Decorating the Hall

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We were fortunate enough to find a gorgeous reception venue in one of the most beautiful parts of Belgium.

The venue was Les Jardins de la Molignée… The gardens of the watermill in the beautiful Route de Maredsous. Don’t worry people, I’m driving up that way again on the 13th and will take the time to photograph every bit of the route for you.

I wanted to make as many of the decorations as possible. A wedding is expensive no matter how you do it but one of the best ways to not only save a ton of money but to make sure your wedding is as customized as possible is to make as much of your decorations as you know how to make. Here is what I did, perhaps it will give you some ideas.

The first thing that I had to make for the wedding ceremony was the pillows for the wedding rings. Our theme was ‘lovebirds’ so we were very fortunate to be getting married around Easter. At my favorite store, Ava, I found some wicker nests and feathers. I wove and sewed some white feathers into the nest, took my blue and bronze ribbons and made some of the most original ring bearer pillows I’ve ever seen.

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The bird on the tags was made with this Love stamp kit from Heyda (I found it at AVA but it is available through Amazon)

I used some more wicker nests, blue and white feathers and lovely dyed eggshells that were also from Ava’s Easter section to make my table centerpieces.

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The place settings and table linens were provided by the venue but I found these beautiful little feathers at Ava to personalize the tables just that much more.
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The rest of the decoration went quickly thanks to my sweet sister who had sent us a beautiful handmade pennant banner.
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We set up standing tables on the dancefloor for the appetizer part of the evening.
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Maxime helped me decorate the standing tables with artificial rose petals, confetti and candles.
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All that was left was to set up the receiving table with the card holder and guest book.
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Finally, the hall was ready for our wedding and we could go to our best man’s house for a pre-wedding dinner.

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