“Just Do It” Yourself Wedding

 Some of you may know that I come from a very DIY family, so when my brother decided to get married this year of course we decided to do it ourselves. Luckily my parents had a big back yard to hold the event; at least we thought it would be big enough until my brother announced there would be over 150 people!  Fortunately our next-door neighbors were kind enough to lend their yard for the reception. We were able to combine the two yards by taking down part of the fence and building a few steps in between for easy access.   Having your wedding and reception in the same location is less confusing for guests and helpful on the gas savings too!

 Wedding_Sign As guests entered the yard a unique hand painted sign, designed by my sister-in-law, directed them to the back yard festivities.  She painted an old headboard with the marriage announcement to give a new twist on the traditional style church sign.
 Water_jars Guests were greeted with hors d’oevres and refreshing flavored water served in Mason jars for a homey feel.  We did leave dinner up to a local catering company, Simply Delicious of Whittier, who provided a home-style meal with plenty of comfort food!  The menu had some of the great classics like meat loaf, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, Mac n’ cheese, BBQ beans, salad and rolls.

Both yards already had a good base for décor with lovely flowers, vines, fountains, a pool and a few appropriately placed sleeping cats that love to lounge in the sun as it moves around through out the day.  For the reception area we rented tables, chairs and dishes.


The tables were decorated with runners that we made from fabric closeout bolts, white vases (from just about every Goodwill and thrift shop around town) and white daisies.  Wedding favors were Brad and Kim’s favorite homemade cookies that the neighbors graciously helped bake at the last minute. 


Rather than a big expensive cake, the bride decided on a variety of pies, which were displayed beautifully on a grass covered table, by designer Deb of Romance Etc. in Belmont shores. http://romance-etc.com/events.html

The gazebo
was decorated with white tulle, pink and orange Gerber daisies and a huge flower ball in the center.  We also scoured the local antique stores, thrift shops and Craig’s list to find several vintage chandeliers that we painted white and hung from the top of the gazebo.  FYI – my Dad, who I refer to as Superman, built the gazebo, because he can do just about anything he puts his mind too.  He amazes me everyday with all his talents!  In the trees we hung glass jelly jars and paper lanterns with candles inside to light the trees for the evening reception. 


We still have plenty of mason jars and candles on hand, which I think my Mom is holding onto in hopes that I might be next. I hope she not holding her breath on that one.  Lol!

If you’re planning your wedding or one for someone else try to think of local venues and vendors.  The less people have to travel for goods and services the better it is for our environment and its just a little step closer to keeping it Green! 

Learn more about Beth at http://www.ecostyledesigner.com/  

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