Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Our engagement has not been the most smooth and blissful point in our relationship. It has been filled with anxiety, sadness, financial stress, work worry and family conflict. Six months in and we have finally come to a point where we are happy. Yes, all those stressors still exists but we are learning to deal with them or they are subsiding.
So why create more stress now? I know I will stress over projects that aren't going as planned, plus the usual holiday stress, so why do this to myself?
With that, I won't! I am just going to enjoy the next few months and not worry about projects. I will get my accessories, get the girls dresses and... THAT IS IT!
Anyone else have a bumpy engagement? Did it get better, I hope?
Friday, November 13, 2009
Even better... THEY DON'T EXPIRE!!!!
They are disguised as full page, gloss ads but there is a little coupon on the bottom so look carefully.
I am going through my stack of magazines as we speak... well, as I type and you read :)
Don't you just love the organization/cuteness of this?!
I have about 50 envelops left over from our STDs...
I'm not sure if our envelops will work since the flap is straight and not a point. But I might just give it a whirl because I love the accordion so much.
I think I will make them for each member of our wedding party. Each section will be used for information about the wedding (attire, rehearsal information, ceremony location and times, reception information and times, lodging information, etc.). And in the last section, I could tuck a personalized thank-you note from the Mister and I.
Can you think of another use for these lovely accordion?
But I did want to show you what I just found on Real Simple since it proves my flowers-on-a-budget point.
The first article is "Turn Supermarket Flowers into Beautiful Bouquets" -
The second article is "How to Budget for DIY Flowers"
The second is more relevant to my tricks and what I will be doing for our wedding.
It's funny to think people still pay for centerpieces knowing how easy they are to make and how much you can save!
Do you have any flower budget tricks? Post'em please!
The bright side is I have all my tasks complete up to January 22. So I am ahead of the game but that number makes me feel SO behind.
This is where the Mister and I stand as of today.
Wedding Check List:
Dress found and purchased - waiting for it's arrival
Groom's attire booked- waiting to select style
Ceremony location found and booked - though a different, less strict location is still appealing
Reception venue found, booked and deposits made
Photographer found and booked
Engagement photo session completed
Save the Date made and sent
Cake baker selected and contract in the works
OOT guest hotel booked
Bridal suite booked
DJ booked and deposit made
Looking for bridesmaid dresses ... almost done
Looking for flower girl dresses ... almost done
Looking at hair and makeup vendors ... almost done
Looking for rehearsal dinner location ... almost done, just want to take the FILs there
Looking at my DIY list now plus Martha's to-do list makes me question time and money. I have a feeling cuts will have to be made to keep us under budget and me sane.
Are other springtime brides at the same point?
If you remember, I bought my wedding dress quickly (and have had some regret), I booked our church before we were engaged (I panicked!), I bought my bouquet broach on a whim (at least it was cheap) and I'm a self-proclaimed impulse shopper.
This over eagerness extends into other areas in my life . With job hunting, if I am perfectly qualified for a job posting, I plan on already having an interview and when I can start. With the holidays, I have already planned a menu, selected a wine list and thought about the table setting... but I don't host any family holidays at this point!
Now with house hunting, I have mentally painted and decorated and have started planning our holiday in the house.
No, it isn't. I haven't mentioned the completely insane part: we haven't even SEEN the house let alone put on offer on it! We don't even know if the house is still available. But here I go again... planning a dream.
Okay, get ready for it. I am about to show you what triggered this post...
Sorry for the small picture but it is a Wedgewood Christmas ornament, with a door knocker in the center that has the words "Our First Home 2009".
Yes, I have already found a Christmas ornament to memorialize the first Christmas we will have in a house we haven't bought or seen yet. Craaaazzzy!
Are any of your over eager planners that tend to get ahead of yourself?
Thursday, November 12, 2009
If I could change our theme... which I could still ;)... I might go with vintage glamour!
Um, HELLO! The pic doesn't pick up on it, but there is silver in the center (like my dress), mini pearls in a silver-cream color and larger, oval pearls in a pinky-champagne color. All the colors I want in my bouquet. Too perfect! And it only cost me $8. Score!
I picked up these little clip-on earrings a few weeks ago at a church rummage sale for a full $.25...I have kept them in my purse to help me collect other accessories and to clip on to shoes that are wedding worthy. And good thing I had them on me cause look at this match...
Even if the earrings don't make it to the final round for accessories, I am only out a quarter and I can keep them in my purse for my reference piece and not carry my broach.
Did you find a little wedding gem when you weren't looking for it?
I have been pretty fond of numbers 2,3 and 7... and of course these are the most expensive of the lot! But 3 and 7 are two of the most affordable letterpress I have found, EVER!
But my mission wears on.
Oh, and I want to give honorable mentions to Rexcraft.com and CarlsonCraft.com for their great selection and affordable prices. And who knows, I change my mind so often that we might get our invites from one of those.
Were you surprised by the cost of an invitation suite? What have been your tricks for saving money on invites?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Peanut Butter Bumpers are organic puffs of corn, flavored with natural peanut butter and are simply delicious!
The Mister was instantly hooked and we were going through 2 boxes a week between breakfast and late-night snacks.
When I was working, my office was two blocks from our apartment and I had to go in at 9:00 am where the Mister had to commute about 20 minutes and had to be in at 8:00 am.
His morning routine is to shower, get ready and then have breakfast. My routine is to make coffee, have breakfast and then shower and get ready.
Lucky for us, we would both be ready for breakfast at the same time. So we started our "Peanut Butter Bumper Dates". Cheesy, I know. But I loved getting our breakfast ready while the Mister was finishing getting ready for work. I would tell him it was time for our "Peanut Butter Bumper date" and he would rush to finish up so we could eat together.
It was a really great way to start a morning!
Today I was grocery shopping and there was a sale on the Bumpers (they are kind of pricey and now that I am jobless, they aren't a priority). I called the Mister to say "What cereal do you want? Bumper are on sale."
He replies, "Get Bumpers! We can have a Peanut Butter Bumper date."
And then my heart sunk: we have stopped our dates.
Our current situation doesn't allow for us to do these little cheesy moments. Living with the Mister's sister and brother-in-law has really taken a toll on our romance efforts. We find that we hide our gestures since his sister and brother-in-law are not that kind of couple (we are heavy on the romance and they are... well, not).
The more I think about it, there have been a bunch of little gestures that have faded away with time. I won't get into because some of it will make you nauseous, but they were little things that meant so much to us, would ease pain, make us laugh or offer us comfort.
I miss those little gestures.
I hope we can bring them back once we are on our own again.
Think back to the beginning of your relationship. Are there little things/gestures you use to do but don't do any more?
Let's all make a promise here and now: promise to bring back one of those gestures this week, even if it is just for one night. Okay?!
Mine is a Peanut Butter Bumper date. What is yours?
Well, our save-the-dates for our families are out at least. I am still working on our friends but they will understand!
But wow, what a relief to have one more thing done. Especially, since we have started the invitation hunt. I felt more and more behind the closer we got to deciding on our invites.
It feels so official now. I can't wait to get the last batch out and to really focus on finding our invites for a steal. Hey, what can I say, I'm a bride on a budget!
What has been your biggest wedding project accomplishment so far?
(Sorry for the pic quality. source: http://www.brookwoodinn.com/)
The suites are beautiful but they are lacking in a view and are kind of expensive for one night.
The option is the Woodcliff Lodge and Spa.
We had stayed here once before and we loved it! The hotel is nestled atop of a hill. The hill is actually the highest point of elevation in the tri-county area, allowing for the most amazing view of our city that is 20-miles away.
The landscape is well well manicured, the golf course is one of the best in the area and the restaurant is elegant without being pretentious and has an uninterrupted view of the city.
... and up the spiral staircase is the hot tub room with a VIEW!
Top 4 pics - source: www.woodclifflodge.com
And since I am a Nervous-Nelly, I had to go visit the suite before I booked to to make sure I wasn't dreaming!
Oh, did I mention our suite will be pulling double duty as our wedding suite AND as the location of our bridal brunch? That explains the need for a very separate living space. This way we don't need to rush and it's kind of like having breakfast in bed, which is one of our FAVORITE things.
The candy coating on the Woodcliff suite is the price! It was under budget and I am thrilled! And it will be a surprise for the Mister... I can't wait! (wow, three exclamation points in one paragraph)
I was actually so happy with the price, I booked a room for after the rehearsal dinner for me, my sister and mom. This way we can relax for the night, then get ready for the wedding the next day.
How did you decide on a wedding night suite? Did you have requirements? Anyone else do a bridal suite brunch?
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Now comes the tedious task of addressing these old girls.
I have decided since these are just Save-the-Dates and aren't actual invitations, it is okay to use the clear labels to save time and force me to start a family address book.
I am using Avery's 18660 clear address labels. What I love about Avery is you can download a template and you can input the contact information right on the template.
So should you use less than the 30 labels on the sheet, the next time you want to print labels, you can input on the template where the last label was left off. Thus, no waste!
Now, back to inputting!
What tasks are you finding most tedious?
The Mister and I had wanted the guys to wear khaki suites like these...
And the girls in something light like these...
Can you see the relaxed, vintage-elegance I was going for?
I still want this effect but I think we need to sprinkle some formal-ness over each element.
Now the new inspiration search begins!
Did your original wedding vision go out the door when you found the perfect dress/venue/any wedding element?
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Finally, with your double sided tape, tape the back of the photo, center it on the bottom page and stick. Then double sided tape the message card, center it on the top page and stick.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
But I also knew our deadline to get these bad-boys out was rapidly approaching. So while laying in bed one night earlier this week it hit me: do what I can with the skill I have.
So the next morning I went to CVS, Joanne Fabrics and Staple. Yes, a random collection of store but I wasn't into wasting time and I knew each store had exactly what I needed.
And then to Staples to get blank index cards...
And I am in love! The Mister was shocked by how great they turned out. I am going to print the information on the index cards but overall, that is the final product!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Let's catch up.
So, the Mister and I got some great news; the government extended the $8,000 tax credit!! Earlier this week, we decided we were going to rent again, since living with his sister is getting a little tough. So I spent Monday and Tuesday scouting and looking at apartments in the areas we want to live in.
Then yesterday, we got the tax credit news. CHANGE OF PLANS!
So I have been researching the details of the tax credit and looking for mortgage brokers to assist us with getting a mortgage.
In the middle of all of this housing-hoopla, I received our envelops for our STDs!
So now I need to print, mount, stuff and label. I can't wait to get these out the door since I know I will go into hyper-house-overdrive!
I will get to the STDs tonight/tomorrow and show you how they turn out.
Any of you taking advantage of the tax credit? Any tips on buying a house while wedding planning?
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Well, I just spent less while the Mister saved!
Or maybe something a little more... permanent...
(haha... a bride can dream!)
So what would you do with a budget surplus? Splurge on the wedding? Extend the honeymoon? Or start life as a married couple with a little piece of land that is all your own?
source: all Google Image
Thursday, October 22, 2009
What are your skin saviors? I love me some good skin products :)