I knew from the beginning that it was important to me, as a bisexual woman and someone with scoliosis, that I felt beautiful and myself on my wedding day. I dressed like the queer elf queen of my dreams.
At our reception, we had thrifted board games available for people who didn’t want to dance, and some of our friends played Trivial Pursuit all night!
After our wedding, I started to think about different ways to preserve some special pieces from the day, but I wasn’t sure where to begin. I’ve seen a lot of brides preserve their wedding bouquets, but I had a few different items I wanted to save together. After a little bit of thinking it hit me: a shadowbox would be perfect! Here’s how I made mine.
We wanted to honor and connect to the outdoors as much as possible. I was barefoot for the entire ceremony and reception (so was my mother and many of our friends! Husband could not be since he had to smash a glass). We had a fairly traditional Jewish ceremony.
Our wedding was a Moonrise Kingdom-themed epic night in which we celebrated everything and everyone we love. My family is from Cuba and Ian is half Cuban and half American, so we did a special Cuban Cafecito with Tata (my grandmother) ceremony as our “Unity Ceremony.”
We had a $6000 wedding budget, and we did most of these things detailed in this excellent post on Offbeat Bride. We did get some help from family, but sticking to our wedding budget allowed us to take the month-long cross-country road trip honeymoon of our dreams! Here’s how we stuck to our $6k wedding budget:
S’mores are a staple of outdoor weddings in any season, but especially in the fall when the weather gets chilly and a bonfire is apropos. You’re cooking them up over a bonfire, adding them to your sweets table, and even making them into cakes! But a perfect way to provide a dessert AND a takeaway gift is an easy-to-make s’mores wedding favor.
Here’s how to make them super easily with a few staples from Michael’s Weddings™…