Well if there is one wedding trend I've been noticing this year, it is the "Pintrest Wedding" look. You know what I'm talking about.... thrifted chalk-board painted frames, burlap and twine, wine barrels, hay bails, cowboy boots, twinkle lights and paper lanterns, wine cork monograms, wild flowers and bouquets with weeds and kale. Everything handmade and DIY down to the very last detail.
Naturally, because BeckenRidge Vineyard does have wine grapes, and an outdoor venue, we've seen a lot of "pintrest" weddings. Now if the bride is the one doing it herself, the vision holder of the way the decor should look, bravo! You're having the time of your life planning this important day you've been dreaming about for quite some time. Now, for a bit of advice:
Get it all done a week before the wedding, and have clear instructions for your coordinator (or at least friends helping) what you'd like done with all those crafty little items you've slaved over. You will be so busy during event day getting your hair & make-up done, emotionally absorbing the day, hanging out with your bridal party, you will want to minimize interruptions on how many mason jar candle lights to place at each table. Part of this advice includes realizing that some of those cute ideas you did have, in the end, won't pan out usually because you- the busy bride- ran out of time and resources. There will always be someone (or a fictitious culmination of someone) on the internet with more time, more money, and more crafty-ness than you. Let all those crazies who did it all go, and stop comparing yourself to their social networking archives.
Come rehearsal dinner, if you're still scrambling to get your decorations completed, STOP and put the crafting scissors down!! If the months before this date have gotten you into a frenzy and if you feel like you need to finish one more last little thing upon one more little detail, you will not end up getting the beauty sleep you need. Put your ideas to rest, you've worked hard, and its okay if you don't have time for the little twine bow-ties that will decorate your favors. The most important detail of your big wedding day will be that you are marrying the love of your life, and that will also be the most beautiful & sweetest thing your guests will appreciate the most. Cherish each other.
I cannot recommend highly enough the use of a coordinator. (My favorite is Katie at With this Ring Weddings) I know financial times have been rough and you want to make your wedding happen on a budget. But on this important day, please realize that you will be so thankful to not have to handle the details, especially when you've put so much time, energy and money into this day! It's time for you to sit back, relax, enjoy your day and let the pros take over, they are worth every penny.
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