I just want to share a few details from the wedding with you. Several of them I’ve already shared in various forms on the blog.
One of the things I’m most proud of is that I made all the desserts for the wedding! I found an old table at Goodwill and decorated it with a string of handmade glittered letters.
One of my girlfriends with infinitely more patience than me stayed at our place late one night and decorated all of these beautiful sugar cookies. I printed our menus out using our home inkjet printer. I bought the fork and spoon stamp and embossed the image. I absolutely love teacups and spent months leading up to the wedding scouring local thrift stores for pretty ones to decorate the tables with. At the last minute, we decided to fill them with flowers we cut from the bush in front of our apartment! Our florals were done by a local florist using flowers most of which were locally grown. We had a teeny-weeny floral budget and I was absolutely blown away by what he did. I decorated the vases with one of my favorite craft items – Martha Stewart’s liquid gilding paint. I cut a circle out of cardboard, turned the vase over and used it to delineate the area that needed to be painted. It was a 5 minute DIY that turned my $.60 thrift store vases into something special.
I really wanted to have a “lounge area”. I found this amazing victorian couch on Craigslist for $99. We were able to sell it before we moved so we didn’t lose any money on it. I looked into renting on and they were hundreds of dollars – just to rent! You can’t see it in the photo, but I found a door in someone’s trash and Pat painted it ‘distressed’ looking and we put it on two crates to make a coffee table.
The gilded disposible plates, gilded cups, and tealights are all DIY’s I’ve already shared on the blogs. Click on the links to be taken to those posts! The huge wine glasses were Pat’s parents are their wedding! The disposable wooden silverware was a bargain buy from Party City.
The homemade napkins were probably one of the most time consuming DIY’s I did. It really took all of my friends, Pat’s mom and even Pat to help to get them done. It turned out to be a massive undertaking to hand sew each napkin and stamp them with our wedding date. I’m so glad I did though! We have a stack of them now and they are an awesome keepsake!
I embossed the place cards and Pat’s mom lettered them. I shared the honey jars, filled with my Dad’s honey, here.
We had an open bar, so to keep down on costs, we offered local beer and a few wine options and two ‘signature cocktails’. By offering only two drinks, I was able to get away with buying a few handles of liquor instead of many small bottles.
Our food was done by Blue Plate Catering. They were absolutely a pleasure to work with. We were very sure we wanted local food to be prominently featured and they created this amazing Farmer’s Market Salad for us. I have a salmon recipe that I absolutely love that my dad has been making for me since I was little. It’s one of my first memories of my childhood, eating that salmon. They recreated the dish perfectly for our wedding day. It was melt-in-your mouth perfect.