Wednesday, February 25, 2015

wedding mini series part 2: the details {from tot}

after deciding on my venue, i started to make a to-do list of what i knew i needed to bring to the table. first on my list was finding a photographer and dj. i was recommended a photographer by a co-worker of mine which was great because i didn't really know where to start. when i looked at her website she was not only within my budget, but i got the sense right away that she was fun and current and that's exactly what we wanted. the great part was that she also included a free engagement session with her wedding packages so we really got a sense of her photography style and personality through the engagement shoot. our dj was someone we found through a reference. my biggest regret was not having more communication with him before the wedding. i recommend you insist on meeting with the dj at the venue before the wedding day so you can walk through everything before hand, he can learn how to pronounce names, etc. and you can address any concerns you have in person.

since i didn't have to find my own linens or china, the only other part i was responsible for were the flowers, decor for the tables and a few other misc projects {guest book, seating chart, etc}. since the tennis club took care of most everything this meant 90% of our budget was put into the venue. this didn't leave us with much for other aspects, so i had to get crafty. i wasn't as concerned with the decor since the venue was so gorgeous on its own, so i wanted to keep the rest of the details simple. i was able to borrow a lot of my decor from friends who had already gotten married {mostly tater, thanks doll. xo} which was a huge help and cost saver.

another way to save money was to do the flowers myself. i thought why not take advantage of pike place market being in my back yard? everyone thought i was crazy, but for some reason i had no stress about it turning out just the way i wanted. i knew exactly the look i was going for so i went down to the market a month before and bought a few bouquets to play around with. this helped me determine how many bouquets i needed on the day of to fill enough vases for the reception, etc. i arranged to have the flowered picked up the day before the wedding so we could prepare them the night before. i had my family and bridal party help me put them all in vases so they were done and ready to go. the bouquets for myself and the bridesmaid were so easy all i had to do was wrap the stems in twine and they good to go! i couldn't believe how easy it was and how beautiful they turned out...and the best part was, it cost me under $200 for all the flowers...unheard of!

i used pinterest as my wedding bible and pulled all my inspiration from there. since i was getting married on the water, i wanted it to have a bit of a beachy feel. one of the things i saw and loved were these seashells for the tables that i could fill with tea lights. i found an entire bag of them at marshall's for $8 so i bought a few and spray painted them gold and silver. they turned out great and the entire project cost less than $50! the other last minute details were buying chalkboards at michael's to write info about the guest book, etc. and printing the seating chart at staple's. i purchased a guest book online with some images of wes and i from our engagement shoot and borrowed some polaroid cameras from a friend. we had everyone take a snapshot of themselves and sign the guest book! we love how it turned out and that we can browse from the book now and then and get a good laugh.

pinterest inspiration
finished product

{for more info on my photographer, visit Jessica at Raney Day Photography}

thanks for stopping by and letting me relive this amazing day with you all! if you have any questions regarding anything in this post, please feel free to ask at