These ideas aren’t all low sugar, but they are all pretty cool. I love that the vodka gummy bears demonstrate diffusion! My favorites are the yogurt dots, breakfast pops, figs and cream cheese, baked chickpeas, apple sandwiches (sans chocolate chips).
Have you ever tried any of these ideas?
Image via Damn LOL.
I’m a detail-oriented person. I love details. I remember details. This isn’t always advantageous for a teacher because it makes it easy for me to miss the big picture. For our wedding though, I delved into the glorious details and lost myself.
Once we got to the hotel, I peeked into the restaurant and I was delighted and very grateful to see that our friends and family had set everything up perfectly. Thanks, guys! The whole room was filled with a warm glow and each table was prettily decorated with candles and favors.
When guests entered, there was a small table set up with escort cards – mini maracas with little table tags attached. Tip: Alphabetize everything and put them in labeled bags. Your helpers will have a much easier time of setting things up.
The original plan for the guestbook was to have people sign a book of engagement pictures. However, my cousin Jerry bought us this red book from China and my mom insisted on using it. I didn’t care for it, but at that point, I was too tired to argue. In retrospect, it didn’t look that tacky.
Here’s my dear friend Kay signing. Don’t you love her outfit? I loved that she and my other girlfriends brought their A-game to our wedding. I take that as a token of their affection.
I actually had to get the following pictures from Facebook. Our photographer didn’t take any pictures of the favors, centerpieces, or menus – items that I spent months working on. Fortunately, our sweet friend Winnie was our unofficial photographer and captured our details. Thank you, Winnie!
I bought a huge case of votive candles. I had so many left over we used them for Kim’s wedding also. I still have a ton left! Ordering extras are good, but try not to go overboard like me.
Our non-floral centerpieces were perfect; they added to the ambiance but didn’t get in the way of the food, served family-style. I purchased pillar candles from IKEA and placed them in cylinder vases from Dollar Tree. Tip: If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the store, buy it online and have it shipped to the store for free. I printed table numbers on gold vellum and wrapped them around each vase with double-sided tape. Double-sided tape is your wedding craft buddy.
Then, my cousin Joanie (I LOVE YOU, JO!) painstakingly wrapped each vase with double-faced red satin ribbon and trimmed the tops. Unfortunately, I don’t have a clear picture of our hard work, but you get the idea:
The main table number/pillar candle was surrounded by 3-4 votive candles.
Each guest (except children) received a custom shot glass and a mini bottle of Patrón tequila (a nod to ST’s culture). They were packaged in gold takeout boxes from Paper Mart and tied up with a ribbon and label. We have three extra favors and a bunch of menus that my mom saved for us. Sweet! Thanks, mom!
Here they are, two years later.
The shot glasses were from Discount Mugs and were, obviously, very affordable. I created the graphic and uploaded it to their website and shipping was quick and safe; nothing was broken. ST and my family washed and dried each shot glass so they were ready to go. Each mini Patrón was enough for one very full shot. People loved these favors – whether to drink or as a keepsake, there wasn’t even one left behind. Moral of the story: When in doubt, give liquor or food! You can never go wrong.
I love that I can look at the menu and remember all the food that we didn’t eat. Good times. Our red wine was Cabernet Casillero and the wine was Pinot Grigio. Our friend Peter stuck a mustache on his glass and aptly named it Mr. Grigio. Yeah… I think people enjoyed the wine.
At one point during the middle of the lobster course, I went back to our table to find that Kim had helped herself to our portions. I think she looked apologetic between mouthfuls of succulent lobster. Little sisters. We did manage to eat some Peking Duck though – it’s ST’s favorite. I think I had some shark’s fin soup also. I hope it was imitation shark…
We had LOTS of kids at our reception. I believe the final number was 25. As a thaasophobe, I wanted all our guests, old and young, to have fun at all times. So, with all those kids, I knew it would be impossible for parents to enjoy themselves without some kind of kiddie activities.
I decided to make activity bags for each child. On a family trip to Target, my mom bought a whole mess of glossy red gift bags that were on sale for 50 cents each. I designed a label and personalized it for each child. It said “A Bag of Fun for _________.” Inside were the following items:
The bags took an afternoon to prepare – our friends and family stuck put candy in bags and tied them with gold curling ribbon. Crayons were divided and tied up cutely. We left out boring colors like beige and black. I don’t remember exactly how much each bag cost – it couldn’t have been more than $8 each – but the payoff was priceless. ST’s best man’s wife, Gloria, cried happy tears. She hugged me multiple times, kissed me, and thanked me for thinking of the kids. Similarly, my cousin Cathy’s kids had so much fun at our wedding that she had to “mentally prepare them” for subsequent weddings because they will not be as fun as ours was. Money and time well spent!
If you’re in a similar situation, definitely spend a few dollars at Dollar Tree for the kids. It was so cute – each one had a lollipop in their mouth, a mustache under their nose, and a toy in their hand. They didn’t leave their tables except to dance!
Our photobooth was also a big hit. As I mentioned previously, instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a photobooth rental, ST and I purchased a photo printer and David Cline’s script. We purchased several packs of photo paper and ink cartridges (they were cheaper when we bought them though) and a photo printer. I don’t remember how much the printer was, but it was pretty cheap.
I spent $50 on eBay for 200 stick-on mustaches, two feather boas, and a ton of red clown noses. I love that there was not one face, old or young, without a mustache, side burns, or uni-brow. Who would have thought stick-on mustaches would be such a hit? Our other props included randomness from Dollar Tree: sombrero, parrot hat, Groucho Marx disguises, sequined masks, and different types of big sunglasses. The containers were either from Dollar Tree or Michael’s.
I set up a memory board in hopes that people would take photos and leave us some. This is how I knew people loved their photos – we only got about 10 photo strips and you could tell most were rejects (blurry, bad lighting, etc.). Gee, thanks guys.
S. Dynasty provided an elegant traditional double happiness tapestry that we used as a back drop. I think the only downside to the DIY photobooth option is that lighting was insufficient. This could have been remedied if I’d asked a photographer-friend about setting up some lights, but I think we did okay without them.
My friend Livia scanned her photos. So cute! I love these two ladies.
David Cline’s script conveniently saves every photo strip as a .pdf file. Unfortunately, they were saved on my MacBook from work and I forgot about them and switched it for a MacBook Pro. Remember to back up your stuff!
And finally… I loved our cake topper. They were custom painted figures from Etsy. True to life, ST’s mini me is taller than mine. The fondant flowers on our cake were also from Etsy. They were supposed to be cream/ivory but they were orange on that day.
Whew… I think I’ve covered everything.
Are you a detail-oriented person? What details have made an impression on you?
Up next, how the banquet went down!