A few steps from the ceremony site was the reception tent. We had a buffet dinner and an open bar. I thought I was wise when I budgeted 2.5 drinks per person. Some of our guests were underage and at least one was pregnant and some of our guests don't drink at all (or so I thought!), so I assumed that estimating 2.5 drinks per person sounded reasonable. Wow. I was wrong. I was informed after the wedding that even my 91-year-old grandfather, who never drinks, had a few cocktails. Oh well. It's only money, right?! I think everyone enjoyed themselves, though! Ha ha! :)
DIY up in this thang! Spray painted glass vase + stretchy lace + satin ribbon (the same that I use for wrapping up orders!) + grocery store flowers = < $15 flower arrangement. My Dad made the wood table numbers from some 2x4's and I etched away at the stained wood with a Dremel tool to create the number.
Husband Guy and I (Wife Thing) love Game of Thrones. These are our chair signs for our sweetheart table. In Dothraki they mean "king" and "queen".
Our guest book table! I had Father make us the wooden photo display, which showcases our photos as children and photos as a couple.
For our guestbook we had peeps sign a page of an artist sketchbook I got at the HobLob, and then add a photo of themselves taken with one of a few Polaroid cameras provided by Mother. I needed complete documentation that they were there! Photo + signature!
I adhered a clear cello sleeve/pocket on every page of the book so guests could slide in their photos.
My Dad retrofitted an old German wine crate to hold 2 wine glasses and a bottle of wine. The box was part of our Wine Box ceremony earlier in the day.
Dad giving the first speech of the evening.
My dear friend from elementary school gave a speech that brought me to significant tears. The most touching thing she said was, "Since meeting Matt, Brandy has never seemed so comfortable in her own skin." The truth in that was too much for me. I think I was moved to the point of, what I like to call, "hysterical crying" - the type of crying where one makes the strangest noises, mostly consisting of the sound of sucking in air and weird squeaks mixed with howls. (The fact that I can openly "hysterical cry" in front of Matt, and not cringe inside with embarrassment, is proof enough to me that he is The One.)
Husband Guy folded the paper owls for our cake topper. He's really into origami, so I wanted to incorporate that wherever we could. Also, paper is pretty cheap. [One owl (the boy owl) is slightly larger than the other owl (the girl owl). Aww!]
My grandad wearing the capelet of the Jr. Bridesmaid (his other granddaughter). :)
honeymoon tags) that I made for the wedding. A little leather rectangle has been stamped with our initials and the wedding date, and then secured in our card box with another paper owl folded by Husband Guy. With only the closest of family and friends in attendance (37 guests), most of the guests already had in their possession some type of leather item made by me. So, I didn't think giving them more luggage tags or key chains would be very exciting for anyone.
"I Will Follow You Into The Dark". I thought it was just *perfect* for us. Although I do recall hearing a relative whisper, "This is such a sad song..." What evs. It touches my/our heart. :)
"House of the Rising Sun". My dad is an avid guitar player, and the song I remember him playing and singing the most when I was a child is this song by The Animals. I believe he also told me it was the first song he learned to play on guitar. Either way, it reminds me of him, so that is why I chose it for our dance together. Plus, it's kind of a bad ass song.
My Wish". It was adorable.
wearing pants and boots), we departed the restaurant and headed off to...my Dad's house. We left the next morning for our honeymoon in Disney.
Finally, a shot of the tie!
So there it is - how we became a married couple! :)
Even after the wedding, I still have a To-Do list! :(
-Do something with wedding dress. Sell it? Preserve it?
-Do something with wedding pictures. Wedding album? Prints?
-Change name on EVERYTHING. F*ck.
-Plan 10-year vow renewal ceremony.