Arm in Arm: The Details

If you followed any of my wedding-planning posts, you’ll know that the Armadillo wedding was a DIY-filled day. That being said, I’m especially proud and excited to share photos of our reception details with you guys, because I personally created nearly everything that people saw the moment they walked into our reception space. It was such a surreal feeling to see it all come together after 18 months of hot glue, ribbon, spray paint, and elbow grease! (A couple of these photos are repeats, so just bare with me!)

Our thumbprint guestbook tree welcomed guests the moment they walked through the door. I was so glad we went with this version of the guestbook—the finished product now hangs in our living room, and I love looking at the physical representation of all the love and support with us on our wedding day!


Once they made their way a little farther into the space, guests were welcomed with a photo display I made with Mr. A’s and my childhood photos. I used two old windows and covered the panes with our photos, each framed with sheet moss.



Rockin’ the surfer hair in high school. Sexaaaay.


High school Mrs. A. Apparently it was cool to look like a 30-year-old?







Our centerpieces were simple. Manzanita branches were potted in terra cotta pots and filled with moss. We added some purple butterflies and dangled a few crystals on each of the branches. We used hundreds of glass jars with votive candles inside, which really set a cool ambiance in the room.


Paper placemats sat at each of our guests’ spots at the tables. They had an A-Z list of our favorite things as a couple, and I thought this was such a fun and inexpensive way to add a personal touch to our reception. Guests loved them!



The ceilings in our reception space were pretty bare, so we made some makeshift chandeliers out of hula hoops and icicle lights. I thought they turned out great!

There were a few minor details our photographer didn’t get a chance to capture, like our “thank you” sign at our gift table along with our birdcage card box, our simple favors (Hershey’s Kisses in a little pouch for each guest—nothing fancy), and the DIY paper bags we made for dishing out fresh popcorn as a late-night snack for our guests. All in all, though, I think our photos really grab the tone we set out for our celebration: handcrafted, fun, vibrant, and low-key.

Are you planning on your big day being heavy on the DIY?

Up next, we shake our groove thangs!




Mrs. Armadillo

Houston, Texas
Wedding Date:
March 2013
Better with a Beard?
Classifieds: September 23, 2013
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  1. Member
    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 1:50 pm

    I love your cake topper. So pretty and fun.

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    luluvohn 1194 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:05 pm

    That alphabet placemat is super neat! I don’t know if I could come up with something for each letter lol

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:12 pm

    Everything looks great! I love the placemat idea!

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    kecoppedge 24 posts, Newbee @ 5:33 pm

    Wow that looks amazing. Where did you get your guest tree?

  5. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:34 pm

    Everything looks so great, I love the placemat idea!

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 6:45 pm

    You did a great job on all of your projects!

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    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:16 pm

    Love love love your placemat idea! I hope you frame one and put it in your home.

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:21 pm

    Everything is so amazing!

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    Mrs. Beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 7:37 am

    Love all of your details!!! The cake topper came out incredible! We also did an ABC of our favorite things… I thought it was a cute way to add a bit more “us” to the wedding (and a great way to have guests learn some fun facts)! I like the placemat idea… we framed ours in those Ikea frames (the other side was the table number/name).

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    erin, Guest @ 1:33 pm

    where is your bride & groom sign from?

  11. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:47 am

    I love the moss with the pictures. Super cute!!

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 12:39 pm

    Fabulous details!

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 10:35 am

    I love your details!! Especially the centerpieces and placemats.

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