Generally speaking our goal was to be fun, colorful, and creative (cheap, too). We are so lucky to have thoughtful and creative people in our lives. Without them, we would not have had the great details that made our wedding feel so...us.
We set out the cards Nick had his first graders write to me about why I should marry him (when he proposed) as well as the save the date madlibs we used.
Our extremely thoughtful friend made this frame for us from our proposal!
A bridesmaid set up the guest book which was a blank canvas, directions to "draw a line that represents you" and a digital camera. It was really fun and now we have a great painting above our bed!
My mom made hundreds of feet of garland. She even sewed buttons on some of them. We saved it to use in the future for parties and I'll put some up in my classroom this year. It made our reception really feel like a party.
We didn't go too cheap on the dishes and glasses. We kept that classy. The turquoise tablecloths were a last minute decision that I really loved. I had already made everything reds and oranges, so the contrast was perfect.
My mom made over 200 birds for decorations/party favors. Here's where the bird idea began and here's where she got the template. Don't call it a bird themed wedding-Nick hates that. Shoot, like he really reads the blog, call it what you want :)
We had catering from Baha Fresh. It was such a money savor and it really was wonderful! They even gave us hibiscus flowers to make it look nice. It helped that we had friends help set up.
At first we wanted to have a margarita toast, then we realized that it'd have to be cheap margaritas, then we vetoed it and stuck with beer/wine/lemonade/water. More importantly, Nick's mom and friend made these awesome buckets for ice. There were a few on each table.