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Mr. Hydrangea and I had discussed a few details about our wedding before we were engaged, including the fact that we would like to get married at my family church, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Massillon.  My grandparents, parents, and both of my sisters were married there, and we wanted to continue the tradition.  That was the easy decision.  Then we moved on to determining the perfect reception venue, which proved to be more difficult than we ever would’ve anticipated.

 

Our Ceremony Location - St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Massillon, Ohio

 

We looked at a variety of venues, from vineyards, to barns, banquet halls, and a few golf courses. We ran in to a few unexpected problems along the way.  We quickly found that what looked good on paper, didn’t always match what looked good in person.  We also learned that there are a lot of people planning November 2014 weddings.  At least two venues were booked solid through November 2014 (for Saturdays) and many others had very few dates available.  We literally walked in to an office to look at available dates as the couple that booked our date was walking out.  We weren’t sold on the venue at the time, but by the time we go to it, it wasn’t even an option!

We also found that many venues are simply not an option in November due to the colder weather.  We checked out a beautiful vineyard in North Canton, Ohio, only to learn that the pavilion we wanted to rent wasn’t an option in the colder months of the year, including November.  We were also told by every golf course that we contacted that they would not be willing to hold a wedding in a tent any later than early October.

After considering what seems like 500 venues, the process was becoming frustrating and overwhelming.  Mr. Hydrangea and I sat down and really talked about what we wanted in a venue.  We decided on three key attributes to look for in a reception space: 1) enough space for our growing guest list, 2) close proximity to our ceremony location, and 3) a blank canvas to decorate as we wish (I love to DIY, as you know!).  After making our list of must-haves, we were able to narrow down on our options much more easily.  Just days later we decided on the perfect reception venue.  The Santa Maria Ballroom at the Massillon Knights of Columbus was the closest we had come to a blank canvas, where My. Hydrangea’s mother and I could get crafy and make it our own.  The K of C is also literally up the street from our church AND it holds up to 500 people!  And so it was decided – Knights of Columbus it is!

The Santa Maria Ballroom at the Massillon Knights of Columbus

I am beyond releived to have made a decision about our venue and am hopeful that when all is said and done, I can say that the venue search was the most stressful aspect of planning our wedding.

What wedding detail has been most stressful for you?

 

 

 

Hello From Hydrangea Bud!

Posted by hydrangea on Jul 31, 2013
Hello! I’m Hydrangea Bud, the newest bud in the garden!  I’m delighted to join this DIY bridal community and can’t wait to share my planning tips and experiences with all of you.

I am newly engaged as of June 12, 2013.  If you ask my friends and family, they would probably predict that my entire wedding was already planned out.  I have always been a fan of planning events and parties, with a particular fondness for weddings.  So naturally, I’ve been making mental notes in my head about my own wedding for years!

I will admit that much of my wedding is already drawn out in my head.  But, as many of you probably already know, making that vision come to life is all the fun!  So far, I can say that my engagement ring fit my vision exactly, as do the dress and shoes I’ve purchased for my bridal look.  Beyond those details, I have little nothing concretely planned for our Massillon, Ohio wedding which we have planned for November 2014.  I do know that I will be DIY-ing a lot!  Look for my journey through self-crafted centerpieces, menus, invitations, and much, much more to come!

Mr. Hydrangea and Hydrangea Bud on a recent trip to Silver Beach in Michigan for a family wedding.

Hydrangea Bud, Mr. Hydrangea and their Hydrangea-pups Murphy and Sydney.

 

Our Wedding Menu Details

Posted by apple on Jun 21, 2013

When I first began doing my research on menus for our wedding, I was contemplating not having a paper menu at all but instead making a large chalkboard menu, similar to this.  As much as I love that, I realized it might be more practical for each guest to have a menu in front of them.  We chose to do paper menus that had the same theme as our invitations and place cards.

wedding wedding reception , MenuMenus: Wedding Paper Divas

Everything matched and I was happy with that!  The menus were pretty, but I felt like they needed a little something extra.  That’s where the bling came in.  I purchased these at Hobby Lobby on sale, and they worked perfectly!  Here’s the end result:

kailey_wedding555Photography: Sargeant Creative

kailey_wedding514Photography: Sargeant Creative

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I think even that simple little red rhinestone made the menus that much better and completed our black, white and red theme.  They were fun to put together too!

Guest Cards from The Pretty Blog

Posted by apple on May 22, 2013

Hi Garden!  If you’re looking for the perfect way to entertain guests and have some fabulous wedding mementos for years to come then I have the perfect thing for you.  I found these fun guest cards on The Pretty Blog here and thought they would be the perfect little activity for guests to fill out during cocktail hour when there was some time to spare.  Guests will fill out their names, how long they’ve known you, and some advice for the newly married couple.

 Photo: Sargeant Creative

I just downloaded the artwork file from the website (link above), and printed about 50 sheets out on white cardstock (2 cards on each page).  Then I used my paper cutter to cut the cards out and that was it.  They were placed right next to our engagement album, which acted as a guest sign in book (more on that later!).

My husband and I couldn’t stop laughing when we read the cards after we were home from our honeymoon.  I put them all in a photo album so we can look back on them anytime.  Pretty cute, huh?  I promise guests will love them.

Centerpieces

Posted by sunflower on May 03, 2013

As a former bride, I found centerpieces to be one of the biggest projects every bride faces.  With the era of “DIY” brides in full swing, there is a lot expected of you!  Do you go with a florist and leave it at that, or do you take on the task of creating several (at least 10) tables worth of decor, to tie your wedding together and for an extra something for guests to take home.

Sunflower Dude and I decided to incorporate Disney into the wedding, we got engaged in Disney World and went there for our honeymoon, to put it simply, we are a Disney family.  On the other hand, we were having a rustic, fall wedding with burlap for miles.  We decided to separate the venue into four sections: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios (MGM) and Animal Kingdom, of course!  Then in each “land” we created some of our favorite places, rides and restaurants into tables!

How did you all incorporate something you love into your wedding?  How did you decide on centerpieces?  I’d love to know!