Thursday, September 17, 2009

Here Comes The Bride...

To say that the Swoveland women are a little preoccupied by the sound of wedding bells, would be an understatement.

In reality, we are totally preoccupied!

This Saturday, my husband's baby sister is walking down the aisle to say "I Do", and we all have a hand in making her vision for the wedding a reality.

Ready for my part?

Back in June I posted about an idea I had found on Apartment Therapy.

It was a gorgeous display of canning jars and candles set atop white linens with white china and white chairs.

The effect is gorgeous!

(click here to see the original post)

Not long after my post, my sister-in-law asked me if I could be in charge of recreating the look for the centerpieces at her wedding reception.

Hmm...let me think about that...


So I found 168 canning jars in varying sizes, for the cheapest price I could find...

And enough tea lights to fill each jar...

By the way, did you know that Ikea sells tea lights that are nearly twice as big as normal tea lights? I had no idea, but was thrilled when I found them! Bonus - they burn for 9 hours, which is more than twice as long as the little ones!

The Will's (big and little) and I, spent last night taking off all the lids,

(how cute is it that our seven year old wanted to help?)

placing a candle in each jar,

lighting every single wick to make them super easy to light for the reception,

and placing them all back in the boxes to make moving them most efficient...

Of course, I couldn't pack them all up without doing a mock up of what the dinner tables will look like...

It was so pretty!

The photo doesn't do it justice. It's even prettier than what I had imagined!

I cannot wait to see what the place looks like filled with the romantic glow of flickering candlelight bouncing off the glass jars!

I'm going to take it a step further and spruce it up a bit beyond just the candles and jars. Not too much, but we want to inject a bit of the wedding colors into the mix.

I'll be sure to take lots of pictures!

We have a lot more to get done before the weekend starts with the rehearsal on Friday,

wedding on Saturday,


Owen's 6th Birthday Party on Sunday!

It's a lot to cram into one weekend, but we wanted to take advantage of family being in town for the wedding. Doing his party on Sunday means that Owen will get to have his cousin here for the party, which he will love!

I hope that you all have a fantastic weekend!

I'll be back next week to show you how it all went!


Lori E said...

That really is a great look. I am busy filling my canning jars with salsa, pickled beets and the like but I am sure I will have some empty ones to use. I'm thinking Canadian Thanksgiving in October. Thanks.

Also on you storage unit in your last post. Wow that is fabulous. It looks so good. Little should get some plexiglass cut to fit under the shoe baskets so they don't end up scraping the nice wood finish as they are slid in and out.

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Enjoy your festive packed weekend! I remember your post on these...yours look wonderful and look forward to seeing photos of them lighting up the event!

Sharla said...

I love this look. Can't wait to see your pictures!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

LOVE this idea! I also can't wait to see enhanced pics of what you have in mind. Thanks for the tip on the Ikea candles. I'll be on the lookout!


Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Lovely!!! This would be fun even for a party at home. :) How cool that your sis-in-law let you be part of her big day. My sister got married on Labor Day weekend, and it was an ordeal with my two little ones.

Hope you all have a great weekend! :)

Sarah @ In A Dream said...

That's going to look so gorgeous without too much work. Perfect for a wedding! I hope it all goes well. :)

mrs.markley said...

Karla, I (gratefully) just stumbled upon your blog and what timing my discovery has! I too, came across that beautiful image of all the canning jars filled with the glow of candlelight and knew right away that one day, they will adorn my reception tables! My husband and I got married after 8 years together, 2 weeks before our son was born, so we haven't had a wedding yet, but when we do... candlelight will fill our outdoor reception with a warm glow from tons and tons (and tons) of mason jars! Best of luck this weekend, looks great! (thanks for the tip on Ikea's 9 hour tealights. How fabulous!)

Honey Bend Vintage said...

What a great idea!! Really enjoyed visiting your blog. I love your front door I have been wanting to do that for so long

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Nicolette said...

The candles are a great way to light up the reception. It's not surprising why we love them so much.


Jenn said...

You have to post pics of them from the wedding. I can't wait to see!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

How nice of you to do that! I love the mock-up and can't wait to see the "big picture!"

J and Company said...

I have been a lurker for a while but I just have to tell you that you are my style icon. I know that's so cheesy to say, but I love everything you do to your house and can't wait to see what you're up to next! The custom storage for the entry way is my favorite. Keep up the amazing job!

Craft Junkie said...

I love this idea so much! I'm actually going to use it for my own reception in July--one question--Where did you buy the mason jars? The only place I've found so far is Sam's Club. Thanks!