Rustic Backyard Wedding Reception

by Elena Posted on June 10, 2014

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Recently it was my great pleasure to help plan a rustic, backyard wedding reception. The bride and groom were thrilled to have their family and friends surrounding them on this special day and went out of their way to honor those people from the past who were helping them to usher in the future.

Groomsmen and bridesmaids were seated at their own, special table.

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In lieu of place cards, each spot was marked with a desktop plaque featuring a picture of the attendant with the bride or groom from some point in their shared history, like this childhood shot of the bride with her sister/maid-of-honor.

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Another charming detail was this custom table runner from Shutterfly which sat upon a table as guests entered the reception. In keeping with the theme, it featured pictures of the bride and groom as children, as well as pictures from their parents’ weddings.

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On the side of the runner is a spot for a monogram (perfect for that newly shared last initial), the other side features a heart, and in between the pictures is a spot for text (in which they chose to put their names and wedding date). It is sure to become a treasured keepsake.

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Also bound to become a keepsake is the guest “book”. Book is in quotes because it was not actually a book at all. Instead, it was a piece of wood wall art from Shutterfly, featuring the church from the ceremony. Felt tip pens were set out so that guests could sign their names upon entering the reception.

At the bottom is a caption with the couples’ names and wedding date. I love this idea because after the guests sign the picture it becomes a lovely piece of wall art for the bride and groom to hang in their new home.

There are SO many fun ways to incorporate pictures into a wedding. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate your future while also honoring the past, I highly recommend browsing Shutterfly’s product selection.

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Elena Sullivan is a stay-at-home mom and the creative mind behind the blog `a casarella. What began as a New Year’s resolution has evolved into a cozy corner of the internet devoted to crafts, DIY, recipes, entertaining, and more. After leaving her job as a high school English teacher, Elena was thrilled to discover the blogosphere, a place where one can create, inspire, and be inspired… and all before the kids get home from school!

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