Sep 25, 2010
I'm so excited to report that we have made our first deposits and now the ball is rolling on our planning. To date I have moved forward in securing the wedding party and creating a way to keep them in the loop considering they are all located in different parts of the country and in one case, across the pond.
I really loved the idea of the bridesmaid newsletter so I embellished the idea a little and created a bridal party website. One the site the bridal party can "meet" the rest of the members and stay up to date on how the planning is coming and what's required of them. I am still in the creation stage but if you would like to check it out, here it is.
This site will be in addition and separate from the actual wedding website which I am using Project Wedding for.
I also took the liberty to change the bridesmaid dress. The previous dress was on closeout and I was a little scared that all the bridesmaid would get them in time before they sold out. Furthermore, there may have been a limited number of sizes. So I change the dress to a more "bridesmaid" friendly choice.
I love the new choice. It's a Mori Lee dress so it should be available in all major bridal shops. This saves me a great deal of headache and still offers me the one shouldered option that I love. I also think the teal is stunning against the silver.
I've taken a great deal of time to consider flowers for the wedding as well. I was able to find great inspiration from the internet.
These two photos are where I'm drawing my inspiration. The colors are right in line with what I am seeking.
And the centerpieces will be drawn from these two photos with some variation. I can see it all coming together now. Makes me super excited.
I'm back after a LONG while of wedding planning. My FH and I have been busy trying to take advantage of the tax credit for first time homeowners and have embarked upon finding our first home. Both of us has taken on second jobs in order to bulk up our savings. The prospects have been great and we've put an offer on a house after a couple of months of searching. We are super excited and now our focus has turned back to wedding plans. Now don't get me wrong, our focus had not turned entirely from planning, ohh we've been planning but talking more so about the minor details. In the meantime, we've secured our caterer, who is a friend of ours who works as a caterer. He has access to a great bar option and is going to give us the works for a super price. We may have our wedding for under $10,000. That makes me super excited as we are dumping a good bulk of our saved money on downpayment for our home.
Furthermore, I've found my dress, the bridesmaids dresses, and designed my invitations and place cards. We've also scouted a place that is a very stong prospect for our reception site. I've gotten a lot of great ideas from friends weddings as there have been many this summer.
So from this point I'll post what my vision is . . .
This is my dress! I'm uber excited about this dress. I went and tried on dresses and the consultant showed me nothing that I was interested in. I have this fairy tale vision of a one shouldered gown of the trumpet persusion. And I didn't want to give my first born child for the dress. I found this dress online at a discount site, and it was EXACTLY what I was looking for. And I love the fact that the flowers on the shoulder are detachable. Great option for the reception.
Along with the grey Calvin Klein tuxes for the gentlemen I want the bridesmaids to where these:
My inspiration is gathered from the following two photos. I love the grey/silver muted but elegant tone of the bridemaids dresses and groomens tuxes but with the accent colors of the first photo.
More photos of our venue, invitations and all the fun things I plan to add to this wedding.
So it's been a while since my last post and my how things have changed. After all the researching and re-researching, I've decided that I don't want the big fanfare of the traditional wedding. With an $8000 housing tax credit up for grabs practicality has finally outshined the fairytale. But this doesn't mean that I don't want a wedding. It's just that now the wedding I envision is a lot more intimate and eliminates a great deal of the big money expenditures that would otherwise break us completely. And to top it off, a really great friend of mine is getting married in the Bahamas and we have to be there despite the fact that the trip is taking a great deal of change out of our already tight budget. So we've decided to eliminate the church wedding, the reception, the tracking and receiving of guest, the headache, the stress, etc. etc. Seems like the whole wedding right? Wrong. We've just re-evaluated our plan. The plan now stands as follows:
1. The date has changed from June 2010 to January 2010. Getting married sooner is always a plus.
2. We are forgoing the church wedding with the wonderful reception that usually follows for a more budget friendly destination beach wedding in Puerto Rico. The benefit of this is shaving our budget nearly in half. The downside to achieving this is that there will be no guest list. It will be sort of like eloping, but fear not, we have a great plan to still include everyone in our wedding. We are still having engagement photos and save the dates made and sent out to those on our original guestlist. But our actual wedding will be just the two of us on a beach under God's great sky, combining both our dream wedding and a fantastic honeymoon. Our greatest expense will be a photographer to document the event. My fiancee is even thinking about asking two of our closest friends to accompany. I'm still debating this one.
3. Upon coming back from our wedding/honeymoon, I plan to create a wonderful slideshow announcement with all the photos from the event to send to everyone on the guestlist.
Until then every penny goes toward our downpayment on our new home. Practical? Yeah, I know. Smart? Absolutely! I've already been given my greatest gift, a wonderful supportive fiancee that I would marry under an apple tree (if they had any in DC, but I'll settle for cherry blossoms.)
So the veil is always an issue. To wear or not to wear? Tradition would have it that brides of purity wear a veil and I am all for keeping tradition but also feel like the rules were meant to be broken. I am really into the birdcage veil and have chosen it for my wedding. I am particularly in love with the first photo. It's similar to the hair I envisioned and the veil is stunning!
So the FH & I have settled on a tux for the wedding. Before picking any colors we decided that the traditional black or white tux was completely out for us. The FH looks great in other colors. So we decided on either gray or tan. I decided that I would love to see gray tux's at a wedding. How different! So I did some searching online and came across the Calvin Klein gray tuxedo. The FH fell in love with it so it was settled. Now I just needed to find the tux.
So upon window shopping this weekend while out looking for crafts for my diy projects I walked into a tux shop, turned around, and there it was . . . the exact as tux! How lucky.
Here it is . . . .
The ties are going to be silver/gray, with hints of teal & purple! It also helps that Halle Berry's fine ass beau is modeling the tux. But he doesn't even compare to what my FH will look like in it.
So I think I've narrowed my choices for dresses. Three designers really suit my taste and style. I'm a huge fan of the mermaid/trumpet style of dress and I really love the idea of lace or lace shrugs. Although these dresses are a little of of my price range, I think I've found the inspiration for the style. Lets just see if I can get something within my price range that sings to my heart as much as these choices. I think my favorite is the Jasmine dress.
So without futher adue here are my designers and choices: