Thursday, February 28, 2008
So I decided to see what some of these flowers look like in bouquets.
First we have sweetpeas:
Pretty and simple. I really like the bouquet on the bottom right. But maybe instead of purple flowers I could have some leaves.
Then there's dahlias. Very simple and nothing says summer to me like dahlias. They make the bouquet look so full.
Then there's carnations. I know most people hate them but they are my birth flower. I love the bottom right bouquet. Yea for Martha Stewart!
What do you think of these choices? Are there some I overlooked?
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I really like that they break up the sections differently. They also have a specific chart for wine.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
He said they would hold up well without water and using just a few would create a more elegant statement. He also said that he could make 3 bouquets and 6 bouts for less than $200. In talking to my friend Janet, I think he either misunderstood me (less than $200 for my bouquet) or he just wanted to make a sale. Either way, it might not matter. Mr Florist said he would get back to me today about costs. He has not. I'm giving him til Thursday before I start searching for another florist. He was kind of odd and a little rude when I showed up for my appointment which he totally forgot about. His customer service skills leave me unimpressed. Which would be the reason for me to find another florist.
Oh, and I'm not sure about the calla lilies. Perhaps another kind of lily would be ok. Any ideas?
Monday, February 25, 2008
So I started my next DIY project. Flower buckets for the centerpieces. Honestly I wasn't sure if I could do this. I've never done flower arranging. I had no idea what to expect.
I went to Joann's and bought a shitload of fake flowers and green floral foam. I cut the foam and fit to the inside of the buckets. Then stuck the flowers in. Voila!
The first bucket is cream Ranunculus (sadly the closest I might come to ranuculus since they are out of season in July), light green hydrangeas (the fresh ones are too fragile for bouquets says the florist) in the tall bucket, and the pussy willows in the last bucket. I need one more bunch in the ranunculus bucket and one more bunch in the hydrangea bucket. Tai was pretty impressed. He thought they were real.
I have some more flowers but the buckets I have aren't tall enough. So I have to cut down the flowers. I broke my favorite wire cutters trying to cut the stems. Dad has heavy duty cutters he'll loan me.
So this DIY project does not have me in fits. I think I can do this one. Yeah me!
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Tai stepped in and assured me that we could still have a great wedding despite not making the invitations. I really resisted him on that. We argued it about most of last week. He really wanted less stressed out Linda back. He didn't want to look at invitations anymore. Then I remembered something I told Janet when we started this process: I don't care about the invitations. No one really looks at them anyway.
In remembering how I felt about the invitations before I became stressed out bride helped me make my decision. Despite what I think, no one (no one) is going to open the invitation and caress it lovingly. No one is going to ooh and aah over it even if we'd sprung for letterpress. So I bought our invitations, response cards, and insert cards from WeddingPaperDivas. I went to sleep, pleased with knowledge that the invitations were crossed off our to do list.
I woke up feeling slightly guilty. Perhaps I took the easy way out. But I brushed it aside and tried to continue with my day. Then I saw Miss Peony's invitations. When I read that she hand ironed on all the Swarovski crystals on the invitations, I felt so bad. She obviously cares about her invitations. She put the time and energy that her guests will notice. Her wedding will be better than mine. (Note: this is a pity party. I don't really believe that, k.)
Feeling a little more guilty I tried to move on. I looked to the knot to assuage my guilt. I was reading a bio where the bride stressed making everything yourself. She believed that your guests would notice those little touches that you took the time to make. I felt even worse.
Then DIY bride had a poll. In her informal poll, 81% felt some pressure to DIY parts of their wedding. I count myself as part of that number.
When you don't have a ton of money to spend on your guests you want to find things that show your guests that you care. You want your guests to know you spent sometime thinking about them. But honestly I don't think that my guests want to know I stressed out myself to make something that they will ultimately throw away. (Please recycle the invitations, k.)
What I'm taking away from this whole experience is that we (Tai and I) need to take stock of what we feel is important. People notice food and drink. If there is not enough food or not enough to drink, people will notice. If I don't hand iron on the crystals onto the invites no one will notice. I hope you all work to make the day memorable for you and your guests-within your own limits.
PS I really love Miss Peony's invites and I'm totally jealous that I couldn't make the same thing. Anyone who takes that kind of time to do that totally rocks. I can't wait to see pictures from Miss Peony's wedding cause it will be beautiful.
Friday, February 22, 2008
1.What is your occupation?
I work in social services. I assist seniors.
2. What color are your socks right now?
Green and white
3. What are you listening to right now?
The computer humming, Tai trying to get his new laptop set up.
4. What was the last thing that you ate?
5. Can you drive a stick shift?
Nope. Dad tried to teach me when I was first learning but it was too hard for me.
6. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
7. Last person you spoke to on the phone?
8. Do you like the person who sent this to you?
Yes, I love her blog. She has so many great ideas!
9. Favorite drink?
Ice tea. We usually have a pitcher of it in the fridge.
10. What is your favorite sport to watch?
Hockey, football, and baseball-in that order. I only watch college basketball during March Madness.
11. Have you ever dyed your hair?
In college, I did dye my hair with mixed results.
Not at this time. When we have a larger space we'll either get a cat or a dog or maybe both!
13. Favorite food?
Yummy food. I have a shorter list of what I don't like than what I like. But safe to say I love most Asian food-Chinese, Thai, and Japanese!
14. Last movie you watched?
15. Favorite Day of the year?
There were a few really good days. But the day we got engaged ranks up there followed by Tai's birthday.
16. What do you do to vent anger?
I vent to my friends, my dad and Tai. I complain to my coworkers and strangers on the street :)
17. What was your favorite toy as a child?
My fake Cabbage Patch Doll named Charlotte.
18. What is your favorite, fall or spring?
Fall. I love watching the leaves change color. I love the warm days. I'm usually ready to wear jeans and sweaters by then too.
19. Hugs or kisses?
20. What kind of pie?
Me love pie. Blueberry is my favorite!
21. Living arrangements?
Tiny apartment shared with Tai.
22. When was the last time you cried?
I got weepy the other night.
23. What is on the floor of your closet?
A bag of clothes to donate, bags of pillows, a box of hangers.
24. Favorite smell?
clean laundry, freshly mowed lawns, warm oranges.
25. What inspires you?
Kind of broad question, but basically other people.
26. What are you afraid of?
Clowns and falling.
27. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers?
With cheese. Yummy.
28. Favorite car?
1966 1/2 Mustang or a Prowler.
29. Favorite cat breed?
I love Mika's cat. It's an Abyssinian. So pretty.
30. Number of keys on your key ring?
31. How many years at your current job?
2 1/2 years.
32. Favorite day of the week?
Sunday. I love lazy Sundays.
33. How many states have you lived in?
Two-Washinton and Ohio.
34. How many countries have you been to?
Canada and Mexico.
Ok, I tag Road to The Aisle, She Weds, An Excited Bride, and Little Miss Planner!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
This is the color I'm looking for but I like the leaves around the outside like the one on top.
Or I could go with peonies. I really like this bunch here.
I like this is fuller, but probably more expensive.
I really like how the leaves go all the way around. I think those are mint leaves-ooohh. These are ranunculus. I these the other day when I passing through Whole Foods.
I really like the idea of all one flower. I think it looks more elegant. Wish me luck tomorrow. Hopefully I can cross florist off my list!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I also thought I'd take some time to talk about how people find my blog. I use Google Analytics which I love.
I know that most of you come to my blog from a referring site. I would like thank those sites that refer people to my blog: Don't Be That Bride, Tie the Knot, Weddingbee, A Bride in the Making, Budget Dream Weddings, Erin's Wedding Blog, In This Instance, Rookie Bride, My Husband Hates Veggies, Glamor This!, Tying The Knot, All That Blooms, $10,000 only, Junebug, Blogher, Stumbleupon, Kitchen Illiterate, Wedding Style Diva, and Manolo for the Brides.
Twenty-four percent of people find my blog using a search engine. Here are the top ten searches with the number of searches in parentheses:
1. Mrsmew (44)- one of the knottie bios I posted about back in January.
2. silly little mischief blog (37)- probably people who were looking for my blog.
3. rivet and lace wedding blog (26)-probably because I have Rivet and Lace on my blog roll.
4. silly wedding dresses (4)- not sure what they were looking for. I wonder if they found it on my site.
5. trash the dress(3)-I do reference the trash the dress website and I talk about trashing my dress. Makes sense.
6 & 7. 10,000 wedding blog & 10000 wedding blog (4 together)-Again because I have A 10,000 wedding on my blogroll.
8. How the hell did I get so old (2)-Two people out there are thinking the same thing I am.
9. ilovemycoastie3(2)- from the same post as mrsmew.
10. knottie brides 2008 diy (2)-probably looking for advice and help! I don't blame you one bit!
Then there are the searches that don't make much sense. Here are some that make me giggle:
1. how to steal peoples watches-This really isn't what my blog is about.
2. can wearing my hair in a ponytail help it grow faster-no, honey it won't.
3. silly wedding invitations-goes along with the silly wedding dresses.
4. lyrics a little bit marriage excellent song-not even sure what this is.
5. husband hated my wedding gown-poor thing. I hope Tai doesn't hate my dress. I might not like it, but it's not ok for anyone else to hate it!
6. paint a wedding dress and trash it-WTF?
So far about 860 people have viewed my blog. Thank you for checking out what I have to say. I'd love to say that I write this little blog for myself, but I'm lying. I like knowing that other people read what I like. And those of you that leave comments, thank you! I read each comment you write. I try to respond, but forgive me if I don't. And if you would like to comment but not publicly, feel free to email me. I always like hearing what other people are thinking. Thanks for reading and I hope you continue to read!
According to the knot, it’s 150 days til the wedding. I can’t believe we’re down to that many already. It feels like yesterday when we were over 300 days. My little counter moved so slowly. But now it’s going to move faster. I was thinking that 140 days is only 10 days from today-February 29. And 120 days is March 20th! See how fast everything moves after 150?
So I thought I’d update everyone on where we are and what’s coming up.
- The venue. I need to make another trip out there and measure the barn and count the number of tables there. Dad wants to go and see it too. I think we’ll make a field trip out of it.
- The photographer. He called a few weeks ago to touch base. Too bad I was in a foul mood otherwise I would have gone over some stuff with him.
- The caterer. I can’t wait to eat our yummy salmon!
- The guy’s clothing. I sent Tai and Jamie’s measurements to Jeff over the weekend. Hopefully he’ll order them soon so they guys can have them by May (?).
- Bridesmaids’ outfits. Marta and Ashley have their dresses and they are looking for shoes.
- My dress. You already know about that.
- Drinks for reception. We lucked out and bought 36 cases of Jones soda (cola, diet cola, and lemon lime) for $38! Our local QFC was having one hell of a sale. We’ll also buy water and juice at Costco before the wedding.
- The invitations. This weekend my wonderful fiancé gave me an out. Since we “saved” money on the caterer I didn’t have to make my own invitations. We could have them done. I’m kind of torn about this. It’ll save me a lot of time and effort. Time I could spend with Tai and effort that I could concentrate elsewhere. But I kind of had it my head to make them. I want to make them. We still don’t have the budget for letterpress. I still am wavering on my decision.
- The florist. I have an appointment this Saturday to meet with the florist at Whole Foods to see if they can do our flowers. I’m pretty excited to have checked off.
- The favors. I have about half of them bought. I need to make tags which shouldn’t be too bad especially if I don’t make the invites.
- The desserts. We’re not having cake but I don’t think we made a final decision on this.
- Centerpieces. Finish finding lanterns. I almost have enough. Get more buckets for flowers. Buy more silk flowers.
Left to do:
- Rentals of tables and chairs. I have a couple of places to call. I want to go out and count the tables there first.
- Buy our rings. We picked them out. I just have to order them.
- Plan rehearsal dinner. My original plan isn’t going to work. Boo!
- Find shoes!
- Reserve town car for Dad and myself. I’ll probably do this closer to the date.
- Buy a tent and inflatable bed.
Most of the stuff I have left to do is making calls and placing deposits. I hope to have the first 2 done by this time in March (120!) and the other things will hopefully just get done by the end of June. I really want to have those last couple of weeks to relax. My plan is to have everything done by July 1. If I need to do small things, that’s ok. But I don’t want to be finishing the centerpieces the night before.
Monday, February 18, 2008
I had some requirements: floor length, strapless, no train, and beading on the bodice. I didn't want to pay a fortune and I didn't want white. I liked the idea of being different.
Maybe it's the idea that I like. Anyway, I bought this dress:I got an awesome deal on it. It's a gorgeous dress. It's a little too big right now. It fits pretty much all the things I wanted. Or so I thought.
I keep having visions of something more bridal.
Don't I want the one chance to wear something that looks lot more weddingish or bridal? Will I look at my pictures 10 years from now and think, what the hell?
I never got that moment of this is my dress. None of the David's Bridal dresses gave me that feeling. I remember at Victoria's Bridal Salon, thinking, I'm going to get married. I'm going to wear a fabulous dress. Yea!
I keep thinking I need to look some more, but we're coming up on five months til the wedding. I most likely will not be able to order a dress and have to buy off the rack which I'm fine with.
Should I get hung up on the color of the dress? Because I think that's the only thing I don't like about my current dress. I should be completely happy with my dress. I'm going to keep an eye out for another dress, but I'll be ok with wearing that dress too.
Once I get it altered I'll post more pictures. Perhaps that will give a better idea on what it actually looks like.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Those little exclamation marks mean overdue! For us, finding a caterer was a little daunting. When I first started looking last month, Tai shot down a ton of them. Too expensive, too fu-fu, etc. Plus I had to make sure they were appropriate to our site and to our dietary needs. Sure, Mexican sounds like a good choice, but all the cheese in most Mexican dishes would send Tai to the bathroom all night. An all pasta selection sounds yummy but we have a couple of ceilacs in the bunch-mostly in our wedding party. Dishes that involved dairy or wheat could not be the main focus.
I really wanted some place that would serve grilled meats (chicken, pork, and beef) and have a selection of salads or veggies. I found most places wanted to plate items-grilled chicken with rosemary and rice pilaf. That just didn't make sense to me. I knew a buffet would be the best choice. And most caterers would have cooked the food and dropped it off. There was a possiblity that the food would be cold.
Ok, enough of my bitching. We hired a caterer yesterday. I can now check off that reminder on my knot checklist.
We met with Larry of Larry's Smokehouse. We took Jill and Jamie with us for another opinion. Larry brought out a full plate of food for each of us. We decided on the salmon, lemon chicken, and pulled pork. For sides, there will be coleslaw, cornbread, baked beans, and green beans. The food was delicious. Larry cooks the food right at the site. Nothing will get cold. People can have some of each or just a huge portion of one thing. They have these huge portable grills. They were really accommodating of the food allergies. Plus they bring veggie lasagna for any one who is a vegetarian. I found the price to be reasonable and it definitely fit with in our budget.
When we were leaving Larry handed us these:A bottle of their BBQ sauce and a piece of salmon. He gave one to me and Tai and one to Jill and Jamie. I really feel like they treat you right as a customer. I'm pretty excited to have this checked off.
Now on to the next exclamation point.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I bought these at the Goodwill. I like the green one. It's so cute. I hope I find a couple more.
I found this beautiful antique lamp at Value Village. It's gorgeous. It obviously needs a little cleaning, but it will be fine.
I bought 10 of these from eBay! Yeah for eBay!
I bought these 2 easels. I'm not sure what I'll use them for. I was going to use them for table numbers but I decided I don't want to do that. Perhaps for menu cards.This is the middle sister of the lantern that looks like a bong. I like the shape of this one a lot. I think I bought 3 like this.
And these are the baby sisters of the above lanterns. I bought 6 of these. When I was buying them people asked if I was expecting the power to go out. I tried to explain to the cashier what I was doing (these are for my wedding), but he didn't get it. For the record I explained it to the woman behind me in line who asked about an expected power outage too. And she didn't get it either. I'm beginning to think I'm insane. I thought this was a really interesting bucket. I'm not sure what I'm going to use it for but I really like it. Any ideas?
This is why I'm thinking of flowers in the buckets. I bought these fake pussy willows a few months ago. I thought I might use them for the bouquets, but I think I like this. I'll buy floral foam and actually make it look better. This is just a mock-up. I'm thinking a couple of lanterns and a bucket of flowers on each table. What do you think?
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
How adorable is this couple? I freaking love them.They have customized aprons for the cake cutting. I have never seen this before. What a great idea! Tai and I decided we're not doing the cake smashing (we might not have cake. Another post entirely), so we won't need these. I can see the usefulness of these though.
DoingItRightI love me a sassy bride. This was taken at her trash the dress session. She's got a bunch more in her bio if you are looking to do a trash the dress session in an urban setting.
What to do with those engagement photos? Make a collage!
I love the petal aisle and that she got married on concrete. I don't see a lot of weddings on concrete. The petals really stand out on the gray concrete. Plus I love the gazebo in the background. I bet that where most people get married. I like that she choose a little differently.
Hey look lanterns! I love the color combo here. So elegant and beautiful!
MrsPinkAJVSo lucky to have this great vintage car. It's a wonderful idea for a getaway car. I remember one wedding at a historic mansion. There were engraved invitations. The bride wore a very expensive dress. I remember the prime rib and the caviar too. At the end of the night, her and her groom got into a rented Ford Taurus and drove off. I remember thinking why didn't they get a bigger car? Why didn't they use the limo from before? The bride's dress really didn't fit in the car and the groom started shoving it so they could leave. It was pretty funny. We'd all made fun of her dress all night. It almost ate a few small children; It was so big.
Don't let this happen to you. If you are making a big getaway from the reception, find something special! Or wait to everyone's left and go home in your own car.
I love her dress! And it has cap sleeves and I normally hate cap sleeves! Perhaps it's the lace.
Well I hope you find these knottie bios useful. I enjoy seeing what other people have done. But mostly I love how happy they look. No one looks pissed off (or they don't post those in their bio). Everyone looks beautiful and happy. That makes me happy. I hope it makes you happy too.
Monday, February 11, 2008
First, the bracelet I kind of mentioned last week. Look how pretty she wrapped.I'm totally going to use that bow again! I almost didn't want to unwrap it, but I knew that something even prettier was inside.
My gorgeous bracelet that I bought from Kris' mom in her etsy store. She's adding new stuff as time goes on. The bracelet's perfect though. I think this will serve as my something blue!
And the line of sparkly things continues. I bought these shoes:
I like the silver sparkles (which you really can't see in this picture), but I'm not sure if I like the peep toe. If they don't work out, no big deal. I'm sure I can find a use for silver sparkly shoes all the time. I bought the earrings and the hair comb from a knottie. I don't know if I'll use the hair comb or not, but I thought it would be good to have. I love the earrings too. They aren't pink. Just look pink in this photo. But they sparkly and aren't too heavy. Can you tell I like sparkles? If I wear the earrings and the hair comb together that will probably be too much bling, huh? Probably should choose one or the other.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Confession #1. At work it's known that I like to bake and I'm pretty good at it. But my specialty is my peanut butter cookies. My coworkers love them so much, they'll pay me to make them for them. No lie.
I refuse to tell them my secret. They beg me to let them copy the secret. They beg me to teach them how to make the best peanut butter cookies. I refuse, but oblige them by making more. But today, here, I'll give you my secret:
Yes, I use a mix. No I don't add any special ingredients into it. I follow the directions on the back and make them exactly like the package states. But my coworkers love them. Tai, eh, not so much. He didn't think they were peanut butter-y enough. He has high standards :)
Confession #2. Making roasted chicken as always been difficult for me. I don't know why. It never comes out tender enough, or brown enough, or sometimes it won't even be completely cooked! But this week, I have succeeded!
I found a wonderful, fabulous deal on chicken this week-$.99 a pound on split fryers. I bought 5 packages and decided it was time to try roasted chicken again. I took my large roasting pan, and poured 2 boxes of veggie stock in, along with bok choy and green onions. I softened some butter and stirred in some garlic, fresh thyme, rosemary, and sage. I rubbed the herbed butter all over the chicken and roasted it. It had a nice flavor to it. The skin turned out all nice and crunchy. I can't wait to make it again!
I didn't really use butter. I used Earth Balance buttery spread. You could use butter or olive oil instead.
So those are my confessions. I feel better getting those off my chest. Although the peanut butter cookie recipe is just between us. Don't tell my coworkers. They won't keep paying me for cookies.
Friday, February 8, 2008
1. Costco:For $430, I'll get more than I'll get more than we need for the wedding. But the 20 piece set gives us the right number of bouquets and boutonnière .
2. Whole Foods option #1: Go to Whole Food this month or next and actually talk to someone and see if I can order bouquets and boutonnières ahead of time.
3. DIY: Buy silk flowers and make the bouquets and boutonnières myself. I bought stuff to make boutonnières but it proved to daunting for me to do at this time. Perhaps someone can give me some encouragement.
4. Whole Foods option #2: Go to Whole Foods the day of or the day before and grab a few pre-made bouquets and screw the boutonnières.
I think either #1 or #4 are my two favorite choices at this point, but I think I'm just apathetic right now. Perhaps I'll care in a few months. Perhaps I could wait to make this choice. All of choices would be still be possible probably into June, right?
So what do you think? What would you choose?
I love toile. Unfortunately too much would look crazy. But I would go with the bridesmaid's dresses and the chair covers. But I like the toile tote bag. If you are having a black and white wedding or a white and any color, toile might be a wonderful accent.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
When I was younger I was much more girly than I am now. I was downright prissy. And at that time Gone With The Wind was my favorite book. I did like the movie. Actually the costumes. And when I think back to that time and what my wedding would have looked like it would have resembled this:
I wanted a dress like Scarlett's back then. I had a hat like hers at one point. I think it might still be at Dad's house. I think I wanted a wedding dress that looked like that. Very full ball gown with lace and cap sleeves. I wanted a debutante party but sadly I live in the wrong part of the United States for that. I kind of assumed that if I didn't get that dress when I was 16 or 17, I could have it when I get married.
I'm not so girly now. I don't think I'm prissy anymore, but I still can be about certain things. I would if I could pull of a Gone With the Wind wedding? Don't worry, M & A, I don't envision hoop skirts and lace dresses for you too. In my fantasy I am Scarlett. This might be best as a fantasy.