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Mismatched China & Other Impossible Things

September 9, 2010

Y’all, sometimes I think I’m beating my head against the wall—or some other idiom for trying to do the impossible—with all this personalized DIY on a budget stuff.

As I may have mentioned, I aspire to having the kind of wedding that gets featured on one the fantastic wedding blogs I frequent (some of my favorites are Style Me Pretty, OnceWed, Green Wedding Shoes, 100 Layer Cake and Ruffled). I think these weddings fall into two categories: a) the couple (or the couple’s parents) spent a ton of money getting a professional to create a beautiful event, or b) the bride did it herself. Since I am not loaded, I’ll need to fall into category b.

But ya know what? I’m starting to think it’s not possible to create an intimate, personal, beautiful event with all these crazy DIY details while holding down a full-time job unless the event is on the smaller side. I mean, really, who has time to make 250 of anything, let alone French macaroons or triple-layer silk-screened menus?!

There are so many things I’d love to include in our wedding. For example, how amazing is mismatched vintage china?


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I also kind of die for pinwheel escort cards.


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But honey, it ain’t happening. I need to accept that this is not a small affair, and I’m only human. The mission: find SIMPLE personal touches that I can handle, only go crazy with things I need less of (centerpieces, table numbers, display table decor?) and damnit, outsource the rest. I just hope I can stick to this plan and don’t end up losing my damn mind.

Which by the way, I am still doing over these Save the Dates. I’m becoming certain that they’re never going to be finished. It’s fine. I’m past the point where I can even stress about it.

Anyway, have you guys had your reality checks yet? Or were you realistic from the beginning? Come on—I can’t be the only dreamer out there.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bianca permalink
    September 9, 2010 2:29 pm

    Mismatched china = LOVE.

    Just because you can’t have it for your wedding, doesn’t mean your dining room table can’t look this awesome on a nightly basis … 😉

    I’m now on a hunt for perfectly mismatched china for everyday use — I also will be redoing the seat covers on my chairs to be just as perfectly mismatched.

    • September 9, 2010 5:45 pm

      That’s awesome!! You need a life blog so I can see pictures of this and your pets. =)

  2. lifeinwhite permalink
    September 11, 2010 12:15 am

    Yeah. It’s a bummer how blog doesn’t always translate into real life.

  3. April 16, 2011 3:44 pm

    I got married last Sept and put together a gorgeous collection of mismatched china for our wedding, that I now rent out! I recently made a facebook page with pictures of the plates.

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sugarbaker-Toad/165889450135484?ref=ts

    If you click on each picture, it will tell you how many of the particular pattern I have available. I have more to put up next week when I get back into town and can take pictures of them.

    I also have pictures of my own wedding and how lovely the tables turned out on the facebook page!

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