Retro 1969 Surprise Wedding Anniversary Party

This past weekend, my siblings and I threw a surprise 45th wedding anniversary for our parents. And since they were married in 1969, we just had to go with a retro theme. The invitations were a play on the original Woodstock poster and guests were asked to dress in 1969 attire. Somehow, we are able to keep everything a surprise and our parents were truly shocked. (Our dad thought he walked into someone else’s party and almost turned around and left!) Since our parents never had an actual wedding, we wanted to give them everything they missed out on–the food, the music (first dance included), the cake and of course, the fun. We took a lot of family photos, but here are some of my favorite detail shots from the evening.

This banner was something we put together last minute. It was a little time consuming, but super easy and inexpensive. The brown fringe is actually just a disposable table cloth folded in quarters. Then we took scissors to it leaving about an inch and a half border at the top. Cute, right?

This banner was something we put together last-minute. It was a little time-consuming, but super easy and inexpensive. The brown fringe is actually just a disposable tablecloth folded in quarters. Then we took scissors to it leaving about an inch and a half border at the top. Cute, right?

The centerpieces were made up of an eclectic mix of glass jars and bottles from Pat Catans. We picked these up anywhere from $1-$3/piece. My hubby was also sweet and patient enough to do some work ahead of time to make setup the day of much easier. Since the mason jars had wider mouths, they were more difficult to arrange flowers in without using a couple of dozen flowers in each...unless you put a little piece of 1/2" galvanized steel hardware cloth inside each one. It's an instant grid so that your flowers stand up right! We also included frame Bible verses that focus on peace and love.

The centerpieces were made up of an eclectic mix of glass jars and bottles from Pat Catans. We picked these up anywhere from $1-$3/piece. My hubby was also sweet and patient enough to do some work ahead of time to make setup the day of much easier. Since the mason jars had wider mouths, they were more difficult to arrange flowers in without using a couple dozen flowers in each…unless you put a little piece of 1/2″ galvanized steel hardware cloth inside each one. It’s an instant grid so that your flowers stand upright! We also included framed Bible verses that focus on peace and love. Everything sat on a piece of suede fabric we fringed and picked up on clearance for less than $7 for several yards.

Little Miss Jessica did an AMAZING job on the cake. Not only did she bring our creative vision to life, we were told the white and banana cake were the best our guests ever had!

Little Miss Jess did an AMAZING job on the cake. Not only did she bring our creative vision to life, we were told the white and banana cake were the best our guests ever had!

We also ordered a wedding cake cutting set and engraved to say, "Jim and Gloria, Celebrating 45 Years". Our parents really enjoyed cutting their cake and tasting it together. So sweet!

We also ordered a wedding cake cutting set and had it engraved to say, “Jim and Gloria, Celebrating 45 Years”. Our parents really enjoyed cutting their cake and tasting it together. So sweet!

My cousin, Brian, and my wonderful hubby, Chris, enjoying the party. Don't they look great?

Our cousin, Brian, and my wonderful hubby, Chris, enjoying the party. Don’t they look great?

Here is an aerial view of the sweetheart table just for our parents. Since everything was a surprise for them, we took it upon ourselves to do a little shopping so they could fit in with the theme after a quick wardrobe change.

Here is an aerial view of the sweetheart table just for our parents. Since everything was a surprise for them, we took it upon ourselves to do a little shopping so they could fit in with the theme after a quick wardrobe change.

Each guest received either a nude shade of lipstick or a stick-on mustache...both must-have accessories for our 1969 party.

Each guest received either a nude shade of lipstick or a stick-on mustache…both must-have accessories for our 1969 party.

I know my niece, Lena, really enjoyed the lipstick favors...a girl after my own heart! Doesn't she make such a cute flower child?

I know my niece, Lena, really enjoyed the lipstick favors…a girl after my own heart! Doesn’t she make such a cute flower child?

Even the Miller Lite beer cans were throwback edition!

Even the Miller Lite beer cans were throwback edition!

And finally a shot of my parents with all five of their children. We're so blessed!

And finally a shot of our parents with all five of their children. We’re so blessed!

Well, the party was a huge success! And both A La Cart Catering and Little Miss Jess did an AMAZING job! It was so nice to spend time with the entire family and I know they are memories we will treasure forever. I hope you enjoyed reading all about it. Contact Delvaux Wedding & Event Planning to plan your next event!

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Do’s and Don’ts of Creating Your Wedding Registry

Do's and Don'ts of Creating Your Wedding Registry
It turned out that registering for our wedding was a lot less fun than we thought it would be. In the end, we made it work and accomplished the mission, but I’ve decided to share some do’s and don’ts of registering so you can hopefully avoid our misery.

1. Do discuss a plan before you go.
The stores that are well-known for wedding registries will supply you with a suggestion list. But let’s be honest, do you really need ALL your table settings AND a full set of crystal and china? Discussing your expectations ahead of time with your soon-to-be spouse can prevent some uncomfortable bickering once you’re in the store. You’ll also want to discuss a healthy balance of fun and function. (Maybe an iced tea maker really isn’t all that important to you, but your mate would love it and use it daily.)

2. Don’t register on an empty stomach.
If you’re anything like me, a hungry Kristen is a grumpy Kristen. (Luckily my hubby has learned this very early on.) Why not make registering more like a date rather than a chore? Grab some brunch beforehand, head to your shopping destination and then celebrate afterwards with a couple of beers!

3. Do break down registering into several, smaller trips.
I think this ended up being the key to our success, but it was something we had to learn as we went. Between my husband’s short attention span and my ABSOLUTE HATRED of shopping, we were going a little bonkers after about an hour and a half of browsing. We were lucky enough to register all at one store and the staff was actually really good about letting us return one or two more times to finish everything up. If you are registering at more than one store, limit your registering to one store per day.

I hope our learning experience while registering for our own wedding can help you in some way. Happy scanning!

A Few of My Favorite {Wedding} Things

Most of the weddings I am hired to coordinate already involve the bride and groom’s creativity and personalities. Sometimes, the ideas I love aren’t always needed or even a good fit for the couple. SO, I thought I would share a couple of my current favorite things when it comes to everything weddings!

If I could fall in love with a drink cart, it would be this one.

Drink Carts
My love for drink carts started a couple of years ago at an event for my husband’s work. I cannot tell you what we ate, but I do remember the beautiful carts with the evening’s wine choices in tote. I was (kind of) embarrassed to take pictures during the sit-down dinner, but was able to snap this one as a neighboring table was being served. This cart  was obviously for a very classy event, but drink carts can be tailored to fit any theme. If you’re having a more rustic, outdoor or casual event, a wooden cart holding glass dispensers filled with flavored waters, lemonade and sweat tea would be perfect.

Outdoor Chandeliers and Other Lighting
When it comes to outdoor, evening weddings, there’s nothing I like more than beautiful chandeliers and other romantic lighting. (Heck, the only reason I want a deck in our backyard is so we can string lights from it!) Chandeliers look great up at the ceremony altar, hanging over the guests and over the dance floor. The only detail I remember from the most recent televised Bachelor wedding is the chandeliers everywhere. If the wedding is taking place where there are trees around, clear lights, small or large, can be strung and create quite an effect as well.

Mr. and Mrs. The Bachelor had chandeliers everywhere at their wedding.

Mr. and Mrs. The Bachelor had chandeliers everywhere at their wedding.

Food or Drink Bars of Any Kind
There’s just something I love about having lots of options! (Maybe it’s a girl thing?) For my wedding in 2008, candy buffets were just starting to become popular and with my sweet tooth, I HAD to have one. It seems like today, the possibilities for food and drink bars are absolutely endless and again, can be fully customized to the bride and groom’s personalities and likes. I have mentioned in the past doing a bubbly bar with champagne (or club soda for the non-drinkers), fruit juices and fruit and herb garnishes. I also LOVE the idea of a frozen yogurt bar–the possibilities for that alone are endless! What about an idea for a winter wedding? A hot cocoa bar would be so much fun! Don’t forget all the options…whipped cream, marshmallows, caramel sauce, peppermint candies, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, Bailey’s. A hot cider bar is another great option.

A hot beverage station can be for guests to enjoy at the reception or to prep and take with them for their ride home. (Photo by R. Fritz Photography)

A hot beverage station can be for guests to enjoy during the reception or to prep and take with them for their ride home.  (Photo by R. Fritz Photography)

These are a few of my favorite things. 🙂 I hope you’ve enjoyed and feel free to add your ideas to my favorites or share your own in the comments below!

 

Brittany and Logan’s Rustic Country Wedding

This past weekend, my husband and I were invited to celebrate Brittany and Logan’s wedding near Somerset, Pennsylvania. Both the ceremony and reception were at a place called The Hayloft. The rustic country theme was done so well by the couple that I couldn’t tell which creative details were done by the venue and which were provided by the bride and groom. I just had to share a few of the photos I snapped while enjoying their beautiful day!

 

The ceremony area included a beautiful rustic altar area as well as wooden benches.

The ceremony area included a beautiful rustic altar as well as wooden benches.

This was the gorgeous view behind us during the ceremony.

This was the gorgeous view behind us during the ceremony.

Here is their adorable wooden card box.

Here is their adorable wooden card box.

I LOVED the shelving area for guests to leave their gifts on instead of the usually boring table.

I LOVED the shelving area for guests to leave their gifts on instead of the usual boring table.

I wish I could take credit for the thought and creativity put into this wedding, including using an old window pane for the seating guide. So cute!

I wish I could take credit for the thought and creativity put into this wedding, including using an old window pane for the seating guide. So cute!

Even the guestbook area was unique and made a statement.

Even the guest book area was unique and made a statement.

Here is the cookie and cake area. (Although cookies were beautifully displayed all throughout the venue on old pianos and bureaus.) The far end where you see the ladder actually leads UP to where the DJ played from. There was also a galvanized bucket hanging to submit your requests. :-)

Here is the cookie and cake area. (Although cookies were beautifully displayed all throughout the venue on old pianos and bureaus.) The far end where you see the ladder actually led UP to where the DJ played from. There was also a galvanized bucket hanging to submit your requests. 🙂

Here is a closeup shot of Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton's cake.

Here is a closeup shot of Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton’s cake.

Smore Wedding Favor at The Hayloft 2

Their s’more favors were such a great idea!

Smore Wedding Favor at The Hayloft

They even had a fire going once the sun went down.

Speaking of the sun going down, here is a candid I captured of Logan and Brittany enjoying their time as husband and wife.

Speaking of the sun going down, here is a candid I captured of Brittany and Logan enjoying their time as husband and wife.

 

They couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day in a more beautiful setting. Brittany and Logan, thank you for letting us celebrate with you and for allowing me to share a little of your wonderful wedding with everyone! Congratulations!