Or, how your wedding can be absolutely gorgeous and insanely memorable without gratuituous amounts of details.
First of all, I have insane amounts of respect for the people who can pull off elaborately coordinated weddings, where everything goes together perfectly and everywhere you look you'll find thoughtful, creative details. If you are one of those people, high five to you my friend!
But this post isn't for you. This post is for the lazy brides, the brides who just aren't super detail oriented. The brides who don't notice 95% of those details unless they're on a wedding blog such as Once Wed or whatever, and then they make you break out in a cold sweat. This is to show the non-detailed oriented brides like me how your wedding will not suck because you aren't making 5,000 handmade cupcake flags.
Exhibit A: Our church. It's lovely, isn't it?
We didn't decorate a d*mn thing.
We didn't need to decorate the church. It was gorgeous. Did you see the ugly green chairs? Yeah I didn't notice either. Besides, we were in this building for 25 minutes tops. I'm not decorating a room for 25 whopping minutes.
Probably the most detaily thing at our reception: the dessert table.
Here is a typical table. Simple centerpiece, table overlay, favors at each seat, and the reserved sign since this was a parent's table or something. This is super, super simple. And it looks fine. Please note the non-decorated chairs. You can pass on the chair upgrades you guys, trust me.
The buffet line. We had a buffet because it's way cheaper, and they are the only kind of wedding meal around these parts. We moved 225+ through these tables in under 20 minutes. The decorations here are just left overs from the tables.
Here's a peek at the head table. The empty vases are for the bouquets. It's really simple, once again.
And here's a good shot of the hall with people in it. If you look closely along the sides of the room, you'll see fake trees with Christmas lights in them. The center refused to move them. I didn't fight this since they were pretty much unnoticeable.
Our gift table with our stunning $5 card box with the lid that wouldn't fit. I refused to cut a hole in the top (that would've look nicer) because I wanted to reuse this box for fabric storage post-wedding. This probably could've looked better....but here's where the lazy part of me kicked in. Didn't care, still don't.
This table was set up when guests first entered the reception. Some extra overlays were thrown on it and there was a display of family wedding pictures in NON-MATCHING frames. I was too lazy to get matching frames, and it worked.
There were no place card holders, no photo booth with clever props, no pretty linens, no fancy chairs...and I thought everything looked lovely.
So if you're like me, and have a full time job and lots of other things going on, or you're lazy and don't really care, it'll be OK, I promise. I had to dig to find these pictures, and I can guarantee you that they will not be making it into the album. We kept it simple and went with spaces that were already nice looking, and I am thrilled with how it all turned out. Once Wed is not knocking down my door to blog my wedding...but that wasn't what this was about. It was about us staying sane and keeping things affordable, and we did that and still had a beautiful wedding. The details were never a priority for us-it was about committing ourselves to each other for life, bottom line. Everything else was purely extraneous to us.
Are you a bad*ss and had lots of gorgeous details? Are you nervous your wedding won't have enough details? Or are you lazy like me and owning it?
All photos courtesy of Gail Fleming.