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Little Bo Beep

We are the proud new owners of 12, yes, 12 Shepherd hooks! We got them for a bargain on ebay. They average $4.70 a piece. Take that Home Depot!

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I have very cute plans for these rods.  I am planning on hanging mason jars from the hooks and line them along the aisle, like this:

flowers

Is it not precious?! I fell in love with this idea after seeing pictures of them. If we were having an evening wedding I would totally hang lanterns from them.

I totally think we are falling behind in doing things but we really aren’t. A lot of the work that has to be done won’t be worked on until a few weeks out so I guess I will enjoy being worry-free until then. Come September I will be pulling my hair over making invites, getting table runners, and trying to get my dress altered. Don’t worry, you’ll hear all about it.

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Maybe I’m jinxing myself…

…but I don’t see what all the fuss is about planning a wedding is about. It hasn’t been hard at all. Our biggest stress was trying to decide on the venue. Being so laid back and desperately wanting a worry-free event we went with the venue that gave us more for our money rather than go with the prettier one that only provided us with the space and tables. Problem solved. I have to admit, I love planning parties and this will be the grandest of them all to date, so maybe that’s why I’m finding this whole process so easy. And of course I have a great partner that is very much involved in the decision making.  Greg is great at pointing out the positives and negatives of things and his likes and dislikes.

So far we have booked the venue/caterer, the baker, the ice cream maker, the photographer, and the officiant. We bought our paper for the DIY invites and all things paper, the centerpieces, the cake toppers, the wedding card holder, the bridesmaid dresses, my dress, my (fabulously purple) shoes, and my veil.

We already decided on the save-the-dates, guest book (which won’t be a book), the bridesmaid dresses (which the ladies already got), the favors, and the alcohol.

We’re still tinkering with the menu, the hotel block, the groomsmen gifts, the flowers, Greg’s suit, and the main songs. So…I’m curious, what was the first song you danced to as a married couple?

So all in all we’re doing pretty well with the planning. We’ve been lucky that we haven’t had to consult anyone on much (except the date) and that allows for a lot of freedom. I think things would be different if family was involved in the planning and since they aren’t there won’t be any hurt feelings if we decide not to invite a distant cousin or opt out of a lot of the traditional stuff (ex. no garter or bouquet toss, no unity candle or sand ceremony, no long vows, a non-religious ceremony and probably no readings). We’re kind of still open on having a short reading so we’ll take any suggestions. We mostly want a short ceremony so we can get on to celebrating with our family and friends.

I’ve had the most fun planning the reception. I’m more into the details: the colors, all things paper (invites, signage, escort cards, etc.), the tables’ layout, the guest seating, and the music. I really want people to enjoy the reception. Ceremonies can be beautiful but I can’t remember most of what was said. I mainly remember the ones I was a part of. The reception is what I mostly remember from the several I’ve attended, so I’m running with that. On our RSVPs we’re going to request people recommend two songs that they want played at the reception. My friend Jenny suggested that and I thought it was a great, great idea and that I was going to borrow it. Here’s hoping it gets people out on the dance floor.

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Attend a wedding and have a vacation

I couldn’t sleep. I’ve been awake since 2:30AM so finally at 4:30 I decided I needed to get up. Since then I’ve been working on a list of places that our guests can visit while they are in town. Neither Greg or I are from Austin. The majority of our wedding guests will be from out of town. I figured it would be helpful to provide them with some information so they can plan out a great vacation early. I’m hoping people can see how much Austin has to offer and plan accordingly and kick back, relax and enjoy the Austin laid back kind of life.

If you’re from Austin, or have visited Austin, please feel free to leave a recommendation as to where one can go to eat, drink, and be merry on our ‘Why we love Austin’ page. Thanks in advance.

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Wedding planning can’t be that bad, right?

So far I have been having a ball planning our fall wedding.  We are still up in the air when it comes to a date but I am not too concerned.  As long as it doesn’t fall on Thanksgiving weekend or late December I am happy.  Getting all my ideas and thoughts sorted is going to prove to be the most difficult.  I have to make it my job to organize all the information I come across into spreadsheets and/or folders.  We’re working with a minimal budget since we’re covering all the costs.  I am trying to decide what projects I want to take on myself (make the bouquets, invites, decorations?) and what I’d rather pay someone to do so I can spend more time on other things.

So yes, Greg and I really want this wedding to be about us celebrating this new chapter in our lives with friends and family.  We’re all about it being fun.  I’m hoping to pull off an urban Texas chic look.  We’re not going to lie, we want this to be cheap and chic.  I have my priorities: cake, food, booze. So any advice on how to save on anything will be greatly appreciated!  Greg’s pretty good about giving his opinion and will pick up any errands that need to be done so I’m not too worried about getting overwhelmed in the next few months. I know this is the beginning of a long process but I have successfully found my first wedding bargain. I don’t directly benefit from it but my bridesmaids do. Presenting my amazing find:

$39.44

Was: $198.00 Now: $39.44

Wait! It gets better! I found a 20% off and free shipping promotional code on retailmenot.com so the dress came out to $34.16 including shipping. And the cherry on top was that it was available in all sizes so no one has to lose or gain weight to fit into one. I’m having one delivered to me so I’ll have the fabric color to work with. At $34, how could I turn down the dress for myself? It’s way too cute.

Currently, we’re working on finding a venue, since that will determine what our next steps will be: Rent linen, chairs, flatware? Buy centerpieces, or will they be provided? Find a caterer? A baker? So much.  I hope I can keep all the names, places and things straight.  I ordered myself a handy-dandy organizer off amazon.com.  Can’t wait for it to get here so I can start filling it with my printouts.

For this week: tour a venue and meet with an amateur photographer. I don’t have my heart set on this place but like many initial interviews, it’ll provide us with the experience of what to ask the next time. And perhaps it’ll allow us to flex our bargaining muscles.  As for the photographer, I found her on Craigslist.  Just in case you don’t know this, I have a loving realtionship with Craigslist.  I’ve found furniture, apartments, roommates, gym buddies, dates, and my current fiance. The photographer has 4 years experience and is trying to expand her wedding photography portfolio.  She’s offering quite the bargain so I’m going to meet with her on Wednesday to check out her portfolio. Here’s hoping it works out because it’ll be one less thing to worry about.

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