A Fair Wedding: The Decor

This post is one of several in the Our Fair Wedding series. You can view the other posts in this series here. 

Andrew and I had so much fun sourcing and creating the decor for our wedding. Here's a quick rundown of how we went about it! 

The Ceremony 

Because the ceremony was outdoors in the beautiful Minnesota summertime, we didn't need a lot of decoration. we used my old dresser as an "altar" stuffed with flowers from the farmer's market. Andrew and I built a wooden frame out of scrap wood for a backdrop (I cut out the flourishy corners in his parent's garage with a jigsaw). 

I found scraps of recycled sari fabric on Etsy that were remnants from a fair trade facility and we used them to add a colorful curtain- which we brought inside for the reception to serve double-duty as a photobooth. 

I used a bit of leftover fabric and lace from my wedding dress to make a sign for my nephews to carry down the aisle. We borrowed chairs from Andrew's Dad's work for seating. 

The decor on our guestbook table was just a simple assortment of thrifted frames with photos from different stages of our relationship. 

In lieu of a traditional guestbook, we had attendees write a message on an old vintage globe. I love that we have it in our home to look at every day, rather than a never-opened book gathering dust on a shelf. 

We used recycled and fair trade decorative papers to make oversized pinwheels to cover up a big blank ugly wall in the venue. Most of the paper came from Paper Source, where we found both solid-colored, recycled, made-in-the-usa paper and several lines of artisan-made papers. 

Andrew and I also made big, paper marquee letters out of poster board and lit them up with some extra string lights- they certainly made a statement! 

Our table settings were simple- just a centerpiece of thrifted and borrowed glass vases and jars with flowers from the Farmer's Market.  Each place had a little box of fair trade chocolate and a bottle of locally-brewed soda as well. 

Andrew and I handmade and painted all of the cake plates for our desserts. I made the bride and groom topper with wooden peg dolls from Goose Grease- a husband-and-wife run small company that sources their wares from a local artisan in Bogotá, Colombia, with whom they have created a fair-trade agreement. Even better, the dolls are made from sustainably harvested Urapán wood and some of the painted designs are also created by artisans in Columbia. I chose the budget-friendly "paint your own" doll option. 


My bridesmaids and family members and I put together all of the bouquets and boutonnières the day before the wedding. My local farmers market has a warehouse building that's open during the summer months where you can pick up buckets of flowers- and they even offer workspace and big storage refrigerators for wedding parties!