Today I thought I would share a few of the smaller, purchased or borrowed (not DIY-ed) detail decor items from our wedding, along with a list of where they were purchased from, in case you are in the market for anything similar. I tried really hard to only purchase things I didn’t think I could make myself (turning many times to the talented artists on Etsy), and things I could either re-sell or enjoy using in our home/normal lives post-wedding.
Purchased: Birch Candle Holders
I fell in love with these pieces of birch with cut outs for little tea light candles when I came across the Floral Accents shop on Etsy.
The tables in the tent for our reception had alternating centerpiece decor (in addition to the one large floral arrangement). Half of the tables featured little pumpkins cut out for candles, and the other half sported these birch candle holders.
They are listed in the shop as a unity candle set, but we used them on our sweetheart table. Now, we have our specially carved piece on display in our home!
Purchased and Borrowed: Mason Jars
A large amount of the jars we used came from my parent’s basement, because my mother is a
hoarder “saver”. Thanks for that, Mom!
The shepherd’s hooks that we used to line the aisle & hang mason jar arrangements were 84″ cheapies from Home Depot. Later, our florist moved the hooks to line the path up to the fire pit, changing out the jars for new ones filled with moss & a candle. It was beeeeautiful!
I also bought a big lot of mason jars that a bride before me used in her own wedding, thanks to the excellent ‘Recycle Your Wedding‘ service on Ruffled, where brides can sell their once-used wedding items. A quick drive to Brooklyn and a small amount of $$ later left the hubs and I with a big collection of jars, slabs of wood & birch to use for making levels in displays, and these two awesome lanterns.
I think I saw lanterns nearly identical to these in Ikea, so that would be a good place to check if you’re interested. We put big white candles in them, and filled the bottom with pine cones & baby pumpkins.
They were so awesome in the outdoor sitting area on the wedding grounds, and created such a romantic setting as the sun went down! (Also, they really came in handy in the days following our wedding, when hurricane Sandy left us without power for 9 days!)
Purchased, Borrowed & Handmade: Pillows & Blankets
Also used in the outdoor seating area, I collected some of my mother’s fun & seasonal pillows and my own pillows (like the “I love you to the moon and back” pillow that usually decorates our bed).
I filled a large basket with a collection of blankets & quilts, so guests could warm up once the sun went down.
I used a bunch of chalkboards (borrowed from both my mother & our florist) to give our guests various messages – like this welcome sign & our above invitation to guests to take a load off & bundle up with a blanket if it got chilly (both using antique chalkboards that belong to my parents).
We placed chalkboards by our DIY “Photo Booth”, reminding guests to use our special wedding hashtag when they instagram-ed & tweeted about our wedding, and this large easel let guests know what our recommended signature drink was for the night!
Purchased: Anthropologie Mugs
I adore these monogramed mugs from Anthropologie, and purchased an L, O, V & E to fill with flowers for decor at cocktail hour.
The arrangements lasted so long & filled our home with prettiness!
Purchased: Hair Flowers
I wore two beautiful, handmade artificial flowers from Pure Blooms, Erin Forrester’s lovely Etsy shop. I also put a third, matching flower on Emma’s collar (our dog/flower girl).
Purchased: “Mrs.” Hanger
Also purchased on Etsy – from Hanger Design Center – was the hanger I used for my wedding gown, spelling out my new last name in wire. You can customize the color of the ribbon and wood, to make sure your hanger is exactly how you want it!
And, if you’re curious, here is the low-down on the wardrobe choices of the day:
My dress: Maggie Sottero // Bridesmaids dresses: Venus Bridal // Tuxes: Jos. A Bank // My shoes: Badgley Mischka // My Cardigan: Lord & Taylor // Bridesmaid’s Cardigans: Target // Men’s Ties: Ties-Necktie.com // Bridesmaid’s Necklaces: Dogeared Jewelry