Sunday, July 31, 2011

July Wrap-up & August Gear up

Oh Snizap!

We got quite a bit accomplished this month. All of the big stuff is set and almost all of the vendors are booked.

Lighting? - Check! I finalized the quote and the lighting guy said I didn't have to put down a deposit until September. 

Hair & Makeup ? – Check! Did a sort of hair trial (loved it!) and going to do the official makeup trial in August.

Bridesmaid dresses? - Check! As in mailing out a check this week.

Groomsmen attire? - Check! Put down a deposit at Men's Wearhouse.

DOC? - Sister has to make a decision next week and then that's done.

This will surely be an august August.
Big tings agwan! Big tings!!! Bupp! Bupp!

Caterpillar - Need to get the fabric and start sewing. We also need to figure out the hookah and the mushroom. Big Tings!!!

Invitations - This is invitation assembly month. I thought they were pretty simple but there are sooo many steps in the assembly process. It really will take all month. Still waiting on a vital part of the invite suite and if I don't get it in the next week....OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!

Newsletter -- I can finally send this out now that I have the info for the groomsmen. Bupp!!! Bupp!!!

Decor stuff -- Time to get the votives! And the picture frames, a basket for the flip flops ( I have an idea about this one...hee hee) and whatever other random knicknacks I decide I have to have.

What big tings agwan wit you?

Friday, July 29, 2011

Cause Heels Hurt

I finally got around to buying flip-flops at Old Navy. I wasn't prepared for the $1 flip-flop sale and missed it. You really have to get there early. That sale is insane. I managed to get to an Old Navy store late in the afternoon on the day of the sale and pretty much all of the flip flops were gone. The only things left were the ones for guys.

I did get an interesting tidbit from the sales guy though. He said I could pick up some random ones at the $1 price and just exchange them for the size and color I wanted later. At the time I should've taken him up on that offer but I just wasn't ready to commit to the flip flops yet.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Did you forget something?

Way back when, I mentioned something about the guest experience and bathroom baskets. I've been stalking the dollar section at Target so that I can scoop up a deal or two. The other day I found the perfect bathroom baskets. 

That Target is a tricky store and you have to pay attention in their dollar section. You know why? Because some things cost more than a dollar. Boo hiss! Anywhos, I found these grayish mesh baskets and a couple of wooden Hs that I just couldn't pass up. Wanna see? 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Discover the Possibilities


I'm using my Discover card for the majority of my wedding purchases, some medium things and some small things. Don't be alarmed! I knew I was going to do this in advance and came up with a plan. 

Around February/March I called up Discover to see about getting a more favorable interest rate. Prior to the call I made sure to pay off my balance and I didn't put any purchases on it for a month. 

Credit card companies are strange creatures.  They want you to use your card.  Since I wasn't using it for a month they were more interested in enticing me to use it. They gave me a promotional rate of 3.99% through the end of November which was perfect. 

The other good thing about Discover is that you get to earn cash back which can be redeemed for rewards. I've been racking up a lot of cash back which I've used to get gift cards. I can redeem my cash back for cash but gift cards are way better. 

Depending on the store you can redeem $25 and get a $30 gift card or redeem $40 and get a $50 gift card. Now of course this plan would've been way better if I could have gotten an even lower promotional rate but I don't think I did so bad. It's all about leveraging your buying power. Later on this week I'll let you in on which gift cards I'll be using.    

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Wanna Play a Game?

Today marks 111 days till 11.11.11! Just thought I'd point that out.


In other news. . .

So I had this idea. Just go with me on this one. I'm nixing the caricaturist and I'm not doing a photobooth. Ideally I'd like everyone to just dance, dance.

But. . .

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Imma a Divaaah!


Yesterday was awesome! I hope the pictures turn out well. I tend to make funny faces sometimes. It's a terrible habit I hope I was able to control.
So I got my nails done on Monday. That was awful. I'm super ticklish and the pedicure was NOT relaxing. Plus I have the worst alligator feet EVER. Mumsie banned me from posting a pic on the interweb but just trust me on this one. By the time it was over the nail tech and I were both exhausted. The manicure was much better. My hands still need a lot of work though. Such is life.

My morning started out with my hair appointment. I love love love my hair. The salon is going to do us girls up for the wedding so SCORE! I did get to try on some clip on hair extensions which was way cool. Then it was on the MAC counter at Macy's to get my face did.

Mad props to Michelle at MAC who did such an amazing job on my makeup!  

Monday, July 18, 2011

E-session prep

So I think I have everything set for pictures tomorrow. Here's what I have on my list:


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Chooo Chooo!!!

Caveat:  It’s really not that bad but I just needed to vent. I’m still very grateful and appreciative for all the good fortune I’ve had.
Ladies and gents, the disappointment train has left the station and is now making local stops.  


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wedding Party News


Like many a bride to-be before me I've decided to create a newsletter. I kinda really waned to mail it out but I think I'm just going to email it. But everybody loves mail right? I could print them on glossy paper and . . .sigh. I could also just stop hemorrhaging money and take the easy and free way out. What's a girl to do!

This will be the first of two. We don't have a lot going on in the way of events and stuff so I think we would only need to do one more. Let's see if that really happens. 

I found some pretty decent templates in Microsoft Word. This is actually a Christmas newsletter I messed around with.

Onward to the print media!

Monday, July 11, 2011

4 Month Mark Today!!!!

Hot Tamale!!! I swear this wedding thing is like right around the corner. How did that happen??? I got so used to planning forever but now it's getting realer every day. I'm feeling a curious mix of excitement and sheer terror.

In other news my engagement session is a go for next week. Yay!!!!  It was Lil Sister's idea to score these shoes for the session.



I think I'll be using them for my wedding day shoes as well. I just have to break them in and make sure I can maneuver in them.

Friday, July 8, 2011


When things start to bug me and I don’t want to deal with them anymore, you know what I do? I whatever it. I use the word whatever like a verb and usually everyone around me understands.

Here are some things I’m whatevering as related to the wedding:

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Words from Mr. H

Lest you think this is a wedding of one I'd like to introduce you to the Mr., Mr. H.
He's a real peach. He's wicked smart and to my chagrin extremely likable. Sigh. Everyone likes him. It's a tad bit irritating.


Here are some of his quotables:

Monday, July 4, 2011

Amazing AIW Themed E-pics

I came across these epic e-pics ( I've dreaming of writing that for days.) by way of the Weddingbee boards and wanted to share.
I don't plan on doing a full blown AIW styled shoot but it has given me a few ideas for my own e-pics.  Go on! Go check them out.

Here's the video.

How cute was that?

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