One more day. One. And now that the day is practically here, I am so excited. So happy. Beyond happy! Here is the last teaser of our wedding weekend, highlighting the festivities we will have tonight to kick off our celebration of love!
Pre-Wedding Picnic InvitationsI had picnic invitations created through an Etsy shop, Simply Smitten Designs. They did a beautiful job designing and printing the invites, which I've already received in the mail.
Picnic TablesEach of the picnic tables at the venue will be dressed with the classic red checkered picnic tablecloth . To me, this iconic look is what picnics are all about!
Floral CenterpiecesTo add some color to the tables, I also used mason jars as vases for some fresh flowers I picked up. The flowers will also be used tomorrow in our ceremony, where we will create a 'flower circle' under the tree where we will be wed.
Southern Picnic I SPYEach table will also have a framed I SPY game for guests to play. They are asked to take a picture of various unique items incorporated into our wedding that they can share on social media using our hashtag #tankennylove.
Smoked BBQ baby back ribs from our favorite rib joint, BBQ Productions. They are a local spot known for their ribs and we've ordered quite a few slabs for our hungry crowd. To accompany the ribs, we will also have a BBQ sauce bar which includes several bottles of different sauces for guests to dress them as they wish with Maple Chipotle Sauce, IBC Rootbeer Sauce, Sam Adams Boston Lager Sauce, Alabama White Sauce and a Chicago Sweet & Spicy Sauce.
Popeyes. A favorite of Joel's, this mac and cheese is a great vegetarian option and a classic dish everyone loves!
Popeyes. If you know me and how I host parties, I love menus where guests can help themselves to play and customize their food. Rather than throwing biscuits on the table, I've included a variety of jams, jellies, honey, butter and spreads for their biscuits.
Picnic Pie Buffet with pies from Bakers Square. It's not unusual for Patrick's family to celebrate birthdays with a pie instead of a cake, so we're highlighting pie as our main dessert for the picnic. We're going to set up a pie buffet (something we are both super excited about!) I'm using cake stands from my personal collection to display the pies in varying heights.
Sweet Tea & Lemonade Station. I have 3 beverage dispensers set aside on a table that will be filled with sweet tea, lemonade and also watermelon punch. In addition, we'll have Coca-Cola products, bottled water and beer for guests to quench their thirst! And for an extra touch, I'll also have a mason jar filled with fresh mint from my garden to add a nice garnish to drinks!
So with a venue set in a forest preserve on a summer evening, there will definitely be some unwanted visitors - mosquitos. That said, I wasn't sure if the county fogs off insects so I purchased some bug fogger to treat our venue.
Repel Lemon Eucalyptus. And for added protection for our guests, I also purchased several bottles of deet-free insect repellent. It's the little things, you know?!
karaoke DJ to come out and liven up the mood with some songs and a few microphones for friends and family to sing their hearts out. I personally can't wait to hear my friends sing and liven up the party!
Thank you for allowing me to share my whole wedding planning process all this week and if you're on social media, you can follow along the #tankennylove hashtag for pictures of the entire weekend festivities!