Thursday, March 25, 2010

142: The Tables Get Covers... why can't the chairs?

Yes, we're getting chair covers for the reception, since the ones that are there are so ugly! Here's what they look like:

Taken from a friend's Facebook account

We went over to the reception venue to meet with the chair cover company, Rochester Chair Covers, and looked at some of the sashes they have to offer. We decided to do some really cool things, and make the head table different by having chair sashes in the color of their outfits (groomsmen/bridesmaids get hot pink, honor attendants get yellow, Josh & I get white), and the rest of the guests have purple sashes.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

143: Quick Addition

I recently purchased enough bridal party rhinestone iron-ons for each of my girls, moms and me from Jubilee Rhinestones. With the package came one to test with, so I figured I should do that before I make the girls their hoodies.

I didn't take any pictures of the process, since I did it unexpectedly, but I do have a picture of the end product.

The "tester" word that was sent to me was "Beloved", and while it's cute, I didn't know if I wanted the whole word. I decided to just keep "Love" and add it on either my hoodie or a Bride hat I have. I put it on my Bride hat and here's how it turned out:

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

144: Sorry!

I know I've written this tons of times in the last month, but I really am!! I was planning on writing a lot last week, and did get a couple posts started, but with trying to do papers before school started again Monday (a 6 page paper and a 3 page paper). The rest of the week is free, so I can post on these projects I've started & other things I've been doing...
  • We went ring shopping
  • I decided on a florist
  • I got more pictures of the ceremony venue
  • We're meeting tomorrow with the chair cover rental place & the reception coordinator
I do have stuff to post on. I'm just making the time to do it around school! :)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

149: The Perfect Flatware

We saw yesterday about my dish dilema (actually, we will be going with Harmony, since Kmart didn't have Sand & Sky in the store), and finding the perfect flatware set was just as difficult for me.

I wanted something modern (surprise!), but something that looked good. I wanted it to be Oneida, since that has a good reputation.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

150: Dishes will be the Death of Me

I have had the hardest time picking out dishes. EVER!

My grandma said she was going to be buying my dishes, I just had to pick them out. The only catch was that it had to be Corelle dishes.

I want need square dishes, and have had the hardest time finding Corelle dishes that were square that I liked. There were tons of cute designs, but I wanted the more neutral tones, not bright colors (and by neutral, more brownish). There were other brands I liked, but they were porcelain or stoneware, so I was discouraged from looking at them.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

151: I'm back!

I'm back from our mini trip to Canada to visit our nephew and Josh's brother! I got some coat hangers at Ikea there, so I'll be posting some pictures on that soon, as soon as I figure out what I want to do. :) I have this week off, so I should be able to get some stuff done! At least I'm hoping to! My teachers thought it would be a great idea to give homework over the break, so we'll see what I get done. I have a job interview tomorrow, and a shower on Friday evening, so the rest of my time will be split between homework and wedding planning fun!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

153: Our Videographer

Josh and I decided that we were going to have one of Josh's cousins taping our wedding. We only want our wedding ceremony taped, not everything else, so there's no way either of us can justify spending over $1,000 for a videographer when we don't need much taped.

We decided on having J, Josh's cousin, tape our wedding since he helped tape FSIL/BM K's wedding (and GM/FBIL G's!), and he also taped Josh's grandma's wedding last year (actually, tomorrow is their 1 year anniversary! Happy Anniversary!!).

Friday, March 12, 2010

155: Weekend Getaway!

I just wanted to let you all know that I'll be going away this weekend! I have a post scheduled for Sunday, but it  might be a day or two after that until I can put up another one. I couldn't get another one together because I was "studying" ;)

We're going to Canada to visit Josh's brother (Groomsman TM) & his family (their son is one of our ring bearers). I'm pretty excited to go away for a couple days, and then I have the rest of the week to relax, do wedding planning,..and, oh, all the homework that was dumped on me over break. Not cool. I'll be sure to get up early most of the week and alternate my school and wedding tasks to get everything done! I need to make sure I can do a lot off my checklist this week!

We're supposed to be stopping at IKEA sometime too, and I had an idea for a little DIY project, and have to get something from there (there's not one by me), so I'll be sharing that with you if we go and I can get the supplies!

I'll be sharing some pictures when we get back! :)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

156: The Bridesmaid Dress Saga Ends!

Yup! All 6 of my girls picked out a bridesmaid dress and ordered them! I can finally cross it off the list! Remember the dresses I picked for them? I ended up adding a maternity option for BM AM, since she's due 2 weeks before the wedding, and that style will fit her best (I would have made it an option for everyone, and may have chose that one, but I think it makes everyone look pregnant).

Ready to see how everyone chose? I only have pictures of the first round. When I went last night, I know they probably would have killed me for taking pictures, and BM AM was mad her husband was taking some on his phone (yes, he tagged along).

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

158: A Well Deserved Vacation: Camping

Last time, I looked at different hotels we can stay in during our honeymoon. We haven't completely decided what we wanted to do, because no matter where we go, staying on a Friday night is going to cost more. We originally decided to try for tent camping one night, and looking for that I stumbled upon places to cabin camp. This led me to look at costs of staying in different cabins all week, after we stay at the Riveredge for 2 nights.

There are tons of options and locations we can go to for camping, which is great, but I can't really seem to find what I want. I'd prefer to find cabins instead of park sites, especially because it's our honeymoon...and, well, you know! It would be awkward in a tent next to other tents, but, would a cabin be any better? Cottages are nice, but they can be so expensive, and only have weekly rates. I did find a few cottages for a reasonable price. It would be nice to wake up each day, make breakfast, then go on our way. It would be very relaxing, just the 2 of us, and we don't have to worry about room service!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

160: Pens in Disguise

Even though I haven't decided what we'll be doing for the guest book yet, I decided to make some decorations that could double as writing utensils for showers and the reception, when people have to sign the guest book.

I bought a centerpiece from Weddingbee user, mstill. It came with one 4" tall rectangle vase, and two 2" square vases, the had some ribbon around the edge, Gerber daisies, and some glass stones in them. The brown and blue ribbon doesn't match my colors, but I was able to take them off and put the color I wanted on.

Photo from mstill

Unfortunately, when they were being shipped, one of the smaller vases broke, and trying to match the small vases was impossible. I decided to just buy 2 small vases, and they matched the taller one much better. Later, I decided I had enough flowers to make a second large vase, so I went out to buy another one of those. (Yes, this turned out to be way more expensive than it needed to be.)

*All remaining photos are personal photos*

Friday, March 5, 2010

162: Fitness Friday #17

It's time for another monthly check in of my weight loss!

Weight: 156.8 (4.6 loss)
Hips: 38.5" (0.5" loss)
Natural Waist: 30" (no change)
Upper Arms: 12" (1" gain)
Thighs: 21.5" (1" loss)
Calves: 16" (no change)
BMI: 28.7 (Courtesy of National Institute of Health) (0.8 loss)

How many days I exercised this month: 8 or so
How many days I didn’t exercise this month: the rest of the month
How I’m fitting in my dress: N/A but I'm going to have to stop losing weight and work on toning or my dresss will be too big!
How I’m feeling: Really good!
Notes: I need to find some ways to just tone my muscles instead of working on losing weight. I don't want it to be a pain to alter my dress.

Any suggestions on how to tone muscles (mostly arms, legs and abs)?

Thursday, March 4, 2010

163: A Well Deserved Vacation: Hotels

After our wedding, we'll be in desperate need of a loooong break!

So, on August 15, we'll be leaving on our honeymoon in the 1000 Islands! No, it's not a tropical place like we would have loved to do, but where we live (and in the 1000 Islands) it'll be in the 70's and 80's, and we didn't want to go somewhere warm when it was warm at home.

My family has gone to the 1000 Islands forever, but haven't gone in the last 5-10 years since my grandparents sold their place. Josh has never gone, and it's so relaxing it's the perfect place!

Since we're 2 poor kids, we're looking at cheaper hotels, unfortunately we're going peak season, so everything is more expensive. I'm hoping to split the honeymoon into 2 different hotels, so we can save some money. I actually just booked the hotel I've been dying to stay at for years!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

165: Bridal Blues

I know I've been writing a lot of emotional posts, and I had wrote that I'll hopefully be done with them soon. Hopefully I will, and it helps that I've realized part of what my problem is.

Yes, I've obviously been sad. There's been lots and LOTS of crying the last few months, and I've been wondering if it was just me and if it was very serious. My biggest feelings are sadness about a lack of attention toward our wedding, not wanting being excited for our wedding day (even dreading it), and not being very into planning. The last thing I want is to have depression, admitting it to family and friends, and having to be diagnosed by my doctor. 

Monday, March 1, 2010

166: Going to a Wedding Soon?

Don't know what to wear?

There were two great posts on the Our Wedding Day Blog about what men and women should wear to certain kinds of weddings, and I thought I'd share them with you all. All the info is copied and pasted from those blogs.

Daytime Informal and Semi-Formal
Women should wear suits or short dresses to a daytime informal wedding. Stick to prints, florals and pale colors. Always avoid wearing white. Avoid business attire unless the wedding is very casual or very small. Chunky, fun jewelry can add a touch of personality to your daytime wedding outfit.
Daytime Formal
Some formal weddings take place during the day. If you’re going to be in the sun, wear a formal hat. Gloves and formal accessories help tie together a summery outfit for formal daytime weddings.
Evening Semi-Formal
Women should wear cocktail attire. Go with a little black dress or colorful cocktail dress—but avoid overly glitzy sequined or club-inspired dresses. Wear dressy sandals with a heel and tie up your outfit with tasteful, classy jewelry.
Evening Formal or Black Tie
For an evening formal wedding, short cocktail dresses should be dressed up with accessories and glamorous jewelry. If you’re having trouble finding the right outfit, go with a standard and classy little black dress. For a black-tie wedding, look for a long gown and consider having your hair done by a professional.

Daytime Informal and Semi-Formal
Men should wear a dress shirt and pants to an informal daytime wedding. Shorts are never appropriate. Consider adding a sports jacket for a classy touch. Remember, men’s sandals are only appropriate for beach weddings. If a wedding will take place on the beach and then move indoors, consider bringing shoes to change into. Men should always wear a suit for a semi-formal wedding. During the day, suits do not necessarily need to be black or navy blue.
Daytime Formal
For daytime formal weddings, men should wear light-colored suits and ties. Nice hats are appropriate. Avoid sports wear and informal hats.
Evening Semi-Formal
Men should always wear a dark-colored suit to a semi-formal wedding. Unless the wedding takes place in a very trendy area, stick with traditional suits and ties. Leave cutting-edge wedding fashions to the bridal party and stick to traditional looks.
Evening Formal or Black Tie
Men should always wear dark suits or tuxedos to formal or black tie evening weddings. Be sure to have suits tailored and cleaned prior to the event. Remember to coordinate with appropriate shoes. He can rent a tuxedo if he doesn’t own one.

Do ever have trouble figuring out what to wear to weddings?