All Aboard This Gorgeous Vintage DIY Railroad Wedding
College sweethearts Tiffany and Sean really know how to throw down DIY wedding style. For their sweet southern wedding at the Georgia State Railroad Museum in Savannah, GA, the couple incorporated vintage elements, stunningly intricate DIYs and some super-delicious-looking jars of homemade jam for tons of fun among the trains. Read on for the lowdown on this couple’s DIY ideas that are perfect for a vintage-inspired celebration.
1. Intricate Invitations: Tiffany designed and handcrafted the couple’s invitations in the same soft purple color scheme that was used throughout the wedding. In addition to the beautifully scripted calligraphy, Tiffany hand-threaded tiny embroidery knots on the corners of each invite to give them a 3D pop. She brought in a vintage vibe by using old stamps on the envelopes.
2. Something Blue: Tiffany had her gown custom-made by Faith Thornburg. The vibrant sash and pale blue skirt are just a little bit offbeat, but totally sweet.
3. All Tied Up: For the reception, Tiffany traded in her veil for this retro oversized bow that just screams fun. She made the bow herself out of polka dot tulle and a bit of embroidery. If you look closely, you’ll see the silhouette of a cute kitty cat in the center of the embroidery piece. It’s a subtle-yet-classy way for Tiffany to honor her love of all things feline.
4. Comfy Cushions: For the outdoor ceremony, the couple was concerned about the comfort of their guests, who were seated on hard wooden rows. Tiffany softened things up a bit (and added a pop of color) with homemade pillows in purple, blue and polka dot fabric.
5. Wound Up: Tiffany fell in love with a gorgeous floral-print fabric that she found on Etsy, so she used it as a ribbon that she wound around her bouquet. The ribbon’s colors tied into the bouquet’s romantic hues beautifully.
6. Choo-Choo: Tiffany and Sean’s unconventional “guest book” honors the wedding’s railroad-esque location in the most darling way. Guests even got creative with the placement of their thumb prints; the stacked prints look like steam coming out of the train’s chimney!
7. Biscuit Bar: To keep guests happy instead of hungry during the cocktail hour before the reception, Tiffany and Sean cooked up an ingenious (and delicious) idea: a biscuit bar! Sean made all of the accompanying jams himself, and Tiffany prettied them up with scraps of cloth left over from making the ceremony pillows.
8. Mix It Up: Instead of formal centerpieces, Tiffany had her florist supply an eclectic mix of flowers that they scattered artfully across the reception tables. Tiffany had a sizable collection of vintage jars and vases, so she used those to hold the flowers and add an old-timey touch.
9. Cute Cake Topper: Talk about a team effort: Tiffany’s mom made the delicious-looking wedding cake from scratch, while Tiffany crafted up these cute cake toppers. Using paint, thread and scraps of cloth, Tiffany made sure the outfits resembled her and Sean’s actual wedding garb, even down to that pretty blue dress sash.
10. Bear-y Adorable: Tiffany topped off Sean’s groom’s cake with a pair of friendly looking bears, a nod to the mascot of the couple’s alma mater, Mercer University. Tiffany tricked out the bears with a little bit of personality via a teeny tiny bow tie and a miniature strand of pearls.
11. And They’re Off!: Tiffany and Sean’s attention to detail paid off, and their sweet southern celebration went off without a hitch. Congrats to the happy couple!
Photography: Izzy Hudgins Photography
Wedding planner/coordinator: Ivory & Beau
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