Saturday, February 12, 2011

Our wedding day: Details

My last wedding post - some shots of the details I worked so hard on for over a year!

Programs: I blogged about these here. I have a bunch of pictures of people reading them, so hopefully they were helpful. They were at least pretty!

Invitation: I blogged about our invitations here. They were completely DIY and I love them!

Arch: My dad made this beautiful bamboo arch for us, which I blogged about here. I emailed him a few inspiration photos last spring, and this is what he came up with.

It's decorated with these sheer curtains from Ikea. I had them for a few years and they weren't in use at our current house, so I dug them up for our wedding.

The strand of flowers is about 25 feet long, made by me. I bought a bunch of fake flowers at Michael's in our colors. I took them apart and strung them on string, with 1-inch segments of clear straws in between ("borrowed" from Jack in the Box). I tried to make the colors be in random order... I think it looked pretty cool and beachy.

Reserved Signs: I blogged about these here.

The only other ceremony decor was white rose petals in the grass aisle. Perfect!

Rings: All three of our rings are from Shane Co.

Bouquets: I made these for myself and my Maid of Honor the day before the wedding - you can see the process here. This is one of the details I'm super proud of because they turned out so beautifully! We didn't do corsages or boutonnieres and they were not missed.

I ordered green and white roses, white dahlias, blue hydrangeas and green poms through our day of coordinator, who happens to have a wholesale floral license.

Card Jar: I blogged about making this here.

Guestbook: We had Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss read during our ceremony, and that book served as the guestbook as well.

It was on a table as you walked into the reception, but James' mom ended up passing it around during the cocktail hour - which I'm so glad that she did because people were able to take the time to write some really sweet messages!

Cake: Hoffman's Bakery provided the cake, which was a delicious princess torte. They delivered it plain, and  our coordinator decorated it with flowers.

The cake stand was brought by my parents. I saw pictures of a neat tree stump cake stand and asked if they could find/make something similar. It turns out that they had a friend with this stump segment who let us borrow it. So cool.

Favors: I'm so sad about these favors. Not because of how they look - I mean, they're pretty darn cute. And they were filled with delicious candy... but our guests never even saw them. The people setting up forgot about them, and we didn't notice at our reception. So all the time I put into making 70 of these bags (and buying the candy and supplies) was wasted.

Moss Letters: I don't like how they hung these. I asked them to put them on the corners of the gazebo entrance, C on one side and J on the other. I don't think it makes sense how it says "CJ." Maybe if it said "C+J" it would work, but... whatevs. You can see my post about making these here.

Centerpieces: I don't love how they set these up, and the candles look weird this way. When I went to get my food I saw that a bunch of vases were just sitting on the ground. WTF? So I asked them to put them on tables, as un-bridezilla as possible :)

All the flowers were DIY the day before the wedding. Read about that process here.

Chalkboard Signs: We had these three DIY chalkboard signs up, which I blogged about making here.

My dad made the bamboo easels they're sitting on.

Overall our wedding day turned out pretty much perfectly. I'm so happy we were able to pull it off on a budget, while capturing our styles and personalities so well.


Rebekah said...

You did such a WONDERFUL job on everything. I'm amazed. Like seriously. Did you keep the archway since your dad made it?

Nicole-Lynn said...

Wow, I have SO much catching up to do! First off, congratulations! Not sure if I even said that yet! :)

Love your card holder vase you found at Ross! So cute and you'll be able to use it after the wedding too. Your cake is nice and simple, just the way I like them to be. I also love your rings, and all the signage. Everything looks awesome! So pretty and love that you paid attention to the details!

Nicole-Lynn said...

p.s. what a bummer your favor bags wern't noticed, or taken. They were so cute!