Ok, so I’m just going to jump into the decorations for the reception and just overload you with photos. Just a warning, this is a ridiculously long post. If you have any questions, please leave me a comment!!
Ok, so this is what we started with.
And this is what we brought in :-). I used to drive a Neon until just recently when I got a GMC Yukon…it could NOT have come at a better time lol!! I felt like I packed up my entire house! But I’ve always thought that even if it takes a few more boxes to bring it in…those few extra touches are worth it!!
We were actually able to get the key to the building on Tuesday, even though the wedding wasn’t until Sunday. I knew we would be cooking all evening Friday and finishing stuff up, plus we were positive we would have one last minute shopping trip to make, so we needed to get in there early and get it done!! All of that while working full time lol. We decorated Tuesday, shopped Wednesday, decorated again on Thursday, and then cooked Friday.
The bride wanted to have things white with splashes of color throughout. So for the tables, we stuck with white tablecloths we got from Sam’s, they were $5 for 6. They were nicer than the plastic ones you get at the dollar store, and even cheaper! Then we added a square mirror we got at Hobby Lobby when mirrors were 50% off, so we paid $2.50 each.
On top of that, we placed an eiffel tower vase that we bought from HERE. This site is great for wedding stuff! We priced these vases at Hobby Lobby and they were a staggering $40 EACH!!!! We were able to get a dozen of these, shipped, for less than what we have paid for TWO of them at Hob Lob. C-raaaa-zy! Inside the vases, we put a little bit of sand so that they wouldn’t tip over, then added little LED lights so that they would light up. We made the arrangements from flowers we got at Hobby Lobby (50% off of course). The bride wanted each arrangement to be different, so we were able to use quite a few different flowers and glitter picks. As we were putting them in the vases, we didn’t think they looked ‘full’ enough down at the bottom, so we came up with the tissue paper idea. We just took a sheet of tissue, poked a hole in the middle of it, then threaded the arrangement through and poofed it up under it. I think it looked pretty awesome and just added the finishing touch!
To the tables we also added candle holders in the varying colors (purple, blue, green, silver, white, and a few pink). We tried to get the mercury style when we could. Most of those we actually picked up at Hobby Lobby too, for 50% off. They ranged from $1- $3 each.
We also got a few packages of just plain white votive candles in glass cups from Hobby Lobby. I think they were about $6 for a package of 12. We used 3 total?? We also filled the candle holders with plain white votives (without cups) that were 24 for $5. We wanted candles EVERYWHERE since it would be a night reception. We also bought a big tub of rhinestones, that you would use to craft with. It was $16, and I used a 40% off coupon. We were able to sprinkle the jewels over the entire reception, and it just added tons of sparkle!
We had a few small square tables that we were planning to use for kids tables. They weren’t very sturdy, not to mention KIDS would be around them, so we didn’t want to use the tall vases. Just imagine if one of those came crashing down on one of their heads lol. So we went with smaller arrangements in short square vases, like this.
We got the vases from Hobby Lobby, for 50% off and paid $7.50 each. It was a little more than we wanted to pay, but they are a super heavy vase, and I’ve actually used them for another party, so I guess it was worth the splurge! To make the arrangements, we cut a piece of floral foam and stuffed it down in the vase, then started with just a small green, leaf bush we got for 75 cents. then we just added glittery picks, including those sparkly peacock feathers! Aren’t they awesome?! Everything came from Hobby Lobby, half off. We actually did those a month or so ahead of time, so at the point we just took the arrangement back out and packed it in a box. Then the day of, we wrapped each one in tissue paper and stuffed them in!
Here was the bride and groom table…which I don’t think they sat at…at ALL! LOL. And I can’t seem to find a picture right now, but we also hung a turquoise chandelier that we got at Hobby Lobby above their table, in front of the window. It was all glass and caught the light beautifully! You can see a little of it in the chair below.
We even decorated the bathrooms! We added this pretty arrangement in the ladies room. I also whipped out some cute little hand soaps to put in there. All I did was remove the label from the bottle, then designed a little label in microsoft word, printed it out, cut it out, and modge podged it on! I think it was a nice touch.
This was the guest book/gift table.
Candle holders from Ross- $6 and $7, guest book and matching pen from Hobby Lobby, 50% off $15 (I think) and $10. Here is a close up of our sign. We were offering Safe Drive, since we were serving alcohol. Safe Drive is basically a set of two people, one takes you, in your vehicle home. Then the second person follows and picks the other driver up. That way you AND your vehicle are home!
The birdcage is actually a garage sale find that I already had, but we spray painted it with a ‘hammered’ color, and then threaded purple ribbon through it, hot glued a few peacock feathers and then hot glued the ‘Cards’ sign on. I just printed it out in microsoft word.
We wanted to do something for the windows, and she has started decorating her front room with bright colored glass. So we pulled all of that, and grabbed a few more at Hobby Lobby in the clearance section (for like, 17 cents. Seriously) Then we grouped them in every other set of windows, on alternating sides. The other sets of windows, we just twisted some matching crepe paper. They were very beautiful with the light hitting them.
We also did the twisted streamers over a door that we did not want people using.
Next to this door, we had a little table set up with some fun stuff. I made this cute little lightbox, with pink lights inside and their monogram. I actually found the monogram as a sticker at Hobby Lobby for $1.
We set her wedding bouquet behind it. Then we had a basket of favors, which were these awesome koozies we had printed HERE. They were very inexpensive and came super quick. They had “The most sincere form of love…is the love of beer” on one side, and the other had their name and wedding date. Everyone loved them!
We also put the groom’s cake on that table and some customized word puzzles that the bride got online and made for people to do and coloring books for little kids that we printed.
Next to that table was the cupcake tower/candy bar table. My mom’s bf made the cupcake tower with the help of my mom and I ;-). I had the general idea of what I wanted, mom made the plans, and Anthony put them all together! I will share those with you later. Then I spray painted the whole thing with metallic silver spray paint. It. Was. HUGE. We bought little corner ceramic tiles from Lowe’s for about $1.50 each and used marker board markers to write the different flavors of cupcakes on them. They worked perfectly!! We used crepe paper streamers to add some color. It made a huge impact and everyone loved it.
I’ll go into more detail on the candy bar in a later post…just know that it was awesome-sauce :-).
Next up was the cake table. I glittered a set of plastic wineglasses from Dollar Tree for them to use, the cake stand came from Hobby Lobby. It was a splurge at $25 (which was 50% off the orig price), but it was my gift for helping :-). I mean, hey, I did the cake for free, I’m sure I deserved a little something! We got the pink cake server at Hob Lob for $4.
We bought the table skirt at Party City, for about $5.
The arrangement we put together with a few large bouquets from Hobby Lobby and some peacock feathers, glittered picks, and my beautiful Celebrating Homes mercury vase. Love that thing. Seriously. Here it is with the cake on it.
We got the embellishments at Walmart, for $2. We also bought a few bags of these round glitter balls at Hobby Lobby for a few dollars that we spread over the front tables. The kids LOVED them, the vacuum did NOT. lol The next day one of my other sisters literally crawled around on the floor picking up those balls and the rhinestones. Oops!
Ok, so to end this ridiculously long post, I will just post a few random photos. What a beautiful time.
Ainsley wanted in on their first dance lol!