I’m going to use this post to show you some of the details from our reception! I was working on a few different projects in the month leading up to the wedding…I didn’t go into great detail on my DIY processes other than this entry, but I at least figured I could show you how it all turned out!
Our ornaments/favors/placecards! I was very happy with how these turned out. And, as an added bonus, I got plenty of photos around Christmastime from friends hanging their little Mickeys! I was so happy to see that at least some of them made it home safely and stuck around for at least six months to make it onto a tree.
Next up…our guestbook. Now unfortunately, it sounds like many people were unaware it existed. That’s OK—I’d rather they were occupied and having a good time on the dance floor than looking for the guestbook anyway! Also…the day after the wedding, when we were going through all the stuff that was returned to our room, I noticed that only about half of our film appeared to be used when I looked at our guestbook. I contacted our planner, and she said that nothing was left behind at the venue. Hmm. I’m wasn’t entirely convinced. And I was a little miffed—that film was expensive! Almost a dollar a photo, and we had purchased enough for 100 photos, and only about 50 were in our book. The missing film remains a mystery, unfortunately. But—what people did use was very fun to look at, and I didn’t hear any complaints about how to use the camera or reload the film, so all in all, I think it was a success!
OK, so this part was one of my small disappointments. I had been so proud of myself for figuring out a way to making the linens look interesting without paying up—the plan was to have black tablecloths with white napkins (both considered “standard”). My bouquets were serving as centerpieces, with extra petals emanating from the center. I had paid up for white Chiavari chairs with black cushions—was looking forward to how the white chairs would look “stripey” next to the black linens. I was so excited to see how the color would pop on the black!
Except when I walked in (from the POURING rain…more on that later), all the linens were white. White white white. It’s something small, but when you’ve spent so much time deliberating on these decisions and are looking forward to seeing how it all worked out…well, I was disappointed. I am not a plain white kind of girl, in case you haven’t noticed! I didn’t go bridezilla or anything—and I remember thinking—if THIS is the only thing that didn’t go right, then really…I have absolutely nothing to complain about. (I don’t consider the rain something that didn’t go right, since we always knew that was a possibility.) I did quickly express to my planner’s assistant that the tablecloths were actually supposed to be black, and that I knew there was nothing she could do about it now, but I wanted it to somehow go on record.
Well—they did the best they could! You see, our cocktail hour was taking place upstairs—not where the tables were. So during cocktail hour, they were able to switch the napkins to black, so that I at least got the black and white look, even if it wasn’t exactly what I envisioned. I really appreciated it—it did help the look! So that’s why you see two different sets of napkins in the above pictures.
All right, the rest of the details are kind of miscellaneous…
Our card box, which was way trickier to paint than I expected—I had to start over twice!
Our rings (on top of our programs). We had a bit of a kerfuffle with Mr. Llama’s wedding band—I don’t know if our jeweler mismeasured him, wrote the number down wrong, or what, but when we picked it up a week before leaving, it was HUGE on him. Our jeweler said she couldn’t re-order the ring and get it in time, so she advised that we make it work until we came back home, where she’d replace it. At first we were OK with that, but the more we thought about it, the more we were mad about it. So we called her back and asked that she overnight the new ring down to Florida.
So we received the ring two days before the wedding, and guess what—it was STILL too big! No longer completely falling off him, but definitely still not the right size. We were so aggravated with it by then that when we got home, we simply ordered one from Amazon, and it fits him PERFECTLY. And frankly, we like this one better.
You can find this ring for a whopping $18.99 on Amazon. It looks better than the $200 one from the jeweler!
The whole reason we didn’t go that route in the first place was because with tungsten, we wanted to make sure we ordered the right size…go figure!
…and lastly, the beautiful Boardwalk. (Can you tell it’s pouring??)
In hindsight, this kind of sounded like a negative post. I really don’t feel that way. Did everything go 100% correctly? No…but it was pretty darn close. Notice how the “mistakes” are in the post called “The Details.” In that case, I’d say we did pretty good!
Missed a recap?
- The Actual Ceremony
- The Ceremony that Could Have Been
- Bridal Party photos
- Family portraits
- Time to take some photos alone!
- First look
- The Guys Get Ready
- The Ladies Get Ready
This definitely isn’t us, but the llama’s photobombing is cracking me up.
Photo by Caroline Tran
All other photos by Ashley Jane Photography