Favors, Yay or Nay?

I'm so torn on what we should do for wedding favors, or if we should have them at all.  On one hand it's always fun to get them at a wedding- especially edible favors!  On the hand, does anyone really notice if they are missing?  Or, would it be better to do a charitable donation rather than spend money on a favor?  A few ideas we have had are succulents (in keeping with our rustic theme), coffee in small burlap bags (from the amazing coffee shop we went to in Savannah the day after we got engaged, points for being sentimental?), or DIY s'mores bags (because who doesn't love s'mores!).

Plus it would be a shame to waste these adorable tags I bought! :)

 Future or past brides, help me out!  What have you done, or what are you doing for your wedding?

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Rustic Chic Flowers

Okay, let's talk flowers.  I have to admit I've gone a littler flower crazy in the planning process. I even brought a large binder (divided into sections for centerpiece, bouquets, boutonnieres, etc) to my initial meeting with our florist, the talented Jennie Love of Love n Fresh Flowers.  What can I say, I'm a little obsessive!  Jennie was able to look at all my pictures, and see the theme that was tying everything together; texture.  I love succulents, dust miller, baby's breath, dahlias, and anemones to name a few.

We're going to use 3 old antique doors as our ceremony backdrop  (two pale yellow & one white) and place two tall free-standing bundles of pussy willows on each end.  Baby's breath filled mason jars will hang off every other row of chairs for the ceremony, and later be repurposed as decoration along the bars.  Twine, burlap, and buttons will be used on the 'handle' part of my bridal bouquet & the bridesmaids bouquets.

The main colors we are using are grey, light yellow, ivory, and sage green.  Although we're mostly just going with a soft romantic colors - and not ruling any colors out.  I think we can stay true to an overall theme better than a strict color scheme.

For the boutonnieres, I wanted succulents mixed with something different, nothing overly flowery.  I think we can incorporate a more masculine look,  like wheat or cotton.

I'm hoping our centerpieces come out something like this gorgeous centerpiece below- since we plan to use old cheese board boxes (some we are renting, and some we have collected) as well as mason jars/bottles we have been picking up at antique stores and flea markets.

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I'm surprised at how important flowers have been to me in the whole planning process, my parents (both avid gardeners) must be so proud (and surprised!)  What flowers are you planning to use for your wedding?  I would love to hear what other brides are planning!

{Real Brides} Kate :: A Happy Graphic meets Rustic Chic Bride

Oh, hello!  I'm Kate - and I am thrilled to be blogging about my adventures in wedding planning on Engaged & Inspired every Tuesday.  Learn more about me (and our wedding) below!

Name: Kate!
Age: 28
Location: Doylestown, PA
Occupation: Sr. Administrative Assistant/Operations Analyst (yes, even I’m confused by the title)
Wedding Date: March 30, 2012
Venue: Normandy Farms
 Planner:  Me + Glitter + Rye (for day-of coordination)
 Photographer:  Sanderson Images
 Budget:  $35,000.  That seems so scary expensive when I see it typed out, but we've been paying off vendors over the course of the last year - and that's been working really well for us.  Our parents are both contributing generous amounts, and we're using that towards the reception (aka the biggest part)!  We're trying hard not to go above that, but I'm the first to admit I'm terrible at sticking to a budget.
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About Me: I’m a future bride, aspiring blogger, and wannabe DIYer!  My fiancé, Tim, proposed in Savannah a few days after Christmas, after we had braved a snowstorm on our way down from Pennsylvania.  We made it in one piece, and came back to celebrate New Year’s Eve ENGAGED!  Fast forward 9 months and we are just 5 short months away from our March 30th  wedding – and deep in the throes of planning. It's crunch time and we have a lot to accomplish in the next few months –including house hunting!   Because wedding planning alone was just not quite enough. ;)   You can follow me on Twitter for wedding & general life updates.

Wedding Style: Happy Graphic meets Rustic Chic :)

I have wavered back and forth with our wedding theme a bit, but now that we’re getting closer I am working on narrowing it down (it’s hard though!).  Inspiration boards are really helpful, seeing everything all in one spot is great for deciding if something just doesn’t fit in with everything else. I want our wedding to be about all things kraft paper, bunting, quirky typography, baker’s twine, blue mason jars, vintage frames, and indie music.  I'm not sure how brides survived without Pinterest it's kind of a life saver.  I can’t wait to share my progress, and also get your advice when I’m stuck on a decision.  Welcome to my wedding planning journey!

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