Who are we?
Allow me to introduce myself. I am a mother of a just married bride. My goal was to help provide my daughter with a beautiful wedding day without breaking the bank. I am not a professional craftier so the ideas presented here are doable by you.
Theweddinggals.net was conceived as an outcome of having just been through a wedding. Trying to find wedding ideas, projects, and having spent more hours than I care to admit trying to find perfect doable ideas for the bride. With the help of my two daughters (one being a just married bride and the other engaged) and another recent MOB, we will endeavor to help you make this part of the process as creative, fun, and stress-free as possible.
This blog is to help streamline the learning curve of what’s available idea wise for decorations and DIY. Allow us to help organize and streamline possibilities for you. My heart leads me in the direction of romantic, vintage, and a little country ideas at times so that’s our focus here. If that’s your wedding style then you’ve come to the right place.
How it began:
My daughter had done the basic and had located a beautiful reception hall at her University to hold the reception. It was all inclusive so we didn’t have to worry about catering, bartender, or linens. The hall already had beautiful crown moldings, chandeliers, and wall sconces so decorations would be simple with Mason jar centerpieces and votives. So far, so good. Deposits were paid almost a year in advance. Four months prior to the wedding the reception site called to say, “We are terribly sorry to have to tell you this; the hall will be unavailable to have your reception here.” “The state is either going to tear it down or renovate the building. “ “You can have your nonrefundable deposit back, or we can hold it in case they change their mind.” Disbelief, anger and panic struck in unison with one phone call. Needless to say, we took the money and ran.
The bride-to-be (BTB) is in the middle of classes and in an internship. So you guessed it, MOB had to swing into action. Four months to plan a new reception! After some frantic looking I located a historical B&B the bride and groom both loved. The catch was in order to make the budget work for the beautiful historical house and gardens was to find the right caterer. By changing the wedding date to one week later we found a delicious budget friendly caterer. (Yes, there were tears and frayed nerves for a couple of weeks during the search for the perfect combination of venue, vendors and date change). I felt like the phone and computer were extra appendages. Thank goodness we were making our own invitations.
I’m not quite sure how it happened but I fell in love with weddings, decorations, ideas, and themes while helping to plan my daughter’s wedding. I’m sure the beautiful historical house and vintage theme to the wedding had something to do with it. There were endless possibilities for creative decorating, and food stations throughout the house and grounds. I’ve written a booklet on how to successfully plan a wedding for mothers and daughters and it is available here (coming soon).
Why do another wedding blog?
You can spend hours, days, weeks looking for ideas on how to make a wedding different from everyone else’s. It can be frustrating and time consuming to say the least. Allow me to streamline that process for you. One other factor we employ here is no cookie cutter or matchie matchie as my daughter calls them, weddings allowed.
What do we do?
Each day I do a scan of the internet searching for new and creative ideas. Some of the ideas I will post, try and duplicate, modify some, or get inspired to make something else. Did I mention I also love yard sales, estate sales, and antiques? I firmly believe that “finds” from these treasure hunts can be utilized to make wonderful wedding “stuff”. When possible we will provide simple directions anyone can follow if the picture doesn’t scream no directions needed and make or provide you with directions we are able to locate.
Additional suggestions are always welcome! We’d love to see and share pictures of how you incorporate ideas you find here. If you need help with how to do a project send us an email.
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