Elegant Afternoon Reception

Rupa Photography

For those looking for something slightly different to the traditional ‘sit down, three course, with a desert table’ kind of reception, this shoot offers the perfect inspiration. A gorgeous afternoon tea for your closest friends and family is sure to hit the spot!

The central London venue, One Marylebone, was filled with flawless details planned by Extraordinary Days Events. Get ready for some super sweet elegant afternoon reception ideas in the full gallery here, captured by Rupa Photography and Steve Shipman.

groomsman looks

elegant bridal looks

pretty purple bouquet

Purple Flowers For Every Season

One Marylebone, with its floor to ceiling arched windows, allowed for as much natural light as the season could boast, whilst Nadia Rae Afternoon Tea transformed the table into a feast of decadent delights that was in keeping with the warm and bold choice of a rich purple and green color palette. Tabledressers assisted us in keeping decor to a minimum as to not distract from the food, however we couldn’t help but be a little playful with the use of cake stands for some ‘time for tea’ arrangements by Scarlet and Violet. Euphoric Flowers designed picture perfect buttonholes and a bridal bouquet with a summer mix of Verbena, Penstemon, Dahlias and Flowering Mint. To achieve a similar color palette in the winter months Simon suggests Lisianthus, purple ornamental cabbages and bloom chrysanthemums.

cocktail hour bar

wedding hair

hors d'oeuvres

shrimp hors d'oeuvres

Reception Alternative: Afternoon Tea

As a wedding planner, Extraordinary Days was excited to come on board the photo shoot because an afternoon tea is a perfect alternative to a traditional three course dinner without having to compromise too much on tradition. You can still have three courses but with an exciting change. Alternatively, such a grand tea can serve as a fantastic event for guests the day before the wedding to extend festivities. No matter how you incorporate a tea into your wedding, you should work closely with an excellent caterer, such as Nadia Rae Afternoon Tea who created the tea for this shoot, to tailor your food choices to the current season and even the color scheme. She worked with Mandy from Number 12 Creative who did the food styling for her creations.

elegant purple and white reception

purple floral tea time centerpieces

purple place settings

wedding small plate menu ideas

wedding cake with climbing purple flowers

Full Circle Wedding Films captured the essence of One Marylebone, the excitement of the photo shoot, and beauty of the bride and groom perfectly in the short film below.

see the entire gallery here

 

Wedding Planner: Extraordinary Days Events

Cinematography: Full Circle Weddings
Venue: One Marylebone
Cake: Rosalind Miller Cakes
Dress Shop: Secret Dress House
Groom’s Attire: Marc Wallace
Photography & Production: Rupa Photography
Interior Stylist: One Time Design
Afternoon Tea Caterer: Nadia Rae Afternoon Tea
Food Stylist & Stationery: Number 12 Creative
Assistant Photographer: Steve Shipman
Hair & Makeup: Botias
Flowers: Euphoric Flowers
‘Time for Tea’ Centerpieces : Scarlet and Violet
Furniture Rentals: Allens Hire
Models: Marcelo Lourenco, Paula Souza & Lizzy Cavell
Sparkling Wine: Digby Fine Wines
Table Dressers: Tabledressers

Categories: Inspirational Shoots
Colors: purple, white
Styles: classic

Can’t Do Classy Wedding Ideas

diy fabric banner

We sure love a Bride with a creative side, and we were not disappointed by Stacey and her “can’t do classy” wedding ideas. When trying to stick to a small budget she not only made every last fabric flower at her wedding but tons of the other cute details you’ll see! Catch it all in the full gallery filled with gorgeous images captured by Salty Peanut Photography.

wedding stationery by Kelsey Barnowsky

assorted blue bridesmaid dresses

diy fabric bouquet

diy fabric boutonniere

Handmade Flowers

From the Bride: Since we had a pretty tight budget I decided not to spend money on fresh flower bouquets and made fabric bouquets for my 5 bridesmaids and I instead. I probably stitched together over 70 fabric flowers, not including the ones I made for the corsages and boutonnieres! I also DIY-ed all of the décor, including the wine bottle centerpieces, cupcake toppers, the birdie wedding cake toppers, the leaf garland, the thumbprint guest book, and all of the signage.

chalkboard wedding program

tree planting wedding ceremony

rustic wedding sign

Super Smart!

After the wedding I was able to sell most of our wedding decorations on Craigslist for a $500 profit! If you’ve put a lot of hard work into creating beautiful decorations for your big day, why not sell them to another bride who could also get enjoyment out of them?

finger print guestbook

wedding favor box

If Formal Feels Fake

The two of us have always joked that we “can’t do classy”, so we had our ceremony and reception at Century Barn – a unique and beautiful venue that allowed us to bring our own alcohol and use whatever vendors we wanted. And boy did we take advantage of that! We had BBQ for dinner, served cupcakes from a small, local bakery and had one of our favorite live bands play for the dance portion of our reception.

wedding koozies

find your seat board

find your seat

wine bottle table numbers

bbq survival kit

BBQ Survival Kit

First off having a BBQ at your wedding is not only delicious, but also brilliant. There are many options that you can put in our own BBQ survival kit bags from utensils, wet wipes, plastic bibs, paper napkins, tooth picks, mini salt and peppers, corn on the cob holders all the way to mini butters for those baked potatoes. Great idea … right?

ladder cupcake display

mini wedding cake and wedding prizes

Salty Peanut Photography

Can't Do Classy Wedding Ideas

 

Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Photography: The Salty Peanut Photography
Cinematography: Palette of Light
Venue: Century Barn
Stationery: Kelsey Barnowsky
Cake: Quality Bakery
Hair: Rachell Balge of The Musical Chair
Dress shop: Stone Manor Bridal
Dress designer: Justin Alexander
Entertainment: Element 13
Veil: the Bride's mothers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Wore their own | Flowers: Made by the Bride

Read on to see how much this can't do classy wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

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Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: blue, brown, green
Styles: classic, diy, rustic

DIY Beach Wedding For 10K

Hayley Lord Photography

Let’s break up your winter dull drums with the eye catching color of this DIY Beach wedding for 10k! Kileigh and Nick kept their costs down with a little creative thinking as well as keeping an open mind. You can see their total budget break down below and get a closer look at all of their details captured by Hayley Lord Photography by visiting the full gallery here.

hot pink and yellow bouquet

brightly colored beach bouquet

Stay Positive & Stick To Your Guns

From the Bride: Some people flat out told me I could not throw a classy beach wedding with 80-100 guests without a planner. Never listen to these negative Nancy’s; they’re only jealous of how awesome your “on- a-budget” wedding is going to be and never forget that their invite can get lost in the mail (I’m only kidding!). With enough research on wedding blogs, a lot of organization, and a lot of heart, you can do it. 


vibrant bridesmaid dresses in assorted styles

beach wedding hair

groomsman looks

Free Printables, A DIY Brides BFF

It always excites us to see the Wedding Chicks Free Printables being used, so we just have to gush about Kileigh and Nick’s super cute fan programs! Not only where they great for keeping their guests cool for their beautiful beach ceremony but our customizable Floral Monogram ties them into the summer theme perfectly! Click here to see even more great printables that are absolutely free for you to customize, download and print.

Wedding Chicks Free Printable monogram fan program

simple beach wedding decor

white beach wedding

Simply Special Reception Ideas

To make up for large costs we made decisions like buying the flowers for our reception locally and arranging them ourselves, dolling out scratch-off tickets for wedding favors, and getting our cakes from a grocery store bakery. Those decisions alone saved us hundreds of dollars and guests commented all night on how much they loved those things.

instagram framed sign

wedding poster alternative guestbook idea

wine bottle dinner menu

gold orange and pink reception decor

DIY beach wedding for 10k

Flowers: Supposey Florals

Photography: Hayley Lord Photography
Venue: Gulf Place
Cake: Publix
Caterer: 98 Bar-B-Que
Hair & Makeup: Jessica Miller of Make Me Blush
Groom’s attire: Express
Dj: Charlie Roberts
Dress designer & Jewelry: Lulu's Boutique | Shoe designer: Tory Burch

Read on to see how much this DIY beach wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

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Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: orange, pink, yellow
Styles: beach, diy