Wedding Reception
Oct 12, 2010

I Think We Found Our Venue!!!

Since Christmas Is Right Around The Corner, We Have Decided To Go 2 More Monthes Then Start Finalizing Our Vendors. The Past 3 Monthes Of Looking And Getting Information Has Been Such A Big Help To Us. Im So Glad Were Having A Long Engagement. It Just Makes The Planning Less Stressful And Alot More Fun. But Come Jan Ill Be Ready To Start Signing Those Contracts And Getting Our Plans In Working Order.

I Dont Have Any Really Great Pictures To Post Of The Place Were Looking But It Is Beautiful! It Really Fits Our Alice IN Wonderland Theme. It Has A Huge Stone House With Stone Walls And Round Stone Storage Rooms That Look Like Little Look Out Houses. Its The Knoxville Botanical Gardens And It Is Perfect For Us, Price And Feel. FH And I Are Going To Schedule Another Appointment With Them And Our Wedding Planner So That He Can Ok It Too. Then Its Just Getting The Deposit Together To Place IN Jan! Yay! Im So Excited!!! Ill Take Photos And Post After Our Next Meeting!
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Oh The Beautiful Colors!
Oct 12, 2010

Our Wedding Colors......

I Knew What Colors I Wanted In Our Wedding But Couldnt Really Decided On How To Use Them All With Out Looking Like A Circus. But I Found This Inspiration Board ( Dont Really Remember Where, I Googled It) And I Love It! It Fits With The Tim Burton/Alice Remake And Would Look Great With The Mismatched Decorations. Some People Would Say That They Are Fall Or Winter Colors But I Like THem In The Summer! :)

So We Have Decided On The Girls Wearing Dark Blue, Navy And The Guys In The Gray To Lighten It Up. And Were Gonna Use The Red And Fushia To Add Pops Of Color In!

What Do You Girls Think?
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Wedding Planner
Oct 12, 2010

I Booked Our Planner Yesterday! Yay!

I Went To A Bridal Show THe Other Week And Had A Mini Consultation With A Wedding Planner. Up To This Point I Didnt Think I Needed Nor Wanted One. I Did Know That The Venue We Are Looking At Does Not Offer A Day Of Cordinater So WE Had To Get One For The Day. But I Didnt Really Think About One To Help Me Plan. But After Talking To Her And Finding Out Its Not That Much I Decided It Would Be Worth It To Get One. That Got Me Thinking.
So, My MOH, Who Is My Cousin By Marrige, Reminded Me That Her Cousin Has Just Finished Her Online Certification To Become A Licensed Wedding Planner. I Met With Her Yesterday And Decided To Hire Her. Not Only Do I Get A Day Of Planner But I Also Have Her To Help THroughout The Next 22 Monthes Of Planning. Im So Excited!!!

Heres A Pic Of My Planner Mrs. Jamie Turner!
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Sorry Ive Been Gone So Long!
Oct 12, 2010

Ive Been So Busy.........

So Sorry I Havent Got To Post Or Comment Lately. Ive Been Busy With Work And Such.

First, Congrates To All The Lovely Ladies That Have Become Wives These Past Couple Months! Ill Make My Way And Leave Comments As Much As Possible.

Second, I Hope All You Ladies Are Having A Wonderful Time Planning And Doing Great With All Youre DIY Projects! I Cant Wait To See How Much Everyone Has Gotten Done!

Third, I Have Got Some Things Done For Our Wedding And I Think I Have Narrowed Down How Everything Should Flow Together. Those Posts To Come!

XOXOXO
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Questions To Ask
Aug 25, 2010

On The Venue Search

I Had Posted Before About Needing Some Advice On What Questions To Ask When Looking At Possible Wedding Venues. While I Got Some Answers, I Didnt Feel Like I Had Enough. So I Turned To My Trusty Google Search Engine And, BEHOLD, I Have, I Think Every Question Possible.

I Found A Great Website That Had Alot Of Planning Tools And Worksheets. I Just Added What I Wanted To What They Already Had And Now I Think I Have A Great Worksheet To Help Me Ask Questions And Write Them Down.

If Any One Else Is On A Venue Search And Would Like A Copy, Just Let Me Know And Ill Email It To You.

Here Are Some Other Tips That I Found That Might Help!


•If you really love the site, ask the venue representative to put together a proposal with all the pricing and policies—including the tax and service charge—so you have an idea of the basic cost.

•Bring a camera with you to every location you visit, and organize the photos by location name when you get home. After seeing a series of places, it’s easy to confuse them. Having a photographic record will help you remember what was special about each site.

•Pay attention to venue as a whole: Check out everything, including the restrooms, the foyer, the dressing rooms, the outdoor lighting and even the kitchen. You want to be sure your vision can be realized at this location. If possible, make arrangements with the site representative to visit the venue when it’s set up for a wedding.

•GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING. Your date is not officially reserved until you sign a contract and, in many cases, give a deposit—even if a site contact says you don’t need to worry about it. Once you’ve found THE PLACE, make sure you ask what is required to get your booking locked in and then follow through on satisfying those requirements. And don’t assume that just because the site coordinator said you can have 4 votive candles per table, you’ll get them. Before you sign a contract, read the fine print and make sure it includes everything you and the site contact agreed on. As new things are added or changed in your contract, have the updated version printed out and signed by you and the site representative. Also, document all your conversations in emails and keep your correspondence.
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Survey......
Aug 25, 2010

Introduction To My Mess!

So I Got This Survey From Hashbrown. I Thought This Is A Great Way To Introduce Ourselves As Newby Brides-To-Be And To Get To Know All You Other Brides That Are Well Into Your Planning.


HOW LONG DID YOU DATE BEFORE YOU GOT ENGAGED?
1 Year. Sounds Short But When You Know, You Know

DID YOU GET THE RING YOU WANTED?
Kinda. We Decided To Get A Pretty Ring Now Because The One I Really Want We Couldnt Afford Right Now. He Promised That Id Get It By Our 1 Year Ann.

WAS THE PROPOSAL A COMPLETE SURPRISE?
Kinda. We Talked About It And I Was There When He Bought My Ring, But I Had No Clue When He Was Going To Propose Or How.

DO YOU WISH YOU HAD A BIGGER/SMALLER DIAMOND? IF SO HOW BIG OR SMALL?
The Size Is Perfect!


DID YOU CRY WHEN HE PROPOSED?
No, I Laughed.

WAS THE PROPOSAL ROMANTIC OR CREATIVE? EXPLAIN HOW IF YOU'D LIKE.
Pretty Creative. We Went On A Family Trip To Disney In June. He Proposed In Front On Cinderella's Castle, Infront Of My Entire Family.

ARE YOU BUYING HIS WEDDING BAND FOR HIM?
We Budget Everything Together So We Will Be Buying Both Our Rings Together.

HAVE YOU GONE OVER YOUR ORIGINAL WEDDING BUDGET?
Um, Not Yet But My Shoes Are The Only Thing Purchased So Far And They Were More Then Expected. But We Are Still In Early Planning For A 2012 Wedding.

WHAT DAY OF THE YEAR WILL YOUR WEDDING BE?
It Will Be On A Saturday

WHAT KIND OF WEATHER?
I Hope Its Beautiful. It Will Be Hot Though.

INSIDE OR OUTSIDE?
Outside

CHURCH/JUSTICE OF THE PEACE/OTHER?
We Havent Decided Yet

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE THERE?
Around 175-200

TIME OF DAY?
Undecided Yet


ANY KIND OF THEME?
Alice In Wonderland, Tim Burtons Version

HOW MANY BRIDESMAIDS? WHO WOULD THEY BE?
6 Bridesmaids, MOH Is My Bestie Of 21 Years, 5 Bridesmaids That Are My Really Close Friends

WHAT KIND OF CAKE/WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE?
We Want A Three Tiered Cake, False Bottom, And Cupcakes Of Diffrent Flavors

WHERE WILL YOU HAVE THE RECEPTION?
Not Decided Yet, But Im Looking At Venues This Month. Will Be In KNoxville, TN

WHAT KIND OF DRESS WILL YOU HAVE/COLOR/MATERIAL?
Im Loving The Blush Tinted Wedding Gowns, Havent Decided On A Style Yet Though. Something With Drama

WHAT KIND OF FLOWERS IN YOUR BOUQUET?
I Would Love, Peonies, Mini Callas, And Black Magic Roses

KIND OF WEDDING BANDS?
Not Decided On Mine. He Wants Tungsten

HOW WILL YOU WEAR YOUR HAIR?
I Would Love To Wear It Down In Curls

WHO WILL BE IMPORTANT TO BE THERE?
Family And Our Closest Friends

WILL THE RECEPTION BE BIG OR SMALL?
Big Because We Have A Huge Family

WHAT WILL THE GROOM WEAR?
Depends On What He Decides

WHERE WILL YOU GO FOR THE HONEYMOON?
Not Sure Yet, Somewhere On A Beach

HOW LONG?
Hopefully A Week

WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Relax After All This Planning

WILL IT BE MODEST OR COSTLY?
Hopefully Not Too Bad. Were Looking Now To Start A Honeymoon Registry

WHAT WILL YOU STAY IN?
Not Sure

HOW OLD WILL YOU AND THE GROOM BE?
We Will Both Be 28

HOW LONG WILL YOU BE ENGAGED BEFORE YOU GET MARRIED?
2 Years 2 Monthes

LIVE TOGETHER BEFORE OR WAIT TILL MARRIED?
Been Living Together

TAKE A LONG TIME TO PLAN THE WEDDING OR WILL IT BE SIMPLE?
Its Gonna Take A While Because Of THe DIY Stuff, But We Have Two Years Still To Go

WILL YOU DO IT YOURSELF OR WITH FAMILY OR HIRE SOMEONE TO PLAN THE WEDDING?
Mom, Me, Bridesmaids And Grooms Mom Are Planning Our Day

WILL YOU WRITE YOUR OWN VOWS OR USE SOMETHING PRE-MADE?
Not Sure Yet. Not Traditional Vows Though
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Wedding Day Style
Aug 24, 2010

How Did You Invision Your Wedding Day?

I Was Watching Bride Wars And Was Thinking Back On How I Thought My Wedding Was Going To Be.

When I Was A Little Girl I Wanted A Big White, Princess Dress With A Fluffy Skirt, A Long Train, And My Hair Down To My Waist In Curls. I Wanted To Ride In A Horse Drawn Carrige To A Big Church Where I Would Walk Down The Asile On My Dad's Arm To My Handsome Husband To Be. I Dreamt Of Flowers Everywhere And Huge Diamonds All Over Me. I Wanted Pink And Blues For My Colors. And After Our Vows Were Read And Tears Cried, Me And My Prince Would Ride Into Our Reception On Our Carrige And Spend The Night Dancing And Celebrating.

Well, My Dreams Have Changed Now. I Dont Want Any Of That Anymore. Now I Want A Fun Wedding, With A Pink Dress, Not Ball Gown But Not Skin Tight. I Want My Hair Up, I Think, For Comfort In The August Heat. My Mother Will Be Walking Me Down The Asile, Not IN A Church But In A Beautiful, Fantasy Garden. I Dont Want A Horse Drawn Carrige, But A Vintage Rols Royce To Take Us To The Reception. And I Flowers Arent My Main Concern Anymore.

I Guess The Only Thing I What The Same Is, My Future Hubby And Dancing And Celebrating All Night.

How Many Of You Future Brides, Or Even Wives Now, Dreamt Of Your Wedding Since You Were Little And ArePlanning Or Have Had Your Wedding Totally Different? Who Is Sticking To Their Dreams?
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Ask a Question
Aug 23, 2010

A Little Advice Please Ladies.

Im So Excited!!!! I Booked My First Appointment To Go Look At A Possible Ceremony/Reception Venue On Thursday!!!! YAY!!!! Wow, Having Reread That Sentence, It Makes It Feel So Real!! Feeling A Little Sad Now, Because Hes In Crestview Working. Ill Post A Pic Of Us To Make Me Feel Better!

Im Sorry, I Got Off Track. Ill Flutter Around The House Whistling Here Comes The Bride Later.

My Question Is.....What ( If Anything ) Should I Bring With Me? What Questions Should I Ask? Is There Anything I Should Know Before Hand? And Is There Anything That They Should Offer Or Do For Me?

Any Advice Will Help. I Have No Clue What Im Doing Here.

Thanks In Advance Ladies!!
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Wedding Dress
Aug 23, 2010

What Color "White" Are You Wearing?

So I Was Googling Dresses Tonight To See What Styles I Like Before My Dress Appointment On The 20th And Ive Noticed That There Are 100s Of Shades Of White Out There. Im Really Liking The Light Shade Of Pink Ones The Best. The Ones That Are So Light That You Have To Do A Double Take And Ask Yourself " Is That Dress White Or Pink? "

So I Was Wondering, How Many Of You Are Wearing A Color Other Then White? I Know Some Cultures Wear Red And Some People Wear Ivory Or Off White For Second Weddings. What Made You Choose Your Dress Shade?

I Got This Off Yahoo Answers And Thought A Little Bit Of Folklore About These Colors Might Be Fun! Hope Its Not True If I Do Decide On The Blush Shade. Lol! Enjoy!!!

One old rhyme seems to sum up these notions:

Married in white, you have chosen all right.
Married in green, ashamed to be seen.
Married in red, you will wish yourself dead.
Married in blue, you will always be true.
Married in yellow, ashamed of your fellow.
Married in black, you will wish yourself back.
Married in pink, your spirits will sink.
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Wedding Shoes!!!
Aug 23, 2010

Payments Started!!!!

I Posted Earlier About These Shoes That I Absolutely Am In Love With!! So Friday I Went Down And Started A Payment Plan On Them. They Have To Be Paid In Full Before They Order Them But We Have Two Years So No Biggie.

Well I Was Googling Around And Started Looking At The Website Of The Salon Were Im Purchasing Them From And What Do I Find???

The Sling Back Style!!!!

Same Shoe But With Little Bit Bigger Peep-Toe And Sling Back Heel.

LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!!!!

So I Call Today ( After Scouring The Website For Any Other Shoesies That Might Catch My Eye ) And I Ask If I Can Change My Order To This Style And She Said...............Of Course You Can Sweetie!!!

Yes Yes!!! I Am Making My First Purchase Toward Our Wedding And It Is These Kick-Ass, Sexy Shoes!!!! Oh, And They Were A Lil Bit Cheaper Then The Others. So The First Picture Is The Ones That I Am Getting And The Second Picture Is The First Choice. Im So Excited!!!
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