Initially we were going to give flower seeds in little terra cotta pots as favors, but then decided against it as I cannot get flower seeds to grow.  I didn't want to give the guests something that they couldn't use!

So after some research, we've decided to do muffins in the terra cotta pots.  We tried cooking some in the pots and found it doesn't turn out the best.  So we will be cooking the muffins in lined cups and then inserting them into the pots.  We will be doing a few different flavors to keep the guests happy!

The inspiration is to the left and the papers we will use is ---------------->.



Third time is a charm, right?  We changed our mind again on the favors...this time for serious!  We will be doing a snack buffet which will include: goldfish crackers, snack mix, pretzels, chocolate covered peanuts, gummi bears, and a few other things.

Bowls from the Dollar Tree!  Can't beat $1

Scoops from Sam's Club.  12 of them for $15...not bad!


Decor Ideas

The Reception is going to be held at the Church's social hall.  I've been told that I cannot nail/hang anything on the walls so it will be interesting to see what we come up with.  There is going to be a pretty extravagant wedding there after Easter 2009 so I will see how they decorate it. 

I like the look of the tulle draped lights hanging from the ceiling.  If I decide to do that, I would use a hula hoop for the circle or dowels to make a square.

We also have an arch that we will be putting up.  I really like the lighted look of the arch.  I have strands of flower garland that I will likely add to the sides.

I would like to do our backdrop similar to this.
With the lighting of tulle in front of the head table similar to this -------------->

Image Credit:  onesourceweddings.net


Like this idea for a sign.  As seen on PW SDBride09's bio.

Table Centerpieces

We are "recycling" our pomanders from our ceremony and using them as centerpieces for our reception.  Here is a mock-up of how we want the tables to look.  Our table numbers will be put right into the pomanders.



I bought these at a local hardware store for about $5 each.  I'm hoping they will work how I envision it. 

Let's Eat Cake!

FI's mother was initially going to do the wedding cake but after much thought I didn't want her to stress out and I didn't want to be stressed out.  So instead I would like her to make a cake for our very simple rehearsal dinner and she is also going to be making our "1 year anniversary cake".  We are using a Willow Tree cake topper because FI and I have been giving them to one another and I figured we could add it to our collection after the wedding!  The only thing I'm concerned about is if we do a white frosting with the off-colored cake topper.  I scoured the web for pictures and came up with a few different ideas. 


Our cake will be similar to this except with a wide dark purple ribbon and a small sage green ribbon.  FI wanted it to be super simple....so I got to please him!


Instead of a cake stand, I want to decorate with votives.  Not sure what I will put in them yet.



Let's Dance!

Our First Dance -
Love Me Like You'll Never See Me Again (Alicia Keys)

I'm a huge Alicia Keys fan (saw her in concert 3 times!) so it was a given! 

Grand March -
No One (Alicia Keys)

I'm a huge fan...but my Mom isn't so sure . . .we will see  . . .

Must Play Music . . .

I want to keep the dance floor hoppin' and will likely have the DJ play the "oldie but goodie" music. 

In the Still of the Night - Temptations
Wishin and Hopin - Ani Difranco
Sugar Sugar  - Archies
Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
My Girl – Temptations
Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch – Four Tops
How Sweet it Is - Four Tops
Going to the Chapel – Shirelles
Wake Up Little Suzie – Everly Brothers
Cecelia – Simon & Garfunkel
Grease Megamix
Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meatloaf
RESPECT – Aretha Franklin
Say A Little Prayer – Diana King
Bennie & the Jetts – Elton John
Proud Mary – Ike & Tina Turner
Tutti Frutti – Little Richard
I Got You Babe – Cher & Sonny

Shake your Booty – KC and the Sunshine Band
YMCA – Village People
Stayin Alive –Bee Gee’s
Dancing Queen - Abba

A few newbies:

Yeah – Usher
Sexy Lady – Shaggy
Hey Ya – Outkast

Milkshake – Kelis

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

And of course. . . all of the wedding songs everyone loves to hate:

Hokey Pokey
Humpty Dance – Digital Underground
I Like to Move It – Reel to Reel
Chicken Dance
Cha Cha Slide – Casper
Electric Slide –
Cmon and Ride it - Quad City Dj’s
Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker

Slow songs (I want to do something similar to the anniversary dance but instead play other couples "wedding song")  This is what I've gathered so far:

Everything I Do – Bryan Adams
Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
Crazy - KCi and JoJo
Amazed – Lonestar 
Under African Skies – Paul Simon 
Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd 
Forever and For Always – Shania Twain 
Fortunate – Maxwell