The Merry Minks: Last-Minute Details

The day before our rehearsal was a day to tie up a few loose ends. During the day, I finished two small projects. First, I wanted to customize a little bunting kit I had bought a few weeks earlier at a local shop called Rock, Paper, Scissors. The bunting was by a company called Figs & Ginger and was supposed to be held together with string. The image of the bunting on the company’s blog was cute:


From Figs & Ginger’s blog / Image by Jen Huang Photography

I had seen bunting used quite a few times and thought it would be nice to make ours look a little bit different. I decided to see if I could thread a bunch of ribbons through the holes in the wood pieces of the bunting.


Photo by Mrs. Mink

I was pretty happy with the result.


Photo by Mrs. Mink

I also used the ribbon to decorate some Mason jars I’d saved over the last few months. I planned to have the jars tucked away at our venue to be given to one person at each table so some flowers from the table arrangements could be taken home.

I found some little jewels in my junk drawer (they came with something I bought long ago) and glued them to the back of the escort card of the person we picked to take the flowers home. On the assembled escort card board, the jewels wouldn’t be visible, but our day-of coordinator would make the rounds during the reception and make sure each person with a jewel knew what it meant.


Photo by Mrs. Mink

I had some leftover escort cards and printed a little note on each one and attached it to the jars with the ribbon. Not bad for 20 minutes of work, huh?


Photo by Mrs. Mink

We decided to surprise my brother, sister-in-law, and nephews when they arrived, so we headed up to the Charlottesville Airport in the evening.


Photo by Mrs. Mink

I may have skipped blogging about our welcome bags, but they included the usual items: a welcome letter, tourist information, maps, lists of our favorite restaurants, water, snacks, and the all important pain relievers for the morning after.

We had the most random but delightful trip to the airport. After collecting the bags, we waited for the rental car company to have a vehicle with three cars seats in it ready for my brother’s family. The airport was emptying out because it was taking a while. As a security guard approached us, I wondered if he would ask us to wait outside (our airport is small and it closes at night). Instead, he offered the children CHO stickers, which they loved. My middle nephew pointed out the window at the control tower and asked if they could go inside. The security guard said the men in the tower were leaving for the day, but offered a tour of the airport’s fire equipment, which was out for a drill, instead.

My brother was amazed as Mr. Mink and the boys went off with the security guard though one of those “Authorized Personnel Only” doors. Where we’re from, that kind of thing would never, ever happen. Alas, the fire drill was already in progress, so the tour wasn’t possible. By this point, the rental company had a vehicle ready and it was time to leave.

We met up with my aunt and uncle at the hotel where my family stayed for the wedding weekend. It was a low-key evening, but it was so nice to have a few drinks with family before the official events of the weekend began.

How was the day before your wedding weekend? Did you get to relax or was your day full of last-minute details to finalize?


Did you miss a Merry Mink recap?


Mrs. Mink

Charlottesville, Virginia
Wedding Date:
June 2012
PaC Man & Wife: I Got Mine
Iowanna Marry You: The Ceremony Begins
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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:21 pm

    Haha, I live in Boston, and you’re right, that would never happen here! Your last-minute projects look great. :)

  2. mink Member
    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:34 pm

    BOS was my home airport before I lived in Charlottesville and it’s my brother’s airport now. He joked that if his sons asked to go into the control tower in Boston, they’d be hog tied and taken away. 😉

  3. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:56 pm

    Your last minute projects are so cute, I love your out of town bags!

  4. msdragon Member
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 6:39 pm

    The bunting is adorable! I love the idea of giving away the flowers, too.

  5. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:34 pm

    The bunting is very cute, I like your version better.

  6. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:42 am

    I love the last minute projects! That ribbon is so so festive :)

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    Eileen, Guest @ 7:40 am

    The drinks and snacks that evening were a highlight for us too. We were surprised you were so organized that you could take the time to do that. It was a real treat.

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    Sunnybrook, Guest @ 9:32 am

    Ohmygoodness! You’re in Charlottesville! Me too. I’ve just started reading the Bee, so now I’ll have to go back and read all your posts.
    (And did you get that bunting at Rock Paper Scissors? I love that place! Unfortunately, my budget dictates that I use it only as inspiration.)

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 12:32 pm

    I love your projects! I’m jealous of how easy you make everything look. :)

  10. mink Member
    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:04 pm

    @Mrs. Pony: Aw, thanks, Pony!

    @Mrs. Dragon: I kind of wish we didn’t go on a honeymoon right away because of all the beautiful flowers! I would have loved to have them longer. :)

    @Miss Toadstool: Hee hee. I thought it was a cute way to add some more color. :)

    @Miss Wallaby: I got a little addicted to ribbon over the course of planning!

    @Eileen: Even if we had things to do, it didn’t matter. :)

    @Sunnybrook: Yep, rock, paper, scissors has the buntings. You could definitely DIY some. The craft stores sell chip wood, which probably has the same consistency as the wood used on the ones we bought.

    SO good to see another Charlottesville bride here!

    @StephK527: I think I just tried to do things that I was sure I could handle with my skill level. I can’t sew, so I knew not to touch anything that required it with a ten foot pole!

  11. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:39 pm

    I love all of your last minute details. The ribbon and the welcome bags especially! You did a great job!

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    sugarbox 226 posts, Helper bee @ 8:24 pm

    This is a great idea,i love this idea

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