Simple Ways to Find Epic Wedding Decor!

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:

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  • unique
  • a true reflection of your personal style
  • utterly fabulous
  • affordable

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

  1. 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!
  2. Online Resources such as  www.lightinthebox.com, www.theweddingoutlet.com, and www.save-on-crafts.com are fantastic websites to visit and gather your DIY supplies! Just be sure to order early, just in case you need to return anything because it’s just not “right”.
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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!!

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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!

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P.S. Don’t forget to check out our articles on Wedding Design; Keeping Peace Between Your Vision and Your Budget and Essential Wedding Decor; Designing Your “Best Day Ever”  Our Yours For Your Day magazine also has companion issues to each of these articles with more great information available on wedding decor and design!

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Wedding Decor and Weather!

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:

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Visit Your Venue

  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

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P.S. Don’t forget to check-out the FREE Yours For Your Day Magazine; two issues out there full of wedding decor and design help!!

Essential Wedding Decor; Designing Your “Best Day Ever!”

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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

Theme
(think of it as a common thread)
Color Scheme
(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)

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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 Day is always available for extra help too so reach out to us and Happy Planning!

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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!

 

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

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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!
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These Are The Days!

Hi there!  For #TBT (Throw Back Thursday for anyone like me still learning about #’s in general), I wanted to share an important lesson learned specific to planning an event, or in my case it was my first wedding 30 years ago.  Gasp…30 years?

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So yeah, that’s obviously not me 30 years ago (can’t remember where pictures are packed away from “that” wedding!)  I was so young and naive, as was my husband.  We had no clue what we were getting into, and obviously I used the word first wedding so we all know the ending to that story.  But I don’t regret the relationship because it shaped both of us and has allowed us to truly appreciate our current marriages and the two amazing people we have in our lives now.  So I’m thankful…but that’s not really what I wanted to talk about.

In the “old” days, weddings were somehow more simple.  Thirty years ago there were colors to decide on, flowers, a dress, a cake, venue, and music; same as today.  But not much more.  You had the standard guest book with a feathered pen (yes, feathered), a cake with many tiers and doves (so many doves), bows everywhere and things to figure out like “what is the correct order in which your wedding party stands in the receiving line?”  What’s a receiving line some of you may ask?  You’ll have to “Google” it!  Fun times…

Old School Cake Cutting

Today couples and planners have a bit more daunting task in planning the perfect event.  Now you want your wedding to be the most unique and unforgettable experience ever and hear nothing but “this is the best wedding I’ve ever been to” remarks. It’s that attention to detail that allows us to do what we do at Yours For Your Day and we love being a part of that process!

My wedding day on September 19, 1984 was a complete and utter blur!  I really don’t remember much and it’s not because it was 30 years ago or because there was drinking involved!  It was a blur the very next day.  Even with the reduced number of details to plan for back then, I was exhausted by our wedding day.  We had a large wedding and honestly, I didn’t even know most of our guests and for that matter, neither did my husband.  We went through all of the mandated motions of the day and before we could even get a bite to eat during the reception, the day had come and gone!

(Warning: drinking too much on your special day will definitely cause a blur!)

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So, if you haven’t heard this advice yet, you’ll hear it now, and you’ll hear it again from others, I’m sure:  take time to enjoy every aspect of your planning for this huge day in your life!  Try not to lose sight of what the day is all about.  Take time on the day of your wedding to just stop and soak it all in.  Embrace the moments when you can just reflect on marrying your best friend, your soul mate, your love.

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Nothing else matters, no details, no guest experience, nothing!  And as long as you can keep the “purpose” front and center in everything you do, everything else is just fluff!  So take a deep breath and breathe it all in every step of the way.  Because these are the days, the ones you’ll want to remember forever!

Take care, back soon!

Shelley

P.S. I got it right the second time around; more on that in a future post 😉