CHEAP WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Suspense builds. . .

Yes, the suspense is building.  Will Natalie and Bryan REALLY tie the knot in less than two weeks?  Will all the friends and relatives who returned their RSVP cards REALLY show up?  Will the weather be beautiful as we are hoping?  Will there be enough food, music, favors, flowers, etc.?  Will Mama Wedding Planner be able to pull this off?

Ready or not, here it comes.  I thought I would tantalize you with some pre-wedding DIY photos.  See if you can guess what these objects are and how they will be used or have been used.  Confused now?  Check them out. . .

A couple of old doors and a bedstead?  Hm. . .

What is this?  Shadows on a chair seat?  Hm. . .

Steampunk butterflies?  Hm. . .

Something wooden with a label or sign. . .

Did you guess?  The answers will be revealed after the wedding, of course.  In the meantime, enjoy your Halloween evening.  My daughter and I are watching horror flicks and eating Almond Joys.  Don’t judge me.  I have to have candy just in case a trick or treater or two comes by.  (We NEVER have trick or treaters–I guess we are just too far out in the country. . .)

Happy Halloween!
Lucy posing for Halloween pictures



I must confess. I did very little wedding planning during August.    I don’t know why.  I guess because we have bought, ordered, and altered the dress, tasted and paid for the cake, ordered and received the Save the Dates and invitations, mailed the Save the Dates, reserved the tent, arch, and chairs, lined up tables, tarp for the ground, coffee urn, the DJ, appetizers, the preacher, and the list goes on.  So, I suppose I felt comfortable.  I felt like most of the work had been done.

Then suddenly it hit me.  I have a pile of craft items in my bedroom, a whole list of bookmarked decorating ideas, and two Pinterest boards dedicated to wedding ideas.  I have a lot of work to do!  I almost panicked.  The wedding is less than two months away, and I still have so much to do!  

This is my list:

  • buy ribbon, paint, etc.
  • make banners
  • paint signs, chairs, tree branches, etc.
  • make envelopes for tips
  • make tags for wishing tree/guestbook
  • address and mail invitations
  • help with the bridal registry at two stores
  • help with the DJ’s list of songs
  • make a garter (or two)
  • order flowers
  • age buckets (I’ll explain that one later)
  • put together guest favors
  • find my mother-of-the-bride outfit
  • reserve hubby’s tux
  • attend bridal shower
  • figure out how everything is going to be set up:  photo booth, tables, chairs, etc. . .
  • make confetti cones
  • make boutonnieres and bridal bouquet
  • ETC., ETC.!!!
I realize the list could be much longer.  Believe me, I have read those checklists in bridal magazines.  Thank goodness Natalie’s will be a small wedding compared to many.  I’m still holding out trying to stay retired, but I’m not sure how long that will last.  At least through November 10, I hope!

Steampunk Wedding Portrait
image from here

And then there is decorating for autumn, setting up book promotions, Christmas shopping. . . Who has time to work?