Today’s post in Handmade Weddings Week is a review of Rustic Chic Wedding by Morgann Hill.
My first job out of college was working in a wedding ring and engagement ring factory. Before that, I worked as a wedding photographer’s assistant. I’ve been to a lot of weddings and given a lot of thought to weddings. So much in fact that I wrote a little book on it, back in my photographer’s assistant days.
Back then, there was kind of “one way,” to do a wedding. I’m glad to see that that’s changing. The most recent wedding I went to was a theme-costume wedding held in the courtyard of an historic home. A friend of a friend had a wedding in a church turned brew-pub, and she hand crocheted little beer mug figures with eyes for each and every guest!
Rustic Chic Wedding reminded me of the pictures of metalsmith’s Arthur Hash’s wedding, you can see pictures on his blog, here.
My own wedding wasn’t very handcrafted, though I did make my own bouquet – a simple ribbon-wrapped bunch of tulips.
One reason I wanted to review this book, when I was offered a free copy, is that the author, Morgann Hill, is a power Etsy seller, her shop has an astonishing 85 pages! In fact, you can buy already completed versions of some of the book projects in her shop.
If you’re a big Martha Stewart fan, then this book is probably not for you. On the upside, that means that the projects are much more approachable and do-able. You know how you look at some craft books and everything is gorgeous, but the step by step is exhausting? This book is not like that, I feel like I could gather the tools and supplies and do any of these in an afternoon.
While the book is very wedding focused, there are also some ideas for decorations and place cards, for example, that you could use for other parties. I love the chalkboard place cards and could totally see using those for a dinner party.
Here are the major chapters:
Shabby Vintage Couture Wedding
The Rustic, Recycled and Repurposed Wedding
The Country Farmhouse Wedding
Bridal Bouquets and Bout Pins
What skill level is required? I would rate most of the projects as easy to do. The exception would be the wood working projects — not everyone will have the tools and skills for those, but for some of them, she provides a simpler alternative.
I have a couple of minor quibbles with the projects: in the ones upcycling old rhinestone jewelry and bits and pieces into new jewelry, the author uses superglue. I suggest substituting 2 part epoxy in those projects. The floral projects all use silk flowers, I would substitute fresh flowers.
Who this book is good for: anyone planning a rustic or farmhouse style wedding who wants to include lots of handcrafted accessories and decor. If that’s the style you want, this book will provide you with the inspiration and specific how-tos to create a cohesive look for your big day!