Planning a wedding that has as much DIY going on as ours is hard. There are INFINITE options for a million little (and big) decisions. Every time I read another wedding blog (which is daily) I get more ideas for things we could do. Some of which are fantastic, because there are little things I hadn’t remembered I had to make a decision about, like napkin rings. Mostly, it’s a bit overwhelming.
So I’ve been working on making a set of limitation lists. Sounds nuts, right? Well, it’s the way I work best. When I was in art classes in college, and we were given complete freedom, I had the hardest time getting inspired to create anything. With infinite options comes infinite bad ideas, I think. It was only when we had limitations (don’t lift your pen from the paper for the entire drawing, only work in blues, paint with your opposite hand, etc) that I made anything decent to look at.
With the wedding, even though we’ve already trimmed a lot of the options down by deciding to go with a story-book nautical theme, there are so many things we could use! It could end up getting bogged down, complicated, and unfocused. I want a clear vision for the decor, something theme appropriate but not like it was all ordered out of a catalog, and to be able to make decisions based on parameters rather than whim. I’m all for whim normally (sometimes I go to a shop specifically to impulse buy), but this thing will never get done unless the decisions are easier to make.
Here are a few of my limitation lists. With a few exceptions, these are the colors, textures, and motifs that will be used for the decor.
- cotton (including seersucker)
- rope (both jute and cotton)
- galvanized metal
- clear glass
- fish netting
- seashells (in moderation)
To be honest, having these lists makes it seem like I know what I’m doing. Now to just hammer out what everything will actually be, look like, and when it’ll be made. The buying supplies part is fun. =)