our wedding photos: reception (part 2)

naturally, i was all about the details when it came to the reception. in lieu of a traditional guestbook, we used two apothecary jars, each hung with a sign i'd handmade. there were mugs filled with pens, and small cards on which guests wrote us traditional notes, and advice on places to see. we had the most fun choosing a handful of cards and reading them out loud after we got back from our honeymoon.


guestbook, flowers

for our card basket, i used a vintage locker basket with a handmade sign.

for our favors, i followed these steps to make a huge batch of madagascar bourbon vanilla extract. i started in march so that the flavors had ample time to brew, and a few weeks before the wedding my mom and i bottled them up. we put a small piece of vanilla bean into each jar so the flavors could continue to blend, and tied them with simple hand-calligraphed tags. (i would have loved to do cork-top bottles, but so many of our guests were traveling and i didn't want to cause any suitcase explosions...) since the wedding, it has been really fun to hear what guests have made with their vanilla extract!

i also designed the menus and printed them on plain kraft.

vanilla + menu

at each child's place setting, i gave them an 'i spy' card with wooden colored pencils. (i got the idea from martha stewart but reformatted the cards to fit our wedding colors & fonts). you can see the detail of the name card here: this is the same format of each of the escort cards. they were zig zag stitched around the edges with apple green thread, and hand calligraphed names in the center.

kids places

our reception was an absolute blast... people are still talking about it. we actually had the dj stay for a half hour after the reception was supposed to end because people were having so much fun. oh, how i wish we could do it all over again!

come back tomorrow for details on the cake buffet & photobooth!

all photos by jennifer domenick