If you saw last week's post, you know already know that I'm big on details. I love personalization, telling a story, and making an event come to life.
Our wedding venue was beautiful on it's own...gold accents, a ton of natural light, a gorgeous bar and cozy fireplace. We really didn't have to put much money in to making it work for us when it came to decor.
Let's start with the guestbook. Wow, Chuck and I went back and forth on this one many times. I saw the idea of a bench that everyone signs, but he thought we wouldn't really use that. He saw a musical instrument idea...we love music, but neither of us play an instrument so I wasn't thrilled with it. Then, I came across a print on Etsy that we both really liked, and knew we could incorporate it in to our home after the wedding and keep it forever on display.
Guests signed leaves on the trees, or in our case...they signed branches and trunks of the tree too. Hey, whatever works!
We had a buffet for our wedding, so there was really no need for place cards. I saw so many ideas online and thought of some ways to display them, but in the end it was time and money that didn't need wasted so we cut them. We went with a large print for the table assignments instead. I found this beautiful gold frame at Hobby Lobby during one of their weekly sales and got it for less than $20. We put it on an easel that our venue provided and it was an easy way for everyone to find their seats.
Favors. There's SO many things you can do, give, and dream up. We opted to spend the money we would have on favors and donate it to charity. Both Chuck and I lost special women in our life to breast cancer, so the cause is something close to our hearts. I really wish I would have come up with something to put on each person's place setting with information, but we just had a sign in the welcome area.
We also framed our invitation to place on this table and displayed the flowered L that I made for the bridal shower too.
The whole set up and decor on our tables started with the table numbers. One of my bridesmaids very early on in the wedding planning process showed me a picture of someone who was selling their table numbers. I couldn't believe it when I saw them, because they were almost identical to what I had saved on Etsy for a fraction of the price. These beautiful, hand beaded numbers incorporated gold and some bling and were so glitzy and pretty on the tables.
I knew I wanted to incorporate candles in to the table settings, and decided to do two sizes of vases and put a purple floating candle in one of them. For the other vase, I once again found a great deal on Afloral and purchased faux purple submergible flowers and put two each in that one. I found these vases for a steal on Tradesy, which I mentioned in my 5 Useful Wedding Websites post.
A few months before the wedding I realized there was something else needed, and I found some beautiful gold votive holders that completed the look on the table.
Around the venue, we placed framed portraits from our engagement session since we loved them so much and they were also taken in the Fall. The leaves and trees from that session looked so great at our venue for the wedding.
Last minute during a weekly shopping trip to Target I came across some marquee lights we put to use on the mantel of the large fireplace. I was originally going to put the manzanita tree up there, but I'm glad I found these letters and moved the tree on the memory table. It all worked out perfectly. Chuck cut out the backgrounds for the letters with some scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby.
For the head table, I did want to assign seats since we had a double decker and didn't want people scrambling to choose one as they sat down so place cards were set out for the bridal party. I also didn't know that there were so many choices of how napkins are folded. In one of the last meetings with the wedding coordinator she was asking me all sorts of questions which I was prepared to answer, and then this one came up. She had to show me pictures, because I was completely clueless and unfortunately Chuck couldn't make that meeting. Thank goodness I was able to make the decision on my own....this wedding stuff is intense.
I absolutely loved how everything came together, and so easy and affordable too. You don't have to spend a ton of money to make a venue feel and look like a million bucks. Everything was so "us" and all in the details which we loved.
Thank you for sharing another Wedding Wednesday with me. Maybe next week we will start some dancing...
Wedding Wednesday in week's past...in case you missed it:
Details & Vendors:
Photography: R. Frank Photography
Venue: The Retreat at Peek'n Peak
Hair & Makeup: Panache Salon and Spa
The Dress: Bridal Elegance
Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka (similar)
Bride's Clutch: Rent The Runway
Groom & Best Man Shoes: Nike Lockwood
Flowers: Afloral (handmade bouquets by the Bride)
Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way
Bridesmaid Earrings: Frou Frou & Frill
Butterflies: Shallowtail Farms
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Candy: M & M's
Gold Manzanita Tree: Amazon
Guestbook: First Comes Love Prints
Best Day Ever Napkins: Wedding Paper Divas