Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Happy, Joy Joy!

Wedding planning and crafting is finally winding down to nothing! Checking things off the list on a daily and weekly basis has been very exciting, yet stressful at times. I'm thankful for my parents, friends, and most importantly Michael, who have been here to lend an ear or a helping hand! I tend to have to remind myself of this.... :)

First, let's talk about these damn centerpieces. I've changed my mind soooooo many times! Wasted money on many fake flowers, spent many wasted hours playing around with items and looking at different ways to design them. There came a point that I became discourage with making them myself, so I went to my florist. She assured me she knew exactly what I wanted and that she could do it for CHEAP! I felt relieved! Until a week later she emailed me a quote. $981??! Screw that! I called the boss {{Michael}} and he said "No worries hunnie, we will make something ourselves and it would be just fine." Yeah that whole, keep calm thing wasn't working for me. The next day (keep in mind this is several months ago) I came home from work and Michael had our back room filled with piles of different types of tree branches. I'm not going to lie.. I was pretty surprised! And impressed! He's the best :)

Yes, Jack always has to be in the picture. He's an attention whore :)

I picked out my favorite style/type of branch and we cruised around the backroads, stopped in random spots and looked for those particular trees. I guess when you live in Podunk, you can do those things :) We loaded up the little pickup and took the branches to our home. They hung in the basement to dry out for over a month. With all the stuff I have in the basement for the wedding, it looked like a rustic warzone!

This is a small amount of the branches that took over our basement :)

Once the branches were dried out, I began setting up different styles of centerpices that I liked on pinterest. But I couldn't make my mind up what I wanted that I could actually afford and/or do on my own. And then there was Natalie! A couple weeks ago, my girlfriend Natalie came over for the weekend and I showed her my ideas. She gave me some more ideas/feedback. We poured a couple cocktails, and came up with the official centerpiece! We called Michael down to the basement, he approved and also liked it much better than anything we had set up in the past! I felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders and lots of excitement! Since then, I've spent many hours cleaning vases, cutting branches, and setting up each vase. As you can see in the pictures, I tend to have adult beverages every time I do so :) I'm so happy and relieved that every single vase is packed away in a box and ready to be transported to the venue and set up on the tables! The final look won't be shared until after the big day... sorry y'all :)

One of the downfalls of living in Podunk is that everrrrrything is sooooooo far away! But thank God for online shopping! Oh and Etsy! I've gotten so many packages of fun things delivered to my front door! It's so exciting! From parents gifts to bridal party gifts to table favors to crafting items... the list goes on! I love it! I can't give too many details and pictures away yet though! It's going to be like CHRISTMAS in JULY!  :)

Bridesmaids gifts are somewhere under there! ;)

Who loves getting the mail? No one! However with all these RSVP's for the wedding coming in the mail, it's pretty fun! Especially to see all the song requests! And of course to see who will be there to celebrate our special day :) Last week the mail lady left us the cute little note. For every package she delivers, she leaves a note for me to be sure I know there is a package on the porch. On the back of that note was a note about our RSVP post cards. How sweet!

My flower girl is going to look precious! Watching her try on every dress in the store in her size was so fun! She loved every minute of it and she didn't want to leave the store!

Michael and I are having a unity sand ceremony rather than a unity candle since our ceremony is outside and I don't want to worry about the wind blowing out a fancy candle! I've seen many pictures on pinterest of cool shadow boxes and vases but they are waaaaay too expensive. One of my many days spent in Hobby Lobby, I came across a sand ceremony shadow box in the clerance section. Marked down from $39.95 to $10! Michael noticed a couple knicks on the top of it but nothing major. SOLD! I wanted to etch it like the ones I seen on Pinterest but once again, I was too cheap to pay someone to do that. So I purchased what I needed from Hobby Lobby - Etching letters/stickers, Etching Cream, and Painters tape. This past week I finally finished the project! Not too shabby considering the box and etching could have cost me up to $100 elsewhere!

Etching Stickers, Cream, and painters tape from Hobby Lobby
(I purchsed the stickers and the cream at different times so I could use a 40% off coupon!)
In the process of etching the date below our names
(It's all about measurements and patience!)
The finished product! We will eventually put a picture inside along with the sand we pour at the ceremony :)
~ Two Paths Become One ~

First dress fitting, check! Second dress fitting appointment in 11 days! Hair trial appointment in 2 weeks! Bachelorette Party in 5 weeks!

Hope everyone enjoyed my looooong wedding planning progress post! The moral of the story is that I'm excited to be wrapping things up! Only 7 more Friday's as a single lady!

I'm also looking forward to our bridal shower this Sunday! It will be so nice to get all of the bridesmaids together for the first time as well as visit with many other friends and family!

TGiF.... Have a great weekend!!

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