So i wanted the most possible blinged out card box without spending a fortune. I finally finished...
So much to organize and plan, I decided to start working on how I want things to actually look now that I've built up quite a decor arsenal in my garage.. *giggles*
This week I started mapping out various stages of the ceremony and reception and how I want things to flow.
So far I've transformed my side table in the living room into daily mock-up ideas for the entry table where guests have a first glimpse at "HIS" and "HERS"
Since our theme is modern vintage, I wanted go with simple ways to bring the theme alive without being ordinary and use things everyone is using.
I lucked up and found a vintage inspired lacy doily tablecloth at Burlington Coat Factory for...$7
The wrough-iron vintage "E",photo frames, and both "his" and "hers" knobs all came from Hobby Lobby during a 50% off sale. I paid a total $15 using a coupon for all of it.
The glass cylinder vases I got from Walmart for $3 a piece and the vintage paper that has "Our Story" and "Our Family Tree" written on it I found at Michael's Craft Store for $0.79 each. The pearl paper and moustache paper was $0.99 each.
The purple flowers I saw at the Dollar Store and bought them as a bunch for $1, then separated them just for my display, but I will have fresh flowers in their place.
The champagne glitter organza I the stuffed in the vase came off a 24yd roll I purchased for $7.99 from eFavormart.com
The ring sitting on top of the paper is my favorite thing on the mock up table. It is so sentimental to me because it is a traditional dowry wedding ring I was given from a man in a village during a vacation in Togo West Africa back in 2011 when I visited Ghana. He placed it in my hand and said it was for me on my wedding day. It was the only time in my life a stranger made me cry. That was over a decade ago, and now it's finally coming true.
Although my side table is considerably smaller than the actual table, actually visually seeing my ideas come to fruition has been so exciting. I can't wait!
On "HIS" side I plan to have a baby picture of Patrick, some type of activity for the guests to do that give them a glimpse of his personality, his picture in the frame, and a mini tie rack with 3 ties symbolizing the past, present and future.
On (my) "HERS" side I plan to have my baby picture, vintage recipe cards that guests can fill out and leave for me, my picture in a frame, and a 3 vintage hat boxes symbolizing the past, present and future.
Maybe in one of the hat boxes I will have love notes, or some type of way the guests can leave advice to us or something... jury is still out but I couldn't leave the hat boxes at Ross.. They came nested in a box of 3 for $7.99! Talk about shoppers paradise!
I love shopping on a budget and finding great deals! To all of my fellow DIY Brides out there- keep up the great deal hunting ladies! I'm with you!!! There's nothing like the feeling of knowing you're saving money and will still have a fabulous wedding!