Monday, December 14, 2009

A Princess on Her Day

So many brides say that they want to be a princess on their big day, and I don't think that there is anything wrong with this. It is an important day and we want to feel important. But after reading 500 Pieces of Prudent Advice for My Baby Daughter it left me wondering if we want to feel like a princess or like an amazing and special version of ourselves? Do we want to kiss a frog, or wait to be saved? Do we want to escape from an evil stepmother, or do we just want to marry the man we love?

#212 of the 500 pieces of advice states, "Some of the greatest writers of children’s fables were male: The Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, even Walt Disney. You are not a tiny princess awaiting rescue by a valiant man, a symbol of frailty and naïveté, or the punch line in a morality tale. The women in those stories were crafted by a different sex at a different time for a different audience; these days you slay the dragon yourself."

So while brides might want to feel as special as a princess on their wedding day, on a normal day I think it is good for all of us to remember that we can slay the dragon ourselves.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mmmm Bacon

I was watching Top Chef (on DVR) last night and they were in Las Vegas cooking up delicious breakfast food. It made me want to go to Vegas or eat a gourmet, hearty breakfast, or better yet both. The yummy looking food and beautiful presentation made me think further about a breakfast for the out-of-town guests and wedding party the morning after the wedding.

Oh, wouldn't it be lovely, to wake up to a bloody mary bar with little towers of fluffy pancakes and crispy bacon ... I better stop, I am making myself very hungry. I have heard of venues throwing these in for free in this economy to get people to book or to spring for the open bar. My aunt also offered to throw a breakfast for us at my house and it is tempting, because she is an amazing cook. However, I would feel bad having her do all that just for my bacon craving. I don't want a gift opening so I am not sure what people would do to entertain themselves. I guess talk, reminisce about the previous night and laugh. I suppose it could be like a more relaxing version of the rehearsal dinner. This idea will require more thought.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Cake in the Face Problem

(Mathieu Photography)

So you know how they say men usually do the exact opposite of what you tell them? Or is that children they say that about? I guess sometimes there isn’t much difference.

Brett definitely falls into this category. I am not the type to tell him he “can’t” do something, but if I was he would probably laugh and run right along and do what I had said not to. This is where the cake in the face problem comes in. I DO NOT want cake in my face on my wedding day. I know everyone laughs and thinks it is cute when the bride and groom shove cake up each others' noses (they usually miss the mouth) but then I have cake on my face, which is no fun. I know it might sound vain but I just don’t want to muck up my makeup with frosting. And knowing Brett, who always spills a portion of dinner on himself it will get on him or worse on my dress!

However, I don’t want to tell him not to put cake in my face because the bigger deal I make of it the funnier he will think it is when he does it. But it is important to me (as stupid as this sounds I really don’t want cake shoved in my face one bit…not at all…zilch) and therefore I feel I should tell him. I guess at least I have a few months to mull this one over.

P.S. I will look as upset as the girl in the picture above if I do get dessert smeared on my face during the cake cutting. However, I think she is joking and I would not be.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Love Affair with Sun Spots

Pictures with sun spots get me every time. I love pictures that are flooded with light and have orbs of sunlight that dance in front of the bride and groom. I hope to get some just like these on my wedding day.

(Stout Photography)

As Rachel Zoe would say … I die.

(Mathieu Photography via Rock 'n Roll Bride)

I love this picture not only for the sun spot but because it is amazing!

(Jonas Peterson Photography)

Faces need not be included when Jonas Peterson gets a hold of sun spots.

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Wedding Graduates Important Advice

I never just re-post things that I find on other blogs. However, the advice below from Liz who was a Wedding Graduate on A Practical Wedding blog had the most amazing advice. The Wedding Graduate brides usually have some great advice but what Liz said really resonated with me. Here are a few of the things Liz brought up.

A. It’s not about you. We always hear this with regard to including the groom in the planning. Don’t limit yourself here. Make the day about your relationship, your families, your friends, anyone who has been there along the whole process that ended in your marriage (and will keep on being there through the ish that’s gonna come after).

B. Damn the man. NOT choosing something because everyone else does, is just as bad as choosing something because everyone else does. It’s the same thing. (This includes nixing something because your photos will look “dated.” Um. Go back to your parents’ wedding photos. My favorites are the dated ones.)

C. It’s NOT “just one day.” The whole wedding planning process can be a butt load of fun, too. The key to this is to just suck it up and use your friends if they offer. It may make you feel super guilty handing over those envelopes to stuff and the hankies to fold, but damn, is it nice to have a second to breathe. Working with friends and family was the best part of our wedding. I may be exaggerating (having a husband is pretty awesome, too). But making all of the little details together brought about some of the best, most memorable moments of the wedding process. I couldn’t afford a veil, so my mom and I learned how to make one and shopped for the fabric together. We catered the reception ourselves, so I had hours of prep and set-up the day before with both families and tons of caring, awesome volunteers. Sure, we were exhausted by the end of the night. But I never knew you could laugh so much while setting up folding chairs and coffee pots. Not to mention, it makes everyone feel so involved in the day… almost take ownership of it, really. And all of those little details are made meaningful when you don’t just see cupcakes, but you see cupcakes-that-Amanda-iced and memories of flour-covered-kitchens. (sorry about the novel, Meg… I could go on and on here)

D. Have a deadline. Planning everything ourselves meant that we were building, creating, and setting up til Saturday evening. But I gave myself a cut off. After 9pm, no more wedding planning. Seriously. All that night, all the next day, no “planning” allowed. Whatever was left on the to-do list was dropped (some of it was “important”!), and I soaked my little feet and packed my suitcase for honeymoon.

See the full post here. Photography by Love Me Do Photography.

I love this advice, from the engagement to the gift opening and everything in between I want my wedding to be about our amazing families and wonderful friends not just about me, or him because the guests that are at the wedding are the reason we are who we are today. I love the planning process with these important people involved and I need to remember to lean on them when I need it and to be ok with asking for help and giving up control when I need to. I also think that setting a deadline and being organized will be extremely important. Getting things done early so that I am not stressed around the wedding day will be a very important priority. I also think I get too caught up in my wedding being different and unique and I think Liz makes a good point that just because something has been done before doesn’t mean it is no longer a good idea. Hopefully I can keep this advice in mind as the months until the wedding get shorter and shorter.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Cheese, Chocolate and Wedding Talk

My fondue get-together with my bridesmaids was a blast! Even though the fondue didn't go as planned (we needed some kind of alcohol you get at a hardware store to light the stupid thing) the rest of the food was great.

We started by looking at dresses and they each got a feel for what I am thinking (wear what you want as long as it looks good), and I got to see what they like (pockets and prints). It was a fun playful way for everyone to meet and a great way to break the ice.

After that, we all came to my house and finished making the snacks together. I was the ring leader so I gave everyone jobs and together we finished what would have taken me hours in just a few minutes.

It was a wonderful day and everyone meshed so well! I have an amazing group of friends standing up for me and we all had a great time together. I have a feeling there is a lot more to come!

I forgot to get a picture of us (major bummer), but I did snap a few pics of the desert table before everyone came over. What do you think? Not too bad for my first try.

If you are wondering what happened to the pink treat on the far left tray all I can say is so am I. They were even but I think a little Brett monster might have gotten to one.

Friday, November 6, 2009


Hello Lover! These will absolutely be on my tootsies on wedding day if: A. I don't get the ruffly dress (I am down to two options...yay) or B. I feel that I can pull them off with the ruffly dress. They are $140 which is way more then I ever spend on shoes (love shoes, but find I love having as many as possible more then having a few expensive ones), but I figure a girl only gets married once. Plus they are less then the fuchsia number I posted about here.

Martinez Valero Corrine Wedding Shoe from My Glass Slipper

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Sweet Treat

I am having all of my bridesmaids over on Saturday to meet each other. We will be trying on dresses, eating some good food and with this group probably laughing a lot. I am going to put together an Amy Atlas inspired dessert table for the day. There will only be seven people so it will be a mini-dessert table, but I wanted to try my first one on an un-intimidating crowd. I will be putting together a red and white one for the rehearsal dinner, a nut bar for the cocktail hour and another for a baby shower coming up, so hopefully I am decent at the endeavor. Being a perfectionist, I am hoping that it doesn’t look too amateur. It will be pink and white to give me some ideas for the red and white rehearsal dinner piece. Wish me luck!
(Pictures from Amy Atlas)

Monday, November 2, 2009

I'm Lovin It

For the big day.

For a gift.

For a fun.

(From Virginia Geiger Jewels on Etsy)

Friday, October 30, 2009

What's Your Style?

The first florist I met with told me that she asks clients what their homes look like if she is having a problem figuring out exactly what style someone likes. On a side note, she didn't have to ask me; she guessed. Right after that, I met with a florist in his home and loved his style from the neutral tones and mix of modern and natural to the comfy pillows and streamlined accessories. I wondered even more...Does our home style translate into our wedding style? If so, maybe I need to see all of my vendors homes (that was a joke:)).

So, when I saw the Ethan Allen style quiz on Young House Love I couldn't resist. And they hit the nail right on the head! I am Metro with a touch of Loft ... they seem like opposites, but somehow they work so well together, kind of like most good things.

The verdict is in—your style is Metro. Metro is a great modern space. Chic, comfortable, clean. Do the math. Strong horizontals plus graphic clarity plus a fearless blending of metal, woods, leathers, and wovens; minus the superfluous and the clichéd; equals urban architecture domesticated, a vision for living.

This online portfolio shows your style. Brought to life in rooms. A subtle mix of furniture, accessories, and attitude. Different “looks.” Because every home should be unique. Come see.

Energetic. Fashion-driven. Practical. Materials borrowed from industry, architecture, and nature. Clean shapes. Punches of color. Spontaneous and fresh. Kids and pets? Bring them on.

It turns out that I think weddings and home decorating are at least closely related (at least second cousins) because my wedding style and my home decorating style are one and the same. I am constantly torn between my modern style and my love for everything natural, simple, and fun. More about this latter.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The F Word

Does anyone else dislike the word Fiancé as much as I do? Maybe it comes from those obnoxious people who get engaged and drop it in every sentence that comes out of their mouths (sorry if you are one of those people). Or maybe it is because Brett likes to say it in a Pepe Le Peu accent and only uses it in funny situations in which he laughs hysterically afterwards (he hates the word, too). I just feel like I am being pretentious or obnoxious and I want to giggle every time I say it. On the other hand I catch people looking at the ring on my finger whenever I use the word boyfriend which is an equally awkward term at this age.

I wonder how I am going to say "husband" (yikes/weird) when that time comes. Brett has been my boyfriend for 8 years and it is a hard transition. Any other ladies out there find it hard to utter the F word?

(Pictures by Axioo via Green Wedding Shoes)

Maybe a fun engagement session like this one would get me into the spirit?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Let Them Eat Cake...Cheesecake

Alright, so you can all scream and tell me I am crazy and beg me not to do it over and over. But I am crazy, and I am going to do it, and it will be fun and amazing and yummy, all at the same time! I am making my wedding cake! That is right, I am making all 200 mini-cheesecakes that will be accompanied by a topping bar at the reception. This little trick will save me around a grand and will taste better too! My aunt has a killer cheesecake recipe and I am going to try to wrangle her and my mom into helping me the Thursday before the wedding. We have two mini-cheesecake pans between the two of us so if I get 2 more that means we will only need to make five batches. That’s not so bad, right? I have a feeling some friends might be getting mini-cheesecake pans for Christmas next year.
(Picture from Martha Stewart Weddings)

Brett and I don’t like cake, but both love creamy cheesecake. I want to make plain, chocolate, and a few with fruit hearts. The topping bar will have:

Oh yeah, that’s rightI. t is going to be drool worthy, just like the rest of the dessert table. However, these little gems are going to be the star! Wait for a post coming soon about the rest of the dessert buffet…it is going to blow your mind! Leave it to the girl who comes from a LONG line of sweet toothes to obsess over the dessert bar.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Here Comes My Girl

(photography by Liz Linder via A Practical Wedding)

So, as I said in this previous post I am a bit of a flower child at heart. I love laid back Sundays, cotton sweatshirts, and organic produce. Brett and I also love a good Tom Petty concert. So naturally, Tom Petty is going to be our first dance. Either "Here Comes My Girl," which if we have “A Song” it is this one, or "Wildflower," which is Brett’s song for me (he calls me his wildflower).

The problem is that I like the words better to "Here Comes My Girl," but it is a very fast, upbeat song for a first dance. "Wildflower" is a pretty song and is slower, but the words are not as romantic (I guess this doesn’t really matter as long as we like the song). Because "Here Comes My Girl" is so upbeat, I feel we would need the assistance of a dance instructor. I know dragging Brett to lessons would be about as easy as prying a steak out of a lions mouth though, and I am not too excited about the prospect of trying to dance in front of a complete stranger either.

For all those brides out there who have taken lessons or had a song that was a bit different, what did you do?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I Never Thought Asking For Presents Would Be NO Fun

Who thought that shopping for gifts for yourself would be one of the hardest wedding tasks out there? I know when I first picked up that little scanning gun I felt like a kid in a candy shop, but twenty minutes later I was confused, indecisive, and overwhelmed. Brides who have been living with their groom before the wedding might find it even more difficult to register. Do we ask for the traditional pots, pans and towels? Or should the list be full of fun things we don’t yet have but don’t really need? Will people think we are frivolous? Will guests be disappointed not to find the staples on the registry if we think outside of the box? I think the best advice here is to ask for what you want traditional and non-traditional. Your guests truly want to get you something you will enjoy so register for those things that will put a smile on your face. Give your guests options. If you have some less traditional registry items add a few new towels in the mix or some sheets to make Aunt Nancy happy.

Here are some great alternatives to the traditional registry:

Register for your Honeymoon, guests can purchase something as large as the airline tickets down to a bottle of wine for a romantic dinner. You can even ask for scuba lessons, or better yet a spa treatment. I think that the best site out there is It is completely customizable and there are no fees for you or your guests.

The Unbride suggests Wedding futures, a web site where you can register for your financial future. Here you can register for stocks and bonds,. If that doesn’t scream modern bride I don’t know what does.

If you’re an art lover you will jump at this idea. Have your guests fill your walls with fabulous art work. While you might not be able to afford that perfect piece of art for every wall of your home you guests could help make those bare walls beautiful. Nascent Art offers an option for the bride and groom to register for art for the new nest.

Good luck and happy scanning to all those brides out there registering right now.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Let's Party

Cocktail weddings are getting more and more popular. A lot of brides like the feeling of the more casual food even if it is a formal setting. Plus, people can pick and choose what they do and do not want to eat and the options are endless. This is definitely a step up from the ordinary chicken and asparagus. The traditional wedding fare is definitely the perfect choice for some brides and grooms out there but if you are looking for something unique and a little outside of the box this might be the way to go.

Bite Catering does a great job at this type of food (too bad you have to be an LA bride to enjoy them). All of their menus include petite samples of favorite foods including, hamburgers, tacos and pizza. While these options might not sound fancy enough for a wedding caterers are now fancying them up. Guacamole is served in dollops atop crisp plantain ribbons. Sliders are served on pretzel rolls with blue cheese and avocado, and pizza includes smoked mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes and basil. These are all yummy, fancy options that will wow guests.

(Pictures from
I will talk more about how I am incorporating this into my wedding later but if you are a bride who doesn’t want guests to circle chicken or steak on your RSVP then this is definitely an option to look into.

Monday, October 19, 2009

I Wish I May I Wish I Might Have This Wish I Wish Tonight …..

Oh, how I wish that would work. Loving these amazing Fuchsia shoes by Pura Lopez that I found on, but I could never bring myself to spend on these what I will on all of the bouquets for myself and my maids. They would be perfect for the reception. Perfect to get the party started! Well, a girl can always dream…Ebay here I come!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

And the Bride Wore….

“You will just know”

“The right one will find you”

“It will give you butterflies”

Does this advice sound like something your mom told you when you were looking for Mr. Right? Well it’s the same advice you get while looking for a dress. Although the idea of the Perfect Dress finding me is somewhat comforting I am not sure that “the perfect dress” exists. There are millions of amazing dresses and when you try them on a lot of them look stunning. What you thought you wanted changes and the idea of picking just one seems impossible. So I teeter back and forth. Is there just one dress? I know there is just one groom for me, the perfect fit. People kept giving me all of the advice above when we were looking for houses as well and I was a bit skeptical then, too. But when the right house came along, I knew it was the one; there were other very nice houses but this house felt like mine from the time I stepped into it.

The more I worry about it and the more stress that I fell over finding the perfect dress the harder it has become. I keep thinking, "Will I know when it is 'the one?'” I don’t know what the one feels like so how will I know if it feels like the one? I know, I know your just do!

So my venture continues to find the perfect dress and although I think there might be many perfect dresses out there, or at least a lot of amazing choices, I hope that there really is one that is MY wedding dress. I hope the right dress finds me like my future husband and cozy little house did. I want a dress that feels like me, one that I don’t want to take off, one that I dream about.

The fun Oscar de la Renta dress makes me smile ... I hope my wedding dress is just as cool.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Do Blondes Have More Fun?

I am toying with the idea of finding out if blondes really do have more fun. I have been a blonde for a long long long time and feel that it might be time for a change. Ok, so I had a short affair with brunette locks about two years ago, but I don’t think I really gave it a fair trial. I always go darker in winter, but not usually brown. However, with the wedding coming up I thought it might be good to give my tresses a break from the peroxide. I would love to have long, beautiful, healthy hair on my wedding day and I think this would help. I would go back to my roots (ok, that was a really bad pun…Bad!) for the wedding. I want to look like myself, which means dirty blonde it will be for the big day. I just can’t help but love shiny chocolate brown hair on other people...Maybe I will like it on myself.

What do you think? Should I cross over to the dark side? Or was I born to be a blonde? Take the poll on the right hand side of the screen. Don't worry, I can't tell who voted for what!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Wedded to Perfection

Have any of you seen Wedded to Perfection? It is am amazing new show on TLC featuring the event planners of Fete. This show blows me away. The design of the events that they plan are meticulous. Their style is right up my alley!

Perfection...I can't wait for Tailored Engagements to be as accomplished as Fete. I would love to flex my creative muscles like Jung and Josh Brooks.

(All pictures from the Fete website)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Deep Breaths

I love every minute of wedding planning. Yes, there are the mental roadblocks and the endless hours searching online for the perfect item and the stress of making sure every detail is in place. But, I love every detail. I love the research. I love it all!

However, I do have to admit that with the rest of life in the mix it can get a little (ok, a lot) overwhelming. With work, family, friends and just life in general getting in the way it can be a bit daunting to plan the most amazing wedding ever on top of it all. This past week I had two major events for work, had just arrived home from an extremely fun (but long) road trip, had no internet for four days straight, an engagement party the following weekend, impending knot deadlines, and no posts ready for the blog. Also, my hometown church sent the wrong letter to our wedding location so I need to once again ask them to revise it. To top it all off I tried on more dresses and I am now more confused then before and the clock is ticking.

I finally hit a point this past weekend where all of the blogs piled up in my Google reader, the Knot To-do list staring at me with big red alarm clocks screaming, "You are LATE LATE LATE," and my pile of unread wedding magazines on the coffee table all got to be too much. It was no longer fun, it was no longer thrilling, and I was feeling very discouraged. The funny part is that I wasn’t even that upset about all the to-do's and tasks awaiting me. I was upset that I was, for the first time, feeling as though these tasks were work. I was upset with myself for having so much piled up and not really knowing where to start.

All this worry created a nasty knot in my shoulder which Brett had to massage and a heating pad was in order to melt away the tension. So many other brides before me have complained about wedding planning being a pain or a chore and I always said it would never be that way for me because I enjoyed it all too much.

Note to bridesmaids: remind me to book one of these the week of the wedding or this stress knot thing could get ugly!

Then as we were driving home last night it hit me, it's ok if the wedding planning is a little too much at times. It is ok to fall behind a little, and it is ok if I don’t love every little second of the process. Some things might not be fun. The red alarm clocks can wait. I will get to the 200 posts in my Google reader. I will post on this little blog and move on from the missed entries. I will find a florist, the DJ will get booked, and (cross my fingers) I will find the perfect dress. Sometimes I just need to take a deep breath and realize…it will all be ok.

So tonight I will be vegging in front of the TV, watching the new fall line-up, eating a big bowl of ice cream, and enjoying my 200 posts piled up in Google reader. I am not going to worry about getting through all of them, just enjoying the ones I do read. I will move through this one little task at a time.

(Wedding Paper Divas)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Wedding Slide Shows Redone

Calling all clever brides. I need a modern and unique twist on the overdone wedding slide show. Brett really wants a slide show with adorable baby pictures, mysterious childhood pictures, and awkward teenage pictures, plus some of the hundreds of pictures of us at dances, bonfires, vacations, and everywhere in between. While I know that this is a fun thing for everyone to see, I see it at every wedding and you know me, anything at every wedding is not something that will be at mine. So you clever, crafty and resourceful brides out there, I need your help.

Maybe it will even include this family favorite from our first Christmas card.
Yes, we are joking!!! And yes, Brett is wearing a woman's sweater. He does not have freakishly long arms.

So far I am thinking we might include:
1)Clips of interviews about us from people close to us or those in the wedding
2)A cartoon picture time line of “our story” like you see on invites strung thought the slide show for those who don’t know how we came to be
3)A run down of the wedding party and how we know each member (short rundown)

That’s all I've got and I am not sold on any of the ideas yet. Any ideas?

(Example of a relationship timeline)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Zoom Zoom

(Tana Photography Via With this Ring)

I love the nostalgia an old car brings to wedding pictures and it just so happens that Brett’s dad still owns his convertible from when he was in high school! It is a cross between baby blue and sea foam green. It's perfect for getting us around for pictures and for capturing some cute memories. The kicker…Brett’s parents took wedding pictures with the car at their wedding! How fun. I can’t wait for my very own classic car wedding pics!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Roar of the Lion

This past weekend the future hubby and I went on an old fashioned road trip and it was amazing! Brett has been a fan of Penn State since he was a tiny boy. No, his dad isn’t a fan. He actually didn’t know anyone who was a fan but he remembers liking the Nittany Lion and his roars after touchdowns.

We have been talking about going to a game for almost as long as we have been together. So finally this year I decided it was time to "just do it," as Nike says. So I bought tickets to one of the games (we cant afford $300 a pop for Ohio or Michigan tix so we settled for Temple). Even though the game wasn’t an intense rivalry or a nail-biter it was a blast!

We left Thursday after work and arrived in Cincinnati at two A.M. tired and ready to stretch our legs. I didn’t get up as bright and early as Brett would have liked (those darn black out drapes in hotels get me every time) but after some Dunkin’ Doughnuts coffee and a glazed, fried ball of dough I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!

The four hour drive to Penn State flew by compared to the long drive the night before and we arrived in College Park excited to try some Paterno Peach ice cream from the famous creamery. The wait was a bit long but well worth it! That night we stayed at a campsite about ten miles away and shared our resting place with about four hundred sequoia bugs. I don’t know if you have ever heard one of these little buggers but they are LOUD and sound like a little baby chainsaw. I woke up freezing and tired from the constant drone of the bugs but excited for the game. It took an hour of stop-and-go traffic even at seven A.M. but we finally got to the game and the tailgating and game were like none other!

Brett even got to see Joe Paterno and he was like a child seeing Santa Clause. “Have a good game Joe!” he yelled as Joe walked right by him. Brett tried to buy every Penn State hat, shirt, sign, magnet, and glass he could find but luckily I vetoed a few.

On the way back we saw a Pittsburgh Pirates game for ten bucks each. We sat in the second row and could almost touch the players (something we are not used to in Milwaukee). The game wasn’t great but the stadium was very cool. You could see the skyline from our seats and it gave us another cool location for our table numberr pictures (post to come). That night we stayed in Indianapolis, the home of my (yes my) Colts and Payton Manning and the Hyatt there is amazing!

Anyway, long story long it was a great weekend where I managed to relax, not have a plan, and laugh a lot with the future husband. I am sure there will be many more of these little road trips to come.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ten Groomsmen ... TEN?!?!

I never thought that one of our wedding planning “issues” (I won’t call it an argument because we don’t fight over the wedding) would be selecting groomsmen.
(Photo by Gabriel Ryan Photography Via Green Wedding Shoes)

I have a few very close friends that I want to ask to be in my wedding. It is a very important day to me and I only want people involved that are going to be supportive, fun, and totally enamored with me all day. Alright, the last part isn’t essential but a bride to be can dream, right? I have always known that Brett would have more attendants then me. After all, I have never really been a girls girl and most of his friends are mine as well. So who cares if there are more men then women as long as everyone involved cares about each of us?

You are crazy! How is an uneven number going to work you ask? The Cathedral alter is in the middle of the church and I plan to have all of our attendants stand in a semi circle behind us with ladies and gents intermixed. Most people who hear this plan look at me like I have lost my mind. I guess people think it is crazy not to have an equal mix of men and women, but it really doesn’t bother me.
(Another great snap shot by Gloss Photography Studios)

What does bother me is that Brett wants to have ten, count them ten, groomsmen! That is about double the number of bridesmaids that I am going to have. I was hoping he would pick around (ok, exactly) eight because it seems like a more manageable amount for pictures (the top picture I posted has 8 groomsmen and the bottom has 7 and they look big!), getting down the aisle, seating at the head table, the list goes on and on. I guess each of my maids could be pimp and have a guy on each arm to walk them down the aisle. Although, how would they carry the flowers? This would probably look a bit weird. Maybe I am being the crazy one now; maybe I should just suck it up and let him choose whoever he wants. I don’t know why I feel like 8 is better than 10 or why I even have a number in my head but that is just what I had pictured. But don’t fear, we will figure it out, and I will keep you posted on the groomsmen drama!

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Little Bling Bling

I thought we could all use a little sparkly to carry us through this Friday afternoon. Thank goodness the weekend is almost here! Last night when I came across this company I hit Brett in the arm gasping “guess what?!” When he found out what all the excitement was about he was less then enthused but I was still on my diamond high.

With more and more brides trying to reel in the wedding budget many of us don’t have big bucks to spend on real jewelry for the walk down the aisle. Well this blogger has a great solution! You can look beautiful, even on a budget.

Photos from Evoke Photography blog

Adorn Inc. will assure that you are dripping in diamonds for your big day. You can act like a celebrity and rent your jewelry for the day. So, you might not want to go as far as Heidi Montag and cover yourself in the stuff but some fancy chandelier earrings might be nice.