Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Dress Sneaky Peek

Some pics of the dress from my dress fitting.

Little Things...

Purchased a tiara for Chloe our Flowergirl - excited to see it on her! She's going to be very cute!

We are going to buy shawls for the bridesmaids to wear in case it's chilly on Lake Michigan in early October. haha. As long as it doesn't rain!

We are going to have glow necklaces for our guests to relax and have fun and dance the night away with! We thought it was a neat idea! We hope it turns out fun! hahah

Info Sheets & Itineraries

Andrea, my bridesmaid - kindly agreed to format our itineraries for the wedding party! They turned out great and so fun! And the best part is at the end of the night - DANCING!


Amber, my matron of honor also kindly agreed to format our Info Sheets for our OOT bags and she did an awesome job too!

I am so thankful for them!!!

Gift bags galore....

I flew back to Michigan last week to get some wedding "to-dos" done. One was make our OOT (out of town) bags for guests staying at the hotels we had room blocks reserved. So Janie (maid of honor) and I headed to Target and got some goodies including bottled water, granola bars, fruit strips, goldfish & candies. She helped me stuff and beautify. We also put labels on our chinese "takeout" boxes for our "favors". I couldn't have done it without her.. well I could have but it would have taken twice as long.

I then proceeded to wrap all the wedding party gifts so they'd be done when we fly back to Michigan for the WEDDING in a couple weeks.


We headed to San Diego for Bri and Jason's wedding. Bri and I are bridesmaids in each others weddings and it's been nice to have her to get advice from. Her wedding was AMAZING and beautiful. They are such a great couple and we wish we lived closer to them.

Bridesmaid Time

My bridesmaid Lynn, who lives up in Tallahassee Florida, came to visit me after she took the Bar at the end of July. She helped me welcome August in our lives and start the 2 month countdown. We had a fun night of drinks and randomness at Bar Louie, the end of a golf tournament and at Beef O Bradys. She also came with me to pick up my bridesmaid dress for Bri's wedding and thank god it zipped! I was very glad to have her with me - I never have friends around! We also went to Michaels and talked about some craft projects - which I thought I was going to do, but now I don't think I have time... :( But Lynn offered to make our programs and I'm so excited to see the final product! She has this Gocco machine that I'm not even going to try and describe because I have no idea - but I know it produces some cool things. I'm very thankful for her to do them for us!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Guest Do's & Don'ts

I found this great list in Bride's magazine on my way back from my bachelorette party & couples shower in Minnesota! It was eye opening for me being that it's wedding season in our lives right now..... so I thought I'd share.

  • DO RSVP by the Deadline, even if you already told the bride that you'd definitely be there. (RSVPs are the hardest thing to get out of people lately....from my experience & others)
  • DON'T call the Bride the day of the wedding for ANY reason.
  • DO stay upbeat when you talk to the Bride during the months before the big day. She wants to hear that you are excited, not that you have to rearrange your work schedule or can't afford a hotel.
  • DON'T wear white OR cream. Enough Said.
  • DO book your hotel and airfare early. Many couples include logistical details (like where to stay) on their web sites, along with the name of whom to contact with questions - if not the couple, then a parent or a member of the bridal party. (We don't have a contact person, but I like the concept)
  • DON'T bring a gift to the wedding - it might get lost or damaged. The couple will have enough to lug home already. (I think for some people the concept of this is hard because they have been used to it in the past... but makes most sense for the couple)
  • DO make a point of greeting the bride & groom. They'll have people around them all night, so it's okay to wait - not hover nearby. (Put down your drink before going for the big hug).
  • DON'T show up late to the ceremony or reception, as weddings tend to run on an invisible - but tight - time line. (I'm at fault for doing this... but it was due to getting lost... no excuses leave early. )
  • DO help get the party started. That means being one of the first people to hit the dance floor. (I've never had a problem doing this with friends).
  • DON'T change your table at the reception. You risk upsetting the seating plans delicate balance.
  • DO let the DJ do his job, which means not bugging him with requests - the couple have probably labored over the playlist and have a specific idea about the music they want.
  • DON'T take the centerpieces home unless you're told you can. They might be earmarked for charity - or the bride's relatives.
  • DO send any photos you take to the couple ASAP - they'll be grateful to hae some shots to show around.
  • DO follow up with the newlyweds if you've sent a gift but haven't received a thank-you note within three months.