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31 Days-Wedding Planning on Steroids

11 May

This past weekend we had a couple’s shower there that has been planned since January and that I thought would never arrive! We also hadn’t finalized the perfect taste for our cakes, needed to completely start over with our wedding flowers, and hosted a baby shower for a good friend of ours.  This all had to happen between 9 am and 8pm on Saturday because we arrived late Friday and were leaving at 4am so that we could be back into town to drop off the dog at my place and get to church by 8. No big.

Hence the“Wedding Planning on Steroids” title.

Amazingly at 9am, we met with the florist whose name was Blossom.  BLOSSOM! Jeremy balked when he realized this, I forgot to warn him and I’m really glad he didn’t snicker when we met her! The woman was born to be a florist.  She was wonderfully helpful and between my mother and I we managed to arrange for a floral arrangement within our price range and according to our tastes in 30 minutes. Score.

Off to the bakery.  Oh my heavens! We tried custom-made cupcakes to decide on the perfect flavors and, they are, without exaggeration, the BEST cupcakes I’ve ever had.  Jeremy even blogged about it he liked them so much.  His cake will be devils food, with chocolate buttercream, and chocolate Bavarian filling. YUM!!!  My cake will be a simple 3 tiered white cake that is all moist vanilla, with buttercream icing, and Bavarian cream filling.  I cannot tell you how excited Jeremy and I are about the Bavarian filling, it’s beyond wonderful. No fondant for us, it makes for some pretty cool designs but I am not at all a fan of the taste. Plus, these cakes will be on display for maybe and hour and then we will devour them, why would I spend $800 on that?

2 tasks down and it was only 10:30!

All I really have to say about the shower is, wow.  I cannot believe the number of people who showed up to support us and the thoughtful gifts everyone gave.  Thank you, thank you!  We were so crazy blessed by everyone.

Next, stop back by my parents house, say hello to my sister and nephews, run to Wal-Mart to get final items for our friend’s baby shower.

We were running on adrenaline and by Sunday afternoon Jeremy passed out on the couch and I barely made it upstairs to my room before I was totally knocked out.

It was well worth it.

I still need to figure out the candies for the candy bar, we need to write our vows, finalize our wedding music, make our programs, and I hope and pray that is it!!!  At this point, if we forgot something. Oh well.  We’re getting married June 11th, and that is the whole point of all this madness anyways!

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68 Days-New Invitations, New Tuxes, and Being Too Sentimental

4 Apr

On Saturday we managed to accomplish a ridiculous amount, I worked, and we went to my girlfriend’s out-of-town wedding (which was stunning) all before the wedding planning began.

Remember our invitations?

Our wedding colors were entirely unheard of 14 months ago so finding them on anything was rather exciting. The fact that the invitations looked more like something that should say “Come Celebrate Bobby’s Fifth Birthday at the Howbowkentown Carnival” didn’t seem to cross our minds.

Plus, they came on cheap cardstock. Cardstock!!!

Classy.

To add some pizzazz Jeremy designed cards with our wedding website to match the invitations. At Fed-Ex we discovered this purchase might be a little more than we were hoping for, that our printed sample came out a gillion shades darker than the invitations, plus they were printed on better quality paper than the invitations. Joy.

At this point I am working very hard to take even breaths to avoid hyperventilation or a panic attack.

In the midst of our frustration the truth came out:

One of us hinted at not loving the invitations,

I mentioned the cheap paper they were printed on,

Jeremy teased about the childish design,

and I finally said I was embarrassed to send them out.

That did it for him; Jeremy decided we needed to go to Target to look at nice paper and said he would design invitations. The man is paid to produce graphic design work for other people, why on earth did he not design our invitations in the first place? Why were we so sentimental about those stupid Etsy invitations?????

At Target we found affordable, classy, invitation sets. Even better, the money we were going to spend on business cards and stamps for the other invitations was almost exactly the same as what we’d spend on the new ones. Excellent.

Next, we went to a new Men’s Wearhouse and Jeremy let them know we had sort of been coerced into ordering all of the bells and whistles at another Men’s Wearhouse and were hoping for a better experience. Excellent approach.

The lady was immediately ready to prove how much better their Men’s Wearhouse was and ended up putting together a package for our groomsmen for under $80! That’s HALF of what we were originally going to spend.

Sunday afternoon we explored Michael’s to find ribbon to add color to our new invitations. Michael’s is AMAZING. They have TONS of ultra-affordable wedding items.

Why did no one tell us about these stores??

Along with ribbon we found red wax to make monogrammed seals. Unfortunately, wax seals are not easy to produce.

Something tells me that drops of red wax on white paper and incomplete seals are not going to fit the classy look we hoped for! Plan B: wrap ribbon around to add a subtle burst of color.

Before evening church I cut ribbon, failed at making seals, and Jeremy worked on putting together the designs for our invitations. He’s the best. We only solidly decided on 2 songs. Haha You may be hearing about that to-do in a future post.

After our evening service I spent FOREVER wrapping ribbons around each invitation sleeve. If you don’t know me well, I sleep at night so staying up is a struggle.  To my delight, I woke up LONG before daylight to hail I thought was going to shatter my window! Special.

On the bright side:

I spent a ton of time with the love of my life. 

Jeremy saved the day. He comforted me and took over when I was stressed and emotional. 🙂

We have elegant invitations now!

Advice: Don’t spend hundreds on invitations: go to Target, Michael’s, or Hobby Lobby first!