Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wedding DIY: Goomsmen Gifts

Here are more ideas for gifts for your bridal party.  This is what my husband gave his groomsmen:

We got these boxes from Michael's (I think I got everything from there for my wedding seriously) we waited until we had a coupon for them and would buy one every week...I know I know deal-a-holic here

Then he carved their names in them with a wood burning kit, stained them, covered the bottom with some fabric and filled them with some goodies for the guys:

-beef jerky
-cufflinks (they have really cute ones from etsy...seriously you can get superhero ones)
-personalized tie clips

The guys loved them and getting something handmade was such a sweet gesture and I know something that meant a lot.  

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wedding DIY: Cord of Three Strands "God's Knot"

For our wedding I wanted to do something a little different than the normal Unity candle or sand.  I wanted to do something that was unique and meaningful, not that those aren't they just aren't my style.  

I was looking on pinterest (surprise) and I found the Unity Cord.  I immediately fell in love with the idea of the demonstration of "braiding" the husband, wife, and God together in the ceremony.  I thought it was such a beautiful visual image and so meaningful.  It was exactly what I wanted portrayed to everyone at the ceremony and what I want our marriage to be about, committing to each other but also committing our marriage to God.  

"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
Ecclesiastes 4:12
This passage from Ecclesiastes illustrates the importance of Christian companionship. Two Christians that are bound together in Christ are stronger than the individuals themselves. We believe that Christian marriage is about more than the union of one man and one woman. The Bible teaches us that God performs a miracle in our marriage, uniting us together in a covenant relationship with Him as one. The Cord of Three Strands is a symbol of that sacred union created on your wedding day.

What is the Cord of Three Strands Ceremony?

The Cord of Three Strands symbolizes the joining of one man, one woman, and God into a marriage relationship. Marriage takes three; you, your soon to be spouse, and God. It was God who taught us to love. By keeping Him at the center of your marriage, His love will continue to bind you together as one throughout your marriage.
The Cord of Three Strands is a great addition to a traditional wedding ceremony. It adds a truly unique element to your ceremony that friends and family will remember. It can also serve as a substitute for the unity candle. This is useful for situations where candles may not be used, or may be difficult. The Cord of Three Strands works well as a substitute in outside weddings.
During the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom braid the Cord of Three Strands together. The groom holds a small metal ring with three attached strands. The bride then braids the strands together, symbolizing the union of God, husband and wife.
While braiding the Cord of Three Strands, you may wish to have someone read an explanation of the ceremony. You may also simply play music or have a song sung. 

What is the significance of the Colors of the Cords?

  • Gold Strand - Represents God

    The divinity of God is represented in Gold. This covenant relationship is initiated by Him, will be built under His authority, and is intended to glorify Him.
  • Purple Strand - Represents the Groom

    As a new creation in Christ, the majesty of the Groom is represented in purple. As the husband loves his wife and submits himself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will demonstrate His great love in the marriage relationship.
  • White Strand - Represents the Bride

    Having been cleansed by salvation in Christ, the purity of the Bride is represented in white. As the wife honors her husband and submits herself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will nurture and strengthen the marriage relationship. 
We chose to use different colors at our wedding to coordinate with our wedding colors and the colors we prefer.  We did Gold for God, White for the bride and a Blue for the groom.  Same meaning just different colors.  

This website also gives some ceremony reading examples just to give your preacher/officiant an idea.
Because we wanted to use different colors I opted to DIY my cord which was pretty simple.  Bev at The Make Your Own Zone has a great tutorial for how to make your own, check it our here.        

Or if DIY is not your thing you can purchase it here 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

and we have our wedding video!

Ya'll we got our wedding video preview a couple of days ago and...I'm in love!!!  

We had Anna from The Family Films work with us and she is so sweet and obviously her work is amazing.  

Can't wait to see the whole thing.  This was such a special way to revisit this sweet sweet day.  

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wedding DIY: Church decorations

Alright I promise I am almost done with all the wedding blog posts...

You know I am always trying to save money so I did all the decorations myself with the help of my friends and family.

Here is how I decorated the church for the ceremony:

I am so blessed to belong to such a beautiful church 

I actually borrowed these wreaths from my church but you could easily make them with some fake flowers, hot glue and a wreath from Michael's 

I wanted the aisle decorations to be simple and pretty and feature...of course...baby's breath.  

They were so simple to make too, just take some white tulle, wrap around the pew and line them up at the bottom.  Trim the ends and then tie with a ribbon and stick some sprigs of baby's breath in the top, seriously so easy.  

They look beautiful all together.  I also draped some tulle on the railings on the stairs leading up to the stage and tied with the ribbon.  My bridesmaid also came up with the idea to use some of the leftover baby's breath and line the tops of the piano alcoves  (is that what they are called..anyway they lined the tops of the walls covering the piano and organ)

I also rented some candleholders from a local rental place in my town.  

I loved the effect that if had on the church, again so rustic and simple but still elegant and beautiful.  I had so many compliments on the look of the church and how beautiful the baby's breath was! 

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