Meet my new daughter-in-law….and my youngest son. It was a celebration for sure, that sunny May day as they wed, only a short week ago now. And we were there to witness their vows, their joy, their love for one another, and for God – Who brought them to this day.
Weddings should be that way….delightful celebrations of what God has joined together. But as I have contemplated over and over again, the day is not just about a wedding…it’s about a marriage, a covenant. The wedding lasts one day. The marriage is a lifetime.
With the constant reminder to myself to “not let things take on a life of their own” (that would be my husband’s voice in my head!), I planned for the rehearsal dinner and the beginning of the celebration events of the weekend. And having done so, I now want to pass on the joy of the occasion as perhaps you, or someone you know, is planning for their own special day in the near future.
Who has a celebration event without flowers?!? As I spent literally months in search of silver-plated teapots and water pitchers, creamers and sugar bowls that were large enough to hold a bountiful arrangement, I was quite pleased with what I found. Being an outdoor celebration weekend, I also wanted to bring in the woods a bit. Queen Anne’s Lace was my choice of flower for a couple of reasons….they are a beautiful white/green mixture, and they seemingly last forever!
At my booth this month, you will now find these polished pitchers complete with flowers – all for just $16.95 each, regardless of the size or shape of the container! Now don’t you know someone who would love to be surprised with such a gift as this? The flowers are still beautiful, and the pitcher will never lose it’s appeal! And just in case you are decorating for your own wedding or anniversary event, there are about 18 of these for sale this month, and I promise you I have passed on a tremendous savings to you just in the container alone!
“Birds of a feather flock together”, I have heard said. These adorable clay birds are sprinkled throughout the booth this month, and are fun additions in any room of your home. But again, should you be planning a wedding, this cage is a wonderful way to have your guests help start the newlyweds with a “nest egg” of their own. Simply add the chalkboard sign and you’re on your way!Vintage appeal is a charming way to add color to your table, and I have a selection of nearly 20 different tablecloths for you to choose from. All are priced at only $14.95 each. Unbelievable, right? But although I searched specifically for ones to use at the rehearsal dinner, I can’t begin to keep all I found! So why not share them with you?!?
Insulators have become a new favorite decoration of mine, and all are being passed on to you for only $3 each. I used these with battery candles (also in the booth for sale!) to create a beautiful ambiance on our tables. And even the wood blocks are for sale, and let me tell you why! I wanted to use something like this, but everywhere I went and saw wood pieces, they were either far too expensive, or not for sale (my biggest pet peeve).
One weekend while visiting my parents in Charlotte, I was leaving to travel home and saw that one of their neighbors had cut a beautiful birch tree and had the limbs piled at the street for the city to take away. I halted my little Mazda, already piled full, and loaded at least 12 logs into the back to take home to my husband. Believe me, there was some eye rolling with that move when he helped me unload my car! And imagine his expression when I excitedly told him my idea to use them as centerpieces for the rehearsal dinner! Not only that, but I requested that he saw 80 wood rounds for me to decoupage with the newlywed’s picture for guests to take home and use as Christmas ornaments in years to come! You have to admit they turned out to be a hit and a great take-away gift from the celebration night. I have bagged up some of the rounds for sale as well…don’t let these slip you by! This was an easy gift to make, and not at all time consuming once the logs were cut (thanks HubE!).
A guest board was another easy idea, and of course, you will find it in the booth for sale as well. $21.95…what a deal!
My vintage love affair continues, but especially with this cake topper, as it was used on the cake of my in-laws in the 50s. What a sweet heritage and blessing for me to be able to use it. And the moss? Yes, I have even bagged it to sell…$3/bag. You won’t find it for that price anywhere, I promise!
The table markers with the numbers are another fun idea. I have one in my kitchen to hold my recipes while I cook. But you could also use it on a desktop to hold a family photo. And if in need of plate chargers, get them at Burlap & Lace for only $.50 each….another bargain passed on to you! I have 75 for sale….
So the idea behind the rocks was that each guest would write a memory on them for the bride & groom to take with them; however, when telling my son of the idea he wasn’t crazy about it. So I used the planter and rocks to celebrate the love birds anyway!
As I end this blog, I want to give tribute and praise to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. From the moment Mitch was born, I began praying for his bride. And while he and I have journeyed together these last 25 years, I can honestly say that I have witnessed his love for Liz grow over the last 3 years in ways I have had to ponder….ways in which he truly has sought out her heart and given her his in return. He has held back nothing…especially not his love for Christ, and for that I could not be more proud.
So here is to covenant marriage, and may theirs be all God has intended it to be. To Him be the glory forever. Amen!