Once again I would like to say thank you for all the comments and messages. They made me feel soooo ...
Love my girls <3
I have the best wedding party ever! 3 of my very closest friends and my best friend in the whole world, my sister are standing up in my wedding. Although I am the last to get married, they have all been really supportive and helpful with everything. I love a drama free wedding party, it makes things so much fun. We are at the 129 mark, and one of my bridesmaids just called to tell me we were able to book the whole weekend for my bachelorette party. I think the reality is finally setting in. I was kind of feeling lost in the whole wedding planning sceme of things, but the shower is coming fast and the wedding will be here before you know it.
I am so excited for the gifts I have gotten my girls, I got each of them about 5 things and spent between 50-60 on them. What is the average for bridesmaid gifts and what are some of the things you have chosen for them...I would love to share but they read my posts and dont want to give away the surprises.
Wedding Hair Style
Urgh why is it so hard to decide
So I have a bit of a dilema...I have a headpiece that just looks beautiful with my dress. I love the way it looks but is meant to be worn on the top of my head. It is not a tiara, but was made for the top of the head. The hair style I am leaning towards (see pics) is a an up do that is worn low on the back of the neck. I love how it has a little volume and looks full and not pinned tight to the head. The problem is, I am not sure how the headpiece will look with this hair style. My trial hair appt is the week before the wedding, so I am thinking of her tying it up and down and then deciding, but is that too close to the wedding. Its really sad to say, but in the 5-6 wedding I have stood up in, I have never liked my hair...of all the things on my wedding day, I think my hair is the most important.
What are you girls doing and how did you decide?
Invitations and Favors
Had a very busy weekend with my breastie! (I call her that because we both have big boobs and its a take on bestie...long story) I had found invitations at 50% off at Hobby Lobby! Love that place! I got 150 invitations for $30 and found a printer this weekend to print the invitation, the RSVP card and the Reception cards for $100! It is the best deal I have found so far. To dress them up a bit, I am going to add a ribbon in my blue color and call it a day! It is so great to almost have the invitation finished.
I also have been searching for damask paper in brown and light blue, and leave it to my breastie, but we found it at Crafts 2000. As soon as the paper comes in, im thinking of having my girls over to help assemble.
I have made hair appointments for the day of, but still need to find a make up lady. Maybe I will start that search this weekend.
The last big appointment we have is a meeting with our church, but I didnt get to call today because I found out the warehouse at my work caught fire over the weekend, so we had a lot of work to do at the office today. But there is always tomorrow.
When the invitations and favors are done, I will post some pictures...129 DAYS!
Getting the check list completed
Been away for a while
So it has been a while since my last post, just wanted to check in and fill you girls in on the progress. With the holidays behind us and only 5 months till the wedding, there is a lot to get done. Registered on line with Sears and Bed Bath and Beyond. I am finding it difficult to get my fiance to get anything on the registry. I think we should add whatever we want since we live together and its about time for some new sheets, dishes, towels and all the other things we could use around the house. He thinks people shouldnt spend that kind of money on us, and we dont need it because we already have it! UGH...so me and my sister (also maid of honor) are going to plan a Saturday and scan up the registry...boy wont he be surprised when we get some wonderful gifts at our shower.
Our cake is being made by a close friend on one of my bridesmaids parents. She does it out of her house, and we went over there on Saturday for a taste testing and to pick out the design.
The invitations are coming along, I just need to get to the printer and get them printed up, but came in way under budget when it is all said and done.
Lets see other than programs and typing up my favors and seating chart, I think I have it all under control.
Any tips or pointers from some brides also around the 5 month mark, would be happy for input...happy planning to you all.
Crepe paper pomanders
So I am attempting to make crepe paper pomanders. They are not as easy as I thought, but are so much cheaper than any you could buy. I have one made and 11 to go. I am using them on my pews down the isle at my wedding. I am very happy with the way they came out, if only I could get motivated to finish! Please tell me what you think. Once they are all made, I am thinking of adding a few crystal sprigs for some glitz!
Save the Date
I just got an email this morning, that all the proofs from our engagement session are ready. I will be sending out our save the dates the first week in December. I cannot belive that our date will be in writting! It is just so excited getting things marked off the list. I may add magnets to the back of our save the dates, but I have not decided yet. I found the template at Vistaprint.com very reasonably priced. The template allows up to 6 pictures, but I think we are just going to pick one. Once I have it ready to go I will post....7 months!
1. How long did you date before you got engaged?
1 year 11 months - I knew I was going to marry him on our 3rd date!
2. Did you get the ring you wanted?
I love my ring, and never gave him any clues on what to get.
3. Was the proposal a complete surprise?
It was a total surprise.
4. Do you wish you had a bigger/smaller diamond? If so How big or small?
I would not change a thing about it
5. Did you cry when he proposed?
No, I was so happy and a little in shock.
6. Was the proposal romantic or creative? Explain.
It was very personal to us. He did it at our house as I was getting home from a long week of work at 11pm. He was down on one knee with our two dogs and a letter that stated the 10 reasons he loves me.
7. When do you want to go for your honeymoon?
We plan on leaving the Sunday after our wedding. Its already booked!
8. Are you buying his wedding band for him?
We have already purchased his band. Its in the vault.
9. Have you gone over your original wedding budget?
I have been very strict at sticking to the budget and at this point we are still under budget.
10. What day of the year will your wedding be?
Friday June 18th 2010
11. What kind of weather?
I am hoping for a cool sunny day, but we will make the best of what God throws our way
12. Inside or outside?
Both wedding and reception will be held inside.
13. Church/justice of the peace/other?
Pastor at the Peace Lutheran Church
14. How many people will be there?
Our guest list have 211 people on it, and we do not plan on inviting any more than that.
15. Time of day?
The wedding will be at 4:00 pm and our reception will start at 6:00 pm
16. Any kind of theme?
No theme, just my favorite color combination, light blue and chocolate brown
17. How many bridesmaids? Who would they be?
4 of my closest friends will stand up. My sister will be my maid of honor.
18. What kind of cake/what will it look like?
We will be doing a fake cake, since our reception dinner comes with dessert.
19. Where will you have the reception?
Dearborn Hills Golf Course
20. What kind of dress will you have/color/material?
I have had my dress in my moms hope chest for 6 years, it is white satin and to this day I still think it is beautiful.
21. What kind of flowers in your bouquet?
I will have white and light pink flowers in my bouquet
22. Kind of engagement ring?
White gold, round diamond...One of a kind
23. Kind of wedding bands?
My wedding band is custom to fit my engagement ring. It has diamonds half way around.
24. How will you wear your hair?
I am considering half up and half down, or to wear it really low on my neck loose and all pulled back.
25. Who will be important to be there?
Everyone that is invited is important to us.
26. Will the reception be big or small?
Considering the guest list of over 200, I would say big.
27. What will the groom wear?
Black and white.
28. Where will you go for the honeymoon?
We are going to the Dominican Republic. It is already booked and paid for.
29. How long?
2 full weeks!
30. What will you do?
We will spend some we deserved time together, relaxing, golfing and site seeing.
31. Will it be modest or costly?
We can well below budget on our honeymoon finding a fantastic deal.
32. What will you stay in?
An all inclusive adult only resort.
33. How old will you and the groom be?
I will be 29 turning 30 on our last day of the honeymoon and my FH will be 35.
34. How long will you be engaged before you get married?
1 year and 8 months
35. Live together before or wait till married?
We are currently living in my house and plan to sell and move after the wedding.
36. Take a long time to plan the wedding or will it be simple?
I have had lots of thoughts for a while, so I have taken the full engagement to plan.
37. Will you do it yourself or with family or hire someone to plan the wedding?
I am doing it myself, its not rocket science to plan and organize for a wedding.
38. Will you write your own vows or use something pre-made?
We are being married in a Catholic church and we will be exchanging the traditional vows.
We took our engagement photos on a 70 degree day in October. In Michigan it is hit or miss. The couple I got in a sneak peak look amazing! I am so excited to see the rest of them. As one of our parents Christmas gifts we are giving them one in a frame. I will also be doing our save the dates with a few of them using a template I found on Vistaprint.com. It is very reasonable priced. So to the ladies out there doing save the dates, how soon before the wedding is it appropriate to send them out, and what is too early?
Passports being processed
My FH and I had a day off together, (that does not happen often this time a year with it being hunting season) and we applied for our passports. It was so much easier than I thought it would be, but way more expensive than I had planned. It was like adding another $250.00 to the cost of the honeymoon! We should have them in 4-6 weeks, but were very lucky that our post office did the picture right along with filing the application. It is one more thing we can check off the list. If we decide to for go the big wedding and elope...we can!