One of the things that is the most stressful and most rewarding part of planning a wedding is all of the details. Someone once told me that you can design two types of weddings, the first wedding is designed to be photographed, the other is designed to celebrate two people and just happens to photographed. We wanted a wedding that celebrated the two of us (I like to think most people would). And so we put our hearts into the details, not to make the wedding perfect, but to make the wedding us.
When we found these on line Jen fell in love with them. So instead of bubbles or sparklers, we gave our guests yay flags.
One of my fondest memories of that day is this one table that waved their yay flags at every opportunity. Something would happen and the entire table would erupt with a “yay!” and I would turn around and they would all be waving their flags.
The very first decision we made for our wedding was that we wanted peguins on top of our wedding cake. We both loved the idea and we felt that it set the mood for our entire day.
The problem we ran into is that buying these kind of cake toppers is expensive. So we took a leap, bought some sculpy, and made them ourselves.
We of course gave one of thema yay flag to make them really a part of the celebration.
I know I’ve hinted at this a thousand times. So now let me explain it to you. In Victorian England, charms were placed into the wedding cake to be pulled out by the guests. The charms were pulled from the cake by a ribbon and foretold the future. So instead of a boquet or garter toss we did this. We wanted to wish all of our guests (not just the single ones) great things in their lives (not just marriage). And this was such a great way to do it. Our guests loved it, particularly the kids, our flower girls run around to all of the tables trying to collect all six of the charms.
We made our own table decorations. One thing I wanted to avoid were numbers, I don’t like the look of big numbers on the tables. All of the other ideas that I found on the internet didn’t strike my fancy any better until I came across something on Martha Stewart.
For the escort cards we printed peoples names, punched a hole and then glued a piece of fabric on the back. Every table had napkin rings made out of that fabric. So they matched the fabric on their card to the fabric napkin rings of their table and viola! they had their table. And this way the center peices didn’t have to incorporate any identifing markers
The other thing that was on the table were the guest books. I think traditional guest books are boring. So we bought dollar journals at Michael’s and pasted individual questions on each book. This way people could answer the question and have a little fun.
For favors we looked for something that wasn’t going to be just tossed after the wedding, so we found decks of cards that we could customize. We had cards printed up with images on one side and the information for our picassa account on the other. That way people would able to post their pictures from the wedding in the account.
And we got some really great answers from our guests, and they were all waiting for us when we got back from the honeymoon.
*Photos by Leah LaRiccia Photography