To Engage in Engagement Pics, Or Not?

Posted On May 21, 2009

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For the holidays, right after the engagement, the fiance and I went off to the mall and got some cheezy/adorable Christmas pictures done. We wore red and green, I wore snowflake jewelry, and we sent them in the Christmas cards. At first I was like there we don’t need engagement pictures.

But then I start looking at people’s on the and communities and then I’m completely enchanted by the thought of having the Fiance and I captured in romantical pics. So, after I’d saved on a couple wedding vendors, I asked him what he thought. He was really excited to have pictures, so I called our photographer and asked him if we’d be able to add it back in to our photography package. He was really excited, so now we just have to find a time this summer to have it done 🙂

Oh and how will I choose an outfit? hehe

Did you ever think about forgoing Engagement pics as a cost saving measure or were they a can’t live without?


Blending the Friends and the Fiance

Posted On May 21, 2009

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I am lucky, my fiance is a easy going guy, who has enjoyed meeting and finding his niche with my friends. He jokes with them and listens to our long winded girls chats if we drag him along to coffee. A couple years ago my two best friends got married, not that I had anything to do with that he he he. Which has been nice because when they come to visit we have a lil couples board game night.

While we started out as couples teams, pretty soon us girls wanted to team up. Much to the boys groaning that this was unfair, we got them to play along. Next thing we knew we were being cleaned up by these boys. (We were playing Taboo) Suddenly random references to geeky things were being thrown around and we soon realized we we being beat by our significant others!!! It was hysterical and fun!

Do you have a great couples friend you look forward to hanging out with and being married friends with? Have your fiance and your friend’s SO’s gotten along better then expected?

A Lil Bit of Pre-Marital Advice

Posted On May 20, 2009

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The Fiance and I have tossed around the idea of pre-marital counseling, but neither of us come from a highly religious background so we were uncertain. I know that most of those inventories of relationships are very religion-based. So, I searched the internet high and low looking for some non-secular. While the mister and I would love to believe everything is perfect, we also know there are unspoken things that are sure to emerge and we’d rather talk about them now before they come problems.
Couples disagreement, need for counseling
We are both from long married parents, and are wanting to keep this relationship on the right path from the beginning. Pro-active pre-marital counseling 🙂

Did anyone else want to do the pre-marital counseling? And what did you think?

Worries Un-Veiled

Posted On May 15, 2009

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When I started trying on wedding dresses, there would always be that moment where they’d go find a veil and plunk it on your head. “Now you are a bride” they’d declare and I’d scrunch my face. Maybe I won’t have a veil, maybe I’ll just wear a hair piece. My mom’s face would fall but it’s tradition, so I’d convince myself I could veil it up.

Then I’d get online at night and peruse pictures of veils. I came across a birdcage veil.


I was in love! The romance, the vintage appeal I strive for, but those are meant for slim fitted beautiful skinny gowns. Nothing I was finding looked good on me. So, I was okay with that being a dream. When I found “the dress” (story to come soon when I find a pic of the dress) The woman saw that I was not thrilled with the regular veil and said let me grab something.

She put a birdcage with a feather fasinator on me! My mom gasped, DID YOU TELL HER?! I’m all NO! She’s like it’s perfect and it totally works with that dress!! I was in love the entire look was ME!  I looked at the price and I couldn’t justify $150 for the birdcage.

So, last night I went shopping for french netting which was not very easy, and the adventure continues I am going to make my own!!!

Did anyone try making their veil after seeing the price, how did it turn out?

I Miss My Girls!

Posted On May 12, 2009

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It’s amazing how after college, when you all get working, it’s hard to get time with all your girlfriends. Suddenly, coordinating lunch/dinner/pedicure becomes a three ring circus. Let alone if there are more then two of you.  Then you live in different suburbs and there are work commutes.  My girls friends and I make a effort to see each other, but this weekend I am really excited.


After a couple months of planning, I found a day where my bridesmaids and I all have the day free.  We will be spending the day together, trying on bridesmaid dresses, shopping, going to lunch. It will be fantastic, we can celebrate birthdays we’ve missed in the past month or weekend (as if it for us)! It makes me so happy to have this time with them with our busy lives. The fiance is in a wedding this weekend (he just learned about it two weeks ago) and he was very understanding that I wouldn’t be able to go to Washington with him because he knows I’ve been planning this since February.

I hope to plan at least one or two more of these days with my bridesmaids pre-wedding, the next one I am getting us pedicures!!

How hard is it for you to get your bridal party together pre-wedding, and have you planned any special days for wedding fun?

Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock

Posted On May 12, 2009

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Today is seven months till our wedding. Whenever the twelfth rolls around, I am amazed another month has slipped away. We’ve been engaged for 6 months on the 25th, and I am amazed that we’ll be married in December. I was going over my list of to-dos and with my friend’s wedding in June, it looks like I have to start scheduling wedding appointments for July. which will be at the 5 month mark!!!


I feel like there are so many details that still need to be covered, especially catering. We haven’t even began to tackle catering. We know who our caterer will be because it’s packaged with our venue. Every time I contact them I get the “We’ll discuss that at your tasting” spiel. I need menus and pricing, I want to plan this out. I turn into a bit of a worry wart, screaming I’m late! I’m late! For a very important date!! Just like that lil white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. I understand his fretting!!

I find my days are filled with stomach butterflies and list making. I think I have most of the major things covered, but I know I am forgetting things.

During your wedding planning have you felt like the time whisks away too quickly?

Linens, Place Settings, Flatware OH MY!

Posted On May 11, 2009

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This weekend I adventured to party rental company with my bridesmaid to check out all the fun linens, place settings, and flatware. Along with different centerpiece options.  We walked in and saw 4 foot tall winter tree branch arrangements, just like I want! The florist was quoting $50+ to create them but here I could rent them for $15/each. I was excited!

ice branches

It was on to linens, I wanted something dark royal blue or eggplant. Which I learned was way harder then expected. Lots of linens has a irredecense to them which I liked, because the light would play off of them. They were so nice to put them onto tables for me. My bridemaid and I fell in love with this one.

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It’s a Royal Blue crush. At that point they plated it with a silver charger and white square dishes and even some silver candelabras that could accommodate flower arrangements at the top!!! I  am more excited about the linens then I ever thought I’d be, unfortunately, the linens I love have to be custom ordered so I may have to find a lower cost one. Not sure if fiance will love the thought of $40 linens?!

I am trying to use all these rented pieces to create that atmosphere of a wintry wonderland, although I am using jewel tones, I just want people to feel like they’re sitting in a wintry forest of happiness.

What details/special touches did you use to create the atmosphere for your wedding?

Bridesmaid Dress Tango

Posted On May 8, 2009

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With three beautiful bridesmaids, all of varying shapes and sizes I knew that I would want to be more relaxed in the choosing of their dresses. I’d worn some sexy hot pink bridesmaid dresses, and didn’t want them to ever have to feel THAT SEXY 😉

My Rocking that Sexy Hot Pink with the Lime Green Stilettos

bridesmaid pinkI refuse to kid myself that they can wear this again, but I don’t hope it’s something they want to get rid of forever either. If they ever have a really nice special occasion they can throw it on.

I had never had anything other then a David’s Bridal BM dress  so I turned to my MOH to let her feel out what designers she found dresses she  liked. She fell in love with the illustrious and expensive Mister Bill Levkoff. Which I couldn’t blame her after touching the lush European satin. After perusing some some online websites I think we can get them at some good costs. We’re going to try them on at a store next weekend, that has been open to matching prices and working with me 🙂 My girls have been so open to wearing whatever I want, it’s really a blessing to not have a million conflicting personalities.

Introducing my possible BM dresses.

TristinBMTristin will wear this one in Eggplant, she loves the sweetheart neck and ruching. She hated purple until she met this dress.


In Royal Blue, Allison will rock something with a v-neck and a flowiness. She loves the clavacal or something like that 🙂 She was surprised but liking the cumberbunding effect.

Val hasn’t decided on a dress, but she is like my own lil pin-up, so I imagine her in something like this. Also, in royal blue.

I am so excited to have my lovely ladies all dressed up, they are beautiful inside and out and I am blessed to have wonderful ladies standing up with me!

We all have trouble picking out bridesmaids dresses I think, but did you find your girls to be drawn to dresses they wouldn’t “normally” wear?

Fantastic Floral Finale

Posted On May 7, 2009

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flowers After having a Florist #4 who sat at  Starbucks when I was sitting at the table next to him reading ELEGANT BRIDE and with my bridal bag was prominently displayed. He proceeded to tell me that orchids this and orchids that, and he’s getting married 2 weeks after my wedding and doing those flowers. It just stressed me out and I wasn’t feeling the vibe.

So, with my bridemaid in tow I adventured after work Tuesday to Florist #5. With 3 more appointments made next week I was ready for a home studio disappointment. Instead of flying high with my hopes I’d resorted do going in low. I was greeted and led into a beautiful garage studio. There were flowers around me. This was the first florist I’d been to and seen actual flowers AND arrangements. I was in awe. She pulled down vases and made mock arrangements out faux flowers. Brought samples out of her WALK-IN COOLER of  actual flowers she could use.

She was ecstatic about my peacock, jewel toned, winter wonderland and she loves the 1950’s (JUST LIKE ME) I was in smit, until I saw her prices. They weren’t bad, but they were a bit higher then I was comfy with. She of course took this into consideration and told me where we could adjust.

When she went to find me a peacock feather sample, my bridesmaid (the accountant) and I pow-wow’d. She has it broken down into feasible payments and told me how she hasn’t seen someone share my vision as perfectly as she has.

That was it, I wrote the check for the deposit and skipped out with swatches of ribbon and feathers to match Bridesmaid dresses with so she could wrap with things that matched.

Did you have an exhausting search for a type of vendor that you thought would a breeze? What was the happy ending?

Floral Debacle Version3.5

Posted On May 5, 2009

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It ends up my appointment with Florist #3 was a misunderstanding, she has it on her books for the week after, and she’s forgotten and was very apologetic. Being the happy bride that I am, I happily obliged for a re-schedule. We finally meet.

She’s sweet, very all down to business, as I hear she has plans after this. While I appreciate her all-business approach I also like to bond and get to know my vendors a lil bit. Yes, I am a bit of a get to know ya sorta bride. I like to tell my “humorous anecdotes” about wedding dress shopping. Which she was like *sigh* that was a long time ago for me. So, yeah we shuffled along, and she kept checking her phone during the process. In the end, she has beautiful modern ideas, but I just don’t see her as my florist. Which is hard because she is friends with some of my other vendors. I felt like I needed to hire the entire posse. Complete the whole set….

Did you get recommendations from other vendors for vendors?

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