Making a totally hand-made wedding, all by yourself, when it’s your wedding, may seen like a monumental task, but I can’t tell you how much I absolutely adored every moment!
It was really important to me not to waste anything, before and after the wedding and to up-cycle where possible (ex. collecting the jars for the vases). We wanted to be as conscious and ethical as possible from our decoration to our caterers. We had a totally vegan meal, which exception to the wedding cake, and bought all bamboo dishes and even bamboo straws, which everyone took home as gifts.
I love going to the markets in Saigon, the craft market in particular. I wanted to make “ART” hats for the Photo Booth, and decided on the culturally appropriate Vietnamese Conical hat to use as a base (there were also glasses to match). I found it magical how I’d have an idea, like, a fruit basket hat — they go to the market and find a glass jar full to the rim with plastic fruits and veggies… buy the lot,spending a fiver, and enjoy contructing the base then adding the toppings!
Here are the hats:
- Pom-Pom Perfect (so nice to squeeze)
- Mirror Head – kids and adult sizes gold/silver
- Granny’s Garden
- Birds on the Mekong
- Fruits and Veggies
The ceramic money-cats were attached to a carabiner (my husband is really into climbing) and were used to clip onto each champagne glass so they wouldn’t get mixed up (there were 9 different guys). I bought them months before the wedding, not knowing what they would be used for.. but were perfectly paired in the end.
The place settings came from a Banyan tree growing at the venue, which was being pruned.. I collected as much wood I could fit on my bike, dried them for a few months, then brought them to a carpenter who sliced them up. I painted them my favourite dark blue then Melody, by beautiful hand-writing friend, wrote the names in gold.
Another running theme was the “Mirror Balls” which I would reflect the lights at night … both from the vases on the table and from above. I actually constructed 7 medium to large ball using styrofoam balls as the base… the small ones I found. I made the seating plans, Lys and Ben sign, and bar menu with the cut mirror squares, which all sparkled magically.
The shoes, wow… so they took me around 10 hours of hot gluing each tiny crystal piece onto a quite worn pair of shoes I’ve had for years — upcycling at its finest! I loved the way they turned out, and can’t wait to see the professional photographs.
I can’t explain how satisfying the process of laying awake at night, brainstorming ideas, going to the many markets hunting out the materials, therapeutically assembling the pieces, seeing the finished product, and then, on the night, sitting back and seeing your vision realized. I wouldn’t change a single detail and am completly thankful for having the oppertunity to share my creativity with my nearest and dearest.