Our wedding - as for so many couples - was a labor of love!! You put so much thought, effort and let's not even talk about the money that goes into this one day - but at the end of it all, totally worth it!! I was hands on with everything for our wedding. I (at times Gary) chose everything down to the vases that the matches were stored in and seeing our vision come together the day of was worth all the late night stressing and over analyzing! Below are some of the details from our wedding.
These were a lot of fun to create. I bought the cards from Michael's and used the template provided on my computer. You'll notice in the corner there is a little image...that is the brainchild of Gary! He was able to find little cows, fish and carrot sticks (for the vegetarians) since the staff needed to know what each person was having. Our guests chose their entree's on their RSVP card and we all know you forget what you order- so this was our way of helping them remember and making sure the staff knew the correct dinner to bring out!
We also DIY'ed our table cards. Since we both live in Boston but the wedding was in Florida we wanted to share a little bit of the city with our family and friends. So instead of having table numbers - we chose to name each table for some our favorite spots in Boston. Not sure if you're noticing a pattern, but my husband is very savvy with computer programs (PhotoShop) and was able to whip up these custom "Entering" signs that we had printed on hard stock cream colored paper purchased from Paper Source.
I searched high and low for the perfect menu card that would not break the bank. I chose to use a design from Exclusively Weddings. These turned out so perfect!! Some people say that menu cards aren't worth the money since no one will keep them - but to me it added another element of elegance to our wedding. Side note: Almost everything that was ordered I didn't see until the week of the wedding because it was shipped to my parents house...talk about stress! Thankfully we had FaceTime and my mom showed me everything!
Custom Matches, Wedding Favor & Napkins
I may have gone overboard, but there were little things I wanted to give our guests. I chose to have custom matches and candles for each guest to take home. I think this is perhaps a little outdated in the sense that not many people still do wedding favors for guests, but it's one of those things we knew we'd have. Quite honestly, I over ordered for each and we use our candles and matches all the time!! Matches were ordered through For Your Party. The napkins were ordered from The Knot - I found they had the best deal and was able to have enough for cocktail hour and at the two bars we had set up…even had enough left over to take home!
Cake Pops from rehearsal dinner & cake
I did not wear the shoes with the crystals during the day…just used the stickers for this picture! I purchased Gary's cufflinks from Sarah Chloe.
We went with all white flowers. I wanted the color pop to come from the table cloths and the details.
My friend put me in touch with a fabulous baker in Jacksonville that was able to make cake pops for our rehearsal dinner and I had the labels shipped directly to her business.
The cake was my baby and I wanted it to be off center but classic…I ordered the crystals from amazon and the baker at the resort put it all together based off two photos I sent her.
Here is a link to our highlight reel - if a picture is worth 1,000 words, then a video must be worth 1,000,0000! Please excuse the final 4 seconds where I'm clearly in my own world dancing with my new hubby!!
Tips for the bride or groom!
1. Give each guest/couple a number that corresponds to the number your wrote on the back of their RSVP card - will make your life so much easier as there are a lot of people who don't know the correct way to respond back! "you're coming - great…who are you?! can't read your handwriting!"
2. If you're doing assigned seating (each guest is at a certain table but not necessarily a seat) then ask your venue to send you a blue print of their space with tables set up (if its a hotel, resort or banquet hall they definitely have this handy) - go to staples and blow it up to the size you feel you can work with and go from there - so much easier to visualize where the dance floor is, the bar, and where you can put your guests.
3. If you choose to have calligraphy for any part of your wedding - try craigslist first...you'll often find a cheaper price than going with the stores! Just make sure to check their work prior to hiring them!
For those of you that have read/scrolled and repeatedly commented with such wonderful words to my wedding posts- Thank you!! It's been so much fun reliving the day and I seriously can't believe that this Sunday will mark one year of marriage!!
Photo Credit (all photos): Gwen Tundermann