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Wedding Date: May 2015
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: Panache Bridal

Backyard Reception: To Tent or Not To Tent?

Posted on March 13, 2015 by  Miss Shabby Chic Bride   //   Comment

Since we are having an at home party when we return from Bora Bora, I am starting to get a feel for what I want. The party will be held, give or take, at the end of July or early August. We are not looking to have an enormous guest list because it will be held in my parents’ backyard, which is still very spacious. I do want it to be more formal than a backyard BBQ, which is why I’ve been looking into whether I want a tent or just nice canopy lighting. I love both! One of the more formal tents I’ve looked into are the Marquee style tents and a few other luxury tents. What do you think?

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Wedding Date: July 2014
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
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Bring Your Wedding to New Heights: Treehouse Weddings

Posted on June 23, 2013 by  Miss Confetti Bride   //   Comment


I’ve recently fallen in love with the show TreeHouse Masters.  I used to work with a photographer that had an amazing treehouse that served as an oasis for his family in a woods behind their home.  I always thought it was so cool!

So then I got to thinking….there must be TreeHouse weddings.  And OF COURSE, there are!  Check out these beautiful photos…TreeHouse Weddings = Awesome!


Treehouse Wedding Photo: Ben Blood / The Knot





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Wedding Date: October 2012
Wedding Dress: David Tutera for Mon Cheri
Courtesy of: RK Bridals

While I am on mugs…

Posted on January 15, 2012 by  Miss Nostalgic Bride   //   Comment

I pinned this fabulous idea today while looking for mugs and it’s just the cutest ever!

They are hand painted reusable travel mugs and I think I am going to try my hand at them! Featured on Emmaline Bride as cool bridesmaids gifts, I think they would even work as favors for a small wedding. You could serve tea, coffee or hot cocoa in them after a dinner reception to and I think that would work quite well!

Martha Stewart also featured them on her show last week but being the busy mom that I am I didn’t get the chance to watch it on my DVR until today. Can you say kismet?

These are her mugs…

Martha Stewart

…she talked about them twice this past week on her show so that must mean they are pretty trendy right? Here is a link for the how to on her site.  I think I am going to give it a try using my Cricut! I’ll keep you posted!

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Wedding Date: May 2011
Wedding Dress: kathy ireland Weddings by 2be
Courtesy of: CM Bridals

RECAP: Dancing the Night Away

Posted on July 12, 2011 by  Miss DIY Bride   //   Comment

One of my priorities when planning our wedding was making sure that everyone have a great time and dance all night! Some of my greatest memories of weddings as a child were dancing from the minute the first song played until the last song ended. My wedding would be no exception.

The minute our first dance ended, our friends and family made their way to the dance floor. So for about 3 solid hours our guest, young and old let lose and had a blast. See for yourself…

Everyone seemed to have a great time and when the sun went down more people got up to dance. Even I managed to stay on the dance floor for most of the evening just as I had done as a little girl.

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Wedding Date: May 2011
Wedding Dress: kathy ireland Weddings by 2be
Courtesy of: CM Bridals

RECAP: DIY Transformation

Posted on June 16, 2011 by  Miss DIY Bride   //   4 Comments

Every bride can’t wait to see how her wedding turns out after all of the tedious planning. This is even more true for the DIY bride. Instead of just choosing your details, you are creating them from scratch (or recreating something you’ve seen somewhere), not knowing just how it may turn out.

One of the biggest rewards was seeing how everything worked together to establish that “look” we were trying to create for our backyard wedding, and better yet, having our guests tell us how great it looked.  I’m sure most of them were rather skeptical when they heard we were having a backyard wedding. The first thing people think, is backyard bbq. Our goal was to transform the backyard into a wedding venue where people felt like they were at a wedding, not at a cookout. We were successful!

It truly takes a few little details to make your wedding what you want it to be.

The decision to use white wooden chairs vs. metal chairs made a huge difference. And although they each cost a few dollars more, it was well worth it. Adding the colored table overlays is another affordable addition that helped bring out the colors of our wedding.

The favors were affordable and doubled as place cards. This saved money and although it wasn’t something we took into account, having the cards attached to the tins kept them from blowing away. Our wedding day turned out to be fairly breezy.

When I first set up the tables, I was concerned the mason jars were not enough as centerpieces but when the flowers were added it all came together and looked perfect!

The table numbers were something extra I decided to do to incorporate the bird theme since it really wasn’t being incorporated as much as I had intended. They were subtle and kept with the more natural, outdoor look we were going for.

Speaking of the bird theme, the bird cage is still one of my favorite ideas. I took the birdcage card holder idea to the next level when I found this birdcage at Marshall’s. Being outside this really stood out and added that extra something to the wedding.

The lights lit up the backyard perfectly!  Many people doubted that they would put off enough light once the sun went down but they really created the ambiance I was looking for and lit up the yard more than enough. My in-laws decided to keep the perimeter lights up for the rest of the summer.

Between the string lights and the mason jars the backyard became a beautiful glowing party at night.

Although these DIY decorations transformed the backyard into a wedding venue, the beauty of the yard itself set the perfect backdrop and deserved to be dressed up for the occasion. We are so grateful to have been able to have our wedding where my husband grew up and even more grateful that it was a success!

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