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Jewelry, dresses and dinner … oh my!

March 31, 2011

I have to leave Randy to his own devices as he finishes our cardbox or there’s  going to be a knockdown, drag out fight. 😉

I’ll simply take this opportunity to show you a potential necklace, flower girl jewelry and some other random updates.

As I mentioned before, I couldn’t decide on what kind of jewelry to wear. Since my dress is strapless, I feel like I need something more than a simple pendant. Thought I’d give this two-strand necklace from Alwaysabridesmade at try:

I really like it. In fact, I like it a lot. I didn’t think about one potential problem before ordering it … Constantly needing to rearrange or straighten the layers. What a pain in the butt that would be. I’ll have to mull it over.

I’m still waiting on my earrings, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they show up tomorrow.

As for the flower girls, I bought them necklaces and earrings at Claire’s:

I finally ordered their dresses as well:

Let’s see … What else?

I got the schedule for our hair and makeup today as well:

I also finalized our rehearsal dinner venue, menu and designed a simple invitation.

Whew! Sometimes this all seems surreal. I am, slowly but surely, getting more and more excited. 😀


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.


Day of bling

March 13, 2011

I often joke I’d be a perfect candidate for a What Not To Wear intervention.

Clothes, shoes and jewelry are just not high on my priority list. I guess you could say I’m a creature of habit. I find things that fit me well and wear them all the time. On Christmas Eve, my grandma and I actually said we were both wearing the same sweaters we wore last Christmas. HA! <– That’s actually kinda sad now that I see it in black and white. 😛

I have more t-shirts than dress shirts. More jeans than dress pants. I own two dresses – both of which were purchased within the last year.

I have a jewelry box with several necklaces, bracelets, and pairs of earrings – none of which I wear on a regular basis. When we first started dating, Randy bought me several pieces of jewelry but stopped when he noticed I never wore them.

I am definitely not a girly girl.

Part of me thinks that’s why he let me have a say in choosing my engagement ring. It’s a permanent fixture on my hand so he wanted to make sure it was something I loved.

So you can imagine how difficult it’s been for me to choose wedding jewelry.

And I’m still not sure what I want.

I do know I don’t want pearls. To me, they symbolize classy, reserved, dainty, etc. All words I would never use to describe myself. Not only would I not feel like myself wearing them, I think others would see me as trying to be something I’m not.

But do you know how difficult it is to find bridal jewelry that is NOT pearls?

Google it and see what comes up.

Perhaps that’s been part of my frustrations.

So, I’ve determined I’m going to buy several pieces, try them all on and return the ones I don’t like. 🙂

Here are the pieces I’m leaning toward:

From Etsy seller NinaReneeDesigns, these teardrop earrings and necklace have sparkle but aren’t overwhelming.

Then there are these cubic zirconia studs and a more glamorous necklace from Dillard’s. Just like the pearls, it wouldn’t be me to combine a large necklace with long earrings. It has to be one or the other:


The one exception to the above rule is the pear-shaped combinations below. I haven’t found pear studs that were nice, let alone in my price range. All of these are from JC Penney:

I would probably wear this HSN pendant every day. I love the heart with interlocking rings. But is an every day necklace something I want to wear on my wedding day? I’m not sure. It’s so pretty though!

And I’d likely pair it with these fireball studs from Etsy seller jurgitahandmade

Whew! That’s a lot of jewelry for someone who doesn’t wear it.