Nov 27, 2010
My bridesmaid live in three differnt states- yikes! And only one lives in the same state as me. So, it felt natural for me to ask my girls to be my bridesmaids with some good old snail mail gift packages. I got a bunch of excited phone calls with vehement "Yes"es!
I made personalized cards with paper-doll like images made with the help of Design-her Gals. I chose to dress the girls up in bridesmaid dresses of their favorite colors, designed the cards on the computer, and printed them in color.
I also selected colorful photo boxes and tissue paper to package the gift boxes. The photo boxes can be used by the bridesmaid as a memories box to hold special trinkets collected throughout the wedding planning process. I also picked up 4 trinkets for each girl.
Supplies from Michaels:
Photo box $5/each
Tissue paper $10/pack
Pave crystal initial key chains $1/each
Initial sticky note pads $1/each
Initial stationary note cards $1/each
Initial journal $1/each
White card stock cards and envelopes $10/pack
Brown paper for wrapping the boxes to ship $2/roll
Priority Mail $5.00/each
Gift boxes that made my bridesmaids living in three different states feel special: $17.40/each
I also made some homemade sugar cookies and decorated them with each girl's name. These didn't cost me anything extra because I already had all the supplies. I love baking cookies so it was fun for me and tasty for them!
We had a great engagement photo shoot done by Emily Schlipf of Black Dog Photography
You can see it here: http://www.bkdog.com/photocart/index.php?do=photocart&viewGallery=1202
The location was very significant for us. We met the first day of college and became fast friends. We would go to Dunkin Donuts everyday for coffee as an excuse to see each other. When we finally started dating, we had our first date at Margherita's in Hoboken, NJ. We also shared an apartment with two other friends in college. The engagement photo shoot highlights all of these memorable locations.
We had too much fun shooting with Emily at our Engagement Photo Session!
Our Dunkin Donuts: Our first date location:
Our old apartment: On Campus:
Having a little fun with the campus cannon:
The NYC skyline from campus:
The campus gates: The heart stone in the campus gate house:
Some artistic shots:
Angelo's in Howell, NJ
Saturday, July 11, 2009, 7-11:00pm
The Theme and Decor
Champagne! The champage theme provided a color pallete of champagne, cream, antique gold, cappuccino, and coffee which fit perfectly into our banquet room that had an Italian feel with champagne walls, coffee colored carpet, coffee table clothes with cappuccino overlays.
How we incorporated the champagne theme:
- The invites and dinner menus had a beautiful image of two toasting flutes
- Picture/favor table had hurrican vases filled with glass bubbles
- Centerpieces: over-sized champagne flutes with cream colored silk hydrageas, blue and coral accent flowers, ties with a champagne colored ribbon and filled with cream tulle were lovingly assembled by fiance's Great Aunt:
- Marriage Advice Posterboard- I kept this in the color palette to flow with the theme. I wanted to have something guests could interact with without taking away from the party. I got the idea from Ehow to Throw an Engagement Party and I came up with the design myself. I bought the posterboard, brown acrylic paint, and satin ribbo at Michaels. I free hand drew the text in pencil, painted in lines, and once dry I outlined the text in black sharpie for a finished look. Then I cut the ribbon and hot glued it to the board and wrote "From the Women" and "From the Men" in sharpie.
The Outfit for the party
I really want to look bridal and classic. I'm going to achieve this look by sticking with all ivory and classic feminine touches like bows and pearls.
The dress by Anne Klein ($100 at Loard and Taylor). It looks so much better on me with my curves filling it out ;-)
A great cocktail ring that I ordered from I'm Over It for $10 after coupon
Pretty earrings also from I'm Over It for $17 after coupon
Silk ivory shoes from DSW for $35 after savings from a DSW rewards certificate and ebates.com cash back
A birthday gift from fiance, just 10 days prior to the party topped off my look, a pearl necklace from Tiffany's:
Here I am, all dolled up for the party:
Me and my Maid of Honor, my cousin Courtney
My fiance and his best man, his brother Kevin:
The Bridesmaids and Flower Girl:
My family on Mom's side:
Ceremony: St. Justin's Catholic Church, Toms River, NJ- http://www.stjustin.org/
Reception: Addison Park, Keyport, NJ- www.theaddisonpark.com
Photography: Black Dog Photography- www.bkdog.com
MC, DJ, Live Music, and Lighting: Sound Connection Entertainment- http://www.soundconnectdj.com/
Classic Rolls Royce and Stretch Limo: Santos VIP- http://www.santoslimousine.com/
We booked our reception venue!
Saturday, November 27th 2010
Me and my fiance right after he proposed, December 28th, 2008. Note my red, teary eyes.
A snap of us on New Year's Eve. The future mother-in-law used this to announce the engagement in the local newspaper. I'm not thrilled with it though. I was very sick that day :-(
This is my beautiful ring. My fiance picked it all by himself, and he did a beautiful job with this princess cut diamond with a high setting and two individually set princess cut diamonds framing the diamond.