I posted ad nauseum about our paper products, I know, but I am proud of them.
Invitation suite, save the date, and program. Nelly script font, watercolor, stitching, oh my!
Our program was another labor of love. I had it in my head that I wanted them to be like mini books—we were using books in our centerpieces, we used books to make our flowers, so the tie in was there. With the help of my MOH, I designed lots of different pages. We had a frontispiece with a poem on it (“Habitation” by Margaret Atwood, an odd choice maybe, but one I love), a title page, a dedication (to my dad), separate pages for the ceremony, listing our party, a thank you, information about the venue’s history—this thing had a lot of content. In order to keep the program from being super thick—and to make it more book like—I also made it much more annoying by printing everything on tracing paper.
With our rings
Suffice it to say, tracing paper is a BITCH to print on. It’s so thin I had to hand feed the printer for hours. It’s also see through, so we had to get creative with how we laid out the pages. I could go on about this project, but I won’t bore you—I was pleased with the result, especially after we sewed the spines together (a subtle nod to our save the dates!).
We also printed menus for each place setting. These were the easiest by far!
As you know, my mom made paper bouquets for me and the bridesmaids. I LOVE them. I use the present tense because one of the awesome things about a paper bouquet is that I still have it in one of my mercury glass vases at home.
I spot Harry and Hermione!
Most of you know about the bee charms that many blogger bees pass along—well, the whole thing completely slipped my mind so I didn’t get that “something borrowed” in my bouquet. But my mom found a little bee pin at the last minute and added it. You can see it in the bottom flower in the picture above!
Oh baby. These things were a pain to make (not shocking) but turned out just so cool. We had a slight travel theme going on—nothing too big as I didn’t want a full on theme—but my mom found these little suitcases on a blog and I knew we had to do it. It involved a lot of paper, a Sizzix machine, mini-brads, and a sticker maker. We lined them up and when you picked up your suitcase, you opened it up to reveal your table number.
My SIL had some vintage suitcases we set as backdrops. I wish I’d gotten a photo of these at night, before people picked them up, but it was definitely one of my favorite little details.
I had grand plans for the altar, but we kept it pretty simple. We strung lights in the windows that already had nice gauzy curtains, and put big candles on two pedestals that were already there.
Chiavari chairs instantly class up the joint.
Nothing spectacular, but there actually wasn’t much room up in that little alcove so it was probably a blessing in disguise. Anything bigger would have covered up our party.
We also had paper lanterns outside of the venue once it got dark. I don’t think they lasted long since it snowed, but at least I got a photo.
Again, we didn’t do anything over the top here. The mercury glass really did the trick of providing mood lighting and a nice centerpiece. On the head table, we used our bouquets…
…and the rest of the tables had a bunch of mercury glass, a book or two, and a table number.
At sort of the last minute, we decided to get some uplighting for the walls. It did make a big difference.
I do love a big dramatic centerpiece—I originally envisioned something with branches—but it just wasn’t feasible for us. The pictures also don’t really do justice to how low lit everything was. I wanted it to feel intimate, kind of like a small restaurant—and it was perfect.
Lastly, a confession (because this is in the same group of photos): I was a two-shoe bride. I knew those big ol’ heels wouldn’t last long, so I bought some sparkly flats I could wear all night. They were thankfully waiting for me by my chair.
There you have it—the little things that I obsessed over during our entire engagement. For the most part, everything turned out like I pictured and I was glad to have put all that time into it. People noticed and I was proud of all the stuff we did on our own. The only thing that got missed was the postcard guestbook. In hindsight, I don’t think I even told my coordinator about that idea, so the cards never got out. People wrote in a notebook that I had packed as a backup copy of our vows. I was kind of bummed about it, but I think it was my fault…and if that’s the only thing, then I feel pretty lucky.
What was your favorite wedding detail? Did anything get missed? How much did you end up caring on your big day?
All photos by Emily Clack Photography
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