My Sister's Wedding + DIY Decor

My beautiful big sister got married February 11th, 2017 and it was absolutely amazing! Months of planning and hard work came together so beautifully and it was soooo much fun! My sister looked absolutely stunning and happier than I have ever seen her. She and my new brother in law are so in love and I am so incredibly happy for them!

Stunning professional photography by 3B Photography

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 How beautiful is this girl? Vintage glam to the max!

How beautiful is this girl? Vintage glam to the max!

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 Seriously? They look like movie stars!

Seriously? They look like movie stars!

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But enough with the gushy stuff, I finally get to share the décor with you guys!

My sister was kind enough to ask me to help with the décor which was such an honour and privilege! I have always been torn between wanting a winter or fall wedding but ultimately decided on October. You guys have heard me time and again talk about it being my most favourite month so it seems fitting for me. So, I was really thrilled my sister decided on a winter wedding so that I could put my ideas and Pinspiration for this season into play.

 My sister and Maan live in Toronto and their wedding was at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, which is an absolutely stunning venue. It is very classic and elegant with a big beautiful ball room, gold and crystal chandeliers, floor to ceiling windows and marble floors. It really was the perfect place for their wedding!

We wanted to incorporate natural elements of winter with lots of whites, gold and silver as well as lots of twinkle and candle light. We purchased these awesome light up trees and sprayed them with snow to look extra winter-y. My dad made the archway using grapevines he collected from their property, sprayed with snow and wrapped with twinkle lights. The trees and archway were the backdrop for both the ceremony and the head table at the reception.

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Between myself, my mom and my sister, we were able to accumulate a lot of décor items from our home to use for the wedding including clear and gold vases as well as lanterns. We lined the aisle with the lanterns and tall vases with candles for the ceremony which was beautiful as the ceremony took place after dark at 6pm. The aisle décor was also used for the reception and as some of the centerpieces.

My sister in law provided us with all of the tall vases for centerpieces that were leftover from her and my brother's wedding in '09. My mom and I hit up Michael's during a 50% off sale on all of their winter florals and greenery and purchased white and silver faux flowers dusted with faux snow and sparkles. We combined the faux flowers along with silver and gold sticks in the tall vases to create one of 3 centerpieces. I also spray painted the stems of the flowers silver or gold to coordinate with the sticks.

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The table numbers I purchased off of Etsy and printed at Staples on cardstock.

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Another centrepiece was a gathering of white faux floral stems we got from Michael's we placed in the vases along with faux snow. We surrounded these with votive candles for the reception.

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The favours for guests to take home were a mini bottle of maple syrup. I loved this as it was local maple syrup from where we grew up and was especially fitting for a Canadian winter wedding as there were a lot of guests that had travelled from overseas. It was my favourite wedding detail and also the most labour intensive. We hand poured the maple syrup into all 200 bottles, applied 200 "Thank you" stickers (that I found in the scrapbooking section at Dollar Tree) and also hand cut each of the labels saying "Rae-Lynn + Maan 02-11-2017" and tied each of them to the bottle. It was a family affair completing the favours and it was totally worth it!

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I bought medium size vases from the dollarstore that we used to hold the bride and bridesmaids' bouquets for the head table along with gold vases and votives ranging in size that I borrowed from a friends' wedding. It was so perfect for a winter wedding seeing twinkle and candle light everywhere!

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The cocktail + bar space included the card and gift table as well as the guestbook signing area and the seating chart.

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 Photo guestbook made by Shutterfly

Photo guestbook made by Shutterfly

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My sister did an awesome job writing out the seating chart using sharpie oil based paint pens on a mirror she had from home. I used a mirror of my mom's using the same paint pens for the welcome sign and we added some faux floral swag to both.

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We decorated the card and gift and signing tables with some printables purchased from Etsy and framed them in gold frames we had on hand or from the dollar store. I made a photobook from Shutterfly that was used as the guestbook and printed photos of the bride and groom also from Shutterfly. The 'Share the Love' sign included the hashtag for the week #raemaan. I also made a few other printables using Microsoft Word (so technical, right? :)

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This wedding was incredible and I thought the décor turned out so beautiful and fitting for winter and the venue. An added bonus is that it saved the bride and groom some $$ given that we used a lot of items from our homes rather than purchasing new, went with faux flowers rather than real (other than the bouquets) and purchased some of the extra items like picture frames and vases from thrift and dollar stores. We also borrowed some things from friends and family. This is definitely the way to go and what I am planning to do for my big day :)

Thank you to my family and friends for all of the amazing feedback and compliments on the décor. My sister and her new husband have wonderful taste, I just helped with making it a reality! My parent's were also incredible when it came to the planning, preparing, set up, take down, etc!!

It is so hard to believe the day came and went so quickly! I feel totally prepared to do it again for mine :) And I have lots of girlfriends that I am excited to help with their wedding planning and décor!

Here area few more from the BEST DAY;

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 Us girls and our beautiful Mama

Us girls and our beautiful Mama

 me; maid of honour along with my cutie patootie niece and nephew

me; maid of honour along with my cutie patootie niece and nephew

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 my family :)

my family :)

 ...and they lived happily ever after !!

...and they lived happily ever after !!

Jess xx