Preppy Circus Themed Wedding Inspiration

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any great inspiration on the ol’ blogaroo.  So today I’m doing just that!

Some of our clients who are getting married in San Antonio this March are CRAZY about vaudeville.  When we first met Jacob and Katie we were so excited about their enthusiasim and desire for something different.  Katie really wanted to go with a depression era carnival theme for their big day, and we were happy to oblige.  

This is their initial inspiration board.  Throughout the design process we have added lots of other fun elements to incorporate more of the “carnival” theme.  Think sideshow acts and lots of vintage charm in a really cool historic building all put together with a classic style.  I can’t wait for this wedding to get here so we can see our design come to life.

Would you ever consider a carnival/circus/vaudeville theme for your wedding?  Do you think it’s possible to pull it all off while keeping a sophisticated atmosphere?


Keep me away from the paint please!

We’re getting back into the swing of things around VGP this week after a hectic holiday season.  We’re well rested, bright eyed and bushy tailed!  Today we’re bringing our readers some DIY inspiration.  It all started with this lamp shade:

If you have looked at any DIY blog lately you have seen everything and anything covered in chalkboard paint.  I’m a big re-purposer but haven’t really gotten into the whole chalkboard craze, and have almost been downright opposed to it.  So today I found a few objects that have been lying around my office and marked for trash and armed myself with a can of VOC free paint and made the magic happen.  You see, chalkboard paint is nothing more than flat finish paint tinted charcoal gray, which I just happened to have on hand leftover from some succulent gardens that I made for a client a few months ago.  I thought this lamp shade which accompanied a beautiful lamp that a dear friend passed on to me has a great shape, but I’ve never been quite sold on the pattern.  A little paint will take care of that…

I was so happy with the way it looked and had a little time left so I decided that I needed to paint something else.  Bring in these kraft paper tags:

I used these to price some arrangements that had for sale at a recent craft fair, and I just couldn’t part with them because they are so cute and kraft papery.   What a perfect chalkboard paint project!

Now I can reuse them time and time again!  I know, I know  they aren’t expensive and could easily be thrown out.  But seriously, how cute are they now!  Judge me and I’ll send you a gift with these attached.

Now let’s get to the ridiculous  part.  I used an old manila envelope that I pulled out of the recycling to protect my desk from getting paint all over it.  Guess what?  CHALKBOARD!!!!

It’s perfect, it even has a hole ready to hang.  I’m going to do this with all manila envelopes that I get in the mail from now on.  What a great organizing tool this will be!  Judge me and this will be the gift that I send you with the previously mentioned gift tags…

What other ideas can you come up with to repurpose with chalkboard paint?

How do you feel about chalkboards in weddings?  Cheap?  Overdone?  Brilliant?