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Invitations

April 30, 2009

Unlike 99% of brides, I will not be sending out save-the-date cards. We’re cost-cutting here. So instead I will be sending out my invitations earlier than standard invitations are sent, but later than save the dates. It took me a bit of time to find an invitation I liked AND fit budget. Thankfully, Whitney English had a sale through Paper Concierge and I found what I was looking for. They are called Ribbon Lattice Pink and I think quite cute. Tomorrow, I’ll take the time to order some address stickers, but I haven’t decided on which of those to get.

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I think this will be my hairstyle

April 11, 2009

the-wedding-hair

Bridal Meltdown #1

April 9, 2009

I suppose it had to happen. The bigger question is how many more times will it happen?

My semester is INSANE. I’ll be done in the middle of May, but until then I have no time to breath, sleep, or socialize, must less time to plan my wedding. I can only do very basic things. Like my guest list and buy invitations and get a photographer. Those things I can do. I’ve pushed off the flowers to my sister, Katie, and my Aunt Dom. Food will be taken care of my my ridiculously talented family. About a week ago I was spazzing about getting everything done in time and mother informed me of two things.

#1 Most of her planning was done during the last month

#2 It’s my wedding. I can have the traditions I want. I can throw out what I don’t want. I can invite who I want and cut who I want. In the end, I get that final call on all aspects. The only person higher than me is the minister.

Of course, I don’t want to throw out the canary with the cage (did you like that new cliche there?) on that second point. I don’t want to be a bridezilla or forget that the service is first and foremost a worship experience. It does mean that I don’t have to make choices that make me straight upset. I do not have to have a cake. I can have cupcakes. I do not have to have a traditional Anglican wedding. It can be blended. I can top my guest list at 200 and I can say these are the hymns that I want.

I already bent on something I was dead set on, and it’s made a ripple of changes through the wedding. It’s made me incredibly unhappy, but I can’t change it now.

I should state this is not my dream wedding. This is not even my daydream wedding from doodling in class as a 16 year old dreaming of Adam King. No, this is my I-don’t-even-have-the-money-for-a-photographer-or-invitations wedding. The only thing that is even somewhat satisfactory is the color. That I got. So, excuse me if I want to have a few things my way.

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Feathers

April 2, 2009

I love feathers. I think they decorate items quite well. Feathers can be cute and girly, ie the feather boas at Claires, or they can be elegant like beautiful evening purses. If I’m visiting a farm (it’s been a while), I never hesitate to pick up any lose peacock feathers I find on the ground. I had quite a collection as a child.

So I love the feather ideas on Southern Weddings Magazine. I have been considering using feathers in my centerpieces at the reception. You can get them inexpensively.

The problem with feathers, and this is why I hesitate, is that feather harvesting is a horrible thing. Unless it’s a guaranteed company that ONLY collects feathers that have fallen to the ground, than the feathers are being plucked from the bird. Of course, chicken feathers and goose feathers can be collected from a dead one. Often birds that are killed for food, their feathers are taken after they are dead. Ostrich feathers, pheasant feathers, the nice feathers people use for decoration, those are taken from the bird live. They are left alive so that the feathers can come back and be plucked again. Have you seen a plucked spot on a bird? It is not a painless procedure for the bird. So unless Hobby Lobby can guarantee me some happy birds, I’ll have to live with fake feathers or no feathers.

It’s hard being moral!

I want it to look like this, please.

March 31, 2009

A collage of pictures I have found to describe my wedding. The dress is the bridesmaids dress.

A collage of pictures I have found to describe my wedding. The dress is the bridesmaids dress.

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What will it look like – service

March 27, 2009

A part of the service that I noticed is ignored on many bridal websites is the wedding ceremony, itself.

Sure, there are ideas for invitations, RSVP cards, flowers, cakes, dresses, and OMG pomanders!!! Little detail is given to what is happening in the service. It’s not a huge deal if you’re Roman Catholic or Orthodox. Everything is planned out for you. Even in the Anglican church, it can be pretty easily taken care of for you. What does a Disciples of Christ groom and a Charismatic Ortho-Anglican do for their wedding. Well, the bride stresses out for months, and the groom tells her no one will care. She stresses out a little bit more, but then realizes the groom is correct.

So much thought has gone into the service. Matthew has had much say because we are both concerned that the wedding is a worship service and not a pagent of me. There will be Eucharist, by intinction. There will be congragational hymns instead of “special music.” There is no throwing of rice and no unity candle. It will be liturgical, it will be protestant, and it will be a little charismatic.

Yeah, no one but the bride and groom will be happy with it. Frak.

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Hello world!

March 5, 2009
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Hello Everyone, Welcome to our wedding blog! We’re using this blog to help share our details and up-to-date information surrounding our special day. We’ll continue to update this site as time goes on so keep checking in!

Lots Of Love,

Amber Lee and Matt