One Treasured Day: The Little Things (And a Big Secret Revealed!)

While the wedding day was all about emotions, wedding planning is all about the details. This post is dedicated to the little things.

I love this shot of our rings on a copy of the Chicago Tribune. Our photographers were happy that the headline wasn’t something really depressing because they’ve had that happen before.


I absolutely loved my blue wedding shoes, mostly because of these bows.


My favorite detail that we worked on while planning was our paper. Here’s a shot of the whole suite.




You may or may not have noticed, but we wrapped our bouquet handles in the same ribbon that we made the invitation belly bands out of. It was a nice way to tie everything together. Literally.


During our cocktail hour, guests signed our guestbook



…and looked at photos of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days.




Guests looked up their seats on this seating chart I made…


…before entering the main reception room.


The place cards matched our invitation and save-the-date envelopes, and I hand-wrote people’s names in the calligraphy style from the rest of our stationery.


I really loved our glass beaded chargers. All the glass on the tables with the candle light really made the room sparkle.


And now I can finally reveal the biggest secret of my wedding blogging experience: our centerpieces! Instead of floral centerpieces and a traditional tiered wedding cake, we put a cake on every table!



Half of the cakes had textured icing…


…and half had smooth icing with piping.


One cake was specially decorated with sprinkles for my cousin whose 18th birthday was on our wedding day.


I was so excited about our non-traditional centerpieces, and they were a massive hit, even though the cake stands I made out of Dollar Tree plates and candlesticks were less-than-sturdy. Oops! More on that to come…

All photos by Andrew Collings Photography

Miss a Treasure recap? Catch up!

Practice Makes Perfect – Our rehearsal

Hitting Rock Bottom – Our rehearsal dinner and too many butterflies

Hair, Makeup, and Broken Mirrors – I get ready with my girl friends

All Dressed Up – I become a bride

The Somethings – Old, new, borrowed, blue

The Guys Get Ready – Mr. T and the rest of the guys get dressed and head to the church

Goin’ to the Chapel – We head to the chapel and fix a wardrobe malfunction on the way

Moments Before – My nerves resurface just before the ceremony

The Processional – The bridal party makes their way down the aisle

Here Comes the Bride – My parents walk me down the aisle as I see Mr. T for the first time

I Do – Our Catholic wedding ceremony

We Are Family – We take formal photos with our family

Trolley Time – We cruise around Chicago on our trolley

Life’s a Beach – We take photos at North Avenue Beach

The Nitty Gritty – We take gritty, urban photos near the Kinzie Street Bridge

Stopping Traffic – We take photos in the middle of LaSalle Street

Magnificent – We take photos on the Magnificent Mile

The Da Vinci Code – We finish up our group photos in Renaissance style

Cocktail Hour – We mix and mingle with our guests


Mrs. Treasure

Wedding Date:
September 2012

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  1. Member
    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 11:33 am

    Those cake centerpieces were such a great idea–I bet your guests were very impressed!!

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    pocketfox 677 posts, Busy bee @ 1:09 pm

    Looks like such a beautiful day! I’m in love with your charger plates

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    Ana, Guest @ 1:49 pm

    Can’t wait to hear more about the cakes! You’ve inspired me to think about pie centerpieces for our fall wedding!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:33 pm

    Such gorgeous details! I love the cake centerpieces, I love cutting my own cake slice :)

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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:52 pm

    I love the idea of wrapping your bouquet handle with a rosary! All of your details are stunning!

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    braverbeating 1129 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:53 pm

    That is such an adorable idea for a centerpiece! Great work pulling it off!

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    minipenguin 1364 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:38 pm

    I am completely stealing your cake centerpiece idea!

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    minipenguin 1364 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:38 pm

    Oh and the whole wedding is amazing!!! I mean look at thise ceilings and the candlelight just gorgeous ;)

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    paige, Guest @ 4:47 pm

    We’re doing cakes as centerpieces, too! My mom is having so much fun finding cake stands – mostly at Marshall’s, TJMax, and thrift stores ;) I can’t wait to find out more about the logistics of serving the mini cakes!

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    MexiPino 5412 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:10 pm

    And now we see the next big wedding trend… Freaking CAKE CENTERPIECES! You are the Queen!!!

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:35 am

    @paige: That’s awesome! It was one of the best wedding planning decisions we made.

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    Red Poppy 19 posts, Newbee @ 12:34 pm

    I love your cake centerpieces!! So pretty and I’m sure delicious.

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    Ms_Maple 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:20 am

    I stole your centerpiece idea without even knowing it!! I love how well it came out!!

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    Gina Basin, Guest @ 1:17 pm

    Love it.
    Just beautiful..

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 8:56 am

    BEST IDEA ever.

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