Two years ago today I married this wonderful man…
…and the three of us became a family in every sense of the word (we already were family through the birth of our daughter, but now it was “legal”).
And this was one happy flower girl!!! (Her wrap was a $1 garage sale find that my mother-in-law fixed the clasp on.)
I got the white wedding I dreamed of…though my bridal party would have preferred the Caribbean!
We kept everything on a budget and drove our own car to the reception…which was a challenge with my big poofy dress…
…but Brad to the rescue it was! (Classy, right?!)
We had a reception in your typical small-town social hall…not beautiful to start with but we did what we could…
Lights and gossamer/tulle on the ceiling…
To keep a rustic Christmas feel I chose brown tablecloths, leaf green paper plates & napkins, and white and red accents.
We got these branches from Brad’s cousin after their wedding (free…score!) and I purchased the hanging votive holders and tealight candles online. The mirrors were borrowed from my mother-in-law’s work (free again!). The vases (borrowed from Brad’s cousin) were wrapped in sparkly white Christmas wrapping paper.
A little extra bling never hurts. These crystals were a Craigs List find (in the boxes!).
The head table was similar but with red “berries” and fake snow in vases with LED light branches.
Garland and lights lined the front of the stage where the DJ was set up (behind the head table).
Somehow my in-laws found a way to create a branch chandelier, complete with the mistletoe ornament I found. Loved this part!
There was a kids’ table complete with Christmas foam cut-outs and stickers, glow-sticks and crayons.
I embellished this card holder that was free from an acquaintance with some ribbon, scrapbook stickers and a berry sprig.
The guest table was the last thing done after a long day of cupcake making and decorating, so we literally threw this Goodwill tablecloth on it, laid the berry garland around the guest book (garland also Goodwill), and put up the glittery trees that we transformed from gold to green (garage sale purchase)!
The guest book itself came from Shutterfly and served as a collection of our engagement photos as well as a place for guests to write their names or well-wishes.
For the cake table, I used Pampered Chef platters I already had, plus Dollar Tree plates glued onto Wal Mart candlesticks for taller cake stands. More vases with branches served as a backdrop.
We made all of our own flowers (struggling to find close-up pics) and cupcakes, including white champagne…
…chocolate peanut butter (HUGE HIT)…
…and red velvet, which for some reason I don’t have a photo of (there was white sugar flakes and red Sixlets on top of the cream cheese frosting). There was also a snack table with simple plastic bowls from Goodwill and maybe another discount store. We had snack mixes from Costco, M&M’s, nuts, and even a hot cocoa station (near the main buffet tables).
Of course we were not without the typical wedding drama, but it was a perfect winter wedding day and more importantly, I was so blessed on that day and still now!