Wolves’ Winter Wedding: The Details

Book Themed Wedding Details for a Winter Wedding

Now that we’ve gotten married, danced, and toasted, I wanted to take a pause in the recaps to show the little details from our big day. We had many book themed wedding details, as well as some loose travel themed wedding details.

Paper

I posted ad nauseum about our paper products, I know, but I am proud of them.

coral and navy wedding invitations

coral navy and gray wedding invitations

Invitation suite, save the date, and program. Nelly script font, watercolor, stitching, oh my!

Our program was another labor of love. I had it in my head that I wanted them to be like mini books—we were using books in our centerpieces and we used books to make our flowers, so the tie-in with our book themed wedding details was there. With the help of my MOH, I designed lots of different pages. We had a frontispiece with a poem on it (“Habitation” by Margaret Atwood, an odd choice maybe, but one I love), a title page, a dedication (to my dad), separate pages for the ceremony, listing our party, a thank you, information about the venue’s history—this thing had a lot of content. In order to keep the program from being super thick—and to make it more book-like—I also made it much more annoying by printing everything on tracing paper.

simple wedding program with wedding bands

With our rings

Suffice it to say, tracing paper is a BITCH to print on. It’s so thin I had to hand feed the printer for hours. It’s also see-through, so we had to get creative with how we laid out the pages. I could go on about this project, but I won’t bore you—I was pleased with the result, especially after we sewed the spines together (a subtle nod to our save the dates!).

cream and gray wedding program

We also printed menus for each place setting. These were the easiest by far!

vertical wedding menu

Flowers

As you know, my mom made paper bouquets for me and the bridesmaids. I LOVE them. I use the present tense because one of the awesome things about a paper bouquet is that I still have it in one of my mercury glass vases at home. These paper flower bouquets fit in perfectly with our other book themed wedding details.

paper flower bouquet from books

I spot Harry and Hermione!

paper flower bouquet white ribbon

Most of you know about the bee charms that many blogger bees pass along—well, the whole thing completely slipped my mind so I didn’t get that “something borrowed” in my bouquet. But my mom found a little bee pin at the last minute and added it. You can see it in the bottom flower in the picture above!

paper flower bouquet on coral sofa

Escort Cards

mini suitcase escort cards

Oh baby. These things were a pain to make (not shocking) but turned out just so cool. We had a few travel themed wedding details going on in addition to our book themed wedding details—nothing too big as I didn’t want a full on theme—but my mom found these little suitcases on a blog and I knew we had to do it. It involved a lot of paper, a Sizzix machine, mini brads, and a sticker maker. We lined them up, and when you picked up your suitcase, you opened it up to reveal your table number.

mini luggage escort cards

I hand wrote all the tags. I made sure our cases had Italy stickers on them.

framed ribba wedding sign

travel themed escort cards

My SIL had some vintage suitcases we set as backdrops. I wish I’d gotten a photo of these at night, before people picked them up, but it was definitely one of my favorite little details.

Ceremony/Altar

I had grand plans for the altar, but we kept it pretty simple. We strung lights in the windows that already had nice gauzy curtains, and put big candles on two pedestals that were already there.

gold chiavari chairs ceremony setup

Chiavari chairs instantly class up the joint.

white pillar candles on stands

Nothing spectacular, but there actually wasn’t much room up in that little alcove so it was probably a blessing in disguise. Anything bigger would have covered up our party.

We also had paper lanterns outside of the venue once it got dark. I don’t think they lasted long since it snowed, but at least I got a photo.

wedding venu steps with luminaries

Reception

Again, we didn’t do anything over the top here. The mercury glass really did the trick of providing mood lighting and a nice centerpiece. On the head table, we used our bouquets…

framed map wedding table numbers

…and the rest of the tables had a bunch of mercury glass, a book or two, and a table number. We carried both the book themed wedding details and the travel themed wedding details into the reception.

book themed wedding details

gold chiavari chairs long tables

At sort of the last minute, we decided to get some uplighting for the walls. It did make a big difference.

gold chiavari chairs long table white columns

gold chiavari chairs round tables

gold chiavari chairs round tables wedding venue

I do love a big dramatic centerpiece—I originally envisioned something with branches—but it just wasn’t feasible for us. The pictures also don’t really do justice to how low lit everything was. I wanted it to feel intimate, kind of like a small restaurant—and it was perfect.

Lastly, a confession (because this is in the same group of photos): I was a two-shoe bride. I knew those big ol’ heels wouldn’t last long, so I bought some sparkly flats I could wear all night. They were thankfully waiting for me by my chair.

sparkly gold wedding flats

Vince Camuto “Timba” flat

There you have it—the little things that I obsessed over during our entire engagement. For the most part, everything turned out like I pictured and I was glad to have put all that time into it. People noticed and I was proud of all the stuff we did on our own. The only thing that got missed was the postcard guestbook. In hindsight, I don’t think I even told my coordinator about that idea, so the cards never got out. People wrote in a notebook that I had packed as a backup copy of our vows. I was kind of bummed about it, but I think it was my fault…and if that’s the only thing, then I feel pretty lucky.

What was your favorite wedding detail? Did anything get missed? How much did you end up caring on your big day?

All photos by Emily Clack Photography

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Wedding Date:
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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    Sara B, Guest @ 2:52 pm

    I love your wedding! Thank you for writing everything up so well!!!

    My fiancee and I are planning a Jan 2014 in upstate NY (Binghamton). I’ve made a bunch of decisions similar to yours (ie, no flowers bc it is the middle of the winter, lets do mercury glass with candles, we are having our ceremony in an old mansion that is now a museum and we’ll be standing in a window alcove as well!). I’m so glad to be able to look at your pictures and have an idea of how our event might look.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    – Sara B
    (ps if you have any mercury glass left that you’d like to pass on to another bride let me know, sara b and chris p @ g mail, just take out the spaces and add a .com)

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    Jackie, Guest @ 9:29 pm

    I absolutely love your escort suitcase cards!!! Can I ask how you made or where you found the suitcases?

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 10:55 am

    @Jackie – they are part of a sizzix die cut that i read about here: http://sizzixblog.blogspot.com/2012/06/scoreboard-suitcase-goes-hollywood.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Sizzix+%28The+Sizzix+Blog%29 – looks like they still sell it! http://www.sizzix.com/product/657124/sizzix-scoreboards-xl-die-bag-suitcase you do need a sizzix machine for this.

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    hande, Guest @ 3:08 pm

    Can you advise me where to find these suitcases?

  5. Member
    janeloius 2 posts, Wannabee @ 11:01 am

    yei i can)

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