When I knew what I wanted and what was feasible for us to do for our day, I slowly started cutting out the wedding blogs. I still visit all of them here and there, but I mostly just stick to one or two on a daily basis now. And I'm no longer trying to get inspiration for our own wedding--I just love reading about couples and the journey they took to get married.
As for old sheet music, this is something I knew I wanted to include in the wedding since around week one. The look we are going for is a combo of playful and vintage, and Kyle also happens to be a musician. Old sheet music was one of the ideas we had to incorporate both elements, and when I scored a giant box of it for free at a yard sale I knew we'd be able to experiment and do something big.
Then I found Olivia and Joshua's wedding on Green Wedding Shoes and these awesome sheet music boutonnieres:
[Photo borrowed from GWS; taken by Alec Vanderboom]
These were a definite yes. The couple's floral designer then posted a handy DIY, and I started making sheet music boutonnieres left and right.
The second sheet music project is more personal.
When Kyle and I met I had just given up on a silly paper crane project. Have you heard the Japanese legend about 1,000 paper cranes? The legend tells us that he who makes 1,000 origami paper cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. I wasn't so hung up on the legend, but I thought a wall of 1,000 or so paper cranes strung together could look pretty amazing. So I started folding and kept folding until I had made probably 80 paper cranes, and then I quit. I didn't have time to fold paper cranes. But then I had 80 paper cranes to get rid of. So I just started giving them to roommates and friends when they popped over.
Around that same time Kyle came into my life, and the first time he came over he got a paper crane. He seemed worthy by that point. He kept it perched on his desk in his room until he moved. I think he still keeps it in his office at work, and I think that's kind of cute.
We aren't some kind of crane-obsessed couple, but the sheet music gave me another nifty idea for how to incorporate this personal story into our wedding.
I don't want to give away too much about how the cranes should look on the big day, but I will tell you our venue is full of trees with low-hanging limbs. Hopefully that can paint a picture for you.
I can't wait to see how all the cranes and boutonnieres look in about two months!