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Thursday, September 27, 2012

DIY Wedding Open House: M&M

Unfortunately for me, the photos I got do not properly reflect how beautiful it was....or what a labor of love it was!  But let's take a look nonetheless.
Vintage was the theme of the wedding, so we carried it over in a shabby chic vintage kind of way for the open house.  In all those months of my pregnancy that I was so sick, all I could do was lay there and feel sorry for myself, I dreamed this up....
So let's go over the details...I'll just share what we did, and then in later posts will come the how-to instructions for my DIY projects.

First and foremost, lighting.  We strung white lights (the large bulb outdoor Christmas kind...don't use LED, they look bluish-neon and ugly) from the deck to one of the trees.  We were going to do another two or three strands off the other end of the deck to a couple other trees on the other side of the yard....but we may or may not have blown those strands by overloading the circuit.  Whoops.  In addition, we had a floodlight on the food, and one off the corner of the deck to replace the light that we would have gotten from the strands we blew.  We hung purple and silver paper lanterns from the light strands, trees and deck to add some color.  
And we had candles EVERYWHERE!

To further set the mood, music is ALWAYS a must.  This was an open house, not a reception, so we weren't doing dancing, but that didn't lessen the importance of a good playlist.  To match the feel we were going for, I used mostly older tunes with a few of my favorite modern songs thrown in.  My playlist was as follows:

L-O-V-E, Nat King Cole
The Best is Yet to Come, Michael Buble
La Vie En Rose, Edith Piaf (I prefer the French version, though she does do it in English too)
Fools Rush In, Elvis Presley
Over the Rainbow, Harry Nilsson
Come Away With Me, Norah Jones
You and I, Michael Buble
At Last, Etta James
Return to Me, Joey Gian
Dream a Little Dream of Me, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Moonlight, Sting
Anchor, Mindy Gledhill
For Once in My Life, Michael Buble
As Time Goes By, Billie Holiday
Unforgettable, Nat King Cole
All the Way, Frank Sinatra
The Nearness of You, Norah Jones
Sway, Dean Martin

Guests entered through the side gate.  We had balloons at the corners of the chain link fence, and little baby jar lanterns hanging along the fence.
The sign-in table was at the immediate left after the gate.
I used a puzzle composed of photos of the bride and groom as the guest book.
Hanging above the sign-in table were mason jars that I stenciled their names out on.  Inside each jar was some tulle in the wedding colors (coral, lavender and splashes of aqua) and a battery-powered votive...so we wouldn't burn the deck down!  I hung them, staggered, from the underside of the deck with my trusty staple gun and some jute twine.
 The gift table ran at a right angle from the sign-in table,
and over that I hung baby jars with 'gifts & cards' stenciled on them, with battery powered tea lights.  Also hung with jute twine.

Tables, chairs and white linens we borrowed from our church.  For the centerpieces, I cut about 6 yards of tulle and folded it into a multi-layer square, then on top placed two tinted jars full of flowers, three jars of candles and framed photo of the bride and groom from their wedding day at the Portland temple the week previous.  These decor items were also spread out on the sign-in and gift tables, as you may have noticed.

The food....I took no photos of, since it wasn't my deal.  We decided to do a dessert bar, and I did bake a lot, but the table, while attractive, wasn't my work of art, so I just didn't even think about taking pictures of it!

And last but not least, the bride and groom.  The only photo I really got of them the whole night!
Mandy was wearing her paternal grandmother's 1940's wedding gown and her maternal grandmother's sparkly vintage brooch as a hair accessory.  She looked stunning.  And Matt looked alright, I guess.  :)  They opted not to rent tuxedos, so instead he bought a new grey suit.  Looked pretty snazzy.

So there you have it!  The event that absorbed me for months!
More posts to follow on all the DIY projects I did for this.  To see the rest of the posts on this wedding, click here.

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