My dad recently got remarried and enlisted me to help plan/decorate/coordinate the big day.
It was both their second marriages so they decided to keep it casual and super personal. They both love hunting, dancing, and being outdoors. So they kept the cost low by having it in their backyard and building their own dance floor, having friends help with food, and having a very DIY approach to decorating.
They loved the idea of two deer, to represent them, on the invites. So after some google searching and some sweet Word skills, I managed to get these complete. I sent them to the local kinkos to be printed out, then cut them all up with their professional cutting tools. I also printed the labels on the envelopes. Which took FOREVER! changing each name every time, and triple checking that it would come out okay was a painful task to say the least.
Invites- all DIY created them in Word, printed them and kinkos and put them all together. Almost as painful as tying them all together with twine. They came out fantastic but were a labor of love.
We wanted to keep the theme simple and rustic. We incorporated mercury candles that we made from thrift store candles and the clear glass spray paint. We used this tutorial. It wasn’t as easy as it seemed, but what Pinterest DIY project is? There is a reason their is a fail blog out there, just saying.
For the flowers we went to a local flower wholesaler as with the bridal party and picked out flowers as a group. It was a really fun time and great bonding experience. Plus I feel like it have us a nice variety of flowers as we had so many different eyes and opinions. We kept the flowers in 5 gallon construction buckets, its what we had on hand as builders. My sister and I put together the center piece flowers the night before, and worked on the arch flowers the day of since the Arizona heat was bound to destroy the flowers if they were out for too long. The center pieces were put together while we sat on the floor with buckets of flowers around us trying to make sure we even used them among all the center pieces and kept a variety of flowers in each one. Luckily wildflower arrangements are easy as there is no set rhyme or reason to it. We had a very professional method for the flowers at the arch that consisted of putting in a few flowers, climbing off the ladder, doing a visual once over, and repeating and adjusting till we felt it looked right. Very scientific I swear.
Dad built the arch the day before, and we used a staple gun and big pieces of burlap fabric we had ordered off line for the curtain affect. We screwed two small antlers to the sides to hold the curtains back. This is where being a hunting family with a lot of hunting friends came in handy. We had a surplus of antlers to use for decorations.
The center piece to the sweet heart table was Desert Big Horn Sheep horns surrounded by flowers and a custom metal horse shoe and initial piece that they ordered special for the wedding. The big horn sheep was a big deal as my dad waited 36 years for that hunt and was blessed with a monster. (which is now in a fully body mount above our tv) If you are into hunting, you know this is a rare chance and a big feat to even harvest one of these beautiful animals.
For the tables we ordered white table clothes and cut the burlap runners out of the burlap material as it was more cost effective. Placed a few candles about and antlers with the home made mason jar center pieces and called it good. At this point we had been decorating for 3 days and felt this looks just perfect for the rustic theme. We spent two nights with all hands on deck and babies underfoot stringing up the gorgeous outdoor lights you see in these pictures. It was a lot harder to do then you would think but the end results were well worth it.
The Favors were prickly pear jam based on the couples love for making their own jam. Due to the amount that we needed we decided to buy the jam and just make our own labels and decorate them. We also provided cigars on the dessert table as my dad is a big cigar smoker. It was a nice touch and appreciated by the guys at the end of the night.
Since our group of friends has a tendency to drink, we offered a water and “hang over” kit to the guest as they left the party. The kits included mints, aspirin, a piece of chocolate and a water bottle.
Close friends volunteered their time, effort and expertise to cook the meal for everyone. They worked hard all day to make the evenings food spread that was more then enough for everyone and so delicious that many came back for seconds! The list of food is below along with some pictures to show off the spread. We may have failed to grab a picture of the dessert table in all the chaos of the evening. One pitfall to having an outdoor wedding in May in Arizona is you can set food out to early or it will melt. For real!