I remember my mom asking me, “What is your vision for your wedding?” Did I want an elegant wedding? A formal affair? A shabby chic ceremony?
My reply? I wanted a romantic, classy and timeless wedding with homemade touches.
I love being crafty and I think the little details of a wedding can truly allow the personality of the couple to shine.
My mom, sister and I tuned into our crafty side to make the programs, menus, wedding favors and table signs for our wedding. With the help of some free template downloads from the Wedding Chicks website, we created a cohesive look. Our photographer snapped this picture of our wedding programs on the table with our wedding favors.
Our favors were our family’s favorite homemade cookies, displayed in a cookie jars lined with various fabrics. The cookie bar allowed guests to pick and choose the cookies of their choice to bring home to enjoy after the reception. My mom was a lifesaver with this cookie bar. She lined all of the jars with fabrics we selected, made the scalloped labels and baked numerous batches of cookies. The end result had the homemade feel I wanted without looking sloppy. She’s a cookie bar star!
When our guests arrived at the cocktail hour before the reception, they found their names on a homemade escort board.Inside the personalized envelopes were the guests’ seating assignments, noted by various loving words.
The loving words served as table names that were framed and propped against the beautiful floral centerpieces.Ryan and I sat at a feast table with our entire bridal party and their dates. On the back of our chairs hung bride and groom signs made for us by my mother and sister. Our menus contained the same wedding monogram found on the programs and cookie bar bags to help tie the whole look together. After dinner, our female guests enjoyed kicking off their heels and slipping into the flip flops we had displayed in baskets that served as “dancin’ shoes.” The flip flops were tied together and stamped with the decorative numbers to make it easy for our guests to find the correct size.
To be continued…
(All photos courtesy of Gina Leigh.)