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I want to get back in to blogging.  And when I read Jess’ post, I thought this would be a good way to get back in the flow.

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
Got Married!  Travelled out of the country with L.  Got a job that I like (so far), ran a 10k

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I’m not sure if I made any actual resolutions.  I know I wanted to lose weight for the wedding – and L and I did pretty good.  In conjunction with training for the Cooper River Bridge Run, I lost about 20lb from January – April.  I wanted to keep losing, but I just got off track and busy wedding planning and lazy and ended up gaining it all back.  I wasn’t nearly as skinny or in shape as I wanted to be for the wedding, but in the end, I’m still happy with the way I looked.  I also had the goal of running the entire CRBR and I did it!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not anyone super close, but a couple of friends and aquaintances had babies.  And now one of my very good friends is pregnant with twins!  She is the first of my close friends to get pregnant.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My grandmother passed away in April.  To be quite honest, it was kind of time.  She wasn’t in pain, but she wasn’t really aware of her surroundings at all and hasn’t been able to speak for quite some time.  She basically just laid in bed in a nursing home.  She didn’t even always know when people were there visiting her.

5. What countries did you visit?
Cabo, Mexico for LM’s 30th bday and L and I went on an absolutely AMAZING honeymoon to St. Lucia

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
A more stable bank account (having a job and not relying on unemployment should help) and a new house.  L and I have our sites on one and ours is currently for sale.  So fingers crossed it all works out.
7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
September 5!  The day I married my very best friend!!!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Becoming a wife – officially becoming a family. 

9. What was your biggest failure?
This is a tough one… I’m not sure I would categorize it as a failure, but I need to work on my approach to some things and realizing I can’t always get my way.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Ugh, I dropped a huge glass vase that we used for the centerpiece on our head table at the wedding while I was cleaining it.  It shattered and cut a deep 3″ gash in my foot 3 weeks before the wedding.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have inusrance at the time (Cobra was just getting too expensive and when I stopped paying it, I only had a month till I was covered under L’s and didn’t think it was a big deal) so the 6 stitches I got ended up costing us about $2000!  The dr. told me I would be fine by the wedding and I was for the most part, but my foot was still very swollen and I could only wear my pretty pink shoes for the ceremony.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Hmm… not that it was one thing that we bought – but our wedding was definitely a major expense, but so worth it.  We ended up firing our band 2 weeks before the big day and hired a new one – in the process we lost about $500, but it was one of the best decisions we made.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Although we had disagreements at times, L did a pretty good job working at his full-time job, part-time job and helping to plan the wedding.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Some of my family who didn’t come to our wedding for selfish reasons.  And well, I’ll say it, L’s mom.  She did quite a few things that we specifically asked her not to do and some of it really hurt my feelings.  IE – we told her one thing she could help us decorate for the wedding.  She did it and it looked very nice.  She then took it upon herself to decorate our guest book table with a collage of photos.  It would have been nice if I were in the pictures.  Instead there were more than 15 pictures on the table and I was in 1.  Yup.  Why would you do something like that?

14. Where did most of your money go?
Our wedding.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Hmmm, I’m not sure.  😉 😉 😉  OUR WEDDING obviously!

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
“You are the best thing” by Ray LaMontagne – it was our first dance — or “Tonight’s gonna be a good night” (or whatever the actual name of that song is) by the Black Eye Peas
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
b) thinner or fatter?
c) richer or poorer?
a) Definitely Happier
b) After some yo-yoing – about the same or a few pounds heavier 😦
c) I wouldn’t say we’re “richer” but we’re definitely better off now that I have a full-time job again.  We still have some big expenses (paying off that hospital bill and repaying some money to savings that we borrowed), but it’s not quite as bad as it was last year.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Blogging, time management when it comes to wedding stuff – my plans of doing nothing the week before the wedding failed big time and there was some important stuff that didn’t get done as thoroughly as I had hoped.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Procrastinating.  Worrying about little things.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
L and I got to not only spend our first married Christmas together, but we got to spend our first Christmas ever together.  As luck would have it, he got all the holidays off this year (just the way the schedule fell).  We drove up to CT on Dec. 23 and spent Christmas with my family until Dec. 28.  It was so wonderful.

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
I fall in love with that boy over and over again every day of my life.  We both have our faults and some things we need to work on, but I don’t think there is anyone out there more perfect for me.  Seriously.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Hmm… I watched a lot of Gilmore Girls reruns 🙂  But I guess Army Wives, Law & Order SVU, Grey’s Anatamy and Parenthood would top my list

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Our wedding photographer.  Full report coming on that soon. 

24. What was the best book you read?
I didn’t read too many books, but I did finally read Shopaholic and Baby when I realized that I never had when Mini Shopaholic came out. 

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Cee Lo Green. There, I said it. And yes, this is on the basis of his one profane song that I LOVE SO VERY MUCH. — I have to agree with Jess on this one.  I love that song!

26. What did you want and get?
I wanted to have a perfect wedding day with my best friend – and I did!  There were some minor things that went wrong and if I could go back and do it all over again, I would never hire our photographer – but everything else was so, so perfect!

27. What did you want and not get?
I was hoping to have sold our house already, but if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be so we’ll see where it goes from here.  Just send happy house selling thoughts our way.  Our goal is to sell it by February to make some other things work out – we know that’s a pretty ambitious goal!

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I don’t really remember seeing many movies this year…

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 27 years old.  L and I went to a training group run for the CRBR in the morning, then he took me to a lovely Italian dinner and we met friends out for drinks that night – it was a lot of fun!

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Marrying L made it pretty freakin’ perfect.  Selling the house would have been great though.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
I favored big white dresses 😉  Umm, casual and comfortable, like usual.  This year stuck out because there was a lack of “business casual” in my life.

32. What kept you sane?
L and our puppies

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I have no idea

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
The whole debacle with unemployment.

35. Who did you miss?
I miss living closer to my mom.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
I think becoming closer to some of my friends is the equivalent to this.  Also, though I probably won’t work with them again, the band we ended up hiring was fabulous to work with and were incredible and helping us get everything together in such a short amount of time.  It made up for the previous band we had hired and their poor customer service.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
Things will work out the way they need to work out.  Don’t depend on other people’s research for something that is important to you.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I’ll take a few lines from our first dance…
“Baby, we’ve come a long way, baby/You know, I hope and I pray, that you believe me/When I say this love will never fade away/You are the best thing/You are the best thing/You are the best thing that ever happened to me”

For anyone who might still be out there…

We’re totally married!!!

Oh yeah… and we had a pretty sweet send off!

 

More than two months ago I wrote a post telling you all (if there is anyone even reading this) that I was coming back.  I lied.  Big time.  And I’m sorry. 

Let’s have some bullet points to catch up as best we can, although I know I’ll miss lots of things since it’s been so long.

– as of today, there are 36 days until our wedding. THIRTY-SIX. DAYS.  Holy shit.  My plan of getting everything done ahead of time is slowly fading.  I’m still trying my best to make it happen, but our super long to do list is overwhelming at times.

– You may remember that we booked a trip to Cabo last year for LM’s 30th birthday.  As it turns out, all the boys backed out for various reason, but L was going to go with the rest of the girls anyway.  Then plane tickets were about $800 and we just couldn’t do two.  Or one, frankly.  Luckily I had some airline miles and purchased my ticket (direct both ways and first class coming back!  Why was it less miles than a coach ticket? Who knows, but I wasn’t complaining).  13 girls went and it was amazing.  We were all pretty depressed that it was over when we came back.  I’m sure L would have had a fun time, but it was definitely a girls trip.


Part of the group shopping in town one day

Our invitations went out the last week of June.  I wanted to send them out the week prior, but it just didn’t happen.  I made these babies from scratch and was so happy with the way they came out.  There are definitely some imperfections, but I’m sure few people will notice.  I blew my budget on printing costs though because when I called Kinkos to find out their price for color laser printing they misquoted me and I didn’t find out until I printed all 300 sheets one day.  I couldn’t do anything about it because I didn’t have the quote in writing.  Then I realized that our logo was off center and had to reprint parts of it.  Oh well, we love them.


Rather than using an inner envelope, we used these personalized oval tags to write out the informal names of everyone invited from the family

If anyone wants a tutorial, I’m glad to give one (and I promise I’ll post it in a timely manner, if you ask 🙂  I’m not going to lie, they were time consuming, but not all that hard.

One note… we used a post card for our RSVP to save on postage.  I’m just letting any detail oriented bride out there know that they only make one postcard stamp design for the entire year.  This year’s?  A polar bear.  Yup.  For the entire year.  It looks like the coca-cola bear, minus the coke.  We ended up going with it because that was the whole reason we chose the post card – it would have been easier to make a regular RSVP.  Just letting you all know.

– At one point, we took some more engagement photos with our photographer.  We’re a little disappointed with him because as it turns out, he’s not very creative and needs a lot of help.  L’s sister used him too for her wedding and they missed some key moments that would have made great photos.  Too bad photography was the one thing I wanted to splurge on and now we’re not happy.


One of the more creative shots

I’ll give credit after our wedding 🙂

– We went home to CT to get some baby pictures for a slide show and also had a shower for my family up there.  We got lots of great stuff including all of our ‘every day’ plates from Crate and Barrel. As it turns out, most of my family won’t be coming to the wedding which really bums me out.  And it’s not even for good reasons.  We have received very few ‘no’ rsvps and all of them except for two are my family, one is from the woman who did our premarital counseling and the other is a friend of both L and I, but was actually on L’s list.

– We also had a shower thrown by L’s family.  It was huge, around 50 people.  His mom wanted to make it into a “pre-rehearsal dinner” or “mini-wedding” so some of his family that we didn’t want to invite, but had to would feel like they were at the wedding and wouldn’t come.  That’s not what we wanted.  We didn’t want anything to overshadow the wedding.  There were some elements that we didn’t like, but overall it was nice.  We told her over and over again that we didn’t want dancing and she had loud music and a dance floor anyway.  Luckily no one actually danced.

– I had a makeup trial with a girl from my sorority who offered great prices, but I looked like a street walker when I was done.  Instead, I’m using the same girl L’s sister used.  More expensive, but worth every penny.  I would post the before and after photos, but I want it to be a surprise for L.

– I finally had a hair trial.  I was having a hard time finding someone since I don’t know the area where we’re having the wedding.  My makeup girl contacted a photographer she’s worked with a lot and got a name.  The girl did a great job and I’m excited.  I’ll save those photos for post-wedding too – or maybe just in a password protected post.

– let’s see, let’s see… what else?

– oh yes! my bachelorette party!  Five friends and I went to Savannah and had a great time.  My camera pooped out, so I don’t have any photos yet, I’m waiting to get them from everyone else.  Two of my friends from high school were not able to come and that made me really, really sad.  It was a smaller group, but a fun one, none the less.  Good Lord, I was even put on stage at the deuling piano bar.  I definitely wish I had had a few more drinks before that happened, but it was fun anyway.  Despite the fact that everyone said my face was the same color as my hot pink dress.

– We’re still trying to put our house on the market and had the realtor come over one day to do photos for the listing, but then it was too dark inside and we haven’t had her back yet.  L is debating waiting till after the wedding but I really dont want to do that because I spent so much time working on house stuff when I could have been working on wedding stuff and then I wouldn’t be so far behind now.  We’ll see what happens.

– I took my dress to be altered on Thursday.  It won’t be ready until Aug 23-25.  Yikes!  I’ve got faith in the lady though, she came highly recommended from my friend and she’s pretty reasonable too.  For a bustle and to recut the top (which requires removing beading, cutting it and then adding it back on), it will be $100.  Not too shabby.  I wasn’t sure she would be able to change the top at all, let alone for a price I could afford, and was so excited when she could. Now it is absolutely perfect and what I wanted.

– I think that’s about it for now!  Just more wedding, wedding, wedding!  I’m going to be damn bored after the wedding if I don’t have a job. Speaking of which, today marks the one year anniversary of that fateful day.  Although, I must admit, there were several months where I didn’t really look for a job as hard as I should have because planning our wedding was way more fun!

Hi. Hi. Hey. Hello. Hello? Heelllooo????  Is anyone still there?

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen (if any of you still exist), I’m back.  To be honest, I’m not really sure where I went.  I still haven’t found a new job, but for an unemployed gal like myself, I am very busy!  I originally started this blog to remember the little things in life and at times it makes me sad that while L and I plan a not-so-little thing (ie our WEDDING), I have majorly failed at the blogging thing. 

We’ve wrapped up many major and non-major details of our big day – including finally finding a church that we both agree on and like very much.  The plan is to write a recap post – or maybe series of posts in case any of you are still out there and care to read them.

In the meantime, we’ve been looking at some new houses.  L wants to buy something before the market seesaws back the other way and doing it before we’re married is probably the best idea (since my credit is not so great due to some student loan difficulties a couple years ago).  Anyway, we found one that we love that the builder forclosed on.  What is normally a $350,ooo+ house is on the market for $230,000.  However, that is still waaaaay beyond our price range.  We’re working with a real estate agent that a friend of ours works with who suggested our first offer be significantly lower than the asking price.  Significantly lower.  Basically, if they went for the price, we would be getting a house more than DOUBLE the size of our current house for almost the same price.  Crazy, I know.

But, it’s all dependent on a lot of other things working out.  So fingers crossed, because I’ve sort of fallen in love with this house and we’ve already talked about the different ways we would like to decorate, etc.  I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high though, because it would be the story of my life to be thinking and talking about this house so much and then not get it.

When out with the agent, we brought her by our house to get her point of view on what things we should change before we put it on the market.  She mentioned a few things here and there, but said that the first things that needed to change were the countertops in the bathrooms.  They are this really ugly dark green/white marble.  They make me want to puke, so I’m not surprised that she mentioned they needed to change.  Luckily, the cabinets are fine so it’s just the top that needs to change.

While searching for different ideas, I perused many different sites for some ideas.  I found some beautiful bathroom vanities at this one site.  They’ve got lots of great stuff, including the Indocraft Atlantis bathroom vanity that would look great in a half bath.  This site is part of the CSN stores (they have more than 200) and I’ve gotten a mirror from them before.  The quality and service is great, so I would expect nothing less from Just Vanities.

Well, off to more day dreaming about the house that may or may not be ours one day and moving on to some more wedding tasks.  I’m going to be bored after our big day!

Our engagement photos were yesterday.  I’ll give you a full up date next week, but let’s just say the weather was less than stellar.  Cloudy, rainy and 45 degress.  With that in mind, here’s a sneak peek of one our photos.  Our photographer has gotten them online already.  I’ll share more when we get the disk in the mail.

That water was DAMN cold!

Actually, it’s more like wardrobe dilemma, but I like alliteration too much.  Back in October, shortly after L and I got engaged, we headed out to Wilmington, NC to look at some potential venues and check out our first bridal show.  As you know, we chose a venue that is in Winston-Salem, no where near Wilmington or any other part of the coast.  But, while we were at the bridal show, we won a free engagement session – no strings attached!  When it’s all said and done, we’ll receive the disc with edited photos and rights to print.  All for free!  How awesome is that?!

The other great part is that we can do it anywhere in the Wilmington area.  Since we were so torn between a beach wedding or not a beach wedding and subsequently ended up with the latter, we love the option of doing our engagement pictures at the beach.  It’s a nice compromise. 🙂  So that’s what we decided to do – and the big day is Thursday.

You know what?  I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!  Thus, I need your help.

We’re able to have a couple of outfit changes and I think we’re going to start the shoot out by some little beach shops and then move on to the actual beach.

L will most likely be wearing nice khaki shorts and a button down shirt in some sort of blue. 

We’re going for casual, but nice.  So I’m thinking of a cute dress and then maybe pants.  Not sure.  Here’s what I came up with after way too much shopping in my closet and at the outlets I went to today.

Shoes are a big concern.  L is taller than me, but when I put shoes on, the difference is very slight.  If he’s wearing dress shoes or winter shoes, it’s not so bad because the slight ‘man heel’ or thicker sole help, but he’ll be wearing Rainbows, so that means I can’t really wear heels.  Especially the heels that go with some of these dresses because they’re about 3.75″ high.  He says it makes him feel short when I stand next to him.  And I feel like a giant.  I just don’t want to look stumpy with flats on.  And I don’t have any heels that aren’t super high that will go with any of the dresses – and I don’t want to buy new ones.

For dresses:


For the longest time, this is the dress I was planning to wear.  I bought it last year to wear to L’s sister’s graduation and our trip to Savannah.  Then I put it on again this year and hated it.  I took the time to iron it today and try it on again and I liked it much better than the other day.  Here, I have it on with beaded green flip flops. 


Same dress with the shoes I wish I could wear.  I love the way my make my calves look better. (Please excuse Shep’s tail in the photo).  Maybe I could bring the shoes for any photos that you won’t be able to tell how tall I am.  I like when photographers cut off the couple’s head.


Then there’s this dress I bought at the end of last summer.  It’s a dark purple color and I’m wearing the same flip flops as above.  (Also, I couldn’t help the sun coming in and this is the only mirror I can take pictures in)


Again, with the amazingly lovely, tall, tall shoes.


I found this one in Target today for $20.  It’s a darker pink and has a little more red in it.  I guess I would go with the same green flip flops.

And now for the second outfit.  This is basically the same outfit with slight variations.


Navy chinos from J. Crew outlet (on sale for $39!), a very light blue tshirt with knotted front and yellow cardigan.  I think the yellow is too bright though – I thought it was more pale when I bought it.


Same, but with a white cardigan.


Same with a slightly off white ruffly cardigan.  I’m just not sure if the ruffles go with the shirt.  Do you think they compete too much with the knot?


Same, but this white cardigan fits a little smaller, which I think I like better if I’m going to keep it open.


Just so you can see what the tshirt looks like on its own.


If I wore this on the beach, I thought it would look cute to roll up the pants and walk through the water.


Here’s the ruffly cardigan with a dark pink shirt. 

So here’s my question – which dress?  Or do they all suck?  I really want to wear pink because it’s my signature color.  Seriously.   But also want to choose what looks best. And what about the pants/cardigan option?  Blue shirt underneath or pink?  White cardigan or ruffly cardigan? (I’m pretty much eliminating the yellow bc I feel like it’s too bright – unless you think it looks fabulous).  You can’t really see it in the photos, but I have pink sandals on – so I still get a hint of pink in there.  Plus, I feel like you can’t get much more beachy than navy and white.

Thoughts?

Things have been pretty quiet around this little blog of mine lately.  But this time I have a good reason.  Really, I do! 

Oh, that’s right.  Our Save the Dates are not only IN THE MAIL, they have all been delivered to our guests!

I had good intentions to document the making of these babies with photos, but yeah, that didn’t happen.  I will say that every component of them is handmade.  I didn’t do it just to say that I made them, but more so because I could get exactly what I wanted and for a very nice price. 

These babies came out to $0.63 each.  I know I could of had some very pretty cards printed up through a retailer for cheaper, but I wanted to have the picture included and add a bit of my own flair.  I’d say I succeeded. 

Without further ado, here it is:

 

I hate to admit it, but I originally got the idea long before we were engaged when I was reading Weddingbee when I shouldn’t have been.  Mrs. Cherry Pie made a similar save the date and I just thought it was fantastic.  Ever since I read that post (a good year and a half before we were engaged), I knew that I wanted to use that for our save the dates.  And when I showed L and he concurred that he liked them, we were off.

Since we knew right away what we wanted to make, I started early.  Like, November early.  I spent a couple of days pricing all the components out on the internet to be sure I was going to get everything for as cheap as possible. 

For starters, navy blue cardstock for the backing.  I chose text weight paper in bulk from Paper Source in the color Night.  I found some online shops that had less expensive paper, but once you added the shipping in, it was no longer the winner.  Luckily a Paper Source store opened in Charlotte a little more than a year ago.

Next was the vellum.  I got a pack of 50 sheets from AC Moore and used a 50% off coupon.  Same deal with the cardstock in terms of price plus shipping.

I already had my Gocco which my mom bought me for a very early Christmas present in August and knew that’s how I would print them.

I purchased navy Gocco ink, but was unable to find a pink that was the right shade.  So I chose to add glitter to it instead.  I love glitter.  A lot.  No seriously. 

And then I decided to add my other best friend.  Her name is Swarovski.  Yes indeed.  The rhinestones on the bottom are genuine Swarovksi crystal.  I purchased them from Rhinestoneguy.com.  A great resource that I found in high school when we purchased from them to add rhinestones to our competitive dance costumes.  I ordered 2 gross of the smaller size and one gross of the larger size.  It came to about $20 for all of them.

Then there were the envelopes.  I wanted hot pink envelopes.  Paper Source sells exactly what I was looking for, but they were just too expensive.  They came out to be about $0.48 an envelope and that was just too much.  So, I decided to make them.  Yes, that’s right.  I made 96 envelopes from scratch.  I purchased the template from Paper Source and made the envelopes out of Fuschia wrapping paper from Paper Source.  Don’t get me wrong, I searched the internet thoroughly before beginning this daunting task, but I couldn’t find anything that was the right color for the right price.  These came out to be about $0.11 each, which wasn’t much more than plain white ones I was finding Office Max and other stores.

And the wrap around mailing labels?  I was going to use Martha Stewart’s free template, but it was plain white.  And I was ok with that, but one last ditch search brought me to those babies.  I wasn’t even searching for the colors, just for free templates.  And low and behold, they were perfect.  I have also received tons of compliments on them.

I used a super high tech design program to set up the text, it’s called Microsoft Word, are you familiar with it?  L helped me to make the spacing perfect and some other edits.  Unfortunately, the first one I made was too big for my Gocco.  I thought I could print a 5×7 on it, but it turns out, I can only print a 4×6.  We resized it so it would fit on the Gocco screen, but when I burned the screen, it turns out, it needs to be slightly smaller than that.  Well crap, I wasted a screen and two bulbs (for anyone that Goccos, you know how depressing that is).  One last shot and another edit and we got it right.  So I Gocco’d away.  But wait, I’m out of order.

So in November, I took a couple hours and cut all the 8.5 x 11 cardstock to 5×7 sizes.  Then another night I started tracing the envelope templates onto the wrapping paper, cutting them out, trimming them, folding them and gluing them togehter – I used a double stick tape applicator which was fabulous (and cheap!).  That took several days to finish.  Then came another night cutting the vellum.  Then it all sat quietly for several weeks.  We needed a photo.

We looked at some photos we already had, but none of them were suitable.  Or vertical.  I really wanted it to be vertical, I just thought it would look best.  So we were going to have a friend take a photo for us – then his wife had a baby and they were busy.  So another friend offered to do it for us.  He just got a super fancy camera and was excited to use it and do some editing.  He took over 100 photos!

So once we had the photo chosen, then I used my Xyron to put adhesive on them and stick them to the backing.  That’s when I found out my paper cutter didn’t cut straight and the backings were slightly crooked.  I was disappointed at first, but figured no one else would notice since it was so slight.  Then I went and got a new paper cutter that I love.

Next, I Gocco’d all the vellum.  After I printed each one, I sprinkled it with glitter and set it to the side to dry so I could tap off the excess.  That took several hours.

I took five hours one day to glue each rhinestone by hand. 

L cut a roll of adhesive magnet into small strips and we stuck them to the back so they can be hung on the fridge if people desire.  This should have been done last, because I place the strip where I needed to punch holes for the ribbon so some of the holes were off, but again, I don’t think anyone noticed.  So I punched each one and cut the ribbon and threaded it through. 

I printed all the mailing labels, Xyroned them, adhered them to the envelopes and stuffed them.  Paper Source makes a great envelope glue that you can put on ahead of time, let dry and then moisten like a regular envelope.

And then.  WE MAILED THEM.  On January 27.  Woohoo!  We got lots of positive comments, and of course, we took photos!  Because that’s what we do.  Needless to say, we had ourselves a good little photoshoot while there.  Good thing it was about 9pm on a Sunday. 🙂


Off we go!


Getting closer!


Even the Post Office is telling us to “Mail It!”


Off to my parents!


And to L’s parents!


The last batch!

Give me what seems to be an impossible mission, specifically a shopping mission, and I will succeed. 

My green shoe search?  It’s been solved.

I had noticed that a lot of the options in green that I had been finding were by Caparros, even though many of them were out of the size I needed.  While searching the internet, I found a few comments on threads by women that said they found theirs in the store, but not online.  So, it was time to hit the pavement. 

I stopped into Off-Broadway Shoes (like DSW) the other day when I was out running errands.  I started off at the end with the dressier shoes and came across an evening clutch in the most fabulous green color.  This was the exact color I was looking for – now if only it were a pair of shoes!  I looked at the tag and what do you know?  It was by Caparros.  I kept strolling the row and came across a green pair, also by Caparros, but much too winter-y.  As I walked, I scanned the other aisles and was sure I was going to walk out of this store no closer to solving the green shoe mystery.

But as I made my way toward the end of the row and was rounding the corner to the second row, I spotted them!  Green.  Slingbacks. Perfect.  And what do you know, they’re also by Caparros.  I glanced down at the boxes looking for my size to try them on and noticed that they had every size I needed.  They were pretty, the right color, relatively comfortable and not too high. 

And then it got better.  Yes, BETTER!  They were $49.99, so they fit in the price range I was looking for.  But that’s not the good part.  They were an additional 30% off.  Grand total – $35!

Now, factor in the $10 from me and the $10 from my mom, and each girl will spend $15!  Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

I didn’t want to buy them before asking my girls what they thought, so I texted a picture to each of them.  Everyone likes them, one girl questions whether they’ll match the dress or not though, but she likes the shoe in general and wouldn’t mind wearing them.

I think that they will go with the dress, but maybe I’m just blinded because I’m so excited I found green shoes.  They aren’t very chunky or clunky when they’re on.  What do you think?

As a reminder, here’s the dress:

 

 

 

The girls will also have green flowers and green jewelry.  I was thinking about having my matron of honor wearing pink shoes, and these come in pink, but it’s more purple than pink, so that’s a no go.

Sometimes I think I like something that is more like this style:

And I’m sure if I wait for the spring lines to come out, I’ll probably find something more like this.  But, they probably won’t be on sale if they just came out!  And I really don’t want my girls to spend a lot of money on shoes.  Especially green shoes.  And you can’t beat $35/$15!

But anyway… do you think the green ones go with the dress?

I’ve gotten a lot of big things checked off my list of wedding related tasks.  Wedding gown? Check. Venue? Check. Photographer? Check. Videographer? Check. Bridesmaid dresses? Check.  Wedding shoes? Check.  And I’m stuck searching for one item.  Bridesmaid shoes.

I saw this picture long ago, way before our engagement, that made me fall in love with navy and green.  Specifically the green shoes.


I saved this photo long ago and don’t know from where.  If it’s yours, I’m happy to credit or remove at request.

I’ve been on the lookout for green shoes everywhere and can’t find anything I like.  My only hope that is in the next couple months, more options will present themselves when the spring lines come out.  But you know what?  I don’t want to wait a few months.  I want to find them now.

I have searched the internet looking for green, preferably satin, shoes that are not ridiculously expensive.  I’m looking for something no more than $50.  I will cover $10 of each pair and my mom said she would cover $10 of each pair.  At $50, my girls would only have to spend $30, which isn’t so bad.  But the cheaper the better, so I’m on the lookout for that.

Apparently, I’m not the only one on the lookout for apple green shoes.  There are threads on Weddingbee about this topic with many women in the same predicament.

It seems I’m a few months late because Nine West used to make the most perfect shoe.


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Too bad these bad boys seem to have been discontinued.  I’ve found them in various places around the web for as little as $20, but do you think they are in green?  No, they are not.  I’ve been stalking ebay.  Green?  No.  And besides, what do you think the chances of finding 5 green pairs in the right sizes would be?

I found another perfect pair in the Nine West outlet after Christmas.  In fact, they look almost the same to me.  Did they come in green?  Of course not.

Then there are these:


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PERFECT!

Except for two minor details. 

1. the heels are 4″.  I think that may be a little high for a couple of my girls. 
2. They are $92.  Yikes.  The combined $20 contribution from my mom and me would only bring them to $72 and I would NEVER ask them to pay that much for a pair of shoes.  Especially green ones.

I continued searching.  Google searches, store searches, blog searches.  Anything I could think of.  As I clicked on a pair of shoes in a general search to see if they came in green, I was met with the surprise that they were!  They were green!  The right green!  And they’re cute!  And they’re $55 so they fit into the price range.  Surely I could throw in another $5 per pair to bring them to $30 for my girls.


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Son of a b****!  They only come in 5, 5.5, 7, 7.5 and 11.  Too bad that would only fit one girl.  Everyone else is in the 8-10 range.

But, I will not stop.  Surely they must sell these in other places.  And if I have to, I’ll just freakin wait for the spring lines.

If, however, you know where I can get those Nine West Jojus in green in a 7.5, 8, 8.5 and two 9s, I will love you forever!

I thought that we would never be able to find a photographer.  After three weeks of venue searching when we first got engaged, the photograher and videographer were next on our to-do list, but what did I find when we started looking?  Large numbers and an inevitable comma.  I was not liking these 4 figure price tags attached to every photographer we found.

It seems that my organizational skills have gone out the window when it comes to this wedding.  Although L and I had come up with our overall budget figure, we never really broke it down.  Sure I had consulted a couple of wedding planning books, the Knot’s budgeter and wedding magazine checklists to determine what percentage of our budget should be spent on different aspects, but when I saw that our photography and videography should be no more than $1100 combined, I knew we were going to have some issues.  From the beginning, I always said that photography was one of the things that I wanted to splurge on.

So what was our budget for photography?  Well, we never really specified it.  As we continued to look at photographers, we were trying to stick to the $1500 range because that was the cheapest we were finding.  At the beginning, our criteria was good pictures and a CD of all the edited pictures with copyright release.  This would enable to print our own photos rather than paying for prints. 

Many of the packages included bridal or engagement sessions, so we tried to negotiate those out.  The bridal portrait is a very southern tradition, and although I embrace almost all things southern, this is one I just can’t wrap my head around.  I think they always look nice, especially to give to a parent rather than hanging a large photo of myself in our house, but why do you want a photo of me all dressed up in my wedding garb when it wasn’t even my wedding day? 

Anyway… we didn’t need the engagement session either because we won a session with no strings attached at a bridal show in October (yay!).  Well, as it turns out, many of the photographers weren’t willing to exchange these sessions for a reduced fee or extra hours.  Some, but not all.  I had heard many brides say that they were doing an engagement photo just to get comfortable with the photographer, and that made sense, but why not get rid of it if it will save money?  It wasn’t until we came across one photographer who said he required the engagement session so he could get used to the couple and know what works best for them, etc.  Then the lightbulb finally went off and we added that to our requirement list.

We eventually upped our pseudo budget to around $2000.  I wasn’t willing to compromise quality for cost.  We finally had it down to three photographers and two videographers.  There were only subtle differences in the photographers, and I knew I would be happy with each of them.  Our decision was going to come down to who we chose for a videographer and which combonation of videographer and photographer was best for us in terms of dollars.

One photographer offered unlimited hours.  The other two offered 7 hours, but you could add more for a fee, which would put them both out of our price range.  Then it came to videographers.  Record the rehearsal dinner or not?  The more coverage we have, the better, in my opinion, but losing the rehearsal dinner would save about $400.  I resigned and said that I would be ok with no video at the rehearsal dinner if we could contact a local college and see if we could get a photography student looking to build their portfolio to photograph the rehearsal and dinner for a cheap rate.  So that’s where we were.  Then the only difference was one or two cameras at the reception. 

Did we really need two?  I mean, I want paparazzi, but if we went with the one camera, we would get one of the photographers we loved the most.

We were at a loss.  We sat on the couch adding more coloumns to our color-coded spreadsheet going around in circles.  I kept getting hung up on going back to the photographer who offered unlimited hours.  Because I want them there from the moment I open my eyes in the morning. 🙂

Finally we had to close the laptop and just make some appointments.  So that’s what we did.  We had two appointments this past Monday (a photographer and a photographer/videographer) and scheduled another one for this coming Monday with the last photographer.  We had yet to make an appointment with the second videographer.

Our first appointment was with the photographer/videographer combination.  I think that we liked them the best before we went.  I say “think” because I’m not sure either one of us knew which we really wanted.  As it turns out, the meeting was very productive.  Not only were they offering a discount of 10% off each service or 15% off of each if you book both, but he also helped us make it more affordable.  Originally we had chosen the package that had the most hours we could afford, but also had an engagement session and a bunch of albums. 

Since we’re willing to eliminate the albums to save money and allow us to get the photographer we want (we’ll just do albums later – maybe with some money we get from teh wedding), he showed us another alternative.  The cheapest package that only had 6 hours and the CD of pics.  Nothing else.  He then added in the engagement session, second photographer and 4 extra hours and it came out much cheaper.  Then you include the 10 or 15% discount and it got even better.  He showed us another DVD sample of the videography and it was even better than some that we had seen on his website.

We walked out of his office very pleased, knowing that we would be basing the next meeting solely on the photog’s personality.  If she blew us away, we would consider her, if not, we’d probably go with the first guy.

The second girl was nice, but after looking at more of her photos, we liked the first guy better, and she didn’t blow us away with her personality either. 

There was a lot of back and forth.  Let’s nix her.  Well, are we sure?  How much are we really willing to spend?  One video camera or two?  If we wanted two, we’d have to meet with the other videographer.  When we got home we took some more time to look at the numbers yet again. 

I am getting really sick of looking at excel sheets, let me tell you.

It still came down to how many cameras.  L did some research and it seems that most videographers we found (just in general, they did’t even have to be local) only had one camera at the reception.  And although I feel like we’ll have a large headcount (about 150), but I don’t think it’s sooo big that one camera wouldn’t get all the dancing and other good stuff.  We slept on it.

Yesterday, as we looked at the spreadsheets, again!, we decided one camera was ok and that we would go with the photog/video guy.  We emailed him to make sure our numbers were correct – and when it came back CHEAPER (his cost for an extra photographer was $100 cheaper than he had told me a few weeks ago), we were ecstatic!  I asked him to work up a contract which he emailed me back within a half hour and we were just about set.

The money for the deposit is in my checking account and I’ll be faxing the signed contract back this afternoon.  We’re getting so close!

A recap (if you’ve even made it this far since this post is like 4 years long):

Venue – check!
Caterer – check! (well, it comes with the venue)
Linens, tables, chairs – check! (ok, those come with the venue too)
Wedding dress – check!
Wedding shoes – check! (thanks L, I love them!)
Bridesmaids – check!
Bridesmaid dresses – check!
Photographer – check!
Videographer – check!

The only big things we have left are a florist, cake, L asking his groomsmen and figuring out what they’re wearing (no, L, black is NOT ok), a band (it’s just picking out of a list of 3-5 now)… oh, and someone to marry us.  I guess that’s kind of important. 🙂

The save the dates will hopefully go out by the end of next week and then we just need to decide on invitations.  We’re so close!

…to save my soul.  I want to get lost in that rock and roll and drift away… 🙂

In the ADD-ness that is our wedding planning, we’re now looking at bands to play for our entertainment.  No, we still have not selected a photographer or videographer.  Yes, we are still down to the same 3 photogs and 2 videos.  Yes, we talked ourselves in circles about which combonation to pick.  Yes, we have two meetings tomorrow and one next Monday.  Yes, I had to move on before I went crazy from my indecisiveness.

So, back to the band.  During our pseudo wedding planning back before we were engaged, we said how we both wanted a band, but I knew that it likely would not fall in our budget.  If we got a good DJ, it wouldn’t make a difference either.  Once we started actually planning, the indecisiveness came up again (do you notice a them here?).  We couldn’t afford what we wanted.  Isn’t that the story of everyone’s life?  There is a pretty well known regional beach music band that is a sort of family friend to L’s family and we thought they might cut us a deal.  However, their initial price was higher than we thought.  We tabled the idea for awhile while we chose our venue and worked on some other things.

At a bridal show, we found a DJ that was only $550 for a Sunday wedding with no time limit.  That was certainly hard to pass up.  Especially when another band we found that we liked was charging $2800.  That’s when I decided for myself that we would have to settle for the DJ.  But L was going to do what he could to make this band thing work.  He likes the atmosphere of a band better.  Thinks it adds more to the party.  And will definitely help fill up the room a little. 

Plus, there’s this:

The place has got a great stage!  It just screams “you have to have a band at your wedding to go on this stage!”  There is no curtain to go across the stage to block it completely or make it feel smaller if we were to have a DJ.  I know we could work with the lights to darken the back of the stage and draw attention to the front and mask the empty space if we had a DJ, but doesn’t it just make you want to put a band up there?

We found another band that we loved, but they were a steep $2800.  We were dumbfounded as to how we were going to make this work.  And then Christmas came.  We were fortunate enough to each get a decent amount of cash.  So we decided to put that in the band fund.  It was money we didn’t expect to have and was not part of the original budget, so it’s like a treat to ourselves.  Then, we realized we had a large sum of money sitting in an ING account. 

As much as L’s parents make jabs about us having two dogs, they are EXTREMELY generous.  After Shep’s initial biopsy, his grandmother gave him enough cash to cover that and told us to take the money we had intended to use and save it for any future surgeries he may need.  Then, when it came time for his big surgery, his mom stopped by the vet and paid the bill in full.  I was shocked and could not be more thankful.  So between that leftover amount and our Christmas money, we have almost enough.  If you add in the $550 from our budget that we would have used for the DJ, we’re there even closer.  The other night, I spent three hours counting change that we had been collecting, and with that final number, we were there.

We’re having a band!

But just to be sure, I started looking at other bands in case our first choice wasn’t available.  And oh dear Lord, I found so many I like.  And some of them are cheaper and some of them are just a smidge more.  What do we do?!?!

We want a good variety of music.  Definitely need beach music/shag, but we want country too, and top 40 and great dance songs and classic singalongs.  Because what is a party without Journey?

In our searches, we found the band that played at a friend’s wedding last year.  After inquiring, we found out their price was $3500.  WAY out of our price range.  For the heck of it, L sent them an email explaining that we loved them, but they were out of our price range and asked if they would come down (to our tip top amount).  And they agreed!  But we’re still not sure.  Because there are several other bands we love now too that we’re waiting to hear back from.

This is tough!  I’ve been using a website called Gigmasters.com which is amazing.  You can request a quote from several bands at one time and so far, they are responding very quickly.

So, now we have one more thing that we just can’t seem to make a decision on.  Pretty soon we’re going to start picking from hats.  But in the meantime, at least we know that we’ll have a band and have someone that we love!  It’s a little wedding present to each other and a nice little surprise since we weren’t sure we’d be able to make this work.

I’m a few days late with this Christmas recap and was absent all of last week – but it’s the holidays and it’s always a crazy time.  Plus, I was busy buying my wedding dress!

I still can’t believe Christmas is over.  Or Thanksgiving either.  Also.  Is tonight really New Year’s Eve?  Wow.  This year has gone by so quickly.  I wasn’t really ready for Christmas this year.  Probably because the whole holiday season snuck up on me so quickly.  I felt like I wasn’t even really in the Christmas spirit.  I did half of my Christmas shopping in July, but left the other half for the week before the holiday.  I knew what I was getting everyone, it was  just the actual act of going to purchase it that I was slow about.  And in the end, everyone seemed to love what we gave them.

And I certainly loved what I got!  L and I exchange our gifts a few days after Christmas since he has worked the last two we’ve been together.  So my lovely gifts started on Christmas eve from my parents.  My mom bought me a Gocco over the summer that was supposed to be for Christmas – we just snatched it when I found one for a good price.  And I was perfectly happy with just getting my usual small stocking stuffers because of that.  But she kepts telling me when we arrived earlier in the week that she only had one gift for me and that was it.  I really had no idea what it was.  Not a clue or a hint or a sneaking suspicion. 

As we sat by the tree on Christmas Eve after dinner with my aunt and cousins, I tore the wrapping paper to reveal a navy blue box.  It wasn’t until I ripped it a little further and saw the logo on the box that I knew what it was.

This was the logo I saw:

And I gasped and looked at my mom because I knew that this box contained two items that I have been coveting since I was about 12 years old.

These:


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This picture does them absolutely no justice.  I’ve been drooling over these ever since the first time I saw them in a Swarovski store and exclaimed that I would have those for my wedding one day.  I knew they were expensvie, but seriously, I have wanted these for like 14 years.  After we got engaged, I of course looked them up.  And when I saw the price tag, I knew it was going to take a lot of saving to get them. 

There are a lot of little details I am willing to forgo for our wedding to save money.  But let me tell you.  This was NEVER one of them.  I didn’t know how, but I was going to buy these at some point before our wedding.  I had searched ebay and they were always there.  Not for as cheap as I would hope, but definintely a lot less than full retail price. 

Just before Christmas I saw a pair go up for auction for $.99.  I put it in my ‘watch’ folder on ebay, knowing that these babies would go for much, MUCH more than $1 – and then I forgot about them.  When I got an email reminding me that the auction was ending soon, I saw a price tag of over $300.  I deleted it and moved on with my day, knowing I still had months to figure out this dilema.

My mom had played the ebay game as well and got them for a much better price.  And the fact that I couldn’t stop staring at them made her feel really good, I think.  I never, in a million years, would have guessed that that was what was inside the box.  I can’t wait to use them on our wedding day.  Would it be inappropriate to drink Crystal Lite out of them until then? haha.  We’re going to have to invest in some sort of hutch so these can be prominently (yet safely) displayed!

My pictures do them no justice, either, but at least you can sort of see the loose crystal filled stems.  And the beautifully cut base.

 

But that wasn’t all.  And there were more wedding-related Christmas gifts to come.  My cousin and his wife bought us a US Airways gift card that we’ll hopefully be able to put toward our honeymoon travel.

And then there was L’s gift.  My mom and I drove back on Sunday and L and I opened gifts Monday morning when he got home from work.  There were two moderately sized boxes under the tree, but I didn’t know what they were.  We had set a $50 limit this year and I couldn’t think of any of the things I asked for that would come in boxes that size.  He did mention to me that he may have exceede the limit though (I couldn’t be totally mad though because my original gift for him was over the limit – another story for that one). 

I told him to open his first.  I got him 4 shirts from Gap that he wanted (all on sale – love it!) and another tshirt from a restaurant in CT that we love (and have several other tshirts from).  Then I got him one of those Nike+ things for his ipod.  The one where the chip goes in your shoe and syncs with your ipod when you run.  He’s been wanting it and it seems pretty cool.  I might need one for myself.

Then it was my turn.  He handed my one box and told me to open if first.  I unwrapped it and saw a Zappos box.  My first thoughts were that he bought me the shoes I wanted for the wedding.  But those were so expensive.  I thought maybe he bought me a similar pair I found after those.

But when I opened the box, I found a pair of pink shoes from my own collection and another shoe that I had broken the heel off of last year.  Umm, what the crap?

He handed me the other box and I ripped the paper tentatively, wondering if it was going to be another bogus present.  Underneath I found a green shoe box.  Green as in Kate Spade green.  Yes, indeed.  He bought me the shoes!!!  I had to be careful not to get droplets of drool on them as I turned them over in my hands, not believing they were mine.  I kept telling him I was so mad at him for breaking our limit, but my mom said it was hard to believe because of the smile plastered on my face.

I pulled off my socks and rolled up my jeans as I went to slip them on.  I was a little nervous though.  I used to wear a 9 1/2 or 10.  But the last few years it’s been more of a 10 or 10 1/2.  The largest size on Zappos was a 10 and I figured that the shoes might run smaller like most designer anything does.  Plus, when I was searching the internet the week before looking for them on ebay or other potentially discounted places, I saw someone say that they would order a half size larger.

I proceeded with caution and you know what happened?  They fit absolutely perfectly!  They just slid right on.  There was no shoving my foot in.  No getting my fingers caugh in the heel trying to stretch the shoe around my foot.  I stood up and walked around and not only did they fit, but they were comfortable! 3.25″ heels were comfortable.  No wonder they’re so expensive.  I put them on every now and then, but each time they go back in the box when I’m done.  I absolutely can’t wait to wear these on my wedding day and I think they will go perfectly with my dress!

This was the best Christmas ever! 🙂

Oh, and you know I’ve taken pictures of these too, right?  These are my own shoe shots and ring shots! 😉

Now if only I could somehow track down 5 pairs of the Nine West Jojus shoes in green for my bridesmaids!  Too bad they’re discontinued. 

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Ok, so that title has nothing to do with this post other than it says ‘blue dress.’ 🙂

The search for bridesmaid dresses has been one of the easiest things we’ve done yet.  For quite some time before we were engaged, L and I talked about our colors being navy, pink and green.  Of course I was thinking about lots of other details for our wedding too, and I thought about dark pink dresses, maybe with a navy sash – similar to the dress I wore to the Steeplechase this past spring.  If we were having a beach wedding, that dress would be appropriate, but we really wanted something slightly more formal.  I love wedding parties that have these bright colors – either that or maybe a green dress, but I didn’t want my girls to look like they were wrapped in bubble gum and I really wanted it to be rewearable.  Actually rewearable, not ‘it’s rewearable, but really it’s not because it looks to bridesmaid-y’ like a dress for a friends wedding I was in a few years ago.  Anyway, I shelved the topic because, well, we weren’t engaged so it didn’t matter.

Then when a friend of mine picked out navy dresses for her wedding that took place this past summer, I fell in love with them.  They were simple, yet very classy.  Flattering on any body type and most definitely rewearable.  Even though I was still not engaged, I knew that I wanted these to be my bridesmaid dresses as well.  As long as my ‘maids agreed.

When I showered and changed at E’s house on evening after a fun girl’s day before going to a wedding that night where I wore the above mentioned dress, she commented on how much she liked it.  In my head, I did an imaginary fist pump. 🙂

The dresses are from J. Crew and are $165.  I know that’s not all that expensive, especially considering they likely wouldn’t need alterations, but that’s still a lot of money no matter which way you look at it.  I would occasionally stalk the website to make sure they were still available in navy and to see if there were any sales.  Of course, lots of the other colors were on sale, but never navy. (although, I was tempted to buy some of the other colors for myself.  I told you, I love this dress)

Fast forward to two months later when L proposed.  Now, I could really stalk the dresses.   I saw them on Ebay, in an assortment of sizes and in navy, for a very reasonable price, but I hadn’t asked anyone to be my bridesmaids yet.  Once I asked my girls if they would be my bridesmaids and everyone responded, I sent them all an email thanking them and giving them the details we had nailed down so far (which was basically just the date, place and colors).  I also sent them a picture of the dress and asked them what they thought about it.  Unfortunately, they were no longer on ebay.  There were some, but not as many in navy, which was disappointing.  I was sure to tell them that if they didn’t like it to just say so, to feel free to look on their own, and that I didn’t want them to spend so much money so we would keep an eye out on ebay and for sales.  They all responded saying they loved the dress and that they were ok with the price. 


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I then realized that I had missed a J. Crew sale of 25% off any purchase of $150 or more.  Damn!  That would have brought the dress down to around $125.  Oh well.

Days later, I got another email with a similar sale.  25% off $150+ and 30% off $250+.  The sale was only three days long and I contemplated talking to everyone to see if they would be interested in buying it.  I know that Christmas is just around the corner and that not everyone has extra cash laying around, so I didn’t want to put any one out.  Plus, I also didn’t want to rush them.  They all said they loved the dress, but I didn’t want them to feel like I was pushing them. 

I was telling CR, my maid of honor, about this when I saw her on Saturday, and her reaction of, “Oh my God, I love the dress, yes, let’s definitely order it!” told me that most of the other girls would probably feel the same way. (There’s a reason this girl is my MOH :).

Finally, on Sunday, the last day of the sale, I emailed them all telling them about it and asking if they were interested in moving forward.  I made sure to note that if they wanted to look around some more, that I was TOTALLY ok with that, but just wanted to mention the sale since they initially said they liked it.  Additionally, I told them that I would buy all the dresses, which would give us the 30% discount and they could pay me back when they had the money because I know this is an expensive time of year.

Each girl replied back saying they loved the dress and would like to order it – and they loved the sale price even more.  Since I would be ordering all of them at one time, we would receive the larger discount bringing each dress down to $115.  Yes, that’s right.  The dress that is normally $165, we got for $115!

I gathered their sizes and placed the order Sunday night.  I decided to cover the tax and shipping on the dresses.  I wish I could put more toward the dress for them, but unfortunately it’s just not in the budget at the moment.  I received an email yesterday saying my order had been shipped and today, they are in my hot little hands!

You’ve got to give J. Crew credit, they always ship so quickly.  I paid for standard 3-5 day shipping, ordered Sunday night and received it Tuesday afternoon!  I’ll be dropping them off to all my girls this week so they can try them on and make sure they fit.  Hooray!  A big task done and one less thing for them to think about!

L’s sister, J (another of my bridesmaids), may also be using this dress in her wedding.  Except in black and in a different material.  It is just me and her fiance’s sister in her wedding and she initially told us to just pick black dresses.  I wanted to buy this dress in black for her wedding, and found it on ebay for $20, so I grabbed it.  J later came back with some dresses she wanted us to pick from so we could maybe wear the same one and this was one of the choices.  When I told her I already had it in black, that seemed to make her decision for her (although I did tell her that I didn’t mind if she didn’t want to choose it).  Anyway, I believe we are wearing pink shoes for her wedding, which is what I am thinking about for my girls.  Looks like our BMs might be slightly similar. 🙂

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