This post is Part VI of my series I’m calling Wedding Details where I break down the various choices and elements incorporated in our wedding. See the DIY Wedding Details page for the full series!
We’ve finally made it to my favorite part, FOOD!
Before we got to the grub we had to decide what the tables looked like. The first thing I knew was I did NOT want to make a seating chart. I simply had too many other things to think about while planning the wedding, and deciding where people sat just wasn’t something I was going to handle. Knowing we wouldn’t have a seating chart immediately ruled out round tables as well. The longer the table, the less likely someone is going to feel like they got stuck at the “lame table” and no one wants to sit with them.
I also knew I wanted to sit with my bridal party. I mean we asked all these people to come to our wedding, now I wanted to sit with them! Before I knew it the layout was set. One long table against the back of the garage for the bridal party, and three long tables running perpendicular. Ta-Da! Seat yourselves!
Once the layout was set we had to pick what went on them. Very early on in my wedding pinterest craze I fell in love with mismatched tables. Long lines of accumulated items that didn’t really have any rhyme or reason, yet equally did. See also, candles!
I knew instantly that the person to put in charge of the look of our tables was my mother. No question. I sent her some pinterest images, we talked a little about my mismatched feel and she went to work thrifting, estate sale digging, flea market hunting and antique shopping.
When I walked the space for the first time after all the talking, planning and iPhone photo back and forth I was floored. The tables were so much more than I’d ever hoped for. They were perfect.
PRO TIP: You can buy boxes of naturally shed deer antlers on Ebay! Who knew? Also, buying grocery store small mason jars can be made to look old (see the small one in the above picture) by spray painting the jars to look frosted/old, and taking the lids off and painting those to give them that I’ve been sitting in a garage for 40 years look. See also, birch candle holders can be acquired from Finland. Who knew?!?!
As I mentioned in my last post, the flags that hung over our cocktail hour / reception space were made by my mother-in-law with fabric her, myself and my mother picked out. Half the fabric went into the flags, and the other half into the napkins that were hand tied around the silverware with a single piece of twine by my cousins and sister. After the wedding they were gathered, washed, and will be used in our wedding quilt, made by Adam’s mother. Perfection.
One of the final pieces to our wedding tables was our backdrop. I mentioned earlier that our ceremony backdrop was carried over to our dinner area, and hung behind Adam and I. Two days before the wedding Adam gathered up the family’s collection of deer antlers, attaching them to the garage to give the alter a way to hang, and to add a little “wow” to the back of the garage.
When Adam and I started talking wedding we knew that we’d serve BBQ. It just, it sounded like us. We love to go out to really nice restaurants and appreciate eating in places where a jacket is a requirement, but that wouldn’t have made much sense at our wedding. Seeing as the last time we were in Bend pre-engagement we also had INSANELY GOOD food at Baldy’s BBQ, we didn’t even have a single tasting. Once we were engaged the food was set. Baldy’s it was.
Even better was the fact that they offer a full pig smoke, on site, pulling the pork for your feast on the spot. Guests got a total kick out of seeing their meal, face and all, during cocktail hour, and once it was served people were in heaven. Oink.
After a week of being stuck with nervous stomach, once that meal was in front of me I finally had an appetite. And what a meal it was!
One thing I wanted early on which was completely impractical were custom BBQ bibs. You know, when it comes to the wedding there were a lot of places I cut corners, but this was just something I was going to pay to have. I mean, how often can you get a group of people to do something as ridiculous as wear BBQ bibs?
In the end I was worried no one would wear them, or they’d be silly, yet as I looked around the wedding and saw my guests wearing them I was so glad I bought them.
So there you have it. What we ate on, what we ate, and what silly things I made my guests wear while they ate. If you’re ever in Bend you better go to Baldy’s and be sure to get the au gratin potatoes, you wont be sorry.
This is part of a series I’m calling Wedding Details where I break down the various choices and elements incorporated in our wedding. See the DIY Wedding Details page for the full series!