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Wedding Decorations: Do-it-Yourself: Wooden Centrepieces, Twigs & More!

We are going full-steam ahead with our wooden/burlap/rustic theme and I must thank Pinterest & Etsy for all of my ideas!

The key thing is that Pinterest & Etsy has provided me with a ton of great ideas – but I plan on DIY-ing most of it. The vision – a lot of burlap and a lot of wooden slices/wooden slabs/wooden holders.

I am looking at sliced wood pieces for bases for both the table centrepieces as well as the cake stand.

Rustic wooden centrepieces!

These rustic wooden centrepieces (above) are listed at $59.95 for a set of 5 on Etsy. Talk about expensive!! My first thought is that, come on, how hard can it be to cut down a tree somewhere in the country and make our own slices? I did get some skeptical, questionable remarks when I suggested this to a few people, but when I told Mike – he said it would be no problem!!!

“We’ll cut down a tree out by mom and dad’s place in the summer,” he said. “It’ll be easy.”

Hooray!

Rustic Wooden Cake Stand

The above image is a bit thicker and taller a wooden cake stand than I’d prefer but you get the idea. This one (below) is also very nice, and featuring the more thinly-sliced wood pieces that I prefer.

Rustic Wooden Cake Stand

Mike & I don’t consider the cake part of our wedding to be a big deal. We would be okay with a very tiny cake maybe on top of a piece or two of fake cake for presentation purposes. I honestly care more about the cake stand at this point than the cake itself, lol.

We haven’t decided what exactly we want on top of our wooden sliced centrepiece yet, but I know I want TWIGS! just some green flowers, and perhaps this smaller wooden slice with our initials burned in like in the image below:

Rustic Wooden Centrepiece

I love the look and feel of twigs as a centrepiece though:

Twigs!!

There may be a candle or two on the centrepiece itself, but the plan for candles is actually to spread out a number of candles across the table. Our tables at the Old Timers’ Cabin are rectangular and long, not circular and round. So we’ll be placing candles down the table. It will likely be tealight candles, and they will be put in another wooden piece – wooden tealight candle holders!

Similar to the below image, but not as tall:

Wooden Tealight Candle Holders

Now those ones are $29.95 for a set of 12 on Etsy. Which isn’t too bad I suppose, but Mike assures me that we can make these wooden holders ourselves too. I think the sliced wooden centrepieces will be a lot easier, but the candlelight holders will be doable!

Our table runner will be BURLAP! Similar to this image (below). You’ll also notice in the below image there are wooden log pieces as centrepieces as well. I am not sure if we will be going with different shape/heights yet but it’s not an idea we’re turning down at this time – as I think the below picture looks great. (Notice there are also TWIGS!)

Rustic Burlap Table Runner, Twigs and Log Centrepiece

And last (for now) are the burlap chair ties! I am in love with this burlap chair tie look (below) but it may not look exactly the same for us because the chairs at the Old Timers’ Cabin aren’t wooden and aren’t shaped like the image below which means we may have to get white chair covers first and then tie it with burlap.

Rustic Burlap Chair Tie

Love the look!!!!

I really am in love with the rustic, wooden look. This would have been the style I wanted had we done an outdoorsy backyard-like wedding but I think it works even better now in the Old Timers’ Cabin which obviously will work with wooden and rustic since it’s literally a wooden cabin! Add lots and lots and lots of twinkly lights and I think our reception space is going to look beautiful.

We’ll be using these lights (in the below image), just your typical Christmas kind of lights. We won’t be laying it out like this image, I just wanted to include a lights picture to tie all the wood and burlap together. The way the Old Timers’ Cabin is set up, there are wooden logs all over the ceiling so we intend on WRAPPING the lights around the wooden logs. :)

Lights!!

Just lovely. I am really excited. I LOVE the wood, the burlap, the twigs, the candles, the lights. And I love that we’ll be attempting all the wood decorations Do-it-Yourself style. (That will also provide fodder for future wedding blog posts! Ha).

So what do you think of all this wood? Twigs? Tealight candles?

Do you have any suggestions? Tweaks? Have you been a wedding with a similar style? Did you love it?

ALSO I think at this point I should be changing this blog to read ‘Mike & Linda’s Rustic Wedding’ not ‘Royal’ Wedding, although I guess royals could still do rustic weddings, lol.

P.S. You can always follow along with what ideas I’m interested in on my PINTEREST Wedding Board! 

– Linda

Wedding Theme: An Elegant, Green Wedding!

Mike and I are pretty sure on where we’d like to do our wedding ceremony and reception now (yay!) The thing is now I’m not sure if the reception venue will go well with the“rustic” wooden look we had originally been very keen on because the reception venue is basically a ballroom that gives off a very regal, elegant, glamorous feel. Throwing wood in there may make it kind of odd. So this post is my alternative wedding theme (which we will likely be going with over the rustic now) – an “elegant” and green-coloured, royal wedding. I mean we figure since the “royal wedding” is already included in this blog’s name and the hashtag we’ve been using for wedding related tweets is #royalwedding2013 – the elegant, royal look just fits right in! :)

We’re still loving green and white as our main colours and I think it should work beautifully with the elegant look as well as it would have with the rustic look. For example, green bridesmaids dresses still works splendidly in this elegant royal theme! It will also still look glorious outdoors with bridal party photos!!

Photo courtesy: weddings.theknot.com

I’m also looking at a white bouquet with green and perhaps light yellow tones.
So pretty!

Photo courtesy: weddingbee.com

We’ll likely be going for this kind of chair look (below). White chair covers with a light green sash on the back. White table clothes are included with our reception venue so we’ll probably keep that white for the sake of keeping down decoration costs. The shade of green in the chair sashes below isn’t exactly the shade I’m thinking of though but you get the idea. :)

Photo courtesy: soletsparty.co.uk

I also really love the idea of having green lights pointed to the ceiling of the reception venue to give off this look (plus also having the ceiling drapes! Gorgeous!!) This ballroom image I just found off Google but it’s basically what our reception venue will look like. Elegant and classy, right? There are chandeliers too!

Photo Courtesy: yourweddingcompany.com

Now add balloons to that ballroom floor! I really want to have balloons at the reception. I’m picturing them scattered all over the floor, with some grouped/stringed balloons floating together in various parts of the room.  Makes for a really cute setting and imagine how cute the photos will be. I’m also thinking white and green balloons :)

Photo courtesy: LS Lam on Flickr

As for centrepieces I still really want to keep the chalkboard table numbers, but I’m not sure how it will look in this new elegant, glamorous setting. Either way, the table number will pop out on top of flowers in a vase, or be set in front of it. And the vase will include greeny fruits!!! Think of the possibilities… apples, pears, limes!!! :) Makes it feel fresh too! I’m not really loving the flower look in the image below, but I wanted to showcase it because it features the cut up limes and lemons. So cute. I’ve also seen images of just whole, uncut limes and lemons stuffed in vases, which I think may be better because you don’t want the cut pieces to start looking gross…

Photo courtesy: bridesmaidtrade.com

The point is – we are still absolutely in love with green for our wedding! And I think it works just as well as any other colour with a sleek, glam wedding venue. Although purple was/is a close contender and is a worthy alternative main colour. ;) Mike and I also made a stop at the Bridal Fantasy show over the weekend and there was a lot of green there!! I believe it’s the colour of the year – though that doesn’t mean much since our wedding isn’t until next year, lol. But it does show green is a great wedding colour! I don’t really think I need to convince anyone of that but I did see a lot of green at the bridal conference.

So far – nothing booked yet and nothing set in stone. Our venue doesn’t even take official bookings/deposits until one year before the date so right now we’re only tentatively booked for our date. Which is fine because that means we get first dibs! There are only 4 Saturdays in July so having rights to one of them is pretty important!!

So yay/nay on the green??

(Obviously yay :))

More fun wedding posts soon!

– Linda

Wedding Theme: A Rustic, Outdoors Wedding – held Indoors!

 The more I’ve been browsing wedding decorations, the more I find myself absolutely in love with the whole rustic, burlap, wooden look!! I talked to Mike about it and he is all for my idea of having our wedding theme be *ahem* –

A Rustic, Outdoors Wedding, held Indoors!

Since we’re not planning on holding our wedding ceremony or reception outdoors anymore (for various reasons) – I want to bring the outdoors inside!

Photo courtesy: braggingbags on Etsy.

I’m eyeing a lot of wooden and burlap-y decorations, a lot of light biege, brown, white colours. I’m envisioning the bridesmaids dresses to be potentially a light green.

I’m also loving everything chalkboard!

Photo Courtesy braggingbags on Etsy.

I love these chalkboard/wooden frames for table number centrepieces.
Mix those with again lightly coloured flowers and the table will just be beauuutiful! :)

Photo Courtesy rosebudlipsbridal on Etsy.

And burlap, burlap, burlap. How beautiful is this burlap wedding bouquet wrap?!
As well as this “shabby” vintage burlap suitcase to hold wedding cards!

Photo Courtesy YesMoreFunk on Etsy.

You can also expect to see these outdoorsy wooden signs at my wedding!!
(Despite being indoors ;))

Photo Courtesy TRUECONNECTION on Etsy.

I am super excited about this theme! As you can see all of the above images are courtesy of various shops on Etsy. That’s definitely going to play a role in where we purchase our decorations – there is a ton of wedding stuff on Etsy!!! I could browse thr0ugh them all day, every day! A lot of these rustic, vintage-y wedding decorations are also very do-it-yourself! So expect DIY-posts in the future!

What do you think of the wooden, vintage, rustic look?! And what do you think of having it all indoors? I think this way it would be beautiful, the style we like, and we won’t have to worry about unpredictable weather ruining the event! :)

Wedding browsing is so fun!

– Linda