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November 6th, 2011 in blog, projects     
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1. Would you do a junk wedding for yourself or your daughter or daughter-in-law to be?

2. Would you do the wedding with junk from head to toe or would you be more likely to add vintage elements on a more limited scale?
3. Whats more important, saving money or doing it yourself and having something handmade to remember it by?
4. Assuming not everyone can do the whole wedding themselves, which projects would be highest on your list to do a la junk beautiful--invites, reception, wedding items such as jewelery, dress, bouquet, shoes....?
This is a pin that I was given as a gift from a dear friend. The initials are MSW or Miss Sue Whitney. Ah, hahahaha! I love it.
5. What is your favorite tradition when it comes to weddings? 
6. What is the most unusual thing that you have seen at a wedding. This can be something you thought was unusual good or unusual not so good!
This is my idea of being a jewelry designer...something anyone can do, even me. My pin clipped to a simple strand of pearls changes up the whole look! It can be easily taken on and off making two necklaces from one. Twofer! 
7. What are the pros and cons of the DIY wedding as you see them? 
Here is a pair of my cowboy boots all dressed up for Fall. They are delightful standing on the tree cookie by my front door. I picked what was left in my yard to fill them. Its that in between step before you give in and put out the spruce tips. As you can guess...if I were the bride, Id be wearing cowboy boots!
8. What do like to see at a wedding. Traditional attire or creative attire?
9. Do you think brides should follow traditional protocol or share their own personal style and personality?
These boots were embellished by Annie of Grace and Corazan. They are my new favorites. Its all in the details!
10. Where would you most likely have a wedding and reception? A church, a barn, outdoors, etc?
11. Where do you stand on location weddings?
I am a big fan of the rosary. I think they are absolutely beautiful. I try to pick up something vintage from vacation locations. I got this piece in Italy and everytime I look at it I am reminded of the lovely two weeks I spent there with my children. Tip about bringing vintage items back from vacation. Make sure they fit in your suitcase!!
12. Please describe the most creative wedding you have been to, done, or that have been a part of the planning team. Details please!!!
This necklace was created by Gretchen of Mimi-Torias Designs. Stunning. I can see this working in a wedding...can you?
13. How much did you pay for your wedding? 
14. What would your budget be today? 
The cute little container is a salt shaker with a romantic twist. I think it would fly at a wedding! I also love incorporating junk trinkets into a wedding. The key could symbolize the key to love or the key to happiness.
15. If you had your wedding to do over again, what would you change?  Like...Im glad I saved and got a trunk show dress ($350) but I should have waited to have the final alteration because I lost weight. Or... my wedding was by the book and I would step out on a limb if I could do it again! Id wear vintage rather than store bought. I think you get what I am after.
If your answer is Id change my mate...I cant help you with that one!!
One thing I would change for sure is my hair style. I had some pretty nice 80s mall bangs goin on!!
Thanks for helping out. I really am looking forward to your responses. Feel free to show your sense of humor!
Please send responses to junkmarketstyle@gmail.com
Hugs to All,
Sue
 
1. Would you do a junk wedding for yourself or your daughter or daughter-in-law to be?

2. Would you do the wedding with junk from head to toe or would you be more likely to add vintage elements on a more limited scale?
3. Whats more important, saving money or doing it yourself and having something handmade to remember it by?
4. Assuming not everyone can do the whole wedding themselves, which projects would be highest on your list to do a la junk beautiful--invites, reception, wedding items such as jewelery, dress, bouquet, shoes....?
This is a pin that I was given as a gift from a dear friend. The initials are MSW or Miss Sue Whitney. Ah, hahahaha! I love it.

1. Would you do a junk wedding for yourself or your daughter or daughter-in-law to be?

2. Would you do the wedding with junk from head to toe or would you be more likely to add vintage elements on a more limited scale?

3. What's more important, saving money or doing it yourself and having something handmade to remember it by?

4. Assuming not everyone can do the whole wedding themselves, which projects would be highest on your list to do a la junk beautiful--invites, reception, wedding items such as jewelery, dress, bouquet, shoes....?

This is a pin that I was given as a gift from a dear friend. The initials are MSW or Miss Sue Whitney. Ah, hahahaha! I love it.


First of all, I apologize for being absent, but sometimes I have to be behind the scenes doing things that need to be done to move our community forward. I have been enjoying all of your posts, your creativity, and your willingness and ability to be free thinkers. Bravo to all of you!

Secondly, this is a poll of sorts. My hope is that all of you will be willing to speak your minds, share your opinions, and just let it all hang out. The subject matter is weddings and how you feel about them in today's world. Do you have an opinion on style? Does Emily Post remain current on ettiquette or have things changed? Budget must be on your mind, am I right?  How much should be spent on a wedding? Do you want to employ a wedding designer, do you want to do it yourself, or is there a happy medium? If so...what is the happy medium?

As we go through the photographs I will be asking different questions. Please keep in mind that the more thorough your response, the more helpful information I can compile.

If you decide to speak up on the matter please email me directly at junkmarketstyle@gmail.com. Thanks so much...I can't wait to hear what you have to say!

Here we go...

Remember these questions are just fodder for thought. Feel free to tell me anything you want.... 


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Comments (19)

reuserabuser writes: I recently attended a wedding that was put together in 3 days. The bride's father was diagnosed with cancer and he wanted to walk his daughter down the aisle before he began treatment, which happened to be the next week. They were in the process of using a wedding planner and spending thousands of dollars on the wedding. The wedding was total perfection. Held at a friends house by the lake, nature was the background. I guarantee you that years from now when this girl looks back on her wedding day, she will think of the beauty of the day with family and friends and be thankful that those thousands of dollars were not spent. The wedding day was created by those who loved her and her family.
Anyone can hire a "traditional wedding planner", but to me it takes a very creative mind to work within a limited budget. I am always excited to see they way a person creates a beautiful table, an arrangement or anything else using the "old stuff" of days gone by.
As to the question of would I do my daughter or daughter-in-laws wedding ala junk. Absolutely. The casual elegance of twinkling lights, fresh cut wild flowers and the beauty of the outdoors, what could be more beautiful?
As to the question of junk head to toe, I believe this should be the question for the bride and groom. If this was left up to me, I am a very ecclectic person and love a little of this and that. I don't mind mixing a clay pot full of flowers with grandma's sterling silver!! Posted: 9:08 pm on November 15th
Blessed0812 writes: This is my first time visiting this website and I have say I am intrigued. I would love the directions in making the vases/planters with the candles that don't burn anymore - I think they would make precious Christmas gifts. Please tell me how I can WOW my family and friends. Thx Posted: 1:38 pm on November 15th
Acrossstate writes: Aww , now we are talking romantic junk. Definitely worth considering. I see big old trees with twinkling lights dancing everywhere through the night. Guests arriviing after receiving elegant handwritten invites on vintage stationary . The bride mesmerizing in an antique lace gown passed down from generations . The old wood tables built from reclaimed lumber look exquisite under antique white lace tablecloths , which are adorned with beatiful candles collected ever so specially from flea market to flea market . Chair after chair , each one different than the last one, because they were wonderful flea market finds , dot the green grass . Elegant silverware collected from many wonderful flea markets may not match , but each is so exquisite in its individuality, that no one notices . The food is special , and prepared by someone who can professionally handle the importance of the event . And as sweet music fills the air from a classical orchestra, everyone wonders in awe at the beauty of the night .

Yes, I would do a junk wedding, if it looks like that ! Posted: 4:05 pm on November 13th
BarbGeorge writes: Hi Sue!

My daughter Allie had this sort of wedding and reception 3 years ago... IT WAS WONDERFUL!

One thing that I learned over 30 years ago at a friends wedding, was a POT LUCK RECEPTION! As we all know, the reception can be a HUGE expense. Many of Allie's friends are chefs, but we all know you don't need to be a chef to be a GREAT COOK!

Rather than a 'beef or chicken' request card going out with the invitations, we included a suggestion (via the alphabet--you know, if you are A-F bring a salad...) of what they would bring, and that was on the RSVP card which they included in their return (if you were taking phone calls that could be done easily enough--just note the item). Some people who had specialties were asked to bring that. And! Since their group of friends is vast, the recipes were included--for Allie as a 'Friendship Cookbook' after the fact, which people could ask for copies of later on!

What MANY people did, we put their contribution into a container that was reusable, vintage OR NEW as a gift for the couple! BONUS! The couple ended up with a new crockpot and some vintage serving bits. IT WAS SOOOOO MUCH FUN! And the other bonus was that people who did not know know one another had exciting things (food) to talk about.

Other ideas we had were pretty basic:
-Tea lights in vintage jars hanging from the trees.
-A Vintage wedding dress (actually a party dress)
-Old linens
-Vintage jars for tablescapes




Posted: 10:32 am on November 12th
Michaelangelas writes: I am a bride to be... For the sake of what I love, I would def. have to junk it up! If someone would ask me to do it for them, I would hands down or should I say arms full dive in!

Depending upon the place/ season introducing junking at a wedding may not suit every taste However junking can be tastefully refreshing to a young couple who have a thrifty style for re-imagining what their world looks like through their eyes. And in what better forum to show that style off...

To plan a wedding for yourself, by yourself is very overwhelming.. As ideas may flow like water, the reality and time constraints of planning, making and perfectionism could make the event much less memorable and stressful than someone else helping or orchastrating.

High on the list... The prized possessions of the bride. It's her day, make her shine like her diamond!
Posted: 8:26 pm on November 10th
GrandBear writes: OH MY..PERKED-UP MY JUNKN' SPIRIT!!! I would definetly do a "junk wedding" HOWEVER..lots of elegant touches added. Grand-daughter's barn wedding was so much fun....STILL NO PICTURES so keep checking back with me I will post them. As for this junk wedding idea I know all junkers like things in orginial old-found state...but for this occasion I would put junk items together(weld,glue, wired, tie etc.) go creative....( a " COUNTRY-JUNK-SHAB-CHIC WEDDING") and then get my trusty spray gun and spray all the different finished creations off-white and then add slight touches of the brides color on a few small items in each of the"shabby" painted creations!.also tuck in some greenery of the season here and there. OH YES...I COULD DO THIS WEDDING! Posted: 12:43 pm on November 9th
suewhitney writes: Hi All...

Thank you all so much for sending such thoughtful responses to this poll. Please remember to send responses to me directly at junkmarketstyle@gmail.com. Thanks again this is fun stuff!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 12:44 pm on November 8th
mysalvagedtreasures writes: Lots to think about. I know this type of wedding wouldn't be for everyone because some people just don't "get it." Personally, I would love it.
Of course the bride's vision would have to come first, along with a little junkin' persuasion from me. If the bride only wanted a few elements here and there, I think the reception would be the ideal place, especially if it was an outdoor event. I can see flowers, candles, and food arranged in unusual containers, burlap table covers instead of the usual colors, etc.
Handmade is always so special. Favors made with old trinkets would be perfect. Maybe, hand stamped silverware for place settings.
Love your pin! Posted: 12:28 pm on November 8th
LovinOs writes: 1. Would you do a junk wedding for yourself or your daughter or daughter-in-law to be?
-I did just this for my wedding that took place in June. My Mother and I started the year before collecting old plates, vases, large decor pieces, doors and windows and so much more. My favorite element was the large 'N' that my Dad fixed to light up on the dance floor. It now has a home in my living room.
2. Would you do the wedding with junk from head to toe or would you be more likely to add vintage elements on a more limited scale?
-We wanted it junk from head to toe but in the end we ran out of time and manpower. I think we had just enough elements to pull it all off.
3. What's more important, saving money or doing it yourself and having something handmade to remember it by?
We actually saved money by doing some of it ourselves. I design invitations for a living and that one was a no brainer.
4. Assuming not everyone can do the whole wedding themselves, which projects would be highest on your list to do a la junk beautiful--invites, reception, wedding items such as jewelery, dress, bouquet, shoes....?
-Not all DIY invites are good. If you are unsure of the process and the work that goes into them, you should have those done for you. The reception is a must do. You want your guests to leave talking about it. Posted: 8:05 am on November 8th
cmarlow41 writes: 1. Would you do a junk wedding for yourself or your daughter or daughter-in-law to be? I would do one for myself and my daughters would be willing. I'm finding that junking and steampunk are following closely together and steampunk is becoming very big with young adults (or I know a WHOLE bunch of nerds!) 2. Would you do the wedding with junk from head to toe or would you be more likely to add vintage elements on a more limited scale? It would be head to toe. A recycled, repurposed wedding speaks volumes about one's lifestyle. 3. What's more important, saving money or doing it yourself and having something handmade to remember it by? I don't feel these are mutually exclusive. Saving money is important. Having something to remember the day is mandatory. 4. Assuming not everyone can do the whole wedding themselves, which projects would be highest on your list to do a la junk beautiful--invites, reception, wedding items such as jewelery, dress, bouquet, shoes....? Shoes and jewelry would be the simplest projects to understake. Many brides already do a funky shoe for photos, like a tennis shoe or flip flop decorated to the max. Invites would set the theme for the wedding and could contain a statement that gifts should be a recycled or repurposed item. But the reception? This is where a junker could really shine! Whether mixing elegant food with vintage, mixed serving/eating items or decorating with tiny terrariums made in old, clear lightbulbs, the reception could be a wonder of discovery for everyone. Posted: 3:42 am on November 8th
joyce_b writes: I would love to do a delightful junk wedding for my daughter. It would be in my backyard in the spring when all the flowers are coming up and I have put out all my recycled garden stuff. I shop at the local thrift store regularly and there are always wedding dresses there. The bridesmaids could choose their own dresses.
The table would be set with vintage dishes plates and serving dishes of various lineage. Of course, all the food would be new.

This is even better than going to Las Vegas ang being married by Elvis. Now my daughter just has to find someone to marry.

Joyce
A happy recycler in Minnesota. Posted: 3:36 am on November 8th
LadyCatherine writes: Great topic! In regard to your first question, Would you do a junk wedding for yourself or your daughter or daughter-in-law to be? As a mother of an adult unmarried son, I would say for a daughter-in-law/daughter to be it would depend on what she would want for her/their wedding. I would certainly love a junkstyle wedding,tastefully done,but again it would depend on the daughter-in-law/daughter to be and what her dream wedding would be. I certainly would choose a vintage wedding dress over any strapless version of today. I cannot tell you how many young brides at weddings I have witnessed yanking up their strapless gowns so they won't fall down and expose themselves. Posted: 2:32 am on November 8th
Prior writes:
I love vintage and junk touches, espesially at celebrations. such as weddings. I definantly would use enough to evoke the vintage repurposed whimsy, but not have junk without a purpose, that purpose could be sheer lovliness, though. If the junk has a family history, even better! Saving money is important, because I'm not wealthy. It is also a lesson on thrift to teach a young couple, the lesson being it is fun to create with family and friends and you come out with an event experience that is unique, personal, and a well thought out day for you. Well, a la junk beautiful only works for me if it isn't isolated, little touches of that theme needs its stamp throughout the wedding, be it just a smidge or a whole dollop. Details, that go unnoticed by some, is what makes a wedding pulled together. Good manners and being gracious never go out of style, while stuffy nonsense doesn't matter and personal sentiment is more important. Families, weddings, celbrating is about lives lived together and the little quirky traditions that are gathered up along the way, ours alone...it can be expensive, but your little piece of jewlery has so much meaning and makes you laugh out loud. We have a tradition, that has a sweet story behind it about what the ring bearer carries, intstead of a pillow...we've also stripped all of my mother's bottle trees and lined the aisles with cobalt blue, we all wore hats once(the bride loves them and my mom is famous for wearing them in our little town, well and of course the Royal wedding, hee hee) We've hand stamped and painted hundreds of invites, smoked briskets, and hand wired hundreds of glass beads, just for starters...some of it I would have hire out, if I could, but most I am glad we did together...it was times we cherished, before our family dynamics changed one more time and we were blessed with another member. ha ha, I can talk about weddings...I love them. Usually the bride tell me what she likes, then I tell her what I have and being a junker, if I don't have it, I know where I can get it!
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Posted: 8:44 pm on November 7th
Yeyas Antiques writes: A Junk Wedding sounds great! As for the Wedding Designer....may be a good idea to have a Wedding Junk Designer involved just enough to govern the Junk. (You know if left alone, we could really go overboard in running with this theme). Sounds like a fabulous theme though! The most unusual thing I have seen in a Wedding was a Band Stand area with a Vintage Car theme all around the Band. I can imagine Chic Junk items with NFS all around, or behind the main table. Have fun!!!
Yeyas Posted: 7:34 pm on November 7th
Countrystyleaccents writes: So I just have to say I am super excited about this topic!! I actually just recently got married and between my mother-in-law and I, it was an all out do-it-yourself wedding. My passion is refinishing furniture and very much the country/barn theme and I wasn't going to settle for less at my wedding. My husband was very much on the same page. YES! It was a lot of work, but it was perfect! I also found really unique ways to incorporate my dad (who passed away 3 years ago) into the wedding. Can't wait to share more! Sondra Posted: 7:25 pm on November 7th
CottageElements writes: I have to tell you, when it comes to style, I love to stay ahead of the trends, not follow them. It's like seeing hair feathers at Walmart. It tells me that trend is changing and that hair feathers are on there way out. That doesn't mean you have to spend a ton of $$ to be ahead of the trends. That's why I love what we do!! Chic, yet on a budget!! Just my two cents....I'll email the rest of my opinion (which I seem to have a lot of...lol).

Lani Posted: 6:51 pm on November 7th
suewhitney writes: Thanks to all who have already replied!!! The response is fabuulous...keep 'em coming!! Some members are sending pics and that is wonderful. If you have images to share please do!

Thanks again,
Sue Posted: 6:12 am on November 7th
suewhitney writes: Hi There...

Ah,hahahaha! You don't have to answer all of the questions. You know me I have a lot packed in this little brain of mine. If you will just answer the ones you find strike a chord with you that would be ab fab. Thanks!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 5:27 am on November 7th
MimiToria writes: I will certainly send you my thoughts and such, but 15 ?'s will take some time. lol Love the topic though! Such a joyous topic/occasion to be discussing... Posted: 7:36 pm on November 6th
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