An inexpensive alternative to make your wedding POP!


We got married on a sunny day in September. We chose September for a few reasons:

  1. We wanted to dance to September time – a Luther College tradition. Each year at Luther, a group plays Earth Wind and Fire’s song September at a random location every night in September. It’s a pretty big deal. People have to either watch the secret Facebook group or find a friend who knows to figure out where it will be. It plays at the same time every night. And the big night is the 21st. We thought about having our wedding on the 21st, but having a wedding on a Monday sounded horrible. Instead, we opted for the 12th. Anyway, there is a dance that goes along with the song that is a Luther tradition and we wanted it to be a part of our reception since we both went to Luther and many of our friends did as well.
  2. I work at a summer camp so it can be extraordinarily hard to take time off during the summer. In fact, it’s impossible. I don’t even get Saturdays off during the summer. I work from sun-up to well after sun-down. I love it, don’t get me wrong, but planning a wedding during the summer would have been suicide.
  3. We wanted a date that was easy to remember. 9-12-15 is multiple of 3 going up, it makes it very easy. And we’re kind of lazy and forgetful, so easy to remember is good.

Anyway, we wanted to have a wedding that was bright and colorful with our yellow, blue, and hints of coral colors. But we also really wanted burlap and white to be a part of the mix. So, when we were given these bird cages from a friend (whose brother recently got married) we knew we had to think of something to tie the ceremony to the reception.


The bird cages came with corks in them and little bird sitting on top, but we didn’t want to copy our friend’s brother’s wedding, so we removed the bird and popped these beautiful flowers into it’s place. Just a head’s up, this post contains affiliate links. You can read more about what that means here.


Now that we had our beautiful flowers in these gorgeous bird cages, we had to have something to hang them on. Our dream was to have them hanging from garden posts (like shepherd hooks) at the end of each aisle since we were going to be outside. We thought it’d be a beautiful way to make our wedding feel like it was in the middle of a garden!

However, we were concerned that it might rain. So instead, we needed to find something that would work both inside and outside. That’s when we decided to buy a bathroom garbage can.


I know what you’re thinking and it DOES sound crazy, but we took a white sheet that we cut up, some garbage cans, and a piece of burlap lace, and all of a sudden we had these elegant aisle ends. They look kind of odd in the pictures, but underneath our bird cages – they were gorgeous and exactly what we were hoping they would be!

Not to mention, at $5 a pop, the shepherd hooks were pretty pricey – especially when you’re trying to pay down almost $200,000 in debt! So these were a great alternative to aid in our lovely wedding day.

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20 Replies to “An inexpensive alternative to make your wedding POP!”

  1. I love all your special DIY touches and your wedding date rational made me smile. The birdcages are so pretty! We used a large bird cage to collect cards at my wedding.

    1. lol! I’m glad you enjoyed my rational 🙂 Bird cages are such a great touch to weddings, I’m unsure why. I bet your wedding was gorgeous though! Thank you for the comment, Lindsay.

    1. Interesting, Claire. Have you had your wedding yet or are you still planning? I hope it was (or is) beautiful even if there are things you would have done differently! I’d love to hear about it if you are willing to share! Thanks for the comment. 🙂

    1. Wonderful! I’m glad you enjoyed it, Pamela! If you use it, you should take a picture and share it here or let us know how it goes. I’d love to hear 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

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