Hello Everyone, Madison here!
You can find the motivation for creativity, while still sticking to a budget.
This past week has been full of firsts for me. I made the trek to Mount Hood driving my own car (yay, small victories!), executed my first styled shoot from start to finish & began the journey of entrepreneurship. I have had this dream since becoming a baby love-tern (yes, love-tern it is a technical term) around 4 years ago. I have been apart of so many exciting events, but this was my first shoot, that was my very own baby.
As any event planner knows, Pinterest is a styling tool sent from all the event planners before us. It is one of the most useful apps & I spend way more time scrolling than I would like to admit. After hours of looking through table designs, I said to myself “okay, okay these are nice, but how can I do this on a budget?” Let’s be honest here, no one realizes how much Pinterest inspirations cost until they are standing in the Joann’s aisle, wide eyed, looking at the price tag for faux flowers (yes, true story.)
After months and months of putting this shoot off, always making excuses for why this was not the time to start my website. Not enough time, too much money, I do not have a location, I do not have the skills, blah blah blah… I said enough is enough & drove my butt to Goodwill in hopes I could find glassware on a budget. After about twenty minutes of searching, I found ninety-nine cent china, and one dollar glassware. I thought “heck, that was easy.”
The day of the shoot, after gassing up the car & making the Whole Foods florist take apart five bouquets (I wanted all the bloomed peonies, what can I say?), we were off to Trillium Lake near Mount Hood. As every event planner can attest to, the weather is not always ideal for the day of. It was a beautiful sunny day, a day that most Oregonians wait all winter for, & take advantage of. Except the dreaded wind that would not die down long enough for me to light the dang candles. It brought me back to the days of being a love-tern, & running around making sure all the candles were lit for the bride. I was happy to do it then, as for this shoot, but finally gave up to just start the shoot.
With this shoot under my belt I am already planning the next shoot & continuing my Pinterest obsession. The ending to this post is: you can have a shoot, wedding, or any event on a budget. Goodwill was my place of choice as well as the dollar store for all my candles and mason jars. This has inspired me for many more shoots & events to come. Stay tuned.