I still can’t believe our wedding has come and gone… in fact, we have officially been married for six months today so it’s fitting that today I’m sharing our reception on the blog 🙂 be sure to start here if you missed the rest of my wedding posts!
once it got closer to wedding day, I started thinking about unique touches that we could add to make our day feel more personal. we debated on how to display our escort cards for a while, first with our florist. our florist was planning to print our wedding monogram with all tables + guests listed within a huge frame. I think that idea is really pretty, but I wanted to make it more personal. my mom and I talked about how to spruce the seating display up and we ended up deciding to do it ourselves.
I was really cautious not to commit to too many DIY things since I didn’t want to stress over small stuff. my mom bought all the petite shells down in florida, our calligrapher beautifully wrote all the escort cards, and I hot glued the shells to the final cards. it was well worth the effort! the most difficult part was finding three huge trays to display the cards in 🙂
we used table number cards that matched our wedding stationery and I found another way to incorporate subtle coastal vibes with the shell table number card holders from etsy. etsy is a bride’s nirvana!
it was important to me to keep all the floral arrangements low on the tables so that people could see each other and strike up a conversation.
I swear the peonies were as big as my face!
we did things a little differently for our reception, which I plan to do a separate post on later! the only people who spoke at our reception were my uncle who gave the blessing and my parents for a toast.
after our grand entrance, we went into the blessing and my parents’ toast. the seated dinner began afterward, followed by the cutting of the cake.
after we cut the cake, we had our first dance and our father/daughter and mother/son dances. this signaled that the dance floor was officially open!
luckily, we got a photo of the getaway golf cart before dark. my sisters did a great job of decorating it.
I think every bride says this, but I couldn’t believe it when I heard our last song being played and that it was almost time for our exit! where did the night go? I loved the way our exit turned out, even though it’s quite a long story… and my dad may or may not have attempted to sweep up some of the mess later so our venue wouldn’t hate us.
we hopped on the back of the golf cart and one of stephen’s good friends drove us to our room at the watercolor inn. just as soon as we got to our room – the ominous clouds that had been looming over us all afternoon finally decided to burst and rain pounded down. we made it just in time; however, I don’t think all of our guests could say the same 🙂