first off, happy new years ladies! I hope that everyone has had a nice and relaxing holidays. it'...
FI's Bday is coming up...need ideas!
My FI's Bday is coming up on March 17th! I need some ideas on what to do for his birthday. 2 years ago I did a big surprise party for him, and then last year I did a party for him...so this year I want to keep it a little more low key. He really wants an acoustic guitar because one of his friends has been teaching him how to play....so I plan on buying him that. His birthday is on St. Partick's Day and he is Irish descent, so I was thinking of taking him to an Irish Pub & Grillhouse...but i'm not sure. Any ideas ladies? I want it to be a nice day for him.
BM gift stuff
Cake table decor
My disastrous dining room...haven't seen my table in about 6 months
tote full of stuff and centerpiece vases
rehearsal dinner decor
pillar candle plates
thank you signs for photos
kissing game trivia cards
Here's my stuff!
Following in tradition of jenniferg's post on stuff...here's my stuff!!
I haven't seen my dining room table in about 6 months! We have a small apartment...and when I mean small...about 500 sq. feet. There is no where to put it all! Wedding stuff is taking over, and it's driving my FI insane!
Jack N Jill
It's a Hollywood Theme!
My MOH just emailed me to give me an update on our Jack N Jill, and it's going to be a Hollywood Movie theme!!
(Note: For those of you who don't know...a jack and jill is basically a big party thrown on by the wedding party, and friends and family purchase tickets to the event, and it raises money for the bride and groom. There are games, drinks, etc, and lots of fun. It's a tradition from where I'm from...but may not be well known in other parts of North America or the world)
I'm so excited...and there are also prizes for best costumes. So guests at the Jack N Jill can dress up as celebrities or movie stars if they would like, and my FI and I get to pick the best costume. My MOH said there is going to be popcorn, a red carpet, photo opps, and more stuff I'm not allowed to know about. I'm soo excited, I think it will be amazing. We are huge movie buffs, and I worked at a movie theatre for about 4 years, so the theme fits us perfectly!!
Attn US Brides!
Efavormart is having a sale!
Since I live in Canada, this doesn't apply to me, but I thought I would put it out there for all the brides who are from the US.
Efavormart is having a sale on their shipping price!! You can purchase whatever you want, however much you want, and only pay $4.95 for shipping! It only applies to the 48 continental US states. But it is a great deal, so if you are looking for favors, favor boxes, table linens, ribbon, etc., now is the time to buy.
From their website:
"Limited time Ship All for $4.95 Flat Rate Shipping offer.
We are offering flat rate shipping for ALL Orders on top of our low everyday prices!
Take advantage and stock up, this special offer will end soon.
How to take advantage of the discount?
As long as you reside in the continental USA, 48 states, simply add items to your cart as usual, at the checkout, select the $4.95 flat rate special as the shipping method. AK/HI, US Territories, VI/PR, APO/FPO, and all other international countriesare not included.
What if I buy these candles & candles holders or bubbles which weighs a ton?
- Yes, the shipping is still only $4.95 even if it costs us $30 to ship these.
**Flat rate shipping applies to Ground shipments only in the 48 USA states.
All other locations are excluded from flat rate shipping offer: AK, HI, US Territories, APO/FPO, International Countries.
**Please provide street address for special shipping rate, UPS does not deliver to PO Box."
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Survey...Coloured Wedding Shoes?
So I have decided that I am going to wear the burgundy heels I bought (you can see them in the post below). I asked my MOH if she preferred the white or the burgundy, and she says she likes the white better...she thinks it's weird to wear coloured shoes. I guess it's not a trend she has seen, so she doesn't understand. Anyways, I'm just wondering what your thoughts are on coloured wedding shoes?
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Tonight I went shoe shopping!! I found a nice pair of white heels that I bought, but then came across a pair of burgundy heels that I liked too! So I ended up buying both, and now I have to pick which one I want, and return the other pair. Which do you prefer...the white or the burgundy ones? Is it weird to wear coloured shoes with a white dress?
Thanks ladies for the feedback, you are the best!! I am taking your advice and going with the burgundy one's! I would be able to wear them again too, which is an added plus :) I'm thinking I might add a small brooch on each one in the center, just to add a bit of bling...what do you think?
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Shoes...Can't find THE ONE's!
I need help!! I am very picky when it comes to shoes. Tonight, my mom and my maid of honour met me in Toronto, and we went to a Nine West Outlet, La Chateau Outlet and a few others, and I found nothing!! There were one or two pairs I saw that I liked, but they were either too expensive for my budget, or too high. The problem is, I don't really know what I want, and when I do find what I think I want, it is more than my $50 budget for shoes. Help! Any suggestions or ideas.....?
Save VS. Splurge
Here are some tips on where to save and where to splurge, that I got in an email this morning.
Great tips on where to save and when it's worth spending the extra money for your wedding
by Colleen Oreskovic
Budgeting for your wedding can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Keeping your wedding budget in check is all about knowing where to save and when to splurge, according to Flower Workshop's wedding planner, Robert Viveiros.
Save by picking seasonal flowers. If your wedding is in the summer choose hydrangeas over roses. "The cost you save will allow you to create bigger centerpieces that will make a statement," Viveiros says.
Splurge on a lighted back drop behind the head table. Even if your hall has picture windows, during the evening the flash will create marks on the photographs.
Save by reusing the flowers. The flower centerpieces can be used at the wedding ceremony for the service and then again at the reception for the entrance or behind the head table, Viveiros says.
Save on the table décor by using what the reception facility provides. If the reception facility has white table clothes and napkins, splurge on overlays for the tables to add colour to the décor.
Splurge: Wedding Photographs
All the effort you put into your perfect day will be captured by your wedding photographs. Take your time and shop around. Ask if you can exchange photos you don't want. Make sure you get a set of printed pictures as well as a contract that states there is no extra charge for finished work (editing, airbrushing, cropping etc.).
Save: The Guest List
Cut the guest list. It's an instant budget saver and a great way to make your wedding event more intimate. Keep the guest list to relatives and close friends only.
Splurge: Wedding Planner
A lot of couples think planning their wedding will be a breeze, that's not usually the case. A wedding planner's experience will save a couple money and time and keep them organized and on budget. Wedding planners have lists of reputable vendors and money saving tips on décor and planning ideas.
--> Note added by amcs: I disagree with this tip. I think it is totally do-able for bride to be's to plan a wedding on their own without the assistance of a wedding planner. It eats up a good chunk of your budget. If it's not in your budget to hire a wedding planner, don't hire one. There are TONS of resources online to find reputable vendors, and tips on decor and planning ideas.
Guests will definitely notice if the food is not good. Make sure you taste the menu before the wedding day. A good caterer will provide you with a sample of the cuisine and let you customize a menu to your tastes and budget. Pick a menu that is tasty over a menu that has a plethora of courses.
Invitations can be pricy; reduce your stationary costs by purchasing "All in One" invitations verses separate invitation, reception and reply cards, says Sharon Dorney of Party Magic. Keep in mind, the more invitations you need the cheaper the cost. Invitations are usually sold in sets of 25, which cost's approximately the same as ordering 100.
If you must have favours consider consumables that you could make with the bridal party ahead of time or make a donation to a charity in lieu of gifts.
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Thanking the parents?
Ok, so the past few days all I can think about is how to thank people. I am horrible with words, so I have started writing thank you cards for everyone now. I am planning to make my parents, my FI's mom, and my FI's dad (his parents are divorced), each a photo album from mypublisher, after the wedding, once we get our pictures from the photographer. We are giving gifts to our wedding party at the rehearsal dinner...I'm wondering how I tell my parents and his that they won't be getting their gift until a few weeks after the wedding? Do I write something in the thank you card, give them an IOU, lol...I don't know what to do.
Another question...my grandma has been a HUGE help with the wedding, and I want to get her a thank you gift....but we aren't getting anything for the other 5 sets of grandparents, so I don't really want them to know she got a gift, and they didn't. So any ideas on what to get her, and when to give it to her?
She sews, makes crafts, and knits and crochets if that helps.
Thank you ladies, you are the best! :)