Friday, June 25, 2010
It's a wedding party
Stephanie over at Angelic Accents is hosting a To Have & To Hold Wedding Blog Party today. And you know how I love to party. And to think that I almost forgot about it. And I also love to party with Cindy over at My Romantic Home for her Show and Tell Fridays.
June is known to be the month for weddings. So of course I had a June wedding. At least this time around.
The first time I got married, it was in November and was a small family affair. I didn't have a wedding dress or a reception. I was lucky that I even had a wedding cake.
So for my final time getting married I actually got to have a reception. It was still a small affair, but more than I got the first time around. This time I wanted something more.
Too bad I didn't plan this post better as most of my wedding photos are on my home computer & I'm at work (don't tell anyone). Plus my son was suppose to be my photographer & he didn't take as many photos as I would have liked. I never did get any photos of my tables before everyone was sitting at them or of the food tables. Oh well, if we ever renew our vows, I'll make a list of everything I want photos of. That, or hire a real photographer.
Hubby & I got married in our backyard on June 3, 2006. It had to be the hottest June on record that year. We normally get June gloom here in southern California in June so the temps are usually pretty mild. But in 2006 it was 105 degrees on the day we got married. Luckily we didn't actually get married until 7pm. So it had cooled down to about 90 degrees.
We had about 60 people at our wedding. We were married by my brother in law. In California, anyone can be ordained to perform weddings for 1 day. You just have to fill out paperwork & pay a fee. I'm sure you can probably do this in most states. It made it so much nicer to have someone we know & love marry us.
This was our wedding cake. We also had a huge flat cake for serving to the guests. Wedding cakes are sooooo expensive. Much cheaper to get a small one for the cake cutting ceremony & a flat cake for serving. I wanted my cake to look like it had lace on it. The wedding topper we used wasn't my first choice. But my first choice ended up being too big for the cake. So I had to use this smaller one. I wish I could show you a better close up of it, but that photo would be on my home computer.
I wanted a Victorian theme for our wedding. Which it was, but we also called it our eBay wedding. Most everything I purchased for the wedding came from eBay. We even went to an eBay convention in Las Vegas for our honeymoon. I was totally into selling on eBay when we got married, so you could say that eBay paid for our wedding & honeymoon. Even my dress I got off eBay for less than $200.
This Lenox wedding couple was what I had intended to use as my cake topper. Isn't it the sweetest? I just adore how the groom is barefoot. It was a limited edition and I got it for $25.00. And you guessed it, off of eBay.
I made these little votive candles with our name & wedding date.
I purchased about 5 different bride & groom figurines for our wedding. I placed the ones I didn't use for the cake on the bride & groom table for the reception. Too bad I don't have any photos of the table (this photo is of a different one of the five sitting on my table inside the house). We never actually sat at our special table at the reception. We were too busy visiting with everyone who came. I only have 3 of the original 5 bride and groom figurines left. I sold the other two on eBay.
For food we had ham & turkey croissant sandwiches, veggie trays, fruit trays, cheese trays, mini quiches, Oriental chicken salad. These items were purchased from Sam's Club. We also had chicken wings & bread sticks from a local restaurant Pat & Oscars. Besides cake for dessert we also had a 2 chocolate fountains and stuff to dunk in the chocolate. One fountain for milk chocolate and one for white chocolate. We don't drink alcohol so we saved a ton of money there. We did have my favorite almond punch made with orange juice, lemonade, sugar, almond extract and 7 up.
By the end of the evening our reception actually turned into a pool party. It was still pretty warm out. All the kids ended up throwing each other into the pool so they all changed into their swim suits and had a pool party. One of my nieces was pretty upset about this as she had spent a lot of time lighting all the floating candles that had been in the pool. All in all, everyone had a good time. I was happy how it turned out (even if I didn't get a lot of photos). And the best part, it only cost us less than $2000.
You really don't have to spend a lot of money for wedding decorations. I mostly used stuff I already had around my house. I had lots of birdhouses, fairies, cherubs and candlesticks. I decorated each table a little different. Each table had candlesticks and flowers. I just made a different theme on each table. And because most of my stuff is in the same color family, it all worked.
Thrift stores, friends, family, eBay are great sources for finding things cheap. Also you can actually use Valentine's Day decorating stuff. Or you can use your wedding stuff for Valentine's Day.
For Valentine's Day I printed out all these "Love" sayings off the computer. I think they would work for a wedding as well. And they are cheap.
Here is another easy & cheap wedding decor idea. I printed out each letter to spell "LOVE" and them framed them in frames from Dollar Tree. So for less than $5.00 you have a table decoration for your wedding or your mantel for Valentine's Day.
Or how about using "XOXO" letters for a table decoration. Works for both a wedding or Valentine's Day.
Even the Dollar Tree had bride & groom figurines last month.
I still love collecting wedding figurines. Hubby got this one for me for Christmas. I actually picked it our from a trip to an antique store. It was 40% off. So I think it was around $10.00. It even came with the glass dome.
I have a thing for bride & grooms that look like children.
Last month I found these vintage Bride & Groom glasses at the thrift store. My niece is getting married in August and I thought these would be perfect to give her. But now I am feeling kind of stingy. So I'm not sure I can part with them. But I will, cause I am a nice Aunt. I did use them on my anniversary tablescape this year as candle holders though. Plus I do have a set that says "Happy Anniversary" already.
That is the nice thing about anniversaries. You can reuse some of your wedding stuff again each year.
Here is a my anniversary table from 2009. I used my Lenox bride & groom and my personalized wedding votive candles. Here is where I used the "Happy Anniversary" glasses I spoke about. And hubby gave me a special Lenox anniversary box in 2009 as well. You can see more about this tablescape here.
This anniversary table is from earlier this month. I used my newest bride & groom for this table as well as the "Bride & Groom" glasses that I'm giving to my niece. You can see more of this tablescape here. We (as in hubby & me or should I say I) have now been married 4 years. But we've been together for 15. And hopefully (knock on wood) we will be together forever.
I hope that you have enjoyed my contribution to the wedding blog party, even if I am a bit late. Now be sure to hop on over to Angelic Accents to see who else is partying. Stephanie has quite the collection of wedding stuff that you don't want to miss. And then be sure to stop by My Romantic Home to see the different ways that Cindy has decorated using shells.
And next week I'll post about my 4th of July decor. I have a few things left to finish up and then I'll be ready to share. Hardly seems worth the time and effort for just a week or so of decorating. But you know me, I love to decorate.