Wedding Inspiration Board :: Making Inspiration A Reality

Yesterday we showed you the above inspiration board that was used to plan my wedding in May 2009 and how my mother’s veil inspired my entire wedding.  Today we’re showing you how I interpreted the inspiration images and created something real from them.  Below you will see the inspiration image as well as an image of the items created based on the inspiration image.  The inspiration image will be either on the left or on top of the image from my wedding.

Cake Inspiration Image:  Image Courtesy of  Wedding Cuts

Marina Trevino made our wedding cake.  I wanted a very simple, clean looking cake.  I loved the smooth look of fondant, but fondant doesn’t taste the best, so I opted for butter cream frosting and Marina made it so smooth that it looked just like fondant!  I got the mirrored monogram cake topper off of Ebay for $4.

Flower Girl Flowers Inspiration:  Image Courtesy of Floral Arrangements Created by Janet Daniels

Our flower girl and ring bearer were only 3 and 4 years old and very shy.  I knew that they wouldn’t walk down the aisle alone, so we chose to have the ring bearer escort the flower girl down the aisle.  Since our flower girl would be walking down the aisle on the arm of our ring bearer, she wouldn’t have enough hands available for the usual basket and petals.  So I opted for a beautiful ball of hydrangea for her to carry on her arm.  My mom made the flower ball from blue silk hydrangea.  Since hydrangea is very delicate and fragile, silk was a better choice for our flower girl.

Inspiration Getaway Car:  Romantic Remebrances

In order to keep with the vintage theme, I thought that a 1950’s era Rolls Royce would be perfect.  I thought this would be such a surprise for our guests.  My family just loved it, especially my grandmothers!  We found a local company, Romantic Remembrances.  They were always on task, friendly, and such a pleasure to work with!

Inspiration Wedding Dress:  Alfred Angelo

I saw the inspiration dress online at Alfred Angelo and loved it immediately.  The next weekend my mom and I visited their store to try it on.  As luck would have it, they were having their annual sample sale of their discontinued styles.  The dress I ended up buying was the first dress I tried on.  I fell completely in love with it AND it was part of the sample sale!  We took it home that same day!

Inspiration Wedding Favor Gift Boxes:  Jean M.

When we got engaged, I ordered a bunch of wedding catalogs online.  I found these gift boxes in the Jean M. catalog and loved their simplicity.  If you can’t tell, I love simple, yet classy, classic things.  To me, less actually is more.  To save money, I bought white gift boxes (100 for $19.99) and seals ($4.99 per 25) from Party City, and the ribbon from Hobby Lobby.  I filled the boxes with Hersey’s kisses.  Since their wrapping is silver, they were perfect!

Inspiration Bouquets:  Berghaus Flowers

I have always loved hydrangea and tulips, so they had to be my flowers.  And the fact that hydrangea and tulips are seasonal spring flowers helped since we were having a spring wedding.  I shopped around and talked to about a million florists and didn’t make a connection with any of them.  Also, a lot of them were out of our budget.  One day I was shopping in Kroger and saw that they had beautiful fresh white and blue hydrangea for sale.  And they always had gorgeous tulips as well.  I talked to their floral manager about whether or not they did wedding floral and she said that they did!  So I brought in images of what I wanted all of the flowers to look like… bouquets, centerpieces, alter pieces, boutonnieres… all of them!  Our wedding flowers turned out so perfect!

Venue:  Oakmont Country Club, Corinth, Texas

I knew that I wanted to get married outside… And since I live in Texas, there are limited months in which you can have an outdoor wedding before it gets too hot.  That’s how we chose May.  Also, we  live on the Oakmont Golf Course and are members there, so I thought it would be more than convenient for the girls to all get ready at our house, while the boys golf and get ready at the Club.  Oakmont Country Club was a perfect fit for us.  Oakmont’s Event Coordinator, Katie Finch, was amazing and such a lifesaver on our big day!

Inspiration Wedding Invitations (top image):  Jean M.

Again, I found these invitations in the Jean M. catalog and fell in love with them immediately.  However, they were out of our budget.  So I found just plain white, horizontal invitations on American Wedding.  They even had the sweet floral embossing on one side.  We ordered 125 invitations with RSVP cards with printed envelopes for $136.  I bought some black card stock at Hobby Lobby and the ribbon at The Dollar Tree for $1 a roll.  My mom and I put all of the invitations together ourselves.  They look pretty close to the inspiration image- maybe even prettier!  Side Note:  The wording we used on our wedding invitation is the exact same wording on my parent’s wedding invitation.  I loved that it sounded more like a personal letter as opposed to a formal invitation.  It sounded more personal and sincere to us.

Inspiration Boutonniere:  Image Courtesy of The Knot

Again, Krogerdid all of our floral.  They made all of our flowers look exactly like their inspiration images!

Inspiration Bridesmaids Dress:  Alfred Angelo

We ended up getting the bridesmaids dresses and my dress at the same place, Alfred Angelo.  Since I bought my dress at Alfred Angelo, they gave all of the girls $20 off of their dresses!

Inspiration Table Scape:  Image Courtesy of The Knot

Joan Wong with Paradise Chair Covers did all of our table linens.  Her prices are great.  Chair covers including the sashes are only $2 and tablecloths are $8.  However, since we rented 160 chair covers with sashes from her, she only charged us $6 for the tablecloths.  For our reception, we were having tall and short centerpieces on alternating tables. I went to Hobby Lobby (LOVE that place!) and bought the tall vases (8 for $12 each at half price) and then I bought 8 shorter vases at The Dollar Tree for $1 a piece.  Then I took all of the vases to Kroger for them to use.  I want to reiterate the fact that Kroger made all of our wedding flowers… 9 boutonnieres, 9 corsages, 4 bouquets, 2 alter pieces, 16 centerpieces all for $550!  And every single arrangement was exactly what I wanted!  Score!

Inspiration Centerpiece:  Floret

In order to save money, we wanted the alter pieces used for the ceremony to be used as the centerpieces on the 2 family tables during the reception.  So we requested that the pieces not be too large since they would also be centerpieces.  They turned out perfect as well!

Inspiration Bridal Shoes:  Gwendolyn Carrie

I wanted a wedge heel since I would be on my feet all night long.  Also, since we would be getting married on grass, this way I didn’t have to worry about my heel sinking into the ground.  (Side note:  I found out about “SoleMates” after the fact, so that would have solved the sinking issue. We even did a post on SoleMates a couple of weeks ago.  You can find our post here.)  My wedding shoes were Pride by Colorful Creations and they were so comfortable!

Inspiration Wedding Ceremony Program:  Image Courtesy of The Knot

At Office Depot, they had a marketing package that included the silver cardstock backing, and the white cardstock insert- already cut to size!  The package also had small silver square clasps to hold all of the materials together.  So I printed the actual program on the white cardstock provided and printed the coversheet on white vellum.  Then I attached the vellum and the white cardstock to the silver cardstock backing. Voila!  My programs were complete!

Oh, and my super awesome friend, Cory, designed the coversheet and the program for me.  She is so talented!

Inspiration Flower Girl Dresses:  Bridals by Lori

I loved how sweet these dresses loooked.  My mom is a master seamstress.  She actually did all of the alterations on my wedding dress (and there were a lot of them).  Our flower girl, Maya, was a family friend’s daughter.  My mother decided that in appreciate of Maya being in our wedding that she would make the dress so that our friend wouldn’t have to purchase it.  It turned out so flawless.  Maya looked just like the angel that she is.

Polaroid Guestbook:  Image Courtesy of The Bride and Groom Blog

We wanted something different for a guestbook…. Something more that just a bunch of names on a piece of paper.  We decided that we wanted to remember all of our guests exactly as they were on our wedding day.  To immortalize them, as well as ourselves, on our special day.  This was a good idea, in theory.  However, it was so windy on our wedding day.  It made it hard to hold onto the pictures as they were being taped down and the guestbook pages.  I had originally asked 4 lovely ladies to work the welcome table.  One to take pictures, two to tape them to the pages and have the guests sign by their picture, and one to pass out the wedding programs.  However, due to the fierce winds rolling in along with the rain, it took around 6-7 people to handle this task.  So, if you’re planning to have a picture guestbook as well, I recommend making sure you have enough people to accomplish this task!

And all of this came from one vintage veil!

Also, just FYI- our wedding budget was $10,000 and 160 guests attended.  We may have gone over it by $1,000 at most.  This budget included all floral, transportation, my dress, the cake, the venue (which included catering), wedding favors, wedding invitations and RSVP cards, Save the Dates, Thank You cards, menu cards, wedding programs, linens, DJ, Wedding Photographer (shout out to Amy Karp!), and guestbook materials.

Stay tuned! Tomorrow we’ll be showing you how the wedding all came together!!!  I sure hope that this was informational.  If you have any questions as to where I got something,  how much something was, or how I made something, please email me at .

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  1. Really nice… You should do this on Pinterest.


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