For your Saturday, a fun DIY wedding full of kitschy retro details, and it comes to us from a Snippet & Ink reader! Elaine explains her planning mentality:
I saved money by questioning things and asking myself, “Even though it’s a wedding norm, do I really need this, or even want it? My husband got me thinking that way when we were talking about getting engaged. He asked me what kind of ring I wanted, and I said, “A diamond of COURSE.” He asked, “Why of course?” He then explained to me that engagement rings haven’t always been diamonds. So, I did some research and now have a beautiful pearl ring that I absolutely love. So, like I said, that got me started. When we went to the jeweler to get the wedding bands I thought, “I don’t have to have one…I don’t even want one! I like my engagement ring the way that it is!” After that I thought, does Patrick really need a wedding suit? He has only worn one of his suits once, why can’t that be his wedding suit? And so on…
I should explain that we technically got married at City Hall the night before the wedding. We aren’t religious and didn’t like the idea of some random person performing our wedding, so we went to City Hall and then had Patrick’s uncle perform the ceremony the next day.
Seating cards were all vintage cut-out paper dolls with the guests’ names and table numbers. The dolls’ clothes were on the table along with scissors. Each table had a vintage clock on it, and the time on the clock was the table number. Patrick’s mom baked miniature cakes in little tin cans to get the miniature layers, and a family friend piped the frosting. We had ’50s themed drinks-of-the-hour including Pink Cadillacs, Harvey Wallbangers, Manhattans, Side Cars and Blue Lagoons.
I lucked out and found my dress in a vintage store for only $48. It fit perfectly and needed no alterations whatsoever. Another funny little tidbit was that through all the wedding planning wildness, I hadn’t gotten a veil and I thought that the hat would be fine on its own. On the morning of the wedding when we were getting our hair and makeup done, the hairdresser really insisted that my hat really needed a veil and because I didn’t have one, she said, “Oh don’t worry, I just live across the street, you can borrow mine.” So that last minute detail was my something borrowed. This was very much how our wedding came together – even though I paid a lot of attention to detail in some respects, I allowed the day to evolve, too.
Photography: Trevor Booth
Venue: The Pavilion at Lakeside Park in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada
Bride’s dress: purchased at Lost and Found Vintage
Groom’s suit: MVIO
Music: Two Step Monday
Congratulations Elaine and Patrick!
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