The first shot is of the guest table, right as guests entered the church. I loved the chalkboard/signage that we used throughout. This particular board is actually a vintage (from the 1940's!) frame that I spray painted to make into a chalkboard. I had a super talented friend add the wording (isn't her handwriting to die for?) We kept the rest of the table simple with a big bouquet of farmer's market flowers and some glittery candle holders (tutorial coming soon.) In lieu of a guestbook, they did the "sign a picture frame mat" instead.
The sanctuary decorations were kept to a minimum but still looked cute. They had a very short service and so the bride wanted most of the decor focused on the reception. So we made tissue puffs tied with orange tulle for the pews and a simple circle garland to mark off the seats where we didn't wanted guests to sit. (Basically she wanted the guests grouped to the front of the sanctuary, not spread all over.) The archway was decorated with tulle and white silk flowers and there were two large bouquets on the table behind the pastor.
Back in the reception hall we had a "Love Notes" area set-up where the guests could write a little note and pin it to the black frame and then the bride and groom took all the notes home with them and will put them in an album. There was an opening that showed straight into the kitchen area so we used strips of streamers to camouflage it a bit behind the frame. The chalkboard reads "Please leave a note of advice or well wishes for the new Mr. and Mrs." (I loved that!) The "Love Notes" banner was made with my Cricut.
A couple of pictures of the chalkboards that were used and a shot of the gumballs from the candy buffet. We had the candy for favors for the guests, unfortunately I wasn't able to get a good shot of the table. There were gumballs, gummi bears and suckers in the red/orange color scheme - so cute! Plus the groom loves gummi bears so that was a fun nod to him.
The head table was (again) very simple with a bouquet of flowers, candles and DIY Mr. and Mrs. sign that I made with my Cricut. The pinwheels, puffs, and paper lanterns echoed the other side of the room above the guest table. (And please ignore the brown wood paneling!)
The final DIY touch was the "Farewell Wavers" we made. They were wooden dowels cut down to 12 inches each with streamers, curling ribbon and a small attched at the end. We used these instead of throwing birdseed or blowing bubbles. It was a fun way to send off the happy couple with everyone waving these and hearing the little bells jingle.
Overall, we were able to put on a cute, happy wedding for just a few hundred dollars. It was a wonderful experience and I'm so glad I got to be a part of it! What a blessing it is to get to bless others!