I had a definite vision for our wedding reception venue. We got married upstairs at the lovely 701 Whaley and then guests took the elevator and stairs to the 1st floor for the reception.
Care to take a peek?
|Also on the same table was the photobook we used in lieu of a guestbook. I had a certificate to print this for free at our Wolf Camera store. I used the disc of engagement pictures we received from our photographer, Ashley Brokop.|
|Wedding pictures of our parents and grandparents were on a table joined with my wedding portrait.|
|Our white leather lounge area. You'll recognize the pillows - they are the ones Mom and I covered and, as you know, the ones on our bed!|
|Four long rectangular tables and mahogany Chiavari chairs|
|I purchased this chandelier (it now hangs in our dining room!) and we had it hung above the cake table. You'll see more of this set-up in tomorrow's post with reception pictures.|
|Tall centerpieces of white hydrangea alternated with babys breath|
|There were also mason jars on each table filled with flowers or white votives that twinkled in the dark|
|The head table had a little more bling!|
|Remember Mom and I making those table runners?|
|A napkin, placecard, and menu card was at each table - see this post for details about how I made the menu cards.|
|The table numbers were also covered in this post.|
|The black and white checkered dance floor was surrounded by round, high tables that could hold drinks while people were dancing. The bar was to the right and there was a photo booth (such a hit!) in the back right corner.|
|Do you spy our table runner fabric on these tables too?|
|Topping those tables, arrangements in tea tins and candles in charcoal glass votive holders.|
|Atop the bar was this arrangement of hydrangeas.|
|And grey and white striped straws ordered from Modern Lola|
|Our custom koozies were in baskets atop the bar|
|And the dinner, OH THE DINNER. Pulled pork barbeque, baked mac & cheese, sauteed haricots verts. We also had cornbread muffins and butter.|
|Right after we cut the cake, a line of waiters came out of the door with trays holding these yellow and white cupcakes. The yellow had lemon icing and the white had cream cheese icing.|
|And here is our gorgeous cake, surrounded by macarons!|
Now ... would you believe me when I told you I bought this cake for $10.99 the Thursday before our wedding from our local Harris Teeter grocery store?! I took it down from Charlotte to Columbia in a cooler and our wedding planner kept it in her fridge until Saturday. True story.
It was never a big priority for me to have a large, fancy, "traditional" wedding cake. My priorities were in the photography, the reception decor, and not gonna lie -- the wedding dress.
This cake was delicious and it had a raspberry filling ... to die for. And the best part is, for our one year anniversary, rather than pulling some freezer-burn cake topper out of the freezer, I can just go down the road and pick up an exact replica of our cake since they always carry this style in the bakery. I don't regret for a single moment not doing a gigantic wedding cake.
Where did you save money on your wedding? What did you decide to prioritize?