Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Decisions, decisions

Ok one decision has been made! I have switched over to the new website. It is beautiful and has a lot more features. I think the R.S.V.P. page will work great for online responses rather than a separate site. But I don't know if I want to include response envelopes as well. Hmmm. I have a day off on Thursday and I can't wait. It's going to be a wedding day! I have a lot of wedding details that really need my attention. Plus I have Anniversary party pictures to post and I have a new wedding to coordinate. We'll know more when I meet with Bridget, the bride, next week. The wedding is April 2011. I am considering getting a business license for event planning but right now I have many many other things to think about! So expect pictures on Thursday! We are also going to look at a house on Thursday with my Dad. We've looked at this house once but we're going to bring Dad to see what he thinks.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Ok, we have 9 bridesmaids and 2 Junior bridesmaids. I need 11 bouquets plus mine plus a toss one. I have 8 of the take out box ones for the bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids. I want something different for my sisters and Sheila, my maid of honor. I know I would like to carry tiger lilies and I would like my sisters to as well. I have not decided what I'm going to have Sheila carry. So many decisions. I did find some inspiration for my bouquet!

Bridesmaid dresses

So the bridesmaid dresses have been returned. It's very disappointing. On the upside Heather tried hers on for me and sent pics! Which made me happy. Hers came in way too big, she had to clothespin it for the picture! Sheila sent me links for a bunch of different dresses that looked similar. Thanks Heather and Sheila! I am still trying to find a new dress for the girls. I'm thinking chocolate brown with a sage green sash. Something different for Sheila and my sisters will probably have a tiger lily orange sash. Melissa is working on a wedding logo for me. She is expecting it to be done by Sunday. I can't wait! Thanks Missy!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Decisions, decisions

Ok we have some choices to make....

First off I have a wedding website that I started, like, three days after Jason proposed. But it expires after a year... which would be May. The wedding is in August. That's not helpful. The trial version for the site was awesome! After two weeks it reverted to the standard version which is lame. So now I am considering moving to another site with no expiration date. It seems to have much more useful tools and seems to be free. I might work on it for two weeks to make sure it isn't a trial then direct everyone to it. So new website or old website?

That leads to the second decision. Do I use the free R.S.V.P. site that gives everyone a private access code? Or do I let them use the free R.S.V.P. feature on the new wedding website where anyone can do it and see everyone else's entry? It would be more difficult to do a separate site because each invitation would have to include a private access code. (Different for EVERY invitation) It would also be one more site everyone has to go to.

Ok choice number three. Should I do an online R.S.V.P. or just do response cards. I know some guests don't use the Internet, but I pretty much know who they are and can send them a response card.

Lastly, I am really excited about the online picture sharing BUT I saw another idea. I was reading about someone else online that had a photo station at her wedding. She had someone volunteer to man the station and had a laptop where guests uploaded their pictures before they even left the wedding. The DJ told everyone about it and then no one had to think about it when they got home. I think I would still want some kind of site so everyone could still see the pictures.... especially the ones from the disposable cameras. I guess I could just use Facebook though.

Oh man.... so many decisions. This isn't even the big stuff!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Rough draft Save the Date postcard

Here is my rough draft of our possible save the date postcard! It was super easy to make. It took me about five minutes on And it was free!

Guest photo site!

I have been busy looking for a specific website. I want a website where we can upload photos from the wedding AND guests can upload their pictures from the wedding. I would like everyone to be able to print the ones they like and download them to their own computer. There are a million photo sites out there and I have been trying to figure out the best to use. I think we are going to go with The Wedding Lens. We will have a custom URL, password for our guests to access photos, the photos are download-able (so you can print from any place you want not just their site), and they will even e-mail our guests to remind them to upload their photos. We might start out with the basic edition then see if people want to be able to download pictures and all that. I am going to get some business cards made that have all the information about the photo uploading. I haven't decided what to do with the cards. I am going to leave some out and make some sort of camera related business card holder. Then we could put some in the thank you notes or the favors. Or both I guess! I have also seen people set up a station, at the wedding, where people upload their pictures before they even leave! I think no matter what we need a website so everyone can see the pictures that others took and that the photographer took.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Candy buffet

We're making a candy buffet for the party! Besides red and white candy we're also going to have mini marshmallows and red sweet and salty popcorn (that I'm making the day of the party).

Sunday, September 13, 2009

DIY pomanders

Ok so I am super into the DIY pomanders. I really like different styles too. Partially because I keep running out of stuff I start I have to find additional materials! Well Miranda has an awesome one she's making for her wedding! It looks like it will take a lot of time.... but I'm going to start looking for ribbon! The above picture I stole from Miranda. This is the how to link:

This is another project I'm not so sure about.....

This is the first side of the cardbox. It's four frames nailed together (Thanks Dad!). This is just a picture from the fridge to give a rough idea of what I'm going for. This first side actaully took longer then expected. I'm happy with it so far but who knows, remember the original cake topper?
Here is a link for building your own cardbox from picture frames. (Mine is not exactly the same.)

Pics coming soon!

I am working on a bunch of stuff for the 40th wedding anniversary party! I have pictures coming soon!

Yea, double dip!

Ok, to the left is the slip after the first dip.
To the right is after the second dye. I think
it looks a little bit bluer and that what I wanted, so I'm happy!

Something old

Hard to see, but this is my something old. It is an antique looking necklace given to me by Bethshow. I am thinking about removing the chain and tying the "charm" to the comb for my veil.

Is it ok to double dip?

I decided that my blue crinoline just wasn't blue enough. So I figured I would try and dye it one more time. I want it to be REALLY obvious that it's something blue!

This is the link for the best directions that I found:

Friday, September 11, 2009

And we thought the dress drama was over!

Ok, it is obvious I have NO luck with dresses! It took me a while and I finally found the perfect bridesmaid dress. I asked the girls to order it and two weeks later I went to find the link to forward it..... and guess what? No longer available. So I frantically texted all the girls to see who had ordered theirs hoping that we got them all. Heather and Beth had theirs and that was it : ( So now we are back to the drawing board and I'm going to have to figure out something else. I'm sorry Heather and Beth! I feel really bad.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wedding hair

I have had to great offers from friends. One is from Beth, one of my bridesmaids, to do my hair for the wedding. Saturday was JoAnna's wedding and Beth did her hair too. I popped in while everyone was getting ready at Jo's sister's house so Beth could throw my hair up..... it was really rough looking and needed it. And while she was doing my hair I saw one of the bridesmaid's perfect wedding hair! She was nice enough to let Beth and I take a pic during the reception. That's the hair I want for my wedding!

The second offer I got was at JoAnna's reception. My friend David from work was helping Jason and I set up cameras (We were the videographers!) and we were talking about my wedding. David and I are twins. We are both extremely detail oriented people. And David offered to be my wedding coordinator! He is going to oversee a lot of little details that I won't have time to do. He will know exactly how I want everything and when everyone else is busy he can be the go to guy. I am pumped because he will do a really nice job and then I won't have to worry..... as much. That also lets the friends and family stress a little less.