Ceremony Site D©cor
Huppah and Chair Set Up
For our huppah, I brought down fuchsia organza material that my mom picked up from Joanns. I asked that they drape the white organza that came with our package, and put the fuchsia organza around each pole for a hint of color. I then asked for them to place our flower centerpieces at each corner up top. We had yellow and pink roses scattered on the mat.
I bought satin fuchsia sashes from weddinglinensdirect, and I asked them to tie bows on the back of each of our chairs.
Flowers for our Wedding
I supplied my wedding coordinator with a flower inspiration picture before the wedding, and I was so pleased with the outcome of our centerpieces and my bouquet on my wedding day! I went with white, yellow and pink tropical flowers with lilies and roses.
Hand tied Ceremony Fans with DIY Tiered Programs
I bought our fans from Oriental Trading and hot glued ¾ yellow satin ribbon around each handle. I then formatted a tiered program, printed, cut and assembled using raffia and starfish charms that I had bought off ebay.
Our Sand Ceremony Kit
I ended up buying an hour glass shaped vase from Michaelâ€™s and two smaller vases I found there to pour. They did not have marked measurements so we eyed them, but it ended up being perfect size. With coupons, this was less than $10 in all for all three. We bought white sand, and used sand from the beach for our other to save â€œweight â€œ room in our bags. Hubby made a cork out of some sort of foam that they make at the plant he works at.
My DIY Ceremony sign and shoe mat
My mom actually tackled this project for me. She used boards she bought from Lowes, cut them, painted them white and stenciled the letters. For the mat under the shoes optional sign, we bought a piece of fabric from Hobby Lobby (we had a yard cut in the ribbon section) and I used two starfish and seashell stamps I bought from Michaels to stamp the rug at the corner to personalize it a little. We finished this off by sprinkling some yellow glitter to it to dress it up some.
Our cocktail hour took place at the North Jacuzzi area. We had the mariachi trio play for our guests while groom and I were off taking photos.
I bought these from the Knot.com. We used them for our cocktail hour to add a hint of personalization to the tall tables.
Our reception took place on the pool deck. I am so glad we decided to splurge and rent the dance floor. It was a huge hit, and everyone had an absolutely blast dancing on it all night!
For our welcome table, I brought down some decorations to dress it up some. I brought an 8X10 engagement photo of us in a white frame, a metal tree with tea lights that I covered in glitter glue, a white basket with our starfish placecards in it, a DIY fingerprint guestbook along with the frame with directions and a basket of pashminas. They set it up beautifully! (Shoot, I cant find picture of the set-up. I have a mock set-up I can post later. Just let me know, and ill try to dig it up and post it.
For our place cards, I bought white glitter starfish at Big Lots, printed and tied names to each. I then stuck these in styrofoam to keep them standing straight in the bottom of a basket I spray painted white and covered this with sand from the beach.
For our guest book, groom and I decided to use our free videographer servies to record guests giving wedding tips and advice. The video quality was surprisingly wonderful, and in the end, we were so so happy we went with this option. Our guests' advice and tips were both touching and hilarious - something we will surely cherish for years to come.
I also made a DIY wedding family and friends tree for guests to fingerprint and sign. I found the blank pink book in the dollar bin at Michaels, cut a piece of jute for the left side of the book to dress it up some, created the tree and personalized it to glue to the right side, and finished it off by putting black and pink stamp pads to the left and wet naps to the right. It came out really cute!
I bought our pashminas off of ebay. They were of wonderful quality, and being that it is breezy at night during December, they were a huge hit. I rolled them up, added a DIY tag to each and tied them with raffia. Our guests loved them!
MY DIY Centerpieces
I used ideas I found on this site to make my floating orchid vases for each table. I had a pink LED light submerged at the bottom, but you can not tell in this picture. I also had frosted votive tea light candles (go this route because of the wind), table linens, scattered white glitter starfish, and a yellow maraca on each place setting.
MY DIY menus
I made these through Vista print. They were the rack room cards and I just added our buffet menu to each card, backed them on yellow glitter cardstock and had them slipped into our. dinner napkins.
Our favors/placecards were maracas we ordered through Amols. I tied a tag to it that had thank you on one side and their name on the other. These were a huge hit! Guests enjoyed dancing with them at the reception!
I decided on a two-tier tres les flavored cake because we had less than 30 guests. Being as our cake was so small, I opted to do a cute cake topper as opposed to flowers or an initial topper that I initially wanted to go with. I ordered two adirondack chairs from a doll site. I added a miniature doll wine glass to my chair and a bottle that looked like a Heineken-hubbyâ€™s favorite beverage-to his chair. We made the shells, froze them, and brought them with us to add to it.
My DIY parasol
I saw these on etsy but in an attempt to save money, ordered a cheap parasol from theknot.com and decided to DIY. I printed out the words â€œMr and Mrs.â€ in a nicer font-sorry canâ€™t remember what it was called- and then blew this up to the size I wanted on a printer. Next, my mom and I taped the blown up words to the parasol, went in front of a bright window, traced the letters with a permanent marker then filled it in. I later came over it with acrylic paint to make the letters pop. This was a very tedious project, but I loved the end result. Hubby and I used this parasol for TTD pictures and for our entrance to the reception.
More to Come . . .