Monday, December 29, 2008

#24: Mental Block

Bridesmaid dress decision: DONE.

I picked the Priscilla of Boston dress I spoke about here. I spent the day shopping w/ one of my bridesmaids yesterday and realized it really was the one I truly wanted my girls to wear, the color is just gorgeous to me.

Other than that, I feel like I've hit a mental block. I didn't do a single wedding related item while visiting family for the holidays from the 19th - 25th and still didn't do anything until yesterday's dress shopping. As you can tell, even my blogging came to a cease until just now! :(

I have some big items to take care of, but I'm in this "I just don't wanna" slum.

The big items:
  • Flowers
  • Invitations
  • Cake
  • Transportation
And those are just the big things, there are obviously a million little details to think of that are crawling nearer.

Am I whining??? ;)

Aagghh, someone get me out of this! I have things to do, decisions to make!

Monday, December 22, 2008

#23: 1st Christmas Tree

Mr. P and I bought our first Christmas tree this year. It's artificial so it'll last foreva. The next step were ornaments and I'm telling you, Wal-mart is the best if you're looking for something inexpensive. We got a box of 46 ornaments balls for only $15! Awesome. We went traditional red, green and gold and it turned out great. Say hi to my pup Kobi!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

#22: 4 Your Bridal Shower

Check out this site that has the cutest items for a Bridal Shower. 4Showers.com has a ton of creative items. They have everything from plates, to favors, to decorations, to games, to off-the-wall gifts. Here are some of my faves...
Paper Plate

Manicure Set Favor

Doorknob Hanger Gift

Honeymoon Adventure Pack Gift

Favor Boxes

Margarita Glass & Personalized Mix

All images from here.

Monday, December 15, 2008

#21: Woes of Bridesmaid Dress Shopping

Drum roll please......

The Priscilla of Boston dress is the winner!! (By default.)

BUT the search is NOT over. I can't choose it because it won by default, that's just not fair. The Priscilla dress must get appropriate competition.

I went to David's Bridal this weekend and "Marine" turned out to be "Navy." Egh. Not what I'm going for. I looked and looked and couldn't find anything in the only color I'm interested in there, "Blue Velvet." So, DB is out until they get a new collection (possibly January?)

So, I'm committing to one more search! I'm going to go to one or two bridal shops (probably the one I bought my dress at) to see what I can find. I'll probably have to sacrifice a lunch hour for this on Wednesday or Thursday because they all close so early and there's mega traffic during rush hour - ugh, yes, that was a little bit of venting.

Did anyone anticipate this hunt being this difficult? Or am I the only one having challenges?

Friday, December 12, 2008

#20: Blue Explanation

An Atlanta Bride brought up a valid point about my last shoe post that I realized I had not explained at all on here.

I love, love bright royal blue and I started thinking of shoes for me and dresses for my girls in that color, but then one of my bridesmaid's and my mother brought my back down to earth. My dress is a warm tone (a smidge darker than ivory) and I'm trying to express the deep blue in the tip of a peacock feather because they will be in the centerpieces for the reception. Bright royal blue, you're outta there! That's the back story on how bright royal blue went out the window and I realized I needed to tone it down a notch for everything to go together well.

I'm happy about this because when I truly started envisioning the bright royal blue with my dress and other things that've already been picked out, it was not a pretty picture in my head. These deeper tones and hues are going to look much, much better and that is the reason I posted those colors of shoes and just a few minutes ago those colors of dresses.

OK, now everything is out in the open! ;)

#19: The Final Two Showdown

I've been looking and looking for bridesmaids dresses that are the color I want AND the price I want! (Deep blue, but not quite navy and under $200.) I found the most fabulous dress at this tiny boutique next to my office. I can't even link to them because they don't have a website, that's how small they are! Problem is that the dress was pure silk, inside and out, at $350 each. I was bummed. But then I went back and asked if we could change the fabric to lessen the cost. They could, to poly-satin, it went down to $225. Okkkaayyy, not horrible, but then I figured in 8% tax and I was bummed again.

Ugh! Would I ever find a dress in this special color AND within my young BM's price ranges??

YES!! FINALLY!

Here are the two finalists:
Priscilla of Boston: Style #1308 in CALYPSO


David's Bridal: Style #81255 in MARINE

(Remember monitors vary)

Obviously the Priscilla dress is more expensive, but surprisingly it's just within the budget cap WITH tax. I have seen this dress and it's color in person on one of my BM's. I've seen the DB dress in a green color and tried it on myself. I'm going this weekend to DB to see the color. Cross your fingers for me! (It's cheaper! lol.)

The Priscilla dress has a bow in the back which you can see in the video on the site. And the DB dress' bow can be moved to the back if the girls like it better like that.

Which do you like better?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

#18: And More Blue Shoes

Charles David - you're out!
Upon further diliberation, what was I thinking about those shoes?! I want a peep-toe and that's what I'll have. How could closed-toe ever look good with an a-line long dress?? Not on me anyway. I had a moment of desperation I suppose because those shoes ARE amazing.
My search has continued, but I need help! What do you think about these potentials?


1st & 2nd pair: Source
3rd pair: Source

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

#17: Kids' Stuff for Bridesmaids? Oh yes.

I've never talked about what I do for a living, but I must now to explain how I even found what I'm about to show you...

I work in email marketing. The Home Depot is my only client and my team creates and sends out their promotional emails. (Same thing as receiving emails from any other retailer...J.Crew, Victoria's Secret, etc.)
So I get many, many emails from competitors for work purposes. But my weakness are the Crate & Barrel emails. Oh how cute their stuff is! Well, if you didn't know, their kids' company is The Land of Nod. I got the cutest email from C&B about Christmas stuff for kids promoting LON.

Okay, enough back story...I found these fabu "storage" items I think some of you creative peeps out there could convert into packaging for gifts for your BM's! Check out the cuteness:

Source

Monday, December 8, 2008

#16: Calculate Your LIFE

I found this link while wandering around .classicly modern.'s blog. It's a "Marriage Calculator." What are your chances of getting divorced within 5 years??

Mine are 8%...I was SUPER happy :) but then... I read the "fine print." Oh, that nasty, nasty fine print.
"*In general for the five-year divorce prediction rates, those with less than 3 percent are at lower risk, 3 - 7 percent are of average risk and more than 7 percent are at higher risk."

Ugh. So I'm actually at high risk? Poo.

Okay, I'm not THAT upset because I pretty much boiled it down to where they ask you for your age...mine being 23 probably tacked on the percentage points!

BUT, then I filled it out according to Mr. P's answers...5%! So, I guess we're average - high, haha.

Any others out there at "high risk"? What's your excuse? lol.

#15: The Dessy Group

I'm struggling finding a bridesmaid dress, but upon my endless internet searching, I came upon The Dessy Group. They do attire, but have other items as well. Check out these precious "Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" cards. Best part: you can purchase them individually! (Why do so many sell in packages of 10?? Will I really use all those cards? NO!)

Friday, December 5, 2008

#14: New Inspiration Board

I finally finished a new Inspiration Board! I love my old one, but this one is definitely more representative of our wedding now. We're going for casually chic with peacock feathers in the decor and rich blue bridesmaid dresses. I'm not 100% in love with the layout of this one, but it works. So do our styles match, or are we completely opposite?? ;)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

#13: Awaiting Flora

I met with my florist for the first time right before Thanksgiving. Side note: He is actually kinda cute for an older guy...you know, that sexy bit of gray in the front with the goatee? Small resemblance to Mark Sloan on Grey's Anatomy, but gay. Ha.

ANYWAY, now that I'm not distracted by the holiday and family anymore, I'm getting really anxious to get a quote from him. Everything we discussed came together so well and I think would look absolutely fabulous. Just getting a tad nervous about those dollaz$$. I hate waiting, don't you?

Pretty, pretty flora.


Flowers' LoversWedding Flower Ideas
Celi Photography
Truly Wedding Blog
Wedding Bouquets

Monday, December 1, 2008

#12: The Blues

I'm dying here. Royal blue is the primary color now in our color scheme...bridesmaids dress and accents in the reception decor. How cute to have royal blue shoes, right?? I have been looking and looking online and all I've found are these Charles David's for way over my budget at $125. I really only want to spend max $65 (I'll cheat a little if they're absolutly fabulous). And truthfully, I really wanted a peep-toe.

Charles David

What do you think? Worth it if they're the only ones I can find? Or just get something traditional? Has anyone seen any other fashionable royal blue shoes out there? HELP!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

#11: 6-12 Months (or 5.5, whatever)

There are so many timeline checklists out there, it's hard to tell which one is right for me. Should I go by the one that starts at 12+ months or 8-12 months or 6-12??

The timeline I've found that best suits me is the one that starts at 6-12 months before.
WHY? Mr. P and I got engaged March 21, 2008. We went through some big ups and downs in the following months, so we weren't ready to start planning...plus, we were broke! So we didn't start to actually put a budget together and set a date till end of August, about 5 months later! The 6-12 months before timeline seemed to suit us best because that's truly the point we were at when we starting the planning process.

Here's the 6-12 months before timeline that I've started to follow:
-Set a date and time for the wedding
-Determine the size and degree of formality of your wedding
-Discuss expenses with all concerned and make preliminary budget
-Interview and hire a wedding consultant if you plan to use one
-Make a guest list and begin compiling addresses
-Reserve the site for the wedding.
-Retain the officiant to perform the ceremony
-Select bridal attendants and inform them of all pertinent dates
-Plan the reception. Book the location and begin to research and select wedding professionals such as the florist, caterer, cake baker and musicians
-Research and select a photographer and videographer
-Shop for wedding gown and accessories and bridesmaid dresses
-Consult with groom on men's wedding attire
-Have invitations and personal stationary designed and printed
-Begin planning honeymoon
-Call to schedule dance lessons
-Decide on hair style and show your stylist ideas
-Shop for wedding rings

We're 5.5 months away from the big day and the only items not checked off on this list are booking the cake baker, finalizing bridesmaid dresses, hair style decision and shopping for wedding rings.

Reasoning:
Cake Baker - Publix only needs a couple months beforehand, so this makes that point mute.
Bridesmaid Dresses - ALMOST done with this, but it's hard for me to commit. (More on this in a later post).
Hair Style - 6 months before?? Am I the only one who thinks this is a little early for a must do?
Wedding Rings - We're melting down some old jewelry from Mr. P's mom and he custom-designed the engagement ring, so he's familiar with the process and is pretty confident that 6 months is too early. (I'm trying to push him, though).

Think I'm off track at all? What are your timelines like? Right on track? All over the place? Totally behind?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

#10: Turkey Day

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  After being stuffed with turkey, I thought of a wedding correlation to Turkey Day. Turkey - the country! I love other cultures and countries. Their wedding rituals and attire are so different than the States. It can be inspiring. So even though it's just a word correlation, some Turkish wedding images for you...Designer: Muhterem Cen
Turkey's President's daughter weds in 2007.

Monday, November 24, 2008

#9: Accomplished

We got SO much wedding stuff accomplished this weekend!

1. First Florist Meeting - went really well and I think we're on the right track with style AND budget
2. Registered at Bed, Bath & Beyond (took 4 hours!)
3. Met with photographer, Edward Zeltser, loved him and booked him on the spot!

YAY, my photographer woes are OVER. Edward is perfect for our wedding and actually came in UNDER budget. When does that ever happen??!

He is originally from Russia and has a photojounalism background working for magazines and newspapers there. He brought that style to his work when he started doing weddings in the U.S. without overworking the images in post-production. I was lucky to find him because he doesn't advertise and mostly does weddings by referral. I have a feeling I will definitely be referring him.

Here's what we got:
Edward + 1 assistant photographer
7-8 hoursOnline hosting
CD of all images in hi-res
TOTAL: $1,500 for 7 hours OR $1,620 for 8 hours

I'm left inspired by photographer images I love...

Bella Pictures - Atlanta

Saturday, November 22, 2008

#8: Vintage Glam

I've been on a heavy vintage/victorian queen kick lately. So you can imagine how happy I was to find this oh so fab blog: Vintage Glam.

It has everything vintage for weddings and DIY projects so your expenses don't sky rocket while achieving this sophisticated look.

My inspiration today...



















































Leah C. Couture Millinery

Thursday, November 20, 2008

#7: Shoot Me. No, Really.

Pun intended. My #1 To-Do right now is to get a photographer. I thought I had two options...Kike Morales' other photographer Juan David and Edward Zeltser. Kike booked Juan David. UGH! I've met with SO many photographers and looked at SO many online...this is getting to be frustrating to say the least. BUT Edward definitely is my style and we're meeting Sunday evening. Cross your fingers for me that he'll be fabulous and we click. My planner found one more option, but I'm not 100% sure. Her name is Pamela and works with Marcus Krause. The package she offered was not stellar and I'm not even asking for much.

This is what I'm looking for:
7-8 hours of coverage
2 photographers
CD/DVD of all images in hi-res and retouched
Online hosting for purchasing
I do not think this is a lot! The hardest part is the two photographers, but Edward offers that! It's an assistant, but I don't mind...as long as someone is there to capture certain important moments from completely different angles. I'm hooked on this idea.
Here's why:


Jenius Food & Photography
Wedding Bee Blog: Mrs. Espresso

Note, these photos are not from the same wedding, but nevertheless, you'd never be able to get BOTH of those shots with only one photographer. Most only get the bride walking down the aisle with her dad. Of course that is an important shot, but I really want to capture Mr. P's expression when he first sees me. I think it will be classic. It's a must-have shot for me. Having two photographers allows for capturing the same moment in two completely different ways. What do you think? Am I being stubborn here??

Monday, November 17, 2008

#6: Ceremony Site

No decorations needed. Just four ferns on four posts.

#5: DIY "Will You Be My Bridesmaid?" Cards

Since I've done a few things before starting this blog, I want to get caught up with posting about those things and that includes my DIY cards I made my girls to ask them to be my bridesmaids.

I went to a discount scrapbook store in Marietta, GA and hit the jackpot! A discount scrapbook store is one where all items are heavily discounted from normal prices because they do not know if they will restock the items or they are leftovers from other stores.

I already had scrapbook tape, so I found 12x12 paper, letter size cardstock, ribbon, die-cuts, and stick-on embellishments all for under $10!

I made each one a little different...

















I found the perfect saying and wrote it in all the cards:

The day, the dress
The bride, the groom
The joy, the tears
Will all come soon

Professing true love
To my husband-to-be
With family and friends
All watching me

I hope the sun will
Be shining down
Keep your fingers crossed
That I'll fit my gown

But there's one more thing
That there needs to be
And that's to have you
Standing with me!