The Wedding Factory

Sorry for the radio silence today — it’s been a bit of a crazy one! Right now, my apartment is feeling a bit like a wedding factory. I’ve got favors, wedding party gifts, paper supplies, and decorations stacked everywhere! It’s exciting to see everything coming together, though!

My MOH, two bridesmaids, my flower girl and my FMIL came to help put together favors last night. They were such a huge help!! We got all of the favors bagged (and about half of them tagged!), and all of the waters and root beers labeled. I took lots of pics of the results, but unfortunately, I didn’t pay attention to how much battery I had left, and the camera died right as I was uploading them! And me with no clue where the charger got to in the move… So, I’ll have pics up soon!

They turned out great, though!! You know those times when you have to come up with a plan B, and you end up liking it better? Well, in this case, it was plan D that ended up being the winner, and boy am I glad! The original plan was to seal the favor bags with round stickers, but that got scrapped when I realized how temperamental my new circle punch is. Then, I planned to use fold-over bag toppers a la Maggie’s adorable cookie tags. But that plan was scrapped when my printer mutinied over the 110 lb. cardstock I tried to feed it. Plan C went the way of the printer paper I was nearly out of. Finally, I put my head in my hands and ended up staring at the box of full-sheet labels sitting below the printer. Hmm…labels!! So I ended up printing the fold-over tags on sticker paper, which had the very big added bonus of not needing to be stapled, glued, or otherwise manually attached to the bags, it was just fold and go — it did the attaching on its own!

And they’re lovely. Really lovely. I’m usually the person who says “Oh, it was no big deal, I guess they turned out ok.” But seriously? These are great. As one of my BMs put it, “These look like something you would buy in a little boutique.”

So the next couple of days will be labeling, stickering, and assembling the remaining drinks and favors, bridesmaids’ gifts, and OOT baskets, along with getting the programs started. But first up…our shower tonight!!

Published in: on June 3, 2009 at 2:09 pm  Comments (2)  

Paper Pinwheels

I love the new Once Wed site, and browsing through the DIY project gallery, I saw these great pinwheels:

{via Once Wed}

Now, I would be utterly mad to add yet another DIY project at this point, but I was thinking that they might make a fun project for the kids to work on at the kiddie party (with some kid-friendly tweaks, of course)…

Published in: on June 2, 2009 at 11:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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Our Invites on Oh So Beautiful Paper!

The super-amazing Nole of Oh So Beautiful Paper is featuring our invites today!!

When I got them all finished and the pics taken, I somewhat sheepishly sent them to Nole, because I know she features real invites, and thought she might find DIY letterpress interesting. She was kind enough to take more pictures of our invites (read: nice pictures that actually showed them off, not my snapshot), and is featuring them today! I’m totally excited to be featured on one of my favorite blogs (*doing a little happy blog dance*), so stop by and check out that and the major awesomeness on the rest of the blog!

Published in: on June 1, 2009 at 12:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Other People’s Brilliance

First of all, I love Meg’s post today about being ok with where you are in the process. This morning, I was stressed. Seriously stressed in an unproductive way. Now I’m stressed, but determined to forge ahead, get things checked off the list, and find solutions to the issues that are stressing me.

Speaking of which, I love these free (don’t you love that word?) invites, found via iDiY (don’t you love that site, too??). One of the projects that was stressing me out was the invites for the bridal tea. I’ve reached design burnout, so these are perfect — I just have to adapt the color scheme and print! That’s my kind of project!

And some of my wonderful bridesmaids are coming over tomorrow to help knock out the favors, which I think will make me feel much better. Just 18 days until the wedding — I can’t wait to see everything start coming together!!

Published in: on June 1, 2009 at 12:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Making It Official

I’m getting really excited about the wedding, and I love how the details are all coming together, but when it comes down to it, that’s all icing on the (not too tall, no fondant and no frills please) cake. The part that really matters is the getting married part! 

On Tuesday, T and I made the hike over to the county seat to pick up our marriage license. The process was far less…I don’t know, official, I guess, than I expected. Part of that was probably that they were doing renovations or something to the main building, so the office was temporarily housed in a building with a law firm. So we went in, stood waiting for someone to come for a few minutes, and then knocked on the closest door. It seems it was the right door, although we interrupted a woman eating her lunch, and she brought us in, had us swear that we weren’t related, etc, and then we filled out the forms, she printed them out (on copy paper!!), and we were done. Apparently we can get a more official-looking marriage certificate after the wedding from the state. Luckily, I have a wonderful fiance who was just as bummed as I was that there wasn’t more to it (or at least didn’t let on otherwise!), and we had lunch at the restaurant at The Brick Hotel, our reception venue, so that made it seem a little  more special.

Honestly, the people at the DMV made more of a big deal about us getting married when I went in to get a DE license recently than the people at the Clerk of the Peace did! I guess they see couples in there every day, so it’s old hat to them, but I’d never done it before!! Still, once I got over my disappointment at the lack of pomp and circumstance, it still felt very momentous. All we’d technically need is the signature of a minister, and we’d be married! Obviously that won’t be until after the ceremony, but it’s a big step in the right direction, legally speaking!!

Along those lines, we got our rings in! They came in last week when I was on my way down to Richmond, so I haven’t had a chance to post about them yet, but they’re here! It took some doing to find a ring that would fit my vintage style engagement ring, and we considered having one custom made, but when we went to get T’s ring, we found some contour bands that fit the ring pretty well. There are some gaps that I guess I could get filled, but honestly it just emphasizes the cocktail ring look that I loved initially.

I also got a plain gold band for the ceremony, and to wear when I’m working or traveling in a foreign country (with the bands, my ring is a little more… noticeable than I originally planned).

We decided to pick our own bands based on what we wanted, not what would match the best — we’re not exactly the same personality-wise, so we don’t really feel the need to have the exact same band. That is definitely important for some people, and that’s great, but it just didn’t matter that much to us. So T ended up with an engraved yellow gold band, while I have white gold engagement and wedding rings. I did get yellow gold for the plain band, because the fact that it kind of fades against my skin was a bonus there.

So all of the official stuff is in line, and now it’s just finishing up the fun stuff for the wedding, and that’s it! Three more weeks!

Published in: on May 28, 2009 at 10:49 am  Comments (1)  
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The Master Plan

{from the author’s personal files}

So I’m trying very, very hard not to be a bridezilla. T says I’m doing ok, but I think he might be biased. I will tell on myself a little, though. Funny bridezilla moment (luckily aborted) last week: my MOH emailed me about the shirts for the wedding. If you remember, I ended up asking the girls to just pick out a white, french cuff shirt and long black skirt for the wedding. She emailed me to ask about two shirts she had found, one of which looked like it was probably french cuff, but you couldn’t tell for sure in the pics.

An actual excerpt from the email I didn’t send: “The second one looks perfect! I can’t tell for sure if it’s actually french cuff, but the cuff style looks right, so if it’s not, you can just resew the buttons to make it work!!”

Backspace, backspace, backspace. 


Published in: on May 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm  Comments (1)  

Hair/Dress Trial

Today my MOH is coming over to do a hair/dress trial before I take the dress off to Richmond for final alterations. I can’t wait to see what the dress looks like with my hair done!

While I only have one dress, the wedding-day “costume change” I’m planning involves my hair. I love my hair down, T loves my hair down…but I’m afraid wearing it down won’t be formal enough for our evening ceremony. So we compromised: I’m wearing it down for the afternoon “first look” and photos, and then putting it up for the ceremony.

Here’s what I’m thinking for the afternoon: soft, loose curls, either half up…


or mostly down:

{Both images from The Knot}

For the wedding, I want an “updo.” I know I don’t want anything too severe — I’m thinking just slightly more than half up. Since I have a birdcage veil, I want the back of my hair to be a little more elaborate than a basic chignon, since that’s what everyone is going to be staring at the whole time!


{Wedding Channel}

I want the front to be pretty soft and romantic (severe styles are not my best look), but I’m not sure if wispy curls will look right with the veil, so it’ll probably either be like this:


or this


{Both images from Wedding Channel}

I’m heading to Richmond tonight for a marathon of shopping, dress fitting, and wedding DIY with my mother and sister, so I may not get to post again over the weekend, but will be back on Monday at the latest with trial pics and DIY recaps!!

Published in: on May 22, 2009 at 11:45 am  Leave a Comment  

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

People have been asking us a lot lately where we’re going on our honeymoon, and I realized that I had never shared that little detail on here. 

T and I definitely like a variety of things, especially between the two of us — he adores the water, I think it’s pretty, but what really speaks to me are mountains, which he likes, but can take or leave. So when we first started discussing honeymoon locations (which he kindly gave me input on), we had a little bit of a hard time agreeing on one place. We knew we wanted to be away for two weeks, but narrowing it down…

T’s parents surprised us with a week in Florida and the Bahamas, which was very generous of them, especially considering it wasn’t the only — or the smallest! — wedding present they gave us. So that took care of one week. For the other…T has made it his mission to offer me new and exciting experiences, and he loves showing me things I’ve never seen before.  Which, location-wise, is hard to do with an Army brat!! But one of the few regions I’ve never seen, and always wanted to, is the Pacific Northwest. So…

What we ended up with was a very eclectic honeymoon, which I think will definitely suit our style.

We’re starting out with a couple of days in Seattle/Vancouver.

{University of Washington}

Then we’ll spend the bulk of the first week in Portland, Oregon.

{University of Oregon}

I can’t wait!! I told T that I was going to be traditional about this and let him plan it — I’ve got enough to do with the wedding, and he’s been out there before and has a list of things he wants to show me. One thing I do know he’s planning for us to do is go out to Crater Lake, which is supposed to be gorgeous:

{Grant’s Pass}

We had originally talked about camping while we’re out there, but I think “roughing it” means a cabin with no air conditioning (running water and electricity are assumed, of course!), so T thought maybe I should make my first foray into the world of sleeping in a tent at at time when it wouldn’t ruin our honeymoon!

We’re flying from Portland to Miami for the tropical leg of the trip. We’ll spend two days there, hop on a ship for a two day cruise to the Bahamas, and then back to FL for three more days!!

{via Iho Ohi}

Whew! It’s going to be a whirlwind honeymoon, but I can’t wait!! T and I both love exploring new things and get bored with nothing to see and do, so I think this will suit us perfectly. It’s definitely getting exciting now – in just a month, I’ll be exploring the Pacific Northwest with my HUSBAND!!

Published in: on May 21, 2009 at 10:36 am  Leave a Comment  

Countdown Happy Dance

30 days to go today! You would think that just maybe I would be a little stressed about getting everything done, etc. Nope, not me! I want to do a little wedding happy dance!! I’m getting married!! In a month!!!

Yes, there’s a lot still to do (anyone who feels a sudden strong desire to label soda bottles is welcome to contact me!!), but we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and starting to see the vision come together. The waterproof labels are on the way, our wedding rings should be here any day…aaand now I’m rhyming, which is apparently an unfortunate side effect of giddiness!!  

I can’t wait to see everything finally come together, and get to walk down the aisle to marry my favorite person! One month to the wedding!! Woo hoo!!!

Published in: on May 20, 2009 at 9:39 am  Leave a Comment  

Hearts I Can Live With

I have an intense, unreasonable dislike of anything with hearts. Not because I hate love, obviously, but there’s just something about hearts that makes my hackles rise. But I think these hearts I might actually be able to deal with. I do like subtlety. 


{via coco+kelley}

Published in: on May 19, 2009 at 11:36 pm  Comments (1)  
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