Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Why didn't I think of this?

from my kindred, A Practical Wedding

Love Love Love my custom cake toppers!!!

I got ordered my new totally cute, custom cake toppers from Naked Peggies on I just sent Suzy a picture of us, gave her a description of our wedding attire and she crafted these adorable peggies just for us!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Booked a Photographer

I found Whitney Lee photography on Offbeat Bride back in September and was impressed with the photojournalistic style of the pictures. I figured I could find someone in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex with an equal amount of talent, but no dice. We have booked Leah Muse, also profiled on Offbeat Bride, Whitney Lee's second in command for our big day.

Check out their fabulous photos!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Bridal Brigade attire

I've been thinking about this one a lot. My goal is to create a unique look without putting anyone out $300 on an outfit they will never wear again. I had tossed around the idea of black and lavender, but it will be hot as hell and don't want my lovely Brigadeers melting in the afternoon heat. I found some beautiful dresses on J.

Ok, so that one costs $300 and is sooooooooooo not required wearing or anything like that, but is a beautiful dress along the lines I was thinking. There are some other lavender/lilac dresses on there around $100. Need some feedback on this one Brigadeers...does everyone look good in lavender/lilac? Would you prefer doing black? I am not going to pick out matching dresses that everyone has to buy, but would like a unified color statement, purple family, lilac or black. I don't care if you buy the outfit at the thrift store for $2, as long as everyone is comfortable and looks good.

For our male Brigadeer and TBD groomsmen, linen slacks and white button downs with coordinating ties OR Guayabera shirts!!

George is thinking he will wear a linen suit.

Thoughts? Comments? Feedback?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Wedding Website is up!

George has designed a killer wedding website! It's up and functional at

It's a work in progress, more pages will be fleshed out and content edited, so check back in a few days for updates.

Also check out the really cool Song Request feature! Send in song requests to be played at the reception!

Bridal Brigade Bouquet Prototype

So here is a pic of progress on the Bridal Brigader bouquet prototype. I make tulle petals out of 4x4 pieces of lilac tulle and crafting wire, then use floral tape to secure them together into tulle flowers. I make stems out of the bead stick, lovebirds and silver ornaments and stick them into a styrofoam bouquet holder. Bouquet costs roughly $10. It is really tedious making all those little petals and takes a yard of tulle for each bouquet. I wrapped the bouquet holder with green ribbon and secured with corsage pins.

So what do you think? It is a prototype so the remaining four bouquets will be copies of this original.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Madness rears its ugly head

Wedding planning frustration is at a peak right now. My mom said it best today that I was trying to plan a champagne wedding on a beer budget, which is fairly accurate. My parents had an extremely simple, family-only wedding and an at-home dinner reception. They just don't understand why I don't want the same thing. My mother is being very generous and giving me a moderate sum of $ to use any which way I like, although she still doesn't understand that I want to be surrounded by all of my favorite people, that this is a great celebration of love and should be honored with the best party I've ever planned. On the other side of the coin, my future in laws have a completely opposite expectation of what the wedding should be, an elegant affair with tuxedos. I am unfortunately stuck between these two worlds and attempting to meet the expectations of both, which is proving impossible.

I wish I could plan this event with the detachment that I plan wine dinners and tastings or negotiate with the parents the way I do with clients, but I am so wrought with emotion that conflict just makes a lump rise in my throat and tears of frustration come to my eyes. After all, I'm marrying the man of my dreams and I just want everything to be perfect and everybody to be happy. I'm pouring my heart and soul into every detail and hearing "You can't do that!" or "You absolutely must do ____!" is driving me nucking futs.

The end result will turn out exactly as I want and the day will be remembered by everyone. What I need is free rein, $5k and for everyone else to keep their opinions to themselves until I ask for it.

Who knew that planning a wedding was so friggin' stressful?