(Closed) masquerade ball wedding

posted 6 years ago in Themes
Post # 3
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Busy bee

When I first started reading, I still thought it was corny. But, when you really gave the full description of the venue, feel, and time, I think it sounds fun and novel. Of course, not everyone will participate. Regardless, I think you’ll have some join in wearing them.

If you want to get the most out of them, then I suggest having them out at the beginning of the reception. You could put a giant pile of them near the door, you could make them into escort card holders, you could put a selection on every table, or put them at every seat. If you want to encourage people to use them during the party, then see if there’s some kind of poem or something you could print up and put at each table.

I’ll also admit some bias here. My favorite part of Venice was walking around and exploring the mask shops. If only I had hundreds to splurge on something decorative like that. Seriously, loved it. My bias doesn’t go so far that I think masks work for every party, but it sounds like you really have a context where it can fit.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I had a masquerade wedding (formal Catholic ceremony followed by masquerade reception) in January.  I think it’s a brilliant idea, though I may be a bit biased.  😛  We brought the masks out at the beginning.  The idea went over SO WELL.  Everyone got into it, even the people we didn’t think would.  I’m still hearing stuff from people about how much fun they had and how great an idea it was.  If you click on my profile, you can check out my recaps.  Here’s one quick photo, though, of me and my husband during our first dance:

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@CandyseR:  We had about 180 guests show up.  We ended up making approximately 125 masks (my three amazing local bridesmaids spent every Wednesday evening for MONTHS leading up to the wedding at my place working on masks), but it turned out to be too many!  I was kind of amazed by how many people got into the theme and actually brought their own masks, even though they didn’t have to (we had a specific section on our website that answered everyone’s FAQs about the masquerade).  DH’s entire maternal side of the family actually did a trip to New Orleans about a month before the wedding, and each person bought themself a gorgeous mask to bring to the wedding.  I’d say that at least a third of our guests brought their own masks.

The masks did end up being an expensive part of the evening, but it was worth it.  At first, we tried making each mask from scratch using paper mache, but we quickly learned that because each individual mask took so incredibly long to make, thicken, sand down, and make smooth, we were much better off buying pre-made mask forms.  I think we ended up being the most successful when we bought tons and tons of cheap but pretty masks from China off eBay and then painted over them or altered them to make them more beautiful and unique.  It was a bit more expensive, but it saved us several hundred hours of work.  Totally worth it.

Thank you so much for the kind words about our wedding!  I really did just have the best time, and everyone loved the masquerade idea so much.  If you have any other questions about specifics, please feel free to message me at any time.  If you’re interested in seeing more pictures, too, I’d be happy to send you a link to the complete online albums!

 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

Also, if you’re on Pinterest, I have several masquerade wedding-related boards that you might be interested in.  I found so many cool ideas while I was planning.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I went to a wedding that had a Mardi-Gras theme (the groom is from Louisiana) and they had masks laid out on the tables. Like an interactive centerpiece. Some people used them, some didn’t. Most people used them for brief periods, but it can be annoying to wear for a long time. One thing I really loved was they took a picture of the whole group, 1 with masks and 1 without. Overall I thought it was a hit!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think its a great idea.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Sounds beautiful and like a lot of fun!

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