Tuesday, December 30, 2008

New Blogger Award!

I was so thrilled to discover that !llegally blonde has given me this award. She is just the sweetest. Her comments always put a smile on my face when I read them. If you haven't had a chance to check out her blog, do it now... here it is: http://nonblondeditz.blogspot.com/

THANKS AGAIN !llegally blonde!!!

1. Put the logo on your blog or post.

2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show GREAT ATTITUDE and/or GRATITUDE!

3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.

4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

1. The Relentless Bride
2.On my way to being a healthy bride
3. Katie's Wedding Blog
4. From Ms. to Mrs.
5. Southern Belle Wedding

Thanks for being such amazing and loyal bloggers! Take care y'all and have a happy, safe holiday!

Take care until next time,

Without further ado....

Sorry it has been so long. First there was Christmas and then I got sick. I am feeling much better today, so... as promised... here are my invites!!!

I swore that I wasn't going to DIY my invites. I thought it would just be too much to handle, but I was actually able to accomplish this quite easily. AND I LOVE THEM!

First, I went to Michael's and found fabulous gold crinkled scrapbooking paper. I cut the paper down to a size that would appropriately fit into a standard envelope.

MyMr mentioned a long time ago that he loves vellum for invites. So, I incorporated it into our invites. Just like the gold paper, I found the vellum in the scrapbooking aisle at Michael's. I cut it down so that it is smaller than the gold paper. Then, I printed on the vellum with my inkjet printer (we will have the others professionally printed by a family friend).

After fixing the vellum to the gold paper via hot glue gun, I attached beautiful ribbon (also found at Michael's 60% off plus additional 10% off). One end was hot glue gunned at the left side of the vellum, wrapped around the back of the invite, and the other end was hot glue gunned at the right side of the vellum. I like to think of it as a belt for the invites.

Then, I attached HotFix Swarovski crystals next to each end of the ribbon. These crystals adhere with heat. I did five on each side.

Then, voila!

Here are our RSVP cards. I did them similarly to the invites, but without vellum. I used opalescent white paper. Also, I didn't use the same "belt" concept with the ribbon. Instead, I attached the ribbon along the left edge.

Here they are together. Our cute little invites that I actually did myself. If I can do them, ANYONE can do them!!!

Take care until next time,

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I'm still alive!

Hey guys,

I promise a good post will be coming soon. Sorry I have been M.I.A. I have been bogged down with finals! Stay tuned for a good one though! I embarked in the world of...

... DIY invitations!!!!

I never thought I would hear those words come out of my mouth. Be excited though! :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

I wasn't going to make this post until later, but I am way too excited so I MUST do it now.

I have found the most AMAZING DJ ever! MyMr and I just met him a couple weeks ago, and I can't keep him under wraps any more!


If you are involved in my wedding in any way shape or form, DO NOT look at this blog any further.

I have discovered that many people do not like the "dreaded" bouquet and garter toss. Personally, I love it! It is one of those things that I have wanted to do since I was little. I spent my whole life trying to catch the bouquet and now, it is my turn to throw it!

I have read many posts about alternatives to the bouquet toss, such as the breakaway toss. In this, the bouquet breaks apart and flowers with fortunes on them disperse to all of the lovely ladies out there. Although I think this is a lovely idea, my DJ came up with one that is IMHO even better!

Keep in mind that my DJ came up with all of these ideas for us. I, unfortunately, can not take credit for them.

In addition to the bouquet and garter toss, we are doing a boutonniere toss. Here, we are having all married women come out on the dance floor, INCLUDING myself. My hubby is going to toss a boutonniere. I have been instructed NOT to catch the boutonniere. Why, you ask? Because whoever catches it will be deemed the next person to have a baby!!!! My DJ has said that it is hilarious when someone other than the bride catches it. I am just hoping my grandma catches it!

Then, as if this wasn't funny enough, we have some "tricks" up our sleeve for the garter toss. We are going to put together a bag of "tricks" that my DJ will strategically place under the chair that I will sit on. So as myMr is fumbling to get the garter, he will surprise everyone by pulling out items such as HUGE granny panties, handcuffs, a chicken. It is going to hilarious.

Not only did my DJ come up with great ideas to make the reception fun and memorable, but he was just so thorough and friendly. I have no doubt in my mind that he will make my wedding just what I have always dreamed of. PLUS as an added bonus, he is incredibly affordable too! Plus, if you mention that I referred him to you, then YOU will get a discount at your wedding!

So, who is this mystery man?!

Dun dun na naaaaaa.......

Meet Mark Huntzinger with Music & More. I am telling ya, this guy is phenomenal.

So, as I close this post, I will leave you with Mark's website to give you more information if you are interested.

Music & More

Take care until next time,

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Brides Bitches

Choosing your bridesmaids can be a very difficult task. Many people want to make sure that the number of groomsmen match the number of bridesmaids, others want to keep the number of bridesmaids small, and others have their whole family standing up for them. This is something that should be thought about long and hard. The more bridesmaids you have, the more flowers you have to buy (assuming you use bouquets), the more bridesmaids gifts you have to purchase, and well, it gets expensive. For me, choosing my bridesmaids was an easy task.

- We will call her #4. This is my sister. There are 5 of us girls, so my dad had us number ourselves to keep each other straight on the phone. I am #5 and my MOH is #4. We have been SO close growing up. She is definitely one of my BEST friends ever. I couldn't imagine a better MOH.

In no particular order:
BM#1 - We will call her #3. If you read the previous paragraph, then you will know that this it my sister as well.
BM#2 - This is my FSIL. She is one year younger than I am, and she is such an amazing person. We have become really close over the past few years.
BM#3 - We will call her LP. She has been my bestie and partner in crime since Freshman year of HIGH SCHOOL. Love this girl.
BM#4 - We will call her CG. She is one of those girls that will have my back forever, and I have hers too. One of my best friends ever.
BM#5 - We will call her KS. She has been one of my best friends since KINDERGARTEN!!!
BM#6 - We will call her TV. She is my niece, and is only 4 years younger than me. We grew up together like we were sisters.

So there are my 7 bridesmaids.

Having that many bridesmaids, all different shapes and sizes, made dress shopping a little difficult. I switched colors SO many times. I just couldn't make up my mind. Finally, ALL of my bridesmaids got together and we went shopping, and what do you know... we found the perfect dresses at our first stop!

Drumroll please....

The picture does not do it justice. Honestly, seeing it on the rack does not do it justice either. I kept referring to it as the "Ugly dress". Then one of my bridesmaids tried it on, and we were all in aww at how beautiful it was. Not only is it a flattering style, but the color was beautiful too.

So, in finding the perfect bridesmaid dresses, we found our colors as well. We are doing the fern green with gold as an accent color. How beautiful will that be in October?!

So, with that said, I will leave you with a random link (since I already linked to Davids Bridal):

Cute Make-up Bags (Possible bridesmaids gifts)

Take care until next time,

Monday, December 1, 2008

Flip floppin down the aisle...

Hey guys!

So, it is official. I have found THE shoes that I will wear as I walk down the aisle. I am not your typical bride. I have no desire to be in heels all day long. I don't want to have to worry about the aching blisters forming on my heels as my dad walks me down the aisle. I want to be comfortable.

Well, the wait is over...


These are white Swarovski Crystal Rainbow Sandals! Not only will I be able to wear these with my dress, but I will also be able to strut my stuff on my honeymoon in these little babies. FINALLY, a wedding shoe that will not get lost in my closet. It was love at first sight.

For those of you that are into a little POP of color, but still want to have this fabulously comfy sandal accompany you down the aisle, they have these same rainbows in several different colors!

These bad boys are worth every penny. MyMr also enjoys the fact that I won't be anywhere near his height. Silly boys and their macho tendencies. :)

Today I will leave you with a site that sells none other than the above mentioned beauties:

Take care until next time,

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Say yes to the dress?

So, with the venue location decided and paid for, it is now time to discuss one of the most exciting parts of the wedding planning... PICKING OUT THE DRESS.

My best advice for finding your perfect wedding dress is to shop around and try on EVERYTHING. Most girls go shopping with this idea of what their wedding dress will look like. A lot of girls will only try on dresses that look just like what they have envisioned. For me, and many others, my dress was NOTHING like I had imagined it looking. I always wanted the big poofy style, but with no train, and definitely NO LACE. I thought it was horribly old fashioned and tacky.

Well... guess what ladies...

THE dress is mildly poofy, with a train, AND its lace. I tried on bunches of dresses in a bunch of different styles and I just kept coming back to this one. I knew it was the one once I put it on. I felt beautiful in it.

Here it is:

I loved the way I felt as soon as I tried this dress on. I just know that I will make myMr cry as soon as he sees me coming around the corner wearing this dress. It is going to be amazing. It is seriously nothing like I ever thought that I would like. It is bizarre.

What was amazing was that this dress was being discontinued when I purchased it, so it was extremely discounted. I walked out of the store with my wedding dress purchased for only $591.00. I could not believe it. What a steal. AND that is with tax included.

Just wait until you see my shoes. I will leave that for another post, but I will say this... they are DEFINITELY not your typical wedding shoes. I love love love them.

I know many people talk poorly about David's Bridal, but I had an amazing experience with them, and so my link for today will be to David's website. Try it out. You may be surprised :)


Take care until next time,

Friday, November 14, 2008

First Thing is First...

Hello fellow readers,

So, for this entry I decided that we must start with one of the first steps in the wedding process... the venue! The venue is such an important part to the wedding because it truly sets the tone, budget, and theme for the whole wedding. MyMr and I have a very tight budget with the current economic crisis and whatnot, so it was very important for us to find a location that would either allow us to have our own caterer OR have very inexpensive food packages.

It took FOREVERRRRR for us to find a venue. Everytime that we would find a place, it would end up being about $100 a person (JUST FOR THE FOOD) or it wasn't available when we had hoped it would or the venue rental fee was insane.

Finally, when I thought we would never find a place, we stumbled upon Riverwalk Golf Course. This place is AMAZING. We have to use their food, but it is VERY reasonable (about $30 a person) and the venue fee is VERY small ($500). The place is gorgeous! The woman in charge of booking events is absolutely amazing as well! Rachel at Riverwalk has been an amazing help. She not only responds to my emails in a very timely manner, but she also has given me great advice for making the wedding day go smoothly. She is phenomenal.

All you readers out there, just know that I understand that choosing the venue can be a very high stress time. There were plenty of times where I thought we would never find a place within our budget. Have faith that there is a place out there and it is going to be beautiful no matter what. After all, all that matters is that you get to marry yourMr. :)

Since so much talk in the post has been about Riverwalk, the link for the day will be the link to their website:

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Hello everyone!

I have always wanted to start a blog of my own, but I never knew what I wanted to talk about. Now that I am engaged, and am completely consumed by the process of planning a wedding, I decided that this is the perfect opportunity to blog about my experiences. I figure, if I can help one person out there, then this is a success.

Since this is the first blog, where would a be better place to start than at the beginning?

I am a soon-to-be computer scientist graduating from college in March and myMr is already a graduated computer scientist. Who would have thought that choosing a major that is not typical for a blonde haired, blue eyed, white girl would lead me to myMr?

Our story goes like this... girl tutors boy in computer science class, boy has crush on girl, boy respects the no dating tutors rule, boy introduces himself to girl 10 weeks later, girl has major crush on boy, boy asks girl to change her last name, girl starts blog about the process... :)

The rest is pretty much history. Ever since the day I met myMr, we both knew that we were destined to be together. Not a moment goes by where I question us. We were both sent to each other by angels when our lives were low. We have brought and continue to bring smiles on each other's faces every day.

Okay enough of the sappy love stuff... let's hear the details of this wedding :)

First Date: February 2, 2007
When Engaged: October 12, 2007
When: October 11, 2009
Where: Riverwalk Golf Course
Number of Bridesmaids: 7
Number of Groomsmen: 6
Number of Junior Bridesmaids: 4
Number of Junior Groomsmen: 1
Number of Flower Girls: 4
Number of Ring Bearers: 1
Colors: Fern Green and Gold

I hope you will stay tuned for updates regarding vendors that we love/hate, wedding highs/lows, and everything that comes in celebrating the day when I get to become HISMRS

I'll leave you with a website that has been extremely useful for me:

Take care until next time,