I'm not very crafty, but I know some of you ladies are fabulous at crafts. My wedding day has come a...
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Just an update and kind of goodbye
Hey ladies! I just wanted to post an update on how I was doing. I cannot believe that it has been 6 months since I got married!!
Let me just start off by saying that I love being married. It has been the greatest decision I've ever made. My husband and I have become so close ever since the wedding, in a way I never thought possible. I am so thankful for him every day!
I hope that all you ladies are doing well! Almost all of my "favorite" brides are married and gone off to other things so I don't get on WBC much anymore. I really miss planning my wedding and getting to interact with the other brides! If any of you girls ever have a question about any aspect of my wedding and want tips or advice, feel free to contact me! I may be checking in from time to time but more than likely this may be my last post, so I wanted to say good luck to all of you ladies, married or still planning, and I hope you all have wonderful lives with your new husbands!
Just remember, the wedding is only one day of the rest of your life, so when planning, make sure you're making the most of the marriage, too!
The lady in red is getting married today!
Congrats to Melissa (tiggre99) !!!!
I just wanted to wish a very special bride good luck with her wedding today! Melissa, you are always so nice to leave comments on other brides' posts and you are always encouraging and full of good ideas!
I hope you have a beautiful wedding day and a fun weekend with your family and friends at the B&B! You're going to be a bombshell in your red dress! Can't wait to see the pictures!
Good luck and congratulations!!!
Bugchick0's Hydrangea Wedding Items
Hey ladies, I've been trying to sell my wedding stuff locally but haven't had any serious interest.. I really hate that about Craigslist! People contact you but never follow through.
I am negotiable on the prices, I just need this stuff gone! I will ship UPS. Trying to recoup some money to buy photography equipment to continue providing free photography while I learn!
9 silver pot hydrangea centerpieces, these are lavender and a cream-white hydrangea with berries. I am also including the foam floral ring that was used on my sweetheart table, with the hurricane vase (no candle included) -$100 OBO for all of these--each one cost about $30 to make so you are getting a great deal!
Also in the hurricane vase picture -- flower-pot style clear votives, I have about 60 of these. I'll sell them all for $20. Some still have candles in them, which I will leave up to the new owner to either reuse or remove.
Card box - $10, was handmade, fabric is a sage color. I don't have the little birds anymore but I got them at Michales for a dollar or two.
Bouquets -- Bridal bouquet, same flowers as the centerpieces. Stems are wrapped with ivory ribbon with lavender ribbon accents that hang down and are curled. Also included is a toss bouquet that looks similar to the bridal bouquet, just smaller. Two BM's bouquets similar to the brides' bouquet. -- $40 OBO for all four bouquets.
Please send me a message if you would like better photos or if you want to buy.
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What went wrong on your wedding day?
I remember the week before my wedding was probably the most stressful week of my life. Of course, the things I was stressing about went fine! But there were plenty of other things that didn't go according to plan.
So for the married ladies of WBC, my question to you is:
What went wrong on your wedding day?
Please feel free to say that nothing went wrong if that was the case! I am trying to encourage the soon-to-be brides on here that while things may go wrong, everything will still be OK! You have to make the best of it!
My wedding was full of stress -- it rained all morning when I was supposed to get married outside, on the beach! but the rain let up about 2 hours before the ceremony and it turned out ot be a beautiful day!
The groom's mother showed up 45 minutes late and my husband insisted on waiting for her -- my officiant threatend to walk out because he couldn't wait any longer.. I still don't know why she was so late :(
The best man left the rings back at the house (thank God for the fake ones we bought the day before!)
Our sand ceremony wasn't working, My DJ played terrible music, my dad walked away halfway through the father/daughter dance because he said he was "tired"
...the list goes on and on but you know what? It was still a beautiful wedding and by far the happiest day of my life. I wouldn't change any of it! Even the things that went wrong because they made the day memorable!
Artifical Bamboo Wedding Arch
My husband and I are very proud of the bamboo arch that we used for our beach wedding. After researching into renting a real bamboo or even a metal arch and receiving quotes of $200+, I said NO WAY! We decided to make our own and it was one of the easiest DIY's of the entire wedding!
The Bamboo was really PVC pipe. Yes, $3 per 8 foot section, 2" PVC pipe. Crazy, isn't it?
Here are the directions on how we made it:
2" (or whatever size you want) PVC pipe, 3 pieces
2" (or whatever size you want) "L" connector PVC pieces
Fine grit sandpaper
AMBER colored shellack
Strait edge blade / exacto knife
Blowtorch (you can buy a mini one for really cheap or even ask around, I'm sure someone you know has one!)
Cheap 1" paint brush
-Sand the PVC pipe gently with the sand paper, concentrating on any printed-on wording or barcodes.
-Take the straight edge blade or exacto knife to carve "knotches" into the PVC to create "knots", at whatever intervals you wish. A simple thin line that goes all the way around the pipe will do the trick. I suggest looking at a real piece of bamboo either on-line or in person to get an idea of what real bamboo looks like.
-Take the blowtorch and heat up the PVC around where you cut the knotches. This will turn the PVC a black/brown color.
-Once it has cooled down, paint the PVC and the "L" connector pieces with one coat of the amber shellac. You will need to find a way to keep the pieces from touching anything while they dry. I used two sawhorses and nailed nails into either end, and hung them form the nails.
-Once everything is dry, cut the pieces to the desired length.
You connect the middle piece to the end pieces using the "L" connectors, decorate it, stick it into the ground, and you're done!
Me hugging the maid of honor/my mom after the ceremony
Husband and wife beneath the bamboo arch we made
Love this photo
The wedding party. We could be a good candidate for an AT&T commercial, you know, more bars in more places? :)
The groomsman Jeremy was trying to make my husband smile, so he grabbed his butt!
Mr. & Mrs. Anderson and the Chevelle
My 3-tier lemon with buttercream frosting dusted with sugar crystals cake!
Me, my sister and niece
Our gift table. I think our card box came out so cute!
Husband and wife's first dance
Cutting the cake!
My favorite photo of all! I have this one on display in my house.
2ns set of professional pictures
Here is the second set of professional pictures from Princess Anne Photography.
The Guys arriving in the 1970 Chevelle SS
Me waiting patiently for the ceremony to start, just looking at my nephew/ring bearer! He's so cute!
My husband holding the paperwork for our marriage license, before the wedding
Our sand ceremony frame
My nieces, my sister, and my two second cousins all playing in the surf before the ceremony
Best man/maid of honor
My dad and me!
My dad "giving me away"
The ceremony. I love that there is a sail boat in the background!
I love this pic because it really shows the detail in my dress..it was so beautiful!
Doing the sand ceremony
You may kiss the bride!
Hey, we're married!
Professional Pictures are In!
Here is part one of the professional pictures. They came out really nice! I used Princess Anne Photography of Virginia Beach. I will post more.
Our cabin! You can see the creek towards the left of the photo, it was so loud and "babbling" that it sounded like it was raining all the time! So relaxing! The water was COLD and it tasted SOOO good!!
Our first night, getting settled in!
The adorable general store at the bottom of the mountain
I printed out a picture that a guest took of our wedding and hung it on the airbag in our truck so I could look at our wedding while we drove around, LOL!!
Brad in front of the Biltmore estate! That was a fun trip!
The view from Chimney Rock -- just breathtaking!
The opposite side of Chimney Rock's view!
Us at the Overlook at Pisgah National Forest. We got soaked on the trail by an unexpected thunderstorm!
Us with the mountains! Such a beautiful place.
The Pond that was on the cabin property. It was full of really cute frogs!
Us hanging out in the cabin's front porch rocking chairs!
Us again in front of the mountains, this was at Biltmore!
Our mountain cabin was so much fun!
To anyone looking for an alternative to the overpriced traditional honeymoon, I can tell you all about it! We stayed in a mountain honeymoon cabin in Hot Springs, NC and it was SO much fun!
For 5 nights it was only $600!!!! Everything at the cabin was great! It was so small but we realized that it was just the right size for us!! I couldn't imagine a more romantic time. We had no itinerary -- just do whatever we wanted, when we wanted!
It was so very quiet and dark at night, all you could hear was the crickets and the occassional bird, we felt like the only people on the planet for a little while. It was relaxing! Much better than staying in a hotel surrounded by hundreds of people, in a crowded city full of noise--but that's just my opinion!
We enjoyed the hot tub, the creek, and cooking dinner every night on the grill. We ventured down the mountain and visited the Pisgah national forest park -- beautiful views, the Chimney Rock State Park, -- again, beautiful views!, and the Biltmore Estate. It was all so much fun and I'm so sad that we had to leave and come "back to reality"!!!
If you live anywhere near NC, it is so worth the drive to these cabins, it is an experience we will never forget!!!!!
And some advice for you ladies who haven't gotten married yet: Enjoy every minute of your honeymoon, do not fight with each other, and do everything you can to make every day as romantic as possible. It is a wonderful time when it's just you and your husband and you may never have an experience like that again so make sure to take advantage of it!!!
If you want more info on the cabin visit www.dancingsuncabins.com
After Wedding Plans Ruined
Now What Do I do with my time?
The Weddings Over.
Now what do I do?
I have known for a while that it would be likely that I would be bored and sad after my wedding was over. I planned to combat my boredom by planning my husbands 30th birthday party in April. I also planned to take up my hobby of photography to a more serious level. My big idea was to sell my wedding leftovers and use the money to buy some photo equipment.
Sunday we went over to the in-laws house for a visit. At which time I was informed that my brother in-law had proposed to his girlfriend. Great news! I asked when it happened and I was told that he asked her to marry him on the morning of my wedding. I dont know why but that bothered me a little. Dont get me wrong, I am so happy and excited for them, but couldnt he have picked another day? They kept the engagement a secret until the day after our wedding, so as not to take away from our wedding..which I totally appreciate but I dont know why it bothers me so much! Its not like me to feel this way and Im mad at myself for it, but I cant help it : ( They make such an awesome couple and I love them both to death and I feel so terrible for feeling this way...
I was bummed about that but wanted to cry when they told me their wedding date. April 24th. My husbands 30th birthday. Great, there goes my big party plans for my husband. I would move the date to before or after the wedding, but to make matters worse, they said they want a small, intimate wedding with only about 30 people, and a small laid-back ceremony with a tiny budget. So I would be the horrible witch if I had a huge party for my husband to trump their wedding. I was planning a huge party live band, bonfire, catered food, some serious decorations the works.. but now it looks like I cant do it. : (
They cannot change their wedding date for reasons that you wont even care to read about, just know that I cant have a big party for my hubby and that makes me sad
And Ive had my wedding stuff for sale on Craigslist and nobodys responding to my ads. Maybe Im being impatient! But now both of my plans have backfired on me .
I want to whine and cry like a big sissy baby!! : P
Introducting the new Mr. & Mrs. Anderson!
Us at our sweetheart table!
How the guest tables were decorated
Our first dance
Close-up of our first dance
My mom & I Dancing, there were a lot of happy tears!
Husband dancing with his mom
My 1 year old niece bustin' a move! She had everybody cracking up!
The garter / wrench /pony removal, LOL!
My beautiful and delicious cake!
Feeding cake to my hubby!
Part 3 of Bugchick0's Wedding Story!
The Reception Part III
(As a continuation of my last two posts)
The reception was a lot of fun, but was over so fast!!! We were announced around 8:15, which was originally supposed to be about 7:30 but since the wedding was so late we lost 45 precious minutes off of our reception :( I was sooooo upset about that!
We came in and sat at our sweetheart table, which was so nice. We actually had a few minutes to ourselves while we ate our buffet foodwhich was so yummy! I finally got to talk to Brad about his surprise dream car ride. He was so grateful for it and to this day is still talking about how cool it was! I am so glad I did this for him. Anyone considering doing a sweetheart table, DO IT!!! It is so worth it to have a few minutes to yourselves before everything gets going again at the reception.
We danced our first dance, which was so funny because Brad is a horrible dancer so we basically just spun in circles for a few minutes! Our song was When You Love Someone by Bryan Adams. I cried a few times, just overcome with all of the emotions of dancing with my new husband! Then it was the father/daughter dance, halfway through my dad decided he didnt want to dance anymore so he just started walking away which was so embarrassing but the DJ didnt stop the music so I told him Get back here and dance with me it was really bad :( Then we did the Mother/daughter dance, and it was a surprise for my mom. I had the DJ play True Colors by Cyndi Lauper because that is the song I used to sing to her when I was little! My mom cried the whole time. It was so sweet and I am so glad I did it for her.
After that it was pretty much mingling with the guests, doing our toast, and cutting the cake. Our cake was so awesome! It was so delicious and beautiful! I am so happy with the way it turned out.
My husband did the garter removal which made all of our guests laugh so much! He removed a wrench (hes a mechanic), a credit card (like I stole his credit card), and a My Little Pony (I collect them). It was a lot of fun. My 14 year old niece caught the bouquet and Brad's nephew caught the garter.
We had a great time and I was so sad when it was all over. On our way out the door I turned to my husband and said thats it, its all over! And gave him a big kiss. It was a bittersweet moment for sure.
I am so happy to be married! It is wonderful to be able to call Brad my husband. I look forward to the years ahead of us!
OK last part The Honeymoon to follow!