Oct 11, 2008
I was very happy with the way my programs turned out, but it was a lot of work! My DH, MOH and I pulled an all-nighter cutting and assembling the fans. Snacks, soda, and coffee couldn't even keep us awake. The repetition of the same task was a killer.
I found the template on this site: http://www.gnyc.net/senseless/2006/06/10/diy-fan-programs/. But my DH modified it a bit to make the panels smaller and fit more on one sheet.
An assembly line was the best way to do this! My DH cut the straight edges with a paper cutter, I cut the curved portions (with a circle cutter for the top curve and by hand for the bottom curve), and my MOH assembled the panels and placed a brad to hold them together. We found jeweled brads at Michaels and flower brads at Joann's. Both very cute!
We didn't really know what to include in the program, so we worked off programs that we received from other weddings. Our final program included:
* The Proposal
* Ceremony Agenda (Processional, Seating of Parents, Recessional, etc)
* Our Wedding Entourage and Parents - if we had more room, we would have included mini-bios of our wedding party
* Thank Yous
I remember seeing this picture of rose petals being thrown when the bride and groom walked down the aisle, and I totally wanted to do that for our wedding, but when we priced it out, it was quite costly. So we opted for bubbles instead. The Knot was having one of their sales, and I got 48ct. bubbles for 4.99, and they were light blue! We tied brown ribbon around, and my MOH attached a tag w/instructions.
I was afraid that people wouldn't know to blow the bubbles even with the instructions, so I asked a couple of my friends to be "bubble blower" starters. It worked, well at least, on one side!
I LOVE candy, so when I first saw a candy buffet, I was like, gotta have that! Who cares if it's played out... people love candy!!
Over the course of planning, I scoured places like Ikea, Michaels, Ross, Pottery Barn, etc for vases. On average, I spent about $6-7 a vase. My fav is the tall vase to the left.
I had about 13 vases and several different types of candy. We decided to do a mix of nostolgia candy and our favorite candy (M&Ms, old-fashioned candy sticks, jelly bellys, taffy, hersey kisses, luv pops, etc.). We purchased a majority of our candy from bulkfoods.com and Costco. Bulkfoods is quick, sells candy in bulk, has very affordable prices, and has free shipping over $75. The only downside is that if you want chocolate, they won't ship if the temperature exceeds a certain amount.
I used the ribbon from the votives to decorate the vases.
We bought white glassine paper bags from Papermart and stuck our logo on them (you can sort of see the bags in the pictures below). We also made the sign below, but it got lost in transit, so it didn't get displayed with the candy buffet. :0(
The on-site manager at my venue put together the buffet for me, and I didn't have to provide directions for placement or anything. I was surprised how well it turned out!
For 157 guests, here is the amount we bought (w/no candy leftover!):
M&Ms: 2 - 3lb 8oz bags
Very Cherry Jelly Bellys: 1 - 5lb bag
Hershey Kisses: 2 - 60oz bags
Taffy: 1 - 5lb bag (approx 265 pieces)
Root Beer, Apple, Strawberry, Grape Sticks: 4 boxes (80 pieces each)
Mini Gummi Burgers: 3 boxes (60 pieces each)
Gummi Bears: 1 - 5lb bag
Pillow Mints: 1 - 3lb bag
Licorace: 1 - 5lb tub (330 pieces)
Luv Pops: 2 tubs (40 pieces each)
We choose to do brown linens and baby blue napkins. I don't have any pics of the table from my reception (maybe my photog will have), but this is what the sample looked liked. We rented from Classic Party Rentals. From the 200 napkins we rented, we lost 13 of them... who would steal napkins? So, we ended up paying a small fee for those.
While browsing my usual blogs and websites, I found these great lotus baby blue votive holders. I knew that I had to have them, plus they'd incorporate a little Asian flair to the reception! Our venue did not allow us to use real candles, so we had to opt for the battery-operated tealights. We found a great deal on flickering tealights at ledtealights.net. They came out to about a $1/piece.
I also wanted to incorporate votives with the low centerpieces, so I purchased square votives and baby blue ribbon. I stamped the ribbon using a cherry blossom stamp from Papersouce. The ink dried nicely and didn't smudge. I also had leftover paper from another project and used that for a few of the votives.
My MOH made these wonderful Initial Letters for me. She purchased the initials from craftcuts.com and flowers from Beverly's. Bonus: flowers were 1/2 off, so the bulk of the cost came from the wooden letters. Here is the finished product. We hung them on these branch-like doors at the reception.
I wanted to make this cute Martha Stewart Banner, but didn't know where to hang it. Maybe for another event.
I really like Swarovski monogram cake toppers but, I could not justify the price of one, so I decided to take the DIY route.
I purchased silver-mirrored monogram cake toppers from Wedding Cuts website and I purchased 12ss Swarovski crystal flat backs from Tami's Place (highly recommend - free shipping and affordable prices) in light sapphire.
I then glued the individual crystals onto the monogram. Ta-da, finished product!
I decided to crystallize only one side of the letters. However, if I had to do it all over again, I would do both sides only because my "cake" had a 360 degree view and the backside of the topper could be viewed.
Overall, I was very happy w/the results. I worked on it for about two days. The task, itself, is extremely tedious, your back starts to ache afterawhile, and your eyes go crossed-eyed. But if you have the patience, it's a fun project!
My florist, Nicole Ha, totally turned my vision into reality. I absolutely LOVED my flowers and the work she did! I wanted really bright, vibrant, and lush-looking arrangements. Since my BMs were wearing brown, I wanted the color of thier bouquets to pop. For the ceremony, Nicole made two tall flower arrangements for the front and pomanders on shepard hooks to line the aisle.
For the reception, I decided to use brown tableclothes, so the flowers would have the same affect as the BM dresses. Nicole did a mixture of high and low centerpieces. She re-used the pomanders from the ceremony for the low centerpieces.
The two large arrangements from the ceremony flanked the sweetheart table. My bouquet and the BM bouquets also served as the decoration for the sweetheart table.
I wanted to personalize each of my BM's bouquets, so I purchased these cute initial charms from etsy seller oliviamoon. The backside of the chamr is a mirror, perfect for checking lipstick!
My MOH also surprised me with a day-of-wedding charm that I stuck on my bouquet. The beauty of this charm is that it turns into a neckace that I can wear afterwards! She bought it from etsy; I'll need to find out where.
SEATING OF PARENTS/GRANDPARENTS: Ballade Pour Adeline
BRIDESMAIDS PROCESSIONAL: How Beautiful (by Twila Paris)
PROCESSIONAL: Here, There, Everywhere (by The Beatles) - I remember listening to the Beatles as a kid; my dad was a huge fan, so I knew this was the perfect song to be escorted down the aisle by my father.
RECESSIONAL: Love Song (by Ronan Hardiman)
WEDDING PARTY ENTRANCE: Stronger (by Kanye West, instrumental version)
OUR GRAND ENTRANCE: Remember The Name (by Fort Minor, instrumental version)
FIRST DANCE: Slow Dance (by John Legend)
CAKE CUTTING: How Sweet It Is (by James Taylor)
BOUQUET TOSS: Family Affair (by Mary J. Blige, instrumental version)
GARTER TOSS: Damn, Girl (by Justin Timberlake)
LAST DANCE: Saving Forever For You (by Shanice)