My step daughter got married a week and a half ago. What a rush! The day was simply spectacular. The wedding ceremony and reception, held at The Dunes Club in Narragansett, RI, was sublime. Simone got engaged in April and they decided on an August wedding IN THE SAME YEAR. It can be done, people, and without the help of a wedding planner. As the bride & groom, you just need to be organized (think Excel spreadsheet & Type A personalities) and have creative, trustworthy family members who will carry out your plans accordingly. I got married in 2000, just a mere 15 years ago. It did not feel that long ago, but my-oh-my how quickly times have changed. The biggest change, no surprise, SOCIAL MEDIA. Now at weddings, people use hashtags to publicize events in real time. Here is something I made to help people tweet out the happy event. The chalkboard is from Walmart. There are SO MANY ideas on Pinterest and Etsy, that a couple could go simply mad with details. Don't get me wrong, I like the details, I LOVE the details, but it's easy to get bogged down. The short engagement actually boded well, keeping it all in perspective. Tasked with creating the seating chart, I turned to Pinterest and Etsy for inspiration. If you've got the money, you can have a custom seating chart done by hand in calligraphy, or you can purchase a beautiful one online from LCOonEtsy (frame not included). However, I knew I could figure this one out for under $20. I hit up my local Salvation Army Thrift Shop and found the perfect frame for $8.99. Of course, it needed a tune-up, but if you've been reading my prior blogs, you know I've got A LOT of gold spray paint lying around. So after removing the paper backing, I painted it. Originally I was going to use chalkboard spray paint on a plywood board, but then I decided to try heavy, black poster board and chalk board markers. It worked like a charm. After carefully measuring out and marking up the board with chalk, I began writing the names. Of course, mistakes are bound to happen, but fortunately I was able to use a cotton swab and water to erase my mistakes. I used Chalk Ink Markers in green tea and white and Uchida Fine Point Bistro Chalk Marker in white. Simone & Bryan also had a photo booth for their celebration and wanted a sign. And since I had my spray paint out (do I ever actually put it away?), I spray painted my daughter's old red Pottery Barn chalkboard easel and hand-lettered the sign below. Finally, Simone purchased this bird cage wine rack from the Christmas Tree Shops for about $30 and asked if she thought I could make it into a wedding card box. She'd seen a bird cage used as such on Pinterest. With some minor additions, another chalkboard sign, tulle ribbon, black scrap wood for the base, & help from my fabulous florist friend, Giti of Busy Bee Florist, the wine rack was transformed into a wedding confection. Working with this bride and groom was such fun, in part, because I love their aesthetic, and I love them, of course! I was grateful for being asked to contribute to their wedding.