Aug 28, 2010

  • Last updated on April 30, 2010 at 8:49 pm
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  • Last updated on April 30, 2010 at 8:41 pm
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OMG.  I L.O.V.E. stars!!  But do you know how hard it is to find pretty star jewelry?  So, I went to every bride's favorite site: Etsy!  I had my wedding day jewelry made from a computer sketch I gave to the seller distinctjewllery.

My sketch:
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What I got:
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  • Last updated on April 30, 2010 at 8:30 pm
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Here are my lovely shoes!  I didn't want to buy them because they are soooo expensive ($200 online, $215 in stores), and they are 4 inch heels -- I usually wear no heels!  Ha!  But they were PINK and matched my dress perfectly.  And FI said they looked hot on me, so........ he surprised me and bought them!!  <3

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  • Last updated on February 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm
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Finalized my centerpiece design last week with the help of my mom, my aunties, and my wonderful daddy!!  I'm trying to be green, so these were made from my dad's scrap pile of PVC pipes and wood.  They were spray painted silver and decorated with bead curtains, my folded paper stars, and pink vinyl table cloth.  I'm planning to get together with my bridesmaids one day to decorate the little holders with different color ribbon and embellishments (colors to be pulled from my stars - pink, blue, purple, yellow, green, etc.).


*Going to put cardstock stars to decorate the wine glasses; closeup on beads & paper stars (don't mind the grandpa in the background, haha!).

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*I will have two different color overlays (baby blue & turquoise) using the baby blue for the banquet tables, and the turquoise for cocktail hour; all containers will be sprayed silver, but you can see here that they are common PVC pipes :)

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*Instead of placing the "cake favor boxes" like cakes, I'm standing them up like tiny baggies.  Silver string to tie in the color.

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*Top view of the table.

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*Me slaving away making the paper stars; cool shadow effects!!

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Was finally able to bring a finished sample to the hotel to test-drive it on an actual round table.  Looks pretty good!  Too bad they didn't have any chinaware available.

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Caught the FI holding a peace sign... but posted this without his permission, so for privacy sake his face has been... altered slightly.

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  • Last updated on February 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm
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9 Months and Earlier - COMPLETED!

  • Hire a professional wedding consultant
  • Consolidate all guest lists: bride's, groom's, bride's family, groom's family, and organize as follows: 1. those who must be invited. 2. those who should be invited. 3. those who would be nice to invite.
  • Develop a record-keeping system for payments made
  • Buy a calendar and note all important activities: showers, luncheons, parties, get-togethers, etc.
  • Decide if you want to include children among guests
  • Select maid of honor, best man, bridesmaids and ushers (approx. 1 user per 50 guests).
  • Select and book photographer
  • Determine your color scheme
  • Select and order your bridal gown and headpiece
  • Select and reserve your reception site
  • Select and reserve your officiant
  • Select and reserve ceremony site
  • Determine budget and how expenses will be shared
  • Determine the type of wedding you want: location, formality, time of day, number of guests, etc.
  • Announce your engagement
  • Select a date for your wedding


6 - 9 Months - COMPLETED!

  • Select attendants' dresses, shoes, and accessories
  • Select and book reception musicians or DJ
  • Schedule fittings and delivery dates for yourself, attendants, and flower girl.
  • Give the Wedding Party Responsibility Cards to your wedding party. These cards are published by Wedding Solutions and are available at most major book stores.
  • Select and book florist (not having one)
  • Select and book caterer, if needed.
  • Select and book videographer

4 - 6 Months - COMPLETED!

  • Reserve rental items needed for ceremony and reception
  • Finalize guest list
  • Select and order wedding invitations, announcements, and other stationery such as thank-you notes, wedding programs, and seating cards.
  • Address invitations
  • Set date, time and location for rehearsal dinner
  • arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests
  • Select and book all miscellaneous services, ie. gift attendants, valet parking, etc
  • Purchase shoes and accessories
  • Begin to break-in your shoes
  • Start shopping for each other's wedding gifts
  • Register for wedding gifts

2 - 4 Months - COMPLETED!

  • Select bakery and order wedding cake
  • Order party favors
  • Select and order room decorations
  • Shop for wedding rings and engrave them
  • Purchase gifts for wedding attendants
  • Review and update your gift registry
  • Consider writing a will and/or prenuptial agreement
  • Check blood test and marriage license requirements
  • Plan activities for out-of-town guests both before and after the wedding

6 - 8 Weeks - COMPLETED!


  • Mail invitations. Include accommodation choices and a map to assist guests in finding the ceremony and reception sites.
  • Maintain a record of RSVPs and all gifts received. Send thank-you notes upon receipt of gifts
  • Determine hairstyle and make-up
  • Schedule to have your hair, makeup, and nails done the day of the wedding
  • Finalize shopping for wedding day accessories, such as toasting glasses, ring pillow, guest book, etc.
  • Set up an area or a table in your home to display gifts as you receive them
  • Have your formal wedding portrait taken
  • Check requirements to change your name and address on your driver's license, social security card, insurance policies, subscriptions, bank accounts, etc.
  • Select a guest book attendant. Decide where and when to have guests sign in
  • Mail invitations to rehearsal dinner
  • Obtain marriage license
  • Plan a luncheon or dinner with your bridesmaids. Give them their gifts at that time or at the rehearsal dinner.
  • Find "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a six pence (or shiny penny) for your shoe."
  • Finalize your menu, beverage, and alcohol order.
  • Review and update your gift registry
  • Get blood test and health certificate
  • Select and reserve wedding attire for groom, ushers, father of the bride, and ring bearer

2 - 6 Weeks - COMPLETED!


  • Confirm ceremony details with your officiant
  • Arrange final fitting of bridesmaids' dresses
  • Have final fitting of your gown and headpiece
  • Finalize rehearsal dinner plans; arrange seating and write names on place cards, if desired.
  • Make final floral selections
  • Make a detailed timeline for your wedding party
  • Make a detailed timeline for your service providers
  • Confirm details with all service providers, including attire. Give them a copy of your wedding timeline
  • Finalize addressing and stamping announcements
  • Contact guests who haven't responded
  • Pick up rings and check for fit
  • Meet with photographer and confirm special photos you want taken
  • Meet with videographer and confirm special events or people you want videotaped
  • Meet with musicians and confirm music to be played during special events, such as the first dance.
  • Continue writing thank-you notes as gifts arrive
  • Remind bridesmaids and ushers of when and where to pick up their wedding attire
  • Determine ceremony seating for special guests. Give a list to the ushers
  • Plan reception room layout and seating with your reception site manager or caterer. Write names on place cards for arranged seating.

The Last Week - COMPLETED!


  • Pick up wedding attire and make sure everything fits
  • Do final guest count and notify your caterer or reception site manager
  • Gather everything you will need for the rehearsal and wedding day
  • Review the schedule of events and last minute arrangements with your service providers. Give them each a detailed timeline.
  • Familiarize yourself with guests' names.
  • Pack for mini-moon.
  • Arrange for kennel services for kitty.

The Rehearsal Day - COMPLETED!


  • Review list of things to bring to the rehearsal
  • Give the best man the officiant's fee and any other checks for service providers. Instruct him to deliver these checks the day of the wedding.
  • Arrange for someone to bring accessories, such as flower basket, ring pillow, guest book and pen, toasting glasses, cake-cutting knife, and napkins to the ceremony and reception.
  • Arrange for someone to mail announcements the day after the wedding
  • Arrange for someone to return rental items, such as tuxedos, slip, and cake pillars after the wedding
  • Provide each member of your wedding party with a detailed schedule of events/timelines for the wedding day
  • Review ceremony seating with ushers.
  • Drop off kitty at kennels.

Things to Bring to the Rehearsal - COMPLETED!


  • Parents of the Bride & Groom gifts (if not already given)
  • Wedding announcements (maid of honor to mail after wedding)
  • Bridesmaids' gifts (if not already given)
  • Fake bouquet or ribbon bouquet from bridal shower
  • Groom's gift (if not already given)
  • Reception maps and wedding programs
  • Rehearsal information and ceremony foramtions
  • Seating diagrams for head table and parents' tables
  • Wedding schedule of events/timeline
  • Marriage license
  • Ushers' gifts (if not already given)
  • Service providers' fees to give to best man or wedding consultant so s/he can pay them at the wedding
  • Camera and film
  • Bride's gift (if not already given)

Day of Wedding - COMPLETED!


  • Review list of things to bring to the ceremony
  • Give the groom's ring to the maid of honor
  • Give the bride's ring to the best man
  • Simply follow your detailed schedule of events
  • Relax and enjoy your wedding!

Things to Bring to the Ceremony - COMPLETED!


  • Wedding bands
  • Marriage License
  • Guest book
  • Pen for guest book
  • Cake knife
  • Toasting goblets
  • Annoucements


After the Wedding


  • Late luncheon with close family
  • Drop off tuxedos at rental shop
  • Pick up kitty from kennels
  • Get professional pics
  • Print bride & groom portrait
  • Write and send thank you notes
  • Pickup leftover wedding items from planner
  • Check on video
  • Make photo albums (x3)
  • Last updated on January 21, 2010 at 5:39 pm
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I will be adding a lot more items.  Stay tuned!!



Tablecloths & Overlays: {SOLD}
$200.00 $150.00 for all (you pay for shipping, free if p/u)


Products from: 

Original Costs: 

20 Round Light Blue Tablecloths (120" diameter) - $13.49 x 20 = $269.80 
2 Light Blue Rectangles (60" x 102") - $9.49 x 2 = $18.98 
20 Light Blue Organza overlays (85" x 85") - $5.89 x 20 = $117.80 
10 Turquoise Overlays (72" x 72") - $3.59 x 10 = $35.90 
Original Total: $442.48

Color: Baby Blue & Turquoise (both shimmery)

Condition: Used once, steamed, pressed, and stored in container away from direct sunlight.



Purse Organizer: $20.00 (you pay for shipping, free if p/u)

Do you ever look into your purse and see... a giant black vortex?  With a purse organizer, you can place your items into separators and compartments and be able to find that lipgloss in a snap!

Color: Orange and white

Condition: NEW



CZ Necklace: $25.00 (you pay for shipping, free if p/u)

Beautiful sterling silver & CZ necklace from Silver Lilac.

Color: Silver/white

Condition: NEW



Label Stickers: $10.00 for all + Free Shipping

Ten sheets of 1 2/3 inch diameter round bright melon label sheet from  24 circles are pre-cut on each sheet (240 round stickers total); no cutting necessary.

Color: Coral (they called it "Melon")

Condition: NEW

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Destination Planning Book: $20.00 + Free Shipping

Title:destination BRIDE by Lisa Light

Condition: NEW

From the back:

make your wedding the celebration of a lifetime anywhere in the world!

"Lisa Light has a wonderfully complete knowledge of all the details that must be handled to have a joyous destination wedding, and in her new book, Destination Bride, she offers her insights, plus thouroughly readable real-life anecdotes."

          -Rick Bard, Editor, Manhattan Bride

"This book is an absolute must for anyone considering an out-of-town wedding.  It covers all the bases, from deciding whether a destination wedding is right for you to orchestrating the event of your dreams."

          - Annette Burden, Editor-in-Chief,
            Destination Weddings & Honeymoons


A DESTINATION WEDDING is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and a wonderful adventure -- not only for the bride and groom, but for everyone involved.  A wedding away from home is also a major undertaking, with challenges that no couple should face without the help of Destination Bride.

Inside, international wedding planner Lisa Light explains planning logistics and provides countless ideas for destinations and venues, making the entire process manageable and stress-free.

You'll also find:

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Maggie Sottero - Vienna (size 8): {SOLD}
$750.00 + Free Shipping

Brand new, unworn.  Only tried on once, but I can't use it because it doesn't fit -- my loss, your gain.  Sparkly, lacey heaven!  Corset back, and already set with an under bustle.  Will post pictures later.

Color: Ivory

Condition: NEW

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