I knew from the very beginning that even if I didn’t want to, I had to send out save the dates. I would say about 90% of my guests will be traveling to come to our wedding and I had to get them information as soon as possible to help them make arrangements to come to the wedding. I wanted our guests to have enough time to make travel arrangements (car, bus, plane, hotel) and save up the money to do so. I think that it’s a courteous thing to do… especially in this economy. It’s sort of like a warning that it’s coming up and it’s going to cost approximately this much.
Anyway, I wanted to share my Save the Dates now that they have been mailed out (I mailed them at the beginning of August) and received. As I mentioned above, I knew I had to send out Save the Dates even if I didn’t want to. However, I also knew from the very beginning that I did want to send out Save the Dates, even if I really didn’t have to. I originally dreamed of a picture save the date from our engagement pictures, but since I refuse to take our e-pics until I lose some weight, that wasn’t going to happen for the Save the Dates. And since our budget is smaller than average, I wanted something that wasn’t going to break the bank. I searched high and low, googled like crazy, for the perfect Save the Date. Since most of you readers are in the midst of planning a wedding, or have planned a wedding, you know just what I’m talking about. Stationary for the wedding is a big deal.
Image curteousy of Claire Sowden Design
My husband and I haven’t been married even 3 months yet and everyone wants to know when we are having a baby. The questions started almost immediately following our wedding.
I took a floral design class here a the U just a semester back…it was AMAZING! I learned the basics of designing my own arrangements as well as the in’s and out’s of a floral business. The most helpful thing I learned…how expensive real flowers are! For the make-believe wedding I was required to create for the class final, the budget for the flowers was upwards of $7,000. And I thought my arrangements were pretty modest!
Here’s some pictures of arrangement I made in class just to give you an idea:
I was glad before that we did an engagement session with our photographer, Jay. And after seeing our photos we’re even happier that we did it!
As I promised here are just a few of my favorites:
I framed our save the dates and my bridal shower invite. They are both hanging to the left of our computer desk in our ‘office’ which is actually our dining room. I had no doubt I would want to also frame my wedding invitation. That was until I came across this post on the awesome blog, Young House Love. This couple who recently became parents have a fabulous blog which mainly focuses on DIY home projects and decor. There is also a link at the top to view information about the fabulous DIY wedding on a budget they had. Here is their wedding shadow box -
My Inspiration - http://www.younghouselove.com/2009/07/wedding-week-ii-think-inside-the-box/
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been gearing up for a trip down to South Florida (where I will be getting married in April), to visit with vendors to button down details for my wedding. Most of the decisions that Hydrangea Dude and I have had to decide have been fairly easy, with little road bumps. One debate that we are in the midst of now is paying for my bridesmaids hair and makeup the day of the wedding. Since I am having a wedding out of town and most of my bridesmaids live away from me, most of my events including the wedding, bridal shower, and bachelorette, will require them to travel to attend. With the bridesmaid dress purchase as well, I am in the midst of debate on if I should pay for their hair and makeup.
In a few weeks Poppy Dude and I get to take a break from our busy school schedules and make a trip home. With us we are taking a dear friend and photographer, Toni. We thought it would be nice to go back to where it all started to take our engagement photos.
We have worked with Toni of TM2 Photography in the past…and she has been good to us! Here’s one of my favorite shots:
(*photo courtesy of TM2 Photography)
I was reading my new issue of my mystery magazine and read about a bride who had a 6 day engagement!
All I thought was, “wow! We could never do it that quickly!” Thank God for my long engagement!
Lilac Dude and I. (Photo by Jay Kossman, Digital 504 Photography)
As I mentioned in my post “Two Brides” my sister is also getting married. As her wedding date draws closer I can’t help but be amazed at everything she’s pulled together since January!
Not for me though. We’re celebrating one year of engagement (take that Mrs. 6 Days Engaged)! This has been one of the best years of my life. Being engaged is exciting and stressful all at the same time. For 12 solid months I’ve been able to call myself a bride… and I have 8 more months of it left.
If you’ve read my profile, you’ve seen the glorious engagement story of how Lovebug proposed. It was super great and wonderful and I thought it was perfect because it gave me all this time to plan!
It has been great and wonderful up until around now, when I’m about a year out from the wedding. It seems like my mind is filled with the “what ifs” about us getting married this year. Don’t get me wrong–getting married this fall is SO not an option. I’m interning and working full time so my schedule is a mess. I do very little other than go to work, go to intern, and go home to sleep. My co-workers joke that I should just bring a bed into the office because I’m there so much. It’s kind of funny, but seriously time consuming and frustrating.
Weddings are Stressful! As I am sure you know, by now. The stressful part is not the planning, the stressful part is figuring out priorities, budgets, timelines, etc. To provide a little background as to what I mean, let me explain.