Gloves in Love: Reception Decor

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?


Mrs. Gloves

Columbus, Ohio
Wedding Date:
January 2013
Wedding Bands
Classifieds: September 24, 2013
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    luluvohn 1194 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:41 pm

    That is beautiful! It is so warm and inviting. I would’ve loved to get a cup of that cocoa!

  2. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:51 pm

    Ooooh, a hot cocoa bar is such a great idea!

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    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 3:04 pm

    I love pizzelles. Great favor.

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    TheBuzz103 23 posts, Newbee @ 4:27 pm

    Everything looks beautiful! Amazing job. :)

  5. mswaterfall Member
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:36 pm

    Ooooh, nice touch with the hot cocoa!

  6. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:03 pm

    Everything is so beautiful, I want some of that hot cocoa bar right now!

  7. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:15 am

    There are so many things that I love. The hot cocoa bar, the trees in the love mug, your guestbook- all of it is gorgeous!

  8. msbicycle Member
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 11:45 am

    Everything is so gorgeous!! Hot chocolate bar? Sign me up!!

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    bracelet 278 posts, Helper bee @ 12:29 pm

    Love your DIY touches… and the family wedding photos, we did that too. I think it adds so much to a wedding!

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    Mrs. Rubber Stamps 821 posts, Busy bee @ 8:19 pm

    Beautiful details and I love the idea of a hot cocoa bar!!

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    Rachel, Guest @ 2:38 pm

    Do you still have the candles? I am a Columbus bride too….

  12. gloves Member
    gloves 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:35 am

    @Rachel: I do have some of them- which, and how many are you looking for??

  13. msbordercollie Member
    Mrs. Border Collie 96 posts, Worker bee @ 10:24 am

    Mrs. G… your reception is/was stunning! OMG, I love all the details. The hot cocoa bar is genius. Adore the boozy additions.

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