Over the next few entries I’d like to share some of the successes, shortcomings and advice from my own Nova Scotia wedding.
Last entry I started with successes. Luckily, there were enough to spill over into several additional entries, so onwards and upwards we go!
Do some DIY
Krista and I love to make things—hence the “Make” in “Make Merry.” When Shane and I were planning our wedding Krista and I were also in the process of opening Make Merry, and so were able to kill two birds and make things for the wedding and Make Merry at the same time. Last winter Krista and I spent many a bitter cold night sitting by the fire (with a glass of scotch!) sewing bunting and cocktail napkins. While this was business, it was definitely also a plesaure.
Besides Make Merry goods Shane and I made some other things for our wedding. For favors we bought a bunch of second-hand books, which we turned them into personalized mementos. We used photo tabs to add pictures and poems, and used the books as holders for the ceremony program. We stamped the books with a personalized stamp we got made for us from Tuppy Boutique on Etsy. Making the books was a laborious process, and I wouldn’t hurry to do it again, but if you have the time and enjoy a project, it’s great to add some of these sorts of personal touches to your wedding.
I loved the image from the stamp we ordered so much that I painted it on our seating chart too! I highly recommend having a seating chart with movable name cards, as this makes it possible to make last minute changes. If you like this one you are welcome to rent it (and we'll add your initials), or we could put together something custom for you.
DIY need not be limited to décor. You can delve into food as well, as long as you don’t get carried away and take on more than you can handle.
For our wedding cake Shane and I got Gingerbread Haus to bake us bride and groom's cakes, which we decorated ourselves. These were substantially less expensive than a decorated wedding cake often is, and the apricot and marzipan layers were absolutely delicious!
For our afternoon cocktail reception my mother made some sweets,we bought some blackberries, cut up some watermelon, our friends scooped ice cream, and we served the wedding cake. While pre-dinner isn't the traditional time for a wedding cake, serving the cake in the afternoon made for brighter pictures, and was likely better appreciated than it would have been if it were served at the end of a full meal.
For our rehearsal dinner we made the appetizer ourselves—a simple caprese salad. For our wedding dinner we did a riff on a Smitten Kitchen Cookbook recipe, which we prepared in advance. This was a tomato salad and whipped goat cheese, served with cornbread from Boneheads BBQ in Halifax as a sort of savory shortcake. These were a total hit—so much so that I was worried that we were going to run out!
I want to acknowledge that we did not DIY alone. For our wedding Shane and I were lucky to have LOTS of talented friends helping us out by DJing, making food and drinks, and taking pictures. If you aren’t creative or don't have the time to be, and your friends aren’t of that ilk either, you can twist my arm and Krista and I can create something for you! ;)