It's all in the details!

With wedding season in full swing (and my wedding anniversary coming up - wink, wink, nudge, nudge to hubby if you're reading this), I figured it would be a good time for me to tell you guys something that I've been holding back from sharing...


...Believe it or not, but I didn't have anything hand lettered at my wedding! Yes - you read that right.


I HAD NOTHING HAND LETTERED AT MY WEDDING!

Ok, ok I'm done being dramatic now.


I should point out that I loved all of the details at my wedding and wouldn't change a thing because it was all really personalized to me and my husband and reflected our personalities and styles so well. However, I do wish that I even knew what hand lettering was back then, because now that I get to make all of these beautiful things for other people's weddings, I sometimes see things that make me go "Oooooh I wish I could make that for myself!"


What I'm trying to get at here is that I really do think it's important to add personal touches to your wedding design to truly make it feel like your day and make your guests feel that they are celebrating you and not just attending any other reception. It might feel really overwhelming at first to figure out where to start in terms of your wedding's design, but a good place to start is with a color scheme.


For my wedding, I actually had the color scheme picked out waaay before I even started planning my wedding when I stumbled upon this picture on Pinterest (#pinterestforthewin).

I just loved the bright pop of coral and royal blue, combined with the softness of the light peach color, and instead of silver, I opted for gold details.


Once I had the colors figured out, we decided to incorporate a rustic/wood style to our wedding design and then everything else just seemed to fall into place.

From the invitations, to the bridesmaid dresses, to the flowers and centerpieces, it all just came together so wonderfully!

Since I've always had a crafty side, I knew that I wanted to incorporate as much DIY as possible when planning my wedding. So, with the help of lots of family and friends (many who thought I was being super extra at times) and one of my favorite places in the world, Michaels, I made my own centerpieces and table numbers, created a shadow box guestbook, crafted the place cards, assembled the favors, even made some "cootie-catchers" (#kickinitoldschool) and designed a s'mores bar!


For the centerpieces, which consisted of a wood slice base, with a lantern on top and a couple of vases with flowers on either side, we made use of the mountains of firewood that were stacked up in my parents' backyard and put my dad's handiness to work! He found a lumber yard willing to slice up the logs and he then sanded and varnished them. The crazy part is that all in all, it cost about $50 for 30 slices, while most stores sell these wood slices for 20-40$ each!


The other DIY part of the centerpieces were the glittery gold vases. Once again, I delegated this task to my cousin (#projectmanagerorwhat), who used these milk jars that we found at Michaels and coated the inside with gold glitter using good old Mod Podge! The lantern and candle were from my other favorite place in the world, IKEA, and our DJ had our guests play a little game to pick a winner on each table who got to take them home! Until today, it brings a smile to my face when I see the lanterns from our wedding at our family and friends' houses, and I of couse have one in my apartment!


For the numbers, I went for a chalkboard look and used a stencil (#whygodwhy) to write out the words. I still think they looked pretty cute, but they definitely would have looked a little more classy if I had been able to hand letter them!




I kept the glittery gold look from the centerpieces going with the background of the shadow box frame that we cut a small slit at the top of. I typed out (I repeat: #whygodwhy) an instruction sign asking guests to sign a little wooden heart and drop it in the frame. The intention was to later on glue the little hearts to the backing of the frame and then hang it out in our home, but confession time - I never actually did that and it's all just sitting in a closet. I still really love the fact that we created such a personal guestbook and I promise that I will get to it eventually!


I actually really love how these place cards turned out! I ordered "business cards" from Vistaprint that I customized with a gold glitter border and typed out the names and tables on clear labels. I bought a bunch of bottle corks from a wine making store for next to nothing, cut them in half and cut a slit in them and simply inserted the place cards in them! Of course, it would have been great to have hand lettered them, but otherwise I love how simple they were, while still flowing with the rest of the event's design.


When it came to the favors, I knew I didn't want them to be anything crazy expensive for us and extra useless to our guests, so we decided to just go with a simple keepsake magnet that we combined with a cute little mason jar filled with jordan almonds and chocolates. Just something nice and simple that still felt personalized!


OK, so now I get to tell you about all my favorite/least favorite part of the little personal touches from our wedding - the cootie catchers! They were my favorite because they were just so cute, but also a really pain in the-you-know-what to make! Just ask my mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, cousin and best friend, because that's how many people it took to get through making 200+ of those little things! Basically, I found a template online that I followed to put in our own text, which consisted of fun facts about my husband and I. The tricky part was getting everything centered just right on the file and then printing and cutting it properly. I printed them on pretty paper that had a pearly gold sheen to it, and then put my minions to work. It took a few hours to folding, hole-punching and bow tying, but in the end they were totally worth it!


Now for the s'mores bar! I obviously came across this idea on Pinterest also, but I actually really love s'mores so I thought it would be a great personal touch, so we found a few recipes and gathered all the ingredients in cute jars and created a few signs. It's so crazy to think how fare I've come with my lettering when I think about this specific aspect of my wedding's design. My best friend actually wrote out the chalkboards signs for me at the time because she had nicer hand writing than me, and now, she's getting married in a couple of weeks and I get to create a bunch of hand lettered elements for her wedding!


I know it might seem like a lot of little details to worry about when you already have a million things to think about when you're planning a wedding, and you definitely don't have to do it the way I did it with all the DIY projects, but I really do believe that taking the time to add just a few personalized touches will make your big day feel all the more special!

And you know what's a great way to add that personalized feeling - get someone (aka me) to hand letter all of the things (invitations, welcome sign, place cards, signature cocktail signs - you name it) for you!
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