From Miss Deco: I am sure you know the trend of chicks recreating the pose from the Bridesmaids movie for wedding pictures … well my mother went completely a different direction. My parents are in love with the movie ‘The Diner‘ (its filmed in Baltimore, where we are from) so she had our wedding photographer (Note: Bellus Photo + Film) recreate something similar to the movie cover. At the time, my father was the only one to have seen the movie, so the guys just went along with it to be good sports. My mother loved the photo and turned it into Christmas presents for all the men and taped the picture to a copy of the movie for each of them.
From Miss Deco:We have all been there…a boring wedding reception. Mr. Deco and I were determined NOT to have one of those. A trendy idea to keep guests entertained is a photo booth. In choosing our photographer we decided to go with one that offered a photo booth in the package. It wasn’t your traditional booth with sepia toned picture strips, but a backdrop with a photographer taking the pictures. We loved the idea since this option gave room for more people to be in the photos. The larger the group, the sillier the picture! Usually most people set out props like hats, boas, mustaches, etc, but we went another route with FRAMES!
We shopped around several thrift stores to find a couple of large frames that people could hold up around themselves. We did not worry about the color or what the frame is holding, since that would soon change. We removed the matted art and glass until we were left with just plain old brown frames. Next, we set up some plastic tarps in the backyard and spray painted them the colors we desired. Several coats and some touch up paint was needed, but other than that, VOILA…DONE!
We printed out a sign for the reception to let guests now about the photo booth and to use the frames to create fun photos. The pictures don’t print like traditional booths but are available online thru our photographer (they were also included on a disk with our formal photos). The photos got sillier as the night went on!
From Miss Deco: The guys had played golf, the girls had gotten their pedicures and the out of town guests were arriving … everything was set to kick off our wedding weekend celebration!
Since we were going a non-traditional route we didn’t need to hold a rehearsal in a church. Instead, we had a few members of the wedding party, my father and our ‘minister’ (a buddy living in NYC who got ordained online) check our the ceremony area at the Durham to get a feel of the venue and how things would be laid out.
After the Durham we headed to Lucile’s in the Old Market (where Mr. Deco’s parents hosted the rehearsal dinner) to help setup for the evening. Mr. Deco and I had several decoration ideas that we needed help with and really appreciated all the help from both families to make our eclectic and vintage visions come true.
For the table centerpieces we created Picture Wreathes made up of the wedding photos of our family members and wedding party. We collected the photos and Mr. Deco scanned and printed out tons of pictures and my mother and a family friend assembled them. They were the foundation of our centerpieces and they prompted several laughs and really opened up conversations for those that hadn’t met yet. Next, we had our thrift store love title books that Mr. Deco glued together. On top of those were votive candles, mini wine bottles with fresh flowers (which matched our large wine bottles for the reception centerpiece) along with the paper flowers I made and glittered white mini pumpkins his mother made. Mr Deco setup our ipod with their sound system so we had the music for the evening ready to go.
After everything was setup at Lucile’s, Mr. Deco and I snuck off for a quick drink at a nearby pub for our last moment alone before the festivities really started. I highly recommend to do this if given the chance.
Once the guests arrived at Lucile’s, passed canapes began and the bar was open. We gathered the wedding party for a quick run-through of what the ceremony was going to be. With no children and a small wedding party that were all married themselves, it was pretty self explanatory leaving more time to enjoy cocktail hour. Dinner was a plated steak with grilled vegetables, roasted rosemary potatoes and a candied walnut fresh salad with vinaigrette followed by creme brulee for dessert. The food was great, drinks were refreshing and the company even better! After dinner, we did toasts and handed out gifts to our wedding party.
The party continued in the courtyard, where the weather was perfect for cigars and drinks. Lucille’s courtyard is wonderfully landscaped and sets the perfect atmosphere to stretch your legs after a hearty dinner and laugh with family and friends. The night was perfect and really captured our vision of our wedding weekend celebration!
From Miss Deco: Nothing sets the tone for an event or wedding like an invitation. Its the perfect opportunity to give your guests a preview of what is to come, whether it’s the theme, style or color scheme. Mr. Deco and I are both graphic designers so were most excited to get the chance to design our invitations to reflect our style and get everyone ready for our wedding celebration.
Since the wedding and the reception were both taking place at the Durham Museum (formerly the beautiful art deco Union Station), we knew we wanted to to incorporate the art deco style into our invites. We did several preliminary sketches on bar napkins before finally settling on a design concept. Mr. Deco designed a grand invitation that not only incorporated the art deco elements but had a vintage feel as well. I loved that he played with the type rather than sticking with the a traditional text layout.
I do admit that we went a little overboard with our invitations, but it was just so much fun! I ordered 3 different sizes and colored envelopes online (One to return the RSVP card, one for the invitation and one to hold everything and address). We also did what I call address wraps. They saved us from handwriting out all the addresses and they included our return address as well. Assembling them took about 7 hours total spread out over 2 nights (and a couple bottles of wine). It also gave us the chance to listen to the mix that Mr. Deco put together for the rehearsal dinner.
First, I cut out our logo circles while Mr. Deco scored the ‘belts’ that wrapped around the entire invitation to keep it all together and address wraps. After that, he scored the invitations to help with the folding process later. The next night I hot glued the logo circles to the ‘belts’ around the invitations that Mr. Deco folded. This took a majority of the time so Mr. Deco handled the RSVP cards, envelopes and stamps. Now we were able to stuff the inner envelope with the invitation and RSVP card. We had our guest’s names printed on the inner envelope so we have to match the address label with the correct inner envelope (I only mixed up 2 invites, but to my defense the men had the same name and their wives names both started with a K and both couples lived in the same small town).
This next step is very important, we took a completed invite to the Post Office to have them verify the correct postage we needed before we started to stamp them all. Once they were all ready to go, Mr. Deco took them to the Post Office to have them hand canceled (otherwise they would have a bar code sticker placed on the bottom of the envelope which we didn’t want). Don’t forget to mail one to yourselves to see how your hard work arrives.
It was a long process from concept to completion, but I am thrilled at the way they turned out! They were also the jumping off point for all our other print items such as programs, menu cards, escort cards, etc.
From Miss Deco: Hotel Room Blocks are great for out-of-town guests and what better way to show your appreciation for their travels than to great them with a Welcome Bag. There are many great and creative ways to put these together and have them relate to your wedding. We chose to highlight our backgrounds with a East Marries Midwest theme.
The bags featured a variety of snacks and beverages from Maryland and Nebraska (our home states). Obviously the Nebraska goodies were pretty easy to find and buy locally. The Maryland treats required ordering most of the products online and we even had friends traveling to New Jersey to bring us back the National Bohemian Beer.
National Bohemian Beer
Tastykakes Kandy Kakes
Utz Salt & Vinegar and Crab Chips
Dolle’s Dark Chocolate Crab Pops
Lucky Bucket Beer
Omaha Steaks Beef Sticks
Single Serving Kool-Aid with water bottle
Old Market Brochures of Attractions & Maps
We bought plain canvas bags from Hobby Lobby (several trips using their 40% Off coupon) then screen printed them at home with a simple version of our wedding logo. Mr. Deco designed some printed cards that matched our wedding invites that we tied on the bags explaining the contents. In the end, we found that the gift bags were a unique and personal touch that reflected each of us and were something that our guests really enjoyed.
From Miss Deco: Let’s just start with I am not a shoe girl. My usual rotation consists of Toms and flip flops. So when it came time to shop for wedding shoes I was a little worried that I wouldn’t find anything I liked. Our wedding is set on the more formal side so I was trying to stay away from something too causal. As I am not too graceful, heals were immediately out of the picture for safety reasons. I started out finding two sandal options at Von Maur that I thought had potential.
The first pair was a Grecian type and on sale! They fit great and would be excellent for an all day affair, but I was worried that then may seem too relaxed. Next, was a pair with some fun beading. These even included an ankle strap so that I wouldn’t walk out of them. $98 was a little steep for me, but I figured this was the one day to splurge. As soon as I talked myself into that reasoning, I found out that they didn’t have my size. Oh well, made that decision easy. Moving on, I soon found the perfect shoe! A simple black flat with some silver and gold on the back and they even had an ankle strap and only $55 from DSW. Once I put them on, I was sold. And bonus, I can even wear them after the wedding :) Mr. Deco even approved and liked the fact that they were a closed toe just in case he stepped on my feet while dancing.
Looking back, I have no idea why I was so worried. This decision has been one of the easier ones since saying YES!
Side Note: Good thing I didn’t by heals because I forgot to bring my shoes for my dress fitting out of town.
From Miss Deco: Using our five wedding colors, we made pillows for our wedding reception. They will go on the wonderfulDurhamMuseumbenches in the main lobby where our reception will be held and to go on lounge furniture in the ballroom, to tie the rooms together. That puts the final pillow count at 50!
We chose 6 fabrics in one shopping trip here inOmaha. With coupons and in-store specials, the price wasn’t too bad. Next was the hard part: Pillow Fills. Local stores had 14×14 pillow fills for $5-$10 each. Totally bummed that this fun project was going to cost way too much, I turned to the internet. A blog mentioned there are pillow fills at IKEA for $1.99.
Since IKEA wouldn’t ship, my parents said they’d pick up all 50 fills from theMinneapolislocation on their long weekend there. The last step had turned out to be the easiest thanks to a co-worker who specializes in quilting. She had Mr. Deco and I set up on an assembly line cutting and ironing the fabric while she sewed the pillow covers together. We were able to make 26 in 3 hours!! They are turning out better than I had hoped!!
These directions are for a 13” pillow form. Adjust size of pieces accordingly.
- iron fabricto smooth out any creases
- Cut fabric into 3 pieces (14×14, 11×14, 8×14)
- Surge one end of the 11×14 and 8×14
- Fold the surged ends in about half inch and iron on both pieces.
- Place fabric pieces right sides together with backs overlapping and sew with a ½” seam
- Right side out the pillow case and Fit onto pillow.
From Miss Deco:
Now that we have a new rehearsal dinner location booked…let the decorating fun begin! The venue itself doesn’t need anything, but the tables could use a little something. The permanent decor is a collection of pieces from old buildings in the surrounding area such as the Morris Hotel, City National Bank, Wilcox House, Brandies Home, Cornhusker hotel in Lincoln and the old Fontenelle Hotel. Keeping with the vintage feel, we decided to go with a simple book/candle/flower centerpiece.
We hadn’t budgeted for this, but it turns out that we picked a really inexpensive idea! We have been stopping at local thrift stores for hardcover books with romantic titles for 25¢ each. I love to read so I have to make sure to stay on track otherwise, I could be there for hours picking out books for the centerpieces and for myself.
The votive candles for the tables are a breeze since you can rent those from the same place that supplies all the chairs and tables. (Cost: 75¢ each) and bonus, they take care of all the candles and cleaning the holders. Easy enough!
A few fresh flowers may be added to the grand idea, but for now we are busy making paper flowers to lie on and around the books. Mr. Deco cut down a book for me into different size squares to make the flower petals. (Cost: Old book from my collection – FREE) The tutorial I found is super easy and goes perfectly with a glass of wine! After several attempts to glue the petals together with a glue stick, rubber cement and tape, we found that a hot glue gun works the best. (Thanks Jenn!)
The whole idea is turning out wonderful! The best part is that we can do everything ahead of time so there are no last minute projects :)
Paper flower tutorial here.
From Miss Deco:
Mr. Deco and I are not formal picture people so when it came time for engagement photos, we were lost. Our wedding photographer set us up with a photo package that included the engagement session so that part was super easy. Then, the decision was what to wear. Mr. Deco wanted to suit up since these were going to be nice pictures compared to our usual self portrait cheesy grins. Omaha was a little limited when it comes to our style so we took shelter in online shopping. He found a suit easily with only one return for a size change. I, on the other hand, struggled with all the choices out there. I found that asos.com does free shipping and free returns and has tons of dresses to pick from. I ordered a cute black dress with a skinny green belt and loved it! But with advice from Mom Deco, black dress and long black hair may not work so well for formal pictures. This was tough for me to deal with since a majority of my wardrobe is black. Venturing out into the world of color was going to be a shock! I decided to go with the bridal look and found an ivory dress. Still putting my touches on the outfit with black tights, shoes and a fun scarf.
After all that, was hair and make-up. Using the excuse of nice pictures, I had my make done by a professional. It also gave me the chance to try out the air brush technique to see if I would like that for our BIG DAY. I am not a big make-up person so I really liked the lightness of the foundation. I had my hair cut and colored a week before and while I was there, I asked my stylist to show me how to get the beach wave look. Turns out its very simple and looks better as the day wears on.
We knew that getting our pictures taken in February was a gamble, but this year has been great in the weather department. Except for the day of our engagement session. The weather took a turn for the absolute worse. It was freezing cold, raining and of course, windy. Luckily, we had some indoor options set up just in case. After the session was over, we felt rather silly about some of the poses that we did. Most of my suggestions didn’t turn out, but the direction given by the photographer looked great! Definitely the reason he is the professional and I am not. He also picked up on us not feeling to confident about our session and suggested that we set up another time to try again. A couple weeks later we landed an awesome day and breezed right through some outdoor shots. This time around Mr. Deco and I were more relaxed and confident.
Now we have so many pictures to choose from for the save-the-dates!
Photo by Bellus