Friday, January 13, 2012

Our Sweet Beginning: Reception Details

After the ceremony, our wedding guests headed to the gorgeous country club where Brian and I had done our first look. Our caterers were amazing and set up the entire reception for neither of us had seen the room completely finished. During cocktail hour, we got to sneak in and see the finished product. Everything was even more beautiful than I had pictured!

Most of the time I spent planning our wedding was dedicated to brainstorming things I could do to personalize the reception and creating DIY projects that would keep us within our budget. This post is dedicated to all of the little details from our reception that I worked so hard on! It was so exciting to see all of our ideas come to fruition.

Our invitations
Seating Chart
Brian and I opted to have a sweetheart table for the two of us with tables of our bridal party and their dates surrounding us. It was nice to have the (very limited) time we sat eating to the two of us.

Our reception tables had three different centerpieces: a tall and short floral centerpiece and a centerpiece inspired by a trip to Tucson. We also named our tables after places we had traveled together and included a picture of the two of us in that place on the table signs.

Our signature drinks were also an ode to our journey together: The Del Coronado Pacific Cooler (the drink I had at The Del after we got engaged), The Sunset Margarita (Brian's favorite drink from our trip to Key West), and Peach Wine (an ode to our new beginning in Georgia).

At each place setting was a jar of peach preserves, our favor to our guests and another nod to our new beginning, and a dinner menu.

Our cake and cupcakes were made by Desserts by Rita. Not only were they pretty, they were so SO yummy.

I made both the cake stand and cupcake stands but never got around to blogging about them in the last-minute craziness before the wedding, so I've linked to others' tutorials. :)

I made our guest book on MyPublisher using our engagement pictures. I love looking through it!

Beside the guest book were memorial candles celebrating the lives of family members who have passed away.

Next to our photobooth was a sign explaining that guests should leave an extra copy of their photo strip for us to keep. I painted a canvas with one of our monograms and made it into a memo board where guests clipped their pictures.

This is not exactly a reception detail, but I know as a bride I was stumped about what to get my bridesmaids as a gift. I ended up gifting them a personalized bracelet from The Vintage Pearl (love!) and a Coach wristlet to use the day of the wedding.

A last minute project (the week of our wedding and my graduation!) was the flip flop basket. I was so glad I put this together because the flip flops were much-needed for dancing. My feet were killing me by the end of the night!

When I was planning our wedding, there were so many details and projects I wanted to tackle. Of course, I didn't get around to all of them but I was so happy with how much I was able to accomplish (especially in the midst of my last year of graduate school!)


Kelly said...

Just AMAZING, Lauren! Each time I read your wedding recaps I'm amazed at how beautiful and personalized it all was! LOVE your cake table and the guest book and the Bridesmaids' gifts, everything is just gorgeous :-)

Kristyn said...

All of your DIY projects were so simple, and yet so elegant! I loved them, especially the colors. Beautiful, simply beautiful!

Corinne said...

As with your entire wedding day - everything is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the thought you put into everything and I'm sure your guests did as well!

Amanda @ New Adventures said...

I love all the personal little touches! So thoughtful and it makes your day extra special. Everything looks so beautiful!

Whitney said...

love all the little details! Those are always my favorite to read about :)

Ali said...

I love all the little details you added! The stuff you made yourself turned out so great! With all this pinterest craziness, I wonder what it will be like when I plan my wedding - crazy, I'm sure!

Amber said...

When I get married I was wondering if you could be my wedding planner??? Seriously. You did such an amazing job with every single little detail that went into your wedding... it honestly was perfection!!!
I definitely will be coming to you for ideas when the time comes for me!

rinniez said...

Everything about your wedding just screams AMAZING! if my long off future wedding could look half as fantastic as yours i would be one very happy girl! the colour scheme is definately my favourite part - that blue is just beautiful!!! and all the tiny details are so special... great job lauren!

Brit said...

Love your colors. The blue, escp on the sweet heart table!

Brit said...

Just got around to reading your Key West post. Going their next month with my BF and his parents and now I'm 100 times more excited!

CC [AKA Frugalista] said...

Your wedding was straight out of a wedding magazine gorgeous!!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I absolutely love the details of your reception!!!!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Wonderful pictures Lauren! You look so lovely!

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