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I am by no means an expert at wedding planning in this stage of the game. In fact, I am sure there are lots of lessons still to be learned and there will be plenty of hindsight when all is said and done. What I can do is provide you with some insight that I have gained over the last couple of weeks about planning, delegating and utilizing reliable resources. Continue reading
Over the last few weeks, I have been trying to get somebody to meet me at our reception venue so that we could check it out post-renovation. I needed some measurements and some reinforcement of my mental map that I’ve … Continue reading
I’m not sure if you heard, but last weekend, on April 21st, the “Rapture” was supposed to occur. Judgment Day. The end of modern times. On the same day, I received another prophetic, though slightly less dooms-day-ish email. Continue reading
We made our photo booth for our Engagement party in about twenty minutes with materials we had on hand. As I said before, it was by no means perfect technologically, but for the memory/fun factor it was one of the BEST things we did at the party. Continue reading
We finally had our engagement party. It was SO FUN! As you may remember we had given our party a theme of “The Hangover”, and boy did our family and friends take it and run. My Aunts and Grandmother made food and lent us furniture. My Dad some how came up with an honest-to-goodness blackjack table for people to play blackjack at and some of Will’s guy friends even made themselves shirts with quotes directly from the movie! Continue reading
One of the small details one runs into when planning a wedding in an out of the way location is making sure everyone arrives to that location with minimal u-turns and stops at the gas station to ask for directions. While checking the directions given on the usual mapping sites (lets face it, we’ve all been given wrong instructions on how to arrive at our destination) I came across Bing.com Destination Maps. Continue reading
Oh Pinterest how I love thee…
What is Pinterest? You are about to get schooled. From their website: Continue reading
Over the last few weeks Will and I have started picking out stuff for our wedding registry. Apparently, people not only buy you gifts for the actual wedding, but sometimes for the engagement as well! It never occurred to me that this might be something we need to get our registry going for until my mother so kindly informed me, and I started getting e-mails every half hour about it from various bride-to-be websites. I just thought people would wing it, or give us a house plant or something. (Clearly I have been to TONS of these events in the past.) I have been politely informed that registering is a courtesy to your friends and family and keeps you from getting the porceline goose shaped dish soap dispenser you never wanted. Continue reading
What to do with all the gently and never-used items after the wedding day is over? Do they moulder away in a box in the back of your closet, gathering dust, until the day they get shipped off to Goodwill or are plopped down, curb-side at your new Mother-in-law’s bi-annual garage sale.
My mom wants to throw me and Will an engagement party. At first, I was kind of “eh…” about the whole thing. But then, after some persuading from my mother, and some thoughts about how it could be done, I embraced the idea of having our engagement party be an un-wedding party. No formalities, no ties or dress shoes, and glorifying the tacky things we love. It will give everyone in the wedding party (and then some) the chance to meet and mingle, and gives me the chance to plan something besides “THE WEDDING” for just a minute. Don’t get me wrong, I’m having fun planning the wedding, but sometimes my brain needs a break in order to continue doing its best work. Continue reading