Friday, July 21, 2017

Our Wedding: Details

It's been just over 2 months since our wedding and I'm finally posting my last wedding recap post!  Phew, that took longer than I thought it would!  Thanks for hanging in there and reading along!

I wanted to do one final post showing some of the details of our wedding. I am TERRIBLE at crafting and DIY type of projects, but I knew I had to take on a lot of decor projects to keep the cost of the wedding within our budget (which we managed to do - woo hoo!). Luckily I had lots of help from friends and family!  Here's a summary of all that we did to carry out the book theme of the wedding!

As I mentioned before, Phil writes the humor section of his company's monthly research publication. Imagine my surprise in March when I opened it up to see a picture from our wedding website! He made a fake "go fund me" page for the wedding. It was hilarious!! I sent it around to a lot of friends and family. We decided to display it at the wedding to give people a sense of Phil's great sense of humor!

At the guest book table, we displayed our parents wedding day pictures.

My favorite detail was our seating card table. I found some old library card catalog drawers on eBay.  Thank goodness for pinterest - I never would have come up with this on my own!

Browse the card catalog to find your seat
The seating card for each guest looked like the card you would have used to find a book in the library back before libraries went digital. The color of your library card indicated your meal choice.

I also picked up some initials made from books for our guest book table off of Etsy (so much cheaper than ones I've seen at places like Anthropology, and you could pick from specific which fabric you wanted).  These now have a spot on our piano at home - it's nice to be able to use something from the wedding!

I got the seating card and guest book frames at Ikea (they were super cheap as they are plastic) and I spray painted them gold.

One of the most popular features at the reception was the book that the mom of one of the ushers gave us for my wedding shower. This is also at home on our piano.  My sister-in-law made the folded flowers in this photos.  They were sprinkled throughout the various tables at the wedding.

Now for the table decorations. Each table had a mirror with a combination of gold wine bottles, candles, and books.

The table numbers also came from Ikea and were spray painted gold. They were $1 each so very cheap!

Of all the crafts, the book-lined candle with punched out hearts was my favorite.

We asked our guests so help themselves to a book-lined candle and luckily many did so we didn't have too many leftover at the end.

Our wedding favors were bookmarks, which my sister-in-law made.


Our photographers did a good job of capturing all the details of our wedding day. I really like the picture of our rings below as 5-19 is our wedding date. Phil's ring has sentimental meaning behind it as it was his late father's wedding ring.

Now, for the dessert table! I may be biased but I think our spread was one of the best I've seen at a wedding!

The bunting behind the dessert table says "Just Married." My sister-in-law also made this!
We had an assortment of desserts:  French macarons (pistachio, salted caramel and raspberry), oatmeal peanut butter cookies, chocolate ganache-filled mini cupcakes, key lime shooters, butterscotch budino shooters, and fruit tarts.

 These are the "YUM" letters that I glittered when we had our crafting weekend back in March.

Besides the bunting over the dessert table, we also had a book page bunting above our chairs at our table.

And or course, since it was a book themed wedding, we had a book themed hashtag:  #segnersgetmarREAD

As you can tell from this post, my sister-in-law took on A LOT of projects.  She got a special thank you and round of applause during my speech! My wedding coordinator also did an amazing job setting everything up. I gave her some guidance but mostly just told her to run with it and do what she thought looked good. Having her was worth every penny (and she was really reasonably priced as she just does this as a side gig).

Luckily the daughter of a good friend that I used to work with is getting married next month and one of her wedding colors is gold so she took all of the gold decor off my hands. The mirrors and nearly all of the books were borrowed so once those went back to their owners, there was very little left in our basement which made my minimalist husband very happy!

And that's a wrap! Thanks for reading along and hearing all the details about our special day. As I've said before, it was a magical day but given the amount of time and money that went into planning it, I sure am happy that it's behind me and we can just enjoy being married (err, marREAD, ha).


Kelly said...

I loved all your wedding details and how many people came together to help with them! I also loved when you thanked people for the help during your speech :) Was there also a coordinator for the place, or was the day of coordinator who did your decorations etc also the person who was running things that night? I had both people at my wedding and I'm still sort of confused by the roles of each lol!

I enjoyed reading all your wedding recaps!

Charbelle said...

I have LOVED all the recaps!!! Your seating cards in the drawers was amazing!!! Everything looked so fantastic!!! I've noticed that many wedding hashtags often sound the same. Yours was so unique and fantastic and perfect! If I could have figured one out that was as cool as yours I would have had one but I just couldn't figure one out that didn't sound like all the others. I know the point is so you can go back and look at the pictures but I'm just not going to have one to have one. I will say that you inspired me and I did decide to do just a little bit more for my reception because of how amazing yours was. It will still be SUPER simple but I realized that you can make it all your own without spending like crazy, which I knew in theory but you made it come to life. I appreciated how you thanked everyone! Michael definitely got a kick out of the go fund me page! The desserts, oh the desserts!!!!! It honestly wasn't one thing but everything all together that made the day such a fairy tale!!! You and your family and friends pulled together and created something that was memorable and special and unique and perfect and honestly that's my favorite way for a wedding to be done because you feel the love throughout!

Gracie said...

The details really make the theme. I really like the old card catalog! So charming and clever. Everything looks fantastic - no one would ever guess you aren't into DIY. This wedding makes you look like queen of Pinterest!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

This is wonderful! I think my favourite thing is the library card thing to find your seat - so cool! I loooooove planning anything with a theme to it.

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Bahahahahaha - Phil's mom's comment on his fake go-fund me page!!! I love it.

Amber said...

Oh all these detail photos turned out SO AMAZING! You did a fantastic job with the details at your wedding and I was definitely impressed by all your DIY-ing!! That Segner book really is special, what an awesome gift and it's nice to be able to display it in your home now and have a story behind it! We have our custom cake topper still displayed as well and it's so nice to have little pieces from that day up!

Carolina John said...

So many details, and it was executed flawlessly? that is amazing. Creative, expressive, and consistent with your lifestyle. Perfect!

Vanessa Meads said...

I've been really enjoying your recap posts and I bet these will be so much fun for you to look back on in the years to come.

The library cards/catalog are such a great detail! What a good idea.

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

I have had so much fun reading all of your recaps (and I have read them all; I have just been LAX on the commenting front!) and seeing it through your eyes as well as the eye of the photographer has been a fun journey! You really put a lot of work into this; I always joked with my parents that if I got married I would just do it at city hall, as it takes so much time and money to pull off!! You did it fantastically, and I had a very good time to boot! If I wouldn't have had to get on a plane, I would have taken a couple of those candle jars (probably better that I didn't, as I "try" to be like Phil regarding the minimal thing)!

Stephany said...

I have loved all the wedding recaps! Thanks for taking us along on your special day. <3

Jeanie said...

You know my crafty girl find this post one of her favorites! Oh, yes, I do love this -- the attention to detail, the creativity, the party favors, the dessert table to die for (I would rather have anything on that table than cake, although I do like cake -- just love all that!). I really appreciate the theme and I'm so pleased that you BOTH were into it, and not just one of you -- makes it much more fun and more creative. It's such a personal wedding, one that really reflects the couple and I love that.

Honestly, Lisa, every bit -- four star. I can't even begin to write all the words I feel about this -- and all the joy of the other images and remembrances you've shared.

Marlys said...

Yes, a 4-star wedding for sure! The details were so creative, and I am happy I could help in a small way, as that day of crafting was lots of fun!

katielookingforward said...

I pinned so many things from these posts, but i think my absolute favorite is having your parent's wedding photos up, what a cool idea!!

Drew Watts said...

Brilliant wedding decoration! I just love everything that you arranged in this wedding. Truly, that cake is so beautiful. It is one of my favorite kind of wedding venues. I have attended so many weddings at places like this but I still can’t get enough of them.

Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

It's so fun to see all the details and see how you integrated books/reading into the wedding. I love everything you (or your sister-in-law and others) did. The dessert table looks great and all the treats sound really good!

San said...

That was a post after my own heart, as I love crafts and DIYs :) I loved your "book"-theme and the book with the pages folded into your last name is so beautiful! What a great idea!

Shoshanah said...

I love the card catalog! It's so cute and so perfect for you! I loved reading your recaps and am so glad you posted all about your guys' day!

katielookingforward said...

Hey Lisa, I just looked through all of your wedding posts, and if you still have your day of coordinator's contact info, if they are still doing it on the side, could you let me know please? Thank you!