The Wedding!

Wow, it’s been quite a weekend! I don’t have the official pictures back, but I do have some that my uncle took.

Friday night was a bit stressful, we had some scheduling conflicts with my friend who was going to come help set up all the food and get ready in the morning, but we finally finished at 1 am. Of course, that means I got almost no sleep, especially since I was a bit stressed out and a tiny bit nervous. I got maybe three hours of sleep and had terrible bags under my eyes. Thank goodness for makeup.

Then in the morning, I got ready, went to get my hair done, and got the car all packed for us to go get the chapel set up. My fiance got there early to set up the tablecloths and decorations.

Everything went okay except for a minor freak out when we realized we didn’t pack anything to serve the salad with. But the ceremony went fine, so quickly it’s a bit of a blur now. But that’s good because I was most nervous about it.

Of course, something has to go wrong at every wedding, and at ours, I realized during the reception that one of my earrings fell out. I borrowed them from my mom and they were my grandmother’s, so of course it was a bit upsetting. Everyone went over every inch of the chapel but it was never found.

We had a lovely weekend honeymoon in a resort cabin and look forward to a nice relaxing week together.

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My centerpiece vase and candles. Some of the guests took them home for souvenirs.

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Sandwich buffet. We had ham, turkey and roast beef, American cheese, tomato and romaine to put on the sandwiches, and rolls, focaccia, and brioche bread. My best friend, my photographer, put together that lovely meat platter by hand.

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The cake. Pound cake, Italian buttercream frosting and fresh berries. And it was easily the most amazing cake I have ever tasted. My aunt made it.

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My bouquet. I bought 5 sunflowers for $4 and a bunch of white roses for around $6, both from Trader Joe’s. The daisy type flowers were from the grocery store for about $6 as well. I put it together myself.

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And, of course, the groom. He’s so adorable. I guess I didn’t look terrible either.

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A picture of us posing for a picture. I’ll post a few of the official pictures when I get them.

Thank You

Well, it’s Friday and the very last day I’m single!

The next time I post, I’ll be married! But I just wanted to thank all of my followers (all 100 of you!) for being so kind and thinking I have something to say worth following my blog for. Those of you that comment are so nice and helpful too. 100 followers since March is huge for me. I’ll do my best to keep the content coming, but for now, I’ll be taking a few days off for my honeymoon!

Wedding Flowers Practice Attempt

In the interest of saving money and the fact that I wanted to go to floral design school, I thought “I can make my own bouquet, no sweat.” So I bought some floral tape and a cheap bunch of flowers from the grocery store to practice before the big day. I took a few flowers at a time and taped them together with floral tape, which took some getting used to. Apparently floral tape doesn’t work like regular tape, you have to stretch it out to get it to stick to itself, and only itself.
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First of all, daisies weren’t the best idea for a first time project. They don’t have long stems, only a bunch of short ones grouped together. With such short stems, the flowers had to be squished in together very tight.

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It also didn’t make a very big bouquet because they were so tightly put together. Definitely not big enough for the bridal bouquet I want.image

But it makes a cute little table decoration until it dies.

Thrifty Thursday – Wedding on a Budget

We’re down to the wire, only a little over 2 weeks to go until the big day. We got engaged on May 2nd, so we pulled this together in under three months. If you’re also considering a quick, budget wedding, maybe you can get some ideas.
I know they sell big wedding planning notebooks and stuff, but this is my master list. I went on all of those ‘everything you need to take care of’ lists online and wrote down everything that applied to us.

The important thing while planning an event like this is to focus on what is important to you. If you really want a DJ, a bunch of real flowers or fine china, plan accordingly. If all those don’t matter to you, find the parts that do.

For me, the venue and the dress were the most important. I didn’t want to spend a load of money on the small details that no one would remember later. My cousin got married in 2012, and I remember running around the day before for flowers, and I remember setting up (and falling on my face at her rehearsal), but I don’t remember a single thing about the decor now.

  • Budget – we never had an official budget. We found deals, paid for what was important, and skimped on what we could.
  • Theme and colors – My themes were always ‘simple’ and ‘elegant’ from the start. My colors are silver and aqua with yellow accents.
  • Guest list – This is the second page of my notepad. We ended up with 35 people being invited but only about 17 RSVPing. We’re planning for the possibility that a few might show up anyway. A few were sent invitations as a courtesy, like grandparents that are out of state and unable to travel.
  • Venue – I wanted a chapel, that was my one dream. Luckily we found a beautiful one that isn’t far from us. I was expecting it to cost around $1000, but it ended up being under $600.
  • Date – Our anniversary is July 30th, so when July 25th was a possibility, it worked out great.
  • Photographer – My best friend went to photography school and has always said she’d do my pictures, so we’re saving a load of money there. There will be no videotaping at the wedding, much to my dad’s disappointment.
  • Flowers – I’m doing fake flowers for the decor because they’re cheaper and less stress. I’ll be buying flowers from the grocery store or Trader Joe’s the day before and making my own bouquet. I might want to practice beforehand.
  • Dress – David’s Bridal was unfortunately the best option for budget-friendly and fast. I didn’t have that ‘wow’ moment, but I do like my dress a lot. It was $199, but the alterations bumped the total price up to $400. Isn’t that lovely. Luckily my parents offered to buy my dress.
  • Food – We’ll be putting together a fresh sandwich bar ourselves with help from our parents. I’m planning on going to Costco for deli stuff and finding trays to arrange them on at a dollar store or something.
  • Music – We’re making a music playlist to play off of my fiance’s phone, we’re going to find a dock with a speaker to put it in.
  • Officiant – This was one of the last things we completed, but we found a nice Justice of the Peace in our area to do it. His fee is about $125.
  • Cake – My aunt is making my cake, another way we lucked out. I have high hopes that it is going to be beautiful and delicious, a pound cake with Italian buttercream and fresh berries.
  • Hair/Makeup – I’m going to a local stylist to do my hair the morning of for around $30. I’ll be doing my own makeup.
  • Rings – After going to Zales where the saleslady was pushing expensive rings on us, we found our matching rings at Kay. I believe together they were under $300.
  • Invitations – They weren’t entirely necessary for such a small wedding, but I liked the idea of them. I found a DIY kit of 40 at Michaels on sale, normally $45 but I got them for around $10.
  • Gifts – We registered at Target and Bed Bath and Beyond, just so hopefully no one would buy us things we don’t need.
  • Marriage License – $45 for the license, a necessary expense.
  • Paperwork – For all my name changing stuff later.
  • Thank You Notes – I actually bought some a little while ago when I worked at Michaels, plain white cards with silver lettering. Hopefully I’ll have enough.

Total so far: about $1500. Adding it all up was a bit of a “yikes!” moment, but that’s a fraction of some people’s dress budget. (I’m looking at you Say Yes to the Dress)

 

After all that, decor is going to be super simple. Plain silver tablecloths, aqua plates and napkins, and my adorable silverware rolls. I bought some cheap paper doilies, yellow ribbon and a big pack of plastic silverware that looks like ‘silver’ware. Total for all tablecloths, tableware and glasses was $50.


These are my centerpieces. Small vases and silk flowers. The vases were about $3 each, and the tulips were on sale. 6 tulips and 6 daisies were around $2 each.

 
And each table with a vase will have a few candles. Fake candles because the venue doesn’t allow real ones. I got a pack of 16 candles, 16 small holders, and crushed glass in silver and aqua. Everything was half off except for the crushed glass, which was on major discount.

Guest book
For the guest book, I’m planning on grabbing a big calendar like this, I love this idea.

People do all sorts of things for their weddings, from giant parties to just standing at city hall, just the two of them. It’s always important to remember the reason behind the day is just to get married, not to entertain or impress anyone else. It’s a day for the two of you to remember forever.

What I Read Wednesday Delay

Sorry no post today! I’m in the middle of a book but haven’t had any time to read. I’ll try to post it by the weekend.

In other news, today we got our marriage license, I finished picking up wedding decor and I got my dress! All wedding planning is done except for finding an officiant and the last minute buying of food and flowers.

Life Update

I actually had an idea for a Fashion Friday post today, but I never got around to it because I’ve been so busy. Yesterday I spent an hour or so at a hairdresser’s working on my wedding hair trial. I’m pretty excited about how it’s going to look! Then I went and tried on the veil my mom is making with my hair style.

I have a huge book edit to do by Tuesday, it’s twice as long as my usual ones. That’s going to take up a huge chunk of time. But I can’t work on it today because I have to go do laundry at my parents’ and the laptop I use (the fiance’s) isn’t working at the moment. One of these days I need to just do it and buy my own work laptop, but it’s like: works well, is inexpensive, is small enough, pick two. I’ve been considering an HP Stream (small, is inexpensive) or a Microsoft Surface (small, works well). I don’t need much, just a laptop type thing with a keyboard that runs Microsoft Word and has internet, and is small/light enough to throw in my bag.

Keep an eye on my blog either Saturday or Sunday for a food post to go along with the book I reviewed on Wednesday! But for now I need to finish up my meal plan and shopping list so I can go do laundry. Yay…

Wedding Food Inspiration

I’ve probably been stressing out over the food more than any other part of my wedding. I want it to be delicious and represent us but also not be too over the top. I think I’ve decided what to do, but I still have to figure out the logistics. It’s going to be a lunch reception, so I don’t have to do anything too heavy.

Our wedding cake is going to be pound cake with Italian buttercream frosting and fresh berries and I want the food to also be classic and simple and fresh. I think I’ve decided on a sandwich bar, but no premade deli platter for me, thanks. I want to take it up a notch with nice crusty breads instead of white bread rolls and a small variety of cheeses and spreads. I found a few inspirations on Pinterest, no pictures belong to me.

Sandwiches

These are pre-assembled, but I love the look of them.

Fruit veggie and cheese plates

I love the tiny sandwiches plus the platters of fresh fruits, vegetables and cheese.

Veggie cups

These veggie cups are adorable and convenient. I should do some with hummus and maybe some Greek yogurt based dip.

Fruit cups

Same with the fruit cups.

Fruit buffet

I love melons and I adore this tiny fruit buffet.

Buffet

Love the look of this buffet spread.

Sandwich buffet

And finally, the perfect sandwich bar set up. Choices of spreads, breads, meats and cheese, plus toppings.

Now I’m definitely hungry. What would you guys think of a wedding with this kind of set up? Any tips for this kind of buffet?