Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Head Table Set-up

Heidi of Heidzillas posted these pictures of a headtable a while ago. I am in love with the mix and match feel of the tables - it will allow David and I to have a "sweetheart table" while still sitting with 12 of our nearest and dearest! Three round tables and two long rectangular table gives us all plenty of room, and is much more interesting than all long tables. Now we just have to decide where this table will be going - on the stage or against one of the walls.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Registering - Why did you choose that store?

So, I know that many people choose a store to register at because it's their favorite. Or because their family expects it. Would you believe I picked one of our stores because of our comforter?

That's right. JCPenney carries the Disney Resort collection. David and I differ quite a bit in our decorating styles. Mainly, I prefer blues, while he leans towards browns (which are the farthest from anything I do!). So when we were looking for a comforter, we knew it would be difficult. I went looking for the DR collection on a whim - I am so glad I did! Fiji fits both of us comfortably. I am so excited for when we can put it on our bed! We started our registry at JCP with the comforter and a few items to go with it. We haven't registered for everything yet, but I wanted to make sure that what we wanted most got on there!

How did you choose where to register?

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Wedding Website

So, as many other brides these days, I've been working on our wedding website. This will be for our friends and family to find out more information. I know the basics - include the registry info, addresses for all of the places people will need to find, room blocks. That's about where I get stuck. I'm using momentville, because theirs seemed pretty nice for free. Our specific address is, which, though a tad long, is easy enough to remember. Any suggestions on other things to add?!? Has anyone had great success with their website? If so, please share it!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I was tagged by AmyJean at The Relentless Bride, so here goes nothing. 6 things that make me happy, in no particular order...

1. David. Photobucket Phone call, text, hug.... he makes my days happier. Knowing that I get to spend the rest of my life with him = happiest of all!

2. Animals
(source: Gulf World Marine Park photogs)

Dogs, dolphins, cats, horses.... if it's fuzzy and loveable, it makes me happy. Swimming with the dolphins, playing with my dog Jager at home.... great stress relief!

3. Books and reading.
I have loved to read for as long as I can remember. Curling up with a book and entering a different world makes my day. Even a bad book is better that not getting to read. In fact, the only time I was ever grounded, I wasn't allowed to read for 24 hours. That was the worst punishment my parents could come up with!

4. Disney

Yes, Disney made me happy long before David proposed. I have loved watching their movies (my all time favorite is "Beauty and the Beast," and yes, I do in fact know every single word). Going to the World is like a little piece of home, only better because everyone is happy (my saying? No crying in Disney World). Disney is a small piece of childhood that it's totally ok to pull forward into adulthood!

5. Music

Music is such a large part of my life. Yes, I'm a music teacher, yes, I met David through band and I'm a proud band geek. There is some truth to the saying that music is the universal language. A child from Iraq who barely spoke English visited our school while being treated at the local hospital - he may not have understood the words that I said, but he got into the music! Music has been my creative outlet when others failed, and it has been a soother when my heart was broken.

6. My friends and family.
Cliche though it is, I am so thankful for the people that surround me. My family has been behind me for everything I've done - my friends are there to catch me when I fall. David may not have a big family, but I'm definitely getting a "friend family" in all of his fraternity brothers!

I tag...
1. Jennifer at She Nests
2. Carly at Being Carly
3. Hannah Noel at That Girl
4. Cate Subrosa at Project Subrosa
5. Rae at NoWealthButLife
6. Erin, The Prep-E Girl, at Everything According to Erin

Monday, July 13, 2009

Cigar Giveaway

Ok all.... two posts in one day, you have to know that free stuff is involved! Head over to The Relentless Bride for her Cigar Roller Giveaway. I copied most of her post so you know the details!

This week's giveaway is Great. It's something different that I think may appeal to not only my female readers, but my male readers or male friends of my female readers. I'm very excited b/c i'd love to see some fun stuff that are not just "girly" but also the items that may be considered more manly... Like a Cigar Roller from Coastal Cigar!!!

Coastal Cigars have awesome Cigar Roller Gift packs that would be perfect for groomsmen gifts, father's gifts and any cigar connoisseur... the service includes

* personalized cigar gift packs for social and corporate groups
* cigar tastings and cigar rolling demonstrations for special events
* premium wholesale humidors provided to restaurants, golf courses, hotels, resorts, grocery stores and other businesses of choice

And for you ladies who love cigas, they even have a Girls Night Out set that comes complete with a mini bottle of Kahlua and four Kahlua-flavored cigars, the perfect addition for a classy night on the town.

And today, and for the next TWO weeks on the Relentless Bride, we are giving away to one lucky reader, one “Boss Box”- containing four cigars, a cutter, and mini-bottle. The Boss Box will have the initials of the bride and groom along with the date and location of their wedding on the face of the box.

Now, head over there for the details on how to enter.... and if you aren't into cigars, you can let me have the prize, because I know someone who would LOVE this!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

11 months and counting..

11 months from yesterday, we'll be surrounded by family and friends, celebrating the night away. I can't wait!

In the interim, there are still things to be taken care of. One that has been slightly stressing me is the centerpieces. We thought we had found something great with the photo centerpieces -



the mock up that I made (not these!) left a lot to be desired. After lots of looking with very restricting requests (no floral, no candles) we finally happened on an idea that has the potential to be a winner: candy centerpieces!

Now, I had already thought and dismissed the candy idea. Remember the candy trees that I had considered? However, what about a centerpiece that didn't require all of the setup that the trees and other ideas would require? It was time to start looking for some inspiration pictures. Here are the ones that struck my fancy to begin with:





But now, where to get the candy? And where to find candy that matches our color scheme? And to find the containers?

Surprisingly, the candy was definitely the easiest part. Oriental Trading and Candy Warehouse were kind enough to supply a few hits! We've ordered samples of these from OT.




The red roses break into individually wrapped lollipops. My thought/plan is to also use white rock candy (my favorite!). We're looking for small containers right now. I love the look of sundae or parfait glasses, but haven't found any place that has them cheap just yet. We're going to need two per table to go with my vision, and we'll have somewhere between 31 and 38 tables.... so we would need at least 60 some odd containers. If anyone knows of someplace to find cheap cheap glassware (less than a dollar apiece) please fill me in!