All of the fun little details do add up in the end… and I can honestly say that it was worth the blood, sweat and tears. [The tears came on the Wednesday before the wedding... when I couldn’t find something somewhere in some box, and when I did... oh boy did the tears fall!] Instead of spending money on fancy linens and chargers, we just spruced up the room with our own little touches, and I think we pulled off a great color scheme without too much of a hassle!
We didn’t have a lot of room for framed photos on our welcome tables, so instead we opted for a simple digital photo frame on the table with the wish cards. Our photographer happened to capture one of our engagement photos while they rotated through.
The wish tree turned out wonderfully! After we constructed the wish tree, we soon realized that tying any sort of ribbon to the branches may result in the loss of an eyeball or a nasty scratch on the forehead. So, instead of risking injury, we thought of an easy solution that would make the task of hanging a wish quite easy: paper clips. Sure they’re not crazy fancy nor wedding gorgeous, but they worked out just fine and made the wishes the highlight of the tree… not their hangers.
The wishcards were made from 3 giant sheets of PaperSource paper that I cut into large cards, and they were gocco’d on the front and back. (Front: rose design from the invites; Back: Best wishes from:)
Each table setting had a menu/program card for the evening which was personalized for each table. Our tables were all named after Disneyland rides, and we used the old attraction posters as the informal sign for each table. Mr. Lemon came up with catchy lines for each ride, and I came up with the detailed explanation.
For example, for the Mad Tea Party, the card read: “Spinning the table is not encouraged during the reception [However, Mr. Lemon may find it extremely enjoyable]“; and for the Jungle River Cruise, “The backside of water never looked so good [Disneyland has banned Memphis from this ride for this exact reason]” (a reference to our puppy who is neurotically addicted to water).
Inside each was the menu for the night on the left side and the event program (with estimated times) on the right side.
Here’s a view of the table where you can see our cookie/tea favors. I had an elaborate boxing arrangement set-up for the cookies, but in the end I opted for simplicity and just kept them in the bags that I had originally made, and tucked the tea packets in the glue fold. Our friends delivered the Diddy Riese cookies (fresh from LA the night before) on Friday morning, and we had a little bagging party where we attached the Stash Teas and plopped the cookies into the bags.
And of course… there’s my favorite centerpieces (which have already been recycled by my cousin for her fancy-schmancy 50th b-day party).
These were the fun seating cards that I made for each guest, where the glass bauble indicated their table and the paper at the bottom indicated our guests food choice. (You can see I’m at the Peter Pan table and I had the filet mignon)
The table linens on the “special” tables (i.e. the cake table, the wish tree, and the 2 gift tables) were custom additions made from some ridiculously cheap decorator fabric from Michael Levine. For about $10, I was able to cover all four of the tables with this lovely blue/gold fabric as well as gold/gold fabric in the same pattern. I would have loved to create tablecloths for all 16 guest tables, but I realized that while it would be cheaper than renting them, it would still be a good chunk of money that we didn’t need to spend, so we made the details stand out instead.
And we can’t forget that gorgeous and oh so tasty cake…
Part I: Beauty Shop Prepping
Part II: MAC Attack
Part III: The “Morning-Of” Brunch
Part IV: Aunt Kathi’s Perfect Bedroom
Part V: VroomVroom to the Chapel
Part VI: The Boys In The Garden
Part VII: Rings and Other Ceremony Things
Part VIII: Purty…Purty Flowers
Part IX: Let’s Do This!
Part X: We Do
Part XI: Strike A Pose
Part XII: All By Ourselves
Part XIII: Party Time, Excellent!