Two Wheels Become One: The Dirty Deets

These deets aren’t really dirty. I just wanted a more interesting title than “The Details.” Like I said a few posts ago, I’m going a little out of order. Technically, if you’re a Unicycle Wedding Purist, you should know that we took a peek at the reception set-up before the cocktail hour and before we took photos on the golf course. But I’m showing you the dirty deets now because I can do what I want!

When we got up the stairs, the first thing out of Mr. Unicycle’s mouth was “Uhh…they got the cake wrong.” I was about to go apeshit, you guys. I’m talking throwing cake around the room like an animal, or like Kristen Wiig vs. Giant Cookie in Bridesmaids. I had had quite a comical conversation with the bakery a few days before the wedding, going back and forth about the damn colors. Every time I said “gray,” they said “okay, so yellow?” And when I said white polka dots they were all “gray polka dots?” It turns out they were just confused because Mr. Unicycle had told them the wrong thing. And the cake at our reception was, in fact, correct! And this just goes to show how stereotypical Mr. Unicycle was as a groom: when I told him the cake was actually right he just shrugged and said “Oh, okay. It looks good.”


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

The cake was in the middle of the dance floor, on top of a “tablecloth” I had made. The ribbons were tied exactly as I had wanted them, and the cake topper stood regally atop the cake. As regally as Legos can be, anyway.


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Behind the cake table was our wedding party table. I had originally toyed with the idea of having a sweetheart table just to be different, but Mr. Unicycle expressed an interest in “feasting like a king, surrounded by his subjects,” and you really can’t say no to that. So we had a traditional wedding party table in the front.


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

I reused our save the date banner as reception decor because why not. You can see our Mr. and Mrs. signs, as well as some sweet Kate Spade toasting flutes waiting for us.


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

The candy buffet looked even better than I imagined (though I definitely underestimated the size of the table. The little cupcake liner poof ball things look a little unnecessary, and only a few people actually saw our love quote labels, unfortunately. The backdrop held up the whole night without falling! And note the polka dot “tablecloth,” which is the same fabric as my engagement pics dress. You guys get all the trivia.


Guest photo

One guest put this on Facebook, so at least one person discovered the labels.


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

I loved all the bright yellow candy shots. You guys better pin the shit out of these.


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Our photog stole our rings for a mini photoshoot at one point. This is probably my favorite ring photoshoot picture ever. I just can’t describe how happy yellow candy makes me. Even though I don’t actually want to eat it. (Seriously, no one likes lemon and banana. Sorry, wedding guests. I admit that I chose aesthetics over taste.)


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

Our rings are like “oh hey, just chillin on some straws. Not sure how we got here. Not sure how we’ll escape. #YOLO #DontCurr.”


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

This was our bar setup. The little sign in the middle says “Sip me!” You didn’t have to ask our guests twice. Seriously.


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

We copied everyone else in the world and did an Up themed card box. We don’t have any particular affinity for Disney or that movie, other than the fact that I cried at it. Now that we own a home (we own a home now, by the way), I’m hoping to use it as our real mailbox!


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

In this photo, you can see our centerpieces, homemade napkin rings, and table numbers. This photo reminds me why I vowed never to craft again. This photo also reminds me that I’m all out of wine.


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

I don’t know who this jokester was, but I respect him for this photo. And yes, I made the rookie mistake of having too-tall centerpieces. Once again, #DontCurr.


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

You can’t even tell it’s a toilet paper tube, right?

Meanwhile, out in the hallway, our escort cards reposed on a table, in alphabetical order.


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

The escort cards were the very last thing on my to do list, and at that point I was so over my wedding that I was ready to chop it up and make guacamole. Thus, I had my MIL pick up whatever she could find from Michaels, and her friend graciously wrote all the names for us. Literally all I did was alphabetize them.


Photo by Jennifer Shaffer Photography

The framed sign in the background has some numbers for cabs. I’m pretty sure no one used it, but I liked the idea, which I discovered here.

And that’s what we saw before the guests came up! What’s your favorite detail? I’m definitely partial to the candy buffet.


Mrs. Unicycle

Chicago, IL
Wedding Date:
June 2012
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  1. Member
    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:10 am

    I cracked up no less than six times throughout reading this. I pinned this fo sho.

    I love the yellow and gray – and the frames for your bar set up!

  2. mstoadstool Bee
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:52 am

    I love that all the candy is yellow, I wouldn’t care about the taste, they match and that’s what matters.

  3. hyena Bee
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:59 pm

    “You guys better pin the shit out of these.”

    ^ Cracked me up!

  4. painauchocolat Bee
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:26 pm

    Totally puffy heart your LEGO cake toppers! Also a huge yellow (candy) fan. I would’ve eaten the lemon ones though.

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    Future Canadian, Guest @ 5:18 pm

    No way – banana is hands down my favorite runt. Please feel free to mail them to me.

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    riverbride13 678 posts, Busy bee @ 6:39 pm

    Loved all your details! I’m doing a (mainly) yellow candy buffet also… what candy did you find was the most popular? I’m guessing the lemonheads and banana runts were not a big hit? I was planning on getting those (but I like them so at least I will eat them!) Thanks!

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    paperwhite 108 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:28 pm

    We’re doing LEGO cake toppers too! In the immortal words of Barney Stinson, challenge…accepted. You’re wedding looked super rad. Congratuwelldone!

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    unicycle 476 posts, Helper bee @ 7:31 am

    @RiverBride13: Surprisingly, there were a few devoted runts fans in the crowd! The rock candy seemed really popular too, and of course the M&Ms and Sixlets because they’re chocolate. It’s hard to say what was popular based on leftovers because we bought different amounts of everything. We had tons and tons of lemon heads leftover that I ended up throwing away a few weeks ago finally haha

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    alleycat 661 posts, Busy bee @ 2:05 pm

    Uni, how dare you–lemon and banana are two of my favorite flavors! 🙂 Seriously, I would have snatched up all the banana runts and lemonheads (and am sad they got thrown out! dang).

    Seriously though, it all looks so lovely. So awesome to see it all come together.

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    Miss Ariel 83 posts, Worker bee @ 5:16 pm

    I’m seriously now regretting the fact I didn’t have my photographer do a photo shoot with our rings and our candy. O well… and banana runts are actually my favorite, so I would have been all over them!

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