Two weeks ago I left my day job to work on Once Wed full time. I guess
you could say it was just the right time. The site has grown to the
point where it is almost now or never for taking it to the next level,
so I have officially taken the jump into entrepreneurship and am
definitely in unchartered territory. I would be lying if I said it
wasn’t a scary move and still is very scary, but I feel so blessed that
I get to spend my days working on something I am passionate about.  The most exciting part for me so far is having all this new time to devote soley to the site, which means more unique content and original features in the upcoming months.

The idea behind “Table Trends” has been in the back of my mind for
months, but I didn’t really have the time to implement the concept
until this past month when I knew I would be making the transition into
working on Once Wed full time. The biggest difficulty for me when I was
planning my own wedding(before Brett and I eloped) was taking all these
wonderful ideas I found in magazines/blogs and executing them on a
budget. I sometimes feel like magazines aren’t very relevant to a lot
of brides because lets be honest…most people can’t afford a 100k
wedding. Not that I am against a 100k wedding, but I know my wedding
budget was about a tenth of that and I feel like a lot of brides are
also working with smaller budgets. So, “Table Trends” was born out of
this idea of creating beautiful tablescapes on a budget.

Over the course of the next year Once Wed will present a brand new
table twice a month that is not only completely doable(even for
non-crafty people like myself), but budget conscience and beautiful. I
am hoping to feature a brand new table every week starting sometime in
the spring, but I can only swing two a month for now.  I’ve teamed up
with an AMAZING prop stylist from SCAD here in Atlanta(more on her
later) who is helping me with the table I’ll be contributing every
month to Once Wed and I’ve also lined up an amazing set of bloggers who will contribute a table once a month. Why bloggers you ask?
Because some of the most creative people I have come across in the
blogging world don’t plan events. They are moms, teachers, and
corporate types who are passionate about design and have a love for
anything beautiful and stylish. Plus, I thought it would be fun to see
tables created by women whose blogs we adore and read everyday.

All the
tables featured on Once Wed are planned on a budget of $200-$250 with
supplies and materials that are easily attainable(we adore vintage
materials, but will try to keep it to a minumum). FYI – the new site will have a gallery
style set up and have a separate section specifically for Table Trends,
so you won’t have to hit back through the archives to find previous
tables unless you really want to.

Okay, enough rambling from me…let’s get to the good stuff…our first table is coming up next…


Comments (16)

Kimi Blair | Reply

Oh, I am soo excited for this. I have been searching the internet for good wedding table setting ideas, and there are not that many good resources……….I am really looking forward to what y’all come up with.

Stephanie | Reply

I’m very anxious and excited to see what you come up with! I always love what you do. Congratulations on making this full-time!

Rebecca | Reply

Congrats on taking the leap, Emily! :) You have such a talent–it’s going to be a pleasure to see what you come up with next. Best wishes!

Jeana | Reply

CONGRATULATIONS! I know the feeling of entering unchartered territory. I owned my own online baby boutique and I work full-time. But I just couldn’t bring myself to give up my radio job just yet, but I really plan on it. Anywhoo…..I can’t wait to see the first table trend, I’m a budget bride and I can always use great tips on cutting the cost whereever we can!

Kathryn | Reply

Congratulations! I cannot wait to see what Once Wed has in store, and I know you’ll find success with it – your blog is by far one of the best ones out there!

Laurenrach | Reply

I am so very excited for you!!! Congratulations! This site has become such an inspiration to me and so many others, and we will do everything we can to spread the word further about the amazing wedding stuff being done on this site!

Chelsea | Reply

Congrats, again, Emily. I think this will be a great feature for people. I am so excited for your new journey!

LK | Reply

Emily, what a wonderful idea. I think this will be a huge success. Congratulations!!

Meg | Reply

First of all, congratulations!!! Wishing you lots of luck. Second of all, I think this is a really great idea (of all things, why is it that the prevaling wisdom is that you should spend a lot on your TABLE settings for a wedding? I mean, flowers are nice, but everyone cares about, say the food, more right?) and your first feature is beyond lovely!!!

TH | Reply

Congratulations Emily!! Can’t wait to see all the amazing ideas!

Once Wed | Reply

Thanks for all the kinds words everyone! It makes my heart happy to hear that you like the idea behind "Table Trends".

Amanda | Reply

I am so excited for your upcoming posts, and congratulations on the growth of the site! I am planning a wedding in August and regularly come here for inspiration!

Jennie | Reply

Good for you! Congrats on the site…I LOVE IT and best wishes on your venture!

maria @ {ritzy bee} | Reply

Emily – you are amazing!!! Congrats on jumping into the world of self-employment…may you never look back! I am so inspired by you and everything you post on…you are definitely a blog favorite!!

Inspired Goodness | Reply

Congratulations Emily and wishing you much success!

Lisa | Reply

Great idea! I can’t wait to see all the great ideas. This is actually one of my pet peeves about bridal shows. The tablescapes are almost impossible to recreate without a platinum budget. We host a bridal show every year and I make sure that each tablescape is affordable and practical….no tree growing out of the center of the table etc.