We want to have an adults only reception.
Let me elaborate, this was not a decision we came to lightly. We actually decided to SLASH our guest list to help maximize our budget. Our original dream was to have 100 people. Not uber big by any means. But, that was our game plan. Then, we realized that the biggest chunk of money was catering costs. So there went the 100 people. And we downsized to 50. If you knew me or Melvin, you might ask, "How in the world are you going to have just 50 people? Are you sniffing glue!" Because, we unfortunately have a lot of people we love that we can't see not having at our wedding. Eerrr.
We've done a few things to make a 50 person guest list possible. First things first: children. I think if you are going to invite one, you must invite them all. Well several of our close friends have children. And not just one, several. Well that could be anywhere from 5-9 kiddos. And the last thing we want to do is to offend them, or make them feel like we don't love their little ones [sidenote: we do. and i'm a picky kid liker.]. But if it means having to cut our grown up friends or family in order to not grossly exceed the guest list budget, we had to step up and make the decision to keep it adults only.
[btw- we're already at our OVER max. 65 people]
So yeah, that's the deal. Adults only is what we want. But how do we get it, without stepping on any toes? Hurting any feelings? And crippling our budget?
Any ideas on how to get the word out, from some brides who are going through the same thing?
This cute idea from Design*Sponge reminds me of all the sweet gestures Melvin has done over the years.
The etsy seller, Metalight, describes it as a conversation piece, and I can't agree more. And if that's not enough, you can sub out for the Virgin Mary.
Or for $5 more just take them both.
Want to show off your true colors, on your wedding day? Here's the perfect way. Dye the layers of your crinoline different shades colors, and you'll set the tone for a fun and offbeat day.
I won't be personally doing this, but I would so wear this look to a party if I had the chance. What can I say, I'm a sucker for all things colorful.
For those of you reading along, you may already know about the apron I'm making for reception dollar dance. For everyone else, just click here. Well I'm considering asking the special ladies in my family to send me a scrap of fabric, that I can use to detail the apron.
Each one of these women in my family have had successful loves, and healthy marriages. So consider it my way of trying to "steal some luck."
Eerr. It's just an idea so far. We'll see how people respond.
I made centerpieces from old pretzel containers covered with ribbon, and filled with silk peonies.
With the tagline, "...like a record, she gets around..."
Homemade brownies were displayed in paper cones featuring quotes from Pretty in Pink.
The bride had a sweettooth, so we had an ice cream bar, with sprinkles, hot fudge, and caramel. Martini glasses were the perfect ice cream bowls.
Strawberry daiquiris fit perfectly into the "pink" theme.
The scavenger hunt we put together for her, in a decorated box filled with goodies.
Here's to hoping that she had a good time.
Want to see where the inspiration came from? Go here.
One thing I learned from the Pretty in Pink party, was how QUICKLY tealights burn out! They lasted maybe 1.5 to 2 hours max., before burning out. So here I am thinking, well wait, these tealights are no different from the ones I was planning on using at the reception space. Anyone doing the math? The reception requires at least 4 hours of burning time.
It looks like I am nixing the idea of tealights. What's the point, right? A bunch of empty metal rings on the tables, are the opposite of what I am going for. So instead, I will stick with better quality taller candles, inside of small glasses. So here's a tip for anyone using votive holders for all of these candles.
courtesy of Real Simple
Use Cooking Spray to Keep Candles Mess-Free
Original purpose: Creating a nonstick cookie sheet.Aha! use: Keeping candle holders clean. Celebrating by candlelight? Spray the inside of a votive holder with a thin coating before dropping in a tealight. After the candle has burned down, the remaining wax will slip out. Reward: An easy way to replace an old flame.
Often, you can get better deals through ordering wholesale. The only catch is that you usually need to order and bulk. And you may not need 288 of those 20" sparklers you love so much.
So make some contacts, some online bridal friends, and split the order!