TOTALLY ROCKIN’ DIY VINYL RECORD INSPIRED WEDDING
“We were looking for an affordable venue that wasn’t too large and where we had full creative license.” She began.
“The theme was kind-of all over the place. We wanted to focus on our mutual love of music and how going to live shows was what really brought us together, so there were a lot of vinyl records incorporated into the decorations. We also collect vinyl together – so this fit really well. I also really love dinosaurs! When we found the book, “A Lovely Love Story,” it was like it was meant to be (people thought the book was actually written for us). So we added dinosaurs into the theme. The whole vibe was bright, happy, retro, and totally ‘us’. Nothing about our wedding was traditional – and it was perfect.”
“Both myself and Shawn work in tech and have hectic work schedules – so going out and shopping or finding suppliers was not really on the cards. I did all of the procurement of supplies and vendors through digital channels and websites. The only people we met in person was the photographer, the caterer, the venue manager, and the DJ. I did all the research online beforehand and they only met with people I intended to hire. It saved a lot of time.” She told us.
“Almost everything was DIY. I did all the decorations, wedding favors, bridesmaid jewelry, etc. Pinterest was a lifesaver. Inspiration also came from sites like Off Beat Bride and Bespoke Bride. I also bought ‘A Practical Wedding Planner: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating the Wedding You Want with the Budget You’ve Got (without Losing Your Mind in the Process).’ It really helped us to put together a general timeline and figure out the basics.” She explained.
“There was also a lot of googling going on. The biggest life saver was our DJ. Carrie helped us do the timeline for the wedding and reception. She kept things running like a well-oiled machine!”
Peggy was pretty convinced that nothing on the day would come together.
“I was still writing my vows while people were being seated for the ceremony.” She laughed.
“I hadn’t slept much the week of the wedding so I was very glad when my parents, sister, family, and bridesmaids arrived a couple of days before the wedding to help get my life together. If we were going to do it again – we probably wouldn’t have a wedding planner – but I would definitely be better about asking for help and not taking on the whole thing by myself.”
“My best advice would be to give any bride that is doing DIY to not get “shiny object syndrome.” This became a problem the more time I spent on Pinterest and wedding sites. Stay focused on the important projects and the end goal. EVERYTHING looks so cool and there are so many neat ideas – but you can’t do them all. Narrow it down to your favorites and be realistic. 🙂 Also – have fun and make sure that what you do reflects back on you. It feels so good when people tell me, “your wedding was the most fun wedding I have ever been to” – and I get told that quite often. If I had planned a wedding to please others – it would never have been that fun.”
Venue: Weatherby Community Center I Caterer: BC Bistro I Photographer: eGolden Moments Photography I DJ: Carrieoke Productions I Dress: Cocomelody I Invitations: Minted I Save the Date Magnets: New and Blue I Bridesmaid Dresses: Unique Vintage I Table Linens: Tablecloths Factory I Birdcage Veil: Etsy I Groom and Groomsmen’s ties & pocket squares: Tom Ford I Wedding Party Shoes: Converse I