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HElP with our AHR!!! Creative minds NEEDED!!!

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#1 JenB

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    Posted 13 May 2010 - 03:29 PM

    Hi Ladies, I am in need of some MAJOR help!!! Our AHR is right around the corner and I have nothing set yet as far as decor We don't really have wedding colors, but want to keep it beachy or tropical for the our reception!! I have no idea what to do, or colors for anything!! We were thinking about doing luggage tags as our seating assignments stuck in sand, we thought that would go with the destination theme and it was something people may actually use again!! ANY HELP or input would be SOOOO much appreciated!!! Thanks girls, I know with all your help I can begin to get it together!!!!!

    #2 A2Bride

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      Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:26 PM

      Well let's start with where are you having it? Is it formal or more casual? If it is more formal, like you are wearing your dress and having it in a nice hall and such the luggage tags in sand is a super cute idea for the seating arrangements.

      We are having ours very casual, actually a Beach celebration in my mom's backyard. We are going to have a candy buffet, playing my DH IPod through speakers, and hiring a caterer. But if you are having it inside I think having the ball laterns or even the cute light up palm trees (not the tacky looking ones, there are cute ones out there)...

      #3 JenB

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        Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:28 PM

        We are having a more formal reception, I am wearing my dress again an we hired a band to play!! It is in a hall type setting with 300 ppl It is also only 6 days after we return from our wedding trip!!!

        #4 jodieP

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          Posted 14 May 2010 - 05:53 AM

          >Andrea, your ideas on the lanterns are great!

          > Jen would you like to have a color theme? how about blue and gold, sea and sand idea, then you could work around that and have the place cards, centerpieces etc a little more tropical and tie it tother more?

          Will the band be plying tropical kinda music too? or is it more a traditional band?

          let us know what you come up with?


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          #5 JenB

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            Posted 16 May 2010 - 04:27 PM

            bumping :)

            #6 KelZavs20

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              Posted 26 May 2010 - 11:01 AM

              Originally Posted by JenB
              We are having a more formal reception, I am wearing my dress again an we hired a band to play!! It is in a hall type setting with 300 ppl It is also only 6 days after we return from our wedding trip!!!
              my AHR has morphed into something similar....we opted for a clean and crisp white and aqua blue (like the ocean) then incorperated some seashells into our centerpieces to bring the beachy feel....

              as for favors, we have sand dollar cookies and chocolate seashells in a bag for each guest - i call it beach in a bag....i figure it will make a good late night snack in the car ride home, and its not something anyone will throw in a drawer at home and never use

              we're also having a slide show play of the destination wedding throughout the night

              the whole idea was to sort of bring back the beach feeling to those at the AHR who didnt make it to our destination wedding.

              #7 selassie11

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                Posted 26 May 2010 - 11:12 AM

                If you're going more formal I'd say definitely Paper Lanterns and Tropical Flowers. Maybe a centerpiece of glass bowl, sand, water, and floating candles. Or submersed tropical flowers with floating candles. But I don't know about the luggage tags w/sand. Could you possibly get souvenirs from your destination? Rum? Tequila? Cigars? Shot Glass?

                #8 roo66

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                  Posted 26 May 2010 - 11:43 AM

                  Lets see i would keep it very simple white table cloths then add tropical colours that way you can pick up bargains along the way.Raffia table mats(you can use them again) pebbles and quite large vases sat on top with a floating candle I would then add one flower to the table mat.Just repeat on each table.
                  Ikea have some fantastic tea lites which you could then add between the larger centre pieces.You could pick hot pink turquoise and orange.
                  Just remember you can sell it all on here later.
                  Sand dollors hand written with the guests name and your wedding date would make fabulous wedding seating cards and favours.Tie ribbon in the different colours to match the tables i.e hot pink table 1 turquoise table 2 orange table 3 gold table 4 etc
                  Whilst your away take some photos with the table number written in the sand.
                  I think if you use items for two things it will keep the cost down and save you worrying whilst away about what you have left to do.
                  I think by keeping the colours beachy tropical your not limiting yourself
                  I got some turquoise napkins in ikea
                  I dont think you can go over board with tea lites
                  hope that helps xx

                  #9 Tropical Imaging

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                    Posted 26 May 2010 - 05:41 PM

                    I like the idea of keeping it simple, here is a link to the style me pretty blog of one of our brides who did a lot of homemade (easy and inexpensive) decorating to make things personal.

                    Destination Wedding with DIY Style | Style Me Pretty : The Ultimate Wedding Blog

                    Pick out 1-2 strong colors to work with. I like turquoise and white (makes me feel beachy) but the above bride went with more a yellow and green theme that worked.

                    I love her glass jars as centerpieces with large shells in them.

                    You may want to think of some sort of board/display of some kind and put up snaps from your wedding to show people (maybe take a polaroid camera and have some cool vintage looking shots on it and then have the camera for people to take photos of themselves for you?)

                    Table designations...starfish or sand dollars with the number are quick and you can order them from oriental trading easily. As said before photos of table numbers in the sand (or of you and your hubby holding various numbers around the resort) Photos could be in white or silver frames of various shapes and sizes which you could then use to put your favorite wedding photos after.

                    If you want inspiration for dessert tables...here is a favorite blog of mine
                    Sweet Designs: A Blog by Amy Atlas

                    I also love this blog for inspiration
                    Green Wedding Shoes - Head Over Heels for All Things Weddings

                    Hope that gets your creative juices flowing!


                    #10 JenB

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                      Posted 30 May 2010 - 10:40 PM

                      You girls really have GREAT IDEAS!!! Thanks so much for the input!!

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