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.

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

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

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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.

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During our cocktail hour, guests signed our guestbook

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

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

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…before entering the main reception room.

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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.

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

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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!

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Half of the cakes had textured icing…

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…and half had smooth icing with piping.

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

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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

BLOGGER

Mrs. Treasure

Location:
Chicago
Wedding Date:
September 2012

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  1. Member
    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 6:56 am

    The cakes rock! What a creative idea!! Did the guests serve themselves??

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    Mrs. Airplane 395 posts, Helper bee @ 6:59 am

    LOVE the cake centerpieces!

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:01 am

    Those cakes are a cute idea!

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    krislynn_sd 72 posts, Worker bee @ 7:07 am

    How special to make a “birthday” cake to honor someone’s birthday on your wedding day! That’s really amazing. :)

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    ladymegbeth 227 posts, Helper bee @ 7:10 am

    CAKE CENTERPIECES?!? *mind blown*

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    Dela2012 133 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:22 am

    Ahh – I love the centerpieces! This should totally become a wedding trend.

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    BookishBelle 1629 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:23 am

    What an awesome idea, I love it!

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    ellbell921 359 posts, Helper bee @ 7:31 am

    Everything is SO pretty! Where did you get the chargers?!? They are EXACTLY what we are looking for.

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:34 am

    @Miss Squirrel: More on that to come in a future post :-)

    @ellbell921: We rented them from our catering company.

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    MrsFutureG 1696 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:36 am

    I wouldn’t personally do it, but that cake thing is so cool! What a great idea. I LOVE the birthday cake one, that must have made her feel really special!

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    debeachgirl 536 posts, Busy bee @ 7:38 am

    I love your shoes and the cakes. And I loved seeing you had guests that are Chris & Chrissy. I am Kris or Krissy and my husband is Kris or Kristian. Oh and I also love seeing old family wedding photos out on display.

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    mkelove 666 posts, Busy bee @ 7:46 am

    That is so creative, I love it!

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    dancingriss 305 posts, Helper bee @ 7:47 am

    oooo i love the cake idea

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    MrsCam24, Guest @ 7:58 am

    I love how you incorporated Chicago in such a classy and elegant way. (Those envelope inlays are fantastic!) Gorgeous wedding :)

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    bridesmomma 456 posts, Helper bee @ 8:23 am

    I LOVE your details…especially the beaded chargers and the cakes!–What a great idea!

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    greenskittle 93 posts, Worker bee @ 8:52 am

    One of the most gorgeous weddings I’ve ever seen! So elegant! And I love the cake centerpiece idea…beautiful and edible, who doesn’t love that? ;)

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 9:23 am

    I love detail entries and yours are amazing! Everything looks so professional and cohesive. I’m terrified my details are going to look like a jumbled hot mess of inspirations. Great work and absolutely beautiful photos too!

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    MrsF13 185 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:31 am

    What a unique and awesome idea! I love the cake centerpieces and I die for your glass beaded chargers!!

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    This Time Round 10219 posts, Sugar Beekeeper @ 9:45 am

    GORGEOUS…

    LOVE all your details.

    And all that glitters & sparkles in your Reception … it is indeed like walking into a Treasure Chest … a real feast for the eyes.

    Job well done !!

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    jordyanna 476 posts, Helper bee @ 11:26 am

    That’s a spectacular idea! Pretty and you were able to save on decor! I love double duty items!

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    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 1131 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 1362 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:38 pm

    I am completely stealing your cake centerpiece idea!

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    minipenguin 1362 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 22 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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