Lovely Tonight: All the Little Details

Hive, the time has come to share all of my tiny little details. During the course of my wedding planning, I accumulated a number of crafts and projects for the big day. It was incredibly rewarding to see each and every one of them come to fruition at our venue.

First: what we wore. I spent a lot of time and effort putting together my attire and the bridal party’s attire, and I thought it came together beautifully (I’m biased).

My gorgeous lace dress”¦James Clifford style 1820. It was the first dress I put on at the dress shop I bought it from. My grandma cried when she saw me in it. I still love it to this very day.


I hand crafted the ivory peony I wore on the wedding day. Because I wasn’t wearing a veil, I wanted the flower to be a statement, and I absolutely loved my enormous hair flower!


My shoes were a pair I already owned for a few years. They were perfect: blue, textured, and already broken in! Mr. Buttons also wore a pair of Converse sneakers after our ceremony was complete: they looked great!


My bouquet was one of my favorite details from our wedding day. Debbie at The Bride’s Bouquet did an absolutely spectacular job of creating this beauty (which I swear weighed about 10 pounds). It included blush and white peonies, garden roses, rosemary, and seeded eucalyptus. It was beyond gorgeous.


The bridesmaids wore an assortment of silk chiffon dresses in vintage blue from J Crew. They carried similarly beautiful bouquets filled with garden roses, creamy colored stock, lisianthus, white cymbidium orchids, and seeded eucalyptus.



Our flower girl carried a pomander of faux flowers and ribbon that I created one afternoon. Her older brother, our ring bearer, carried a handmade ring pillow made by BusyButtons on Etsy.



Next: the ceremony details. The wonderful folks at Carlouel were kind enough to construct a pair of GORGEOUS mantles for their fireplaces. They were above and beyond what I had envisioned: the wooden detailing they added was amazing! Our florist, The Bride’s Bouquet, did an excellent job of filling the mantle with beautiful pink peonies, garden roses, greenery, candles, and ceramic birds.




The mantle on the opposite wall was decorated simply with greenery, candles, and birds.




The aisle chairs were tied simply with poufs of baby’s breath and ribbon.


Our ushers distributed programs to each guest before the ceremony. I purchased a ream of card stock from Kinko’s to print them, and we bound each program with satin ribbon purchased from the dollar store!



My parents were kind enough to help me with the construction of our wish tree guestbook. We set an assortment of manzanita branches in plaster and spray painted them a soft pewter color. We placed the branches in a pretty blue ceramic pot that I picked up at T.J. Maxx, then covered the top with moss to hide the plaster. I took light green card stock and ran it through a die cutter to make heart shaped “leaves,” then we punched a hole in each leaf to attach a hook. At an after-Christmas sale, I picked up a few packs of beautiful ornament hooks for 75% off that added a little extra sparkle.





I also added a few crystal shaped ornaments to the tree to add a little extra sparkle”¦




Across from the wish tree was the gift table and the card box. We used a mailbox as our card box ”“ Mr. Buttons spray painted it gold with an ivory crackle coat on top. It looked fantastic, and was a very cheap project to complete!


The tables for cocktail hour were set simply with a white tablecloth, green ceramic birds, and garden roses in wine carafes.



Our escort card display was a simple but effective project. I found some vintage-style wooden trays and decided that they would be the perfect vessel to display our escort cards in. We lined them with moss and placed our simple white doily escort cards on top. Originally, I had plans for more involved escort cards. However, due to limited time before the wedding I scratched that project and decided to utilize some Martha Stewart cards. I think they did the trick.



I know I already gushed over my cake, but it was probably my favorite detail from the day. My bird cake topper, created by Vintage by Crystal, looked absolutely spectacular. And the lace detailing on my cake? So gorgeous.



Next up: our reception tables. Each of the round tables was set with floor length white linens. In addition, each table featured a green pintuck overlay. All of the linens were lovingly created by my grandma ”“ she did a fabulous job! Each table featured an assortment of various mercury glass vases (which my mom and I purchased from various stores) filled with baby’s breath, ceramic bird figurines, and votive candles.




I used the same card stock from the ceremony programs to print the menu cards, which were folded inside each guest’s napkin. We rounded the corners and punched two holes on the top of each card, then thread some sheer ribbon through.


I used letters instead of numbers to label each table. They were such an easy project ”“ I painted the letters in ivory, the circular bases brown, glued them together, and added some moss with my trusty glue gun! Ta-da!


At the end of the evening, each of our guests were able to take home a homemade favor: a “doggie bag” of puppy chow! We wanted it to be a tribute to our pups, who were responsible for our meeting!


All in all, I was so happy with all of the little details from our wedding day! It took months to acquire and assemble all of our projects, but being able to see them all together at the event was such a wonderful experience. To those of you who are currently planning all of YOUR little details, just know that it all comes together in the end (I know I had my doubts during the course of my planning)!

*photos courtesy of Pilster Photography*



Mrs. Buttons

Clearwater, FL
Wedding Date:
May 2010
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  1. Member
    tall_jenny 454 posts, Helper bee @ 2:19 pm

    I love all the flower details. The baby’s breath is particularly beautiful :)

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    doxie 166 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:22 pm

    buttons you had one of my favorite weddings EVER… i loved every detail! because of you i am doing little sprigs of babys breath on my pews as well! you did an amazing job!

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    Denali 296 posts, Helper bee @ 2:22 pm

    sooo dreamy. i am hoping to do the same thing for our ceremony flowers – just some baby’s breath tied to the ends of pews. love your details!

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    carousel 590 posts, Busy bee @ 2:29 pm

    Wow what amazing details!! You should be proud of how it all came together, it all looks so great! I love how it all looks coordinated, elegant and whimsical at the same time! I really love your cake, what a masterpiece! I also love your flower choices and your venue, it looks so cozy and intimate!

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:30 pm

    I love all of your detail shots! It’s so cool to see how all of your projects and ideas came together.

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    Fricky 97 posts, Worker bee @ 2:36 pm

    Can you tell us how you made your hair flower? It’s so pretty!

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    mjchexum 485 posts, Helper bee @ 2:59 pm

    so amazing and beautiful. you are my wedding inspiration. I am a big fan or white, birds, babys breath etc. Thanks for the wonderful pics (and I must say I hope you don’t mind me stealing a few ideas!! )

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:02 pm

    Gorgeous details, I love every single one! And I go “oooooh” every time I see that cake of yours.

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    seashell 1689 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:04 pm

    I love it all, Buttons! Simply beautiful!

  10. eggsbenedict Member
    eggsbenedict 347 posts, Helper bee @ 3:07 pm

    I love all of these details! Great job Buttons!

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    Wee_Spud 54 posts, Worker bee @ 3:08 pm

    Everything is so lovely! May I ask what type of baby’s breath you used – it looks much fuller and fluffier than the kind I’m used to seeing! I’d love to do something similar for our florals :)

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:14 pm

    All your details went together so perfectly! And that shoe shot is awesome!!

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    Lilacgal 380 posts, Helper bee @ 3:16 pm

    I LOVED your post!!! Your details were so lovely!

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:16 pm

    Your bouquet! *swoon* Love the hair flower too and now I’m diving into the archives for instructions.

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    Chocolatte 198 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:25 pm

    i love the baby’s breath down the isle!

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    pec1216 733 posts, Busy bee @ 3:36 pm

    Love love love your details! Such a great post! The baby’s breath is so sweet and simple! Great idea!

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    ktisthatbees 1686 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:48 pm

    I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, I loved your details like it was my own wedding, le sigh, just amazing. . .

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:55 pm

    Love how all of your deets came together! I love how the mantles were decorated–so, so gorgeous and romantic.

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    blondilocks 588 posts, Busy bee @ 4:59 pm

    Gorgeous!!! By any chance do you have the template for your program? I just LOVE them!!

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    rainbow 1525 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:06 pm

    Yay! So pretty! I think of your wedding everytime I see those ceramic birds at Joann’s!

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:18 pm

    @doxie: Aw…thanks so much! :)

    @Fricky: I posted a tutorial here –

    @mjchexum: Steal away! Part of the reason I love being a bee so much is the ability to inspire others!

    @Mrs. Earrings: Oh man, I know…I totally want another one – perhaps Mr. B will get us a recreation for either our anniversary or my birthday…

    @Wee_Spud: I believe it is called “overtime” baby’s breath – it definitely has larger blooms than the “weedy” type that you see a lot!

    @ktisthatbees: Aw, you’re too sweet 😉

    @blondilocks: You know – it was actually not the most complicated; I just created it in Word and split the page into 2 columns so I could fold the page in half. I downloaded a free font to make it look a little prettier too!

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    blondilocks 588 posts, Busy bee @ 5:19 pm

    @Mrs. Buttons:


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    locket 2821 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:23 pm

    *sigh* every time I look at your wedding pictures I begin to melt….everything was so romantic and beautiful. I am still amazed at your grandma’s work on the linens!

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    lioness 819 posts, Busy bee @ 6:04 pm


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    cardigan 8645 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 7:03 pm

    Buttons, I LOVE your wedding! All those details are so incredibly beautiful. It all came together so wonderfully!

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    lox 1465 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:57 pm

    Yay, details recaps are my absolute favorite! I love how the bird theme carried through your wedding. :)

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    knitting 1072 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:20 pm

    Your dress is just so stunning!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 9:43 pm

    Very very gorgeous!

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    mscottoncandy 436 posts, Helper bee @ 10:08 pm

    I have a serious crush on your wedding! All the elements are so beautiful!

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    helenberrycrunch 3733 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:14 am

    The ‘maids dresses are such a dreamy blue!

  31. msbuttons Member
    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:35 am

    @Mrs. Locket: I am so thankful that my grandma was able to do this for me – it was a wonderful gift!

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    Lauren, Guest @ 7:45 pm

    Gorgeous details!! This would be my second dream wedding. Can you please tell me where you got all the birds!? I collect white ceramic birds and just adore those!

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    Karen, Guest @ 5:27 pm

    I love the wishing tree, and the wording on the pictures frame. I am doing the same for my wedding (wishing tree). Is it possible for you to email me the wording (in the picture frame). I cant read the last 4 lines.

    Thank you

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:05 am

    @Karen: Karen – the text for the entire poem can be found here: Hope that helps!

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