Link Roundup January 28

by Melissa on January 28, 2011

Links I’m Loving

There is no need to be envious of other couple’s weddings.  Ever.

I love this idea of cutesy ballerina-type tutu skirt for a flower girl!

Brides need to quit being such brats about not having kids at their weddings.  Leave the option open to your guests whether they want to bring their kids.  If one starts screaming during your vows, you’ll have a great story for later

I totally want an ice cream cart or ice cream truck at our wedding!

This article about colored gemstone rings really spoke to me.  I too have a sapphire engagement ring and wouldn’t trade it for anything.  Diamonds = a BORE.

I LOVE this wedding dress.  Nuff said

Pay attention.  Not all brides go gaga over those cutesy bridal shower games and toilet paper dresses.  So read up some bridal shower ideas for non-girly brides.

I love those blue flats!

We’re undecided about honeymoon plans, but it likely won’t take place until several months after the wedding.  The last thing we want to do is have to hurry and leave on a plane a day or two (or even week) after the wedding!  But, these hotels look AWESOME!

Thank you!  I can’t even begin to count how many vendor websites I have visited that are just terrible.   Even really high end, expensive venues!  Also, they need to put more than two pictures on their website (and ones that you can zoom in on properly).  In fact, one venue that my fiance and I were considering, we were going to try and work out a barter deal where we would redesign their website in exchange for a venue discount (fiancé is a web developer)

In addition to my recent interest in the Wedding Blogosphere, I’m also a big fan of many personal finance bloggers.  They speak to my fiscally responsible self.  This week, Frugal Dad, Madison of My Dollar Plan, and Gen X Finance have wedding budget tips this week

I am ALL about organization and this software looks awesome. But I think I will stick to Google Docs, which rocks.

Some good advice for balancing your real work vs. your wedding work!

Since we’ll be doing a lot of self-catering, I’ve found myself wondering how the food will be set out.  I really like this idea (photo 14) for buffet displays

Shit I’m not going to worry about for my wedding

There are some things that I come across in the wedding blogosphere that just make me go “hmmm, no wonder why brides stress themselves out so much over their wedding.”  In other words, things that seem to take too much time compared to the benefit.

Christ Almighty, ANOTHER post about lining envelopes?  Is it really that important and worth all that time?

Gratuitous vs. Frivolous.

This girl is ridiculous if she thinks she needs to spend an extra $700 on chairs to get “beautiful pictures.” How do people get like this?

Themed weddings = OVERDONE.

Why would you stress yourself out about the fact that groomsmen did not adhere to the rehearsal dinner dress code?  Relax, have fun!

Wedding Fitness Goal Progress

I lost two pounds this week, for a total of 3.6 pounds since January 5.  Not great, but I’ll take it!

January Wedding Planning Goal Progress

  • Interview Wedding PhotographersMostly done.  We interviewed three more photographers this week, bringing the total to six photographers interviewed.  We really like two of them.  Hopefully they’re still available come May when we find out if our venue is confirmed!
  • Make Wedding Photographer DecisionDeferred.  We’ll identify our top three, but unfortunately can’t book any until we get venue confirmation in May
  • Compile Addresses for InvitationsNot Started
  • Firm up budget calculationsDone.  But I still can’t figure out why I can’t get the budget to below $12,000.  Ugh!  I really want it below $10,000.  I think I’m estimating high on catering.  I can’t even begin to estimate how much it will cost in groceries to feed 125 people.  Regardless, it’s still cheaper than wedding caterers!
  • Develop wedding planning timelineDoneSee last Wednesday’s Post!

Finances and Administrative

  • Wedding Related Expenses This Week: $0.00
  • Total Wedding Related Expenses (all time): $106.50 on magazine subscriptions and planning books
  • Total Budgeted Difference (we have a $15,000 budget): $14893.50
  • Estimated Hours Spent on Wedding Planning (not including blogging) This Week: 5 hours (didn’t do much planning this week)
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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Stella January 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

Funny that you don’t have time for worrying about “shit” but you have PLENTY of time to read wedding blogs just to blog about how stupid you think they are.


Melissa January 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm

whoa, I think you misunderstand the entire intent of that section. i think there are some great tips on wedding blogs out there. and just like other topics in the blogosphere, there are tidbits here and there to poke fun at. these are just my little jests at things i find a little over-the-top, just like some people would find my general wedding disinterest outlandish too. Thanks for the comment!


Mrs. Bunny January 28, 2011 at 9:25 pm

I didn’t mean to imply that I was stressed over the groomsmen’s attire. If I wanted them to dress up a little bit, I should have said so. I shrugged it off on the day of and realized later that it was really my own fault for expecting them to read my mind. Sorry I wasn’t more clear. :)


Emily February 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm

You may want to consider how you might feel if someone linked to your blog post in criticism under the heading of “shit”. And you may want to consider the fact that when you link to a post, the author can see that.

If you’ve already considered that, they hey! you’re just another jerk on the internet! awesome!


Renee February 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm

You do know that every time you link to a blog post, those bloggers can see it, right? Meaning every time you link and then say negative things, they all know about it. Pingback PSA.


Mary February 5, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I hear you on the vendor sites! It bugs me so much. Also, I guess there’s a lot of stuff I see people write about that I probably personally wouldn’t do for my own wedding either. But have you ever had one of those brides find your posts? I’d worry they’d feel bad. One other thing as far as your budget: it’s good you’re estimating high. Maybe that means your actual will come in low? Seems like a lot of people go waaay over their estimates.


Jen February 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm

See here’s the funny thing. Everyone has different priorities and different budgets. So just because *you* find something ridiculous, does not mean it actually is. Different strokes for different folks and all of that. Maybe, instead of being so judgmental, you could actually find something productive to do with your time.

Or, you know, maybe you enjoy tearing other people down. But if that’s the case? Then the only person who deserves judgment here is you. Because being rude and nasty definitely falls into the “shit I’m not going to worry about for my wedding”. Because it’s juvenile, hurtful, petty, and small.


Melissa February 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Hi, yep, I’m aware of pingbacks, and it’s not criticism of the person, it’s just stuff that I think is over-the-top! I’m of the belief that nearly all wedding “stress” is entirely self-imposed and avoidable. So I just like to draw attention to this fact so that folks won’t think they need to have these picture perfect handmade weddings in order for it to be a special day.


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