Put on something white. Pick a handful of flowers on the way there. Bingo. Bango. Hitched.
Dive headlong into a murky pool of DIY ridiculousness which lasts an entire year. Destroy bridal stores in search for perfect dress. Convince yourself you can make the cake. Drag everyone + their grandmother into daily scavenging for obscure items at the local thrift stores.
But, as I shared a few weeks ago...we didn't elope. (Or did we? And we're just being tricky? Both of our families thought we did. Aha!) We dove into that pool. And it is deep. And it is murky. And it is overwhelming. And yet it is freakin' fun. While there have been a few uber stressed-out moments, taking on several pet projects early in the game has been a complete joy. Pet project number one was the bridesmaid boxes...a total success. (Which reminds me to thank everyone for the sweet comments. Thank you!)
Pet project number two? Dishes. Ever since I was old enough to grasp that a wedding was more than a woman in a dress and some Canon in D, I've dreamed of collecting mismatched vintage plates for my reception. Swear it. Even before I'd picked up Martha Stewart Weddings or peeked at Style Me Pretty, I had this silly little mismatched dream in my heart. It may be played out due to the past few years of vintage DIYness, but I don't care. We're doing it! We're. Doing. It.
Two weeks ago, I started looping past the thrift stores...carefully watching their 50% off colored tag days, refusing to pay more than $1.50 for a dinner plate and $0.75 for a cup + saucer. In the month of July I've driven handfuls of miles to local thrift sales, in search of the perfect vintage plates. And at 38 plates, 25 coffee cups, 35 dessert plates and a variety of serving ware, all those trips have paid off. We're sitting pretty! Given that we've opted to have a small, small wedding...I'll need only a few more plates to be completely stocked.
My living room, however...is not so pretty. Or functional.
While I'd hoped to collect a few more colorful pieces, I've stuck to white + cream patterns with a gold rim, just to keep things tied together. Linens, centerpieces and florals are yet to be chosen, so it's probably practical to keep these neutral until the other design biggies are nailed down.
But, all practicality aside, I'm still aching to pick up something really colorful and fun. I'm just not willing to part with the higher cost of $5 to $7 for a plate that no one will remember but me! Hmm. Maybe I'll drop my dollars for two really unique, colorful plates Gabe and my spots. Cause we're kind of special that day. :)
Did you collect anything this ridiculous for your wedding? Or, do you plan to do anything quite this senseless for your someday-wedding?