Oh, hey there – it’s been awhile!
The last two and a half months were a whirlwind of wedding preparation and festivities, hence the radio-like silence since my last dress post in March. But not to fear – yes, I finished my wedding dress with time to spare, and it was probably the hardest sewn project to date that I made. Yet, it was so rewarding to walk down the aisle wearing a dress that was special and meaningful. All of the planning, time, sourcing fabric and materials, sore back from cutting out every single layer of fabric over three days, pricked fingers from tiny little sewing needles, figuring out how to make the dress with absolutely no instructions (it’s a Marfy pattern), trial and error of finding the right construction techniques, even the absolute *frustration* and tears at times while making my wedding dress was completely worth it. I wouldn’t have done anything differently over the past 10 months.
Everything we DIY’d for the wedding came together pretty easily, much to my surprise. A few nights before, as we were assembling all of the decorations we needed to take to the venue, I got to thinking about how much stuff we made and what all of our friends helped us with for the wedding. It takes a village to pull off a wedding, especially one on a budget:
1. My wedding dress
2. Belt to go with my dress
3. My veil – two different ones made out of different material because I couldn’t decide on which one to wear, but I ended up going with the English netting version. The bridal illusion was too poofy.
4. Coordinating clutch from leftover lace and silk
5. Matching clutches for my bridesmaids
6. Photo backdrop for a “Photo Booth” during the reception
7. Signs for all of the tables, designed in Photoshop – cake table, guest book sign, gift table
8. Labels for our favors, designed in Photoshop
9. “Reserved” seating tags for the ceremony
10. 40 crepe paper flowers for the centerpieces
11. Tissue poofs – assembled from a Martha Stewart kit
12. Hand-written place cards
Fortunately, we had really great weather for the big day – it was a nail-biter since it looked like we were going to get rain Friday and Sunday, and our wedding day was smack-dab in the middle on Saturday. It ended up being super sunny and hottttt – by the time the ceremony took place in the evening, it cooled down to around 80 but there was no shade and our guests were roasting. At least our ceremony was super fast!
Photo credit – Maria Burton Photography
I don’t have a lot of photos yet that really show my wedding dress, so I’ll have to wait to share more on here until the end of the month when we’ll receive all of our photos back from our photographer. I’ll leave you with the above, one of my favorites so far!