Photo Gallery | Wedding Wednesday: Week 18
You may know me as News 8's "Good Morning Quad Cities" Reporter, but when I'm not on the side of the interstate covering car accidents or counting down the days until the presidential election, I am planning a wedding!
Welcome to Wedding Wednesdays!
Days Until We Say "I Do"... 87
This Week's Theme... Center Pieces of C*@$!
Did that grab your attention? :)
They say (I don't know who exactly, but "they") - Like Mother, Like Daughter. My mom knows fashion so I know fashion. She's a multi-tasker so I'm a multi-tasker. She loves to play hostess so I love to play hostess. She's bad at crafts and so am I.
After finishing 195 wine cork coasters, I was feeling pretty confident heading into this past weekend. I went to my hometown of Downers Grove, Illinois to spend time with my parents and as a Mother Day's treat, I "hired" my mom to help me with the centerpieces for the Peacock Lounge. I glued together a total of 1,560 corks for nearly 200 guests... how hard could making centerpieces for a few cocktail tables be? Well, look above, my dear friends.
The first picture is the inspiration from Pinterest. Oh, precious Pinterest... you make things look so easy - how to make sangria, how to tie a scarf, how to decorate your child's bedroom when you don't even have a child (or aren't even thinking about having one anytime soon). However, pesky Pinterest failed me this weekend. The instructions are easy enough -- take a plain vase, wrap rubber bands around it, spray paint it, let it dry, take the rubber bands off, stick a candle in the bottom, light it, create a centerpiece for cheap. Oh, problematic Pinterest...
Mom and I decided to try square vases, instead of cylinder ones and as you look at the pictures above, you'll see our progress. Everything seemed to be easy, which should have been my first red flag. Nothing is ever easy. I mean, I actually thought I could get 195 cork coasters done in one weekend... HA. When we took the rubber bands off, which Mom did very carefully with small manicure scissors, some of the spray paint peeled off with the bands, leaving gaping holes and a ripped up (not in a good way) design. Placing candles in them only highlighted the mistakes. So, we were left with five weird-looking vases (which I jokingly told my mom were her Mother's Day presents), three 80% full cans of spray paint, and a garage that probably still smells like anything but roses.
There are a couple of lessons that we learned from this, though... 1) Test out a craft project before you buy EVERYTHING. Mom and I bought a few vases to try out, instead of 30. Less to ruin, less to bring back to the store (if you can salvage anything). 2) Always have a Plan B if things don't work out the way you confidently thought they would. We don't have a Plan B just yet, although we'd like to do something with old wine bottles. Back to the Google Search Box... And 3) Like Mother, Like Daughter. She's not great at crafts and so am I. She loves a big glass of wine in good times and in especially in bad... and so do I.
In Other Nuptial News... While I was at home, I got the opportunity to clean out my room of old school books, CDs (highlights include - Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill and the very first Ace of Base album), and pictures. Wow, for being part of a generation that used disposable cameras in high school, I took A LOT of pictures. It was an absolute walk down Memory Lane... homecoming pictures, softball pictures, dance pictures, ex-boyfriend pictures (ugh), and pictures that just show how much you've grown up yet how much you're still the same. Part of the reason for cleaning out these pictures is to pick out my favorites for a slideshow that my mom and Zach's mom are putting together for our rehearsal dinner... I've included some real winners up above for you to enjoy :) (I really hope Lauren, Betsy, and Amber still want to be Bridesmaids after seeing these!)
Next Week... Zach and I are heading back to Bed, Bath, and Beyond tonight for some more scanning fun. Also, I will show you the shoes I picked out for the bridesmaids and for myself! 87 Days until "Everybody's Shufflin'!"