So I have been a little stressed out lately with wedding planning, work and trying to finish my classes for my MBA that I really have had little free time to add things to the blog. So I thought I would make a short blog about all the details for our lovely reception that will be back home in Katy, Texas on July 25, 2010 at five pm.
Since we decided to get married in Hawaii, we knew it wouldn't be possible for all of our families and friends to come and celebrate with us. So Nate & I both agreed that we wanted to have a reception when we got home that all our families & friends could come and enjoy also. Nate's style reception would have been a backyard BBQ and pool party at our house.. but really I don't think we can fit 150-175 of our closet friends and family members in our backyard/house.. and I am not sure I want to clean up afterwards. :) So my mom and I set out to find a reception hall that was in our budget (since we will already be married we didn't want to blow the budget on the afterparty) but that also did everything for us from the linens to the Dj to the cake. We ended up deciding to have it at Adorable Banquet Hall in Katy Texas. Adorable Banquet Hall is perfect because it is close to where I grew up. On top of that they are doing the linens, the cake, the DJ, and catering. To cut cost, they also allowed us to bring in our beverages- so we will have wine, champange and beer available all night!!
As you know I wanted a tropical theme to match our beach wedding so I chose my two favorite colors- PINK & TURQOUISE as our color theme and of course starfish and seashells as the accent. When you walk into the hall we are going to have a table set up with a photo album used as our guest book and one ardonock chair for people to sign. We are going to use the chairs in our backyard and it will be a great way to remember the day everytime we are enjoying the pool in the summer. Then next to that will be a basket of leis and the starfish that will be tied with the name cards leading you to your table. Each table will be labeled after an Hawaiian Beach and be covered in a simple white linen with a turqouise overlay on each table. The chairs will also have a turqouise sash on each chair. I posted a picture similar to our table linens and examples of the starfish place cards. On half the tables there will high centerpieces which will be curly willow- it reminds me of drift wood on the beach with beautiful pink and white orchids cascading down from the branches.. I posted my inspiration picture up top (they used orange and red orchids- mine will be pink of course). Also in the bottom of all the vases will be a miz of seashells and starfish to carry on the theme. On the other half of the tables will be two short vases in varying heights with seashells and starfish on the bottom- filled with water and orchids floating at the top. I posted my inspiration for this too.. submerged flowers seem to be the trend right now and I just love the modern and simplicity of the look. I also posted a picture of my cake inspiration, I love the cascading orchids down the cake, and the square shape but I think I want mine aqua colored rather then the traditional white wedding cake. I also fell in love with the kissing hula girl & boy so I had to search long and hard on the internet to find them!! Of course due to the fact that we are in the south we have to have a Groom's cake so I loved the golf one- which nate adores golf.. but I want to incorporate the cardinals in it also somehow. So it might be a titlist ball and a cardinals baseball.
I also posted my inspiration for the bridal tag inside the dress, which I think makes your dress a heirloom. I know that I won't expect anyone else to wear my dress later but it kinda seals the memory and is there forever. So I ordered one with mine and Nate's Name with our wedding date to put in my wedding dress and reception dress.
The DJ was included in our package at the reception hall which is fabulous! But Nate, My mom, Shay, and I were all out at dinner one evening where there was this great guitarist. He sings and plays every instrument himself thru this electronic thing he can use his feet to make the noises while he plays the guitar and sings too.. It is amazing to watch. So I asked him for his buisness card and he will be playing during our cocktail hour and dinner. Then we will get the party started with dance music!!
Lastly I have the pineapple starfish accent on the toast champanges and our chocolate favors. Which I am going to attempt to make myself and package in cellophane bags. I thought we could add a touch of brown sugar to each bag to look like beach sand but still be edible! I have already purchased the molds and need to start practicing baking them! I had a really hard time debating favors because I felt with the leis and starfish place cards, people would keep them but they have no value. So I keep looking online for favors and so many are so chessy and you would never use. Chocolate seashell favors on the other hand.. who wouldnt want to eat them and they are adorable!!
Well I hope I provided a great jump off point for people to imagine our reception.. but I think you will just have to be there to really enjoy it!
July 25, 2010
5pm- to when the party stops