…wedding bliss – first impressions…

We all can agree that weddings are timeless events. Whereas they can continually evolve, the basic concept of love and marriage – for better or for worse – continues on. One of the most popular trends in weddings today, is the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) element – in an effort to not only save money, but add unique personalization and unexpected touches.

One principle that can help couples achieve an economic balance is to celebrate their nuptials, and the following brouhaha, on one exclusive venue instead of the traditional church ceremony and separate reception location. Doing this is not only a thrifty option (saving on florals, transportation, time), but also creates a jovial atmosphere for the wedding guests. Instead of navigating to a second location, that time can be spent among family, friends and absorbing the blissful atmosphere (plus it saves on gas – no harm in helping the planet!)!

Being on budget does not mean that you have to take away from décor or styling, it just means that you get to be creative and more resourceful! As for the wedding I planned and styled for Chelsea and Brenon, instead of printing programs to alert guests of the evening’s flow – there was a simple sign at the front entrance. And it said…

Lovely, simple and sweet! Because the ceremony and reception were on the same grounds, we were able to economically utilize this element. The chalkboard was borrowed from a family friend, the suitcases were from my own personal vintage rental inventory,  and the rest of the décor – burlap, mason jars, baby’s breath, wood rounds – were extra from the centerpieces! I bought a bucket of chalk from Michael’s – for a grand total of $4.

First impressions are important to me as a stylist – they set the tone for an event. I am a huge believer that the first impression does not have to be over-the-top either – sometimes it is the simplicity that makes the deepest impression.

Cheers,

Raina

P.S. Many thanks to Kilean Todd for her amazing photography!