I’m in love with the clean lines, exposed brick, and floor-to-ceiling windows of the urban setting in this Chicago wedding from Megan Saul Photography. Simple, sweet, and full of DIY details, this wedding has tons of inspiration perfect for the couple wanting a gorgeous, but minimalist, look. Stunning bride, Aly, is here to share her planning insight:
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
My husband Josh and I wanted to plan our wedding based on our personal styles and do things that represented us. We worked together and a lot of our wedding details consisted of DIY projects. What helped us most was Pinterest! We also used a lot of other online resources and wedding/design blogs. Other people’s advice is a huge help!
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
When choosing what vendors to work with we knew we wanted to work with people who shared similar styles as our own. We chose smaller, local businesses and worked on a lot of their recommendations. We found that we could develop personal relationships with owners and employees of the smaller business. Everyone we worked with was great!
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
A lot of our inspiration for our wedding came from Pinterest and Etsy. Since my husband and I would be paying for our own wedding we had a tight budget to stick to. On Pinterest we found a lot of great ideas that we were able to do on our own! For materials and other details we went to Etsy. It helps to contact the shop owners and ask if the offer discounts. It never hurts to ask!
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
My favorite thing about our wedding, besides celebrating with our family and friends, was the venue. We immediately fell in love with it. Our ceremony was in the atrium of an industrial warehouse. It had beautiful features such as exposed brick, wood beams, and vaulted ceilings, surrounded with floor to ceiling windows. Our reception followed in the industrial ballroom of the warehouse. It was soft, elegant, and romantic while still maintaining old industrial charm. Although, it’s hard to choose one thing because we loved it all!!
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
My best piece of advice for other brides…while it’s important to think about your guests, make your number one priority to have an event that celebrates and reflects yourselves! Also, DIY details are great! They save a lot of money, add a very personal touch, and facilitate spending time with your groom and/or bridesmaids.
I love all of the fun DIY concepts that Aly and Josh created for their wedding. As a slightly crafty gal, I have serious admiration for the folks that have the patience and skills to tackle projects – minor or major – leading up to their big day.
How about you? Are you planning any awesome DIY details or are you leaving the creative and crafty work to the professionals?