This is hard to get over..

June 12, 2009

You know how we all have a list of things that went wrong on the big day?Β  I know I focused on it a good bit during the honeymoon, but you think, ok, get over it. You are married now!

One of the things that went wrong is really hard to get over for me. My “something old” wasn’t there on our big day. It was my great-grandmother’s rosary and, like many Catholic brides, had planned on having it weaved somehow in the bouquet. So, two weeks before, my maid of honor, Miss K, drives it over to my florist and drops it off.

Wedding day comes and she drops off our beautiful bouquets.

–interrupts story–

Photo of flowers taken by Mizz K. Aren’t they lovely?

–back to the story —

I’m still getting beautified by the miracle workers that are hair & make-up artists, so I just thank my florist so she can run to the church.

Ten minutes before I’m getting ready to climb in the limo, we each take our bouquets. They are breath-taking, gorgeous, wait…..where is my rosary?

It’s not there, so we look through the box in a panic. Nope. So, Miss K calls the florist. The florist immediately recognized her mistake — it was placed in another bride’s bouquet (who is currently on her honeymoon). So, I did not have my rosary on the wedding day.

It didn’t hit me as a big deal at first. I was so excited about getting married, but looking back on it, it is getting harder and harder to get over.

Thankfully, that bride didn’t throw it away or anything. I guess she thought it was something the florist threw in for her Catholic brides, so it needed to be returned? I’m also REALLY thankful that she didn’t throw away the original blue velvet box it came in.Β  We just got the blue velvet box back yesterday, along with the rosary, which my mom received separately while we were honeymooning.

I’m sure this sounds pathetic to some, but I guess it’s just that the thought of losing it (not to mention, not having it on the wedding day)Β  hurt SO many of my family members. I blame myself, because I trusted someone with a very important heirloom, where I could have just weaved it in myself on the wedding day. I guess that’s why it’s also so hard to get over.

Did you have something that happened on your wedding day that you are having trouble getting over?

More Martha Love…

October 29, 2008

As I mentioned in my last post, I love Martha Stewart. My absolute favorite wedding magazine is her Weddings magazine. She has wonderful inspiration pictures and most importantly, DIY projects.

I’m definitely incorporating a few of her projects into the wedding. Call me crazy but I LOVE crafts!

Ribbon Flowers

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I’m planning on making quite a few of these into a throw away bouquet. It would be a funky personal touch to a traditional part of the reception. I bought TONS of teal and brown patterned ribbon at Michael’s on sale for $1. Gotta love the sales!

Program Pockets

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This idea would work so well for me. I have leftover pocketfold paper that could house the programs. However, I wonder if the church would allow me to do this, and if people would even notice that they are on the ends of the pew, rather than by the door of the church. I could gocco on little fleur de lis on the pocket too. Yet another use for the Gocco, right?

Pressed Bouquet
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I love this idea of making a keepsake for after the wedding. I’m super excited about the wedding flowers, and would love to keep parts of it with me for a long time. I’d have to ask my mom or sister to start it for me, however, since I will be out of town right after the reception.

Are you using any of Martha’s ideas in your wedding?

Everything is BUDGET (Part 3 of 5)

July 24, 2008

Sorry this is late…bad bride! Bad bad bride!

Anyways, you may wonder where pinched the 3% off…well, I didn’t mean to, but it ended up being in flowers!

I met with one florist. Only one florist, but it was one of those things where I just *knew* she was perfect for our wedding. I’m not much of a flower girl….sure, whenever Joey sent me flowers, I’d turn bright red in the face out of excitement (and one time, embarrassment since I was at work…). However, I know I don’t need crazy elaborate flowers for our day. Joey really could care less (as long as he doesn’t have to wear a pink flower. πŸ™‚ )

The budget article said 10% for flowers. So, $1000…that’s a lot of money for things that pop out of the ground! Little did I know that many people around here spend up to $3000 (and even more sometimes) on flowers! Good LORD! I was afraid…I was very afraid…everything else in the wedding industry is inflated, ya know?

So, I met with my (now) florist, Christina O’ Malley. I showed her things I liked, not really knowing much about flowers. She seemed to just catch my vision immediately. I told her my budget, and she told me I’d be in budget..way in budget. Two days later, I get my tentative quote…about $700-750.

Seriously? This is for all my bouquets, boutinieres, corsages, altar arrangements, etc. Wow! I kinda squealed on the sofa when I got my quote…it was exciting to potentially pinch off that 3% that I added in photography!!

Now, this is a tentative number, based on the flowers species that I mentioned. However, I hope the flower market doesn’t go crazy high (like gas and oil)Β in 10 months, so I can stay relatively close to this number.Β 

Part 4 coming at you this afternoon…. πŸ™‚


June 30, 2008

I used to hate flowers…they die within days and you spend a lot of money on them. What a waste right?? Well, in the past couple of years, I’ve slowly learned to like flowers.

My first flower love: tulips. Tulips are beautiful, springy and just cheerful. I went to Utah last year for a conference, and there were nothing but tulip gardens everywhere! Tulips are just great…and they will be in my bouquet and my bridesmaids. Ahh tulips πŸ™‚

This is a picture in Salt Lake City of a tulip someone broke off and put in a bench thing…

These are the beautiful tulips that Joey gave me after my Utah trip. He heard me raving about the beautiful tulips and had them waiting for me in my apartment. Things like this give me more reasons to marry the man, I tell ya πŸ™‚

Love #2: Roses….Joey has given me roses a couple of times. I used to think they were cliche but now they are totally a beautiful flower to me. They are going to be in the bouquets as well :).

Roses that Joey surprised me with on Valentine’s Day. Totally made my week πŸ™‚

Love #3: Peonies…OK, I’ll admit…I used to LOVE Bath and Body Works Peony spray, but after 2-3 years of using it in high school PE class to smell better, I hate it. However, a REAL peony…is gorgeous and smells light and great. I saw a peony for the first time on the Knot…and I instantly knew I had to have them in my bouquet. And that’s where they will be…

Some peonies πŸ™‚

Love #4: Hydrangea…this flower has some significance to me in my life. When I was a baby, I had a hydrangea planted for moved to my new house 8 years later…lasted about 20 years total. It bloomed around my birthday and it’s just a beautiful flower. These flowers are going in my bridesmaids’ bouquets. πŸ™‚

Some hydrangeas…

Now, to see it all in harmony, here are the bouquet inspirations for my bouquet that I brought to my florist (who is totally awesome!)

I think the flowers are going to be gorgeous! I can’t wait to see them πŸ™‚

Florist BOOKED!

June 5, 2008

I officially booked my florist, and her name is Christina O’Malley. She came highly recommended on the Knot for having beautiful flower arrangements at affordable, budget friendly prices! She works out of her studio in her home, so there is no overhead cost or anything like that. When I received her quote, she came in at $750 total for EVERYTHING! I had to book her….I just had to!

So here are the checkmarks…

Ceremony (check….$250)
Reception (check…$4800)
Photographer (check….$1500)
Florist (check…$750)

Oooo lawdee lawd! This is getting expensive! (but I’m in budget still)

Total spent so far: $7300/$10,000

Next up: Limo booking but I have a question for those who read this…

What do you think if I just rented a limo for the bride and the groom? My mom flipped out, but seriously to stay in budget, if I got a limo for bride and groom, party and parents/grandparents, it would be almost $1000. One limo would be about $300…but I’m also toying with the idea of a Vintage Rolls Royce for just us(same price and just cooler looking)…please comment!!