How it all began: Meg was a follower of my blog and worked at the same college as my husband. We were acquaintances at best. She approached me through an email at the very end of August asking if I would be willing to take on her wedding invitations and possibly programs. She explained that she’d purchased some blank wedding invites at Ollies and wanted them to be spruced, or blinged, or something. I returned her email asking all the appropriate questions; what’s the theme? what are your colors? what’s your budget? what time of day? etc. Meg knew very few answers to these questions and her wedding was a mere four months away! Enter me as wedding hijacker, er… I mean, coordinator. I let Meg know that I would be more than happy to help her cast a vision.
The invitations: When I saw the ivory invite with a watermarked green rose, learned that the bride was wearing ivory, and that the bridesmaids were probably just going to pick out their own little black dresses, I let Meg know that (even if she didn’t realize it yet) she had already chosen her colors! I quickly whipped up a mock invite for her with a black card-stock sleeve and a green damask ribbon (to hold all of those annoying little cards that inevitably accompany wedding invites) and the black, ivory, and green damask rumpus began!
The food: Anyone who has thrown a large party in their HOME can appreciate the cost of feeding a crowd. Try feeding a meal to 200 people on a dime and the task seems nearly impossible. Since Meg was going for an early afternoon wedding, I suggested she find a mom & pop catering company to provide soup, salad and bread. She did just that and it was perfect! The mother of the bride originally had some reservations of everyone standing in a “soup line”. It does conjure up images that don’t exactly scream wedding and classy, and yet it was all of those things. It was perfect, and I’m glad she trusted me enough to take the risk.
The flowers: Meg was wise in not trying to take everything on herself. She used a florist for the front of the church, ladies’ bouquets, and gentlemen’s boutonnieres which of course cost way more than it should have, but doesn’t it always? The bridesmaids carried simple bouquets of green hydrangeas. (Pictured below are two bouquets that some bridesmaids forgot to take home. Lucky me .:)