Just two days after Christmas, my mom and future mom-in-law joined me on a search for “the one.” The dress that would make me look the most beautiful that I ever have, the dress in which I will become a Mrs.
We found it that day and at the right price too! I won’t tiptoe around how expensive my dress was, the price tag said $599 and they were running a $50 off sale. That seems like a sign to me, so I ordered the dress.
I recently went to Rome, Italy for a week of vacation fun in Europe’s boot with Calla Lily Dude. It was kind of like a second honeymoon for us, and it was a little longer than our actual honeymoon. For this trip and our honeymoon, I made myself a honeymoon travel kit that came in handy for my general travel needs and all those romantic moments.
The first thing I did for my kit was create personalized travel-size bottles of my regular products such as body wash, shampoo and conditioner. All you have to do is buy an inexpensive travel set like the one below and use clear labels to personalize it (and I just used a few left over labels from other wedding projects, too).
As far as Calla Lily Dude knows, we did not exceed our wedding budget… and for the most part, we did stick to our budget. However, there are a few wedding “related” purchases that were not part of the budget. And by “related” I mean the things you never think to budget for because they are not direct wedding purchases like decorations or attire.
For example, because I planned on wearing my glasses at the wedding, I bought new glasses because they matched my wedding colors better than my old glasses. I didn’t need new glasses, and my vision insurance didn’t cover them at the time, but I just had to have glasses that matched my wedding colors.
I did make sure to have my photographer get a few feature shots with my glasses (and Calla Lily Dude’s glasses, too). He created magic in my humble (and totally biased) opinion using our invitation and the labels for the BBQ sauce from our reception.
I really loved the copper flowers that Calla Lily Dude and I wore on our wedding day.
I had such an amazing time at my wedding that I wanted to create a soundtrack that I could listen to any time I wanted to relive the moment (which is at least once a day!), so it made perfect sense to create a wedding day greatest hits album.
To go about the business of making my wedding day greatest hits album, or wedding soundtrack, first I wrote down every song I could remember being played. Then I contacted my DJ to see if he had a play list of the songs that he played. I also asked a few friends and family members if there were any songs that they really enjoyed hearing/dancing to at the wedding.
Weddings have a way of bringing out the best in some of us. But, they also have a way of bringing out the worst in us, even when we least expect it of ourselves. I already dealt with and got past my bridezilla tendencies, but now I find myself thinking thoughts I never thought I would have…
It may sound cliche, but the best memory I have is when Freesia Dude proposed to me. It was absolutely perfect- it was our anniversary, and he took me to a private dinner on a boat at Town Lake in Austin, TX. – just the two of us. Not only was that perfect in itself, but then he asked me to marry him- he had a heart-shaped necklace in his hand with “Will you marry me?” on it, and as I looked up, he was kneeling with the ring.
I know he was really nervous about the ring. But it was wonderful! The ring he gave me was a round solitaire that had been in his family for generations- since 1888! I just love that. What was he nervous about? He knew I liked white gold, but it was yellow gold. I’ve worn that ring for 7 months, and tonight I got the stone reset into a beautiful white gold setting.
I’m soooo excited about where we are getting married!! Not only is it beautiful, but it is free!!! Freesia Dude and I fell in love with it. It’s called Chapel Dulcinea and it is located in Austin, Texas (it’s basically my favorite city because we got engaged there).
Even before getting engaged… I knew that my favors would be home made by my dad. He makes wine as his “retirement hobby” and surprisingly, it is quite good considering that it comes out of a basement in Pennsylvania.
I love the homemade feel of it and it is something meaningful to both Mr. Poinsettia and I. Before the ring was on the finger, I had asked my dad to begin making the vino. We are having two varietals a Gewürztraminer and a blackberry Merlot. (I salivate as I write this!) The Gewurz is completed and ready for bottling…the Merlot is following behind closely.
Gewurz is actually one of the few wines that pairs well with Asian food, this would be perfect if we were doing a Filipino reception…but Poinsettia Dude didn’t care to make it cultural. Now, don’t get me wrong… I will request some Palabok…. YUM!
So now we need to pick bottles and labels. Our struggle is this: One 375 ml bottle per couple or one per single? Or..
It has been my goal to make my wedding memorable for all involved. I’d like to say unique but so far, none of my ideas are earth shattering and new! When I asked my bridal party to be a part of the party, I enlisted the help of a custom card and gift maker: Sugar & Spice Signature Cards to help me put together something fun, unique and representative of “me”. I decided that $25 per gift would be the budget and we came in right at that.
My gifts included: a mug for each girl, a candle, a hand written card with mementos of our friendship, some Hershey’s Kisses, greeting cards and a ring pop!