Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Lukewarm Mess is the Worst

Being engaged for a long time has its pluses and minuses. The pluses are that we I have more time to plan, more time to gather inspiration, and more time to save money. The minuses are that I have more time to plan and change my mind, more time to gather inspiration that is different (better?) than the inspiration of last week, and more time to spend money.

It’s six in one hand and a half dozen in the other. Or, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Or... well, I'm sure there is some saying that actually works well here, but really, a long engagement is both a blessing and a curse.

My original inspiration board was nixed by Mr. M for being a bit too country, and looking back I don’t know what the hell I was thinking. Hay bale furniture is cute, but not really us.

Image via The Dessy Group

Then we decided we would have some tree elements woven throughout the wedding, so I created this board:
From top left, clockwise: montage of beribboned trees via London Bride, my ceremony tree photo, tree guestbook via Jennifer J Designs, Mrs. Sand Dollar’s guest bench, ceremony set-up via Tipi Living Retreat, tree inspiration via The Never

I created a third inspiration board and while it's pretty cool, I just don’t think it captures all of the wedding inspiration that is currently residing inside my brain....
Starting at top left: pumpkin lined aisle image via Yet Another Fall Bio, cake table image via CaChic Designs, milkglass centerpiece via Mrs. Stripes, love pumpkin via Masterpiece Pumpkins, tree and outdoor fireplace are personal photos from our venue venue, color scheme, chalkboard signs via A Mountain Bride, boutonniere via Kiss the Bride, colorful soda via Project Wedding, s'mores bar via Cookie Creatives, bridesmaids in cardigans photo by Cameron Ingalls via Homegrown
In fact, I think if I created an inspiration board of the ideas and images that I want to incorporate into our big day, the inspiration board would be enormous. Like, as big as a barn.
I want to make sure that all these elements in my mind go together to create a meaningful, lovely, fun wedding, but I don't know how to do that. Sometimes things look great in my mind, but then in reality it's a disaster. I'm worried the elements are going to clash, and the whole thing is gonna look like a hot mess. Or a lukewarm mess. That's the worst.

So, I’ve decided to create multiple inspiration boards that depict different aspects of the wedding, and your job, dear hive, is to let me know if the boards, when combined together, look like magical awesomeness or a lukewarm mess. But until do you make sure your wedding look is awesome and cohesive?

1 comment:

  1. Ahhhh this sounds like me at the moment! I'm 3 months into an 18 month engagement and I'm so worried about deciding on things and setting them in place, and in a year (hell, in 3 months...and then again in another 3 months...and another) deciding I like something else!!! And I'm SO worried about things not working together!!

    Here in Australia, most of the weddings I have ever been too are all very much the same - lovely, but all very similar, packaged cookie-cutter sameness...with only a few changes here and there and some different colours. I really want people to walk away from our wedding and say, "Wow, I've never seen that before! How great is that?" but I'm so worried that they will walk away saying, "What the hell were they thinking...."

    I feel your pain!