I've booked my first wedding for the 2013 season and I am SO excited to help capture one of my good friend's big days through my lens! It reminds me of planning my own wedding-SO many details to get ironed out. I did most things DIY, and they turned out beautiful. My grandma, who traveled here from California, made all of the bouquets from flowers around the farm & sunflowers we bought. We grew our own sunflowers, but a week before the wedding birds swooped down and ate them! I made my own wedding favors as well, using resources like Oriental Trading Co., and etsy.com, to create cute little buckets with sunflower seed sachets inside. The cake was made by my incredible mother in law, and reflected aspects of Conn and I that we hold true to today. I hired help via Craigslist, which saved me TONS of money. The photographer I chose was just starting out, and did a fantastic job-he now charges almost DOUBLE for the services he performed for me. My wonderful step father in law (Who has since passed away) made most of the food; which added such an special touch to the reception.
Instead of flower girls, I had my nephews pass out flowers to the guests during the ceremony. My dress was probably the most expensive and difficult part of my whole wedding. Being a pretty casual person, most of the dresses I tried on were just TOO MUCH. Finally, one wedding dress shop I went to recommended that I try bridesmaids dresses and get one made in white. It was PERFECT and affordable.
I found that creating many of the aspects of my wedding myself, along with sourcing most things locally, was quite rewarding, and gave me memories of not only the finished product, but the excitement and love of creating it are embedded in my mind as well. Some people may not find the joy that I do in creating things, but for me it allowed me to look upon my wedding as more than just a ceremony, but a day of sharing with my family and friends.