Friday, July 17, 2009

A variety of things on my mind...

Just thought I'd share (and hopefully seek opinions on) some of the following things that are swirling around in my head at the 70 day to wedding mark!!

1. Does anyone out there have any experience with palladium vs. platinum for a wedding band for Mr. OBX. The price difference is HUGE (palladium is less than half of platinum for the band he wants).

2. Will an eternity wedding band for me look funny with an engagement ring that only has stones 1/2 way around the band (non eternity)?

3. How bad will it be if I send my wedding invitations out 7 weeks (instead of 8 weeks) before the wedding? In the midst of a semi-crisis with invitations...

4. I'd like to do beer koozies as one favor (to encourage people drinking out of bottles b/c I have to rent every glass, fork, plate, etc. separately and I am terrified of running out) and then cute Adirondack chairs as another favor. My parents think the koozies are tacky (may I remind you that we are getting married in the Outer Banks, very casual), so I counter with the fact that the family can now have these cute favors: (image from http://www.favor-favor.com, I'd make my own place/table cards with a little more flair than these)

5. Also to go with the Adirondack idea (our cake toppers will also be two white Adirondack chairs), I'd like to set up two Adirondack chairs by the Sound (where our ceremony will take place), and somehow set up a camera with a timer gadget so that people can take pictures of themselves - my thought is that I can then mail them the pics with my thank you cards. Thoughts on how to accomplish this?

My head is full of a million details that seem to have to get done NOW!! Good thing Mom OBX is in town for dress fitting number 1 this afternoon.


Blogger Becky said...

I think the beer kookies are more practical. I think the Adirondack chairs are cute, definitely cute on top of the cake and probably would make a great photo when they are all set up but honestly I think it's one of those favors that you're not sure what you're gonna do with after. I love your photo idea with the actual adirondack chairs. Quick crazy idea, maybe you could do something with actual ad-chairs and put seating cards on them...idk...I'm all about practical and buying things that might be useful after. Good luck!! :-)

Friday, July 17, 2009 10:26:00 AM  
Blogger Miss Fairfax said...

I've never actually Seen a palladium ring but from what I've Heard, it's basically just like platinum and should be fine. We're thinking of doing palladium for our wedding bands.

I need to figure out the photo booth question myself! I will probably just post the photos online to share with guests and they can order prints if they want them. Mayyybe we'll buy the prints and send with thank-you cards but we'll have to see what our financial situation is by then, we may be poor as church mice.

Friday, July 17, 2009 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm all for hte koozies! i really wanted to do them too (i collect them) but in the end had other ideas and didn't want to spend more money. i think they're perfect for an OBX weddding and at least they're something people will use again, not just throw in the trash once they get home.

Friday, July 17, 2009 5:01:00 PM  
Blogger Mommy Be My Name said...

We did koozies for our gift bags this spring and they were a big hit! I was relieved because I thought they might be tacky. But, we just put the date, location and a cute picture (leaving out our names so it would cut down on the tacky potential). Customkoozies.com was great to work with.

Friday, July 17, 2009 8:48:00 PM  
Blogger Bob Liddle said...

We did koozies. we used www.kustomkoozies.com and they had a bunch of wedding artwork to choose from. Tacky? not really. But definitely fun.

Saturday, July 18, 2009 6:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) From a buyers guide:
"The fact is Palladium is pure, natural, less dense, hard, hypoallergenic, whiter, and most importantly, economical. Worldwide in 2005 more jewelry units were sold in Palladium than in platinum.

Palladium is not a "man made" or fabricated metal. Its is mined in its natural state. It is white, light, and strong. It never needs rhodium and is a platinum group metal. Palladium is less dense than Platinum and thus weighs less. It polishes brighter than platinum and is harder than either platinum or gold. Palladium is very affordable and more comparable to gold in its pricing."

My fiance is actually getting a tungsten carbide ring. It's a hard metal according to the MOS hardness scale and has a nice weight. It can be removed in case of emergencies although there is a common misconception that they can't. A friend of ours has a palladium ring. He loves it.

It really depends on your fiance's preference. A lot of it is more aesthetic preference than anything else.

2) Get the band you love:-) I don't think it will look funny.

3) I am sending my invites out 6 weeks due to a major printing set back.

4) I think koozies are a great favor, esp if you're serving beers in bottles.

5) Cute pic idea of the adirondack chairs. You can hook up an slr camera with a computer tether and set it to take time lapse pictures. Or you can set up the camera on a tripod with a note that lets guests know that the camera is set on a ten second delay so they need to press the shutter and hurry up and sit down.

Good luck with the planning! it all sounds like fun:-)

Saturday, July 18, 2009 9:08:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Both my husband and I have palladium rings and we love them. I had white gold for a bit while they were making our rings and it was constantly getting scratched and needed whitening. Our rings look just like platinum and don't scratch easily. The price is just a bonus.

Monday, July 20, 2009 11:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the "photo booth" idea....at weddings I've been to they had tied a little remote to the camera with ribbon and you just hit the button to take the picture while you were standing in the designated spot.

Also, I've seen people use real Adirondack chairs as a "guest book" where you have your guests write/sign them with sharpies.

Monday, July 20, 2009 9:15:00 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

Ohh SUCH good ideas - thank you all!! Wow, very very excited :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 8:18:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

As far as your platinum/palladium ring debate goes, I hope I can share a little insight on the topic...
While both platinum and palladium are much better white metal choices than white gold, I would recommend that you go with platinum. It's heavier than palladium, which to me is symbolically significant, and it's also the most rare of the precious metals. Platinum is also a lot cheaper now than it has been in the past, so I see it as an investment in the future... something that you will be able to pass on to your children. I hope you're happy with whatever you choose, but I would definitely suggest spending a little more on platinum!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 3:49:00 PM  

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