Saturday, August 30, 2008

Pew Cones - Decision

I owe you a post about how the "trial" pew cone worked out. Lindsey kindly took it home with her and gave it a shot in church for me. Here are the results.

The decision is...we're doing them! smile Not bad for a random bunch of flowers I grabbed from Michael's. You'll notice the styrofoam cone isn't covered. I've purchased some ivory poly-satin fabric to cover the cones in the "real" version. I plan to wrap the cones in some brown ribbon and then add the accent flowers in our colors. I have the cones and holders on order from Save on Crafts. They should arrive next week. Still in search of the perfect ribbon.

The one thing we're still slightly unsure about is how to keep the cones securely on the pews. Lindsey said these stayed, but if someone would bump one it might slip off.

I bought this holder from Michael's also. My hope is that the ones I've ordered from Save on Crafts will attach tighter, as their website claims:

Plastic clip expands to securely attach to various pew or chair widths.

Keeping my fingers crossed on that one. neutral My parents will be in town next weekend. We plan to craft these (sans flowers - my future mother-in-law will be helping me with those) and work on the out-of-town gift bags. That'll be two more big checks off the list!


Friday, August 29, 2008

RSVP's Rolling In...

Sort of. confused

With a week left to go before their due date, here is the RSVP count as it stands today:

  • Returned: 63
    • Attending: 102 people
    • Not Attending: 43 people
  • Not Returned: 73
Yep, you read that right. We're still waiting on over half! This just speaks to people's procrastination, doesn't it?! If you read this blog and have not yet returned your RSVP, shame on you! Nah, just kidding. wink But send it back within the coming week, will ya... If not, you're going to be receiving a phone call or email. I'm just warning you!! razz


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Shower Recap

I interrupt this recent lack of blogging for a NEW blog post...

Sunday was my bridal shower! And my fantastic bridesmaids put on a helluva good shin-dig... The girls rented the local Knights of Columbus hall and decorated it up. They incorporated the fall wedding theme into the shower by decorating in oranges and browns and bringing in the leaf theme.

Too cute, right? The mums were a gorgeous burnt orange and the candles and ribbons were so pretty. Some of the centerpieces were used as prizes for the games that were played. I'll get to those in a minute. But first, check out this snazzy cake.

Pretty neat how they made the burnt orange mums with icing....whipped icing, nonetheless. Yum! I did forgo my "eating healthy" regime for this one day and had a piece of cake. A girl's got to splurge at her own bridal shower, right?! smile

Once the guests started to arrive, the food was brought out. And boy was there a lot of it! We had sandwich wraps, pasta salad, fruit, a cheese ball, fruit salsa...and my all time favorite, punch with orange sherbet! Fits in nicely with our orange wedding colors...

Before we cut the cake, we snapped a quick picture of me, my mom, and my grandma.

The girls got several compliments on the food, so I think everyone really enjoyed it.

including me...After everyone tummies were full, Lindsey started off the festivities with a game. She had made up this book and on each page there was a little poem.

I got to read the first page. It said "This game is really easy and we hope that you have fun, no one can tell who the winner will be until the game is done! Each page of rhymes will tell you exactly what to do. They will lead you to the winner, perhaps it will be you!"

Then I read the second page, which said "Roses are red, violets are blue. Now please pass this book to the person who is just left of you."

And so it began. The book got passed to the person with the most recent birthday, the bluest eyes, the longest hair, the smallest purse, the newest bride, who had been married the longest, etc. until we finally reached the end. The winner, my aunt Christy, got to sign the last page of the book and I now have it for a keepsake. Such a creative, fun idea...and one I had never seen before!

After that, I began opening some presents. I'm not much for being the center of attention, but once I got over that it was fun!

Here I am reacting to a pair of underwear. redface

I received so many nice things! In the middle of gift opening, Lindsey started another game. This one was all about what items you carry around in your purse. She had a list of items and would call them off 1 by 1.

If a guest had the item she was looking for, they would get a point. And she was a stickler, let me tell you. She walked around checking, to make sure no one was pulling one over on her!

You can see the purse digging frenzy this created!

A prize was given to the person with the most points and the least points. The winner only had 12 out of 25 items...only a mere 50%!

I opened a few more gifts after that...

Check out this wrapping our colors and everything!

And I got this fantastic basket o' goodies from Jen, Lindsey and Lisa.

It included 5 bottles of wine, each with a different tag attached. One said 1st Dinner Party, another said 1st House Together (As a Married Couple), another 1st Christmas, 1st Anniversary, and 1st Baby. So a bottle of wine to drink on each of life's monumental occasions. The Christmas bottle even had an ornament attached...and the 1st Baby bottle had a rattle attached (which I won't lie...kind of freaked me out a bit..!). They had also included our framed engagement announcement, two wine glasses, wine markers, some dishtowels, and yummy chocolate. SUCH a cute idea!!

I think everybody really had a good time and I got to speak to most everyone before they left. Even the kids were living it up!

And look at all these fantastic gifts (they even come with a baby...ha, ha)!

Here are the girls (sans Lisa my CA bridesmaid - we missed you!) who made the shower such a success. Many thanks gals!


Wednesday, August 20, 2008

First Dress Fitting

Last night I had my first appointment with the alterations lady at the dress shop. She was a hoot and a holler, let me tell you. She was a very nice lady and obviously had lots of experience, but that didn't stop me from getting slightly uneasy when she started cutting off the bottom of my dress with a scissors. eek Is this normal?! I was expecting a lot of pinning action! Anyway, I'll get to that in a minute.

It started off harmless enough. I put on my slip, dress, and shoes and proceeded out to the main area of the shop. Then I stood very still and quiet while she started pinning up my boob area...because we all knew that would have to be taken in! What wonders a few pins make. It felt much better after that. Then she asked me if I wanted cups sewn in. It actually felt okay without them, but after she put one in one side and I compared it was obvious I needed the cups. It at least gave the illusion that I had some shape up there! razz

Then came the scary part. She had me hold up the top layer of my dress, while she started snipping away with the scissors on the under-layer of my dress. I told her I was glad she was doing that and not me, to which she replied "I get that all the time." Ha. And then this random customer watching the whole thing mentioned how scary this must be, to which I replied "It's only the under-layer so I'm not worried." And the alterations lady said, "Oh, I'm doing this to the top layer too." What? Oh boy. pins, just scissors?! I tried not to look at she snipped away the pretty ivory taffeta from the top layer of my dress...and before I knew it, it was over. And I have to say, it looked great. She cuts a very straight line! biggrin Crisis averted.

The final step was to find the perfect bustle. Due to the cut of my dress, she said the french bustle would look funny, so she just started playing around and doing her own thing. What she came up with looked fabulous. It followed the cut of my dress perfectly and didn't look uneven, as the french bustle would of. I'll leave you with a sneak peak of the bustle she came up with. I have my next appointment in a month, so hopefully everything with the dress will be perfect and I'll be able to take it home for the last time before the wedding!


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Weekend Projects

I actually had a nice, relaxing weekend this last week. We had some of Nate's golfing buddies over on Friday night and then I was left on my own Saturday while the guys played in a golf tournament.

I finished up a bit of wedding shopping and did a couple of projects on my "to do" list. The first thing I wanted to do was make tags for some of the wedding gifts and other "holders" of wedding goodies. I'll keep the tags I made for the wedding gifts a surprise, but here are the others I made. I don't know if you recall the baskets that were purchased awhile back, but my purpose for these is to hold the ceremony programs and the bubbles we painstakingly tied ribbons on. So here are the tags I created. Do you think we'll know what to put in which basket now? wink

Not too bad, I'd say. And relatively quick too.

I also made a tag in a similar style that will be attached to the card box we made last month.

One other thing I had been thinking about was leaving a little welcome bag for all the out-of-town guests making the trip for our wedding. I decided to put together a bag o' goodies that they will be handed when checking in. I wanted to keep it relatively inexpensive, but cute. I though we could get away with using these brown gift bags, if I dressed them up a bit.

I added our monogram as a label to the front of the bag. Then I created a tag, kind of playing off of our save the dates, to attach to the handles of the bag with raffia ribbon. Kind of gives it an earthy, fall sort of look.

Not bad for a paper sack! smile I plan to fill these with water, snacks, and visitor information--so hopefully out guests won't go thirsty, hungry, or get lost!



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