Happy Sunday! Bringing you a surprise weekend post recapping the special details from our big day as I promised I would in this full wedding post last week. The little details were my favorite part of wedding planning as it really made the day that much more personal to us. In order to find all the amazing vendors and products I used I relied on contacts I had made at blogging workshops, searches on Instagram, friends, and plenty of browsing on Etsy! Here are all the little things that made our wedding day so special:
A friend of a friend is an amazing artist and calligrapher and offers custom designed invitation suites – Caroline Patton Artistry. I had her draw the church we got married in on our invitation and the reception venue on our RSVP cards. I then worked with a local vendor – Sequins & Lipstick paper company – who helped me with the paper and printing aspect. These custom invitations ended up being just slightly cheaper than some of the popular invitation suites on sites like Wedding Paper Divas. One aspect that really saved us money was turning the response card into a post card! Thus, we didn’t have to buy envelopes for the RSVP cards and could buy post card stamps versus letter stamps which are fifteen cents cheaper. Plus, they are such an amazing keepsake.
The Dress & Accessories
As I mentioned in the full recap post, my dress was a custom Leanne Marshall dress, which sounds much fancier than it actually is. All I did was combine the top of the Lucinda Dress with the bottom of the Gabrielle Dress. Making this swap was an additional $250 but definitely worth it since I created a dress that no one else probably has and that incorporated exactly what I wanted – a fitted, lace bodice and full, yet airy skirt.
For my accessories, I stuck to creams and golds. My first purchase was my delicate gold belt which I purchased with my wedding dress at the Sentimentalist. My diamond and pearl teardrop earrings were from J. Crew and my cream scalloped wedges were Dee Keller from BHLDN. Although my feet hurt after wearing the same shoes for 13+ hours, I do think the wedge was much better than a heel. Plus, I love that these shoes are versatile and cute enough to still wear to this day. For my garter, I struggled to find one that was nice and not tacky or cheap looking without being ridiculously expensive. For something that you couldn’t even see, I couldn’t justify spending $100+. I found this one on Etsy for just $30 and love that it came with the one I wore and kept as a keepsake and the one that Patrick threw during the garter toss. I also found this cute ring bag on Etsy.
The last item in the picture above is a six pence that my mom’s good friend let me wear in my shoe as my “something borrowed.” His mother wore it in her wedding in the early 1930s. It was such a special heirloom and I felt honored to get to wear it. Plus, it was supposed to bring good luck 🙂
One of my favorite details about the bridesmaids dresses I chose were the sweet bows on the back of some of them. As I mentioned in the recap post, I let my bridesmaids choose from five different White by Vera Wang styles at David’s Bridal as long as they ordered it in the marine color.
The Wedding Flowers
The flowers for our ceremony and reception were done by Liz who owns Adaptation Floral Design here in Atlanta. Flowers were something I didn’t want to blow our budget on and something I also didn’t have too strong of an opinion on. When I met with Liz, I told her I wanted neutral colored flowers (white or ivory) and lots of green for a loose, organic feel. From there I let her choose the rest and I loved the combination of ivory garden roses, white lisianthus, white freesia, and dusty miller that she came up with.
Tables & Reception Flowers
Our reception was under a huge tent on the rooftop of Ponce City Market. The one thing I knew I wanted as far as setup went was for everyone to have a seat and for us to have a long head table for the wedding party. Once I knew that, my month of wedding coordinator Elisabeth with Molly McKinley Designs helped construct the layout which consisted of our head table that sat 40 people (Patrick and I, our 22 person wedding party, and all their dates!) and 16 rounds that sat ten people each. I chose white linens for a clean look under the white tent and opted for the dark stained wood folding chairs as a contrast. I love how it turned out and thought it was perfect especially given that it was a fall wedding!
The other things I had determined I wanted from the reception were to incorporate color into the flowers since I opted for neutral bouquets for the wedding, navy from the bridesmaid dresses, and subtle hints of gold. I love the beautiful pops of color Liz our florists added to the centerpieces! I incorporated navy and gold through the table signage and then gold in the centerpiece vases and also head table chargers.
Since I wanted to the head table to be the center of attention, it was the only table set with gold chargers and individual escort cards (done by Lanta – an amazing local letterer who did all our wedding signage which I’ll talk about more below). I didn’t want it to be over the top with a lot of flowers though so I chose a simple greenery runner and the small gold potted flowers mixed throughout. For a table this large creating a number of floral centerpieces would have been a large expense. The greenery runner was a great way to save money while easily filling up the space in a beautiful way.
For the guest table rounds, we had them decorated with either a single large gold potted arrangement or a mix of three small gold potted flowers. For the tables with three pots, we reused the bridesmaid bouquets to fill the third vase – a great way to save money on reception flowers! For the guest tables, we also had them preset with a water glass, rolled plastic ware, and votive candles to make them look more decorated and also to prevent our guests from having to carry their water and silverware to their tables since we did a buffet style dinner.
Signage was the hardest decision for me, and I spent hours on Pinterest combing through ideas. I finally was inspired to use canvases and have them painted navy with gold lettering based off of this canvas sign I found on Pinterest. I hired Lanta who owns the lettering and design company, Letters by Lanta, and she painted and lettered all of the signage at our reception – the canvas table signs and cards and gift table signs, and the wood bar signs, social media sign, and table assignment sign. She was so amazing to work with – bringing my ideas to life better than I had imagined them and is incredibly talented – I love how they turned out!
Fun and Games
As you can see on the social media sign above, we offered a Snapchat filter at our reception. Again, this was such a unique, fun way to make our celebration even more personalized. And for a total cost of $30, it was definitely worth it! Above is the geofilter that was available during our reception. In order to set this up, all I did was purchase a pre-made filter on Etsy (I chose this one) and then submit it to Snapchat to make it available for the time and location of our reception. When you submit to Snapchat, you pay them for how long you want it available and for how large you want your geospace to be. To run it from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. in our reception space, it cost $16! A small detail that was totally worth it!
I always loved the idea of having corn hole at a wedding reception both as a personal touch and as something fun for guests to do during cocktail hour or downtime. As soon as I saw that our reception space had the perfect spot for the game, I hopped on Etsy to order custom boards from this shop. I opted for Patrick and I’s home states of Arkansas and Tennessee since it would be a nice keepsake for us and since most of our guests were from one of these two states.
Since we offered bottled beer at our wedding, it was a must to offer our guests a personal koozie. I didn’t want to pick a standard koozie design, however, so I went back to our invitation designer, Caroline, and had her make this custom graphic for us, utilizing the same reception venue drawing from our RSVP cards! They were so unique and such a great keepsake for our guests and for Patrick and I. Once she sent us the illustrator file, I just submitted it to this online koozie shop for approval and ordering!
For the cake, I hired Shelly, owner of Pastry Shells, and the same person I ordered my bridesmaid cookies from. I originally tried Shelly’s amazing cakes at the Pretty Peach Workshop in March 2016 and when it came time to ordering a wedding cake, she was the first person I called. This cake was incredible! Not only was it beautiful and exactly what I envisioned, it was also so delicious. If you are in need of someone to make your wedding cake in Atlanta, I highly recommend Shelly!
The beautiful view of Midtown Atlanta from our reception and the backdrop to our cake table!
The last little detail and arguably my favorite were these wooden doll cake toppers that we had custom made from a seller on Etsy. I love these because Patrick actually came up with this idea when I was stumped as to what to do for our topper. I didn’t want to do one of the popular gold lettered toppers nor did I want to just do flowers. When Patrick threw out this idea, I loved it and instantly went to Etsy to find someone who could make them! Again, I love that these are so personal – I sent the artist and shop owner a picture of Patrick and I as well as a picture of my wedding dress – and I love that we now have them as a keepsake on our bookshelves at home.
I know that was a long one but if you are planning a wedding, I hope that some of these ideas will inspire you to create your own personal touches for your special day. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out or share them in the comments!
P.S. Two of my vendors – Lanta, who did the signage, and Shelly, who made our cake, have teamed up to offer the first ever Sweet Ink Workshop on May 20. In it, you’ll learn their secrets behind sugar cookie decorating and hand lettering. It sounds like such a fun workshop, and if we hadn’t already signed up for our birthing class that weekend, I would totally be there. If you live in the Atlanta area and are interested in attending, you can buy your ticket here!