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Since I’m not planning on getting too fancy, I’ve been browsing some wedding sites today, looking for casual hair and/or casual wedding dress inspiration…

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I read a hilarious post recently on Broke-Ass Bride where she mourns the weddings she’ll never have. She manages to reference both the dream weddings of the girls in Clueless (sailor hats!) and the video for November Rain…a sentiment that is echoed in even more hilarity over at HitchDied (I definitely need Slash, shirtless and chaps-wearing, to play a solo on site…). It got me thinking about themes I would have liked to explore had my resources, and budget, been limitless:

1. Alice In Wonderland: I would wear Alice’s famous blue get-up, and Butch would wear a jaunty vest with pocket watch and/or a tall hat that may or may not be for sale. Guests would have to travel via elaborate hedge-maze and arrive at exactly tea time. The officiant would conduct the ceremony in rhyme or better yet, in Jabberwocky. The dinner would feature long tables surrounded by singing flower gardens and the meal would include strawberry tarts and turtle soup (with extra pepper). And of course everyone would leave by rabbit hole! I actually thought of this theme partway into planning and kicked myself for not thinking of it in time – although I think Butch would have considered it too girlie…

2. Glam Rock: I would wear a white leather mini dress (with Butch dressed as Slash above), while guests would be encouraged to wear their rock n roll best. We would obviously have a live band consisting of any major rockers still alive, and the lighting would remain on low with only the occasional multicolored flash or strobe. All icing would be black. The night would culminate in the trashing of a hotel room and possibly an incident involving a shark.

3. Great Gatsby/1920’s: I would wear a slinky white evening gown with long black gloves and my hair done in pin curls. Butch would be either impeccably dressed or charmingly disheveled. The reception would happen at a speakeasy and all booze would be provided by rum runners. The night would feature a full orchestra complete with a line up of intricate acts a la The Cotton Club (without the racism) and everyone would dance the jitterbug. This theme could easily be translated into a 1920’s Parisian theme with the entertainment wearing nothing but bananas. For the expensive honeymoon, we could speed off in a rented roadster (without the neighbor-killing car accident, obviously).

In the end, I’m completely pleased with the theme I chose (“Handmade With Love”) as it’s a perfect chance to show off mine (and Butch’s!) crafty skills. The only regret I have is not following through on the threat I made to my parents to be married in a national park and have Bigfoot as the officiant…Oh well, guess I’ll just save that for the 25th anniversary party!

Screen grab from metalvideo.com

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It’s been a regular craft sweatshop ’round here as the big day looms closer, with a lot being accomplished in just the past few weeks. Even Butch has sprang into action as his excitement grows (or maybe he’s tired of the nagging)…Here’s what we’ve been working on:

The embroidery-hoop table numbers are finally done! Thanks to a couple rainy days weeks and a burst of inspiration, I finally finished. I used a different stitch for each number (*See my list at the bottom if you care to know what’s what). I also made special signs for the escort card table, the sweetheart table, and the dessert table:

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Ring Ring pt 2

Well, we finally ordered the rings! I had pretty much decided on mine – a lovely stacking ring with a small diamond and a gold hydrangea blossom by Patrick Irla Jewelry:

It was taking Butch longer to decide on what he wanted (after I informed him that, yes, he will be wearing a ring also)…when a jewelry-designer friend mentioned that he could get a wooden ring. He got excited about it then! And since I like to support Etsy designers, we found one on there by Jewelry by John:

Mine already arrived (yes, I wore it around the house a little), but Butch’s is going to take a little longer to make. But, there’s one major step checked off! Now, we just need to get him a suit…

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An ongoing project has been the family-made dessert table. I chose to go this route, because 1. I think wedding cakes usually look better than they taste and 2. I didn’t want to spend the money on a cake. Participating bakers/pastry chefs/Keebler elves are, my mom, Butch’s mom, my sister, Butch’s sister and my brother-in-law’s mom. So far the menu ranges from rum cake to apple pie to pignolli cookies to red velvet cake to mexican wedding cakes. There will be something for everyone, and even though the buffet dinner is going to be delish, I hope everyone saves some room for dessert!

The theme of the wedding is “Handmade With Love”…We’ll all be collecting random plates/platters/cake stands/trays for a mismatched look….which will probably end up translating into a “shabby chic” look, so that’s the inspiration I’m going for with how the dessert table will look.

From My Sweet and Saucy:
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I’ve been slowly working on the reception playlist – my biggest burst of activity being when I recently went on an iTunes store shopping spree fueled by junior-high dance memories (hint: I was a real hotstepper). But now that I’ve captured the essential boogie-down tunes, I’m a little stuck as to what to do for the slower ones.  I highly doubt there will be a “first dance,” but I know some of my guests might want to dance cheek-to-cheek with the ones they love. On the other hand, the whole event is casual, and many of our friends are coming single, so I don’t want to create any awkward moments.

The official rule of thumb seems to be 1 slow song for every 4 fast, and slow songs do give the real party animals a break from the floor so they can sit down for a breather. I’ve got some classics (Billie, Ella & Louie, Frank) on hand, but I think what’s stumping me is the when. As in, how do I know when to schedule in the slow-dance tracks? Remember, I decided against a DJ (I will not abide Rod Stewart’s “Have I Told You Lately”), but a DJ would at least be able to “read” the crowd and change the pace accordingly, whereas I’m making a set playlist that will be played from beginning to end from an iPod. Butch reassures me that whatever I do will set the pace, but I’m not so sure. So, how do I do this like a pro?

If only things were as easy as on Everybody Loves Raymond, when Robert and Amy got married:

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