Posts Tagged ‘planning’

Checking our List

December 1, 2011 1 comment

Please forgive all the smudging out of info. But our guest list is already so large, I couldn't risk having every blog reader showing up at the reception too! (Though I'd love it if we could handle it)

And I’m sure we’ll be making these more than twice (we’ve already made copy changes. Thank goodness they weren’t all printed yet)!

Over Thanksgiving I finally got together with my sister to go over invitation design. Thinking of how many we have to make, I figured we should get an early start!

I found this design on another Stampin’ Up consultant’s blog, and seeing as my sister is also a consultant…score!

After ordering all our supplies in advance (we went with papers in daffodil delight and pear pizzaz) we got to work cutting and sticking.

To be more economical, I decided to go with a A1 size card instead of a larger one like I first saw in the blog. This way we got 4 cards per sheet of paper.

Because it was smaller, the little ribbon doo-dad didn’t look very good anymore. I think the swirls stand well enough on their own anyway.

Now to print, cut, and tape about 199 more! That will be a project for Christmas break.


So what’s behind those matching dresses?

July 21, 2011 7 comments

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I’m pretty firmly convinced that the more a bridesmaid dress costs, the least likely you are to EVER wear it again.

The kindest bride I’ve ever stood up for had me buy a $30 dress from Target. And talk about cost per wear! I wore that dress until it was faded, and even loved it so much I bought the same dress in another color.

Where did the tradition of matching bridal parties begin?

In early Roman times, bridesmaids formed a kind of bridal infantry as they accompanied the bride to the groom’s village. This “protective shield” of similarly outfitted bridesmaids was supposed to intervene if any wayward thugs or vengeful suitors tried to hurt the bride or steal her dowry.

Ok. We’re getting married in Winchester. I’m not so sure there will be too many wayward thugs…and I don’t believe I have any vengeful suitors…and well…my dowry isn’t much to speak of!

Photo Courtesy of the Bride

So instead of dressing my girls in matching satin or taffeta (of a color I’m sure none of them would be a fan of)…I’m planning to follow in my cousin’s footsteps and attempt a somewhat new trend.

Let the girls pick out their own dress within a certain color family.

I’m hoping this will work with just three girls, and I’m hoping it will help them love me even more! As long as it’s a lighter shade of green, comes down to their knees, and is church appropriate in the cleavage area…I’m good!

And the new bridesmaids edition of Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta has me even more convinced that this is a genius idea. I tend to not be friends with people who cause drama…and I’ve yet to see a dress picking session that goes drama free, so why risk it?

Favorite Planning Tool Number 3 – My new Gmail account

June 9, 2011 1 comment

Some things seem really obvious when it comes to planning an event (a binder to hold things, a calendar, lists, etc.).

Some things seem not so obvious…unless you hear horror stories from someone else.

Today I was talking to another newly engaged girl, and this is not a lesson she had heard yet…

One of the first things I did when I started planning was to create a separate email for all things wedding. Then when I visited the or and had to sign up for accounts to find my handy dandy lists for my binder; I had an email available that I wouldn’t mind being spammed. And am I ever so grateful for that!

I’m amazed at the amount of mail that has accumulated in that account in less than a month, and I’m even more amazed that in my spam folder, there is ONE message (and it’s not even spam!).

Thank you Gmail for letting me create several accounts, and for saving me at least 10 minutes a day of going through wedding related spam!

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Dating a Bar Man

May 27, 2011 1 comment

When we first started seeing each other, so many people cautioned me against dating a guy in the restaurant industry.

“You’ll never see him,” they said. “Can you even imagine the number of girls that will hit on them every weekend for drinks?”

I took note. But as I usually do when I like something, I didn’t pay it too much thought.

I think it works because we’re both independent people who love our “me” time. I have my Friday and Saturday nights with the girls if I want…He has his Monday mornings to play golf with the guys. And over the years, we’ve always found time for date nights.

When it comes to wedding planning, his experience is a plus! After making the guest list, his first task accomplished was to make a liquor list (which he can easily get from a distributor). He has contacts for the rentals we’ll need. He knows bands and DJs in the area.

So to all those that told me not to give him a chance, I say 😛

Please forgive me readers…

May 12, 2011 3 comments

It has been two weeks and two days since I wrote anything.

Partly, I did that on purpose. I knew if I started blogging it’d be all about weddings all the time. Honestly, I just wanted to spend a couple weeks staring at my ring and realizing how lucky I am to have received it from who I did and think about how happy and perfect together we are.

Partly, I’ve just been so super crazy insanely swamped busy!

Since our engagement, we’ve:

…been to not one…

…But two weddings!

…Participated in a 5K for brain cancer and raised nearly $17K (seriously though, if anyone has $57 to spare it would make our team super happy to get over that milestone!)…

…Flew to Arizona and back…

And currently, I’m at work late wrapping up our work for commencement this weekend.

So the answers to the FAQ “Have you picked a date?” “Have you picked your colors?” questions are a polite, no 🙂

I’ll let you know when I do start planning, but currently, I’m just happy being happy!

Though I did organize a binder this week to hold all things wedding related. It’s ready to be filled…when I’m ready to fiill it!

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