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And by STDs I mean Save-The-Dates!

The STDs were mailed out today to the out-of-town guests (which is most everyone), so keep an eye on that mailbox! To create them, I alternately stitched and stamped the letters, and included one of my drawings that’s currently being embroidered onto the dress. Everything was then scanned in and sent off to Vistaprint to be turned into inexpensive business-card-sized magnets.

In the envelopes (off-white, bought cheaply at Staples in a box of 100) I also included a small insert (printed on off-white, linen paper, also from Staples) with more info, including mention of our wedding website, which in turn has more info into accommodations, schedule, etc…I won’t announce that url here, just in case some creepster is following my blog and wants to show up day-of dressed in nothing but my chosen flowers (dahlias, by the way, in reds and pinks).

[In case anyone who receives this package wonders why I did not address the envelopes myself…it’s mostly because my handwriting is appalling. And so when I was at Staples, I also bought some printer-safe mailing labels, in clear matte, and just used a nice scripty font. My handwriting will be revealed come Thank-You-Note time…]

Other major elements seem to be coming together lately as well. I finally got a call back from my preferred caterer of choice, and local judge (and friend of Better Farm) Sherry Pennington has agreed to serve as officiant. The only other thing I need to get to sooner than later is booking party rentals (linens, china, etc)….but since that sounds boring, I’m putting it off for a little bit longer. Onward!

 

 

 

 

 

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While I’m fairly set on what I do and don’t want/need for the big day, one thing I’ve been on the fence about is the entertainment. I was debating having my friend’s band play, but he’s all the way down in the City, and I would probably only have them play during dinner…which means I would need to either have him DJ the rest of the time, or scrap the band altogether and have an actual DJ the whole time.

At the recent bridal expo I went to, there were a couple of local DJs set up, playing their god-awful music while I tried to talk to photographers and eat the free food. I know people say “Oh, you can tell the DJ what songs you want” but I know better. Wedding DJs are failed musicians – they will take your suggestions with a grain of salt, play two of them and then fill the rest of the time with “Unforgettable” and “The Macarena,” because “they’re the professionals, not you.” F no!

And I know myself. If I hired someone else, I would be so overly involved in the playlist that they would either not want to deal with me and/or just tell me to do it myself. Which I think I might do. The venue has an excellent sound system already installed, and anyone who knows me knows I make a mean mixtape…so why not just create an iTunes playlist, complete with suggestions from the guests themselves?

Fellow blogger Meg from A Practical Wedding published an excellent post on the success she personally had with using a playlist instead of a DJ or band:

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