Since this wasn’t our cocktail hour, our guests spent cocktail hour mingling on the first floor of the mansion. While I was sad that our outdoor details never saw the sun (ha. Sun. Rain.), I loved all of the pretty little things I spent so much time on (with plenty of help of course). And of course, they’re the most relatable part from someone else’s wedding—they’re always the one I’m most excited to read. So let’s see how the Clover wedding turned out!
On the first floor, three rooms were used for dinner, then there was a bar in the solarium looking over the gardens, the front hall, the library and the dining room. In the library, we had our card and gift table (MOH Sis freaked out that the card basket needed to be closeable and hit Goodwill with Mama Clover the day before the wedding to find the little basket-suitcase.) (Do you live in Chicago and want my basket suitcase? PM me!)
As well as our family photo display, compiled by Shamrock and MOH Sis in the days right before the wedding. Since the cocktail hour was inside, most of our guests did end up swinging through the photos, which was fun. Since my parents are divorced, we didn’t want to do just wedding pictures, and Shamrock had actually wanted to do a photo slideshow with us as kids, earlier in our relationship, etc. That wasn’t possible logistically, but this compromise turned out even better—we got so many great compliments on it.
The dining room was closed off for the candy bar (which should have been upstairs, but since I didn’t know it was going to rain I couldn’t tell anyone to move it. Oh well!) so guests were pretty cramped in the remaining space. Everyone insists it was fine though. Look for the candy bar in a few posts—it was awesome enough to deserve its own moment!
The foyer held our beautiful cake (lackluster tasting experience aside, the cake was delicious).
We also had our guest book set up right near the door—preliminary results show most of our guests signed, too!
And of course you’ve already heard about the placecards.
And the centerpieces were exactly what I hoped for.
The tables looked lovely. I made the table numbers a couple weeks before the wedding with an assist from a Cricut on the numbers.
Mama Clover is a children’s librarian, so the kids also got a coloring book with crayons and an age appropriate toy.
Although I wish our colors were a bit more cohesive, I loved how it all came together and am so glad how many of the details our guests noticed and appreciated.
What was/is your favorite detail for your reception?
- Up first, we rehearsed.
- We got all fancied up.
- Our ceremony had a few personal touches.
- We made it down the aisle.
- For a beautiful ceremony.
- We took some pictures.
- There should have been a lovely garden cocktail hour here…