no longer have any use for!
There you go, a quick list of resources to get you started on designing your dream wedding. While this just scratches the surface, I’m hoping you can take these options and make them work for you!
But Wait, There’s More!!
I’ve got a few more resources to share in our current issue of the Yours For Your Day magazine. It’s the third issue in our Wedding Design series so get on over there to get even more details on where to find all of the wedding decor you need for the money you want to spend! Take care and happy planning!
Wedding decor and weather; where’s this conversation going you may ask? Well, it is a beautiful day out today and all of this Colorado unseasonably warm and dry weather got me thinking. Let me first preface this discussion by saying that I love winter weather here. Everyone who lives here knows, everyone else out there has our winter weather all wrong. We get beautiful blue skies most all the time, mild temperatures, and while snow can be challenging now and then, we’re never buried in it for any length of time! And yeah, moisture is a good thing!
What Does This Have to do with Wedding Decor?
Okay, so it’s warm and dry out and I thought it would be a good time to talk about where you are in your wedding design and make some suggestions on how to best utilize this weather for your planning process. So here are 3 suggestions for you:
Visit Your Venue
If you’ve already booked your outdoor venue, this might be the perfect time to schedule another visit and take a look around without the snow on the ground. Sure you’ll have to imagine leaves on some of the trees but seeing your venue snow-less may be just what you need to start sparking some new visions of how to use your wedding decor. And if you haven’t yet booked your venue, now’s the time to get out there and start looking around! Take advantage of the weather now because we all know there’s more snow coming!
Do Some Planning
Take some time to get out and enjoy the weather and allow it to free-up your creativity. Go alone or go with your fiance and find a quiet spot in a park somewhere, spread out a blanket, and let the thoughts flow! Dream-up all of the details that will fulfill your vision of how you want your wedding day to look, feel, and be remembered. Then start to put together your game-plan of how you will acquire all of the decor details. Decide which ones you’ll take on yourself and which ones you will leave to the experts. Don’t think about anything else! This is your opportunity to breathe in some fresh air, behold the wonders around you, and dig into your overall wedding design. If you’re working with a planner, ask them to meet-up with you somewhere outside to get everyone’s creative juices flowing! They’ll surely appreciate the time outdoors as well!
Don’t Do Any Planning!
And now that I just suggested a dedicated trip outdoors to plan for your wedding, I am now going to suggest you schedule time to do anything but think of your wedding! That’s right, get out there together as a couple or just you by yourself (because that can be just what you need), and don’t think about the wedding. Drive up to the mountains for lunch, go to your closest open space for a hike, or go for a bike ride! Anything that will allow you to free your mind of all things wedding! Enjoy a peaceful setting where you can relax, breathe deep, and do nothing but enjoy the scenery and the company of one another or your own soul!
Three simple suggestions to help you get through the process of planning (or not planning) your wedding! Setting aside some outdoor time to focus on the details and some additional time to focus on anything but the wedding, will be just what you need to recharge your batteries and get you focused! Enjoy your time out there but hurry up, I’m sure the snow will hit at any time; it is Colorado after all!
Designing your “Best Day Ever” is pretty simple, as long as you “get” wedding decor! Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how many elements of decor there really are, until you have to pull it all together for your big day. Most folks would probably think décor just means decorations and they would be right, but it is so much more than that. I touched on the simplicity of wedding planning and decor decades ago in one of my first articles, but we are far from that simplicity today! When it comes down to it, your décor plays a pivotal role in your big day! Every aspect sets the tone for the event. Your personal style and personality should be the driving factor for all of your décor decisions because after all, you want this event to be spectacular!
First Steps in Decor Design
So let’s start at the beginning. Once you get engaged, one of the very first things you will want to do is set a date, that’s if you have a pretty firm grasp on when you want your wedding to be. Or you will find a venue first because you’ve set it as a high priority and you are flexible with the date. Of course, if you are planning far enough in advance, you shouldn’t have any problem with getting just the right location on just the right date! Whether you realize it or not, picking your venue, your date, and even your wedding dress are some of your first decor decisions! They are the initial building blocks that will set the tone for the overall “feel” of your wedding day!
All other decor elements will then build on those initial decisions and complement the overall experience for both you and your guests. Remember that decor sets the mood, creates atmosphere, and projects your personal style and creativity throughout the ceremony and reception! For that reason, you want to keep some consistency going throughout all decor elements, so let’s talk about some of those now:
Wedding Decor Defined
(think of it as a common thread) ColorScheme (your venue, time of year, time of day can all factor into the colors you use) Flowers (you’ll want them to complement both your theme and color scheme) Lighting (don’t underestimate the power of great lighting to enhance experience) Table Decor (anything that may accompany your centerpieces on your reception tables) Display Tables/Furniture Pieces (we’re talking cake/dessert table, memory table, gift table, escort card display, etc.) Food/Cake/Desserts (yep, they can all be considered part of your decor and should complement as well) Tables/Chairs (sure they’re just tables and chairs but they can play a big part in pulling your overall look together) Linens/Tableware (easy ways to highlight theme, color scheme, and style) Layouts (you can get mighty creative with your layouts to enhance the look, feel, and flow)
And while the above list is still not all-inclusive, hopefully you can begin to see how everything really does work together to give you cohesiveness throughout every aspect of the day. Your decor design is critical, so you want to be sure that you go into your planning with eyes wide open! As we discussed in our last article on finding the balance between your vision and your budget, you will want to be mindful of what decor aspects you want to DIY and what aspects you should leave to the experts!
Need More Info on Decor?
Dig in deeper to the various aspects of wedding decor in our FREE Wedding Design magazine series here! You will be sure to find all sorts of details there that will help you with planning your design or communicating your vision to your professional planner who can assist you with the fine-tuning. Feel free to also look over our Pinterest boards for tons of decor inspiration! Additionally, Yours For Your Dayis always available for extra help too so reach out to us and Happy Planning!