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21 Most Unique Boutonniere Ideas

The groom is unique: why should he wear the same old floral boutonniere? Today we’re inspiring you to get creative and think outside the traditional bout box. We’ve rounded up the most unique alternative boutonniere ideas from around the web and we’ve included a little something for everyone. There’s a spark plug boutonniere for the mechanic, a compass for the sailor, a guitar pick boutonniere for the music-lover – even hops for the home brewer! We’ve also incorporated favorite wedding theme ideas like a starfish boutonniere for the beach, a skeleton key for a vintage wedding, and a cotton boutonniere for rustic weddings. Read on to get inspired and see which alternative boutonniere ideas made the list! (P.S. And, we want to know… what’s the most unique boutonniere you’ve ever seen?)

Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

1. Spark Plug Boutonniere

By The Ritzy Rose.

spark plug boutonniere (by The Ritzy Rose) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

2. Personalized Button Boutonniere

By Betawife.

personalized wedding boutonniere(by Betawife) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

3. Mustache Boutonniere

By Betawife.

mustache wedding badge(by Betawife) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

4. Starfish Boutonniere

By My Windansea.

starfish boutonniere(by My Windansea) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

5. Felt Rose Boutonniere

By Felt Flower Shop.

felt rose boutonniere (by Felt Flower Shop) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

6. Shotgun Shell Boutonniere

By The Ritzy Rose.

shotgun shell boutonniere

7. Bellflower Boutonniere

By Senorita Joya.

bellflower boutonniere(by Senorita Joya) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

8. Compass Boutonniere

By All for Love, L.O.V.E.

compass nautical boutonniere(by All for Love, L.O.V.E.) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

9. Guitar Pick Boutonniere

By Surroundings Bouquets & Accessories.

guitar pick boutonniere (by Surroundings) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

10. Pinwheel Boutonniere

By Southern Ever After.

pinwheel boutonniere (by Southern Ever After) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

11. Book Page Boutonniere

By Thee Paper Girl.

book page boutonniere (by Thee Paper Girl) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

12. Guitar Boutonniere

By The Ritzy Rose.

guitar-boutonniere

13. Cotton Boutonniere

By Yellow Lemon Weddings.

cotton boutonniere (by Yellow Lemon Weddings) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

14. Key Hole Boutonniere

By Savvy Couture, photo by Nelis Photography.

key hole boutonniere (by Savvy Couture, Photo by Nelis Photography) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

15. Nest Boutonniere

By White Tulip Boutique.

nest boutonniere (by White Tulip Boutique) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

16. Bow Tie Boutonniere

By Zelma Rose.

bow tie boutonniere (by Zelma Rose) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

17. Shell Boutonniere

By Surroundings Bouquets & Accessories.

contemporary shell boutonniere (by Surroundings Bouquets & Accessories) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonniere Ideas

18. Skeleton Key Boutonniere

By The Ritzy Rose.

skeleton key boutonniere (by The Ritzy Rose) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonnieres

19. Bunting Boutonniere

By A Bunny and Bear.

bunting boutonniere (by A Bunny and Bear) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonnieres

20. Flower Lapel Boutonniere

By Hello Oliver.

flower lapel boutonniere (by Hello Oliver) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonnieres

21. Hops and Succulents Boutonniere

By Bohemian Bouquets.

hops and succulents boutonniere (by Bohemian Bouquets) - 21 Unique Alternative Boutonnieres

Discuss: What is the most unique boutonniere you’ve ever seen? Tell us below!

Happy Planning!


-E.

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15 Barn Wedding Ideas Every Bride Should Know

Hello, hello! Happy Friday! Today we’re talking about rustic, awe-inspiring, best-of-the-best barn wedding ideas. If you dream of getting married in a barn, on a farm, or in the woods surrounded by nature-inspired, homespun decor, this is the post for you! We’ve compiled fifteen of the top barn wedding ideas we think every bride should know. We’ve combined both handmade wedding finds with Real Wedding examples to inspire your perfect wedding day. So, grab a huge cup of coffee and get ready to take in all of the gorgeousness that awaits… enjoy!

Barn Wedding Ideas

1. A whimsical ‘you & me’ sign.

you and me barn wedding ideas

photo by glass jar photography, styled by fete nashville via style me pretty

2. The most beautiful barn entryway. Ever.

barn wedding ideas draping

photo: john schnack via inspired by this

3. A charming red barn wedding invitation.

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wide eyes design

4. White paper lanterns draped throughout your reception.

barn wedding ideas - white paper lanterns

photo: lisa kwan images via style me pretty

5. This one’s a tie: horseshoes as escort cards (+ favors)…

horseshoe escort cards favors

photo: paper antler via style me pretty spotted via pinterest

…and these gingham beer cozies.

barn wedding ideas - gingham beer cozies (photo: jeff loves jessica)

photo by jeff loves jessica via wedding chicks

6. Cowboy boots for the bride.

bride cowboy boots

photo: katelyn james

And, of course, for her bridesmaids, too.

bridesmaids in cowboy boots

photo: katelyn james

7. These ring boxes for your ceremony.

his and hers ring boxes

by pnz designs, photo: melania marta

8. This gorgeous outdoor display with a birdcage card box, desserts, and photos.

Don’t forget the hay bales!

rustic barn wedding dessert display

photo: john schnack via inspired by this

9. A moss wedding monogram.

moss wedding monogram

by vintage shore

10. This wedding bouquet.

I’m still swooning over this bouquet featured in this vintage country wedding earlier this week. Lovely.

rustic wedding bouquet

photo: rodger obley photography | see the full wedding here!

11. Rustic napkin rings for table settings.

grapevine napkin rings

by pnz designs, photo: melania marta

12. A charming barn wood sign for your reception.

rustic wedding sign

by christy griffen

13. Mason jar lanterns like these.

hanging mason jar lanterns

by christy griffen

14. White lights… and a barn dance area like this one.

barn wedding dance area

photo: braedon photography via inspired by this

15. ‘Just Married’ bunting for your getaway car.

just married car bunting barn wedding

photo by meet the burks via rustic wedding chic

More Barn Wedding Ideas + Inspiration

Looking for more rustic or barn wedding ideas? Here are a few posts to continue the inspiration:

o Check out this DIY Barn Wedding
o Get inspired with charming rustic fall wedding ideas
o Your groom will need this ring
o This barn wedding will make you smile
o 50 Must-Have Burlap Wedding Items
o Check out these log bowls, this amazing ceremony in the woods, grab a few rustic chalkboards, this rustic invite, and quite possibly the most amazing rustic wedding menu we’ve ever seen!
o How to Plan a Wedding in the Woods

Need even more rustic wedding ideas? Here you go!

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Happy Planning!


-E.

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5 DIY Wedding Secrets Every Bride Should Know

Hello, loves! Happy Friday! If you are planning DIY wedding projects for your big day, there are a few secrets to help it go off without a hitch. Today, we’ve compiled five of our favorite DIY weddings secrets that every bride should know to save you a headache down the road. DIY wedding projects can be fun, but they can also be overwhelming, too. And, since holiday break may be an excellent time to get crafting, we are also sharing some of our favorite DIY wedding kits to inspire you. Reveal what you need to know after the jump!

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5 DIY Wedding Secrets Every Bride Should Know

1. Know when to DIY – and when to buy.

What’s your DIY skill level? Are you skilled at painting or more sewing inclined? Find your strong suit and complete a project that ties into it. One example of a painting project you may want to undertake could be a DIY wedding cake topper, like this kit by Goose Grease. It comes with paints and wooden dolls so you can give it a go:

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #1 Know when to DIY and when to buy - via Emmaline Bride (image: goosegrease) #handmade #wedding

However, if your painting skills aren’t up to par – and you have a specific look in mind – it may be better to have a custom topper made. (This one is also by Goose Grease.)

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #1 Know when to DIY and when to buy - via Emmaline Bride (image: goosegrease) #handmade #wedding

2. Know WHERE to buy (+ how to save money).

It’s also important to know where to buy your DIY wedding supplies. Yesterday, we talked about mason jar mistakes to avoid and how buying in bulk can save you money. This also applies to any supply item you can think of, as long as you’re sure it’s the item you want (or you’ll have a headache trying to return and find the right item). One place you can order online is Amazon, which offers any craft item you can think of (and many in bulk). I’ve purchased these muslin spice bags in a pack of 100 and stamped them to make my own favors. I’ve also ordered mason jars in bulk to save money – and avoid the hassle of lugging 50+ mason jars home. You can also check Hobby Lobby online (their online store is amazing) to place an order or see what’s in store; then, print the 40% off coupon and bring it with you to buy. Look for coupons from Michaels and JoAnn to save you money, too, and make an effort to buy items only when you have a coupon.

If you’re looking for handmade details, check out The Marketplace to snag tags, envelope seals, blank place cards, and more. For instance, round scalloped paper tags from The Kraft Room can be an excellent canvas onto which you can print guests’ names, attach to twine with clothespins, and use as an escort card display at your wedding.

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the kraft room) #handmade #wedding

Or, add a custom detail to your favors with kraft bunting stickers (also from The Kraft Room):

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the kraft room)

Some artisans are willing to share their craft with you in a DIY wedding kit. One example is The Crimson Poppy who makes a DIY paper flower kit you can make at home.

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the crimson poppy)

And, here’s the result:

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the crimson poppy)

3. Pace yourself.

It goes without saying that even if you want to DIY every aspect of your wedding, you need to pace yourself. Give yourself plenty of time to buy supplies, create your crafting space, and complete projects before moving onto the next one. Few things would be more stressful than waiting until a few days before the wedding to complete a dozen crafts. And, the crafts should be fun – not stressful!

4. Call in your crew to help.

Don’t go at it alone! Your crew – you know, fiance, MOH, bridesmaids, mom – are there to support and help you. Just ask! I’m sure if they’re special enough to be in your wedding, they’re nice enough to lend a hand. But, they can’t help if you don’t ask – so, ask, ask away! (And reward them with plenty of food, drinks, and make it fun.)

5. If you don’t like it, scrap it.

Last but not least, if you work on a DIY wedding craft and it’s not going as planned (which will undoubtedly happen), scrap it. Start over. Or, move onto something else. If you don’t like how something looks, don’t settle because you spent time on it; move on and craft something you’ll love and of which you’ll be proud.

For more handmade ideas and DIY wedding inspiration, check out The Handcrafted Wedding. I’ve even included step-by-step DIY wedding ideas that you can do at any skill level!

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Isadora + Omar’s Handmade Wedding in California

Hello, hello! Happy Friday! Today’s Real Wedding feature has it all: a gorgeous couple, a beautiful California location (The North Ranch in Westlake Village), handmade wedding details, a stunning gown, hot pair of heels, purple bridesmaid dresses, one of the cutest cake toppers I’ve ever seen, and pink and white wedding details abound! Yesterday I gushed about our amazing readers and today’s Real Wedding is an example of a bride who stayed happy-as-can-be, even when a little drama happened on her wedding day. Her priest was being flown in from South Africa but had to cancel due to weather, and her hair and makeup appointment ran a few hours behind. But, instead of going into freak-out mode, her photographer, Shillawna, tells us this gorgeous girl didn’t stop smiling – not once! Isadora and Omar included charming handmade details like a ‘bride’ wedding dress hanger, custom photo booth chalkboard sign, paper poms, bunting, hanging candle votives, custom favor bags, and more… even delicate teacups (one of my many wedding obsessions, as discussed here) and charming miniature teapots. So, without further adieu, read on to see this lovely pink and white California wedding and find out more by the bride! (Wedding styled by Featured Artisan Thoey of EcoMonster and photographed by the lovely Shillawna Ruffner). Enjoy!

handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography

This is one of the most adorable cake toppers I’ve ever seen. The bride made it herself and tells us, “I made [the cake topper] using wood doll heads and wood clothespins. I painted the head and eyes and bought little pieces of fabric from a local fabric store. I used some of the extra pieces from the wedding dress to make a little belt and added a flower to the hair from the same little pieces. The platform the bride and groom are on top is half 3/4 of the salt cylinder that I wrapped with pink paper that I used from the wedding menus, and covered it with veil material I used from the headpiece on the bride. I spent about $20 and they were so much fun to make!”

handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography

The bride also made the centerpieces. She tells us, “For the center pieces I collected glass Martinelli bottles and Italian soda bottles from Trader Joe’s, washed off the label, and turned them into chic vases that were placed on top or beside vintage books found in yard sales.”

handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography

Isadora tells us about other details she handmade herself: “We used EcoMonster’s DIY tea bag kit for our favors that included tea bags and honey sticks. One of our favorite pieces of the wedding where the gorgeous flowers! They were purchased wholesale at the flower district of Los Angeles and were so fresh and smelled lovely! To entertain guests we set up a photo booth with a backdrop of ribbons purchased at wholesale, tied to a dowel from Home Depot and numerous props.”

handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
handmade wedding details via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
Real Wedding via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
Real Wedding via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
Real Wedding via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
Real Wedding via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
Real Wedding via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
Real Wedding via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
Real Wedding via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography
Real Wedding via Emmaline Bride - photography by Shillawna Ruffner Photography

Isadora + Omar’s Handmade Wedding in California

Congratulations, Isadora and Omar – we wish you many happy years! Thank you to EcoMonster – stylist extraordinaire – and the lovely Shillawna Ruffner Photographer who captured these incredible photographs. Shillawna Ruffner is a Preferred Emmaline Bride Photographer and would love to capture your wedding: check out her listing in The Bridal Book to get in touch and view her portfolio. She is based in California (+ happy to travel!)

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Happy Planning!


-E.

Happily Ever After Banner

To add a decorative touch to your wedding reception, consider this happily ever after banner! We’ve shared some of our favorites through the years like this burlap and lace banner, We’ve Decided on Forever banner, and now we have a new favorite! This happily ever after banner by the lovely Loft Life Press uses hand painted decorative imagery to spell out words or names. For instance, bunting creates the “H”, a wedding chapel creates an “A”, and bright red hearts with white lettering creates “P”. I love the pretty cake stand that spells out “T”. The designer, Darah, is so talented! Read on to see more images of the Happily Ever After banner plus check out a few other decorative banners such as a bridal shower banner spelled out in flowers!

happily ever after banner

happily ever after banner by loft life press

Happily Ever After Banner

This high quality happily ever after banner is hand painted then printed onto thick cream cardstock. It is pre-strung for your convenience with red and white baker’s twine (love!) and can be displayed at your wedding reception or ceremony with ease. Tell guests you’re planning to live happily ever after… and, reuse in your love nest on anniversaries!

happily ever after banner

happily ever after banner by loft life press

happily ever after banner

happily ever after banner by loft life press

happily ever after banner

happily ever after banner by loft life press

Instead of a happily ever after banner, you can request a custom banner with your names spelled out in decorative imagery. For instance, check out this bride and groom banner created for lovebirds Kate + Ben:

happily ever after banner

bride and groom banner by loft life press

happily ever after banner

bride and groom banner by loft life press

Love Banner

happily ever after banner

love banner by loft life press

Bridal Shower Banner

happily ever after banner

bridal shower banner by loft life press

happily ever after banner

bridal shower banner by loft life press

happily ever after banner

bridal shower banner by loft life press

To order your happily ever after banner, view additional banners, and find other hand painted wedding goodness, visit Loft Life Press, featured artisan in The Marketplace at Emmaline Bride!

Happy Planning!


-E.

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Doily Bunting

A twist on traditional bunting: doily bunting! This is an easy-to-DIY decor piece guests will love. Just dye ordinary white paper doilies, secure onto twine or jute and hang. Perfect for weddings, bridal showers or backyard parties! Spotted via Pinterest from here.

doily bunting

-THE EB TEAM

Moss Bunting Garland

Spotted: Moss wedding bunting for a rustic chic reception! Moss garland flags are attached to a backing and measure about 5″ wide at 4 1/2 feet long. Picture-perfect for weddings, parties, and summer barbecues. By FloraBond.

moss bunting
moss bunting

xo,
-THE EB TEAM

Rustic Wedding Charm: New Hampshire Real Wedding

rustic wedding barn

Today we are sharing a charming rustic wedding with tons of DIY details. Sarah and Pete married on October 2, 2010 at Bishop Farm Bed and Breakfast in Lisbon, New Hampshire. HinkleyPhoto based in New Hampshire provided the beautiful imagery and captured every last detail. We especially love the 3-tiered wedding cake, the flowers (provided by EH Floral), and the happy couple (that’s what it’s all about). The bride looked positively stunning. We adore her gown, peep-toed heels, and red cardigan: we love when brides add a bold burst of color! Additional details such as the tent with red + white lanterns, the rustic table settings, bunting, and handmade photo booth added memorable, personal details to the day. The bride, Sarah, recounts the day in her own words. Take it away, Sarah! ♥

rustic wedding barn

“When my husband and I got engaged and first started thinking about where we wanted to get married we both immediately thought of Bishop Farm Bed and Breakfast just north of the White Mountains in Lisbon, New Hampshire. We first visited this location for a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend back in 2008 and subsequently fell in love with the place and its owners.

The few days leading up to our wedding were rainy, cold, stressful… and wonderful! We arrived a few days early and began the preparations for our amazing weekend. About half way through our first day the rain began. All of a sudden it was like monsoon season had arrived in our sleepy little corner of New England and wouldn’t stop! For two… whole… days it rained. Because of this ALL of the preparation had to wait until the morning of the wedding.

Thankfully we have an amazing group of family and friends and they all came to the venue the afternoon of the day before and helped to decorate the wedding tent. It was a blur of activity with cousins and uncles rigging all of the lighting, aunts and moms setting up the reception tables, and even my husband’s 90 year old grandmother chipped in and got all of the candles set up and ready to go. The next morning all of those people came back and helped with the finishing touches. It was the perfect example of the saying “it takes a village”.

The day of our wedding, October 2, 2010, arrived and the weather was BEAUTIFUL… it was a perfect crisp autumn day in New England. The love we felt was overwhelming… everywhere we looked we were reminded of the love and support it took to get us to our wedding day. From the faces of our wedding guests smiling back at us at we took our vows to the tables squares our aunt so lovingly sewed for the wedding tables; the dance floor that was packed all night long to the favor bags that were filled cookies made from my husband’s old family recipe and baked by my mother; from my godfather who performed the wedding ceremony to the programs and escort cards we designed and made ourselves; the amazing florist who understood our vision and made it her own to the husband and wife photographers who captured it all so beautifully; and the lights and lanterns my husband and his cousins and uncles hung to our PERFECT “First Look” moment on top of a hill overlooking the grounds of the bed and breakfast.

I always look back at our wedding weekend as a true reflection of my husband and I. We planned the entire thing as a team and everything about it represented what we hold most dear… family, friends, laughter and love. The fact that we created this event out of our love for each other is amazing to me…. we couldn’t have asked for a better start to our marriage.”

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rustic wedding sunflowers

rustic placecards

rustic wedding cake

rustic wedding table

wedding tent lanterns

first dance

rustic wedding photo booth

rustic wedding photo booth

photo booth

bride and groom photo booth

wedding tent

sources ::

venue | bishop farm bed & breakfast
photography | hinkleyphoto
florist | EH floral
ring bearer plate | paloma’s nest

Tommy & Debbie’s Handmade Backyard Wedding

bride and groom big kiss

This beautiful handmade backyard wedding was submitted by Aimee Adams of LoveBIRDS | artistic weddings and we’re digging all the incredible personalized details! Tommy & Debbie’s wedding emphasizes the importance of incorporating memorable details to tell your unique love story.
In fact, your wedding can be absolutely beautiful no matter what your budget may be. Tommy and Debbie handcrafted most of the details themselves, including their beautiful pergola (under which they were married), the whimsical banners and tasty treats, among other things. They used recycled wood for the pergola and tables, and found other details at garage sales and thrift stores. Bottom line? When it comes to a couple who is truly in love, budget is no issue – this couple married on a budget of $5000 and their wedding, as you can see, was spectacular.

We’re excited to hear the full scoop from the bride, Debbie, in her own words. Take it away, Debbie!

Tommy and I are huge fans of the music group “The Avett Brothers” and one of our many favorite songs by them is “January Wedding”. When we got engaged in September 2010, we had big plans to get married the following year on September 10, 2011 (09-10-11) because we loved the date and because we thought one year was the comfortable and expected amount of time to be engaged. The only problem was that the song “January Wedding” kept coming up in our thoughts and we kept wishing we could feature the song somehow in the wedding and make it relevant. Fast Forward to November 2010 and we still had this huge feeling that we should just go for it and move the wedding up to January 2011 so that we could use the song. It may sound silly, be one November morning we just decided to change everything and commit to having our January Wedding inspired by The Avett Brothers.

Two problems: (1) January was two months away. (2) January is in the middle of crazy Oklahoma winter (and we wanted to use our backyard!)

Tommy and I had been planning on getting married at our home in our backyard for quite some time. In early preparation for this, Tommy built a pergola in our backyard knowing that it was going to be the pergola we said “I do” under. Planning a backyard wedding in the middle of Oklahoma winter is pretty daring, but we checked the farmer’s almanac and it said our winter would be “mild”…so again, we confirmed our decision to just go with it.

Our other challenge was that we did not want to spend over $5000 for our wedding. We decided that saving our money for an awesome European honeymoon was more important to us. I wanted to be sure that not only was our wedding under budget, but I also wanted our wedding to absolutely reflect down to the core who Tommy and I are as individuals and as a team. So, we did our best to keep as much of the planning between the two of us and to keep all the details of the wedding as close to home as possible.

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Tommy and I used our existing furniture and artwork as the main backdrop to represent us. For additional tables and chairs, Tommy either made them by hand using leftover wood from the pergola or we ventured to garage sales and thrift stores. Our outside deck and large pergola (which Tommy and I built together also) were turned into a large tent creating a nice outdoor enclosed space attached to our home. We were also given a large outdoor heater that was broken and told if we could get it working then it was ours to keep. My amazing husband was able to get the heater working and we got to use it in the tent (and now we have a free outdoor heater!).

We also purchased small detail items such as lanterns (which we hung from the pergola), handkerchiefs (which I used to make the “Sweet Love” banner over the dessert table), dishes (used for dinner), and two porcelain birds from estate sales and thrift stores. I got our hand knitted lovebirds from Etsy and used it as our wedding cake topper. I had a girlfriend hand make my bridal bouquet, Tommy’s boutonniere, and two pin corsages for our moms. They all turned out perfect and beautiful! I also made a personal guest book called “Mad Love Libs” in which I created a story letter from our guests to us. (We got to read our guest book later and they were hilarious!) I also made bookmark size handouts for the ceremony that had the words to our wedding ceremony songs printed for the guests. For favors, everyone was given a glass mug and a packet of hot cocoa with a “Our Warmest Thanks” handwritten note from us tied to the handle of the mug. So many items were given to us from friends and family (I am so grateful), but I was over the moon thrilled to feature my late grandmother’s antique date calendar with our wedding date on our entrance table.

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Tommy also made a huge table from left over wood in which dinner from a local pizzeria, The Wedge pizzeria in OKC, was brilliantly displayed and served. The Wedge pizzeria is Tommy and I’s favorite dinner spot and also the place we officially got engaged. We love this local restaurant because not only is their food delicious, but they use a lot of local vendors and ingredients. In addition to brick oven pizza, my mother made her popular homemade shrimp fried rice and coconut covered rice balls to tie in our Pacific Islander background. My mother also made all three cakes from scratch! The cakes were an absolute success and many people complimented and raved that they were the best cakes they’ve ever had… especially at a wedding! I also made my favorite brownies and made sure to have Tommy and I’s favorite sweet snacks (frosted animal cookies, ring pops, and sour patch kids). All in all, Tommy and I, with uber help from our friends and family, were able to create the perfect and unique wedding for us. It was better than we had imagined and under budget!

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Additional fun details…

My engagement ring is also my wedding ring. We found my amazing ring at a local antique store, Antique Avenue Market in OKC. The ring dates back to the 1880’s! I have yet to find a band that I like with it because it is so perfect all on its own. Tommy’s wedding band is a handmade wooden band purchased at a local art gallery, DNA Galleries, in OKC. I purchased my wedding gown off the rack and on sale for only $98! My mother did all the alterations. My amazing shoes cost more than the gown and were purchased at a local shoe shop, Shoe Gypsy in Nichols Hills. My birdcage veil was borrowed from a friend. All the original art in our home is work by Tommy.

Songs

Ceremony start: January Wedding by The Avett Brothers | Bridal walk: Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros | First Dance: The Greatest Sum by The Avett Brothers (electric version)

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Many thanks to Aimee for submitting these images, and thanks to Debbie & Tommy for sharing the details and images of your beautiful wedding day with our readers!  You make a beautiful couple and we wish you many years of happiness.

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All images courtesy Aimee Adams (LoveBIRDS | artistic weddings) Photography. All rights reserved.