Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Big Plans, Tight Budgets
Hey, you're not the only one asking yourself that question. According to Time magazine, lots of brides are. Here's a little of what they're reporting:
"According to the Wedding Report, a research firm that compiles stats on the wedding industry, the average cost of an American wedding rose to $28,732 in 2007, as the festivities have grown increasingly elaborate and personalized. But for the first time in almost a decade, that number is forecast to drop slightly this year, to $28,704. Nearly half of caterers and event planners surveyed by the National Association of Catering Executives (NACE) in March said they were seeing declines in wedding spending in response to the economic slowdown; 12% even reported wedding cancellations because of financial concerns."
Now isn't that interesting. What's your take on this whole scale back situation? Have you found yourself dealing with it? Or it is just business as usual for you? Let me know...
Operation: Love Reunited
Affordable Bridesmaid Dresses
A Bride in Need Deserves Help Indeed!
This young bride reached out to us because she needs someone to re-book her vendors. You see, due to a family emergency, she's had to cancel her wedding completely. Can you imagine? Being so near "I do" and having to postpone everything? Unfortunately, they could lose their deposits unless one of you spectacular brides can help her re-book a few vendors, specifically the Loyola Alumni Chapel, Westminster Hall (reception), the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble (entertainment) and Signature Catering.
Rest assured she won't be making a profit from this, you'll pay the vendors directly. She'll only receive her deposits back, which will help her pay medical bills and take care of other necessary expenses.
If you can help, or know someone who can, give Mrs. Nearlywed a shout by clicking the "Email Me" button on the right. Thanks in advance for being fabulous!
Thursday, May 29, 2008
We are ALL TOPS!
Several weeks ago, I heard Guy Kawasaki speak here in Houston. He has nothing to do with weddings - but lots to do with marketing. (Matter of fact, he is mentioned several times in Harry Beckwith's "Selling the Invisible" book.) He has a site called alltop.com which has different "channels" for different topics.I shamelessly begged that they create a wedding channel. I sent them a list full of URLs to include. It finally launched today!
I Love That! That's so what this business and even more so Life is all about, being Intentional about something..."Anything".
Enough for the Life Lesson the other great news is -we're on the site! Head on over and take a peek at a great list of fantastic wedding blogs.
All photos credited to Sarah Bussey Photography
^ I know this HAS to be the first time you've seen a turtle shell used in a wedding. If it isn't then I definitely need to hear details.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
^ Gorgeous bride and amazing shot
^ The Earthquake begins and the photographer keeps clicking
Photos found at Photoshelter...click to see more.
Getting With The Program
Some of those details are programs, menus, escort & place cards, and menu cards. There was just one thing I was sure of when it came to these things : I wanted to have nothing to do with them. Yep, I'm sick of the small details.
Sure, I COULD do them and probably save some money, but I'm at the point in my life where my time is more valuable to me so I don't mind throwing out some cash. And I never want to think about font, color, or paper again. So where do I go when I'm looking for someone craftier then me? Etsy of course.
Specifically the shop of Etsy seller andbear. I was browsing for programs and found these programs pictured below in her shop
^ The programs are one long piece of 110 lbs. cardstock with info on the front and back. And they are only $1.25 each. Naturally andbear can design these to fit you wedding colors/design. I was also psyched b/c in the listing it said she could also do other items like menus!
So I contacted andbear, told her the info I wanted on the programs, showed her my invites, and below is what she came up with!
^Click to enlarge
^Here is the back with the order of the service. I didn't want a giant booklet with tons of thank-yous and explanations. Like most things I just wanted something simple.
^And here are our menus! You can enlarge to see what we'll be dining on.
Andbear also designed escort cards, place cards and table numbers based off of our invites. So for 35 programs, 70 menus, 70 escort cards, 70 place cards, and 9 table number cards I only paid $180 plus shipping! That small investment was well worth keeping my sanity!
FI and I ordered our Main invitation from Paper-source, and I showed you the other day, so we are getting that letter pressed. We purchased the pocket folds from Paper Presentation as I blogged about earlier but they just came in the other day. The look great and the stardream silver is the perfect color!
We purchased the large sheets of Stardream Quartz from paper-source and had them cut down at Kinkos, along with our Stardream Mars Paper which we are using for the backing of the invitation. I love seeing the idea I had in my head starting to come to life.
I believe we even found the paper we want to line the envelopes, unfortunately the picture loading device is not working for me, it could be because I am posting at work? Tonight I will try to upload the pictures and show everyone!
Since we are using a pocket fold we need an A 7.5 Envelope--so we had to special order these. We had wanted to get them in the dark red, but Paper-Source only has them in so many colors so we ordered them in the Stardream Quartz. We are doing a trial of lining the envelopes tonight, so I will definitely take some pictures and share!
It is so exciting every day seeing different pieces of the project come together. Now FI and I are in the process of purchasing a printer, we are leaning towards an Epson, since we have heard rave reviews, but if anybody has any suggestions please let me know!
I will try to upload pictures later--I'm heading to Chicago tomorrow for one of my best friends Bachelorette party, but I will try to load them before I leave! Happy Memorial Day everyone!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
In My Perfect Wedding World
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Registering for Sheets?
Marching To Your Own Drummer
Photos credited to John Michael Cooper of alt.f from the wedding of Staysi and David
Monday, May 19, 2008
Kate Landry Bow Frame Clutch
Thankfully with less then a week to go I've past the point of online shopping. Nothing I could order now would get to me on time without paying extra shipping...which would kill the whole point of getting good deals online. My pocketbook breathes a sigh of relief.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
A Royal Wedding
^The Bride wore a $6,000 bespoke dress from British Designer Sassi Holford .
^She carried an elaborate if somewhat traditional bouquet. The crown was a loan from her new MIL Princess Ann
^The bridesmaid dresses were from Vera Wang
^Poor Princess Beatrice has inherited her Mother Fergie's style taste and not her Aunt Diana's
^Princess Ann was very appropriately dressed as the mother of the groom.
^And of course Prince William's girlfriend, Kate was there. He couldn't make it cause he was at another wedding. She represented the couple.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
When You Care Enough to Hit Send
^I'd love to send this one out after our wedding...some might take offense but a choice few will enjoy it.