Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Just waiting on the RSVPs!

Well, we're getting things together, finally! There's still a lot to do, but I think the to-do list has shrunk to a fairly manageable size, lol. We've gotten most of our RSVPs, but there are still quite a few stragglers. Come on people, we need to know, can't you just mail back your pre-addressed and pre-stamped envelope?!! Oh, well, I'm not really worried, I'd just like to know how many people we're actually going to have. We are supposed to finalize our flower order this weekend with the florist, so I'm hoping that we'll have a better idea of what to do by the weekend. This is where we're at right now:
So, I guess you could say that these are relevant, LOL!
There's a lot of stuff going on this week, I'll post and update soon!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Style Me Pretty LOVE

This wedding inspiration loveliness was posted on Style Me Pretty last Friday and I forgot to post about it over here. I love it all, they chose such beautiful accessories and accents. PLUS, the great thing about this photo shoot was that it took place in NC and used NC vendors almost entirely.... AWESOME! NC has some wonderful wedding vendors, wow! Click below to see the posts:

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Weekend Progress

This weekend, I've gotten a lot done. I finished all 200 of the program covers! Now all we have to do is print the actual program information and put it in and tie the ribbons. We've finalized our ceremony info and music selections. So, we can finally print everything this week after we meet with our officiant this week to go over everything.

I bought a pink basket to put the programs in and hopefully make it easier on our Program Attendant. I tied a silver ribbon to coordinate with the programs.
I also bought a ton of silver frames which were on sale for our "family wedding table." Although, we're actually going to be putting them on top of the piano, this is where we'll display as many photos as possible from past weddings in our families. I'm really excited to see how this comes out, I love old wedding photos. Hopefully it will look something like the pictures below.
We received the sparklers that we'll use for the sparkler send-off this week. We got 288 of the 20" sparklers. So, this weekend, I spent some time tying our personalized matches to them for a cute touch. We'll have these placed in containers underneath the portico at The State Club by our coordinator. Then, when it's time for our exit, some of our wedding party will help coordinate the lighting of the sparklers.
It's a busy week ahead! We're hopefully going to get a lot done!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Honeymoon activities!

The other day I booked a cooking class in Paris that we'll take while we're there. I'm so excited about this. I found out about this through the website that we booked our apartment,

We're taking a half-day class at Le Violon d'Ingres, a Michelin starred restaurant, that's taught by one of the chefs. After breakfast, we'll make a starter, entree, and dessert. Then we'll have wine and sit down to eat what we've prepared. I think this will be a really fun experience, especially since Kevin and I love cooking. We'll also get aprons and cookbooks with recipes, which will be great when we want to make something when we get back home... yay! Here are some pics of the restaurant.

Monday, April 19, 2010

FINAL shoe update!

I have made my final decision on wedding shoes!! Woohoo, it's about time! I got the shoes from DSW in the mail today and I love them. They fit perfectly and seem to be pretty comfortable. Plus, the great thing is that when I put them next to the J. Crew shoes, they are the exact same heel height! This was my only fear about these shoes (that they would be too short for my dress)... so now they are my official wedding shoes.

I'm so glad not to have to worry about this any more. After trying these new shoes on, I realized how my other shoes were just too big on my feet and them not fitting correctly was making them even more uncomfortable.
So, yay for having shoes that I can wear all day long, and ones that hopefully wont hurt my feet!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Reception Drink Menu

I've been playing around with the specialty drink menu that we'll have at the bar during the cocktail hour. Here are some pictures of what I came up with. These aren't necessarily the final drink choices, but we're getting closer. I like the idea of having multiple specialty drinks, since not everyone wants a fruity, pink cocktail. ;) The Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue is a cute way to make it wedding related too! I got the idea and layout from another knottie.
And here's what it looks like in the frame. I got two of these frames for super cheap from AC Moore, they were $3 each!

Rehearsal Dinner Invites = Done!

Last night, I finished printing and putting together the rehearsal dinner invitations. We used an Anna Griffin set that I got a while back from AC Moore. It was really convenient and looks really pretty. They are pocket invitations with silver swirls and we tied a light pink ribbon around each one. Then, the dinner invitation and rehearsal insert are inside. The main piece has info for the rehearsal dinner only, then we will be including the little enclosure for those people who need to be at the church beforehand for the rehearsal.

Woohoo, I love getting all of these things done!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

DIY project updates

Tonight I finished making the monogram labels which will go on the outside of our ceremony programs. I printed the monogram squares with our printer and then cut them out with my rotary trimmer. I used double sided tape to put the white squares on the silver squares. It actually didn't take that long to make all 200.
This is what the program will look like once we're done. This weekend, we'll finish the covers by folding all of the pink paper and putting these squares on them.
Other projects I'm working on this weekend: printing rehearsal dinner invitations, reception menu design, and other reception printing stuff.

Shoe Craziness

Recently, I've been wondering if the shoes I have to wear on the wedding day are really going to last me the entire day. I originally bought these J. Crew shoes:
I love these shoes and think they are beautiful. But, the size 7.5 is starting to feel a little big on my feet... I wore them to my bridal portraits and they felt okay, not the most comfortable shoes ever, but I rarely wear such high heels(3.5"). I bought some of the shoe liner pads to make them more comfortable and fit a little more snugly on my feet, and I think this will help.

But, since Kevin and I've been taking dance lessons, I've started to wonder if my feet will come out of my shoes when we dance. I've been practicing in similar shoes and occasionally, my foot will slip out of my shoe... causing an awkward moment for me to get it back in and possibly messing up the dance. So, I've started looking at other alternatives to possibly wear for the reception or all day, depending on what I find.

I found these shoes at DSW and have ordered them. I'll probably receive them in the next couple of days and make my decision. At least I can return them to a DSW store if I change my mind. I think they're pretty and the good thing about them is the little strap around the ankle that will keep my foot in place. The only problem with these shoes is that the heel is only 3" high. My dress has been altered for a 3.5" heel, so I'd need to wear the J. Crew shoes for at least most of the day and maybe change into these shoes for the reception when my dress is bustled.
Then, I was looking online at more shoes today and found that David's Bridal has some new shoes out. They have one style called Lolita, which is very similar to the pair at DSW. It comes in ivory which will match my dress and the heel height is 3.5". I'm probably going to go look at these today or this weekend so I can make a decision. If this shoe is comfortable, I could wear them all day or change into them at the reception.
Decisions, decisions.... at least I have some options now. I'll let you know what I decide is most comfortable!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Something Blue!

I posted earlier about trying to decide about my garter. I decided to go with the all ivory garter because I didn't really have to use blue.

Well, here is what I'm using as my something blue: a custom wedding dress label that will be sewn into my dress. I'm really excited about this. My mom ordered it for me as a surprise from The Gartermaker. She gave them a picture of our monogram and they were able to copy it exactly. They did a great job!!

Our monogram:
Dress label:

Bridal Bling!

Today I ordered the bracelet that I'll wear on the wedding day. I'm super excited about this. I had been putting it off, and even considered DIYing this. But, I've been so busy, I just decided to go with the one I found on Etsy from BridalBling. I think it will go great with my earrings and dress.

Here's the bracelet that I bought:


So, I'm going to order my wedding garter ASAP... but I haven't figured out which one I want!

I'm debating between a few options/combinations on Etsy. These are both sold by Etsy Seller: Tinarie21.

Basically, I don't know which crystal button I want to use on the main garter; whether I want any blue in the garter, or whether I want the toss garter to have a flower or not.

Which combinations do you like best?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Weekend Recap

It was back to reality today at work, but I had a wonderful weekend! Here are some pictures from my bridal shower and bachelorette party on Saturday.

It was a fabulous weekend!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Fun weekend ahead!

I've been really busy lately and haven't gotten a chance to post in a while.

Well, I'm really excited that it's finally Friday and about the weekend. It's going to be a lot of fun! My bridal shower is tomorrow at noon and then in the evening, my girls are throwing me a lingerie shower/bachelorette party. I think it's going to be a wonderful day and I can't wait to see everyone!

I had a change of heart about my outfit for the bridal shower. The dress I ordered from J. Crew is too big on me now and I couldn't find any accessories that looked good with it. So, I found a cute ivory dress on sale at Macy's and I'm really excited about it.

Let's see, what have I gotten done since my last post? I ordered the favors for the reception. This is such a huge sigh of relief, I had been putting that off foreverrrrr. We've ordered and received all of the supplies for the wedding printing projects and now it's time to begin. I'll probably start working on the program booklets first since they are the biggest. Although we haven't finished the wording and info of the actual program, the paper covers and monogram on the front will take a while to do. Once we've officially decided on the menu, I'll print those too, but they will be super easy!

Oh, I don't think I even posted about my fancy new printer...? It's awesome! I have never been so excited about a printer before. It's a Canon PIXMA MX860 and we bought it from Best Buy. It does everything... lol it's a 4 in 1: copy, scan, fax, print. But, my favorite thing about it, is that it automatically does two sided printing! YES, this will make printing the programs so, so, so much easier to do ourselves. Especially since Kinko's quoted me $400 to print them for me on my own paper.... um, no thank you! Here it is in all of it's glory, lol!
In other news, we took our second ballroom dancing class last night. Technically, it was our first lesson, since the other one was a consultation/intro session. I'm really excited about the dance. We're dancing to Michael Buble's Everything and it's going to be so beautiful and fun. Last night we learned and rehearsed the beginning of the song. Yay, but we've got to practice, practice!

Tonight we're meeting with Jeff from Simpsound Lighting at our reception site to talk about lighting again and sign the contract. I'm really hoping we'll get to see the gobo for the dance floor and figure out all of the day-of logistics.

OH, and how could i forget... As of yesterday, here are our RSVPs so far:
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!