We had the Venue ...our home ....we have acres of Woods and a woodland like dip in the back of the garden (yard) and a sunny green lawn with lots of Landscaping to the front ...
We decided the Ceremony would take part in the back of the garden (yard) amongst the trees and the moss ...a fairyland landscape ...with lots and lots of trees to hang Mason Jar Candle Lamps from
The Front would hold the reception ...with wooden tables, bales of hay Sofa's and using the full length Country porch to put on the large Buffet ...all homemade with love
Where do You Start ???
We chose a color ....it was to be Green and White ...
Partly because we knew where we could get FREE flowers for all of our floral needs ...
Yes we even did the flowers
First was a trip to the Thrift store ...the first of many
We would need tablecloths ...country patterns on them ..green and white if possible so these were to be from Sheets ....lots of sheets ...which we found lots of at the thrift store ...gorgeous ones ..just had to launder and iron the ones that needed ironing ..put away ...not to worry about till the day
Plates ..beautiful plates ...in greens, white and creams ...sets of about 5 so each table had a matching set or a mix and match one ...note to selves ...wash them now and put away in air tight plastic storage boxes to keep clean ...tick that off the list till the day .....also got the storage containers from the thrift store
Mason Jars ....Lots of Mason Jars ....for drinks, candles,vases etc ...we found lots at the thrift store but had to also buy some ...once we had them wash the ones for drinking out of ..punch a hole in the centre of the lids ...glue screw rim to the centre disk so that when they are opened to put in drink they are not coming apart in guest hands ...order fancy green and white straws - handmade at Etsy.com ..
The list carried on and on ....we even got some comical salt 'n' pepper pots for each table that would make guests smile
Table Centre Pieces ....very simple ..effective ....can be made months in advance
Mason Jars ....with a candle in ....glued to a slice of tree log
Bride groom to cut down some trees in his
back yard (garden)
He worked hard and sliced them thinly ...as you can see
He varnished them for us
We glued a Candle Glass Votive to the bottom of the Jar ...to do this put the votive upside down on
a can of vegetables etc..so that the jar can slip over it ...add a tiny amount of Gorilla Glue just a dot or it will spread and will be seen then pull the mason jar upside down over it and press gently ..hot glue the candles in to the votive
The Simple Homemade Centre Pieces
Looks great on the day
And all we had to do was place them in the centre
Of the Sheet covered table
Glue the Mason jar on to the wood also with Gorilla Glue so that you are sure on the day that it
will all be still glued together ..no time to redo
Decorate with moss (bought at Michaels Craft Shop) not fresh one it will dry out ..use either the over spill of Gorilla glue or hot glue gun to stick down the moss ...simple Centre piece ...finished ..tick it off the list