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Month: August 2013

the one with Wedding details

With the wedding recaps all over, I wanted to just go thru some of the details in the next few posts. The décor was really important to me since I like to think of myself as a stylish, crafty lady. Also, since the wedding was outside in my parents backyard I had a blank slate to work with.

First we needed, tables and chairs. Before we even had a theme we needed somewhere to put the stuff so I did a lot of research to find the best place in our area. That ended up being Classic Party Rental. Then it was just simply choosing decorations for each . . . here’s a run down of each section . . .

Guest tables ::

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tableclothes  .  runners  .  plates  .  napkins  .  similar frames  .  glass tapers  .  votives  .  chalkboards

Each napkin had a set of silverware wrapped into it and tied with a piece of burlap colored yarn. I also purchased the silverware at dollartree.com.

*more on all the flowers later*

Favors ::favors

mason jar mug  .  burlap bag  .  fortune cookies

This is the best picture I have of one of our favors. Each guest received a mason jar mug to use for the night, and then take home with them. Inside that mug was a a fortune cookie wrapped in a burlap bag. The day before we were engaged I got a fortune saying I would be happily married. I had tags on the bags to explain that to them since fortune cookies didn’t match anything else at all . . . more on the tags later!

Drink station::

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tea and lemonade dispensers  .  straws  .  napkins

All the chalkboards I made with wood from lowe’s and chalkboard paint – and that’s my handwriting and design on them. The mason jars are just from Target with the straws and extra forks for cake inside. These pictures show my biggest regret with the wedding. As people were arriving, my mother was walking around greeting everyone and asking if they wanted a drink – I loved that. Except . . . she had all the drink boxes in a pile of trash for everyone to see, and she passed the drinks out in red solo cups . . . instead of using the mason jar mugs we had purchased as favors . . . My guests used red solo cups at my wedding. This may sound like something little and go ahead and call me a bridezilla if you want, but like I said earlier I had a blank slate to work with and I worked really hard to be sure that it was a classy back yard wedding . . . not a cookout. It will haunt me for the rest of my life, and I will make sure it haunts my mothers also.

 

 

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The seating chart I made with a white frame I found at aMichael’s (they don’t have it anymore), and some burlap colored shipping paper. I decided at the last minute a wreath would be awesome right there, so I bought one instead of making one! It is purple with burlap flowers – without the sun shining down on it in this pic it almost looks black!

Aisle ::

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The shepherds hooks and lanterns were provided by our florist, and the chiffon and initials were purchased at Jo’ann fabrics. I ordered the aisle runner here. The mason jar lattice lights were made by my dad.

Cake table ::

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The table cloth was ordered on etsy, and the love is sweet sign along with the can candles were made by me.

Dance floor:

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Here we simply measured for some curtains along the windows, bought burlap to fit, and then tied them with ribbons from here.

And that’s most of our decorations!! I loved the way the whole wedding looked, and all the little details we had!

Next is flowers . . .

the one about the reception part 2

Reception part 2, the good part!! We ended last week with speeches . . .

Right after that we went straight into our dances! Our first dance was to “Strangers in the night” by Frank Sinatra. We chose it because we love the  band Cake’s version, and it’s pretty much the story of the night we met ((Ever since that night we’ve been together. Lovers at first sight, in love forever. It turned out so right,For strangers in the night..)) We had even paid for dance lessons and gave up our Monday nights for 10 weeks to make it awesome . . . but within the first step, he accidentally stepped on my bustle and pulled it off. So I had to hold my train the entire dance, which made some steps awkward and some impossible. It worked out though, kind of took the pressure off. And no my dress wasn’t damaged except for the bustle.

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Next, was me and my papa. We danced to ‘Can’t stop loving you’ by Elvis because it’s his favorite song. He really didn’t want to dance, but I made him. My dad and I have become really good friends in my old age so it was wonderful to have some time to talk to him and not worry about being interrupted. The last minute of the song, my flower girl ran out and  danced with us. She put her head on his  and totally stole the show. The song was really, really long though so I’m glad she walked up when she did to give it some adorableness. Scott and his mom danced next to Time of my life from dirty dancing. He remembers listening to that song in the car with her when he was little so it was perfect! She didn’t know he had chosen that one, and loved it!

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Once the dances were over we snuck onto the porch and cut the cake. It was in a weird spot, so no one could really watch us. I also had made him promise not to mess up my makeup, so it wasn’t going to be fun anyway.  . . . honestly my videographer and my photographer made me do it for pictures. And I LOVED my cake design so I’m glad I got pics. We had 3 different kinds of cake . . . chocolate, poppy seed, and peanut butter all with cream cheese icing. Because it was delicious.

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At this point it was almost 9pm, and I was ready to dance. So we hurried thru the bouquet toss . . . my bridesmaid Shanna caught it! I had written a little note to whoever caught my bouquet about how I prayed and wished that she would meet someone as wonderful as Scott and be as happy as I am. I just hole punched it and tied it to the flower stems.

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And the garter toss  . . . awkward city kids. Having your new husband put his hand up your dress in front of 120 people one of them being your preacher and one being your father. . . weird. You can see it in my face. And my garter was super sweaty and gross at this point so I felt bad for the dude who caught it . . . who ended up being my new little brother (in law) Jon!

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awkco taco . . .
awkco taco . . .

After that we were done with the hard stuff . . . we danced for about an hour or so, said goodbye to guests as they left, and forgot to eat cake. Yup, I forgot to eat my own wedding cake. Our DJ – DJ Already also known as Jason Lee my old coworker  – is just really good and I didn’t want to leave the dance floor. Not many of our guests fel the same as I did so we also had games out for them to play. My dad had even made a corn hole set and that got a lot of action!

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We had planned to leave by confetti exit at 10pm, but half of our guests were gone and I just didn’t want to – I was done with the pomp and ceremony. So we helped pick up a little and our bridal party along with some extra straggling guests got 95% of everything picked up for my parents! LOVE THEM! Then we just left quietly and headed down to our hotel . . .

Our wedding was over!

*I will be posting the details of the décor with where I got things, etc next week*