7.28.2011

thrifted thursday: wedding tablesettings.

I'm an all-or-nothing kind of girl. For example, when I give a gift, its outward appearance is one of two extremes: it's either wrapped in a plastic Walmart bag, delivered with an apologetic shrug and bevy of excuses...or it looks as if it were cranked out by one of Santa's gift-wrapping elves. A cracked out elf, who really feels the shabby chic vibe. Which is why, you see, I batted around the idea of eloping. Because:

Elope=Nothing
Put on something white. Pick a handful of flowers on the way there. Bingo. Bango. Hitched.

Legit wedding=All
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?

18 comments:

  1. I adore this, much more memorable than all matching dishes.

    We used coffee cups as centerpieces, filled with coffee beans and crayons. Butcher paper on the table, our guests could draw on the table. So, I had to add to my own coffee cup collection. I loved it.

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  2. I had this thought awhile ago while on a wedding-planning kick-- SO happy to see you followed through and it looks stunning. Your package was the prettiest I've ever received, and I CAN.NOT.WAIT. to see photos of your wedding.
    I (selfishly) am really happy you decided to go the "all" route!

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  3. My mom made both my cake and my sil's cake- out of foam! You can make them as large as you want and make the top real cake. Mine was more rustic, while my sil's was made of fondant. You can serve sheet cake or cupcakes and its much cheaper then spending $500-$700 on a wedding cake.

    And I LOVE the dishes! My husband has a huge family and we just had too many guests to buy china for but that was one of my major wishes! I am living vicariously through your wedding! I can't wait to se more!

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  4. Also: Saw this and thought of you ;)
    http://pull.imgfave.netdna-cdn.com/image_cache/1311740947168503.jpg

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  5. How fun - happy hunting!! The tables (and everything else) will be simply lovely.

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  6. I really can't wait for your wedding! It's gonna be the loveliest, cutest, and prettiest wedding ever! I'm glad you didn't elope :D

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  7. Haha! Fantastic idea. We're doing our reception in a special events room at a local restaurant (mostly because I want to pick out as little as possible). I'm not good with too much stress.

    I'd like to do some do it yourself projects along lines of decorating but it can't be too much for each individual because we have upwards of 120 on the list right now. I really think eloping is getting more and more appealing.

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  8. I love the mismatched china idea - it is going to looks so beautiful and will be something you can bring out for other special occasions in your future together.

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  9. we collected florida quarters (because we met there) for each guest and had a wishing well for them to make a wedding wish for us. we collected for about a year until we bought some from a coin collector on ebay! :)

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  10. I absolutely love this and want to do it at my wedding! So many things feel "played out" because of all the DIY wedding blogs and magazines out there, but that doesn't mean it won't be special to you and yours :)

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  11. So I sort of "stalked" your blog and I found some old entries that talked about collecting ideas for your "one day in the future wedding" and I was curious to know if you still like those old ideas. Is your style different today or do you still have the magazines you once tabbed?

    I wish your wedding was next month! I can't wait to see all of it put together :)

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  12. I love the idea of the mismatched plates. I really wish I could come to your wedding just to see it all put together.

    My mother and I spent a better part of 8 months hunting down cut glass bowls for centerpieces. We refused to pay over $5 for any of them. I am so happy we did because the centerpieces were one of my favorite things about the wedding :)

    LB

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  13. I love the idea of the mismatched plates. I really wish I could come to your wedding just to see it all put together.

    My mother and I spent a better part of 8 months hunting down cut glass bowls for centerpieces. We refused to pay over $5 for any of them. I am so happy we did because the centerpieces were one of my favorite things about the wedding :)

    LB

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  14. Not planning a wedding at this point, but I occasionally look for vintage handkerchiefs. I think this will be how I ask my bridesmaids to be a part of the wedding. A pretty handkerchief and a sweet note about using it to wipe away tears of joy. Love the place settings!

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  15. We used mismatched dishes for our wedding (most were from my mom, grandma and neighbors collections). I made sure everyone was willing to part with a piece if any accidents happened. It was one of my favorite features. For some added color we used a reproduction feed sack fabric and made quick, uncomplicated table runners. I can totally relate to the DIY madness - but it was so worth it. I wanted wire objects painted white for the centerpieces so my besties and I hit Goodwill. We went so many times we were able to get matching items more than once! In the end the wedding was featured in a magazine and I love the pics. You'll be glad you did it. Your blog is so cute!

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  16. i just found your blog and I am in love! i'm beginning to plan my wedding in Illinois while living in Oregon, and definitely considered collecting dishes from antique stores too! Don't think that's gonna happen...but I love the look.

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  17. As soon as I get engaged I will be searching every thrift store near me for Mason jars! And possibly family and friends. Maybe. We'll see what I can find.

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  18. you are my craft inspiration... You are awesome..

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