10 wedding ideas that everyone will love

1. Instead of spending days compiling the perfect seating plan, have your guests decide where to go with your own unique way point sign!

sign post

This went down really well with our guests and they loved choosing their own tables and who they wanted to sit with! (Just remember to reserve a table or two for you and your wedding party)

2. Have themed tables! We had Harry Potter:

harry potter table

Lord of the Rings:

lord of the rings table

General Disney:

Disney table

Tangled

tangled table

Matilda the musical:

matilda table

Music theme

music table

and Switzerland theme

swiss train

Not only is it fun for you to come up with decorations, it’s easy too. Especially if you’re a nerd and you already have a bunch of stuff you could display! For example, we put books on every table and I already had everything for the Harry potter table so no need to buy expensive decs.

3. Snacks for your guests. There’s no telling what will happen on your wedding day so it’s always good to be prepared- especially with ample food. It’s a long day and you want your guests to be happy! This doesn’t have to be expensive though- we just went to the local supermarket and bought some sweets that went with the theme of each table!

chocolate violins

chocolate coins

4. Have things for your guests to do! Sometimes waiting around can get boring and your guests might have to wait for you, so if you can, get them something to do! As there are a lot of trains in Switzerland we bought a toy train set for them to play with on their table.

swiss train

Also on the music table we had a music box that guests could play. Awesome decorations they can look at will keep them occupied too!

5. Lighting… With a wedding, it’s easy to miss something like lighting for your hall. Don’t dispair though, this can be really simple and inexpensive! We just got cheap jars in bulk and electric candles to put in them for cute lanterns. I went and painted silhouettes on them to go with our tables themes, here are a few:

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6. Make everything!! Honestly, this is what saved us. We had big ideas but we didn’t want to spend a lot as we have the Monica and Chandler approach of “we don’t have to have a big wedding, all we want is a successful marriage”. However, as I’m an artist, I was able to do a lot of the details and decorations by hand. I made this snuggly duckling sign for our tangled table with the help of my Dad:

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I did the lanterns, drew the Disney castle for the Disney table, me and my husband made and decorated boxes for the Matilda table, I drew the invites and we used snapfish to print them out and we even made our own confetti out of cheap amazon books:

confetti

There are lots of things you can do- on your own or with help- to make your day special and personal!

7. Ask people to help. I mainly asked the people who helped us because I knew they were talented and we wanted our wedding to be very personal. However, if you are running out of money this can help in that area as well. We found the generosity of our friends astounding and working with people you already know is a lot easier. My old boss made our cake, (I’m sorry about the photo, this was the only one I have to hand)

cake!!

one of my Mum’s friends did the flower arranging and made us this super cute ring pillow:

ring pillow

my bridesmaid and husbands Dad did musical items for our ceremony, a good long time friend did our catering, my Dad made the amazing sign which I started this post with (which I painted) and last but not least, without us even asking her to, my Mum’s friend made my wedding dress.

8. Have an interesting guest book. Who wants a plain old guest book? We didn’t!! One of the first things me and my husband did together was play giant jenga, so we had our guests play jenga. If they got a block out successfully, they wrote on one of them, if it fell down it was up to them to set it back up and try again. If you do have a “guest book” like this then remember to write instructions next to it as there won’t always be someone  around to instruct guests on what to do.

jenga guest book

9. This can be for the bride or the groom: add a personal touch to your wedding outfits. Our wedding colours were purple and green to represent our two favourite things at the time: Lord of the rings and Tangled. So, my Husband wore a purple tie and I had green on the stem of my bouquet. I also had flowers in my hair and a Harry Potter necklace that read “mischief managed”. But I think the coolest thing we did was decide that me and my made of honour were to have a home made bouquet. (I did have two mades of honour but sadly there were only enough flowers for one extra bouquet) These were  done out of books and sheet music as we both play an instrument and like to read.

 

bouquets

10. Last but not least, enjoy yourselves!! This one actually gets missed a lot. Yes, you do need to make sure your guests have a great time but is it their wedding? No! It’s yours! So make it the way YOU both want it as well as pleasing your guests. Fight for little touches you know no-one will notice but will make you happy when you see them. Fight for a day plan that makes you satisfied, even if it’s a little strange. Make sure it’s your day! For example, my husband doesn’t dance and although I like to dance, dancing with everyone’s eyes on me makes me really anxious. So guess what? We didn’t have a first dance! Surprise surprise, you don’t have to follow social norms- do what makes you happy. I did end up dancing, but I found that better than having an announced dance that has to last a whole song.

So, there you go. Some simple things for you to have the best day ever! This was a long time coming, we’ve been married about 7 months now but I’ve always wanted to do this as I really enjoyed my wedding and I want as many people out there as possibleto enjoy theirs too 🙂

Acanothing

I know I was going to blog more about what’s going on in my life and I said that I would maybe do additional posts about this. Instead you’ve got a late post because the truth is… nothing is really happening. The most exciting thing I’ve done is watch “Pitch perfect” and obsess over flash mob videos on You Tube. Actually, I did do something coolish, I sang in front of a camera and posted it to youtube, something I rarely do as I much prefer how I sound inside my head than outside, but I can show you guys that.

I’ve always enjoyed singing, I wish someone would make a device that would show people what you sound like to yourself, because I would be great if I had that! I’m more of the Shower singer type and I usually end p trying to sing all the parts because I can’t decide which ones are the best! That’s why I’ve called this post “Acanothing” because I’ve been singing a lot and thinking about how it would sound in acapella and nothing is happening in my life at the moment…

Okay, that’s depressing. I wish I could be involved in something really cool like a flash mob or an acapella group or a youtube channel like “improv everywhere” who do crazy things like reenact star wars on the subway or break out into song in a shopping mall. Things like that don’t happen where I live, maybe I should move to America! Or maybe I should bring the fun here, I just need someone with organisational skills and someone who can dance, anyone up for it? In England, we’re too conventional, if someone flash mobbed, you’d probably get arrested or thrown out of wherever you are. We need to have more fun and be more spontaneous. I think, if it makes someone happy, it shouldn’t be classed as a bad thing, right?

I would like to do more random things, more things that make me scared, but the type of things that make you feel really good afterwards. If people laugh at you, or make fun of you, all the better because you’re still making their day different and exciting. That’s the kind of thing I want to do all the time. I hope I can make my life more interesting and have more interesting things to say, but sometimes life will be boring. That’s why we need to actively make it interesting. Bake cookies and put them on your neighbours doorsteps, sing aloud more, even just challenge yourself to smile at every person you see that day. Let’s make the world more awesome and let’s have more reasons to laugh. I know I want to.

Everybody’s left

Originally the title to the blog was “everybody’s wrong” but that sounded just slightly egotistical on my part hence the BFG Roald Dahl reference. I was thinking today how everyone on this planet in some way or another thinks that they are right and that makes them wrong. I was laughing at the irony of it because it just means that some people are just wrong-er than others no one is or can be completely right about anything. I can say “My name is Elisabeth” and think yeah, that’s right. But for all I know to other people I’m not Elisabeth, before coming on this world to live (Google “LDS premortal life” for more details) I could’ve had a different name and who knows, in a few years time I may think ‘you know what, I hate my name’ and legally change it to Hermione… Okay I know I’ll never do that because I freaking love my name, which technically has just made me contradict myself but humor me here.

So, just like my lovely religion states that we cannot know the entirety of the universe and all of its meanings because our tiny human brains can’t take all of the information, I am stating pretty much the same thing really. That there is no way that we can be certain of anything because the universe and human nature and such can change at such a rapid state that for all we know in 10 years time we could be living in the ocean and this is funny to me because we all -including myself- think that we are right about something, or several things and that makes us wrong about everything. These things make me smile, I’m strange like that, but in some ways its fun to remember that one day you’re you and the next you could be a hippy space person flying to Pluto and you could never ever predict that that won’t happen.

What also makes me smile and makes my face crumple up in confusion is that I believe that everything has been mapped out and planned by a being I know as “God” yet I still equally believe that I have freedom. I have the freedom right now to go and get a yogurt and eat it instead of finishing my blog, but what has also happened before is that that decision has already been planned out to  make me think “nah, I’m on a roll here and I haven’t uploaded in a few weeks so I should probably continue” which technically takes my freedom and throws it out the window. BUT I still feel free to get up and eat that yogurt. I don’t understand how that can be and how we can all be wrong by saying that we’re right and how if I say “this statement is false” it makes the statement true but it’s still saying “false”. I guess this is where I get some of my faith from.

I get my faith from being mindbogglingly confused on a regular basis because I figure if I lived in a universe where everything could be understood, then I totally wouldn’t believe in God and I would just think that me being here was pointless. But you can’t predict anything. You can’t ever conclude anything. And you most definitely can’t know everything there is to know about the universe and THAT is why I believe the world was created by someone. Have you ever had a creation that you know everything about? Of course you have. You can create characters and machinery and art and only you will know everything about them, because you created them. Take a character for instance someone else could say “you’re character has red hair” and you could say no, he has brown and it would be true because it’s YOUR character. And here’s the awesome thing about God’s creation: we’re all wrong apart from one person. There is one person that knows everything. And can eventually tell us everything about it because that one person made it so. That’s God.

There’s just something about that that makes perfect sense to me. and feel free to rant about the world and say what you think is right, but you’ll just think back to this and remember that you’re wrong.

Which would make me right…

Hmmm…

Let’s think… how to start off without sounding stupid…

Well, here we are… one of the many exciting things about the internet that I have not yet discovered: “blogging”. Ok I have a Tumblr, but it’s just not the same is it? Much unlike my book loving, history fanatic and all around word geek Mum (which is far from a bad thing I might add) I am completely OK with the whole ‘sharing things on the internet’ thing. But blogging is a whole different ball game. It’s very formal, or, it feels very formal. But I’m choosing not to use it in that way. I needed to do this for two reasons: one of my favourite people started doing it and, to have something that I’m not always trying to ‘get popular’ on. I love the idea of internet fame -or just fame in general. But here, I’m going to finally be myself for once.

So, first things first “why the weird title?” I hear you cry! Well, my fellow man, this is because “No, just Elisabeth, thanks” seems to be the first thing that I say to everyone I meet. I have had a nickname for my whole life and just about a year ago I decided to scrap it in favour of my actual name (not a decision that was supported by many). And because Elisabeth is apparently too much of a mouthful for our lazy generation I always get asked the same- very annoying- question:

“Is it Beth, Lizzie or…?”

Or what’s even worse is that when I say “No, just Elisabeth, thanks” for the 1000th time, I then get asked:

“But can I call you Lissy? Or Lisa? How about Ellie? Don’t you like Liz?”

I think this is very unfair, as I always respect someone’s name. If they want to change their name, or have a nickname, ect. I use their preferred one. Because their name is who they are, or they want to be. Just as my name is who I am. I am not Beth, or Liz, or Libby. I am Elisabeth. An 18 year old Mormon with a side order of unicorns and rainbows.