We designed much of our "paper stuff" to use the smallest amount of paper possible. So instead of doing individual placecards, we made one seating plan poster and then we placed one number card on each table. We printed out only two programs per table.
Comments on the decor: the centre bottle is a repurposed wine bottle. The butterflies on the wine bottle were a surprise contribution by my father, and I reclaimed as many as I could when we took down the decor, to be used in future crafts. The jars holding the flowers are repurposed pasta or drink or condiment jars. The sand/candle-holding mason jars are reusable and we will use for storage around our house. The mason jars are filled with sand from Petsmart, to be used in Kyle's lizard's tank, next time we change his sand. And the tealights we already had on hand. Those flowers in the mason jars are wild carrot (Daucus carota) that my mom picked from the side of the road on the Friday before the wedding. Thanks mom!!
And, you can't see them here, but the flowers in the wine bottle provided a potentially disastrous problem, and Kyle provided an elegant solution:
I knew very early on that I wanted staghorn sumac in our centrepieces. I had been picturing these big flowing bushing wild- and "organic"-looking flower arrangements, but when I tried to put them together on Friday, they looked AWFUL. I, of course, started freaking out a little bit. But, huzzah, Kyle to the rescue. He strolls over, calmly snips all the leaves off a sumac bloom, throws a cattail head & two leaves in a wine bottle, and looks at me for approval. And thus our floral arrangements were decided upon. I told this story during my speech, because I think that it demonstrates how I came up with the original idea, but Kyle (who had no interest/input/ideas about centrepieces before we started putting them together) refined it and thus we are much greater together than apart.
Photo by LG Weddings.
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