Ahhh, the fun perks of having oily skin. When I stress my back breaks out. It's not fun and it sucks...
So I found this picture while looking a celebrity weddings. I think this cake is from the wedding of Eygpt, radio VJ for WBLS in NYC. I posted a picture a while back but after finding out the draping I wanted was going to cost a grip I decided on this photo.
The layers are in fondant, however I'm doing smooth buttercream icing to save money since my cake is included within my reception costs. I purchased the cake topper ande cake brooches shown on the ribbon from Dazzle Me Elegant. I originally was going to purchase from Toppers with Glitz but really frowned upon the price; could not see myself spending $130+ for a topper.
The ribbon on the first and third tiers I purchased from Michaels and saved 50%.
The rhinestone banding and edible rhinestones I purchased from Diamond Confetti Party. I will have the cake sitting on a sliver cake stand similar to picture number 2. I love the fondant design in the picture but once again was out of budget of where I want to apply monies.
Tell me what you think.
Park Avenue Collection.....BLING
My FMIL and FSIL purchased the Park Avenue Collection knife and server set and flutes from Things Remembered. I feel in love all over again.....hahaha.
The both sets are very heavy and durable. Money definitely well spent!!!
An they shine just like my ring....wink!
Gifts for his guys....
My FH purchased engraved flasks for each of his guys and 3 of the ushers.....each flasks will be engraved with each of their favoriate sports team logos. He purchased the flasks from Jack Glass. Check out his shop he has a lot of funky items and gives discounts for large orders.
He also purchased velour towels wraps that will be engraved with their nicknames, since each one of them has one. The wraps will be Navy and the lettering will be in white. We only brought these for the groomsmen and the ring bearer. Once again we made a purchase from Etsy.
Gifts for my girls.....
I purchased waffle robes for my girls to wear while we are getting ready. We will all be wearing white robes engraved with their names in gold and black stiching.
I would love to get a photo op like the second picture. My girls are wearing black shoes and I'm wearing red shoes so I would stand out in the middle of course.
I also purchased wire hangers with their names. I have a waredrobe rack that I I will be hanging all the girls dresses on...another perfect opportunity for a photo op seen in picture 4.
Of course I purchased both from my favorite place.........ETSY!!!!
Velour Sweatsuits and Air Jordan's
So the entire wedding party will be changing outfits during the reception. At first I wanted to change my dress to a shorter dress so I can party, but after seeing the Khloe's wedding I got the idea of changing into velour sweatsuits.
My girls will be wearing ballet style flats with them and have their roles engraved on the back of the jackets. I purchased the velour sweatsuits from Victoria Secrets, they had a 2 for $60 sale going on.
I purchased the bridal party rhinestone transfers from Etsy (my favorite place) at the following shop:
The guys however will be changing into Retro Air Jordan's. Majority of my FH guys are former athelete's so he thought it would be appropriate for them to wear.
So we will all be comfortable and able to FULLY enjoy a night of dancing. Now we just have to find a song that we can all come out to as a way to wow our guests.
We plan on doing the waredrobe change after the formalities which will be done pretty quickly.
Wedding Music And Songs
Ceremony & Reception Song Line Up
So after months of back and forth of what songs we would have apart of our day, we've decided on the following:
The Sweetest Love - Robin Thicke (Solo)
- Grandparent/Parents being seated
This Very Moment - KC and JoJo
- Wedding party processional
Beautiful Surprise - India Aire
- Flower girl/ring bearer
Never Felt This Way Before - Brian Mcknight (Solo)
- Bridal processional
You and I - Stevie Wonder (Solo)
- Unity Candle Lighting
Love on Top - Beyonce
- Wedding party recessional
Your All I Need - Mary J Blige feat Method Man
- Bride and Groom Entrance
Here I Stand - Usher
- First dance
A Mother's Love - Kem
- Mother/Son dance
Dance with My Father Again - Luther Vandross
- Father/Daughter Tribute (dancing with my mother)
They are here...
My wedding invitations have arrived!
I guess I will be stuffing envelopes over the Christmas holiday so I can make sure they are ready to be shipped out for the first week in January.
Honeymoon Changed....We are crusining now!
So after the most tramatizing trip to Jamaica this summer for my future sister in laws wedding, I had to rethink our honeymoon plans. Back in March I was able to land a sweet deal with my best friends father. He traded out his time share for us to the Grand Cayman.
After coming back from Jamaica in August, I decided to research our resort in the Grand Cayman a little further. Well to my surprise the resort was 60 mins away from Georgetown which is the main tourist area. Reviews suggested that we rent a car, however since GC is a British colony they drive on the opposite side of the road...OH HELL NO... I'm not trying to die! On top of all that the resort charges a electricity tax or some type of usage fee. Needless to say I cancelled ASAP.
Since my back was really up against the wall and I did not have much time to research other islands and what they had to offer. We decided to take a 7 day cruise. We will be cruising on the Ruby - Princess Cruises (their newest ship). Ports we will be visiting are Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, St. Marteen and St. Thomas.
Rehearsal Dinner Booked
So after months of back in forth with numerous venues, my FH and I decided on P.F. Changs for our rehearsal dinner. Most venues you want you to spend a minimum of $1500 not included tax and gratuity and I could not see myself paying all that money just for a hour and a half dinner just to say thank you to our parent, grandparents and wedding party; especially since we are dropping money the very next day to feed everyone.
P.F. Changs is right around the corner from the venue and right up the street from the hotel the girls will be staying at. So everything worked out.
Check out the menu for only $26.00/person.
(Served family style)
- Changs Chicken in Soothing Lettuce Wraps -
Quickly cooked spiced chicken served with cool lettuce cups
- Dim Sum Sampler -
Vegetable Spring Roll, Egg Roll,
pork, shrimp & vegetable dumplings, & Crab wontons
- Changs Spare Ribs
Wok-Seared served with our Changs barbeque sauce
Chang's Spicy Chicken
Lightly dusted & stir-fried in a sweet Sichuan sauce, our version of General Tsos
Quickly cooked steak with scallions and garlic
Kung Pao Shrimp and Scallops
A quick-fired traditional dish with peanuts, chili peppers and scallions
Vegetable Lo Mein
Egg noodles stir-fried with Broccoli, Snow peas, leeks, bean sprouts, red & green peppers, and shitake mushrooms
Spicy Green Beans
Stir-fried with Sichuan preserves, fiery chili sauce, and garlic
Shrimp Fried Rice
Mixed with egg, dark sauce, and sliced scallions
All served with steamed white and brown rice
- Organic French Roast
- Soda and Iced Teas
Banana Spring Rolls
Six warm, crispy bites with coconut-pineapple ice cream, caramel & Vanilla sauces
Great Wall of Chocolate
Six layers of rich chocolate cake served with raspberry sauce and fresh berries
IT'S MY BIRTHDAY
and 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
So today ladies I graceously walk into 31 years of life. This last year has truly been a blessing even though I lost many loved ones along the way.....
Today also marks my 1 year engagement anniversary.
I'm at work today however I will have nice quiet candlelight dinner with my fh and NO KIDS thank you GOD!! :) I have a fun filled weekend ahead of me....I get to go see Jay Z and Kanye in their Watch the Throne concert.
This morning my children suprised me with a Juicy Couture Perfume gift set and cards... I love them to pieces!