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Wedding Wednesday: Reception Details

Welcome back to another Wedding Wednesday! I’m back this week to share some of my favorite reception details!

Our reception was held in the tented pavilion (complete with twinkle lights!) at our venue.  We dropped the clear sides and added some portable heaters to make up for chilly temperatures. I added a lot of orange and navy blue accents to spice up the empty space.

As guests walked into the tent, they came across the seating chart. I opted to save the paper and work of escort cards and instead converted an old window into my seating chart.  Thanks to the teeny tiny handwriting of my maid of honor, all of the names fit perfectly and it kept with the rustic, DIY feel.

AJ Dunlap Photography
AJ Dunlap Photography

A very large floral arrangement, an orange lantern and our wedding hashtag dressed up a table sitting next to the window.  The best part of my wedding decor is that a lot of the pieces were things I already owned or will use again in the future.  It helps when you pick colors you love!

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Guests had the opportunity to leave us advice and well wishes on paper hearts. We absolutely loved reading them when we got back from the honeymoon. I really want to re-purpose the mailbox as some sort of cute love note mailbox in the house.

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Remember my DIY guestbook? It quickly filled up with signatures and well wishes from our guests. I could not have been happier with how it turned out!

Off to the side and behind the guestbook table, our cake table shone as the star of the reception.  I knew I wanted something stunning, but needed to do it on the cost-effective side.  I opted to keep the tablecloth navy blue, but chose a fancier pattern (it had big rosettes sewn all over it) to set it apart from the regular tables.  Big bunches of baby’s breath, a handmade sign by one of my bridesmaids and a few mercury glass votive holders added a little something extra to the table.

Behind the table stood a three-door backdrop rented from Happily Ever After again.  There are better pictures to come, but it really provided the perfect backdrop for the cake table and our cake cutting photos!

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We opted to do mini cupcakes for the guests and I wanted to have a multi-tiered display so they were all accessible. TJ Maxx came to the rescue when I found a ton of those white cake stands! I picked a few different sizes and patterns, but keeping them all the same color and material made them look cohesive.

Another handwritten chalkboard shared our guests’ cupcake options.  Fun fact: we tasted them all before ordering which was good because we never actually got one on the wedding day! People loved them so much that they were all gone by the time we thought to get one.

Even though I am totally a cupcake girl, we still wanted a cutting cake.  In order to keep with the rustic theme, we had the bakery do a naked cake which turned out perfectly! Keeping it super simple allowed our cake topper to be the focal point which was good because it was one of my splurges! I plan to turn it into an ornament for our Christmas tree.

AJ Dunlap Photography
AJ Dunlap Photography

I kept table decor very simple while sticking to our color scheme.  Orange napkins holding thank you notes popped on the navy blue tablecloths which were the perfect backdrop for mercury glass votive holders. I used a mixture of orange, clear and mercury glass containers for the flowers which made every table unique.

Another way to keep things different (and spark conversation) was our alternative take on table numbers. Instead of traditional numbers, our table numbers were unique facts about us and our relationship.

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Other examples included the date of our first date, “I love you” and engagement, how many care packages I’ve sent with A around the world and how many countries we’d visit on our honeymoon.  Guests really liked them and they did their job of sparking conversation at the tables!

Our sweetheart table was kept very simple largely due to my clumsiness and fear of knocking things over as we ate.  The struggle is real, people.

Our bar and buffet were inside the house and I made sure to add some decorative touches in there.  A photo timeline gave guests a look at the history of our relationship.  I absolutely love those mini clothespins. Every time I come across a bag, I buy them because you just never know when you’ll need them!

AJ Dunlap Photography
AJ Dunlap Photography

The bar (made of gorgeous dark wood) got a bit of color with some lanterns, colorful paper straws and more baby’s breath!

I was so incredibly happy with the way everything turned out.  My mom did most of the day-of decorating and she executed my vision perfectly. I remember walking into the tent on the way to the ceremony site and being just in awe of everything. All of that hard work really paid off!

What was your favorite piece of wedding decor?

Coming up next week: a pretty legit mother-son dance. Oh and A and I have a first dance too!
Check out the rest of my Wedding Wednesday posts.
I’m linking up with Meg and Macy today as part of Wedding Wednesday.

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