Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I'm Back Friends!!

Alright, first of all, I loved all of your funny comments and antics yesterday in reference to my "annoyances" post... I find it funny that so many of you equally loathe Leann Rimes and that though we're excited about the royal wedding and seeing the new Princess Katherine, the national news has gone haywire over this event. Thanks for humoring me with much delight ;)
Yesterday turned out to be absolutely splendid! I think my {and Mom's, Meg's, Jeff's, and our wedding vendors} fingers crossed, no rain dances, prayers to the Good Lord really paid off because my bridal portraits went off without a hitch. To put it nicely, I woke up to bleak skies and rain showers to which I replied... "it is what it is and the show must go on." We stuck to our guns and moved forward with all my getting ready details--Amy Lynn came to do my makeup, Mary worked on my hair, Mom picked up my dress, accessories, and bouquet, and after all was complete, we were on our way.
Fortunately for us, the clouds parted, the sun came out, and it was gorgeous weather for a photoshoot. We met my photogs, Chris and Adrienne, at Scarritt Bennett and got down to business... talk about fun! EVERY bride, if able, should take my advice and have their  portraits taken prior to wedding day. I was able to see my complete look with everything done, and I was finally able to see myself looking like a real bride. My Mom and I had too much fun soaking it all in and I know a few tears of joy were shed on both our parts because we had been working so hard on making sure everything was just perfect...thanks Mommy! It was a wonderful day and I can't wait to see how my bridal portraits turn out. {P.S. not to disappoint, but that pic above isn't me}
In celebration, last night Mom, Jeff, and I went to Mellow Mushroom since I had been craving pizza...yes, I did indulge. And not only did I give in to pizza, we rounded out my perfect day with Sweet CeCe's CHOCOLATE yogurt....ahhhh cocoa I have missed you.
So, it's Wedding Wednesday, and only 45 more days to go until the big I DO! We just sent out our rehearsal dinner invitations on Monday and I wanted to share so here they are: yes, simple and classic and exactly what I wanted!!
Winter Flourish Invite via Minted
We also ordered simple ivory envelopes and then ordered a custom stamp from the darling Lettergirl on Etsy. We went with the Bea self-inking stamp design and just love how it turned out!! 
What's left to finalize you ask??
  • Order reception exit/getaway items {rose petals, sparklers, etc} I already know what I'm ordering, but the suspense for friends is fun ;)
  • Buy liquor/wine/beer for reception--we're heading to Atlanta this weekend to cover this BIG detail...afterall, alcohol is semi mucho important for our reception party!
  • Buy our ring bearer gifts...hardest decision I have faced in awhile...any ideas?
  • Work on Out-of-Town guest gift bags
  • Buy rehearsal dinner shoes and accessories--hoping to tackle this in ATL as well
  • Make rehearsal dinner escort cards and board for guests
  • Other odds and ends
  • Party it up in Chicago with my best friends next weekend--WOO HOO!
We're at the home stretch for the big enchilada and I am getting so excited for it to get here already...the anticipation is killing me! Alright friends, what things could I potentially be forgetting here?? As OCD planner/Type-A as I am, who knows if I am forgetting something major--and yes, already have a note to get the marriage certificate the week before the wedding...haha! Happy Hump Day my darlings!

23 comments:

  1. I found it really difficult shopping for my ring bearer, also!He's really into Lego's and building things so I headed to the Lego store and stocked up! He was so excited when he saw his gift.

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  2. Yay for the bridal portrait being done! I love the rehearsal dinner invites. So classy! :) It'll be here in no time!

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  3. I can't wait to see the pics of everything!!!

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  4. For my ring bearers, I got custom made hot wheel car holders. It had their names on them and some other artwork that was very little boyish! I think my aunt got them from Etsy, and the boys LOVED them! I put like 8 cars each in them, gave them something to do in their down time. Good Luck, I really struggled with that!

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  5. Ring bearers are tricky because they're normally so tiny. Mine was my nephew and he was 2 years old.
    I got him something like this mug (but it wasn't this exact one), a wedding/dinosaur puzzle to play with at the reception and I bought him his ring bearer outfit. I hope the links below help a little bit :)

    Mug: http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/app.detail/params.item.H348689.desc.Glass-Ring-Bearer-Mug?&cookie=set

    Wedding/Dinosaur Puzzle:
    http://www.sophiesfavors.com/partygames_kidweddingdinosaurpuzzle.htm

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  6. love your rehearsal dinner invites!!! they are so classy :)
    so happy for your that your protraits when off without issues, i am sure you looked gorgeous!! :)
    exciting that everything is coming together and that you are in the last stretch of planning...so fun!!!
    http://asweetamericanhoney.blogspot.com/

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  7. You are so on top of everything! I am slacking off over here in the wedding planning department...BUT i have time still luckily.

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  8. So excited for you and your big day...woohoo! Things look like they're coming along perfectly. My ringbearer was a little older (9yrs) so I found out what he was into and bought him some fun thigs that he could keep and play with. He LOVED it. I think boys (even that young) appreciate it more when they receive gifts that they really love and can use immediately.

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  9. Fab invites!! Love them! That was one of my favorite parts of the wedding process . . picking out all the invites!! SO fun! Look forward to see your photos you took yesterday, so glad it was a success!!

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  10. beautiful invites!! Peonies will be so beautiful in your bouquet and they will forever have such wonderful memories! So excited for you:)

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  11. Can you pretty please be my wedding planner :)!? Even only I had a little bit of your OCD, I would be okay.

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  12. So glad your day turned out perfect! Can't wait to see the photos. (After the big day of course.)

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  13. Ahh, you're going to LOVE celebrating in Chicago!!! Have so much fun!

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  14. Glad you remembered your getaway items- we decided on sparklers with the reception coordinator and until it was time to leave we all thought it was her that got them! Luckily we had a bunch of extra flower arrangements (somewhere?) so my mom and friends tore off a bunch of petals and passed them out. I had no idea any of this happened!

    You are so on top of things!!

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  15. wow those invites are stunning!! and i just love the handwritten stamp!

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  16. That rehearsal dinner invitation ... that custom stamp ... LOVE it all!

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  17. Simple and classic is just what I love too...they are perfect! I bet you are so excited for your wedding and these next 45 days will fly by! Can't wait to hear more and see all your beautiful pictures...enjoy every moment as I am sure you will!

    Liesl :)

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  18. I can't wait to see your bridal portraits, I'm sure they're gorgeous! I really regret not doing them for my wedding. I love the rehearsal invites! They are the perfect mix of classic and fun :)

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  19. Love the invites! And yaya for no rain for the bridal portraits! :)

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  20. so happy that the clouds parted for your portraits and I can't wait to see the photos! I bet you were gorgeous! and i love your rehearsal invites...simple and classy :)

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  21. I know you'll look gorgeous in your portraits!

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  22. I really love that stamp. Like. Really love it.

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  23. I adore those invitations. Very cute!

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