While rain can seem like an uninvited guest on your big day, wedding lore says that a sprinkling is, actually, quite lucky. Traditionally, a wedding-day rain symbolizes renewal, unity, beginnings and fertility for Mackenzie and Jason’s wedding in Vinton, Virginia (right outside of Roanoke), rain symbolized the couple’s ability to move forward and have fun. With rain threatening to come down just as the ceremony was to begin, the couple simply delayed their wedding until the clouds passed–the chairs were wiped dry and the event continued on. The couple were married under a beautiful, garlanded arch with ferns and flower petals decorating the ceremony site. The rest of wedding was as carefree as the couple, with the Harwell Grice Band entertaining guests with bluegrass tunes and light hearted donut favors from Krispy Cream (The pun-tactic signage reminded guests,” Do-not leave without a treat!”). The gold-gilded reception featured a long king table with elegant, candlelit lanterns, hearty garlands and sumptuous spray roses.
Growing wheatgrass for centerpieces or an escort card display, is a great way to incorporate an outdoor feel and touch of nature. It takes approximately 10 to 14 days after planting the seeds before they are ready for display. I recommend starting the process 15 to 20 days before the event (once the grass is 3 weeks old, the blades get so long they start to droop). There are endless possibilities as to the type of container to grow the grass in or flowers to display in the center. I hope to get the chance to make these again, I have lots more ideas that I want to try!
- Potting soil
- Spray Bottle
- Tray / Container
- Large bowl for soaking
- Wheatgrass seeds
- Glass Cylinders
- Mokara Orchids
- Floating Candles – 3″
Step One: Cover the bottom of your tray with a layer of dry wheatgrass seeds. Afterwards, pour the seeds into a measuring cup so you know exactly how many seeds are needed per container.
Step Two: Rinse the seeds in clean water, drain and then soak the seeds in a bowl of cool water (make sure there is plenty of water). Let the seeds soak for about 8-10 hours. Next, drain the water, then soak them again for another 8 hours. Repeat this step a third time. You should start to see little sprouts by this time.
Step Three: If the bottom of your tray has holes, line the bottom of the tray with unbleached
paper towels so that the roots do not protrude. Otherwise, spread a layer of soil that has been premoistened at least a half inch deep.
Step Five: Place the tray under indirect sunlight. I grew the wheatgrass outside under a covered porch, you could also grow them inside near a window. Wheatgrass does not like hot direct sunlight. The young shoots need to be watered at least twice a day. If the soil gets dry, the young shoots may die off before they root.
Step Six: Once the shoots are taller than one inch, probably about day 5, you can water them once a day (morning is best). You must make sure that there is enough to keep the soil damp all the way to the roots but not overlay saturated.
Step Seven: On the day of the wedding cut mokara orchids to fit inside each cylinder, fill with water and place a floating candle on top. Voilla, your centerpiece is complete!
Dessert Table Decor
1. Desert Table – Sandra Downie @ www.thewhitelibrary.com
2. Be Mine letters – Leigh Ann @ www.yourhomebasedmom.com
3. Vintage desert table – Kim Stoegbauer @ www.thetomkatstudio.com
4. Vinrage desert table – Mallory & Savanah @ www.classyclutter.blogspot.com
5. Hearts – loricurie.wordpress.com
6. Vintage Valentine Straw – www.skiptomylou.org
The guestbook table display can be a unique setup that showcases a glimpse of the style of the reception, as well as, the personalities of the bride and groom. With so many guestbook options, today’s bride and groom can choose from a wide variety of styles and most importantly, choosing a guestbook that they can see themselves looking at or using for years to come.
Each guest at your event will receive their very own guestbook page to fill out and share special messages at their leisure. After your event, simply place the completed pages in one of our many guestbook album designs and enjoy!
Wedding guests sign the outside edge and then you get to choose your favorite picture from the wedding to place inside. Be careful to not have the picture you intend on using in the matte, someones hand could slip and leave a mark on the picture.
Bound Guest Book
Known as the “Traditional” guestbook, there are many varieties of the bound guestbook allowing couples to choose fabrics and colors that match the wedding. For more traditional guestbooks, you can view a selection of them on our website, www.Store.WeddingsbyDE.com.
Finger Print Guest Registry Wedding Tree Print
Your guests thumbprint and autograph will bring this tree to life. This print is the perfect way to remember all of the people who help you to celebrate your big day.
Quilt Wedding Guestbook with Custom Fabric Squares
As seen in BRIDES Magazine, August 2011! A unique guestbook idea where guests sign a square of fabric. The squares can be sewn together to create a quilt, wall hanging, table cloth or other custom finished piece with squares signed by all of your guests!
Wedding Guestbook Poster
Great for the DIY Bride, create this template in a word program and send to your local printer to enlarge. Each guests signs on a blank line, adding a touch of uniformity for those who want to display their signatures.
Coffee Table Book
Make your own coffee table book with pictures taken by a friend or engagement pictures taken by a professional photographer with Photobook America. You can design and customize photobooks in a wide variety of sizes, layouts and covers. We love all of their layout options!
It was such a pleasure working with Nannette and Charles to create their dream wedding weekend in Blacksburg, Virginia. Every aspect of the wedding was filled with personal touches from the moment that guests arrived at the hotel until they they left on Sunday after breakfast. A fun color scheme of pink and orange was carried throughout the wedding. Hanging from the doors of the Virginia Tech War Memorial Chapel were two large letters, “N” and “C” and a custom aisle runner with the couples monogram dressed up the aisle. After the ceremony guests travelled by bus to the German Club Manor for the cocktail hour and recpeiton. Hanging from the beams in the foyer of the German Club were orange and pink lanterns and custom pillows on the couches. The guest tables had white floor length linens with orange and pink criss-crossing runners and white chair covers with pink and orange organza sashes. All deocr and floral element designs were created by Diamond Events.
Coordination, Decor & Floral Design