Also on the beverage table was the seating chart. I designed it with the graphics from the invitations, then hot-glued it onto two pieces of weathered wood which were hot-glued together, tied some raffia around it and called it good! I really think it was one of my favorite things - so simple but so clever (if I do say so).
I didn't have anything to do with the food, either, it was all Jennie. Not only was it beautiful, but it was the best wedding reception food I've ever had. And I was thrilled that Jennie was on the same page as me with design. Everything went together so well. How cute are those chalkboard signs?!
posted about here. Gotta know where to go, yo!
Here's a nice wide shot of the pretty, little, country reception.
Do you remember me posting about the photo booth? Well, here it is!
And 'member the candy jars? Here's one of them!
The table numbers were sticks with painted discs and random things glued to them. They were one of my favorite elements. Can you also see the tealight place cards? They brought a pretty glow to each table. Also, we used her grandmother's doilies for the center of the tables. I love personal touches like that.
Wanna know a secret? The Mr. & Mrs. banner was painted denim. I made cut-off shorts out of jeans and used the extra fabric to make the banner. Not bad, eh? That, of course, was adorning the wedding party table, which was the pièce de résistance. It was really beautiful, but as the night went on it just got more and more magical looking with all of the candles and lanterns. I made it, and it still took my breath away.
We found this tray (frame) while thrifting, so I painted the bottom grey and used it to put her bouquet on during the reception. That way her bouquet did double duty as a centerpiece (more money-saving!).
Speaking of money-saving, I had all of my friends saving jars for me. There was always a sink full of water at my house with jars awaiting a label peel.
I used all different sizes and put as many tealight candles as would fit in each one.
It was really stunning once it got dark.
here's where I talked about the "Just Married" sign.)
The candlelight was really amazing. I didn't know if it would work, to be honest. Every time I told people I needed jars to decorate a wedding with I felt like a total noob, but it was gorgeous and it totally worked! I couldn't be happier with how everything turned out. It was simply beautiful.
ETA: In case you want to know, I asked the bride what she ended up spending out of pocket, and this is what she said:
We spent just under $8,000. But many services were free (we tipped them though). I estimated our wedding would've cost $15,000 without our hookups.Not bad, yo! Just goes to show, being thrifty pays!