If you’ve missed any of my previous wedding re-caps, check out the links below:
- The Wedding: Pre-Ceremony
- The Wedding: Ceremony
- The Wedding: Reception, Part 1
- The Wedding: Reception, Part 2
- The Wedding: Reception, Part 3
Tonight, we’re getting into the details of the big day!
First up… the flowers…
Hydrangeas were our flower of choice & also served as the “theme” of our wedding. All of our stationary had a hydrangea print.
I’m not the biggest flower person, so I knew this was not where I wanted to spend the majority of our budget.
The bridesmaids & flower girl each carried a bouquet of light blue hydrangeas (the flower girl’s single hydrangea was cream). I loved how the light blue really popped with the purple dresses.
My bouquet was a combination of two shades of light blue hydrangeas, cream roses, & purple flowers that I can’t remember the name of!
I was worried about how the hydrangeas would hold up in the August heat, but they did surprisingly well. They started to droop a bit before the reception, but we got them in water & they perked right up again!
We kept the altar arrangements simple; the florist created two “rounded” arrangements of blue hydrangeas for each side of the altar. I was very specific in stating I did not want “pointy” or over the top altar arrangements… just not my style! The florist mixed in some cream carnations. She advised not to spend the money on roses, because no one would get close enough to tell the difference… a good, cost-saving tip!
At our reception, we had Blumeboxes surrounding our cake!
The Blumeboxes were filled with water, & were customized (by me!) with each bridesmaid’s name.
As guests entered the reception, they picked up their place cards.
We kept things simple – the print on the place cards matched the rest of our stationary, & were labeled (with different colored dots) with each guest’s meal choice. This is a great way for the servers to know who gets what without having to ask!
Before guests headed to their seats, they were invited to sign our “guestbook,” which was actually a plate, painted with our names, the date, & of course, a hydrangea. The plate will be displayed in our home (side note: if anyone knows where I can find a sturdy plate hanger, please let me know!).
The tables were kept simple…
We selected dark brown chiavari chairs & went with ivory tablecloths, ivory napkins, & ivory seat covers. It’s a lot of ivory, but I loved the way it looked. The Foundry is a dramatic venue, & I thought it best to keep everything else subdued!
As you can see, we did a small hydrangea arrangement in a “bubble vase.” Each table also had a number (printed on our signature wedding stationary) & a note, explaining that in lieu of traditional wedding favors, Chris & I made a donation to our local Animal Rescue League. You can also see in the picture above, we had menus printed & placed at each guest’s place setting.
One of my favorite features of the wedding? Our candy bar!
I purchased the candy in bulk from a local candy company, ordered the tags from Etsy & acquired the glass containers from various sources! (Can anyone resist the deliciousness that is gummy sharks?!) As you can see, we kept the candy blue & purple to coordinate with our wedding colors!
Finally, as the evening came to a close, guests were invited to grab a cake to-go box for a late-night snack! (I even swiped one myself!)
The cake boxes were customized with our initial, names, & wedding date!
What do you think should take up the biggest portion of a wedding budget? We spent the most on our venue & food, which were definitely most important to me!