You know how they say that if it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t? Well, apparently the saying is true. The venue they were letting us use for free for the wedding isn’t available to us anymore – someone at City Hall decided they didn’t like the idea. This was about a month ago – three months away from the wedding.
Since then, we’ve tried to come up with a lot of different alternatives. I’ve called dozens of places trying to find something that we could afford and that it would lend itself to the type of laid back wedding we wanted. We’ve had to suffer through conversation after conversation of people telling us that what we want, can’t be done. That we’re crazy for wanting to self cater. That we haven’t thought this through. Two months out from the wedding, we were about to give up on our ideas and do something more traditional, when a friend of ours came to the rescue. They’re letting us use their house and (huge) yard, completely for free, no questions asked. Yeah, we got lucky in the friends department. To be honest, the same day we announced to our friends that we were getting married (coincidentally, at their house while having dinner) and talked about the type of wedding we wanted, they told us that if we needed their help or wanted to use their yard, we should just say the word. But we thought it was too much to ask. We still do. I guess when you’re eight weeks away do, you gotta do what you gotta do and learn to accept gifts with grace. And thank them a million times in return.
So that’s where we stand right now – we’re sort of starting from scratch. We thought we had tables and chairs available to us, but now we’ll have to rent them. I have to redo the wedding map invitations (thankfully we hadn’t sent them yet). We’re looking for wedding tents, too. And as you might guess, these few last weeks all the wedding “details” have been sort of paralyzed. Now we have a ton of stuff to do and very little time. Our weekends are always packed with things to do during the summer, and this one is no exception, so we’ll have to get creative with our time. One thing we managed to do last week before we left for Suances was to finish the wood boxes for the centerpieces though. They were very easy to build, the worst part was sanding everything down and staining all fourteen of them (since we’re setting two in each table). Here’s how we did it:
After cutting each wood piece to size (we calculated the size so that we can fit three of these flower pots from Ikea) we sanded everything down, then used some wood glue
Nailed them into place…
And since some of the nails didn’t go all the way through, we used a hammer.
Then stain everything, and done! Just need some flowers now.
All in all, we spent around 15€ for all the wood for the centerpieces, since we used some of what we had from other projects. The stain, glue, etc were things we already had on hand (in fact, I would’ve preferred another stain, but I didn’t want to buy any more stain since we already had a ton). We’ll also need to buy 3×14 = 42 pots for the centerpieces, so 21€. But we do have a gift card we’ll be using. Plus we’ll be buying 2€ plants from Ikea as well to fill them, so it’ll be 2x3x14=84€ in flowers for centerpieces. Basically, the total for all fourteen centerpieces will be 120€, or 8.6€ a piece. I wanted to keep them under 10€ so mission: accomplished! What do you guys think?