The wedding reception, my sisters and I helped decorate, went really well. The chapel, on the campus, was so georgous, no decorating was needed. The bride and groom, are such a great-looking couple, and her dress was one of the prettiest I have ever seen. It had an old world feel to it, that fit her and the setting perfectly, but sorry no pics of that. We did table decorations at the country club reception. My daughter, Jodi, helped with most of the prep work, we did beforehand.
The bride picked out these damask favor boxes, to go on each table, and damask invitations. So, we took our inspiration from them.
We found the most perfect guest book and pen set, to go with the fuchsia, damask, and bling theme. This was all we did at the chapel. It was all stain glass and outstanding craftsmanship, with a cooling system that made one frosty. VERY important in Texas, lol.
I think we did a pretty good job of matching the boxes.
We've used cake plates for centerpieces, in the past, loving the look, but we really wanted to do something handmade, that would be totally unique to this wedding, so using the boxes as inspiration,we created the centerpieces, using cardboard,concrete molds, cut to the size we wanted. After they were cut, we rubbed off the rough edges and used a black marker on the them. We scanned in some damask paper, so we could print off the size we needed, and used a cricut to cut the monogram for each centerpiece. At first the monogram was not showing up, on the busy dasmask, so we cut out the black shape for a background, using the cricut hockey puck pattern, lol. Each candle was glittered, giving them a lovely shimmer. We added crystals and also glittered the table cloths, for a finishing touch. I really can't describe what a charming effect the glitter had on the entire table.
We made up two different centerpieces, using the same components, but arranging them differently. Each had a damask cylinder with monogram,( two different sizes), black charger, glass hurricane, fuchsia (colors in photos do not do the flowers justice) Gerber Daisies, bling, and one centerpiece design had sparkly fabric. Doing two different styles gave us varying heights of candlelight, which was very pretty, while using the same materials, made it really coordinate. We used Mod Podge to affix the monogram, giving it a shellacked look. I think there were 16 tables, in all, not counting the serving and gift tables. We made sure to space out the two styles of centerpieces.
A fajita bar was served, Yummy!
For this centerpiece type, we flipped it over and added the blingy material. Each charger had a circle of damask paper. It showed up really pretty on the cake stand ones.
My sister fashioned a couple of hat boxes into a cake card holder to go on the gift table...
We added this little card for instructions...
As you entered the ballroom, from around the corner, climbing the stairs you saw the guest/ gift tables adorned with wrought iron candles, glowing, filled with Epsom salt, rock salt, and glitter, lighting up the guest book and wrought iron basket with bubbles.
A small mirrored shelf ,of a table, needed a little something...
Now for the show stopper... Take a look at this cake!!!
As well as being lovely to look upon, it included five different flavors, one on each luschious cake layer!. The guy that delivered it, said it weighed 80 pounds. He wasn't very happy about it either, but that is another story. You know, there is always another story, right?!
Suzette, Beverly and I arrived at the country club around nine, that morning, hauled everything up in the elevator, and were done by 11:00, which is really good for us! Suzette organized it all, not forgetting one thing!
Of course, we did some shopping on the way up and back, so stay tuned... my posting may slow down, though, as summer winds down. I've already had to work two days this week.
The cardboard cylinders can be used again and again. A little re-papering or painting and there you go! I love ideas which can be totally changed to fit a theme, just right, don't you?
Just let them eat CAKE!