Archives for the month of: October, 2011

/florist/

I met with one and haven’t set appointments with the other two I touched base with via email.  I have to stop slacking.  I’m kind of sad that the flowers I want may not be in bloom by then.  Flowers are not my forte but I know for sure I do not want roses.  And the search continues…

/invitations/

I did set the bar too high with my engagement invitations.  But I really need to get the invitations rolling because I want to send these out within the next month or so.

[end rant]

/gentlemen/

Pat always knew that he wanted to buy suits, instead of renting them.  We found Kenneth Cole suits at Burlington for the groomsmen for a pretty good price!

To keep things nice and organized, we purchased these garment bags from Ikea and I glued their names on them:

/ladies/

Last July, my MOH (aka my sister) and I went to The White Dress to try on the bridesmaid dress I’ve had my eye on and ordered it the same day.  Today, we picked up the dresses!  They’ll definitely need alternations.

/you’ve got mail/

Our save the dates have been sent out!  It’s really hitting me now and I’m getting super excited!

/inspiration/

Last July, I ordered the cutest ring pillow! {giggle room} customizes these pillows and I had to have it.  So I ordered as soon as I found it. It was delivered pretty quickly and has been sitting here waiting to be used.

/thee save the dates/

I wanted to send something simple and cute. With the help from my fiance, he took my thoughts and idea into the final product:

We also added a magnet strip to the back so that it can be hung on refrigerators. If you look closely, we perforated each month so that it can be torn off until our wedding month!  To match our ring pillow we added a purple heart around out wedding date.

The biggest lesson I got from helping my sister out with her birthday is to DELEGATE.  I tried to do EVERYTHING myself and it. drove. me. to. tears. literally.  My OCD got the best of me and I eventually broke down.  My mom, Auntie Leng, Mish, Jill, and Annie came to the rescue.  The drove up to my house around midnight to help with the last minute cutting, pasting, assembling, etc.

With that said, today I put my nieces, nephew, cousin, aunt, mom, and fiance to work.  Just kidding. They were actually excited to help. My nephew was so excited that he passed up games on the iPhone to stick magnets to our Save the Dates.

Big THANK YOUs to you all!

/debut/

My sister had a big 18th Birthday Debut last month.  Boy it was like planning a mini wedding! My mom asked if my fiance and I could help.  We later realized it was like planning a wedding reception. Leah and myself came up with the idea of a candy theme.  Check out the trailer:

 

/our creations/

  • Invitations
  • Programs
  • Candy Bar Backdrop
  • Candy Bags
  • Lollipop Seating Assignments
  • Seeking out vendors

/shoutouts/

/the dollar spot/

Target. Our favorite store. The store where you leave with 15 unplanned items on your shopping list. This is what we ended up buying last February:

Props to the Fiance for the idea.  He had spotted these at the dollar spot and suggested to use these as our Save The Dates.  But we would have to buy ~150 of them!  So, there goes that plan.  The following day, my light switched turned on and thought this would be perfect for our engagement party invites. So I rushed to a couple of Targets in San Diego, Escondido, & Vista, while my mom grabbed some in her area.  This worked out since our engagement party was planned for family and the wedding party only.

/sidenote/

We L-O-V-E Disney/Pixar’s UP!

Our one year anniversary (July 2009), I made him “Our Adventure Book” with events we’ve shared in the first year of dating and for future times

Valentine’s Day 2010, I made him the mailbox from the movie with his gift inside.


/DIY engagement invitations/

  • Mailboxes: We bought Clear Full Sheet Labels to print the design for the mailbox.
  • Engagement Pictures: Bauman Photographers
  • Invitations: Pear Tree Greetings
  • Invitation Envelopes:  We printed the image of the “Up” house at the top of Paradise Falls on the clear labels. Cut them to create stamps. After sticking the stamps on the envelopes, we printed a postmark stamp with the date of the Engagement Party.

/results/

We were both really happy with the outcome.  We set the bar pretty high for our actual wedding invitations. I don’t think it can top these!!

/tough decision/

One of the toughest part of preliminary planning, for me as a bride, was picking my bridesmaids.  With a humongous family and a lot of girlfriends, I had to wind it down.  My fiance and I wanted to keep the wedding party as small as we could.  In reality, the wedding day is about us, not about anyone else, and did not want to loose the focus on us.  When I feel “bad” about decisions we make that may hurt other people’s feelings, my fiance reminds me that “It is our time to be selfish.”

I guess he is right. I love everyone in our family, but I just can’t have all 147 members walk down the isle before I do. (And that’s an actual number I calculated from our guest list!)

So we came up with 10 people in our wedding party – 5 bridesmaids and 5 groomsmen.  How did we come up with this number?  Well, I knew for sure my sister was going to be my maid of honor.  Now the hard part: I chose one person per “category” – one from my mom’s side of the family, one  from my step dad’s, my best friend, and my future sister-in-law. It had to be done this way or else we would have an army of a wedding party.

/DIY bridesmaid invitations/

Anyway, I knew I wanted to make something cute when asking my girls to be by my side on one of the most important days of my life.  When searching for ideas, I stumbled across Natalie Bradley’s blog (Plan Your Wedding Bootcamp) and thought these were darling! So, I started crafting…

I went a little crazy and tried my best to cut out each of the girls’ hairstyles. I think I did pretty well! Then I thought, this isn’t enough..

I found The Knot Bridesmaid Handbook on Amazon for a good price. I was only going to buy this book for my 18-year-old maid of honor but I went ahead and bought four more for the rest of my BMs.  And then I asked myself, How am I going to ship these?

Decorative Paper Boxes from Michaels, of course! I was thrilled that these were 50% off when I actually thought of the idea. But now the issue of the box being too big.  (They didn’t have smaller boxes that had my color scheme). As I was walking around the store to figure out what I can put in these boxes to make sure the book doesn’t flop around when shipped,  I came up with this:

Mini Bouquets for the Wedding Rehearsal! I found hydrangea bunches that were perfect!  I had to glue drinking straws around the stem to create a thicker feel:

All together now:

/results/

This was a fun DIY project! I loved their reaction.  They loved it! It definitely got them excited for the wedding.