My Sister's Wedding + DIY Decor

My beautiful big sister got married February 11th 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!

Seriously, how beautiful is this girl? Vintage glam to the max!

Seriously, how beautiful is this girl? Vintage glam to the max!

my handsome new bro !

my handsome new bro !

Hey that's me! And the bride + groom :)

Hey that's me! And the bride + groom :)

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 as I get closer to having a wedding of my own (no ring yet, but it's coming) I have officially decided I want to get married in 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.

My cutie patootie niece and nephew aka flower girl and ring beearer

My cutie patootie niece and nephew aka flower girl and ring beearer

Beautiful bride with my parents

Beautiful bride with my parents

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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Not the best photos as I was quickly snapping pics before guests came in

Not the best photos as I was quickly snapping pics before guests came in

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.

As I already mentioned, we used some of the lanterns from the aisle décor as centerpieces and the remaining ones were used in front of the head table. The table numbers I purchased off of Etsy and printed at Staples on cardstock.

 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.

Sweetest flower girl, VIctoria

Sweetest flower girl, VIctoria

I purchased a vintage bird cage on sale at Michael's to hold the cards

I purchased a vintage bird cage on sale at Michael's to hold the cards

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.

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 also 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? :)

The favours for guests to take home was 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!

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 $$ as well 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 plan 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!! I cannot wait to see the professional photos and the wedding video!!

It is so hard to believe the day came and went so quickly! I have actually felt pretty sad with it being over but it is nice to be able to sit back and relax without having to check the wedding to do list. I feel totally prepared to do it again, when it is my turn :) And I have lots of girlfriends that I am excited to help with their wedding planning and décor!

Speaking of my turn-- here's my handsome fella :)

Speaking of my turn-- here's my handsome fella :)

Jess xx