How to have a {simple, tasteful & inexpensive} Wedding Reception

Happy Wednesday, all! I know I haven’t posted much….like, at all, but I hope that can change in the coming weeks! Today I want to share with you some tips, tricks and pictures from my simple (but, I think, gorgeous!) wedding reception.

Wdding Reception

First off, let me say that if you schedule your wedding when no one will expect a meal….no one will expect a meal. And that helps you out in the $$$ area quite a lot. Schedule your wedding around 1-3pm if possible. Too late for lunch, too early for supper.

Wedding Reception Donuts

We offered a little bit of a variety of things. We had fresh fruit, donuts, donut holes and scones. And, of course, cake!

Wedding Reception FoodMixing in different decorations in with the food also helps make it seem like there is more than there is. Mix in flowers, books, jars, lace, wood. Whatever fits your style. 🙂

Wedding Reception Flowers

We also used some hanging jars with flowers in them to give it an outdoorsy feel and help draw your attention upward, too.

Wedding Reception Beauty

I loved mixing textures of wood, lace, burlap, flowers and glass. It turned out quite lovely, if I do say so myself. 🙂

What did you serve at your reception? How did you decorate it?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Wedding Wednesday // Flowers

Today for Wedding Wednesday, I want to share with you our flowers in the boutonnieres and bouquets.

Thanks to Pinterest, I knew exactly what I wanted for all the bridesmaids. Just a simple bunch of baby’s breath. Rustic, vintage and so cute!

Girls' Flowers

As you can tell in the picture above, my bouquet is much more elaborate than the girls’. I wanted a rather large bouquet, but with country flowers you naturally find in the south.  It looked like I could have put my bouquet together at someone’s southern farm house. {swoon}

Bride's Bouquet

Let me just say, it was very heavy for a bunch of flowers. Ha!

Groomsmen boutonnieres

The groomsmen & ushers’ boutonnieres were the same little roses that dotted my bouquet, surrounded by a sprig of a tiny pink flowers.

Flowers

Luke’s boutonniere was one large lavender rose with baby’s breath around it. I seriously loved his!

Grooms Boutonniere

And last but not least, my throw bouquet was large purpleish/pink roses with baby’s breath. Simple and smaller than my real one. Ha!

Throw Bouquet

For the tossing of the bouquet, my dear friend, Olivia, was hiding in the back. She did not want to catch the bouquet, poor soul. But, I threw that bouquet right over the rest of the girls and straight to her. It was a moment of lots of laughter!!

Catching of the Bouquet

I’m just going to say, without the inspiration of Pinterest, I never would have known what I wanted for flowers. If you are newly engaged, or just thinking about your wedding, make sure you know what you want for your flowers. 🙂

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Wedding Wednesday // Cakes

Happy Wednesday! I love sharing with you all the little details of our wedding. If you’ve missed other details, you can check out the boots, the gown, and the DIY projects!

Today I want to share with you the cakes. Thanks to Pinterest, I knew exactly what I wanted my cake to look like…and I got exactly what I wanted! It was perfect.

Wedding Wednesday // Cakes

I wanted it to be very simple, but with some texture to it. I took three pictures to the lady who did my wedding cake, and she definitely made my dream cake!

Wedding Wednesday // Simple  Wedding Cake

Cutting the cake was a bit of an adventure. We didn’t quite know what to do, but one of my good friends came and rescued us. Ha!

I seriously love this picture! Wedding Wednesday //  Cake Cutting

Now, we didn’t know what to do about Luke’s groom’s cake. We hopped from one idea to another one, until this one came to mind. The outside would look just like mine, only chocolate, but the inside…well, the inside would be a surprise.

Wedding Wednesday //  Grooms Cake

While we were cutting the cake, all my poor husband could see was the green part of inside the cake. Little did he know it was camo!

Wedding Wednesday // Grooms Cake Cutting

He loved the camo cake! Wedding Wedneday //  Camo Cake

Did you do anything special for the groom’s cake? What did your dream wedding cake look like?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Today for Wedding Wednesday, I want to share with you what I used for the traditional Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue.

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

My something old was my great-grandma’s wedding band. We decided to use it for my wedding band. I had it since I was about 16, but I always wore it around my neck. It went along perfectly with my engagement ring. And it’s special because it has my great-grandma’s and great-grandpa’s initials in it.

My something new was my engagement ring. I absolutely adore my simple white-gold band with my princess-cut diamond. {Swoon}

My amazing friend, Sarah, let me borrow her blusher to go with my veil. I couldn’t find one- at all!- so she let me borrow hers. 🙂

And my something blue is very special, too. I am the third “Diane” in my family. My grandma, mom and I, all have “Diane” as our middle name. My grandma (the first “Diane”) had this hankie her wedding. I tucked this gorgeous thing into my wedding bouquet.

Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

I had such a wonderful time coming up with these things and seeing how they all came together. Did you do the “Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue” tradition? If so, what were they?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Wedding Wednesday // Boots

Happy Wednesday! Time for another Wedding Wednesday! And today, I am sharing about my boots. Ahhh….cowgirl boots. You just gotta love ’em.

Wedding Wednesday

Luke and I both wear boots, like, you know, every day. So, we wanted them incorporated into our wedding. Tons of people loved the idea…some were skeptical. But, I think when everyone saw them, they were impressed!

Wedding Party

Even some of the guests got festive and wore their boots. This is one of my good friends; she was one of the cake servers.

Wedding Guests

We let all the girls and guys get their own boots, that way we knew they would wear them again. Plus, it was fun to see each of their own style come out in the boots!

Wedding Boots Bridesmaids

This next picture is one of my favorites!!

Wedding Boots and Boquets

I wore my Grandma’s boots during the ceremony. I just love the gray and dark blue combo!

Wedding Ceremony Boots

Wedding Bride and Groom

Then I wore my grandpa’s boots when we left. I’ve had my grandpa’s boots for a while now. I also wore them in my senior pictures. They mean a lot to me. 🙂

Wedding Leaving

Obviously, I’m not big on “traditional” things. I didn’t wear “the perfect heels”. I actually wanted to go barefoot- but my dress was a tad too long and they couldn’t hem it. I am so glad I wore my grandparents’ boots for my wedding. It was perfect!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Wedding Wednesday: My Vintage-Inspired Wedding Gown

Happy Wednesday, y’all! Today, I want to do something different. I found the awesome Wedding Wednesday link-up and thought it would be a fun way to show you different details of my wedding!

Vintage Inspired Wedding Gown

Today I want to share with you the story of my dress. And it wouldn’t be complete without some pictures, huh?

Luke and I got engaged on Christmas eve and set our date to be the end of May. All of the wedding planning books said you needed to pick out your dress 6 months before the wedding. Considering I only had 5 months of engagement, I needed to get on it. Right after Christmas, my mom, my grandma, my sister, and I all went dress shopping. I was down to two dresses I liked, so we went back a few days later with my future mother-in-love and sisters-in-love.

I only felt pretty in this one. It was the one!

Wedding Gown

I’m not a “flashy” person. I don’t like sparkles or lots of diamonds. But this dress….it was perfect.

Wedding Wednesday

I love all of the diamonds, the beads…and my favorite, the lace! Swoon

Wedding Dress Details

Isn’t it gorgeous? I wore my grandma’s boots to walk down the aisle. Boots and lace just go together, don’t they?

Wedding Gown and Boots

And, I am so excited to announce, one of my new and dear friends is going to wear my dress in her January wedding!! It’s going to be so pretty on her, and fun to see it on someone else! 🙂

What was your favorite part of your wedding? Come by next week to see some more of my wedding!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

My DIY Wedding

Good morning, people! How is your week going? Today I wanted to show you some of the DIY projects me and my lovely bridesmaids did for my wedding. My maid of honor and one of my bridesmaids came from out of state the week before the wedding and we did all of the projects then. Yes. All of the projects for the wedding the week of. I was crazy holding off doing them for that long. So, if you are planning a wedding…

My DIY WeddingTip #1- start your projects before the week of your wedding. Ahem. Tip #2- get lots of help from bridesmaids/girlfriends. I had so much help from my girls. I am forever thankful for them. (Girls, if you’re reading this: I LOVE YOU!) Moving on to the projects….

Project #1- Paper banners

DIY Wedding Favors    We had one for “cards” and for “favors”. We just cut little triangles out for scrapbook paper and glued them onto ribbon. Super simple. 🙂 Oh- and those bagged M&M’s? Don’t even ask about the drama with those. We filled and tied over 300 of those little bags. And didn’t eat the M&M’s. Talk about self-control.

Project #2- Ring Bearer Pillows

DIY Ring Bearer PillowsWe just sewed four pieces of burlap into two pillows, then tied a lace ribbon around them, finishing it off in a bow on top. Again, super simple, but more time consuming. I had two ring bearers, that’s why I had to make two pillows.

Project #3-Flower girl pail

DIY Flower Girl PailThis project was done the night before the wedding. We bought just a plain ol’ pail, and then hot glued 2 layers of different color purple ribbons along the top.

Project #4- Fabric Backdrops

DIY Wedding BackdropDIY Wedding ReceptionWe made TWO 10ftx10ft ripped fabric backdrops for the wedding. Talk about time consuming. Seriously. Never want to do that again. They turned out gorgeous, and I am so thankful I had one for the ceremony and one for the reception, but I am so thankful for creative friends who made the process way easier! (Thank you, Olivia!)

Project #5- Burlap Banners

DIY Wedding IdeasDIY Wedding BannersDIY Wedding Reception IdeasThese were SO amazingly cute- it totally tied the reception together. As you can see, my girls made quite a few. We had “Mr”, “Mrs”, “Desserts” and “Drinks”.

Well, those were the main DIY projects we did for the wedding. And of course, my woodstumps were woven through there as well. You also got a little peek into our wedding. The whole thing was perfect for us. Simple, country, woodsy….so us. And I loved every minute of it.
Sincerely,
Hannah Diane