Do-It-Yourself Podium

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I cannot take credit for making this redwood podium BUT I can say that my awesome father made it! 

I asked my father to make a simple podium for our officiant and readers to be able to stand at if they wish and he sure delivered. 

We had an ample supply of redwood so this podium is 100% free and added quite a dramatic difference to our ceremony site. 

If you know of a handy man/woman that can build then a podium would be an easy and inexpensive way to add character to your wedding. 

Photography: Danyelle Dee Photography

Do-It-Yourself Ceremony Programs

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I found this awesome free printable for our wedding programs via Pinterest. I loved how when it downloads it’s a Microsoft program so you can completely personalize the programs to your liking. The only things I changed was the wording and the font style. Other than that the design worked great with our wedding style! 

Photo Credits: Danyelle Dee Photography

Items purchased:

– Heavyweight card stock. Choose a weight that you’re comfortable with. Remember the thicker the paper the harder to get a crisp fold. I used a boning tool to help create a more defined crease. My cardstock is the color ivory and purchased at Staples.

– Print/photocopy the programs. I printed one copy at home and had Staples make copies.

I combined the programs with a wand to wave instead of throwing birdseed. Unfortunately no one used the wands once we were announced Mr. and Mrs. but it was a fun piece for children to play with while formal pictures were being taken. 

– Dowels: choose a width that suits your preference. I purchased mine at Walmart. 

– Ribbon: I chose two different ribbons to incorporate my wedding colors.

– Bells: the bells are to help make a cute ringing noise while they’re being waved. 

– Spray paint: I spray painted the dowels gold to help tie in my color scheme. 

Hot glue all the items together and you have a super cute wand!

Overall thoughts

Since I had a decent size wedding (approximately 140 guests) these programs were kind of a pain to make only because I had to produce a large quantity. I would definitely recommend either a girls night with wine and create an assembly line to help get these finished in a timely manner or for a smaller sized wedding. That being said I absolutely loved my programs and if I had to do it all over again I would probably deal with the carpal tunnel and make 140 all over again!

Choosing Wedding Shoes

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Loving my Toms wedding shoes!

I was looking for something comfortable, stylish, but also something more like a sandal because of our August wedding near the ocean. I thought these were perfect! These are the Champagne Grosgrain Women’s Clarissa Wedges via the Toms wedding line. I bought them online for a little over $70. Pretty inexpensive if you ask me! I love how the material goes all the way down instead of cork (which they have also if that’s your style). I feel like I can stay in these shoes all night long! I cannot wait to wear them!

My mother puchased another pair of wedding shoes and I was originally going to wear the ones she got. They’re actually the ones in my wedding photos but I didn’t actually wear them. I ended up wearing my Toms.

Here’s a slideshow of the shoes in my photos and the ones I actually wore.