- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2017
Hello bees! With 7 months to go, I’m finally making some progress on our wedding plans. My anxiety about having a small ceremony has since faded, with your help. 🙂 But, instead of forgoing a lot of the traditional wedding elements, we’ve included them but simplified as much as possible. Case and point: I’ve decided to now include a small cake and punch reception. I haven’t seen a recent thread about opinions on cake and punch wedding receptions, so I would love some opinions on this type of reception and all of our upcoming plans below (be prepared – it’s a lot!) Please feel free to be brutally honest!
Save the Date: None. Decided against Save the Dates.
Invitations: To be sent via Paperless Post 2 weeks prior (after a phone call, since nobody knows we’re engaged). Will include a line about “cake and punch to follow immediately after.” Not sure about wording?
Guest list: 17 people including Fiance, I and officiant (only close family and friends). All live / work locally, within 30 minutes or less.
Location: Backyard ceremony at family friend’s home: lots of pretty trees and overlooking a fountain and pond.
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 2:00pm. Thinking to wrap up by 3:30pm or 4:00pm the latest. May include end time on invite?
Registry: None. Decided against Registry.
Decor: Colors are ivory, light pink and gold. Decorated wedding arch with sheer ivory tulle, and silk ivory calla lilies. Ivory chair covers with satin light pink bows. Aisle Runner. Light Pink Rose petals scattered.
Bride’s Attire: Short white cocktail dress borrowed from my mom. Mom’s wedding jewelry. No veil. Simple fresh makeup and hair down and straightened with loose curls. Blue shoes.
Groom’s Attire: Not rented. Blue Suit with white shirt. Tan shoes, gold tie, gold watch and gold cufflinks.
Floral: From WedIdeas on Etsy, Silk bouquet – rose and orchids in light pink and ivory. Crystal pins and baby’s breath added throughout. Silk boutonniere – Rose in light pink. Nour additional floral.
Programs: None. Decided against Programs.
Ceremony: Simple; reciting our own vows. 10 minutes in duration maximum. No wedding party or attendants. Will include a wine ceremony.
Music: Ceremony music (like when I’M walking down the aisle) will be piped outside.
Favors: None. Decided against Favors.
Reception area: Inside of the home’s covered / closed off sunroom (also is our backup wedding spot in the case of rain). Ivory linens with light pink overlay accent. No seating – more of a mixer feel.
Menu: 1 tier wedding cake – marbled cake with cream cheese frosting with gold cake topper. 2nd cake – traditional black cake. Sparkling champagne. Water. Possibly include fruit and cheese / cracker platter?
Dinnerware: Using “Premium” like China disposable plasticware for everything. White dessert plates with gold rim. Gold forks. Tossware champagne flutes. Plastic cups for water. Cocktail paper napkins.
Entertainment. None. No DJ. There will be a wall mounted TV in the reception area displaying pictures of my Fiance and I together and throughout our childhood. Light music piped in with speakers.
Videography: None. Decided against Videography.
Photography: Combination of professional photography and DIY. Professional photographer will be there for 1 hour only. Will take pictures of ceremony, reception and then of Fiance and I with each of our guests.
After the wedding, Fiance and I will head to our our favorite lake spot to take more pictures with our immediate family (with our pro camera).
Dinner: My parents are hosting dinner for us at their home after the wedding with our favorite foods: red snapper and lobster. Yummy!
Wedding Night: No hotel or anything super elaborate. Going back to our house to rest since Fiance, I and our entire family have to fly out early the next morning for our honeymoon / family vacation. Maybe include champagne and fruit?
Wedding Announcements: Via Paperless Post. To be emailed to “the masses” (over 200 people) the day after we’re married (this will be a huge surprise to them, so I’m hoping everybody calls / texts / emails while our phones are off and we’re out of dodge. Lol)
VIP who are out of state / country will receive a second “announcement” in a physical Christmas Card from Vistaprint with a wedding picture of us that says “Married & Bright”
Honeymoon: 10-day vacation with our immediate family (8 total including us). 7 of those days spent on a Royal Caribbean cruise.
Let me know what you think, bees! If there is anything you think I should add, subtract or change to make the day more special, let me know! Budget is not an issue here – simplicity is our main priority since the wedding is on a weekday and we have to travel the very next day. I really appreciate you making it this far!! xoxo