My partner just proposed to me (yay!!) and now I've begun to enter the beginnings of the planning stage. I was hoping some of you had stories from your own weddings and how you made them "homegrown". Did you make your own decorations? Did you cater your own reception (this isn't something I'm particularly keen on but if you did it successfully, let me know!)? How did you keep it earth-friendly? If you have any links to sites or recommended reading, I'd really appreciate seeing those too!
Thanks everyone =)
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Congratulations Caitlin! What an exciting time...I loved planning my wedding, and had very clear ideas about making it homegrown. Here is a blog post I wrote about it. The best part was involving our friends and family in the event - potluck for the good cooks, the MC is a professional actor, my husband (the musician) created the soundtrack, the flowers were designed by my floral designer friends, my mom and her friends made the dessert (no wedding cake, rhubarb crisp!), and, of course, most of the ingredients were sourced from local farms.
I also found a local jewelry designer on Etsy who designed the ring of my dreams using stones from both sides of the family. Have a blast!!
Congrats! Enjoy your wedding! No matter how you plan it or what the decor looks like be sure to enjoy yourselves. Sounds easy right? But we planned a simple country wedding two years ago. Every guest said it was the best wedding they had EVER been to, but my husband and I hardly remember a thing. It was a beautiful whirl wind.
I recommend setting up reliable people you can trust to organize and implement your plan. Delegate, delegate, delegate. That means on the day someone BESIDES the two of you makes sure everything goes as planned. Early on make a list of what is really important to you both so that those things happen and the rest is "icing on the cake". Don't rush yourselves. Make a realistic schedule for planning, DIY, etc. Our wedding was wonderful and for under $2000.00. Yours will be wonderful too!!!