How was everyone’s week? I’ve been following developments in Egypt very closely … almost obsessively. As a random bit of trivia, yours truly lived in Cairo, Egypt for nearly a year back in 2003-2004. I studied Arabic full-time as a Rotary Scholar. A part of me is excited for Egypt and the progress that the protests represents. On the other hand, there is a lot that can go wrong on the political front there, so I am also nervous for them. Anyway, that’s my two cents. Now, on to the roundup:
Links I’m Loving
I definitely want to have some sort of sweets or candy table at our wedding, but I’m not sure what to put on it. I really like this dessert bar setup (in the last photo pictured). It looks simple and elegant and DIY!
Although we’re not having flowers at our wedding, I found this post about why flowers are so expensive very enlightening.
I am very, very torn about calligraphy options for our invitations when the time comes. It’s gorgeous, but is it worth it?
Okay, so Kate Middleton quit her job to plan her wedding. This is not a NORMAL wedding, folks!
As an avid number cruncher myself, I like all the breakdowns of costs in this post. I need to find some cost breakdowns of self-catering a wedding for 125 people!
I often wonder if costs break even when you rent a more expensive venue with equipment included, vs. cheaper venues where you have to rent equipment on your own.
Holy crap. These cakes are awesome! Just like what I want! Cupcakes plus a bunch of little cakes. Does anyone know inexpensive bakeries in the DC area where I could get a bunch of these?
I really like these return address stamps. It’s been on my list!
I really enjoy Broke Ass Bride’s “Get Over it” wedding dress feature. I had submitted a request asking her about stylish wedding dresses with sleeves. I was tired of coming across the same old boring dresses in all my searches. She posted a response! She did not disappoint, finding some awesome options for wedding dresses with sleeves!
Loved this bag. Then I saw the price. Umm, no.
These City Hall wedding dresses are adorable!
Shit I’m not going to worry about for my wedding
Who exactly starts planning their wedding before they’re engaged? I mean, some dreaming and researching is fine, but to actually book things?
A wedding confirmation pamphlet. Good grief, can’t people just call if they’re incapable of looking at your website?
Wedding Fitness Goal Progress
I had an awesome weigh-in this week. I lost 2.4 pounds for a total of 6.2 pounds since January 5. I also started a new workout DVD for February, Jillian Michaels’ No More Trouble Zones. It’s totally butt-kicking (in an awesome, sore, kind of way)
February Wedding Planning Goal Progress
There’s not too much on the wedding action plan for February. It is a short month after all. But, no progress made yet on any of the following goals:
- Research hair and makeup artists
- Interview videographers
- Research marriage license requirements
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: 2 hours (didn’t do much planning this week)