Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Along with the new bouquet, I switched up the bouquet handle. Instead of the simple champagne ribbon, I used a gorgeous (pictures don't show it) dusty pink ribbon. I also took some of your advice and beefed up the handle by using leftover stem parts!
To add some Southern charm, I added lace ribbon as an overlay. I love the look of the lace and pink ribbon together and it'll go perfectly with my dress.
And here's the nearly finished product!
I still have a little tweaking to do to it and some special handle additions, but it's about 90% done! Yay for another DIY project checked off the list! Best part? This bouquet cost about half the price of the other one, so I even saved money!
How are you making your bouquet handle unique or special?
*Flowers purchased at Afloral.com!
Monday, September 28, 2009
This next dress will be modeled by my two 8 year old nieces, the "official" flower girls.
To snazz it up a bit, they'll be carrying their pink pomanders and I'll supply them with pink flower headbands (not sure whether that will be a DIY project yet). I think all 3 of the little girls will wear flats of some sort, but I'm not going to get anal about them being matchy-matchy.
Btw, here's the faces of my little "models"!
It was really important to me to find dresses that would last more than one day for the girls. My older sister alone is "supplying" 3 of the 5 girls, so I didn't want to burden her with huge run-of-the-mill flower girl dresses that can't be worn again because the kids will outgrow them (unless your wedding is close to Christmas or Easter). And although these dresses we settled on were a little bit pricier than I had hoped to find, everyone loves them!
Now for the other 2/5ths of that niece-entourage...my junior bridesmaids! I thought I was done with the search for ALL the girls' dresses when I ran across this cute and complimentary dress:
So now I've been combing the internet looking for a suitable replacement with no luck. I'd love if any of you could help me out! I'm looking for something that compliments the bridesmaids while still being age appropriate. Here's a refresher of the bridesmaids' dresses if it helps (picture the skirt in chocolate):
So anything with chocolate or champagne is good but I'd prefer the same "trapeze"-style dress of my inspiration photo so all the little ones compliment each other. Thanks so much in advance!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
*Cue overly dramatic drum roll for said minor task!*
I finally picked out my wedding day nail polish color!
Since getting engaged, every time I needed a manicure I'd use it as an excuse (aka "research") to try a new shade of nail polish for the wedding. I'd run around for a few weeks imagining it with my wedding ensemble until it had finally chipped away to the point of no return. Then I'd wait until I could come up with a good enough reason to shell out $15-25 for another manicure (usually for a wedding shower/party/etc.). I had just about given up finding the perfect shade (nearly opting to go with the good ol' french mani standby) when I stumbled upon this absolutely gorgeous line of OPI nail colors fit for any bride with a romantic, fairytale-style wedding in mind!
Thankfully, OPI's website has this handy (hah, get it, "hand"-y?!) little feature called "Try It On" where you can get an idea of what a particular shade will look like on you. I'm hoping I may have found my mysterious wedding color:
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I originally planned to make my program fans from scratch. I set out to find inspiration and quickly ran across these adorable program fans on Etsy:
I finally settled on the fact that my program fans would have to be at least semi-homemade. I kept my inspiration photos and scoured the internet for the closest-looking template. And that's when I found these!
Once they arrived, I downloaded the accompanying printing template and got to work on a custom design for the fans. Working off my inspiration photo (in Powerpoint), I first created a sort of "crest" with our monogram.
Scroll graphic from istockphoto
I got a little camera happy too early because I ended up going with the brown outlined crest instead of the pink. I was just too darned excited at how great they were coming out! I'm also probably going to switch out this lace ribbon for some that is less stiff (I had this ribbon laying around for, oh, a couple of years). The fans will have a home in a basket just like the one I used for our flip flops next to our ceremony refreshments.
Did any of your semi-DIY projects turn out way better than expected? Better yet, did they save you time, money, and/or unnecessary stress?
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The good news is that I have been paying more attention to my skin care routine. I drink lots of water and try to keep my diet low in sodium, wash my face in the morning and before going to bed, go light on the makeup (just foundation, mascara, and tinted lip gloss on a daily basis), avoid picking at blemishes (that's a hard one for me but luckily my lack of nails due to stress biting makes me give up quickly anytime I try), and I've been working on getting more sleep. I wish I had the money to splurge on facials and spa treatments, but instead I'll just have to continue "splurging" on my biggest makeup addiction: MAC cosmetics.
Friday, September 11, 2009
We met with our officiant, aka my hometown pastor, Labor Day weekend. It was our second and final meeting with him before our big day.
During our meeting, we went over our "marriage inventory". The marriage inventory is basically a test you and your future spouse take to identify if there are any potential conflicts that the two of you haven't addressed yet. It is mainly used as an important conversation starter, but Mr. Lab and I took it very seriously. We aren't doing any official premarital counseling, so this was the closest we'd get to it. I'm glad to report that we both "passed" the test!
Our biggest conflict is about our financial future, but we've already come up with budgets and are doing the best that two broke ass college students can do. I begin working full-time in January with Mr. Lab following soon after in June, so I suspect a lot of the tension will be eased shortly. It's also comforting in a weird way to know that money is the #1 reason for marital disputes, and since we don't fight heatedly about it and do communicate, I think we're pretty normal compared to others.
We also finalized our ceremony layout during the meeting! I won't go into too many specifics (I don't want to spoil my ceremony recaps for you!), but here is the gist of our "traditional with touches of modern realism" ceremony:
Giving Away of the Bride
Excerpt from “The Gift From The Sea”, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
(Also used by Mrs. Corn & Mrs. Green Tea!)
“Blessings for a Marriage”, by James Dillet Freeman
(Possibly being used by Miss Stiletto as well! We have a very special way of incorporating this reading but you'll have to wait until after the wedding to find out what it is!)
Group Declaration Of Support (Similar to Mrs. Cherry Pie's!)
“Union”, by Robert Fulghum (read by our officiant)
Exchanging of the Rings
Engagement Ring Ceremony:
(I forgot where I found this, but I love that my e-ring will get a little of the spotlight!)
What considerations did you put into your ceremony layout and wording?
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Okay, okay. I know I've pretty much bailed on you guys the last few weeks, but I've had many good reasons! You're thinking, "Yeah, they BETTER be good reasons." Well, let me explain myself before you call in the mobs to burn me at the Weddingbee stake!
First, my final semester of classes began. Along with that came work where I routinely put in 25-40 hours a week depending on how many shifts I can pick up with my already crazy schedule.
But that's the mundane stuff. I've also been living it up some!
Like a day at the beach and a boat ride in Savannah with soon-to-be family. It was a nice end to my summer full of unpaid, overworked time at internships.
Or going out with some friends to celebrate my 25th birthday and embarrass myself while singing karaoke:
I still can't believe Mr. Lab sat through a Britney concert just for me! But I think I did see him lip syncing the words to "Toxic" better than Britney herself. ;) Btw, I totally wore the same top two night in a row. Gotta milk the birthday bling!
The Snickers ice cream cake our friends had at our UGA game get-together. I definitely ate a slice to bury my sorrows...
Hope you're ready hive because I'mmmmmm baaaaaaack! :D