Winter Wedding: Reception (2 of 2)

You can complete the look of your seasonal wedding ceremony with a wintery reception filled with seasonal greenery and candlelight that creates a warm and chic look to your big day. A winter wedding can be a magical setting for you and your spouse to celebrate your special day!

Give a romantic, cozy atmosphere with candles, blankets, and a hot chocolate bar that is sure to warm your guests’ hearts. And these cakes are absolutely gorgeous and will be sure to make a statement at your wedding! If you’re dreaming of a winter wedding, take a look at these photos for inspiration!

 

Real CBE Wedding: Amanda and Andy // August 5th, 2017

Amanda and Andy had a weekend full of celebrating their big day! The couple started it off with a welcome reception the night before the wedding at The Reserve Ballroom in Neenah, WI. Guests enjoyed catering by Lombardino’s restaurant of Madison for the rehearsal dinner, which was followed by drinks and appetizers joined by out of town guests!

The beautiful couple were married at the groom’s family residence on the lake, and the couple was able to prepare for the big day in the home. As guests arrived on this beautiful day they were greeted by a cellist before they hopped aboard a trolley to take them down the road to the ceremony. Guests were then greeted with champagne and French horns which played throughout the ceremony, which was embellished with florals of Garden Laurels by Donna Sager out of the Madison area. Take a look at these photos from their unforgettable celebration!

 

Welcome Dinner/Rehearsal

Ceremony/Reception


 

Photography: Jenna Kutcher

Rehearsal Dinner Catering: Lombardino’s

Rehearsal Dinner Liquor: Club Liquor

Ceremony Rentals: Event Essentials (chairs) and Sperry Tents

Ceremony Musicians: Bruce Atwell (French Horns), Yulliya (Cello)

Beverages: Zuppa’s

Reception Site: North Shore Golf Club

Florals: Garden Laurels by Donna Sager

Linens: BBJ Linens

Flatware: Event Essentials

Stationary: Socially Inked -Amber Abney

 

Reception Seating: Escort Cards (2 of 2)

Escort cards are placed on display at the entrance of your reception and include the names of your guests and the table you have assigned them to as well as their meal choice if applicable. They are a great way for guests to easily find their names as they are categorized in alphabetical order. This allows guests to choose their seats by placing their cards at the table. Escort cards can be a great opportunity to showcase your unique style during the first look into your reception!

Make your cards noteworthy by writing on something other than the usual cardstock, or by settling them into coffee grounds or pieces of wood surrounded by foliage. Adding details to your escort card design can express your personality and add to your guests’ experience which will not go unnoticed. Check out these photos for inspiration!

Reception Seating: Table Assignment Charts (1 of 2)

Creating a table assignment display can be a great way to add a big statement to your reception decor. Not only does it create a simple, organized way for everyone to find their tables, it gives you a chance to add a piece of art to your wedding! When they arrive at their table you would then have a name card at each place setting with their first name, another stylized detail to be able to layer into your tablescape design.

Get creative with your table assignment display by writing on a piece of glass for a clean modern look, or by using old books to add a romantic and enchanting feel to your fairytale. Adorning frames with foliage and flowers or incorporating a calligraphy will really top it off. Take a look at these ideas for inspiration for your own table assignment chart!

 




Check out some CBE Real Wedding Table Assignment Displays!


Vendor Spotlight: Borrowed Bar

Vendor Spotlight: Borrowed Bar

Today’s vendor spotlight is on Borrowed Bar in Madison! Borrowed Bar is owned by Adam and Marla Bergh, a husband and wife team that fired up their business in the Summer of 2017 with a soft launch at an anniversary party for Revel – Madison’s hip new DIY craft bar destination downtown. Borrowed Bar plans to officially launch by end of Fall 2017 with a website and social presence coupled with promotions and contest for rentals. Just in time for brides to book for their 2018 weddings and all the Holiday and New Year parties being planned!

Borrowed Bar rents pre-made and custom tap walls for events. The tap walls allow for a self serve bar where you can provide anything from champagne, wine, beer, coffee, kombucha, soda, and more – all on draft, from a keg! Borrowed Bar staff provides the customized tap wall rental plus the tapworks and gas to move the beverage from its keg behind the wall, to your glass! Owner Marla states that “having beverages on tap at your party is an amazing option and the fun customizations you can apply to your wall are endless. The tap wall is a centerpiece and definitely takes your event to the next level.”

Check out some of of these CBE parties that Borrowed Bar has done as well as a few other parties they have served! This Packer tap wall was perfect for our game day event and cheering on our favorite team (GO PACK GO!) while enjoying some delicious drinks. We also loved how our Old Fashioned tap wall turned out for our Camp Wed retreat featuring calligraphy by Saffron Avenue and was a huge success with our guests!

 

Photography credits:

Angela Mondloch of Saffron Avenue

Marla Bergh of Borrowed Bar

Cocktail Trailers

The most impressive way to serve cocktails! This new, hip option is a sure way to add a little extra jazz to your wedding to make it stand out from the rest. Imagine serving his and hers signature drinks out of something this snazzy! With rental companies popping up in hot spot locations, these trailers are becoming easier to come by. Even better—if you or a friend owns a trailer it could become a fun DIY project. If you aren’t a DIY-er no problem! Barmadillo in Madison is one of our favorite beverage options for any event!

These adorable trucks and trailers are a great way to add style to your outdoor reception. Whether you’re going for a retro vibe, or rustic charm, you can find these trailers in all shapes and sizes. Try adding a custom sign to the outside to add a personal touch, or string the perfect set of lights to create an ambiance that will keep your friends and family dancing all night!