A Black and White Wedding

My first wedding EVER...on my own.  I've HELPED with most of the processes and planned my own...I've put together many many parties, bridal showers, and baby showers...but never a whole freakin' wedding!  Can you say "anxiety"?  I hope so, because I had it.  Bad.

To add to the overwhelming pressure of making a bride's special day perfect, I only had a WEEK!!  After putting together her Bridal Shower, and it being a success; the Mother-of-the-Bride asked me to step in and help them with the wedding after the Wedding Planner bailed.

I won't bore you with my internal turmoil.  I'll just get on with the details and pretty pictures.  

The color scheme of the wedding was plum, black, grey, and white, of course.  Such an easy pallet to work with!  I found most of the decor at Michael's and Hobby Lobby.  Most of the paper items (programs, tissue poms, etc.) on Etsy.  Again, with little time to work with, I had to make exceptions and do the things I had time for...skip things I normally would have done, and make compromises.  So, this is what is looked like when it was all said and done...

There were twenty 85 inch round tables that sat ten people, one extremely long head table, and three food tables.  Plus, a side bar for drinks.  All of those surfaces had to be covered and decorated.  So, we went with white floor length table clothes on the round tables and put black organza overlays on them.  The long head table and all of the food and cake tables had floor length black table clothes with black and white damask table runners.
For a touch of whimsy and to fill up some space due to the very high ceiling, I tied a mixture of black, white, and silver balloons on the backs of the chairs at the head table.  These were multi-purpose, because when it was time for the departure, I went through and snipped them all off, passed them out to the guests, and had them release them as the newlyweds left on their honeymoon!  It was really cute!

I did all the flowers myself.  I stopped by Sam's and seriously bought them out of white flowers.  Then, I looked for anything "plum"...and then picked up a few green stems, greenery, and baby's breath.  I think I spent about $150 all together and I was able to make 10 mini arrangements for the head table, a large arrangement for the food table, and 10 more "small" arrangements for the guest tables...I also make 22 tussy mussy bouquets that went down the center aisle in the sanctuary.  (I wasn't in the ceremony, so I don't have any pictures yet. BOO.  I made 30 of the tussy mussies (paper cones with a ribbon handle)...I'll have to do a post on them when I get some pictures from the photographer.)

The bride loves vintage.  So, I tried to put little touches of vintage wherever I the pearls and the black and white photographs...I also those the candelabras were a bit "vintage-y".

When I took on the role as "wedding planner", they still had not bought or decided on any kind of wedding favors.  After racking my brain, I thought about a CD with songs from their wedding.  The bride and the groom are both musical people, so it seemed to really fit them.  The bride loved the idea, so I got to work making a playlist in my iTunes account.  Then, I burned 85 CDs, made some labels w/ a thank you from the bride and groom and a list of the songs.  I put the CDs in some clear jewel cases and tied them off with some raffia.  If I would have had more time and a bigger budget, I would have ordered something like these...

They are from - amazing site for wedding favors!

Here's a few of the pics that I was able to snap quickly as I was buzzing around like a bee making sure drinks were full and the food table was stocked...oh, yeah...AND running the photo booth! <--another post all in itself!

All in all, I think the wedding was a huge success.  Everything pretty much went off without a hitch...the bride and groom were happy, which is all that matters.

And they lived happily ever after.


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16 comments...I love comments:

Shrinking Kenz said...

Wow! Everything looks beautiful! You did an incredible job! Everyone looks happy too! Great work!


Stacie said...

Girl, you are good! Gorgeous!

Dee Stephens said...

Super job!! You should be proud! Awesome job on the flowers especially!

Myya said...

Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous! What a fantastic job you did!! So, is this a new business venture for you or was it more of a favor thing? If it's just a favor then I say you better look into a side business for yourself :)

MiMi said...

Holy crap, you're amazing!

Smitten said...

U got mad skillz bb!!! I hope the bride appreciated all ur efforts!

Shawn said...

You did an amazing job! So when my bestie and I open our party planning business (so not happening) you're moving here to be part of the team right?

I'm linking you up because this is a perfect TTUT post!

Connie Weiss said...

You are so talented! I love the I Spy game on the tables. Can you tell me how you made them? I think I should put a couple on the table at Erick's party. What do you think?

Did you know that Tori Spelling has a new book about parties? I'm going to buy it and bring it to CA so we can look at it together.

Dangrdafne said...

I am speechless. You are beyond talented. The bride was a lucky, lucky woman.

Impulsive Addict said...

Shawn linked the wrong post. She actually linked a TTUT post from someone else from 2 weeks ago! No wonder I was confused when I saw your name but it took me to someone else!

I, of course, think you are amazingly talented at throwing parties and decorating. I'm so lucky AND BLESSED to have such a friend to help me in all my future entertaining activities. Your pictures are just gorgeous! I'll be pinning this one too!


Shilo said...

GORGEOUS, dear! Starbucks see you extra this week? :) Hugs! Hope you have this weekend off to relax!

Xazmin said...

It turned out really beautiful Jenny! You are the bomb-diggity (which you already knew)!

I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

Date Girl said...

Wow, you went all out for your friend!! Great job! I'm glad the bride and groom were happy. Who wouldn't be with all that you did?

stephanie said...

it's beautiful! you did an amazing job!!

and so you don't think I am terribly rude... something was messed up in the way I followed my blogs and I'm just now seeing a bazillion posts :( lame!

Emmy said...

So so impressed! How beautiful! I don't think I could do that especially on a short time frame

The Rushing Rabbit said...

beautiful job jenny love it