Inspiration for your road to the altar

Our Wedding – The Reception

March 20, 2009

Since we got married on a lake, Brad came up with the idea to take a boat from the ceremony to the reception. It made much more sense than a car but I initially thought it would be cost prohibitive. After some research it turned out I was wrong, and it all worked out perfectly. I bought the letters that were hung on the back of the boat from Land of Nod. They weren’t quite hung straight, but they were cute nonetheless. And the most important part was that there was chilled champagne waiting for us as soon as we were on board.

We rented the boat from Gage Marine, which is why the letter “G” appeared throughout the decor. The irony is that our married name starts with a “G” so it looks like the entire boat was customized just for us!
A few months before the wedding, my Mom and I took advantage of a sale at Hobby Lobby and bought 100 white sandwich bags to use as luminaries. Seeing as how I don’t know when to quit when I am ahead, I also bought a hole punch and cut out a lace pattern in the top of each bag.
At the end of the luminary lit path, this was the view through the window…
I decided to use small envelopes for escort cards, along with the wishing rock idea. The sign asked guests to hold their respective rock in their hand and make a wish, like a lucky penny. Then they put the rocks into the large vase in the center of the table (purchased from Pottery Barn). The escort cards and envelopes were purchased from Crane’s and the calligraphy was by Michele Clark.
In this picture you can barely see the green paper that I used to line the envelopes. When I cut the liners for our invitations, I made the cut so that there was a strip left over from each page that fit the escort card envelopes.
We used both low and tall centerpieces, and if I had it to do over again I might have just stuck with the low ones. I wasn’t crazy about the way the tall centerpieces worked out, but hindsight is always so much clearer! Instead of colored tablecloths, I took some inspiration from Kelly Oshiro’s wedding and used two different runners. We rented green runners to go under the damask ones that my Mom made, which didn’t turn out to be quite the color of green I remember ordering but again, oh well!
Our table numbers were moleskin notebooks, which were covered in several different types of paper. We got some amazing responses to our “Advice For the Bride and Groom” request that was stamped onto the inside of each booklet. You can see the full instructions on how to make them from the amazing Laurie Cinotto on OnceWed.
The menu cards (the chicken quesadilla horns were so tasty). When we got back up to our suite at the end of the night, the resort had packaged up two of the dinners and put them in our mini fridge. It was so sweet and so very appreciated!
I included this one because it gives you another look at the runners and the entire table setup. We opted not to have a head table, but instead just sat with our wedding party at a table in the center of the room.
Since we had a photo booth, our guest book was a blank album with space for our guests to paste their pictures and leave us a note. The way the booth was set up, there were two printouts of each picture so that our guests could also take one home as a favor. So that they weren’t carrying around loose pictures in their purses and pockets, we provided some envelopes that perfectly fit the 4×6 pictures.
Our custom stir sticks and napkins were ordered from For Your Party. There was also a green version of the cocktail napkin with white print.
The first dance – I was nervous about dancing in front of everyone but when it came down to it, I didn’t even realize they were there.
And last but not least, the bathroom baskets! The beautiful flowers were recycled many times over. The small tin buckets they are in were used at my shower, and the actual arrangements were our rehearsal dinner centerpieces. The green tray and the oval tin were both purchased from The MacBeth Collection and they are now hanging out in our house.
And with that, our wedding posts are complete! Thank you all so much for reading along and participating in this entire process. I can truly say that it wouldn’t have been the same without you. Have a lovely weekend – I have another fun announcement for you next week!
  • LC writes:

    I love the pictures of all of your awesome, reception details. You did a wonderful job!

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  • Teresa writes:

    I have finally come to the end of your photos and I am thoroughly convinced that you and I may have been seperated at birth. From the style of your dress to the colors to the CALLIGRAPHER, we have sooooo much in common, girl!
    I love the “Advice for the Bride and Groom,” the wishing stone idea, the boat to the ceremony, the luminaries, the dog shots…. I could go on forever.
    What an event your wedding must have been! Every detail is lovely and special. I teared up multiple times while reading through your posts. Congrats!!!!!
    PS: Where did you get those BM necklaces… they are PERFECT.

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  • Darci writes:

    Teresa – thank you! I just left you a comment. The necklaces are from Banana Republic, but I don’t think they are in the store any longer.

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  • brooke @ claremont road writes:

    Everything came together beautifully — you look amazing! :-)

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  • Kelly writes:

    everything looked awesome! I want to see photo booth pics! We had a photo booth too and those pics were the best!

    p.s. I was at the banana outlet last weekend and they had those necklaces.

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  • Nicole-Lynn writes:

    Everything is just so beautiful. I love your departure, the boat is just so grand, and anything on the water is so nice. I love how the “G” was also your new last name initial.. how fun. And of course, love all the detail shots, the escort cards and all, and the luminaries were so pretty! Great job on those. Your wedding was so beautiful!

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  • Kelly Oshiro writes:

    I love all the details!

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  • Kelly Oshiro writes:

    I love all the details! So pretty! (and thank you for the shout out:)

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  • Sarah writes:

    What wonderful pictures! All of your hard work and planning came together beautifully!

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  • JD writes:

    What a beautiful wedding. I have starred your posts in my google reader as inspiration for my own wedding planning!

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  • ami @ elizabeth anne designs writes:

    aw it’s so great to see how everything came together! i’m so happy you have your pics to share and LOVE everything!

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  • MrsC2b writes:

    How sweet! What a wonderful reception! I love the “Advice for the Bride and Groom” booklet. Thanks for sharing your pics!

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  • Amanda B. Young writes:

    Everything is truly stunning. Your wedding has so many unique and thoughtful details that I can only imagine how honored and flabbergasted your guests must have been! I feel inspired just looking at how all your beauuuutiful projects and ideas came together! Congratulations — and may you and your husband have a long and happy life together. You certainly started it off right!

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  • Lindsey writes:

    LOVE all the pictures!!

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  • Josie @ PreOwnedWeddingDresses writes:

    Truly lovely.

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  • Laura @ hyphenatedbride writes:

    I absolutely LOVE the pictures of your wedding– my fiancee and I are also using a green motif, and I’ve loved what you’ve done with it!
    SO lovely!

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  • Miss G writes:

    Your wedding was absolutely beautiful! Great job! Kelly

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  • Sarah writes:

    Absolutely gorgeous photos; loved every one of them.

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  • Henny @ DLSH writes:

    Darci, your wedding was beautiful and very well thought out! Love it! Such fun details, especially love the moleskin table numbers. Great idea : )

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  • Wedding Reception writes:

    Wow! I like that reception room! And that cake looks awesome.

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  • Midori writes:

    which hole punch did you use? I tried with a border punch from Fiskars, and didn't turn out well…I think if you try to punch the entire edge once, the paper is too thick. Did you use a border punch or did you use a single hole punch to punch each hole along the edge of the bag??

    thank you!

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  • Darci writes:

    Hi Midori – The hole punch I used was a border punch. I was able to punch the entire edge at once but you really have to put some effort behind it! I actually can't remember for sure, but I am pretty certain it was this one: http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/tools/t_lace-border-punch.aspx

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