Archive for November, 2010


Leaf your thumbprint

November 29, 2010

Our guest book tree arrived today. 😀

I think Randy adequately described the 18×24 poster when he said …

“It looks like a tree in the winter.”

To which I appropriately replied …

“Until our guests put their green ‘leaves’ on there. Then it’ll look like a tree in the summer.”


We took advantage of another Michael’s sale tonight and purchased frames for the poster and directions card. Since the poster arrived in a tube, we figured putting it in the frame for the next seven months would flatten it out. We’ll likely leave it in there and just remove the glass for the day of.

It’s much bigger than it looks! And the directions card:

I opted for all black text and I’m not sure I like it right now. It looks stark and bare. Kind of like a tree in the winter. Haha! I’m sure I’ll feel differently once it buds. 😉

It’s really difficult to believe there are only seven months left … Eek!


Black Friday shopping

November 26, 2010

Black Friday.

You likely smiled, shuddered or rolled your eyes reading those words.

I don’t typically get up at the butt crack of dawn for the best deals, but I don’t shy away from the madness of the day either. It’s kind of fun … in a crazy sort of way. 😉

This year, however, my shopping was a bit different.

I picked up my wedding dress from David’s Bridal.


When I tried it on at home for my mom and aunt, I was surprised the dress felt too big. It fit around my stomach and rib cage but was too big in the back and chest.

Story of my life. Ha!

I’ll just have to tell the seamstress to alter it as tight as possible without making me look like a sausage. 😛 I don’t want to be one of those brides who tugs at her dress all day.

With the fit aside, I’m very excited the dress won’t have to be hemmed. It’s the perfect length with the crinoline and shoes. My perfectly pink shoes.

Yay! 🙂


Bachelor party??

November 22, 2010

Remember when I posted this:

Bachelor party? That line actually made me laugh. Poor Randy won’t get a bachelor party since he works every night. He can’t call in sick; he can’t take nights off. Well, he could, but it’s more trouble than it’s worth. No need to worry on this end.

I think I lied was misinformed.

Even though I was sick this weekend, I separated myself from the couch long enough to have dinner with Randy and my youngest brother Matt. While munching on some chips and queso, the conversation turned to Randy’s best man, Jaime, and the bachelor party.

Randy: Yeah, Jaime said he’s not sure what he’ll do for the bachelor party … <insert lewd suggestion involving strippers and lap dances>**

Me: Well, how can you even have one? You work every night.

Randy: I’m not supposed to work the night before the wedding …

Me: You are not having your bachelor party the night before the wedding! Are you kidding me?

Matt: (laughing hysterically) Do it!

My mind immediately flashed to this picture:

Complete exaggeration, of course.

I am torn over the situation, though.

On one hand, Randy deserves a night of fun. He’s a home-body who works hard and very rarely hangs out (in the beer-drinking sense) with his friends. If the night before the wedding is the only time he can have a bachelor party, who am I to tell him he can’t?

On the other hand, I asked him to take that Friday off so he could be well-rested for our big day. Randy could fall asleep at the drop of a hat … and typically sleeps during the day. I figured taking the night off would help curb that. Bachelor party ≠ Rest.

Stay tuned to see what unfolds. 😉

**Jaime’s wife would make his life a living hell (I’m not joking) if strippers were involved, so I think we’re safe.


Our stamp is here!

November 15, 2010

Although I didn’t blog about ordering it, some of you may remember when I posted about it on Facebook.

I’d been eyeing this custom stamp from Expressionery for months, but it wasn’t until I found a 40% off coupon that I decided to buy it. I plan on using it to stamp our return address on our invitation and thank you envelopes. 🙂 I figured it would be a cute way to personalize the outside of our invitations, as well as save time and my hand. 😉

I was SO excited when I opened the mailbox this afternoon to find a box addressed to me. For a moment I even forgot why I would be receiving such a package. I tossed the other (junk) mail in its proper basket and excitedly opened the box (without shutting the front door or setting down my purse, I might add).

As I pulled the stamper out of its protective bubble wrap, I looked at the top and deflated just a bit.

“The address text is dark and thick. That’s not what I remember it looking like. Will anyone be able to read it?”

I decided to test it before making any judgements.

The truth is …

The text is darker than I thought it would be.

It could also benefit from a tracking adjustment so the letters don’t run together. It likely worked out that way so our names and address could fit in the designated amount of space – something I thought might happen but secretly hoped wouldn’t.

Despite all of that, it’s cute and unique and I’m still looking forward to using it. 😀


Guest Tree

November 10, 2010

Instead of the traditional guest book, we’re having a tree!

I just ordered it from LovliDay on Etsy. Wanna see it? Huh, huh?


Isn’t it adorable?? It has just taken over the candy bar as my current favorite wedding piece. 😀

We’ll provide washable ink pads in two different shades of green so guests can “leaf” their thumbprints. Then they can sign their names beside them.

I’m already looking forward to framing and hanging it in our house. 🙂



Hair, hair everywhere

November 8, 2010

When I told you about my dress shopping experience, I left out one little tidbit:

I’m not sure I want to wear a veil.

When I found two dresses I really liked – the second-runner-up and The One – my consultant’s first instinct was to grab a veil. I know everyone expected me to beam with joy, but I just wasn’t feeling any of them (especially when she kept draping them over my shoulders).

I was SO thankful when my aunt spoke up (“I don’t think I like a veil on you.”) because, clearly, I was too overwhelmed to speak for myself.

On one hand, I think wearing a veil “completes” the bridal look. On the other, I’m going to be very particular about where it’s placed in my hair. So particular, in fact, wearing one almost seems pointless.

Observe …

The Treasured Petal

See how this bride’s veil is tucked underneath her updo? No draping over the shoulders. No poofiness. No covering the hairstyle.

That’s exactly what I would want.

I should preface what I’m about to write with I’ve ALWAYS thought I’d wear my veil like that. It never crossed my mind to wear it any other way. However, and this is going to sound really shallow, I just don’t want anything covering whatever hairstyle I have.

I typically keep my hair in a chin-length or shorter bob:

It all started at a young age ...

When the inverted bob became trendy thanks to Posh Spice (aka Victoria Beckham), I sported a less-inverted version of it for a year or so:

When we got engaged, however, I started to grow my hair out so I could have a pretty, curly updo on our big day.

And because I’m working really hard to grow long locks, I want to be able to see the finish product in our wedding pictures.

Told you it was shallow. 😉

Veil or no veil, these are some of the hairstyles I like so far:


The Treasured Petal

World Fashion

Celebrity Hairstyle

Big fan of the side part in the front. 🙂


My Wedding Place


Follow the rules

November 1, 2010

After Randy and I got engaged, the first wedding site I visited was The Knot. Giddy and perhaps a bit overzealous, I signed up for the site’s e-mail newsletter (and fifty others, too). I get at least three e-mails a week from The Knot, many of which I delete if the subject line doesn’t grab my attention. For some reason, though, I just can’t bring myself to click “Unsubscribe”.

It’s a good thing I didn’t because I would have missed these bridal commandments that arrived today (w/ added cute cartoons):

I can live without lady’s slipper orchids and other exotic wedding flowers.

Deal. I can also live without calla lilies and hydrangea. Those are classic wedding bouquet flowers and lots of brides love them for good reasons; however, I’m not one of them. Our floral arrangements will contain Gerbera daisies, roses, greenery and whatever else the florist sees fit to mix in. I gave her colors and some general ideas, but I’m definitely letting her do what she does best.

I won’t make my bridesmaids look like clones.

This was the original plan for my bridesmaids – one I was hell-bent on following – until the plan went out the window one Saturday afternoon. I gave the ‘maids two guidelines when looking for dresses – must be black and knee or tea length. Bridesmaid Tania found a pretty chiffon dress that looked great on her. Becky and Alicia picked out black satin or taffeta dresses. Then it occurred to me – it may look weird to have one bridesmaid in a different dress material. Thankfully, Becky and Alicia were willing to wear chiffon and they all walked away with the same dress – a dress that was on sale, too!

They may be wearing the same dresses, but their hair, accessories and shoes are completely up to them. Win-win.

I won’t invite my second cousin’s fling.

As the time to send Save the Dates and invitations draws near, I find myself going back and forth on this. It sucks to attend a wedding solo (I’ve done it a number of times), so I want to give everyone a +1; however, I know that’s just not feasible. Thankfully, the majority of our guests are married or in serious, committed relationships. For the few who aren’t, we’ve established parameters.

I won’t obsess over my wedding registry.

Ummm … yeah. I’m glad I read this because I was quickly heading into the land of obsession. I’ve looked at, deleted from and added to our registries almost every day since creating them. It’ll only drive me (and Randy) insane. Who has time for that?

I’ll loosen up about the wedding rehearsal dinner.

Traditionally, the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner so I can understand why the bride should back off when it comes to the planning of it. Considering we’ll likely be paying for the dinner ourselves, this doesn’t really apply to me. I can assure you though, micromanaging a rehearsal dinner is the last thing on my to-do list. It’s going to be a low-key affair for the bridal party and immediate family members with good food, drinks and gifts. That’s it.

I’ll write thank-you notes as the wedding gifts come in.

It’s not time to answer this one yet. It will be my goal, of course, but we’ll see if I can reach it. Can I vow to set aside an hour one night each week to write them instead? That’s feasible in my mind.

I won’t stress out about his bachelor party.

Bachelor party? That line actually made me laugh. Poor Randy won’t get a bachelor party since he works every night. He can’t call in sick; he can’t take nights off. Well, he could, but it’s more trouble than it’s worth. No need to worry on this end. Now, my bachelorette party is another story … Kidding. Sort of.

I won’t have unrealistic weight expectations.

Oh yeah. I have this one under control. It’s taken me a long time to be comfortable in my own skin (and I still have bad days), but I can finally say with confidence, “Randy loves me for who I am and I won’t kill myself to lose weight for the wedding.” Will I still go to the gym and eat as healthy as I can? You bet. But I have no set body goals when it comes to the wedding. Except maybe to tone my arms and back, but that needs to happen anyway. 😉

I won’t let downers dampen my enthusiasm.

I don’t have downers in my life when it comes to the wedding (at least not yet), thankfully. I naturally wear my heart on my sleeve, so I’ll really have to remember this statement if I should encounter a Debbie Downer.

I’ll make my photo album within one year of the wedding.

Somewhere my photographer is nodding her head to this one. Considering how obsessive I am about pictures, I don’t see this as a roadblock. Heck, I’ll probably have a list of pictures the same week I get the proofs. The trick will be to make sure I include the appropriate people (Randy, moms and dads) in the picking process. 😛

Tell me: Did you follow any of these rules? Which one(s)?