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Wedding Central

April 18, 2011

I’m sure you had (or have) one.

Mine just happens to be the living room.

Randy and I rent a small house with a total of five rooms – including the bathroom. Trust me when I tell you it’s nothing fancy (it’s very old and could stand a face lift); however, it serves its purpose. So many other people in this world don’t have somewhere to call “home,” so we’re quite fortunate.

Behold, Wedding Central:

That would be my bridal shower and wedding dresses hanging in the doorway. You also see two large storage containers with various items.

In this picture, you can see some wrapped presents,  and several boxes full of other random stuff (cardbox, jewelry, flower girl gifts, etc.). And one lonely plant. Haha! But, do you see that box all the way to the right? This one:

Organizing it was my midnight task Saturday while hyper on caffeine. It contains the beginnings of our guest boxes (separated by singles and couples), our stamps, invitations, recipe cards, table numbers and thank you stickers. All sections are separated by the flaps of cardboard boxes that were laying around the house.

I knew if I didn’t organize now – while the piles are manageable (HA!) – I would get overwhelmed as it got closer to the day. 🙂

What did you do to stay organized?


Uber updates

March 23, 2011

Wow! Folks, so much has happened since I last blogged.


The funny part is, on Sunday I told my mom and sister-in-law I felt like I “should” be doing wedding stuff, but I couldn’t think of anything.

Then Monday and Tuesday came. And I felt like I was drowning in decisions.

Let’s see …

  • Our wedding homework is complete and we should have a draft ceremony in our hands by mid-April. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to read it!
  • Our invitation envelopes are safely with the calligrapher in New Jersey. I sent them Saturday morning and they arrived Monday afternoon. You want to hear something crazy? I was able to ship them priority mail with a Monday arrival date for $6.80. Parcel post with a Thursday delivery was $6.20. Why not spend the extra $.60?
  • Although we’re fortunate to only need $.44 stamps for our invitations, I was surprised by the lack of suitable design options. I only found two wedding-appropriate stamps and one was $.61. So, we opted for the traditional wedding rings on the main envelope and the brightly colored Celebrate! for the RSVP:

  • I raided Michaels for stuff for my flower girls and kids who will be at the wedding. I have a separate post planned to show you the loot!
  • Likewise, we bought our heart-shaped cookie cutter. And then we took it back. Then we bought another one and are much happier with it. I have a post scheduled to tell you all about our trial and error. 😉
  • On Monday, Randy finally bought his wedding ring. I may not have told you before, but Randy and I balance each other perfectly. I’m impulsive; he’s deliberate. I tried on three wedding bands before finding the one I wanted … He tried on every ring JB Robinson and Kay Jewelers had in stock – and still couldn’t decide! He finally settled on this one:

  • Tuesday … oh Tuesday … it was one wild rollercoaster.
    • First, I may have a venue and menu for our rehearsal dinner which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. June 24. I’ve heard lots of people talk about Crosley’s, so I e-mailed the catering manager and she offered some menu suggestions. For appetizers we’re having feta bruschetta, assorted cheeses and pepperoni with kalamata and green olives. We settled on buffet style serving chicken parmesan, camponelle with a vodka sauce, roasted red potatoes with fresh rosemary (yum!), seared zucchini, squash and red onion, and warm garlic bread as dinner. For dessert, cheesecake with raspberry drizzle. I’m still waiting on a price per person before I make the final decision.
    • Then, the Alumni Center called and asked if we could move our rehearsal to 4:30 (from 6 p.m.) June 24. They booked a wedding on the courtyard at 6 p.m. that night. I’m a bit concerned about possibly still rehearsing when the other bride’s guests are arriving, so I hope to get it moved to 4 p.m. I contemplated moving dinner up, but decided to leave it at 7:30. This way people can come to the rehearsal dressed in casual attire, return to the house/hotel afterward and freshen up before we eat.
    • Then we nailed down a date (April 30) for the bridal shower and bachelorette party my wonderful bridesmaids are putting together. Yay!
    • Then I found out one of my bestest friends might not be able to celebrate (aka have some martinis!) with us that weekend. No matter what, it’ll be okay. It just gives me an excuse to have a re-do in Charlotte AFTER the wedding. 😉
    • Finally, I found out my three Disney roomies might be here for the wedding. I so appreciate them! They would, after all, be coming from Florida, Nebraska and the other side of Pennsylvania. Not necessarily cheap or easy. ❤

That last bit of news came just before 10 p.m., so I decided to call it night before the coaster went downhill. 😉

Edit: How could I forget this?? I ordered a necklace and earrings – only of which the earrings were in my previous jewelry post. Also, I ordered my hair flower – which wasn’t one of those I was originally considering. Haha! I’ll make sure to post pics when they arrive.


Shhhh …

January 15, 2011

This is a No Randy Zone


I know some brides and grooms give each other gifts the day before or day of the wedding. At the onset of wedding planning, Randy and I talked about doing this and decided it wasn’t for us.

However, I reneged on our deal.

I couldn’t help it. The idea was too compelling, too cool.

I just hope I’ll be able to keep it a secret for the next 161 days (!!!).

Randy very rarely goes anywhere without a hat. Anyone who knows him will attest to that. I can’t tell you how many times he’s paced the house looking for his misplaced ball cap just so we can go to dinner or the grocery store.

Hat : Randy = Phone : Lindsay

Soooooo …

I thought it would be nice to get him a personalized hat to wear the day of.  I ordered it from Crazy Custom Caps this morning. It’s a black hat with a white W (first initial of his last name) on the front and our wedding date on the back. Yay!! I’ll make sure to post pictures when it arrives.

In the meantime, I have to tell you how cute Randy is. He’s so excited to get married … 🙂 I swear, we have this conversation at least twice a week:

Randy: (randomly, sometimes in the middle of a conversation) Honey, are you anxious/excited/ready/etc.?

Me: For what?

Randy: To get married/For June/For the wedding.

Me: Some days … some days not. Are you?

Randy: Maybe (in this high-pitched voice, sing-song voice)

Maybe in Randy-speak is almost always a yes; however, you really have to listen to the tone of his voice to decipher a maybe-yes from a maybe-no.

That’s definitely a maybe-yes. 😉

Conversations like that really help put things in perspective. At the end of the day, nothing matters except the two of us being married. 🙂


First wedding gifts

December 29, 2010

Christmas came and went too quickly. 😦

We wait all year for the special day and it’s over in the blink of an eye.

I received a few surprise gift under the tree – a wooden WVU sign and ceramic coasters from my brother and his girlfriend, as well as iTunes gift cards and a calendar (Chriatmas staples I had neglected to put on my list).

The biggest surprises, however, were the two wedding presents we received the day after.

They’re our first!

My mom had breakfast with a good friend Sunday morning and returned with the wedding and bridal shower gifts.

In the first box I found a set of flameless pillar candles with a faint vanilla scent. Although I love to burn candles, I’ve been told the smoke and residues they emit are not good for allergy sufferers (aka Lindsay and Randy). No need to worry about that with these, although I can’t imagine ever completely giving up regular candles. 😉 You can also program the candles to turn on and off at certain times. Pretty cool!

In the next box were two sets of Northern Nights towels.

That’s two complete sets, people. Two bath towels, two hand towels, two wash cloths.

We’ve never owned anything of the sort. We have towels and wash cloths, of course, but the majority of them are 8-12 years old with bleach stains and very few of them match.

I feel so grown-up! I also started fatasizing about owning a home where these towels could be displayed in a bathroom ready for overnight guests.

Strange how a set of towels can do that.  😀


Gifts Galore

August 22, 2010

Bridesmaids Warning: Unless you don’t want your gifts to be a surprise, I’d suggest you skip reading this post. Mmmmkay? Thanks!




Before I tell you about some of the gifts I’ve picked out for my dear friends, I need to give you some background on my gift-giving skills (or lack thereof). For as long as I can remember, my parents would ask us what we wanted for our birthdays. And that’s what we would get. For Christmas, we made lists and that’s what Santa brought us. I’ve found myself doing the exact same thing with Randy and friends. If you don’t tell me what you want, you’ll likely get a gift card. 😛

I don’t mean that to sound as if I don’t try. In actuality, I probably over think purchasing gifts (wanting something that’s perfect) and end up running out of time or getting frustrated.

I want to make sure the gifts for our parents and wedding party truly reflect how much they mean to us. Seriously, we wouldn’t be where we are without their love and support. Soooo … I got a heads start on the gifts for my girls: Alicia, Becky and Tania.

It’s true we live in the world of social networking and online sharing, so phrases like “Can I have a copy of that picture?” have been replaced with “Make sure you tag me!” At the same time, it always nice to have pictures to display around the house. Since a print credit is included with our photography package, I’m going to let each one pick her favorite photo from the day.

But, I can’t give them a picture without something to display it! I thought it would be nice to have a frame with “Friends” written on it, but what would happen if they chose a portrait and the frame was landscape oriented (or vice versa)?

Walking through WalMart one night (when there weren’t MOBS of college students lining the aisles), I found the solution to my problem:

Sweet! It’s modern, kinda funky and no matter which way it’s displayed, “Friends” won’t out of place.

As someone who is very much into useful gifts, I thought it would be nice to get each one a wristlet from syl2830 on Etsy.

They’d be perfect for storing essentials – mirror, lip gloss, keys, phone, etc. However, I got a lukewarm response when I asked which particular pattern each liked. No biggie! I’d rather know before I buy; that’s why I asked. Becky didn’t hesitate to pick a pattern, so I’ll buy on for her. For Alicia and Tania, I semi-reverted to my gift card giving ways – giving each a gift certificate to her favorite restaurant.

My reasoning extends beyond not knowing what to give. Alicia is a newlywed whose husband works out of town. I thought it would be nice for them to go out to dinner (on me!) when he’s home. Similarly, Tania is married and has two little girls. As you can imagine, date nights are few and far between. I’m sure many mothers can attest to how important those nights are. 😉

Philosophy has some of the yummiest smelling shower gels and shampoos. It just so happens they have a Bridal Party set:

Who doesn’t need bath goodies? The wedding scents are just a bonus. I may even buy myself one!

I know jewelry is typically a “standard” bridal party gift, but I have to be honest … I’m not really comfortable buying it for other people. I’ve done it, yes. Would I do it again? Highly unlikely. I feel like jewelry is really personal. Some people like silver, some gold. But is it yellow gold or white gold? Hoops or studs? At the risk of them opening up the box and saying, “Does she really expect me to wear this,” I decided to leave the choices in their hands. 😀

Instead, I’m giving them something that’s going to remain a secret for now. Hey, a girl has to keep something to herself (and from them … just in case one or all decided not to head my earlier warning :-P). I may throw in a few miscellaneous items as well – Old Navy flip flops, Solemates, a small survival kit. Who knows!

But what does one put all of this STUFF in?

A much-bigger-than-I-thought monogrammed tote, of course!

Check another item off the list – thank goodness. 🙂