A Rustic, Country Wedding with a Dash of Gold & an IKEA Hack Candle Tutorial

Hey there! If you're in search of the IKEA Hack Candle Tutorial, be sure to scroll to the end of this post. Otherwise, let me show you a little bit more of Mike and Emily's wedding:

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Image: TFD Style

I recently had the pleasure of decorating a wedding reception for a very special couple. This down-to-earth duo wanted a laid-back, simple feel and chose the most beautiful venues for both their ceremony and reception. The bride chose mint, pink, and gold for her colors. All of which added a touch of femininity to the rustic charm of the barn at Postlewait's Country Weddings, in Canby, Oregon. 

Burlap Wreaths hung on double doors, greeting guests at the entrance of the reception. I was originally going to make live wreaths with baby's breath, but decided to ditch this idea for several reasons.

Reason #1: Time. I could make the burlap wreaths way before the wedding day since I didn't have to worry about them dying, which freed up precious time for decorating and putting together flower arrangements for the the centerpieces and altar in the days/hours leading up to the "I Do's".

Reason #2: Longevity. Unlike the baby's breath wreaths that would be dead by the time the couple returned from their honeymoonthese burlap numbers are in it for the long haul. They'll now have a wreath to hang on their front door and remind them of their vows for months to come!

Reason #3: Cost. While I had more than enough baby's breath to go around, the wire forms for the burlap wreaths were way cheaper than their Oasis counterparts.

Image: Mike Mallorie

Image: Mike Mallorie

Once inside, a chippy, white potting bench was set up with a brand spankin' new, shiny rifle for guests to sign in lieu of the traditional guest book. I really wish I had more pictures to share with you, but I was snapping pics on my iPad with insufficient light, and most were pretty grainy. Boo! Which means the shots of the old antique farm table and mailbox for gifts and cards will also be left to your imagination. 

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Images: TFD Style

I did however get some shots of the bridal table. The backdrop was one of Emily's main concerns, so we rented these old, salvaged doors from vintage rental company out of Salem. If you are local, and ever find yourself in need of rentals for a party, wedding or event, you should check out For the Love of Pete Event Rental & Floral. The owner is the nicest gal you could ever hope to meet, and her prices are awesome! A little fabric tacked to the backside of the doors to hide the wall behind, and these guys just propped right up against the wall. The gold, glittered letter "C" (for the couple's last name), was a paper mache letter that I picked up from JoAnn, and is another piece of decor that the couple can keep for their home. For the mason jars, we saved money by hitting up our local Goodwill stores from time to time...much cheaper than buying brand new. I then took them all out and hit them with shades of mint and soft pink spray paint. To give them a more aged appearance, I took a piece of sandpaper and roughed them up a bit after they were finished drying. The antlers were one of my favorite things! Not only because antlers are uber cool, but because the bride just so happened to have some of her late grandfather's. And what country wedding would be complete without cowboy boot beer bottle openers and flasks??? 

Image: Elaine Steiner

Image: Elaine Steiner

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Image: TFD Style

Centerpieces can be tricky when budgeting for a reception. Things that don't seem all that expensive quickly add up when multiplied by 15-20 (or more depending on the size of your guest list)! For Mike and Emily's guest tables, we opted for simple burlap runners, wood rounds (which were cut by the groom's best man/my brother-in-law) for elevation, distressed mason jars (full of baby's breath, white hydrangeas, and white roses with twigs spray painted gold), and some inexpensive glittery gold tea lights (thanks Ikea).

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Images: TFD Style

For the cake table, we used two barrels that were provided by the venue, and topped them off with a distressed, mint green door. So that the cake took center stage, I brought in an old wooden crate. And tied in the wood rounds from the guests tables by creating tiered platters for the cupcakes. Annnd for those less clever folks who might not know what the delectable treats atop the table were, we strung a garland of twine with shabby, pink fabric scraps tied to it and the very blingy letters, C-A-K-E.

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Image: TFD Style

Have you ever wondered what happens to all of the beautiful flowers following a wedding? Well, I lucked out, and in this case, neither the newlyweds or anyone in the family cared to take them home, so after all my hard work on the arrangements, I was able to bring them home and enjoy them! I wanted two, vintage, galvanized buckets for the altar arrangements, but didn't have the time to find matching ones before the big day, sooooo I took matters into my own hands. I purchased two small metal garbage cans (originally a copper color), and some stainless steel spray paint. After covering the cans with spray paint, I went in with sandpaper and scuffed them up to make them look old. I then took some white paint and dabbed in on in a few places. Just before it dried, I would wipe it gently so that the white didn't stand out. 

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Image: TFD Style

Ok, so are you ready to see how I saved a bunch of money on the wedding candles? I purchased both the GALEJ ($1.99 per 4 pack) and GLIMMA ($1.99 per 6 pack) tea light candle holders from Ikea. I also purchased some metallic, gold spray paint, metallic, gold paint, and extra-fine gold glitter. Watch the video below to see how quick and easy it was to take these tea light holders from blah to bling! 

If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask away in the comments.