I am so excited to feature the wedding of Andrea & DaLan for my very first Wedding Wednesday! I have known Andrea, through a mutual Facebook group, for about a year now. They did such an amazing job creating a personal and unique wedding environment!

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Date: September 26, 2009
Location: Cleveland, OH
Theme: Black & White with a classic movie/Hollywood theme
Bridal Party: Six bridesmaids, six groomsmen, a flower girl and ring bearer
Number of Guests: 200

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Andrea used silk black and white flowers tied to hair pins as her head piece. The flexibility of using several pins, about four, made it easy to work with to get the look she wanted. 


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Having made silk bouquets for our wedding, I was so excited to see that is what Andrea did as well! There were several reasons why Andrea chose silk. The cost is significantly cheaper than using real flowers. You can use any type of flowers you want without worrying about them being in season. The quality of silk flowers now are quite amazing and most guests won’t even know. One of the main reasons she chose silk however, was because her bouquet is still in the same exact condition it was the day they were married. It is such a great keepsake! She used Stephanotis, Hydrangeas and black wooden Roses for the bouquets.

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Andrea used a piece of patterned black and white fabric, some black lace and a piece of elastic to create her garter. She added a ribbon bow and hand stitched their initials, one on each tail of the bow in blue thread as her “something blue”. 

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Andrea wanted to give her bridesmaids, their Mothers and their Grandmothers something personal. She decided to purchase plain handkerchiefs at Target and then sew black lace on each side. To personalize hers a little more, she stitched the letter “J” on the corner. 

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Andrea chose long, strapless black dresses for the bridesmaids. To add a little pop of color, she sewed a thick white sash to tie around their waist. 

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For the flower girl basket, Andrea wanted a different shape, other than round, and decided to re-purpose a rectangular basket she had at home. She covered it in white fabric and secured it using a hot glue gun. She finished it off by tying a black and white checkered ribbon around the outside, and twisted another black ribbon around the handle. 

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I think Andrea’s cathedral veil is my favorite DIY project of the bunch! Believe it or not, she made it out of curtains from IKEA! She used a very soft tulle/mesh fabric that was around $5. Even her seamstress couldn’t believe it! To dazzle it up a little, she purchased a jeweled hair clip from Sally Beauty and stitched the corner of the veil to that. Then she trimmed the veil into a nice arc that hit just past her dress. 

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They had long rectangular programs made from black construction paper and white printer paper. The back was a piece of black construction paper cut just large enough to peek around the sides of the white paper, and fold over the top. They were secured with white ribbons punched through the top and tied in a bow.

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OK, maybe their escort cards are my favorite, I just can’t decide! For the reception, their escort cards were “movie tickets” ordered from a ticket printing website that allowed them to customize the entire ticket. They ordered the tickets early and decided to leave the names blank, as they did not know who would attend at the time, and filled the guests names and table in later. 

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On the table holding the escort cards they had a replica movie slate and wrote in the details as if this were a movie being filmed. Each table was named after one of their favorite romantic films, and featured table cards printed by them in black and white with the name of the movie and table number, as well as a replica of the movie poster. The table were all of the parents were seated was rather appropriately, “Father of the Bride”. Other films included “Love Actually”, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, “The Wedding Date” and “When Harry Met Sally”, among others. 

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The place setting that each guest found when arriving at their tables was a card (half sheet of card stock width-wise) with movie trivia printed on the front side, all questions pertaining to the bride and groom in some fashion as well as the movie it is referencing. On the back side were the answers to the trivia questions and the menu for the evening. This was used in an effort to keep guests entertained before they arrived at the reception. 

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Also at each place setting were the favor boxes that contained 1lb of homemade fudge by Andrea’s mother who is a professional fudge maker. The fudge was chocolate in the shape of a heart with white drizzle (keeping with the black and white theme). Andrea continued their theme by printing quotes from romantic movie scenes on white card stock. There were approximately 30 different movie quotes to provide a variety at each table. The box was tied with a black and white ribbon and attached to the bow was a string of beads that spelled, “love”. These were strung by Andrea and a bridesmaid in the months leading up to the wedding on a piece of heavy duty thread. 

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Throughout the reception there were black and white beads to add a vintage feel. They were wrapped around the vases for the center pieces as well as the candles on the cake table. Andrea also draped them in various places in the back ground and on the front of the head table. 

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To add another personal touch to their reception, they created four collage boards to be displayed at the reception of baby photos and pictures of them throughout the years. These photos were printed in black and white and surrounded a larger 8×10 print of 4 of their engagement photos printed in color. The collage boards were canvases that they painted- 2 black and 2 white. 

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Like Andrea’s style? Check out some of her awesome Pinterest boards here


Interested in having your wedding showcased on a Wedding Wednesday? Contact me for more information. I am looking for all kinds of wedding themes, venues, locations, budgets and level of DIY projects. Didn’t have much of a DIY wedding? Don’t worry at all! This is about inspiration and every wedding has the ability to inspire other brides!