Once you have wrapped your brain around what you want your decor to be, the next step is to acquire "The Goods". I am known for my ability to design a wedding on a shoestring budget. It is possible to obtain your wedding goals through smart shopping & careful planning.
Priority #1 -- Create a design priority list. What are the" must haves" & the "I can live withouts". Find the items you love in an average retail setting. Then create a comparative price list through resale, homemade & borrowing.
You may find resources through friends, relatives, Craigslist, resale & garage sales -- be general in your search. Below are a few links to help you make budget decisions. You don't have to compromise your design or your budget, to get what you want.
If you are not crafty -- become crafty! You can find any DIY on YouTube. No excuses!
Dollar Tree Wedding
Planning your own garden wedding is a balancing act. Knowing what you want can ensure no moment is missed. From bridal portraits, engagement portraits, wedding to reception photos, having a well planned list of your expectations keeps your photographer on task. You are responsible for your photographer to meet these expectations -- don't rely on them to know what you want. Whether you pay for your photographer or it is gifted, clear goals must be set to capture the photos you imagine. Find or create backdrops that are not distractions from your photographic expectations. Below are links to checklists, planning & inspirational photographs.
*When photographing weddings I have used Martha Stewart's photography checklist. The link below is the blueprint for all of the checklist that you may need in planning a wedding, along with a photo list. The second link is just a photography checklist.
Martha Stewart Wedding Planner Checklist
Wedding Photography Checklist
*Having worked on decor & flowers at this wedding, I can't find a better photographer to use as a role model for inspiration. Check out the many weddings & portraits Beccy Hartmann has captured. She is brilliant!
Beccy Hartmann Photography
*The bride & groom usually are so busy through the wedding, they don't get to see everything through their guests eyes. This is the perfect forum for for those "extras" that social networking is made for & allows guests to share in real time with those that couldn't make the wedding. Prep your hashtag (#) & display at your reception as well as your invitations or wedding website. You may set up a specific space for friends & family to take photos of each other.
Social Network Sharing of Photos
Photo Booth Backdrop
We ask, "How does this bike have anything to do with a wedding?" My answer is "Use the fun & funky things you already have to incorporate into your Wedding Style!"
A friend and I work together as wedding coordinators. We manage the flowers, décor lighting and the execution of the wedding on wedding day.
Being there to troubleshoot for the bride, her mother and the wedding party is a true asset to have for any wedding. Below is the link to the photographer's' site and the wedding photos. One of my favorite weddings to be associated with!