The entrance to our venue is a little closed off. You turn off the main road and go about 200 yards to a small intersection. The venue entrance is directly across that intersection, but hidden by large bushes, so we wanted people that aren’t familiar with the area to know how to get there. That’s when we came up with the idea for a little parking sign to get people where they need to be.
We bought two 2′x2′ pre-cut pieces of plywood from Lowe’s and two hinges. The idea was to make a sandwich board sign. Super simple if you ever need a sign for anything. Mr. Coral sanded and stained the wood so that it was beautiful.
Then, he added two hinges to make it fold open and closed.
This one’s all about colors. A lot of colors. A mind-numbing rainbow of colors. You’ve been warned.
One of the very first wedding decisions Mr. Puffer and I made—even before we were engaged—was the color palette. We knew we wanted a fall wedding, and we knew we wanted bright, bold colors. After a cumulative 10 minutes over about three days, and a whole lot of Pinterest searches, we had our palette.
And promptly threw it straight out the window once we found our venue.
Before we found the Mansion at Valley Country Club, with its hardwood floors and ornate fireplaces and priceless antiques, we’d pictured ourselves getting hitched in a ballroom. To be precise, we thought Martin’s West would be the only place we could afford. They know how to throw an awesome wedding, but the decor can limit the palette choices.
Since we were having so many out-of-town guests, we knew that we wanted to have welcome bags for them at the hotel. The hotel where we blocked rooms didn’t charge a fee for this service, so that solidified that we had to go for it.
I really wanted welcome baskets that would have a Charleston feel to them. So, I tried to pick some things that were specifically Charleston and supplement them with items that are just beach-y in general, to get everyone in the Charleston state of mind.
We decided to go with gift bags since they are inexpensive and disposable. I know that no one wants a tote bag with my face on it. Well, except maybe my mother, but that’s a different story. I ordered navy striped gift bags from Paper Mart. They came in packs of 25, so I ordered 50. We have a few left over. Mr. Coral also printed circle sticker labels with our wedding logo. I stuck a sticker on the outside of each bag as well as on each water bottle. This is a really low cost way to make things personalized. Plus, the stickers peel off pretty easily if anyone really wants to reuse the bags without the sticker!
Symmetry. Aesthetic balance. Yin and yang. When it comes to the wedding party, Mr. Puffer pictured the two of us with a uniform number of attendants so we didn’t look unbalanced. Then reality set in.
I’m an introvert, which means I’m just not interested in having dozens of friends. So I told Puff I wanted us to have one attendant each. He had seven groomsmen picked out. And he wasn’t too eager to budge. I had to up my bridesmaid count. In other words, I had to add some yin to his yang.