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messy up with flowers
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Hadn't even thought about it
I honestly hadn't really given much thought to what I was going to do with my hair until the other day. I ordered a custom fascinator from etsy (see my last few posts for other goodies I've picked up trolling etsy the last few days). I'll post the fascinator as soon as its in - I'm so excited about it!!
But now I need to figure out my hair! I'm thinking a loose updo, a little messy, maybe half-up/half-down. Since I'm getting married in the next province and I don't know anyone there I've had to book a salon without ever actually meeting the hairdresser. My hair trial will be three days before the wedding so fingers crossed that it works out!!
Here's a bucketload of styles that I like...
Etsy rules all.
Ordered garter and fascinator
Etsy rules. Period.
I ordered my garter this morning from garterlady on etsy
She has a ridiculous number of colours, styles, customs, charms... I did look at the damask garters but I decided that this one matches my dress almost exactly so...
And my fascinator. I don't have a picture yet since its getting done custom by yjdesign. (yjdesign.etsy.com)
This lady rocks! I liked small bits from about 6 of her posted fascinators and within a few hours we had four messages back and forth to pick out every element down to the tiniest detail. I'm so excited about this one! I'll post a picture as soon as I can!
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Cake flavour survey
We have our cupcake tasting on Friday. I have absolutely no idea what kind of cupcakes to get. None. I like chocolate. I also like vanilla. And fruit flavours. Sometimes I like cream fillings, sometimes not so much. I know I want buttercream frosting- maybe flavoured? Dunno. HELP!
I would like to know what the most popular flavours are that you ladies are ordering! Hopefully I'll get some kind of statistical consensus that corresponds to the larger population (including my guests) and then I'll have an idea of what people would actually WANT to eat. Not just my personal favorites.
Cheapest and most useful DIY to date
I've spent a few months building up our wedding website at weddingwire.com. Eventually I decided to make remembering the link to our site easier for everyone (after the 100th request: "um- what was the url of your page again?") and paid for a custom url. The fee for the url was the only cost involved sine weddingwire is free.
Ok, I'll admit that I'm shamelessly looking for a pat on the back here. I'm really proud of the page and although weddingwire has a lot of tools to make the page construction really easy, it is still the most time consuming DIY for me yet. And its probably the most useful. Forget probably. It is without a doubt the most useful.
Please forgive my shameless plug, but I'd love to hear any opinions? Suggestions for things I might have missed? Thanks all!
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Cheap V-day ideas?
My FI and I talked it over and decided to keep Valentine's extremely low key this year. Current economy and wedding budget dictate that we will not be going out for the big over the top dinner or giving extravagant gifts.
Our cheap date plans are:
- Breakfast in Bed (I'm making it this time since he cooked last time we had BiB)
- Registry shopping (its a freebie shopping trip - no, we're not likely to get it all but its fun to look)
- Gift shopping for each other together: Since we're doing a work-out/weight loss plan together we're giving each other small gifts from the fitness store (I need new weights and he needs weight gloves)
- Making pizzas and chocolate fondue at home together for dinner
- Dipping into our DVD collection for entertainment
Mostly we're just planning on spending the day together.
Anyone else have any fun, cheap plans for tomorrow?
Or is anyone doing anything extravagant? I'd love to live vicariously through your plans! :-)
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Boo on Budget Cuts!!!
My FI's work hours have been cut way back so he's making 1/2 of what he did 6 months ago (at least he still has a job though!) So my FI and I are in the same boat as many other people on here (and everywhere) and we're looking at serious budget cutbacks. Wedding cutbacks included. A lot of our stuff has already been booked (and thus can't be changed) or planned to be low-cost already, but I'm looking at things to trim wherever possible.
So, I've cut chair covers for a start. I know it doesn't sound like much, but its hundreds of dollars. I'm a little sad about it since I had to fight long and hard to get my FI to agree to the covers in the first place. I just can't justify the expense and hassle (we'd have to DIY anyways and haul the covers with us to the next province and then somehow get them back on schedule).
Does anybody else have a frivolous extra that you've had to let go well into the planning process? Sucks doesn't it?
Check every detail on necessary postage!!
We took our invitations into the post office to mail the other day. I weighed the envelopes and invites already and they were well within the 30g limit for a single Canadian stamp.
We just HAD to add the wax seals! I'm not sorry we did since it was the most involved that my FI has been with the whole invitation process- I think he was just really excited about melting stuff.
Weight-wise the wax seals were fine. They were too thick though! The stamps are about 2-3 mm too thick to fit through the "official postage guide form" and so the postage on every envelope more than doubled. Now instead of one nice stamp in the corner, every envelope requires 4 additional stamps (yes 4!!) in all different colours and sizes to make up the right postage requirement. They look just a little less nice now, but at this point I just want to get them in the mail and gone! Less than 3 months now!!
More DIY fun!
Projects with damask paper
Its a great DIY weekend around here- check out my invites on my last post! They're great!!
At Christmas I picked up a few rolls of flocked damask wrapping paper at Michaels. I've got a couple projects in mind (I know Gratefulbride was asking for wrapping paper suggestions too awhile ago!) but any other suggestions are always welcome!
Right now I'm making napkin rings. Yes I really am that sick. **Please note that we are having fewer than 80 guests though! I saved a few cardboard tubes from other wrapping paper at Christmas and I'm using the damask paper to cover them. Our napkins will be black with white table cloths so I'd like to incorporate a little bit of damask at each place setting with the rings.
My other plan is to make a cupcake stand and use the damask paper to cover it. I haven't picked up the supplies yet to do that but I'll probably get on that pretty soon too since I only have 3 months left!!! YIKES!
They're nearly all finished!
Wow this has been a time consuming project! I have the utmost respect to any bride who attempts DIY invitations with more than 100 guests! I only had to make 50 invites and I've been picking away at this project since November!
I made the pocketfolds out of construction paper- cheap and nicely textured. The belly bands were one of the most time consuming projects- I cut the white part out of cardstock, glued green ribbon on to it, cut green cardstock squares and glued the little black and white pear photos to the green card and then glued the green card to the white band. Whew!
The inside was a lot of fun actually- I had a great time playing with fonts and such and getting the right wording for the invite and response cards. I LOVE the cardstock they're printed on. Its impossible to see in the photos, but the cardstock is actually almost a white metallic with a silver shimmer. I had to get these printed at a print shop (laser needed) but they came out awesome!! Green response envelopes with clear return labels and large black envelopes with silver gel handwritten addresses finished it off.
The inside flap of the pocketfold has a small white label with our wedding website address printed on it- all the extra info (maps, hotel booking info, registry) is on our website.
The final touch is the white wax seals -that was Nick's contribution. I think he just wanted to melt stuff. It came out great all in all though!!
98 days to go...
I've been wretchedly sick all week with a horrible flu so I've been a little out of touch. I checked my blog today and the counter is suddenly under 100 days?!? How the heck did that happen?
FI and I sat down and wrote out a list of things to get accomplished this weekend:
- Shop for wedding bands (haven't even looked yet!)
- Shop for tux rental (we know where we're likely going)
- buy centrepiece vases from IKEA
- keep on with the napkin rings project (I still have to post on this but its going well so far!)
- get invitations out (for all people that we have addresses for so far)
The invitations part is exciting since I just picked up the printed sections from the printer today- they came out even better than I hoped!! I bought ridiculously expensive card stock to print the main text and the response cards on, but it was totally worth it! They're perfect! I'll post pics of the completed invites as soon as I take some! lol!
Looks like a busy weekend is coming but hopefully it will calm my wedding nightmares! I actually had a dream about going to a bakery in my wedding dress on the day of the wedding and begging for them to make me a cake in under an hour (yes- bakery is booked!). And then I headed off to the church but couldn't find any flowers (floral designer is booked too!) and then when I got to the church everyone had forgotten about me and I was locked out of the church while the ceremony was going on (don't ask me what the heck they were doing in there without the bride). My FI just about killed himself laughing about this when I told him a few weeks ago but now even he's having nervous "everything won't get done in time" dreams too! HA!!!