Our Wedding Reception – Wedding Wednesday

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It’s #WeddingWednesday! Today I am sharing off our wedding reception and all the fun touches I added that (*in my opinion*) helped make this night so fun for our guests. Our goal for the reception was for everyone to have an amazing time with good food, good drinks, and a whole lot of dancing. Our guest list was small enough that we even felt like we were able to socialize with everyone.

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Our florist totally nailed my vision! I showed her my wedding Pinterest board for florals and she did the rest. I really wanted the colored flowers to continue the shades of pinks and blush colors that I had used for the bridesmaid dresses. We also really wanted a lot of greenery. As far the large piece of greenery that was used in the ceremony, I loved that she was able to incorporate Spanish Moss. It felt so special since we had eloped in Savannah.

On the tables I was incredibly adamant that I didn’t want just plain white. Since we were trying to save money and not rent tablecloths we compromised and just rented fabric napkins. Again, I rented multiple shades of pink to continue that theme. If our budget had been a little larger I really wanted to add gold candlesticks with tapered candles in shades of rose as well, but that just didn’t happen. I still think the tables look amazing without them though.

Special Details

One of the incredible special moments, that I will always cherish, from our wedding is the speech that Adam and I gave. After our first dance we got up and thanked the guests and then gave a special thanks to our parents. Adam had the idea of having our parents doing a special dance since they have both been married for around 30 years. We gave our speech and then brought them up and our DJ played a song for them. It was so incredibly special.

Things We Skipped

I firmly believe that your wedding/reception should be completely up to you. Yes, some things are tradition, but those traditions should serve you! And some of the traditions didn’t serve us so we skipped them.

We did not have any dessert. I don’t love cake, and I didn’t want to give Adam the chance to stick cake in my face so we didn’t have one and didn’t do a cake cutting. I honestly never heard a complaint, and didn’t miss it. Because we had an open bar I felt like the cocktails served as something sweet.

I also chose to skip the bouquet and garter toss. We had a limited amount of open dancing time and I didn’t want to break it up with those activities.


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