Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I wouldn't use my real name (or BRB, for that matter) and I wouldn't reveal the identity of my company. I just really need an outlet for my random thoughts, and my understanding is that is what Twitter is all about. So what do you guys think? Does anyone here Twitter? I might post this over on Weddingbee, too. Which, by the way, I cannot participate on during the workday!! That's right, posting in comments and boards on WB is restricted at work. Seriously, I'm dying here. Anyway, thoughts and suggestions are welcome. I'll let you know if I sign up!
Next are the Twins, Mike and Chris. Mike is actually getting married in less than 2 weeks and BRG is in the wedding! These two are literally insane. We don't get to see Mike often because he lives in DC, but we see Chris on a regular basis. Separated each guy is a hoot, but when they get together there is a perma-smile on my face. Factor BRG into the mix and you've got a recipe for trouble. Fun Fact: whenever they get together, they always grill "meats." If we get home from the bar at 2:30am, they're firing up the grill at 2:31am. It's just something I've learned to shake my head and smile at. Silly boys
Our wedding day is going to be so amazing with all of these wonderful people around us!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
2. You Can't Take It With You
3. Life, Love & Mawwaige
4. Cross Country Wed
6. Boots & Lace
Thanks for being such great brides and sharing inspiration with the wedding blog community!
So to keep me occupied (and sane) I'm just going to keep doing what I did while I was unemployed: surf the internet, read wedding blogs, and generally be a waste of breath. Except now I'm getting paid for it.
I personally can't think of a better bridal party...but I might be a bit biased. Picking my maids was a no-brainer. How was it for you?
Monday, June 22, 2009
Thankfully I have so many of my wedding plans finalized already (at least the Big 4: venue, photographer, DJ, florist). Hopefully I can keep reading my favorite wedding blogs during the day. At least I have an iPhone if using an actual computer to surf is frowned upon. I'll do my best to not ignore this blog, too, but posting may be light while I get back into a "real world" schedule.
Wish me luck!! Any other recent grad brides out there trying to find work??
Friday, June 19, 2009
So after crunching some numbers and finding things we could eliminate, I wrote an email to the guy we were working with outlining my concerns. I told him that his prices were just too much and that we wanted to eliminate a number of items. A day later he came back with a counter offer. He cut the price of some items by half! He came down in price for my BM bouquets and centerpieces. He said he would eliminate the things I wanted. I was elated!! This was my first real vendor negotiation. It gave me a lot of confidence to negotiate with future vendors. It does make you wonder, though. If you can come down in price so much, why didn't you offer me that price to start with?
So now we have our florist!! Yay! Now that our "big" vendors are out of the way it's time to start thinking of all the "little" things.
Were you able to negotiate with any of your vendors? How did it go?
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
We're having our ceremony and reception at the same location. This was a no-brainer for us because we do not have a church and are not religious. Here are a couple pictures of our location set up for a ceremony.
Hopefully that GAWD AWFUL tree you see in the corner can be removed. Ew. There are all of these weird fake plants around the venue. You'll be able to see them in another photo. Anyway, this is how our ceremony will be set up. We'll be on a stage type thing. There will be draped fabric behind us, covering part of the window. The florist recommended we cover it instead of just frame it with fabric. The windows have a view of the Cuyahoga River and the city, but for the ceremony I'd like our guests to focus on us. Selfish? Yup!
We plan on using 2 of our tall centerpieces to flank us on either side, which is going to look awesome. Our smaller centerpieces will line the aisle. Again, it's going to look amazing.
When I first started looking at centerpiece ideas I fell in love with floating flowers and I haven't looked back since. This has been my go-to inspiration photo for a long time. I'm not sure where I originally found it, but I know it's somewhere on Project Wedding.
This particular centerpiece has 5 vases, we will only have 3. Also, it will not be on a platform. I'm SO EXCITED!!! Our low centerpieces will be a group of 5 shorter vases, also with floating flowers and candles. Swoon. Cost? Not so swoon, but that is another post for another day.
Did you have a clear vision of your florals?
Monday, June 15, 2009
I tried the dress on in the store and it fit me like a glove. It will probably just need to be hemmed and taken in around the bust. Because my gown is a mermaid cut I knew it would be snug around the hip area. Now, I do not have big hips and I refuse to lose weight. I'm 5'5, 115-120 lb. I don't like getting any smaller than that. Anyway, I guess I just didn't think the dress would be so restricting. I can walk in it, and I know it will get easier once it's shortened and I have heels on, but bending/sitting is a challenge. I always wondered why brides needed help putting their shoes on...now I know.
Now, if I were one of those brides who just planned to mingle with her guests and only have a first dance, then I think my dress would be perfect. I, however, am not one of those brides. Hell to the No. I fully plan on shaking it hard on the dance floor. Dancing is seriously my lifeblood. I'm not trained or anything, but I'm pretty good for a white girl.
Is anyone planning on a 2nd dress?
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 pounds lean ground sirloin or ground turkey
- 1 packages beef or pork hot dogs, sliced 1/2-inch thick
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon steak seasoning (recommended: Montreal Steak Seasoning by McCormick)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 9 soft burger rolls - like at the ballpark
Heat the extra-virgin olive oil, a turn of the pan, in a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add meat and crumble as it browns. Add chopped hot dogs after 3 to 4 minutes then cook 3 to 4 minutes more. Add the onions to the pan and cook to soften, 5 to 6 minutes more. In a bowl mix the spices, sugar, Worcestershire and tomato sauce. Pour sauce over the meat and simmer a few minutes to combine flavors. Slop onto buns and serve.
In the first two pictures the girls are holding Bells of Ireland. I really like how they look grouped together, but the first florist I spoke with was a bit skeptical. Apparently they are very long flowers and it would be sort of awkward to cut them. He also said that the flowers in the pictures were the most full he's ever seen. Basically he said it probably wouldn't work out. No prob, Bob. I got lots more ideas.
I pretty much told both florists that my only requests were green flowers and no roses. Roses are fine, just not for me. Both florists mentioned green hydrangeas, green cymbidium orchids, and other various green flowers whose names escape me.
To be honest, I didn't think I would get excited about flowers, but suddenly I am! Particularly...centerpieces! Coming up next!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Before I go on, let me show you my inspiration photos. I really don't know where most of the photos are from, so I'm just going to say that most are probably from The Knot and Project Wedding. First up, bridal bouquets (because I'm the most important, duh. JK!)
First I thought I might want a mix of greens and whites:
I especially loooooove the first one. Which surprises me because I never looked at myself and thought "I'm a mini calla lily kinda gal." Unfortunately, um...those little green and white thingies coming out like spikes? Yeah, those are lilies of the valley and apparently mucho expensive. At least that's what "one woman show" florist told me. Damn.
So then I thought I might want an all-white bouquet:
Again...I like calla lilies? Who knew? After doing some major soul searching (read: internet wedding porn searching) I realized that I love the look of all one flower type bouquets. I'm not a big frills and bells and whistles type person. That look is beautiful, just not for me. Simple, sleek, structured, and modern is definitely more my style.
Were there details that "spoke" to you that took you by surprise?