Monday, March 11, 2013

Wedding Pom Poms

One of my best friends got married yesterday.  Sorry fellas of the world, the hot red-headed nurse is forever spoken-for! The wedding was lovely; a beautiful mix of rustic and elegant elements and Brittany was stunning! – That was a given.

Project Wedding Pom Poms started when Brittany saw {this} photo on Pinterest (curse you Pinterest for your awesome and insanely difficult projects) and wanted something similar for her wedding d├ęcor.  I volunteered to be on pom pom duty (I made them before for a bridal shower at work) but never realized how the project would snowball into what my co-worker Ashley deemed as: “Pomageddon”.

As with any event planning, time flies out the window and before you know it, you (I) only have two weeks to nail the colors down for the tissue paper order (score point number two, Pinterest, for making a bride commit to a decision SUPER hard!) fold, cut and fluff a BAZILLION tissue paper pom poms.

Little did I realize it would take 4 days, two lunch hours, 8 people and over 700 pieces of tissue paper to get everything ready… and that was just the fold and cut portion of the project!!! YIKES.  We ordered the tissue paper from {this} Ebay seller – the color selection is HUGE, the quality is amazing and I couldn't have asked for faster shipment or better communication.

You REALLY know who your friends are when they are willing to fold tissue paper on their lunch, 9:00 at night or when I high-jack a craft party and throw tissue paper at everyone! *I owe you ladies, and one awesome boyfriend, BIG TIME.  So we got it done.  Hallelujah.  And somehow, Ashley managed to fit all of the folded pom poms into the original USPS box so I could pack it in my suitcase.

I arrived in Healdsburg, CA and pulled out my folded tissue paper *TA-DA!* and was met with gasps from the family – just how many of these things did I have??? – Somewhere around 120 – I was too tired to actually count the Wedding Pom Poms.

So poof we must, and poof we did.  Each pom pom required a string of fishing wire (to hang it at the venue) 
and then poof the individual layers of tissue paper.  We watched movies and went through a steady stream of rotating volunteers (Aunties, Siblings, Bridesmaids, Cousins and Friends), but we finished, and the pom poms looked wonderful.  Skylar’s constant urge to jump on the pom pom mountain provided lots of entertainment and squeals from the bride-to-be.

So, how to transport that huge pile of pom poms?  Put them on top of a tarp and tie the ends together (like a hobo lunch sack) and bungee them down in the back of the pickup.  Then PRAY, and pray hard that they don’t fly out of the truck bed on the way to the venue. [I didn't take a picture for fear that I would jinx the trip!]

We had a lot of help hanging them in the barn and made quick work of decorating (which worked out well since we only had two hours to accomplish it).  Brittany wanted it to look disorganized, i.e. no set pattern, but she still wanted the colors spaced out; so, we laid them out on the ground to ensure a good color mix and then strung them up over four wires that were stung between two beams. 

The wedding pom poms added beautiful color to the space and some whimsy to the barn; Brittany loved them – and that makes it ALL worth it.

I love you, Brittany Atterbury Zumwalt.  Always.

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