I must have the coolest readers on Earth, because the weddings I receive from brides are beyond awesome. Golriz was no exception. She and her husband Devon got married in Nashville last month, with about 150 guests and had the coolest decor in town. They made everything themselves, including the vintage tv installation. She shares all the details below, but first, you won’t want to miss the avalanche of creative ideas this wedding has!
Aesthetic & Vision
Devon and I wanted every ounce of our wedding to burst with creativity, but we had a very tight budget. This was actually a blessing as it forced us to be really creative and think out of the box. Let’s just say we became regulars at the local Goodwill stores!
One of the biggest priorities for us was making the even space feel really cozy and intimate. We achieved this by setting up a ‘lounge’ feel and a really intricate backdrop. We hung paper strips above our heads to create a beautiful paper chandelier, with twinkly lights strewn behind it that peeked out through the strips. Behind us we hung strands of handmade fabric flowers that myself, a good friend and my mom had spent weeks creating out of an assortment of vintage fabrics.
Devon had always dreamed of creating an art installation with vintage televisions, umbrellas and bare lightbulbs…so this was his chance! We hunted high and low for TVs that had big knobs and dials – the poor people at the thrift stores must have thought we were mad! :) Devon figured out a way to connect all the bulbs to one switch and even installed a dimmer (yes, I’ve married MacGuyver).
Other DIY projects
For our wedding favors we printed CDs with songs that we had written & recorded and placed them in hand sewn fabric sleeves made out of assorted vintage fabric. We then hung the CDs off ribbon with miniature clothes pins so guests could pick one up as they left.
Our centerpieces were made of willow lights that we hung strips of ribbon off and to these we attached bright yellow button mums back-to-back. Buying one type of flower in bulk and using it in a creative way was a great way to save $!
Cake toppers: my mom hand-stitched little fabric birds. They made great props for our photographs too!
Cake stand: instead of purchasing/renting a stand for our 150 cupcakes we built one (using Cetaphil containers and cake boards!)