A work bud just introduced me to the cutest little children's catalog, Chasing Fireflies. Their stuff is a little pricey but the dresses are adorable flower girl options. Plus, I was in David's Bridal earlier this week and their prices on flower girl dresses aren't much different. My only problem? Not enough purple!
All pictures taken from the Chasing Fireflies website.
After considerable thought and endless hours pestering friends and family I’ve finally made a decision. This one is momentous! Wait for it…I’m going with the silver Stardream paper. It’s kind of a big deal. I’m cursed with indecision so for me to make one is huge. Someone else round these parts can relate, right? Anybody? Anybody?
Well, being the cost conscious little lass that I am I also made the decision to use this silver paper for all my paper products. Buy in bulk and save, save, save! This theory only works if you want what you are buying and are actually going to use it.
Journey with me as I calculate how many pieces of pearlescent paper to procure. And check my math. I not so good with numberz.
The fitness wagon has been a bumpy ride all month long. I’ve been thrown off quite a few times ::cough:: this week::cough:: But never you mind all that. I have been spending more time in the gym. Yeah me! I also bought some new fitness toys. I’ve been whining about getting one of these since last month. Lo and behold providence shone down on me one fateful evening . . .
This wedding planning business was going along nice and smooth until it came time to seriously consider what the invites would look like. Oh dear! I thought I had it all figured out. Colors? Easy peasy. Silver and purple.What could be more simple? Oh I don’t know…how about solving a Rubik's cube blindfolded under water. Sigh. There are sooo many purples and soooo many silvers. I was aware of this reality when I picked my colors. But alas when it comes to picking dresses and paper and ink? Oh my! My current obsession is trying to nail down which color I want for paper and ink. I’m torn between the following papers:
Yumsie! Yumsie! Yumsie! Oh the cake consult. I just wrapped one up last night with our lovely bakers. They really are amazing. Who are they you ask? Con Amore. Full Disclosure: Con Amore is Mumsie and Sister’s burgeoning cake business. This means I get to be extra EXTRA crazy with my demands. I mean requests. At the conclusion of our meeting many decisions were made. All of which are subject to change.
To start off I had Sister do some sketching of cake ideas. I’m going hard with the playing card motif. Tell me if you think it’s too much.
He's gotten off pretty easy thus far. Haven't made him attend any vendor meetings. He's just not that interested. The only venue he visited was the one we picked. He's not that interested in the "minutiae" of this whole wedding planning business. His major priorities?
I just happened upon an interesting web find. It’s called Fiverr. Citizens of the earth can peddle their services here for five dollars. It’s pretty cool. I haven’t tried it yet but for five bucks it seems like a good deal. If you can’t find what you’re looking for you can make a request. On the flip side if you have a skill you can sell your services for $5. Here are some services which could be used for a wedding or shower.
It recently came to my attention that I never posted my pick for photog. Whoopsie! I posted all about my search for a photographer but neglected to introduce you to our wonderful photographers, Jaime and Raina of Indigo Foto. Let’s give them some blog lovin’!
Mumsie is out of control. Remember my previous light in the box post? Well she’s at it again. What’s the craziest thing she could’ve ordered? Oh yeah you got it. A wedding dress! Mind you I have a wedding dress already. Now Mumsie is sweet she likes the way I look in the trumpet mermaid style dresses. So she decided to buy me one. This is custom made with the measurements she stole from me. She attacked me one day with a measuring tape and STOLE my measurements. I swear I’m not even being overly dramatic.
Her name’s Betsey. Isn’t she gorgeous? Okay, her name isn’t really Betsey. I mean who would name their wedding binder, right? ::sheepish grin:: It just so happens that I’m very proud of my binder. Look at all her pretty pages.
Pardon my awful picture taking skills.
It’s big and cumbersome but it’s also quite useful, especially for vendor meetings. Why ole Betsey came in handy during my florist consults. I put together inspiration boards for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. I also included pictures of the spaces. It was so easy to run through my “vision” of the day with the pages all laid out in order.
Of course I also keep copies of receipts, checks, invoices and contracts in the binder as well. I’m slightly OCD about things so I scan them, save them to the computer and print them out for the binder. I kinda like to keep 2 copies and the original. Because I am so compulsive and obsessive it’s easy for me to remember to add stuff into the binder.
Another great part of my binder are these checklists. I found them here, for free and they are super helpful. They cover just about everything. I maintain multiple checklists just to make sure I don’t miss anything. I know, I know it’s a bit much. ::sheepish grin::
*I started this post waaaay back in October. Can you tell?
Previously on Hearts & Whimsy some crazy girl hijacked my blog to talk about red carpets. Well that crazy girl is back. At some point this very same post I’m about to post will make its way on to my wedding website.
There’s a level of formality and fabulousity I’d like on display at the wedding. To that end here dear future guests are tips on looking fierce (oh snap!) on the purple carpet.
From one of my favorite motivational speakers, Jim Rohn. These are meant to be applied in the world of sales and business but can be applied more generally as well. In reality, even if your business isn't sales, you are still selling something to someone.
Don't wish it were easier; wish you were better.
Don't wish for less problems; wish for more skills.
Don't wish for less challenges; wish for more wisdom.
If you don't like how things are, change it! You're not a tree.
To make progress, you must actually get started! The key is to take a step today. Whatever the project, start today. Start clearing out a drawer of your newly organized desk-today. Start setting your first goal-today. Start listening to motivational programs-today. Start a sensible weight-reduction plan-today. Start putting money in your new "investment for fortune" account-today. Write a long-overdue letter-today.
Now, I offer you this challenge: See how many things you can start and continue in this, the first day of your new beginning.