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NWR: We put in an offer and they accepted!
Just waiting for inspection and paper work to be done!
We went to look at a bunch of houses last Sunday afternoon. We found some houses we liked, but just weren't what we were looking for. We were at the 4th or 5th house and didn't have anymore to look at, but just before we were about to call it quits, we decided to look at a house that was a long shot. We assumed it would be a quick trip and we would quickly eliminate it from our list of possibilities.
We pulled in the driveway and were pleasantly surprised by the house; it looked better in person than it did in the pictures. We walked in the door, looked at each other, and smiled. We signed on an offer an hour later. Its 1500 sq ft. open floor plan, 3 bed, 2 full bath, one and a half attached car garage, brand new kitchen, fireplace, and double lot.
They accepted our offer, so the only thing left is the inspection. If it passes, it's ours, if not, we won't get our loan and we don't get the house. Cross your fingers it goes well!
OMG! We just booked the last available cabin for the night of and the night after our wedding! And get this it was $211 and change!!!!!!
Day of Schedule
Time - Event
8:00 AM -Meet at K’s Parent’s House
8:15 AM -Leave for FI
9:00 AM -Start Decorating/Flowers at FI
12:00 PM -Head back to K’s Parent’s House
1:00 PM -Hair Appointments
3:00 PM -Everyone Dressed and Ready To Go
4:00 PM -Groom and Groomsmen at FI
. For Guys Only Pictures
4:30 PM -Bride and Bridesmaids at FI
5:00 PM -Ceremony Begins
*Welcome (opening of the ceremony)
*Presentation of the Bride
*Unity Candle Ceremony
*Personal Wedding Vows
*Explanation of the Rings
*Blessing of the Rings
*Ring Exchange Vows
*Pronouncement of Husband and Wife
*Presentation of the Bride and Groom
5:30 PM -Start Family/Wedding Party Pictures
6:30 PM -Finish with Pictures
6:45 PM -Introduction of Bridal Party
6:50 PM -Introduction of Newlyweds
6:55 PM -Best Man’s Speech
7:00 PM -Dinner is Served
7:05 PM -Maid of Honor Speech
7:10 PM -Any Other Toasts
7:35 PM -Official Dance: Bride & Father
7:40 PM -Official Dance: Groom & Mother
7:50 PM -Introduction of Cake
8:00 PM -General Dancing
9:00 PM -Trow of the Bouquet
9:10 PM -Throw of the Garter
9:20 PM -General Dancing
11:00 PM -Special Thank You to Friends & Family
11:15 PM -Departure of Newlyweds
Our Honeymoon Location
• Queen Bed and Double Trundle
• Gas Log Fireplace (available Sept. 1-June 1)
• Private Bathrooms with Showers (some cabins also have bath tubs)
• Linens Provided
• 2 Cabins Are Handicap Accessible
• Air Conditioning and Heat
• Mini Refrigerators
• Phones and TVs
It's an hour and a half from our location but it's only $212 for Friday and Saturday nights!
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Family Member Officiant?
Since money is a little tight, we are trying to find ways to cut our wedding costs. I saw an article about a California couple who were getting married by on of their relatives. Our officiant is costing us $275, and while I know that's pretty normal or even low, we could have my FH uncle do it and it would mean so much more (as well as cheaper). I'm not thrilled with our current officiant anyways, so I'm not having any second thoughts about replacing her.
Here's what I need to figure out: Can anyone be certified to marry us in Illinois. I'm having a lot of trouble finding answers and I was hoping so of you ladies might know something.
Please, clue me in on this!!!!!
some final decisions
I have finally decided on some of the major flowers:
1. Bridesmaids Bouquets - I don't want to change anything except one or two less of each of the different colored roses. We have 5 bridesmaids.
2. Corsages - There are 6 people who will be wearing the corsages: my mom, his mom, my 2 grandmothers, and his 2 grandmothers. The grandmothers' corsages will have blue roses, rather than the red roses. Our mothers' corsages will have white roses, rather than the red roses.
3. Boutonnieres - There are 11 people who will be wearing the boutonnieres: my FH, 5 groomsmen, my grandfather, his 2 grandfathers and our fathers. The roses will be partially open and all will be blue, except for my FH, whose will be white.
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We've been talking about what we're going to do for our honeymoon the last couple of weeks. Originally, we had planned on going to a hotel called Sybaris and spending 2 nights there. (The room we were going to get had it's own pool and waterfall!) But when my aunt didn't pay for my dress like she said she would, the money that would have been spent on our honeymoon got spent on my dress. We're also trying to buy a house right now and we want to try to get pregnant a couple of months after we get married. I'm still a full time student and will be until May 2010, so I'm only working part-time right now. We were hoping to have our first baby right after I graduate so that I can spend the summer recooperating before looking for a job in August 2010. We will be ok paying our mortgage payment, bills, wedding, etc. on his full-time and my part-time jobs. However, we won't be able to save much of anything, until I get a full-time job.
Sorry that was so long. We can't afford anything huge for our honeymoon, but I would still like it to be something special. I want to look back on it and not be able to hold back my smile. What would you ladies do in my situation?
NWR: I got into an accident!
it was so strange
I am not the world's best driver, but I'm no where near the worst either. Every Thursday I meet my FH for lunch so that we can spend a little time together since he's at work from 6:30am to 3:30pm and I work 3-10pm. I have class at the same time his lunch ends, so I end up missing the first couple of minutes of my class. Today, after we ate and kissed each other goodbye, I was driving the 3 minute drive to the school parking lot. At the stop light before the parking lot entrance, I was stopped behind a van. When the light changed, I guess I must have sped up faster than the van cuz I felt the jolt as I slammed into it. I followed them onto a side road and got out. I was crying of course. The people in the van were an older couple. I just kept saying I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry. The lady looked at the dent, and said no biggie are you ok. I said of course and he hugged me and said everything was just fine and not to worry. They asked if I was on my way to class and I said yeah, and they said not to worry about insurance and just to get myself to class on time. I offered to give them my insurance again and they kept saying don't worry as long as you're ok. Just calm down and go to class. So I did, but thinking back on it again, it seems so strange. I don't know who was looking out for me, but they kindness and understanding of those two people definately showed me that side of people that you usually don't get to see.
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue
is meant to represent the link with the bride's own family and the past particularly mother or grandmother or even most distant relations. Something old is symbolic of continuity. To symbolise this link brides may choose to wear a piece of antique family jewellery which belonged to the relative. Alternatatively they may select something from the mother's or grandmother's wedding gown. Other things that may be chosen include a handkerchief, a scarf or a piece of lace.
represents good luck and success and the brides hopes for a bright future in her new married life. The wedding gown is often chosen as the new item but it could be anything that is purchased new for the wedding such as the wedding flowers or the wedding rings. Wearing a new item on your wedding day conveys the message that you and your husband are creating a new union that will endure forever.
is to represent to the bride that friends and family will be there for her on the special day and in the future when help is needed. "Borrowing" is especially important, since it has to come from a happily married woman, thereby lending the bride some of her own marital happiness to carry into the new marriage. Anything can be borrowed but it must be returned afterwards. Another way to incorporate a borrowed item into your wedding day attire is to borrow a friend’s piece of jewellery. If you have a close friend who has worn the same necklace for as long as you have known her, you might consider borrowing this particular necklace for your wedding day as a reminder of your friendship. Perhaps she wore the necklace on her own wedding day.
in ancient times is the symbol of faithfulness, purity and loyalty. Often a blue item is the garter and in olden times the couple wore blue bands on the border of their wedding attire to denote, love, modesty and fidelity. Another way to wear something blue is to include a blue flower in your headdress or theme your wedding flowers in blue.
Brides have been honoring the tradition of wearing an old, a new, a borrowed and a blue item during their wedding for centuries. Although wearing these items is supposed to symbolise good luck for the bride, they are also just a fun tradition that gives the bride an opportunity to express her admiration for a few special people in her life on her special day.
Something Old - locket with my papa's picture tied to my bouquet
Something New - my wedding dress
Something Borrowed - the handkerchief my grandma carried at her wedding
Something Blue - my garter
these are the ones!
~ Linda Lee Elrod ~
When I met you, I had no idea
how much my life
was about to be changed...
but then, how could I have known?
A love like ours happens
once in a lifetime.
You were a miracle to me,
the one who was everything
I had ever dreamed of,
the one I thought existed
only in my imagination.
And when you came into my life,
I realized that what I
had always thought
couldn't compare to the joy
loving you brought me.
You are a part of everything
I think and do and feel,
and with you by my side,
I believe that anything is possible.
(this day) gives me a chance
to thank you for the miracle of you...
you are, and always will be,
the love of my life.
THE ART OF MARRIAGE
~ Author Wilferd A. Peterson ~
The little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through all the years.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice,
but in the spirit of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating
gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.
It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.