I Whale Always Love You: The Details!

Because I’m on the ”˜bee all the time, I’ve gotten used to seeing some pretty amazing things at weddings. Some of you all are pretty fabulous DIYonistas. (I don’t think that word is going to catch on”¦) It’s easy to forget that not everyone is browsing the wedding section of Pinterest on a daily basis. So it really surprised me when so many of our guests complimented our decorations. (It’s not like we did anything life-changing. But apparently, they liked it.) It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. (Actually that could have been my love for Mr. Whale. Or the champagne. Who knows.)

When guests walked up to our venue, they were greeted with several hand-painted signs.

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The signs led them down to the ceremony site.

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I actually painted the “Happiness Here” sign for my mom to put in her flower garden. Then she brought it to the wedding. So we put it up! I like the idea that it will live in their garden after the wedding, so I get to see it when I visit.

The “Best Day Ever” sign didn’t turn out quite as good as I thought it would”¦But it didn’t make the day any less awesome

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My favorite sign! This one will live at our house, if we ever get a house”¦

The sign fun continued at the reception. As guests approached the barn to enter the reception, they saw this.

And I guess they all got to walk through the bubbles! I have no idea, because I wasn’t there for cocktail hour. But I hope they walked through bubbles”¦because that’s awesome.

Once inside the barn, the guests picked up an escort card to find their table.

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(I’ll tell you a little secret. That display of escort cards was way harder to put together than I anticipated. Just fair warning in case you want to do something similar.)

I think my centerpiece vision came together beautifully!

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And Mama Whale deserves a big shout out, because she helped me glitter the table numbers while my wrist was broken.

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On their way to a table, some guests might want to drop off a card or a gift.

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Or maybe they felt like doing some mad libs!!

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Of course, the sweetheart table had a few extra decorations.

It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I have a teensy weensy obsession with Hello Kitty. And for the record, I was going to have them on the cake table, but it was decided (by whom? I’m not sure”¦whoever finished up decorating the day of) that they looked better on our table. Mr. Whale was (and always has been) a good sport about it. (Just so you know, I’m writing all this while wrapped up in my Hello Kitty snuggie.)

And let’s not forget the Mr. and Mrs. signs I made for the chairs!

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For the record, the letters were SUPER EASY to make. And it was practically free. I think the “Just Married” banner and the chair signs cost less than $10 altogether. (And I used the glitter in lots of other stuff, so it was a total win.)

Throughout the reception, our guests had the option of hanging out in the photobooth!! And we had a TON of props!

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And that’s just the first table. We had so much stuff we had to pull in a second table! (Good thing we had so many, since guests didn’t want to take them off!)

And last but not least, we had a few sweet treats for our guests. Of course, we had to have cake.

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OMG the cake was so delicious. We have two friends who recently opened an upscale restaurant, and they raved about them. If your chef friend likes the food, I think it’s safe to declare success.

And finally, the item that I had to have at our wedding: the infamous candy buffet.

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Somehow there are no pictures of the buffet before people actually started eating from it. (Notice the half-full jar of Reese’s with no lid and the stray Skittle on the table?) But at least I know it was well-loved.

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The craziest part of the candy buffet is that I somehow never saw it. I mean, at one point, I remembered that it existed and I looked at it from the other side of the room. I remember that someone was filling up a bag of candy. But I cannot believe that I literally never visited the candy buffet during the evening. What was I thinking??

Such is the life of a bride. Spend eternity obsessing over something. Never look at it on your wedding day.

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Right now you’re asking yourself, “Why are those hearts so far above the candy buffet?” Le sigh. I had big plans for my polka dot glitter hearts. They were going to hang around the candy buffet table. But for some reason, that particular table cloth wasn’t ready the day before the wedding. So the table cloth wasn’t going to get there until a few hours before the wedding. And I wasn’t going to ask someone else to spend all that time putting the hearts up. There was already a piece of twine hanging on the wall. So”¦ I just put the hearts on the twine and called it a day. Could it have looked better? Yep. Do I care? Nope.

And there you have it. All the fabulous details of our wedding!

*All photos by the stupendously talented Brenda Upton Photography

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If you missed any part of this whale of a tale, get caught up here. Previously”¦

BLOGGER

Mrs. Blue Whale

Location:
College Park, MD
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    triciag 438 posts, Helper bee @ 6:15 am

    So awesome! and I LOVE all the color!

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    mrs_pudding_pop 2565 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:42 am

    I am in my mid 30′s and hard core obsessed with Miss Hello Kitty. FI is also a good sport over it! Love the details, so adorable. :)

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    Mrs. Rucksack 493 posts, Helper bee @ 6:50 am

    I just love your wedding. Everything about it screams fun!

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    Mrs. Wallaby 2806 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:34 am

    All of your details are so colorful & cheerful, love it! I can’t imagine how much work went into all of the crafts but it totally paid off!

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    estella, Guest @ 7:53 am

    After reading all your planning posts for months, I love the way your vision came together. You did an awesome job and your wedding looks like so much fun!

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    missgoldfish 775 posts, Busy bee @ 10:53 am

    Your wedding is so colorful and looks like it was a blast!

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:41 am

    So fun and colorful, I love all the little details!

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    Gemstone 20494 posts, Honey Beekeeper @ 1:15 pm

    So, so cute! There were definitely things — mostly decor — that I didn’t even think to look at on our wedding day. Thank goodness for photos!

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    Miss Filly 616 posts, Busy bee @ 2:34 pm

    You are so creative! I love how all your decor came out!

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    Mrs. Blue Whale 633 posts, Busy bee @ 3:50 pm

    @miss_pudding_pop: Yes!! She just never gets any less cute.

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    Mrs. Blue Whale 633 posts, Busy bee @ 3:51 pm

    @estella: Thanks!! I wasn’t sure if it was going to all work together, but it ended up just like I envisioned!

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    Mrs. Bracelet 1409 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:23 pm

    Your rainbow-colored theme came together really well!

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    Miss_Mimosa 189 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:54 pm

    I am seriously obsessed with your wedding. It screams your personality and I think that’s why I liked it so much.

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    Mrs. Blue Whale 633 posts, Busy bee @ 7:30 am

    @Miss_Mimosa: Awww! That’s so sweet! Thank you.

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1299 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:03 pm

    No way! I’ve been trying to make DIYonista a thing for forever :D

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    daniellekira 532 posts, Busy bee @ 2:14 pm

    I love your candy bar area. Makes me wish we would have gone through with it.

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