I thought that I’d interrupt the posts about the sequence of our reception to give you a closer look at some of the reception decor details. A lot of the decor is DIY (I’ll link to projects as I show the final product), but none of it would have been possible without our florist/coordinator extraordinaire, Beth at Wild Flowers Inc. She did all of the flowers, executed our vision perfectly, and took care of plenty of details that we didn’t even consider. If you are in the area and looking for a florist or day-of coordinator, she is definitely your girl.
Here you can see the directional arrows sign that Mr. Coral built. It points to some of our favorite places in the world. We saw guests taking photos with it, so we know they loved finding their hometowns or special places on it, too.
Now that that’s out of the way…when I first started thinking about getting gifts for my bridesladies (which was—surprise!—way earlier than it needed to be), I became obsessed with getting them LL Bean totes with their names embroidered on them to hold all their other present-bits in.
We couldn’t think of a better blogger + icon match than this one! Our newest blogger, Miss Black Cat, is planning a Halloween themed wedding on, you guessed it…Halloween! Join me in welcoming her to the hive.
Miss Black Cat, Jekyll Island, GA Age and Occupation: 25, Designer Fiance’s Age and Occupation: 25, College Success Coordinator Engagement Date: August 10, 2014 Wedding Date: October 2015 Venue: Villa Marianna About Me: I help women and families improve their lives with technology and design, while my fiancé helps people face-to-face by working with youth in at risk communities. His family is from Mexico and my family is from Haiti and the Philippines. Our intimate, multicultural, bilingual Halloween wedding has a somewhat bizarre theme—as well as an overabundance of descriptive adjectives. This has created a lot of unique challenges for the two of us so far. I can’t wait to write about them for you all. While our wedding will reflect our crazy diverse interests and backgrounds, I suppose we still think of ourselves as two well-adjusted people deeply in love, with just a bit of a rebellious streak.
Now for the lists: I am a total fangirl for Firefly, Adventure Time, bunnies, pastel goth, and indie covers on Spotify. While he’s all about small comic book publishers, action-adventure video games, comedy podcasts, and bunnies too (of course).
Hope you’re not hungry if you’re planning to read this post! If you remember, we did our food tasting at the end of last year. We were very blown away by the different options that our venue had and didn’t really think we could go wrong with any of the food we could have ordered, but we really wanted to give our guests a Southern experience. We wanted them to get the Charleston feel to their whole trip to our wedding weekend, so our food was going to be a big part of that.
We decided on doing stations and spreading them around the venue so that people could start at different stations and there wouldn’t be a backed up line anywhere. From our understanding, everything worked out great.
Truth moment for you: It takes longer for Mr. Puffer to get ready in the morning than me. Granted, I think part of the reason his morning ablutions take so long is because he stands under the shower spray for a good 15 minutes before soaping up. But still. He’s a guy. He doesn’t wear makeup. He has no hair. However, where it takes him a minimum of 45 minutes to get out of the house, I can manage it in 30.
And it shows. I’m not exactly creative in the hairstyling department, and I definitely sacrifice good makeup application for an extra 15 minutes with the snooze button. So bringing in pros to tackle my bridal look was definitely a top priority.
Before I started my search, I sat down and came up with some attributes I desired. First, I wanted pros willing to come onsite. Our wedding doesn’t start until later in the evening, so Mr. Puffer and I both reserved suites to give our wedding party a place to gather and prepare. And traffic around Baltimore is unpredictable at all times of the day; I kept envisioning us girls being late to the wedding. The hotel is a simple hop, skip, and jump away from the venue.
Second, I really wanted someone who could provide both hair and makeup. The idea of interviewing separate hair and makeup pros was just…exhausting.
Hello hive! We’re all getting together on the Weddingbee boards for a post-a-thon this Wednesday at 7:00 EST.
Wedding season is in full swing, and I know a lot of you have a wedding date looming SOON. So why not take a night off and relax with your fellow hive members for some wedding-related and not-wedding-related chatter?
Haven’t participated in a post-a-thon before? They’re super fun! Hive members, bloggers, and hostesses swarm the boards to chat about all kinds of things, from “How should I do my nails on my wedding day?” to “What’s for dinner tonight?” There will also be a chat thread for general conversation in “real time.”
Keep in mind that anyone can participate: married, engaged, waiting”—whatever!
The hostesses will be there to get things kicked off, so please join us!