Wednesday, May 30, 2007

DC Hotel Deal!

For any of you looking for hotel blocks or hotel deals for the DC area, here's one:

$99 -- Washington D.C. Hotel thru Summer, 50% OFF http://www.travelzoo.com/Top20.asp?nd=207302990
Source: The Holiday Inn on the Hill

Saturday, May 26, 2007

249 and Staple Gun Hand

I am phenomenal! If I do humbly say so myself!

I just spent the last 2 days diligently staplegunning my way to wedding invitation nirvana. I had this idea (many called it crazy, some more polite, called it 'ambitious') to create satin pillow invitations.

Well, lots of pillow material - and even more staplegunning later (I've got the sore staple gun hands to prove it), I have produced 249 invitation bases (yea, it's a big wedding). Why 249? Well, that's when the pillow portion ran out - and if you had spent as much time as I did staple gunning, you wouldn't be cutting out any more pillow material either.... I really wanted 250. But, hey, even the ever ambitious know when to fold em - I'm well content to settle, 249 has a nice ring to it.

Next step: once the thermographied paper returns from the printer, I will apply them to the pillows. Everything will be right with the world.....

P.S. I'll post pictures and directions once the invitations are complete.

Friday, May 18, 2007

List and Lists of things to do! Oh MY!

I have countless lists of things to do. Projects to complete. And decisions to make.

  1. As I mentioned before, got to get a cake - or some sort of sugary cuttable confection. I think our final decision is the ultra modern unevenly stackable square (minus all the color):

  2. Every newly minted couple that has just entered spousedom had to get around in style, it's written somewhere, and I suppose we're no different a couple. However, we've eschewed the limo - deeming it passe for a 10 minute ride to the chapel - in favor of a fleet of sleek sedans, ala (haven't quite decided which). The great thing about going this route is that the cars serve a dual function of actual transportation (hmmm!) for the weekend for the bridal party. Now you're thinking! For our getaway from the church, we'll be taking a more traditional jaunt in this.

  3. I am still in search for an updo stylist - and quite miffed about paying double for what is dubbed "wedding hair" with no discernible difference between going to a fancy party hair. I am seriously contemplating getting 'going to a fancy party hair,' and just conveniently leaving out the fact that I'll be getting married that day.

  4. We need to form some sort of registry - although Mr. AM and I are decidedly blase about the whole thing - we'd seriously rather the cold, green cash. But, we're going to dutifully pick out some registry items for posterity and then let the chips fall where they may.

  5. I'm in brainstorming mode for place cards and place card holders. Haven't decided what I'd like to do - but know that I must decide soon to ensure adequate project time. Along those lines I also have to create menu cards.

  6. I'm also in brainstorming mode for the programs. What to do? Soooo many choices. What type of ceremony do we want? What readings? What font? hah. But seriously, perhaps when we sit down with the Reverend we can make some of these decisions together.

Hmmmm, I think that's the partial list of the BIG list of things to do. Busy busy busy.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

New Mission

Well actually,

2 of 23 or so new missions. But, who's counting? This mission, we'll call it number 2 is the cake. Yes, I have NO idea who's making the cake. Why have I left it so long? Because I'm ambivalent about the cake. While I want a pretty cake as the next person, it just hasn't been that important to me, and more importantly, I just cannot decide what I want! Cupcakes, tiered cakes, single cakes. I don't know why this decision should be so hard to make. But it is.

I've been collecting pictures along the way.
One of each, here are some of the images I've liked thus far:

Photobooth Revisited

So now that exams are done, I've settled back in the wedding saddle - about to take off at a determined trot as someone mentioned to me the other day, "there's almost less than 90 days." Uh, thanks.

Soooo, photobooth verdict - they're a tad expensive. Well, at least more than I wanted to spend....

I checked out one company that I thought was kinda cool, http://usnaps.com/. I liked them because they're a digital photobooth. Kinda cool. Kinda cool.

They have a deluxe package which includes unlimited free downloads for you and all your guests, and a High res DVD for a cool $1950.

I was a little shocked by the price so I never inquired what a paired down package may be.

But if this suits your budget, it sounds like great fun!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Final Decisions but More to Make

So after leaning towards black, short, bubble-hemmed gowns, with strappy-shoes, and then being pulled back into reality by the objections of my sister (one of my maids) who was repulsed by my selection of black, I decided to go ahead and try the gown on myself. I’ve always had a rule that I would NEVER ask my maids to wear a gown that I would not wear myself. Given that all but one of my maids is short like me, I had to laugh when I saw how terrible this gown looked on a small short frame. I know I am ridiculously short but this was ridiculous…even on my tippiest toes. No amount of pinning could have convinced me that this dress would ever work or pass muster with my girls. I could hear my sisters now telling me how much it looked like a curtain… and it was heavy… more like a comforter. I just imagined my sisters sweltering in the August swamp that is DC and realized that I had averted disaster by seeing the dress in person. It never ceases to amaze me how different bridesmaids gowns look in person as opposed to on the computer. Which is why I was so pleasantly surprised when I discovered this Amsale gown was far more beautiful in person and on than online. And so I made my final decision. We are back to chocolate brown!

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My maids will wear this gown (with a slightly higher neck, but identical in every way) in chocolate brown satin.

It is VERY lightweight and looks gorgeous on... even someone short like me. It has a slight train which my maids are happy about and has a dropped waist like my gown... so all is well in the world.

Fortunately, M and I were also able to find the perfect gown to compliment this choice for his daughter.

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My step-daughter absolutely ADORES the gown and spent a good twenty minutes spinning and jumping and dancing like a ballerina around Hannelores. Fortunately, the women there were much nicer than those I encountered during my first experience there a year or so ago. (Yes, I have been planning for a WHILE now ☺) So we'll be ordering this gown in ivory and then have an Amsale chocolate brown sash made to match the bridesmaids. Unfortunately, the brown that is available through this company (LadyBug) is very different from the deep chocolate brown... so hopefully this will work out OK.

In the meantime, we just signed our contract for the reception location! So, I could not be happier… it is all coming together. Now we just need to find a church, a DJ, a florist, a limo company, tuxedos, a veil, jewelry, shoes, and a place to honeymoon. With only 3 months to go, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. Am I in over my head? With 2 more final exams for my 1L year in law school.. I must say that I think I very well may be. As much as the reasonable person might be. Oh well….