#APWHowTo: Your Picks/Our Picks

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer

Early last month we announced that 2013 would be the year of collaborative How-To’s for APW. In short, the plan is to combine your ideas with our execution to take the guesswork out of DIT crafting for your wedding and to make sure that the tutorials we feature here at APW are for things you’re really excited about. To kick things off, we invited everyone to join our group Pinterest board, and over the past few weeks have been crowdsourcing your favorite DIT projects and poring over all the pretty that you’ve been populating our feed with.

Which means that now, as promised, it’s time for round two! This is the part where we take your ideas and then deconstruct and lazify them for easy (or at least manageable) execution. But first…the big reveal. Out of all of the ideas you pinned, we could only choose a few to execute (for this round at least. We’re grouping them into themes, and executing a few at a time throughout the year).  So what’s in store first?

Multicolored Pom backdrop | Photo by Love is a Big Deal via Style Me Pretty | Poms purchased from Simply Nesting via Etsy

By far our favorite pins have been the big, bold backdrops. As LazyGirls™, we love that one big decorative statement means not only can you can pretty much forego any other visual details if you want to (not that you can’t always do that), but you also get the visual impact that makes it seem like you spent a lot of time slaving over a hot glue gun. Which is the best of both worlds, if you ask me. We’ve pulled together a few of our favorites, which we will be executing later in the year. So keep an eye out as we take your ideas and turn them into lazy reality. In the meantime, check out our picks below and let us know which ones you voted for! And if you’d like to be a part of our next crowdsourced DIT projects, just email team at apracticalwedding dot com to be added to the group Pinterest board.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this round. It was such a treat getting to see what you guys are digging right now, and an even greater treat seeing the comments of our group Pinterest board turn into a place where you not only cast your votes, but are helping each other find solutions to DIT projects before we even get a chance to look at them! Once again proving that this community is the best there is.

Badass Book Arch | Photo by Rubin Photography via Huffington Post Weddings | Book Arch made by (and available for rent from) Lola Floral

Click on the jump to see two of the other backdrops we’ll be executing! (Meg’s and my favorite, respectively.)

Eclectic Arch | From the HBO Series Girls

Oversized Love Sign | Photo by We Love Pictures via Style Me Pretty | Love Sign made by My Pretty Vintage

We are collectively thrilled about this project, and can’t wait to bring you the results!



Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Chief Revenue Officer. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael and their mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • Ohhhh, can’t wait to see you guys tackle the book arch! I’d love to see how to do that one.

    • Class of 1980

      Those books are CRAZY!

  • Love all of these ideas — so awesome! The book arch has my literature-loving heart threatening to burst from my chest. My fiance is a scientist, so we’re rocking a books-and-beakers theme for our November nuptials. Can’t wait to get inspired!

  • Yay Yay Yay Yay YAAAAAY.

    • Also one of the reasons I’m so excited for this is that while I absolutely LOVE our venue, one of the rooms is so brown. So brown. So I’ve been wanting to do something like the pom wall to alleviate that and NOW I CAN.

      • I will love you forever if you have a pom wall.

  • LOVE every single backdrop! My fav is the book arch & I’m excited for the how-to!!

  • kate

    love the poms in the first photo!!!

  • These are all so exciting. I want to do them all!

  • Sam

    Woot!! Mine got picked! SO STOKED for this.

    Also, I don’t get schamntzy HBO. But I NEED more pictures from that show! Gorgeous!

    • meg

      Just google image search “Girls HBO Wedding” (or rent the first season, since funny enough when I was LiVING that life I never could have afforded HBO? Anywayzzz). That wedding is the best TV wedding EVER, style wise, if you ask me.

  • Laura

    OOooo. Awesome! I’m actually already planning on doing a version of the tissue paper pom backdrop. It will be interesting to see how you ladies execute vs. my plans for it :)

  • And of course, if you are too busy to MAKE the book arch. You can always rent it from us at Lola Event Floral & Design:) We’re so happy that it was chosen and many thanks to the beautiful couple. Can’t wait to see the outcome.

    • Class of 1980

      You actually have a book arch? IN STOCK?

      I’m floored.

    • KC

      Renting out a book arch is ingenious. (and I am going to note that your website seems to indicate you are in the Puget Sound/Olympic Peninsula region, in case any West Coast brides are on a book arch hunt)

      • Copper

        This actually makes me think, this stuff would make a certain amount of sense to rent because, what do you do with it after the wedding? OK, the ‘LOVE’ sign, I can see keeping around the house, but the rest of it… do you throw it away? Try to convince someone else to use it? Freecycle it? What are the options for the DIY wedding leftovers?

        • meg

          You sell them on 100 Layer Cake.

        • Or you spread the love. All of our photobooth props went to my sister’s wedding, and then, to my cousin’s wedding.
          Our chinese lanterns and blackboards went to a fellow APWer that was in the same country I am.
          The kids-supplies (crayons, bubbles, coloring books, play doh) that got forgotten in a box in the basement of our venue on the wedding day got sent to a project in the Amazons that’s building a mini-cinema + activity center for the kids over there.
          You can totally recycle / reuse (or sell) this stuff.
          Oh and our Ikea vase-centerpieces were 1. favors and 2. a great souvenir that we still use all the time (at this moment 3 of this glass jars are full of tulips by the windowsill).

  • Looking forward to the book arch! I also love the pom wall, however, we both love to read, so I’ve been thinking about working books into the wedding some how. It would give me a reason to make origami flowers out of book pages (which is something I do anyways, and I need to justify the fact that I have 50 origami flowers made of old text books scattered across my house!) I’d be interested in making the arch- as long as it doesn’t damage the books. Any other literary ideas?

  • These backdrops are just awesome! LOVE the book one for a teacher couple? Ahhh, makes me want to run home and make a dozen backdrops tonight. I won’t, of course….but I am definitely tempted!

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