Tuesday, May 4, 2010


so it's been a while, eh?

a lot of things have happened.

1) my dress came! and i love it! it almost fits. the under layer was a smidge too long in the front, the length between my neck and the waste in the back of the dress was just a little too long, and there was some extra fabric above the bust in the front. But other than that, it is awesome!
2) the boy's suit (ordered online) came, and it doesn't fit! not even close. The jacket is fine, but the vest is too short, and the rise of the pants is all wrong. We'll have to get him re-measured and have the suit remade asap. i'm keeping my fingers crossed
3) I ordered my wedding jewelry from here. 4) We bought the fabric for the seat cushions for the ceremony. We've decided to make 18 of them. So about half the guest will be able to have one. I'm thinking that the older people will appreciate them, but the real reason they'll be there is that I can't for the life of me figure out how I'm supposed to decorate the ceremony space. It's on a flagstone patio that's about 35 feet by 20 feet. The isle is cutting across the short way and we're facing the lake (the building is behind us). So the only thing I could come up with is colorful seat cushions. With the fabric, batting and fiber fill they'll end up being just under $3.00 each.
5) I found some ostrich feather fringe online that I'm going to use to make my feather hair piece, and as soon as i have that figured out I'll post it.
6) I got three cropped cardigans from old navy for the bridesmaids to wear if it ends up being cold. they were on sale for $10 each and i had a coupon code for 20% off so they worked out to be extremely affordable.
7) We've decided to nix the welcome bags at the Family Get-together the night before because we couldn't come up with much to put in them. But we're still in charge of the adult refreshments so there's still some figuring out to do.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


They are officially in the mail! I will get pictures up asap. Other than that I haven't really been doing much wedding wise.

The boy's parents decided to help us out with the casual get together, which is amazing. They're going to set the whole thing up with finger food, and we're going to provide refreshments. And because we're saving so much money by not having the fancy dinner the night before, we're going to have some guest bags for people to take home too! We're trying to come up with local brands from Wisconsin, but so far we can only think of a few, and most of those are all cheese companies, which won't do well outside of a fridge.... bummer. Stupid wisconsin and your damn cheese.

Next on the list is making programs, wreaths, and figuring out my hair and makeup.

My hair is not long enough to do an up do easily, but i want to show off the collar of my dress, so i'd like it off of my shoulders. I used to be really good at fixing my hair, but for some reason every time I try it now, it looks like crap. On top of everything I'm going to have to leave it curly because I just know that setting everything up before the ceremony will make it get frizzy and out of place if i straighten it.
I really like this one, but my hair just isn't long or full enough to do it.
This do is AMAZING, but I just can't figure out how to do it... I've tried several times.
This one I can do, but it ends up looking messier than I'd like.

I'll post some pictures of my "hair trials" when I can.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

to do list

The biggest thing looming on the horizon is getting the invites together. I'm still not sure exactly how i'm going to do it, which is making me nervous. We need to figure out what we're doing for dinner the night before so that we can finalize the text on the actual invite. Beyond that I'm going to have to figure out where I'm going to get the damn thing printed. We don't have a ink jet printer, believe it or not (only a laser), so i can't run the card stock through at home. I might be able to use his parents printer, but I'm not sure. Otherwise I'll need to get quotes from office max and some other local copy places.

Other things to do
-make, or find cake stands. We need 6.
-ever since I saw this picture on snippet n ink I've been in love. I want to have two huge flowy curtains on the french doors at the beginning of the isle that I'll walk down. I'm assuming that I'll need to find a tension rod to span the door way since I can't use nails or anything. I have some grey fabric that would be light weight enough to use. So I'll try to work with that.
-make two fun wreaths like this one (with blue, green and white fabric), to hang on the bathroom doors.
-figure out an easy way to hang all the things I want at the reception.
-make photo booth props. Examples, empty frames for posing, framed chalk boards, chocolate mustache pops (double as favors).
-make napkin rings
-figure out what we're going to use as table runners. Top choices are; butcher paper, burlap, dyed canvas, or some awesome fabric that I have yet to find.
-make a banner for the balcony over the entrance to venue with blue, green and white fabric.
-make, or find bridesmaid jewlery. I found a picture of a cuff made from buttons, and I really like it. I think that it'd be easy enough to make. Now all i need to do is find some killer buttons.

-come up with a back drop for our "photo booth". I like this one, but I can't decided if i even need one. Would the stone wall in the venue be decorative enough?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Dinner talk

The boy's birthday was yesterday and I made him a chocolate black out cake. We took it over to his parents house and had a nice talk about the whole dinner before the wedding dilemma that we've been dealing with. I hate to admit it but I really think that we either need to cut it completely, or we need to severely cut back on it.

My only hesitation is that we sent out the save the dates and which asked the guests to reserve the night before for a celebratory dinner. So if we end up cutting it, it will be glaringly obvious to everyone. bummer.

I was thinking that if we're going to rent a block of rooms at the hotel nearest to the wedding site, that they might let us use one of their smaller rooms. Then we could order in some food of some kind and have a nice casual meet and greet the night before.

The boy is afraid that this option isn't going to be classy enough. I am a little worried about it, but i know that the actual wedding is going to be amazingly classy, so I think it will make up for it.

If we end up cutting the night before cost to something like $500 to use a room and order in lasagna or pizza or something, it would bring our costs down by $4000! let me say that again... $4000!

When we told his rents that the restaurant that we booked had a minimum of $3500, their jaws dropped. As much as I love the restaurant, and as much as I would love to have the dinner there, I'm having an harder and harder time justifying the cost. It would be an amazing dinner, but in reality, we could have an amazing dinner with out the fancy restaurant. Our friends and family will be there, and that's what really matters. Even if we're sitting around on some folding chairs with a slice of pizza in one hand and a beer in the other. We'll have a blast either way.

I have to keep reminding myself that.

Monday, January 4, 2010

new year

nothing much is happening with the wedding planning, which is why i haven't posted. We're still looking into a different venue for the "preception" but we haven't had any luck yet.

I just realized though that i have less than a month an a half before i need to send out my invites, so we better figure it out quickly!

I'm anxiously awaiting my packet from my dress maker with her sketch and a swatch of fabric.

On another note... I found out that my great aunt (my namesake) left her diamond wedding ring to my mother when she died. My mother never used it for anything and just now told me about it. She's said that the setting is horribly old fashioned (i've never seen it) but she's offering it up to me as a wedding present. It's in the mail as well, so we'll just have to see how ugly this thing is! I can't imagine that it would be terribly expensive to have it reset in silver.