Our Reception, or, A Really Great Party


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

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I haven’t been able to get my arms around what to say about our reception. All I can really say is that in the middle of eating my lunch, I put down my knife and fork and looked around at these long tables full of people happily chattering, thought for a minute and said with a note of wonder in my voice, “This is a really fun wedding.” There was a pause. And then everyone cracked up.Our Reception, or, A Really Great Party | A Practical WeddingOther than that I can tell you about doing the electric slide with 10 girls to Dolly Parton’s 9-5 (if I don’t get to do the Electric Slide, it’s not a damn party),Our Reception, or, A Really Great Party | A Practical Weddingor how I enlisted help to redecorate our wedding cake in the middle of the reception.Our Reception, or, A Really Great Party | A Practical WeddingIt had arrived with orange Dahlias on it (look at my face), and I think you’ll agree it looked much better when we were done.Our Reception, or, A Really Great Party | A Practical WeddingAnd here we are cutting it with my Grandfathers Marine Corp Saber. Which was bad ass, but mostly it was actually really sentimental. In a good way, in a it-felt-like-he-came-to-the-party way, not in a weepy way. Because I don’t think he would have wanted me to get weepy on our wedding day.
Our Reception, or, A Really Great Party | A Practical WeddingBut mostly, I don’t know what to say other than it was a damn good party.

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Our Reception, or, A Really Great Party | A Practical WeddingAnd then we danced and danced and danced.
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PS a special thanks to all my friends who, achem, allowed or “allowed” me to share them at their party-best here for the interwebs.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17630812969476483227 Chic ‘n Cheap Living

    Joy is the word that comes to mind. Glad you had a rocking party Meg! We thought that about ours too – dancing is key!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14757441474371776203 {The Perfect Palette}

    ooo that dress. swoon!

  • http://www.shanandmike.wordpress.com Shannon

    Have I mentioned yet that I LOVE your dress? And what a great party – looks like everyone had so much fun.

  • Anonymous

    Great pictures and that cake is fabulous. Anybody notice the cake?

  • http://accordionsandlace.wordpress.com/ accordionsandlace

    It does look like a damn fun party. Which is really all that there is to say.

    (That, and I'm impressed by how long your heels stayed on for!)

  • http://www.elizabetharchibong.com elizabeth archibong photography

    great pictures!!! love the dress…

  • http://www.elleandgrace.com/invitations elle & grace wedding invitations

    I love weddings where everyone looks so happy!!! great wedding !

  • Anonymous

    Yes, that dress has a lot of twirl and swirl going on. ;-)

  • Anonymous

    I was wondering what your parents thought of the wedding? I'm sure they loved it, but would be nice to hear from them.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09526722516550185150 Meg

    Anon-
    The cake wasn't as pretty in real life as it is in the pictures. I think it was mostly noticed because A) It was (very) tasty, B) it was funny when we redecorated it, and C) We cut it with a giant sword.

    But mostly it was just tasty. There was too much going on to notice the stuff, honestly.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18134825296733633815 October12

    The photos of others that we have (we don't have many photos and that's the way I wanted it) are the most precious. Stolen moments from the one time we'll have that particular group in one room. It still makes me leaky.

    The party looks fantastic, as do you and David.

  • Anonymous

    Aww gee, you burst my bubble about the cake. See, I thought it was one the those newer cakes that tries to look edible and delicious with big swirls of REAL frosting. Kind of like a dressed up homemade cake.

    A Mountain Bride blogged about those types of cakes.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09526722516550185150 Meg

    It was that kind of cake. But if people really notice the cake at your reception (for anything other than the tast) that means your party was not rocking. Good parties are never about the details.

  • Anonymous

    Au Contraire, Meggie. I will never not notice CAKE!!!

    Cake = Party.

    Especially the ones that look edible. I'd have been scoping it out throughout the whole meal.

    LOL

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12051581432652556410 Marina

    That party looks ROCKIN.

    Also can I vote for more hora pictures if you have them? Hora pictures are always some of my favorite wedding pictures. :)

  • Anonymous

    It looks like such a great dance party! And it's not a party if there's not dancing. :)

    I was wondering, though, are you going to give us some info on how you DIYed (or DITed) your hair flower? I was hoping you would during DIT week, but now I'm nervous I'll never get to find out!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12977525202055990615 MaryKate

    I love everything about this! And I love the pictures of you and your little red-headed friend!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08170120825583173366 Geezees Custom Canvas Art

    Great Pictures…looks like you had a fun party!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08921831777682472625 You can call me Yell

    I had to laugh that you bleeped out the "u" in bull, but "shit" remains uncensored. That just gave me a giggle.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06206689296805893265 east side bride

    no one would ever guess from the photos that this was a *morning* wedding.

    <3

  • http://acupcakewedding.blogspot.com/ Cupcake Wedding

    Wow, the dress, the sword, the dancing. Now, that's a kick ass wedding.

  • Cate Subrosa

    That photo of you dancing with David, sassing it up in your dress… YES!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09526722516550185150 Meg

    @ESB Really? F*ck yeah.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08382072019860756437 D. Marie

    I would have to say that it looks like one fun wedding! You look amazing and I love the photo of you dancing with the cute little red haired boy. BTW did you purchase the polaroid film? Im thinking of doing a polaroid guest book. Thanks!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09526722516550185150 Meg

    Actually, Emily of Emily Style gave me her leftover film from her wedding. We did buy a camera, and then a friend who is a photo enthusiast brought her camera and expired film (some of the coolest shots of the day).

    We thought of a guest book, but honestly just having friends take candids turned out to be much much cooler. It's all these action shots from their perspective, instead of just stills of people… That's my two cents.

  • Anonymous

    As a guest, I'm not fond of guest books. I wonder if that makes me a curmudeon? ;-)

  • Anonymous

    This is my first time posting on your blog but your reception looks joyful. It is evident that you are both surrounded by an amazing group of loved ones and that is one thing that all the planning and purchasing can't buy for a wedding. Cheers

  • http://www.buhdoop.blogspot.com/ buhdoop

    Beautiful pictures, your wedding is wonderful. I use your blog to keep me sane, its good to know that you had a practical and beautiful wedding!

  • http://hifiweddings.com Hi-Fi Weddings

    SURE! I’d LOVE to feature your wedding! so glad you asked ;););)

    for reals though…omg so wonderful! :)

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