Save the Date Inspiration

October 12, 2009

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I found this coaster online ages ago and tucked the image away in one of my many “inspiration folders.” Little did I know that it would resurface months later to inspire our save-the-dates!

Our handmade masterpieces were mailed last Thursday morning.  I’ll post the finished product here later this week.

Save the Date Sneak Preview

September 24, 2009

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The Marriage Divide

September 24, 2009

Just had this Washington Post article passed along to me, and it really resonated with how I feel.  The small town Pennsylvania side of me says, “28… a little late, but you can get back on track.”  The Boston side of me sometimes feels like a child bride!

The Marriage Divide by Monica Hesse

How do you feel?  Too young?  Too old?  Just right?

Wedding Budget Update

September 23, 2009

Yikes, I just spent a dangerous amount of time in Paper Source buying Save-the-Date supplies.  I was reminded I need to update my budget.  My most recent wedding expenses are:

My wedding dress!  It will not be revealed here just yet, but I am in love with it and its amazing price tag!: $350 (before alterations)

Save-the-Date supplies: $35 (will be posting the finished product once they’ve been delivered)

Save-the-Date postage: $28 (why are stamps so expensive?)

Premature purchase of program booklet covers: $38 (they were on sale!)

So, I’m tacking on $451!

Bridesmaid Dress Cards

September 21, 2009

Just spotted these homemade dress cards over at The Wedding Chicks.  I have a bridal party of one (and she’s going to be picking her own fabulous frock), otherwise I would totally attempt something sweet and crafty like this!

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Follow the  fabulous bride behind these lovely cards at: Blue Eye Brown Eye.

Rainy Day Wedding

September 17, 2009

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Just found this inspiration board I made ages ago for the Style Circle in the depths of my wedding folder.  Rain – and stylish umbrellas – can be beautiful!

| Images clockwise from top left: mint; Bella Umbrella; Framer’s Almanac; Weddings by Stephanie; Squeaky Peach; Thomas Carrage |

Honeymoon – PERU!

September 14, 2009

It’s official!  We are going to Peru for our honeymoon!

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The planning of our budget-friendly post-nuptial escape started in Europe – particularly Spain – but we soon realized there was no way we could afford honeymoon-ish hotels.  Even though we’re both dying to get there, it is a trip that would probably be better (and more economically) accomplished with backpacks.

Next, I set my heart on Morocco – where sexy, exotic riads are wallet-friendly.  But Morocco would be about 90 degrees in June, and I definitely have a temperature threshold.  Not allowing my husband to touch me during our first week of marriage because I am so disgustingly hot was probably not a good route to take, either.

Enter magical (temperate) Peru.  Machu Picchu has always been high on our list of places to visit before we die, and with a little research we learned this trip could actually be affordable without sacrificing the little luxuries I would like to have on my honeymoon.  On top of that, there will be equal parts romance, relaxation, sightseeing, and adventure.  I can’t imagine anything more perfect.

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After some discussion, we’ve decided to go the Monday after the wedding, which is on a Saturday.  We briefly toyed with going on the honeymoon at some other point in time – I’ve read a lot of pros and cons about this – but I want everything to be wrapped up into one big blissful package.

Itinerary planning is underway.  I am so excited!

| Machu Picchu: iho-ohi & Cusco: Fine Art America |

I like this couple

September 9, 2009

The Wedding Dress Search Begins – Nordstrom

September 8, 2009

Nordstom_2$178 of casual lovliness.

The search for my wedding gown has officially begun.

This was not an aspect of my wedding that I was looking forward to.  Though it might seem contrary to the very idea of blogging, I generally do not like to be in the spotlight.  I avoid drawing attention to myself at all costs.  So, standing on a pedestal while my entourage of loved ones ooh and ahh over my appearance did not sound like the stuff of happy memories.  And beyond the feeling self-conscience part, it didn’t seem as if a traditional bridal gown was going to jive with my budget.

In attempt to appease my wallet and avoid the fashion show, I ordered five dresses from Nordstom’s online bridal boutique and had them delivered to my mother’s house.  They were beautifully packed and ready to try on in the comfort of my childhood bedroom when I went home to visit a few weeks ago.

Nordstrom’s return policy is almost too good to be true – I actually called customer service to make sure I wasn’t misunderstanding something.  (I even told the operator that I was planning to order multiple dresses in the hopes that one would be my wedding dress.)  Basically, as long as the garment has not been worn, you can return it for a full refund at any time.  The exchange period does not expire!

I did not end up keeping any of the dresses, but I wanted to share my options (and their AWESOME prices) here.  One of the dresses (a lovely Grecian frock with pewter beading) is no longer for sale, so that one is left up to your imagination.

If you’re a bride on a budget, definitely check this amazing dress shopping alternative out!

nordstrom_1The back on this dress was stunning.  $178.

nordstrom_4$180.  Pretty details, but a little too evening gown-ish.

nordstrom_3The most expensive at $360, but perfect for a summer afternoon wedding.

| All photos from nordstrom.com |

Planning exhaustion

August 31, 2009

I’m back.

So my vacation ended a week ago, and I admit I’ve been neglecting my little blog.

The truth is I am 100% wedding-ed out.  This is the first time in my 6 months of engagement bliss that I’ve felt this way.  I needed a little break.

When I headed home two weeks ago, I was super excited to do some quality wedding planning with my mom and sister (MOH) – it was the first solid chunk of time I had with either of them since becoming engaged.  We had discussed various wedding details over the phone, but no one really knew the extent of my wedding visions.  However, this dedicated planning time turned out to be pretty draining and included:

  • The justification of my color palette contenders
  • My first stab at trying on gowns (both in a boutique and some purchased online).  For now, I’ll just say that one of these occasions ended with me nearly hyperventilating
  • Agonizing over and second guessing my petite guest list
  • Pressure to make hotel arrangements for out-of-town guests (which is all guests)
  • In response to people needing hotel reservations, it was decided we would indeed do save-the-dates (we were not planning on this)
  • A lengthy discussion about my bridal shower and whether family and friends not invited to my tiny wedding should be invited to the shower (I say no)
  • Hints at a bachelorette celebration in the making
  • Stirrings of plans for a rehearsal dinner
  • Discussions about whether it’s really realistic to DIY my flowers
  • The kind donation of a snazzy, new printer to my wedding cause
  • Grappling with whether or not my totally practical nature is going to prevent me from having the wedding I really want

Seriously, this all took place over the course of three days.  Suddenly everything seemed SO real and SO soon.  With my mom, grandmother, and sister in the mix, the planning process escalated from me sitting in front of my laptop daydreaming, to a full-on, full-weekend event requiring tons of coordination, travel arrangements, and money.  But I keep telling myself the wedding is 10 months away.  Surely there is enough time to deal with all of this, right?

I’m still recovering, but hope to recap everything here soon.

Also coming up – our engagement photo session!  We have a month to choose where to shoot and what to wear.

Stay tuned!