Ahem…sorry for the absence. Potential excuses: a) I started school b) we sold my condo c) we finished moving (not to be confused with “are moved in”) d) I moved classrooms too, for good measure e) I’m apparently no longer an organized person. Or just, you know, sorry. Before I vanished, I shared our reception details.
Fresh from our little photo shoot, we pulled up to the reception in a downpour.
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!)
If you’ll indulge me for a second, I want to show you the cocktail hour we, um, didn’t actually have. So many people put hard work into details for this part of the reception, and it would have been really pretty, so…just pretend there’s people here. (They’re inside—it only rained for the cocktail hour and then the rest of the evening was very nice. Too late for me, though.)
The cocktail hour and dancing would have taken place on this patio. There were cafe tables and high boys, and even a beverage dispenser (a glass one, not a big orange Gatorade cooler like Shamrock pictured) if guests came early.
Fair warning: If you remember from my post on our engagement pictures, we are most definitely not models. So, we’re awkward. But we tried!
We left off outside the church, where we had just been announced. We headed right back inside to take extended family portraits. (I’ll spare you the family ones, since they look just like everyone else’s but with my family in my church.)
We were married in my Presbyterian Church but Shamrock is Catholic, so we wanted to do our best to put together a ceremony incorporating both of our faiths. I promised to tell you what that ended up looking like, which I realize is pretty boring if you are not having a mixed faith wedding, so, you know, pictures.
We started off our process by outlining the basic order of service at my church, as provided by the church coordinator (with modifications by BM Mathlete) is this:
Call to Worship
Statement on the Gift of Marriage
Declaration of Intent & Affirmation of the Congregation
Bright and early on June 21, MOH Sis, Crafty, and I headed downstairs for breakfast with MC, BM Blondie, and BM Mathlete. MC was in another wedding at the same time as ours, so it was great to be able to hang out and have breakfast with her and get our hair done.
So one aspect of planning I never really got into was the rehearsal dinner. My in-laws kindly offered to pay for the festivities, but they generously left most of the planning and decision making up to us.
One of the things many Disney brides rave over are something called “dessert parties,” which usually take place at Epcot. Essentially, a dessert buffet is set out for your guests to enjoy while you watch fireworks. What’s not to love?
I loved this idea, but didn’t want my in-laws to break the bank. Also, while I felt completely comfortable offering only dessert, my father-in-law insisted on dinner, which definitely increased the cost of such an event.