A Rainbow Engagement Party

In this summer of rainbows and weddings, it occurred to me I had a little more up my sleeve for you. I had almost forgotten to share my seester’s rainbow engagement party! It was a beautiful day, great food, great friends, Skittle favors, Guess That Herb and lots of champagne.

Rainbow Engagement Party

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Wedding DIY Failure | The Glory (Doily) Lamp Debacle

Craft and DIY blogs make all of the projects you see look so easy and perfect.

But we all know not every project is really so easy peasy. In fact, some of them are outright disasters. But you never get to see those do you? Until today.

Dos Family Doily Lamp

The giant doily lamp that has been all over Pinterest for some time is one of the most stunningly gorgeous DIYs I have seen in awhile, and we knew we had to have it for my leetle seester’s rainbow wedding. Yeah, easier said than done, as many on the interwebs have mentioned, and we found the hard way. But at least it was with two of my favorite people in the whole wide world.

Even though the wedding came and went sans-doily lamp, we are still going to make one of these mofos at some point. Because now it’s personal. So here’s how everything went so very wrong, and how you can fix it.

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Budget DIY Rainbow Prairie Wedding Printed Materials

The printed materials for a wedding can be expensive.

Save the dates, invitations, reply cards, programs, escort cards – they can eat up a sizable chunk of your budget. But they don’t have to!

For my leetle seester’s wedding, they had a relatively small budget. They also had a sister (me) with Creative Memories Storybook Creator, a quick mouse hand, and a bit of an obsessive nature.

Escort Cards

This was my escort card. Most people took theirs home with them.

For an 180-guest wedding, we made all of the printed materials you see in this post for less than $300. Let me show you how we did it!

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Rainbow Prairie Barn Wedding Instagram Sneak Peek

My leetle seester got married Friday to one of the most wonderful men I know.

The weather was perfect after days of torrential rain, so everything was fresh and green. She was absolutely gorgeous, he looked ever so dapper, everything worked out, despite many near-misses (a certain redhead forgot to tell anyone where the rings were, and they nearly got lost), and the wedding went off without a hitch.

Beautiful Bride Sister

It will be a little while before seester gets the pictures back and I can share all of the purdy rainbow-y details with you, but I did manage to snap plenty of Instagrams throughout the day. Check out a little sneak peek of the magic!

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Barn Silo Bar | Daily Instagram

Barn Silo Bar

The freaking amazing bar area in the barn silo at my leetle seester’s wedding