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Anyone who’s read the “About Me” section on this blog knows that the part of the whole wedding that I was least crazy about was the ceremony. I don’t particularly enjoy public speaking, and was afraid the whole seriousness of the moment would come across as awkward at best. The whole thing felt unstructured and overlooked, which it was. As a great sage once said: “I felt impotent and out of control. Which I really, really hate.” My natural need for order was battling with my complete lack of knowing (or caring?) what to do.

Meeting with the judge helped – we figured out a procession of family members that added structure, and she had a sampling of non-denominational readings that added some length to the service. I also decided to hire a couple extremely talented local musicians (violin and guitar) to play as people are getting seated and during the procession. Their only instructions being to play Simon & Garfunkel’s “Only Living Boy in New York” for the procession and “Kathy’s Song” when I appear, and maybe some Journey after we kiss – other than that, rock hits of their own choosing.

But what about our vows? For some reason this was just completely stumping me, and at the time, Google was failing me for inspiration.* I happened upon a perfect poem for my sister to read after the vows, but what about when the spotlight was on us? I wrote and rewrote heartfelt words to recite to Butch, while he seemed to be happy waiting until the night before to throw something together. After some helpful nagging, he did just that: He threw something together – and it was PERFECT! So out the window went my complicated paragraph and instead I wrote something that matched Butchy’s simple words. I guess he might know a thing or two about weddings after all…

*Now, naturally after the fact, I found a couple great lists (here and here) of readings from Offbeat Bride.

Photo from The Knotty Bride

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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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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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Due to some major reality checks recently, I have decided to only make room in my life for that which is positive and enriching. This thinking has forced me to cut out anything that is not working for me (or working against me), and that includes reexamining how my “wants” relate to my actual budget for the wedding. As hard as it was, we’ve decided to cut out 2 major expenses: The Flowers and the Honeymoon. GASP! I know, the horror! With the honeymoon, I think it will just have to wait until next year, because we just don’t have the money. I’ve tried to keep this wedding as low cost and DIY as possible, but with all the expenses that come with a new house, there’s no way I’ll be able to enjoy myself fully on the trip with how much debt I’m bound to be in at that point in the summer. It’s sad…but if we go on it next year then it can be an anniversary trip!

Now even though I would get a discount on the flowers through work, it was the only vendor that made sense to cut, especially since I’m not willing to go cheaper on the food. And I think it’s one of those elements that can be easily replicated in a crafty way – like with tissue paper or crepe paper flowers:

How incredible do those blossoms look? And the tutorial, from House Tweaking, looks super easy. I think this method would work well for the flowers on the tables…big bunches of brightly colored, fluffy flowers!

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Just a couple of projects “in progress”…The cookie tiers for the desert table are based on a project ripped out of Readymade Magazine back when they had their original, awesome staff (see more of my Readymade rant here):

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Now that I’m done my 10-day-in-a-row stretch of work (yay floral industry, yay valentine’s day), and feel halfway human again (yay, sleep), I can focus on wedding stuff again. Besides getting my vendors’ info organized today, I started the wedding registry.

My criteria for the registry was that it had to be online, at one location, but not limited to one particular store…which is why I chose to use Amazon.com. It was easy to set up (I already had an Amazon account) and a lot of the items I wanted could be found directly on Amazon. For items from other sites, Amazon has this nifty “Add to Registry” button that can be dragged up into your browser toolbar. Whenever you see something you like on another site, just click the button and it adds it to your registry (just like adding to your Wists). Simple!

Then came the hard part – what to put on there? Amazon has a “Top 100” of what other couples had wanted, which was mostly helpful (I mean, a Playstation, really?), and one of my magazines also has a useful list to start from. But as I searched and researched and clicked and added I couldn’t shake the weird feeling of…guilt. As in, why am I asking people to buy me a wicker hamper when I could just buy it myself? Since landing my first job, I don’t think I’ve ever expected anyone else to buy me everyday items…I mean, that’s why I work isn’t it? And with this being my mindset I really had to wrack my brain to add things under $50 (the very things I would just slap on the debit card), since I really do want a well-rounded list that anyone can feel comfortable buying from.

Butch still has to look the list (and, I’m assuming, add a bunch of fishing stuff), but I think it may be just about ready to publish! I was also thinking of collecting everyone’s email addresses, just to remind them of the website I made and that they should probably book their hotel rooms sooner than later…there’s always more to do!

 

1950’s Wedding Registry from insideweddings.com

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So I’ve started having nightmares about the wedding. The most vivid being where my sister gets up to give her speech…before I’ve even walked down the aisle (not that there will be an “aisle”, but this is dreamland), and the speech is so awkward and inappropriate that the entire event is cancelled (anyone who witnessed a certain speech at Rich’s wedding will understand). I’ve also dreamed that my engagement ring has broken in half…obviously I’m stressed!

I’m trying to cope by focusing on one thing at a time. One of my immediate¬†“to-do’s” is to design the invites (I’ve already bought the paper from Kate’s Paperie). I had been brainstorming how to make them look “hand-made” without, you know, hand-crafting every one when I came upon the idea of mimicing old fashioned cross stitch samplers! The paper I bought is long and skinny (cheaper than the typical 4×6/5×7), so any¬†extra space at the top and bottom can be filled with rows of pattern, a la sampler. Cue the inspirational shots:

From luxist

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