Hey, friends! We’ve put all the pictures from the professional photographer online here at Picassa. Visitors can even download the full versions of them and/or order prints. At any rate, you can check out the link and see pics from the big day! Love to all!
I woke up with wedding on the brain. What did I ever think about before I was planning a wedding? Sheesh.
Anyway, here are some thoughts I have:
Knots. I want to buy fabric to put around the seats in the church. I don’t have a picture of what I imagine, but I would like to tie a silky type fabric around the first chair in every row and put a knot on the side facing the aisle. This will continue the “knot” theme and I can use colors to signify reserved seating. I can do white, fuchsia and emerald a few different ways: emerald for the groom’s family, fuchsia for the bride’s family, and white for the other rows. Or I could reverse it so that the family of the bride/groom has white fabric on their row and friends of the bride have fuchsia fabric and the groom’s friends have emerald fabric. I could have my mother sew the strips of fabric I’ll use. Love the idea!
We’re using cootie catchers for our menus. This will, no doubt, be a project that will take the most time of all projects I undertake, but I am in love with the idea. I could pay someone from etsy to make them for me, but I found a template on a teacher website, so I’ve designed it myself. (Saved a good $40 to $60 on that.) As soon as Seth and I have finalized the design and content, I’ll be printing them off and will be a folding beast for the next 6 weeks!
Since the menus will be so complicated, I’m sticking with simple programs. I’m going to cut 8.5 X 11 paper into 4. I’ll have green or fuchsia fronts with white pages for the rest. The cover sheet will have the basic information and we’ll have a few more pages of info: wedding party, order of service, thank you, etc. I’ll use the butterfly cutout for the top left corner and tie a ribbon from the butterfly to the opposite side of the paper on top (of course, with a knot). Since I’ll make a little over 200 programs, I’ll need about 26 pieces of emerald paper and 26 pieces of fuchsia paper for the covers and then about 52 or more pieces of white paper for the rest of the program. Hobby Lobby has cardstock for 50% off this week, so the purchase has to go down this week! :)
Less than seven weeks left. A lot has to happen. Yikes!
Wow, it’s been a while since I updated. Here’s a quick overview of my wedding accomplishments in the last couple of months:
Last Saturday, I helpd a party at my house, inviting people to come over and help me put together my invitations. This involved applying address labels and return address labels, stuffing RSVP envelopes, tieing ribbons into knots around the invitations, stuffing the envelopes (including the RSVP cards, invites, and a card with our website and email address on it), and sealing the envelopes. I kept it pretty simple and was excited to have it done in one party–five hours long. I had from three to seven people there at any one time. It was good. The bad news: mailing invitations with ribbons on them means the sender pays a 20 cent surcharge per envelope. I wish I’d known this; I love my invitations, but I’m ticked that I didn’t know that. I would have saved $20 if I’d known that. I have yet to put the stamps on the envelopes and hope to do that tonight. The post office workers told me that a square envelope often costs more than a dollar each. Yikes!
Seth and I reserved the tuxes at a place in Columbus, OH: OP Gallo. Simple black tuxes with green vests and ties. Seth, of course, will wear a white tie/vest. He’s secretly excited about being dressed up. But obviously more excited to see me in white. :)
I ordered some thank you postcards and return address labels from VistaPrint. It’s a good place to find free/cheap print items. I think they’ve officially flagged me as a wedding person, though, so my discounts may be ending soon.
We’ve officially reserved our honeymoon lodging (aside from what his parents are giving us). Our honeymoon will be a little over two weeks long. We’ll spend our wedding night at the hotel, then three nights at a cabin. Then we’ll take off to Greece, where we’ll stay at a hotel in Athens for a couple of days before spending a week in Patras, Greece. We plan to visit a couple places on the Peloponnese, like ancient Corinth or Olympia. We’ll return to Athens for a day before flying back to the states. As you can imagine, we’re sorta looking forward to it.
We had our tasting for the reception. The food is YUMMY and we’re excited that guests will have three options for their main course. We still have to choose what style of napkin fold we want.
Mom and I met with a baker. She bakes from her home and calls her business SweethingsCakes. She’s inexpensive compared to anyplace else I looked; this is probably because she works from home. She does a lot of baking, too.
Bridesmaids dresses arrived! My girls are in the process of getting adjustments made if necessary.
I reserved my wedding ceremony musicians. My friend Missy will be playing piano; Denny will play violin; Jeremy will sing and play guitar. We have our songs picked out–except for one.
Seth and I took the wedding band to my jewelry connection; she’s going to shine it up and dip it to make it white gold. We ordered Seth’s wedding band (yay!) and looked at possible gifts for people involved in our wedding.
I have a bunch of things still left on the list. Some of them will take longer to do than others.
Get together a music playlits for my friend, Todd, who will be DJing the wedding.