DIY Boho Wedding Reception

My beautiful baby sister was married last weekend.   Because of her new husbands job, they were either going to wait several months to get married, or pull of a DIY wedding in 5 weeks.  Can you guess which one they chose?     

DIY Boho Wedding Recption

The night after they decided to pull the trigger, we went for it.  We went shopping for all the things.  A dress, dresses for kids, ties, flowers, decorations.   By some miracle, we came home with a car filled with beautiful things and crossed almost everything off in one night.   That's my kind of night.  

It helps that she is the complete opposite of Bridezilla.  She has visions of a lots of greenery, a flowy, beautfiful dress and some boho vibes.   The next couple of weeks, we gathered often to make it all happen.

We did all the bouquets from artificial flowers.   That first night, we loaded a cart at hobby lobby during a 50% off florals sale.    We set up a little work station in my basement and had my sister send us her inspo photos.   None of us have any flower arranging experience, but I was surprised how fun it was.   We found tutorial for a floral crown and the bouquets were a little trial and error. Floral tape, clear elastics, wire cutters and scissors and we were feeling like a regular flower shop. It was so fun to see that shopping cart full of flowers come to life just like she imagined.   

I tested several cake recipes and this white cake recipe by A Bountiful Kitchen was the winner.  It was super flavorful and dense enough to stack.  I actually made and assembled the cake 2 weeks before and froze it tightly wrapped until the day before.   It worked perfectly! 

I made her buttercream recipe as well, but added seedless 100% raspberry preserves to the filling.    I am usually not a huge cake fan, but the little bit of leftover cake was calling to me for a couple of days afterwards.  It was pretty dang good.

This backdrop. My mom whipped it up.  What?   I know.   She has been playing around with macrame lately and we knew it would be perfect for a backdrop.  It turned out even more beautiful that I could have imagined.  It was a labor of love.  She swears youtube will teach everything you need to know about macrame, but she also has more skills than any human should possess, so I'm not sure I believe it.

My brother built the beautiful wooden stands and my mom and I arranged the flowers.    We just laid everything out on the floor and tweeked it until it was just the way we wanted it.   Then, we used zip ties to secure everything together.  Who knew zip ties were so handy?

My sister made this sign and another that directed guest to our backyard with a lighted path.  We used these shepherds hooks and more twinkle lights to create a pathway.   Someday I will get her to teach us how to make signs like this.  She's the master and they were so beautiful.

We did 2 of these backdrops made from embroidery hoops.  First, we hot glued some of the greenery we found at hobby lobby along with some delicate blush pink flowers onto the hoops.  Then, we laid the hoops out and arranged them until we loved it and zip tied them all together.  The second set of hoops also had twine strung in the middle and had photos of the bride and groom clipped across them.  Of course I didn't get photos.  Whoops. 

Like the macrame backdrop, it was hung on a beautiful wooden stand built by my brothers. I wish I had a million more photos.

For the tables, we used these beautiful candle holders we found on Amazon.  They are such beautiful quality--I was surprised at the value!    We also cut stumps of varying shapes and sizes, added strings of twinkle lights and some fresh greenery to each table.  

We bought 10 of these umbrellas and borrowed stands from family.  We knew the 100 degree heat would be tricky, so the umbrellas, along with popsicles passed out every 30 minutes were a huge help. 

Everything was so beautiful.  I was busy taking photos during the reception and planned to take some afterwards in the beautiful evening light, but we had a whole crew of people help take down before I had a chance.   A little bummed about the missed photos, but I was so thankful for the help!

The moral of the story is this:  There is nothing more rewarding than a little DIY.   Usually things aren't as difficult as we make them in our minds.  Sure, we could have paid someone to do all of these things, but working side by side with people I love to make this magic happen--those are some treasured memories.    The biggest reward?  Seeing the beautiful bride enjoying her perfect day.