- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2011
Here are a few details from my garden wedding. My favorite is the place cards–we used them for an dinner-time icebreaker, which was a total success. See below for a longer explanation. Many of the others were Etsy finds–I LOVE that site!
One of my favorite Etsy finds–my 9/10/11 hanger!
My shoes–loved them, but they unfortunately fell apart as the day wore on (I danced them right off!). This is the only picture I have of them with all of the jewels still on.
Our programs (from Etsy), fans, and parasols:
Our “wedding tree.” We signed the bottom during the ceremony and asked guests to sign each leaf during the reception. We plan to frame it and hang it in our home.
My flowers, along with those of my ladies:
Our lemonade/iced tea and cookie tables. These were set up when guests arrived so that they could have some food and drink to tide them over until cocktail hour. The cookie table is a Pittsburgh tradition–the cookies were made by the families of the bride and groom.
Our tent, pre-ceremony:
Our signature cocktail (featuring wedding colors, yellow and blue, and my home-made flags!)
The table that held our wedding tree (the tree is still out at the ceremony site)
My table set-up (Mrs. sign from Etsy):
Our tables, set up and ready for guests:
Our table numbers and centerpieces. The table numbers (from Etsy) had a number on the front and a location on the back with a little story about why that place was important to us:
Our dessert table. We went sans traditional wedding cake and instead did a carrot cake (the one we used for cutting–white with lavender topping), pies, cookies, and even an ice cream cake!
The place cards. These were totally homemade. Within each card, there was a prompt particularly written for the person sitting there. Each person was asked to answer a question. For guests we know well, they were personalized, asking a question like “I recently visited Israel for the first time. My favorite experience there was ___.” For significant others or guests we didn’t know that well, the quesitons were a bit more generic, like “My best Halloween costume ever was___.” They were asked to share their answers wiht the table. This little icebreaker was a HUGE hit, particularly at the table where there were guests that didn’t know each other. It took a bit of time to do a card for each of our 100 guests, but it was TOTALLY worth it.
And finally, the tent at night, with Etsy-purchased luminarias:
Our end of the night treat–Smiley Cookies from Pittsburgh staple Eat ‘n Park:
Other than the first two (taken by my bridesmaids), the others were taken by James Murphy Photography. I hope others find these useful!