[ thrifty ] wedding inspiration.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

no, no. you didn't miss anything. I'm not engaged.

but my best friend recently got engaged and we are going to a wedding this weekend, so they are on my brain, and like any most girls, I've been planning and preparing for my wedding day for a really, really long time. 

I would usually classify my style as classic, simple, minimalistic almost.  but for some reason, I have been really inspired and swooning over the effortlessness of vintage-y, eclectic,  mix-matchy-ness.  I'm sure this is not the official term, but I really despise the word "shabby chic", blah ... it sounds so grandmotherly.  My mix-matchy is effortless, chic, but most certainly not shabby :)

now, realistically, I don't think I could collect enough mixed and matched china and chairs for 100 or so place settings for all of my guests, but maybe at least for the wedding party... and keep this same atmosphere flowing in more subtle ways throughout the entire wedding (keeping the bridesmaids' dresses monochromatic but all unique, combo of freshly picked wildflowers, etc.)

some Pinterest images I've been loving lately...

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

I LOVE anything monochromatic.  those blue plates are gorg, and that bridal party- to die for.  I think keeping a simple color palette would be the key to keep everything tied together without looking completely a mess... this style takes a delicate touch to find the balance between effortless and sloppy.

and now to the thrifty part of this post....

I mentioned last week I was going to this big yard sale that happens every few months... well I went, and totally conquered.  I got there a few minutes early before it opened at 7:30 am and there were tons of people waiting along the front of the building, being held back by ropes (it was pretty intense).   I wisely befriended this crazy lady beside me (she was nuts-- and on a mission-- and I knew she would be a good ally for when all the madness would begin) and told her what I was looking for... mason jars (for my collection), and pretty plates.  so sure enough just as they were opening the doors, this lady bolted under the rope grabbed all the things I wanted for me, and it was a total success.  I was in and out within 8 minutes.  really, 8 minutes ; )

I've been collecting blue mason jars for a while in hopes to use as vases for my centerpieces one day (and because I think they are beautiful in their simplicity all on their own)... but apparently now I'm collecting pretty china, too. For just a dollar a piece, I really couldn't resist :)

what are your favorite wedding trends? any fun items you collect?  
oh, how I love the thrill of the hunt for that perfect treasure :)

4 thoughts:

  1. Congratulations to your best friend!

    For my wedding this past August. I collected over 200+ jars of all different styles. I put three jars on each table, and I only spent about $30 total on all the jars. We cut wood slices and I added a bunch of natural/craft details to them. No flowers, just candles. I'll have pictures up when I get my wedding photography back soon.


  2. Allie,

    I think your visual perspective is really amazing, and cannot imagine you being anything but successful! Your art pretty much took my breath away as well...very dreamy and ethereal. I operate a small vintage rental company out here in Portland, OR. Many of my brides prefer hanging Aqua Blue Mason jars from trees or shepherd hooks. Milk Glass set against deep hues of coral flowers seem to be popular as well as hanging old windows from fishing line, creating an "floating window" affect. :) Jenni www.jarflydesigns.com

  3. Love these ideas!! They would work for regular home use and decoration, too!! :)

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