Post # 1
After nearly 6 months of being engaged, we are finally gettng somewhere with plans for our October 2011 wedding…
We have found our ceremony/reception venue. We are having the ceremony outside on the water in a park. The recepion is going to take place in an old oyster shucking warehouse that is also on the property. I has been renovated, but it still has as industrial feel. I want to play that up by not hiding much of the walls. I am envisioning circus light strands being strung across at the top part of the wall before the ceiling beings to angle up. I’m hiping this will make it appear more cozy and less open and cold (cuz the place is HUGE).
Anyway, we are having a dry wedding which is what sparked my brilliant idea… The space has a bar, but instead of alchohol I want to create a coffee bar and have lots of drink options in the form of coffee, smoothis, lemondes, etc. There is a huge board behind the bar that is an awful blue so I want to cover it in black paper (like whaht teachers would use to decorate bulletin boards) and draw it up like a coffee bar chalkboard. Now, I want to carry the coffeehouse feelwithout creting too much of a theme. The main things I have come up with besides the board is creating chalkboard frames to use as table numbers. I am using several different sized mason jars, some filled with a couple flowers, others with candles. I am going to use whole coffee beans as filler for the pillar candles. For favors, I am making hot cocoa cones.
Have you ever been to or seen a coffeehouse themed wedding or one that has that feel?
Post # 3
i’ve never been to a wedding like this before but it sounds cosy! I love hot chocolate so I’m always happy if I can get some of that!
Post # 4
I don’t know if this is in your budget or not, but the first thing that came to mind for me at least, was getting some big, comfy chairs like in Barnes and Noble or Starbucks and having “conversation areas”. I think that would also be helpful to break up the space a little bit:)
ETA: I feel like you might be able to rent some, or get some off craigslist or something? Possibly using slipcovers? Just an idea:)
Post # 5
That sounds really great :). I hope you stick around the bee and do recaps, because I’d love to see it!
Post # 6
@kate169: and I are on the same page. A few comfy chairs would make some nice conversation areas in the corners.
maybe scatter a few books on the tables
Can you get wood toned tables and chairs or maybe use brown linens?
maybe use an antique coffee urn for large flowers arrangement on the coffee bar:
Post # 7
@kate169- I love the chair idea! I forgot but when I first stated thinking about this I really liked that idea, but I wasnt sure where to rent from. Another though I had had was creating a converstation area with tall tables, like for standing. I went to a dessert reception once and they created them by raising normal round tables somehow… I just can’t remember how lol
@julies1949- love the coffee urns! do you have any suggestions of types of places where I could possibly rent or but those?
and I like the brown idea, but the guys are going to be in black tuxes and I can’t mix brown and black. weird, I know, but just one of those pet peeves I think the table clothes are going to be ivory and I want to make/find 20×20 squares of fabric in my colors to lay under the centrerpieces.
Thanks for the encouragement ya’ll! Keep the ideas coming 🙂
Post # 8
Do you have a movie prop rental place near where you live? That’s where I would look for the coffee urn, or a local coffee shop, antique store etc.
Post # 9
I would look for places that do staging for rental houses. And I love the theme!
Post # 10
@Ms. Pearl: Most rental companies have tall cocktail tables you can rent. They’re usually about the same as regular tables or a dollar or two more.
What about burlap overlays? I know they are kind of more rustic/vintagey than coffeehouse, but they would warm things up a bit an go well with the mason jars and chalkboards.
Also, what about doing cute coffee cups? Or teacups at each place? You could get them from thrift stores and things?
This rental place is near me in hampton roads, but I know they do weddings on the eastern shore. They have some cool copper beverage thingies
Post # 11
When I think of a coffee shop I think of paintings or photographs as decorations. Perhaps you could blow up some black and white pictures of the two of you or even some coffee house type art to decorate the walls a bit with.
Also I love the comfy chair ideas!
Post # 12
i think of large, mismatched glass mugs for a coffee house feel. Like kate169 said, you could pick up a selection at thrift stores and garage sales.
I do think of rich, warm colors too, so if you’re anti-brown, is a deep purple, blue, or green an option? Or since it’s October, fall colors – reds, oranges, etc – would be great too.
Post # 13
My hometown coffee shop had a large mural. Since you have lots of space, if the venue would allow it, could you create an area where your guests could all paint one (washable paints of course)?
Post # 14
I think votive candles in teacups or espresso cups would be an adorable touch on your tables. I’ve also seen a few weddings that used Harney & Sons tea tins as vases for centerpieces and even as a guestbook pencil cup.
Post # 15
@inahat- I love the picture idea. thanks!
@Sking- our colors are dark purple and burnt orange 🙂
Thanks everyone I love the feedback!