It’s time to revisit the Hernandez Wedding extravaganza. Why? Because I write the blog and I just can’t get enough of our kickin’ wedding. Last time I gushed about our graphic design ventures in invitation land, but today I want to focus on the details. The key to an awesome wedding like ours (hey, I’m partial) is all in the details. Sure, the ever flowing wine and good company also lead to the good times, but the details made the event cohesive and, well, an event.
We definitely wanted our wedding to be an outdoor, laid back, relaxed event, where our guests could take their shoes off and enjoy the night – literally. We wanted a casual event, but also wanted it to be put together and cohesive. The jumping off point for our “theme” (for lack of a better term) was the tent. The tent provide the outdoor ambiance we craved, while protecting us from any unforeseen downpours from Mother Nature (which luckily we avoided). The string lights draped throughout the tent, the Spanish moss dripping from the big oak trees and the white folding chairs all added to our lovely little backyard vibe.
Our southern approach to backyard barbecuing was further instilled with our cute mason jar drinks during cocktail hour. The standard martini and champagne glasses was a bit too schmancy for our event, so our caterer served hard lemonade and sweet tea in these great mason jar glasses, which totally brought the theme to fruition. Who wouldn’t be relaxed when they’re drinking tea out of a jar? Genius.
Our table settings were downright quaint, but put together at the same time. My mom cooked up these amazing wheat centerpieces (which are still being used by in-laws almost 2 years later) with a woven table charger, a small terra cotta pot for the base, floral wire and some wheat and grasses. Slap a little ribbon around the bunch and call me Martha Stewart. Our homemade name tags and menus tied all of the wedding colors together, and the little pumpkin treats my mom made for every guest were that little bit of extra small town, homemade goodness.
Mmm look at that gooey goodness smashed between two mini pumpkin cakes. We spent a lot of time thinking of favors we could give to our guests that they wouldn’t eventually throw away, so we decided on the obvious – food. Who’s to turn down a little morsel of yumminess? No one we invited. These puppies were all inhaled before dinner was served, which is a sign of a great wedding favor.
Another great detail that added to our backyard barbecue feel was our music. We decided to forgo the standard DJ or band and instead used a laptop and Scott’s dad’s music equipment (he’s a DJ on the side – pays to have good in-laws!). We spent hours and hours before the wedding compiling our dinner and dance mixes and simply pressed play on iTunes once the reception started. The non-stop tunes and no interruptions from a DJ that’s craving some attention certainly led to some all night groovin. If you’re having trouble finding the right person to run the music at your wedding, seriously consider an “iPod” wedding. We got to completely customize our song choices, so every song that played was completely us. And completely awesome.
On a seemingly unrelated note, I have to show a picture of my flowers. Aren’t they purty? We didn’t spend a lot of our budget on flowers for the wedding (instead deciding to make most of our decorations from more affordable means), but the little bit that we did spend on flowers made all the difference. If you have a million dollar budget for your wedding, spend some money on the flowers. They’re absolutely gorgeous and can really bring a color scheme to life. We only had flowers for the wedding party and a few other strategic locations, but the impact they made on the whole event was remarkable. People are still talking about them! And by people I mean myself.
Hope you enjoyed a tutorial through the Hernandez Wedding details. Any little details you’d like to share from a recent event you’ve thrown/attended?