- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
Hi everyone! I’m new to posting on Weddingbee. After months of browsing and planning, I’ve finally got a majority of the plans done! Although I get input from friends and family, I would love some input (and constructive criticism) from an outside perspective. I also wanted to share my experience with planning so far.
This is the venue. It is a historical building and was the first hotel in Bradenton, Florida. I really loved the exposed brick. We paid only $800 for a Friday Night, and we can choose our own caterer and bring our own alcohol which is saving us a lot of money. They supply all of the tables and chairs too.
Here is another picture of the venue. This is the side of the building where the ceremony will be held. I plan to hang white chiffon from the ceiling in an upside down V-shape as the backdrop, and the florist is designing an arrangement to hang from the top.
Here is the dance floor. I would like to hang bulb string lights like the picture below:
I love these Moroccan lanterns, and they are inexpensive enough to get a bunch for table centerpieces. I got my inspiration from this picture I found online:
I also like these white ones:
I’m thinking about having alternating guest tables: One with a royal blue table cloth, three light blue hydrangeas and one white Moroccan lantern, and the other with a white tablecloth, three royal blue hydrangeas, a black and teal Moroccan lantern, and teal napkins. I don’t know if I should do two different table colors or just stick with one. I’d really appreciate some feedback on that.
Here is a digital mockup I made for the royal blue table:
I ordered a lantern to see how I liked it and make a mockup for the teal table. The lanterns are high quality, and small votive candles or battery votives are enough to make them light up beautifully:
I just used a brick I found in the backyard for the mockup. I plan to use a brick like the one pictured below under each lantern to raise ithem up and to help the tables coordinate with the look of the venue.
Here is the prototype for my DIY invites. I made with cardstock from Michael’s, white ribbon, spray adhesive, and a Martha Stewart fleur de lis hole puncher.
Here is one of our save the date magnets. My mom is a wedding photographer, so she was able to help me with photoshop to create the image I had envisioned. Otherwise I would have had no clue of how to design them.
Here are flip flops for the guests. I plan to get a few plain blue and/or teal ones later to add to them. I got the basket at Ross for $4 and the flip flops at the Dollar Tree. I also want to take the plastic holders off and tie the pairs together with ribbon.
I plan to purchase a black and white damask table cloth for the cake table:
This is what my bouquet will look like:
My DIY toss bouquet that I made with cardstock and hot glue. I still have to make more roses to add to it and make a stem to wrap in ribbon.
The cake will look similar to this one only with blue orchids.
Some other things we’re doing: We plan to have an added dance where the groom and mother of the bride dance while the bride and father of the groom dance. That way all of our parents get to dance with us.
We are writing our own vows and exchanging rings, but we cannot light candles because the building is a historical landmark. A sand ceremony doesn’t seem appropriate in the building either. I wonder if the vows and ring exchange is enough, or if we should do something in addition.
My little sister is majoring in music and she plans to ask two of her friends to play violin and acoustic guitar for the ceremony. Our ceremony song will be an instrumental version of New American Classic by Taking Back Sunday! The two of us have listened to them since we were young teenagers <3 Here’s the link to the song:
Well, thank you for reading my long post. I appreciate any input 🙂