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Jenn from Jefferson Valley, NY writes:
All of a sudden I find myself in the unusual (for me that is) position of "making things." I don’t make things. I can cook and I can bake, but I stopped making things many, many moons ago. I don’t have anything against people who can whip up a batch of multi-layered invitations without breaking a sweat, but painting is a high-stress activity for me. I get itchy when it comes to making Halloween costumes. I don’t hate the people who can sew more than a button and do more than just fix a busted hem -- I admire them, but I never, ever, ever thought I’d be one of them.
It started out innocently enough. I designed and printed my own invitation set. (I finished addressing the envelopes this weekend!) Once that project was under control, I started looking at other parts of the wedding that I could do myself. Surely, there must be more!
The favors? Nahhhh… I found what I want on Etsy and can’t believe that I could do it myself for less than that. Never mind whether or not I could actually do it myself.
The music? Hmmm… maybe. I looked at the costs of a DJ and of renting speakers. The speakers are definitely less. I could make my own playlists and be in charge of all that. But, everyone I know keeps reminding me that I’m supposed to be having the time of my life at my wedding and not freaking out every single detail. And, I’m already freaking out… So, maybe not.
The centerpieces? YES! I could do those! YES I CAN! I’m not a big fan of cut flowers (I know, I know… but I’m allergic and don’t really care for the smell.) So, the thought of having gigantic sprays of flowers on the tables doesn’t thrill me. Sure, I could do a single flower in a small vase or whathaveyou. But that doesn’t do anything for me, either.
So, I went to the local closeout store and bought a few clear vases, some white and clear rocks for the bottom of the vases, some candles and a candle holder thingie to try out at the reception hall. I brought them all down there and tried them out individually on a table all set out with napkins and silver. As it happens, one of the vases with rocks in the bottom and a single, white pillar candle on top of the rocks looks absolutely FABULOUS! And, the cost? About $9 a table. Not too shabby, huh?
I’ve still got other things to take care of and I know I’m about at my creative limit, but I’m pretty psyched about having actually made some things for my wedding!
Wishing you a stressless planning!