So after our bridal-party photos, we headed back to our reception venue. I was really excited and a little nervous to see how everything would turn out—if you recall, our venue coordinator was kind of the worst when I dropped everything off. I was still pretty confident in our day-of coordinator, and I knew that our setup wasn’t difficult. Mainly, we had candles and Christmas lights to be set up, and that was the bulk of it, since we were really letting the warehouse set the scene.
Hive, when we got to the venue, I could not have been more pleased! Have a look:
As people walked into our reception, they were greeted with our welcome table. There are wedding photos of our parents, candles, lights, an engagement photo, and the LOVE mugs from Anthropologie.
Then you would wander over to our guestbook, a beautifully matted and framed engagement photo, also surrounded by family wedding photos, lights, and candles.
You might also help yourself to some Jordan almonds.
Then you’d have some options—you could head over to the bar, for some of our signature cocktails, or you could grab some antipasti, or you could indulge in our hot cocoa bar. We had coffee and cocoa set out, with a ton of toppings, whipped cream, and boozy additions, in case anyone needed to Irish it up. You would think that the lady in the white dress would avoid this potentially hazardous station, but I was first in line!
After the cocktail hour, guests were asked to move upstairs and were greeted with our escort card table. Since we were married two weeks after Christmas, we used ornaments for our escort cards. Everyone, or every couple, had an ornament with their name on it, and a tag attached with their table assignment.
With their assignment in hand, guests made their way to their tables. The head table was one long table in the center of the room, with McGlovin and me at the head, and 10 or 11 people on either side. (We chose to include dates at our head table, because I know that’s what makes me happiest as a bridesmaid.) The guest table were round, with 8-10 guests seated at each table. (We were incredibly flexible there, since our seating assignments were just based on who would be happiest together.) All the tables were covered in black linen, with gray lace runner that my mother painstakingly cut. We asked that the tables be littered with candles, stemware, and wine bottles, which served as table numbers.
At each place setting, guests found a menu tucked into their napkin (since we were eating family style, I wanted people to be able to recognize what food was) and their favors, which were the pizzelle that my sister and I had made the week before.
Overall, I was thrilled with how our space turned out—we didn’t do nearly as much DIY as some of the other bees, but just having all the candles and lights made everything super cozy and warm and inviting. I bet, between about 400 candles and 15 or so strands of lights, plus the few frames and other knickknacks, I spent less than $500 decorating. Anyone else rely on super budget decor to make a strong impact?