Links I’m Loving
I really like these wraparound stickers for invitation envelopes. Is that in fact what they’re called? Wrap around stickers?
Tips for saving money on your wedding. I agree with most, but make sure you do true cost analysis for DIY projects, including printing things on your own.
The behavioral finance trap of engagement rings (and I think, weddings general). Just because someone tells you that the average price of a wedding in the U.S. is $24,000, does not mean that you have to spend that!
I really like the idea of wearing my hair down for our wedding, especially since our wedding will be more casual
I tried to haggle with wedding vendors. Maybe I’m a terrible negotiator, but it never worked. I feel bad too, because I know they’re talented, but seriously, don’t tell me that you can “work with different budgets” and then not negotiate! Damn I’m glad we eliminated wedding caterers!
OMG, a WAFFLE BAR?? LOVE! *dies*
I always enjoy real budget wedding stories. The part I like about this one? Serving food to the guests. Brilliant idea!
I’m really torn about whether to have a fauxtobooth. Seems like fun, but I’m not sure if it will be too much work, something I definitely want to avoid
It’s pictures of food like this that makes me happy we’re not having wedding caterers. We’re totally not impressed by “let’s-see-how-many-words-we-can-use-in-the-name-for-this-dish-type-food.” (aka Coulibiac of salmon with mushroom duxelle and spinach wrapped in puff pastry) Nor are we concerned with presentation. Bring on yummy, home cooked, non-pretentious foods!
My thoughts? Discuss budgets with people first, then decide on the type of dress for your flower girl (or bridesmaids or whatever).
Geek Chic Boutonnieres! Love this, especially since we’re so geek-ish
It’s okay that your wedding isn’t bridal-magazine ready or “Style Me Pretty” material. Just think of how many weddings take place in the USA each year! Then think how many are featured in such places. Not many! Your wedding is more in-line with the rest of the world!
We using pumpkin decorations at our wedding, so I love these photos! In fact, I just bought two craft pumpkins from Oriental Trading Company to use as test subjects for decorating proofs-of-concept. I especially love the aisle that is lined by pumpkins! I may steal that idea!
Funny story of the week: A different type of “Trash the dress” session
Ponytails are definitely on my wedding day hair style list, and are definitely the style for our upcoming engagement shoot.
Wedding Fitness Goal Progress
Gained another 0.6 pounds this week. Fuck. That’s all there is to say about that. That and, oh, i don’t know, how about that I should actually PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT I’M PUTTING IN MY FUCKING MOUTH WHEN I EAT. UGH. On the upside, I did continue to workout.
March Wedding Planning Goal Progress
(as part of our Wedding Planning Timeline)
- Submit application for venue – DONE. Our potential venue has a strict application process because it is part of the National Park Service. We submitted our application on March 1, the date the application period opened, for our desired November wedding date. We should find out in May if our date has been confirmed.
- Design Save-the-dates, test-print – In Progress. Probably about 80% of the way done with design and we’ll order some test prints soon. We took advantage of last week’s Vista Print deal, which was $50 of merchandise for $10. So, we’ll use VistaPrint to order the cards!
- Interview officiants – DONE. My fiancé’s stepgrandfather, a retired Lutheran minister, will officiate. ** Side note. It’s his step father’s dad. I say that “stepgrandfather” sounds like someone his grandmother married. What is the appropriate term for the parent of a step parent?
- Research local restaurants for catering accompaniments – NOT STARTED
- Take some intro dance lessons – DONE! See Wednesday’s post! We scheduled a series of six private lessons, which entitles us to 12 additional group and practice sessions.
- Develop content and design for wedding website – In Progress. Almost done!
Also completed this month (not on our original schedule:
- Booked engagement session for early May
- Completed wedding table proof-of-concept design
Finances and Administrative
- Wedding Related Expenses This Week: $100.00 (Down payment for subsequent dance lessons)
- Total Wedding Related Expenses (all time): $367.98
- Total Budgeted Difference (we have a $15,000 budget): $14,632.02
- Estimated Hours Spent on Wedding Planning (not including blogging) This Week: 5 hours