When Derek and I got engaged this year, on my birthday (one of the best days of my life), I was so excited to begin planning our wedding. Originally I dreamed of a romantic backyard wedding at my parents' house, with a vintage flare. I was picturing a crisp white tent, a pastel colour pallet and vintage tea tins used as flower vases and me in a tea-length wedding dress with amazing shoes.
Here are some images I used as inspiration for my dream backyard wedding (mostly found through Pinterest...please tell me you have an account and are as obsessed as I am!)
Tea tin vases compliments of Martha Stewart of course.
I love the vibe I'm feeling from this homey picture from Green Wedding Shoes.
If my table looked half as good as this one, I would be one happy bride.
A backyard wedding is not complete without strings of glowing white lights.
There are a ton of dresses I love, but this photo makes me drool - found on The Cinderella Project.
Alas, my backyard wedding was not meant to be. Even though the idea makes me so excited and happy, it would be a ton of work for many people other than myself. And probably pretty expensive once all is said and done. Also, we were pushing the wedding date to summer 2013 so that we could move into our condo first (July 2012). That would add up to an almost 2-year engagement. Something that doesn't really bother me, but Derek is obviously really anxious to call me his wife :)
SO! On to our new favourite wedding idea - An intimate evening cocktail party at one of our favourite downtown restaurants....on New Year's Eve 2012!!!
We are in love with the idea of a cozy evening affair with our closest friends and family. The fact that we can ring in the New Year together will also be a bonus (not to mention add lots of sparkle and cheer to the décor and theme!)
Here are some venues we are considering (in no particular order)
As of today I have spoken to the event coordinators at Eighteen and Fraser Café. We have a meeting at Fraser Café next Tuesday and I am really looking forward to it. Here is why:
- Fraser Café is located in New Edinburgh, our soon-to-be neighbourhood, which we are in love with. I like the idea of keeping the wedding personal, so having our wedding a block away from where we live seems perfect.
- Fraser Café has amazing food. We have only been once, but it was definitely one of our top 3 dining experiences. They are known for using seasonal and local ingredients and their menu includes a "chef surprise" which is exactly that - a spontaneous creation made by the chef! Really cool, if you ask me.
- They have recently added a private dining area beside their restaurant called Table 40. It can seat up to 45 people for a sit-down meal and can accommodate more for a cocktail party. This room is beautifully designed, from the pictures I have seen on facebook, and has it's own entrance, bar and washrooms.
- Best of all, there is no fee for renting the space. We pay for the food and drinks and that's it! Since they have this extra space and will not have to shut down their restaurant (unlike some of our other options) they won't lose out on their regular business.
Now that we are planning a winter wedding, here are some pictures that I am finding very inspiring:
I love this colour pallet - blush, neutrals, with some sparkle for the NYE festivities. Very soft and romantic. I think it would be easily attainable also.
Here are some ideas on how to add woods-y neutrals. I think the pine cones are perfect for adding a natural and organic element with texture (and a bit of Christmas).
I thought a tea-bar for the backyard wedding would have been really nice, but then I stumbled across this hot coco bar which I love even more! How fun and delicious would this be for after dinner along with a selection of liquors?
There would still be lots of opportunity for DIY touches - I think this looks pretty simple and straight forward from Martha Stewart.
I am still planning on going with a tea-length wedding dress. I love this look. The bonus of having an indoor wedding - wearing whatever shoes I like since I won't have to worry about my heels sinking into the grass :)
As of right now, I do not have any solid plans - just a lot of crazy ideas bouncing around in my head. Once we settle on our date and location I think details should fall into place more easily. We also need to discuss budget...ewww, don't you hate that word? We both know that we want to keep costs as minimal as possible, so I will be trying my best to come up with ingenious ways to do so.
Any feedback, suggestions, ideas for a NYE wedding? I know some people who are against mixing engagements and weddings with birthdays and holidays, but it seems as though we are already on that track...I think it just doubles the excitement and celebration!
Have a great weekend everyone!