Friday, May 28, 2010
Our rep called me within a matter of minutes of me sending him an e-mail. He was really pleased with the request and mentioned some company have an "under minimum" fee and would get back to me with some answers in a day or two. My heart soared after that conversation!
Until I got an answer back and I'm not sure what to do....yet again! They have a company that can do a minimum of 50 (I need about 30) for $5.54 each. Do the math and that's $277 for one item in my OOT bag. I'm torn because honestly that's a lot for one single piece of plastic! Yet it's what I want and we have the money.
I need help people, what are your thoughts????
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Oh I just love that show. Estelle Getty we miss you!
Ok so now that I got that out of my system I wanted to talk about a wonderful surprise I got last week. When I decided on a DW I understood and accepted the fact that most people, including my closest friends, might not be able to make it since it cost money. One of my best friends growing up had to decline since her wedding was only 3 weeks after mine and that was the start of the many "unfortunately we can't make it" responses. I thought at one point that we would be friendless (except the best man) on our wedding day and that really bummed me.
I have some great people in my life but there are only a few that have been my closest friends since I was young. And I just found out that two of them are coming to my wedding and I couldn't be happier! The ladies have been my friends for about 20 years now and to know they are going to be part of my special day makes this day even more special. I grew up swimming with "Jafar" and "Dimond in the Rough" (yes that's their real nicknames no joke and I'm "King of Thieves") and we have been through so much together.
Jafar (first on left), Me (next to her), and Dimond in the Rough (second from right in blue) at one of the many summer parties circa 2001 I think.
Me and Jafar - 2000
She will absolutely kill me for this pic but it's a classic! Dimond in the Rough (in red) and I with our friend Jules in 1994.Dimond in the Rough lives in Scottsdale, AZ now along with her family and Jafar lives in Maryland with her husband. I can only imagine the crazy stuff that will take place down in the Dominican!
I plan on incorporating them into the wedding since they are not in my bridal party but more to come on that!
Were there any unexpected surprises with guests RSVP's?
*all photos from personal camera*
Monday, May 24, 2010
Our first pic together - September 2006 - Hancock Tower, Chicago.
Funny story about this picture, I planned to tell him I loved him for the first time at the top of the tower. I chickened out because I could never find a time to be alone since a lot of people were visiting as well. I'm such a dork! So I ended up telling him randomly in our hotel room which clearly isn't as exciting but it still makes me smile at the thought!
Over the weekend we decided on a date to legally get married in New York State. As mentioned a few months ago , we are getting married legally in the US before we head to the Caribbean for our symbolic ceremony since we want to avoid waiting months for our marriage certificate to arrive after being translated.
Ok drum roll please......
I'm so happy that we are able to get married on our anniversary, the first date we had together. Isn't that awesome?!! Even though technically our wedding date is September 18th we will celebrate our anniversary on that date every year, but it is still wonderful to be able to still make our 'dating anniversary' special as well.
Friday, May 21, 2010
I tried the longer version on about 2 months ago and wasn't a fan of it but loved the top. It made me look like a balloon. So today is the day even though I've been dreading trying on dresses! Wish me luck!
Anybody else try this dress on? Do you dread trying on dresses too?
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
This is whatcha get! Source
Or so I thought! I googled "starfish wine stoppers" and found most websites that supply the wine stopper shown above. And then I saw "Murano Glass Collection" and figured I would see how much those puppies would cost. Humoring myself (or so I thought) I clicked on the website and started to drool over this....
I can't take my eyes off you! (source)
"The intricate way the hand blown glass colors intertwine within the glass transform what is usually a common favor into a veritable original work of art." Reading the description just makes me swoon! And the best part? If I order 96 or more they are only (drum roll please!)...$2.99 each!!
(Dancing in my seat as we speak)
So I sent the link to my FI and of course I'm sure he wasn't as excited since his comment was, "those are great, get what you want babe." Wedding favors aren't exactly his top priority right now since he's been studying for his MIJ test since his apprenticeship is almost over. It's been a long time coming and I'm so proud of him but I also can't wait for the pay raise!! It couldn't come at a more perfect time.
Ok sorry I drifted off subject. So once we get the final headcount for our HR and DW, I will be ordering them faster than you can say "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!"
What piece of the wedding just clicked for you? Did you fall head over heels for something? Maybe it was your dress or the venue or even the cake! Love to hear what clicked for you!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
This picture is absolutely amazing and I'm so excited that it's taken by our photographer! He just posted some pictures on his blog and it couldn't have come at a better time. In exactly 4 months from today, we will be getting married! Oh.my.gosh.
How were you feeling at the 4 month mark?? Did you start to feel the stress?
Monday, May 17, 2010
I know what you're thinking but no it's not mine. He is my new (and first!) nephew Ryan Anthony who was born late Wednesday night. I apologize for the delay in postings but I've been a tad busy, can you tell?
Now that the baby has arrived it's the start of many great things to come this year. I'm so excited (and a little anxious) for the next 4 months.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Let me explain how I got this dress on to begin with. Since it was only myself I put it on backwards so the zipper was in the front. The dress has a corset back and then you zipper up. So I was able to get ONE hook which clearly almost broke by the time I was done. THEN I had to suck it in for a good minute to try and turn the dress around right. Picture a dog chasing it's tail and that's what you got. No joke.
About 5 minutes later I finally got the dress on right. Notice the hook stretching in this picture?? Le sigh. Then I attempted to zip it up and that only got me half way until I decided to breathe and zipper went right back down to the start. ::insert pointing and laughing::
So ladies unfortunately I've decided to not use this dress and possibly resell it. My heart keeps telling me to use my own dress for the TTD session anyways and after this bump in the road I think its a sign. Luckily I didn't break the bank with this purchase but its still a disappointment not to mention my butt has to get to the gym because I cannot have this happen to my other dress!
What was your disappointment thus far in wedding planning?
Much better! *personal photo taken same day as haircut*
I won't ever make the mistake of going 7 months without another hair let alone wash my hair with such crappy shampoo! My FI is much happier as well since I'm not using up his shampoo/conditioner! LOL
I know as brides we want to grow our hair out for the wedding and we think that just by not cutting it that we are doing ourselves a favor but honestly we're not. The ends of our hair split for a number of reasons: heat, color, lack of vitamins or lack of protein. Then the end either breaks off or continues to split up further and keep breaking.
Another lesson learned for me! Are you even surprised at this point?? Did you make the switch to salon products and did you have results? Anybody else want to admit that they too have used H&S as well?
Monday, May 10, 2010
Remember we used this symbol on our invitations? Well we want to continue to incorporate this into our wedding in other ways as well and I think this would be perfect to put on the mug.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
So is that "Y" for YOURSELF? Or is that Yes I'll bring my entire extended family?? It came from NJ so at least I can narrow it down to a few choices.
SECONDLY I received another different kind of response today. I'm kind of lost for words yet its a little funny at this point because every day is new adventure in the Land of Response Cards!
I was utterly shocked. I realize this person is on my Mother's side (I believe her aunt) and so I quickly called her and told her the news. It went something like this:
Me: Hi. Ummm did you know Emma
Mom: Oh yeah back in March I believe. Why?
Me: Well I sent her an invite to the wedding and she responded! Well more like someone in the family did. I thought you reviewed the list before I sent the invitations out?!
Mom: I did...I must have missed that.
HA! Ya think?! I am not sure how any other response is going to top that one.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Another view trying to get the flower in more. At this point I'm wondering if I need to go bigger since you can't see the flower unless I turn my head. Hmm...
I was surprisingly happy with the way they looked. I was relieved to be honest. At this point I realized there was no way I was going to have a veil. This works very well with the back of my dress being open.
I suck at taking pictures on my own at an awkward angle but I wanted to get a close up of the flowers. You can't tell but my other hand is holding a hand mirror up to try and make sure the camera is position right. HA!
So what do you think? Should I go bigger?
Unfortunately my DIY project didn't work the way I wanted and started melting the flip flops!
As you can see I tried 3 times and still no luck.
So I will be returning the crystals and the tweezers since I won't be using them now. And it's now on to Plan B. I discovered these bad boys in J.Crew the other day for $36.
So in the long run I spent almost the amount I didn't want to spend. Oh well. You win some and you learn some.
Anyone have luck using the hot fix tool on flip flops? Ever have a DIY project gone wrong? If so, I'd love to hear!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
My FI and I went on vacation back in May 2008 in the Dominican Republic at a resort in Punta Cana called Majestic Colonial.
My FI and I waiting for our room to be ready. I swear my cheesy smile is not alcohol induced...I'm just that cheesy.
We absolutely had a blast and fell in love with the resort. The resorts grounds were lush and tropical and always well maintained. The staff was extremely friendly and always said, "Hola!"
One of the many bars available to your enjoyment.
We witnessed several weddings taking place while we were there and it hit us....let's have a destination wedding! It's totally our style, laid back, relaxed and honestly we just want to go away with our friends and family and celebrate our love for a couple days while boozing and eating our hearts out! Who wouldn't want that?! I know it's not for everyone but I couldn't picture getting married anywhere else.
We vacationed at many other all-inclusive resorts over the last two years but none of them exceeded our expectations like this resort and we knew this was were we wanted to get married. PLUS we know what to expect since we've already been there!
This is one of the many reasons why I love my FI..he is such a goof ball and makes me laugh all the time!
We love our beverages =)
One of the best features is the never ending pool that starts up by reception and ends by the beach! This is the view from our room. There was quieter parts (which we didn't go near) and then there was the rowdy loud music section which we always try to stay towards.
This is the grand staircase in the main lobby. THIS is what sold me on having my wedding here. Can you imagine the amazing pictures I will get???
And so to answer the question earlier about if people got mad because we were having a DW...NOPE! Luckily my family supports our decision and although they've never been to one they are extremely excited for the new experience! I'm really thankful they were on board from the start because that's whose opinion would have mattered most. and if anybody is mad or upset I don't really care because at the end of the day this is OUR wedding.
So there you have it! Anybody else decide to go against tradition and have a wedding that represents their style whether it's outdoors, at a museum or even on a mountain top? Was everyone accepting?
*all picture were taken from personal camera*