- 7 years ago
- Wedding: November 2011
The Fiance and I are cutting corners and having a small, mostly DIY wedding and reception! The actual wedding could only be booked in the small room at Belfast Castle on our date, so we’ll be hoping over to a pub for the reception. Still waiting to hear back from the number one place and the number two (argh!) but I’m hoping we’ll be able to come in at close the night before or send one of my bridesmaids to set up while we’re doing photos after a very short ceremony (civil one, so we get the wedding vibe without all the religious stuff, but it will be about an hour tops so we’re not worried about decorating the already beautiful castle!)
After getting word the “dream dress” was out of the picture due to timing, Future Mother-In-Law and I hunted around town and found a slightly worn but still dazzling used wedding dress for only £50! (About $85!!) It’s gorgeous and only needs a bit of love and altering! With all the money saved there (the one I was looking at was around $600!) I have a bit more room to play with for decor!
I did talk to a florist but it was such a nightmare and they couldn’t get the flowers I wanted (every flower mentioned in the Alice books – pink & white daisies, white roses, larkspurs, tigerlillies, and violets) that we’re going with silk flowers. But I did get some inspiration from their giant tea pot planters and have come up with the following quirky reception decor ideas!
Please feel free to add your 2 cents and to help me keep brainstorming! 🙂 And to yoink for any of your own Alice weddings of course!
This may be a plus to living in Belfast, but there are thrift shops all over the city and they are full of tea cups for under £1. I’m going to hunt around them and pick up a ton of mismatched tea cups to put sprigs of silk daisies in and decorate with! A bit of a “mad tea party” vibe!
I am unsure about lighting, and totally open to suggestions – as it will be a reception full of the drunk and the Irish I think candles are out, but maybe paper lanterns with bulbs instead of flames? For a garden-y feel? Help!
For the walls – I can’t nail them up so I had a look on the web for fabrics – found tons of adorable Alice print fabrics – may get a roll of each to make “panels” on wood or foam boards (wood probably a better bet) and prop those against the walls. Each panel would alternate with fabric covers. Here’s a peek at some of the sample fabrics:
On top of those I’d be hanging jumbo cards (about £5 for a deck of jumbo cards!) and several quirky weird clocks! I already have a tiny clock collection, because my Alice-frenzied self will one day have a “clock room” in my home – walls full of weird clocks ticking at different times, and that’s where my writing desk will be. Hehe. So they are definitely reuseable (as is the fabric – for sewing, and the tea cups – for the pantry! Fiance is a tea addict, I am a coffee addict, but don’t mind a cuppa once in a while) I am thinking wood panels so I can hang the clocks without damaging the puib walls.
Here are some of the clocks!
(scroll down to tea & biscuit clock!)
They’ll be hung in random order and the cards will be tilted and randomly placed as well, for a definite down the rabbit hole Wonderland feel! Gonna grab some of the shelf hanging “Dali” melting clocks as well, in bronze and silver:
We’re also avoiding the cost of a wedding cake by making our own! Because the wedding is so small and the reception will be adding only about 80 more people (we’re an international couple – I immigrated to Belfast so most of my family and friends cannot afford the trip and we’re planning an American reception in about 2 years time) we’ll be feeding the hopeful 40 wedding guests and having the cake immediately after with just them. So! We’re gonna bake two sheet “confetti” cakes and make our own sugar button and teacup candies. Debating getting play figurines as toppers or not.
What do you think, bees? Any ideas you can toss my way?