Updates!

14 Feb

It’s been a while since I have updated, I know, but there hasn’t been a ton to report. Having pretty much booked all the important vendors for our wedding, things have been pretty mellow on the wedding front. This is both good and bad. Good because it is wonderful having all of the big aspects of the event planned, bad because I am terrified I am forgetting something. I have had so few hiccoughs throughout the planning process that I keep waiting for that terrifying moment where some unforeseen catastrophe occurs. My “bridezilla” moment. Fingers crossed I don’t actually have that moment, but I am anticipating the possibility.

Now, for the real update. This past week, Colin and I managed to purchase the plane tickets for his family to come out for the wedding. They all live across the country in Vermont, and this will be the first time his whole family will be in California together. He is really excited to have them all here. He has been plotting and planning all the things he wants to do with them while they are here, aside from having them at our wedding, of course. There are a good number of them coming who have never actually been to California before, so hopefully it is an exciting experience for them also.

Also, in the past week, my bridesmaid’s dresses have all been ordered. Initially, I wanted my bridesmaids to pick their own dresses, so long as the color was black. I figured they knew what would look good on themselves better than I ever would. But they, being the wonderfully unpicky women they are, all ended up liking the same dress anyway. So they each ordered a black dress and I assigned them with a bright colored sash that will match the flowers I chose. So I guess, in a way, I do now have a color scheme of sorts. My ladies are also going to find some fun, brightly colored shoes to match their color sash. I think they are going to look really amazing and fun. I can’t wait for them to arrive. Here is the dress we ended up choosing, in black obviously:

And last, but certainly not least, I ordered my wedding ring yesterday. Or, at least, what I hope to be my wedding ring. I am going to wait for it to arrive and try it out for a bit and make sure it is really the one. I am almost positive I am going to love it, but I want to see how it looks with my engagement ring to make sure. It is a little different than the one I originally selected, but I think it should compliment my engagement ring nicely.

All in all, things are coming along nicely. I am having a few freak out moments when I think about how close the wedding is. I can’t believe the time is almost here. I am so excited. Only a few more months to go!

Much Love,

The Bumbling Bride

Cake Tasting

19 Jan

Last night, Colin and I drove down to San Jose to go cake tasting. We were both excited, as this is one of the last things we needed to get for our wedding! We met several bakers, but none came as highly recommended as Cake Expressions. They had a great relationship with our wedding coordinator, and have done work at our venue for over 20 years! Also, like a lot of the vendors we have chosen, they are recommended by The Knot as one of the best wedding cake vendors in the bay area. With reviews like that, we had to go and check them out.

Upon arriving at the cake shop, we were greeted and immediately given a very large plate of different cakes to sample. I am not sure if it was a good idea or a bad idea to go cake tasting before we had our dinner, but it certainly was delicious. We tasted a wide variety of cakes while we were there; everything from a simple vanilla cake to the more exotic mango flavors. All of them were so delicious and had all these wonderful fillings that it was really difficult to choose. We had so many favorites, but we did decide on a tuxedo cake. It has a layer of chocolate and vanilla cake, and it will have a delicious raspberry filling. We are also getting a delicious white chocolate fondant on top of it all. As far as the overall design goes, we didn’t want anything too ornate. We didn’t need a cake in the shape of anything crazy, but we decided on a lovely French filigree design on our three tier cake. On the bottom of each tier, there will be a different color fondant ribbon that will match the different colors of flowers we will have at the wedding. Our cake should look something similar to this:

Wedding Cake

After the cake tasting, we officially ordered our cake. The price was great and the cake was delicious, why waste time right? I honestly can’t believe that we have everything ordered! Our wedding is officially planned! Now we just need to finish up those little details; favors, decor, etc. and we will have a wedding!

Much Love,

The Bumbling Bride

Flowers Flowers Flowers

5 Jan

Last night, my mother and I went to meet with a florist, Nona at Floral Design Studio. Originally, I had wanted to do the flowers myself, but as our guest list grew and grew I became worried about the level of stress and lack of time I would have in the days before the wedding. The vision of wilting flowers and dying centerpieces scared me enough into considering a florist to help me out. Now, with a little over 5 months left to go, it is time to get these final vendors in place and make sure the vision Colin and I have for our wedding will come to fruition.

For our wedding, Colin and I wanted to keep it simple. We didn’t want these huge, ornate centerpieces that would completely block the person sitting across from you. Makes it difficult for light table conversation. I didn’t have a set color scheme going into this, as my bridesmaids are wearing adorable little black dresses with bright shoes, but I knew I wanted it to be bright and fun. We are getting married in early June, which is nearly Summer,  so we have  many flowers in many colors to choose from.

As far as centerpieces go Colin and I wanted to keep things simple. Rustic, but elegant. I found that stumbleupon was a great resource to use for wedding ideas, and when I brought some of these ideas to the florist she absolutely loved them! She also offered up some tips to give them a little something extra. For the past few months family and friends have been collecting and hoarding wine bottles for me to help with creating the centerpieces. Drinking wine for the cause! Sacrificing their sobriety for the sake of my wedding! What I really liked about these wine bottle centerpieces was the overall simplicity and the height that it added. I would want one of these on each table coupled with two different size mason jars, one pint and one half pint, and use those as vases for the other flowers. As far as the types of flowers, we are using a wide range. The bridesmaids are all having a different color bouquet that will match the bright colored shoes they will be wearing. The colors we have chosen are a bright red/orange, magenta and a dark purple. And the flowers in the centerpieces will be a mixture of all of these so they will be extra bright and extra fun. It’s a garden weddings, so why not have as many flowers as possible? Right? We are doing a smaller version of the mason jar idea for the ceremony chairs. Also there is going to a be a bright, beautiful garland that will be draped through the gazebo at the ceremony site. We are working with the florist and providing a lot of the materials ourselves. She really loved all of the ideas and was really excited to work with us. She showed us pictures from similar projects she has worked on before, and they truly were great! They may not be the most elaborate, but they are very us, and we are excited to work on them.

While we spoke with Nona, we went over other details for the wedding also. My bouquet, what the parents and groomsmen will wear, and gave us a quote for it all. I held my breathe and shot nervous looks over at my mom as the totals were coming together, hoping silently to myself that it would come out under my budget. Thankfully it did and I was able to bring that good news to Colin. We have not officially booked her yet, but I am going to give her a call in the next few days to sort out the deposit.

One more thing checked off that list. I think there are more things done at this point than not. My wedding is almost all planned. I can’t believe it.

Much Love,

The Bumbling Bride

 

6 Months To Go

8 Dec

With 6 months left until our wedding, Colin and I met with our wedding coordinator, Leann, who is helping us plan our event at Palmdale Estates. Last night we met with her to go over the basics and get a time line set up. We also locked in a few little extras we want in order to make our wedding extra personal and extra special.

During this visit with Leann, Colin and I finally solidified our menu! We decided to do things buffet style as far as dinner goes. We both liked the idea of people actually selecting the items they want to eat  instead of people stuck with a set plate. Sure you can give them a choice of beef or chicken and have it served to them, but I just like the idea of people taking what they actually want to eat. Some people might want a larger serving, some people might want less. Doing things buffet style will allow for both. Serving the food this way also tends to cut cost a little bit, and every little bit helps when you are planning a wedding. The menu for what is served and what is in the buffet is not all that much different anyway! For dinner,  Colin and I decided on a mixed green salad with pears to start, and a cajun penne pasta dish for all of those vegetarians in our lives.  For the main course we are serving a lemon-caper salmon and a chicken marsala. The meal will also have mixed steamed vegetables, rice pilaf and of course breads as our side dishes. There will also be appetizers of fruits, cheeses and breads while the guests wait for dinner to be served.

As far as the bar choices go, Colin and I have already purchased and unlimited wine, beer and champagne package. Our venue has a really great connection with a local alcohol retailer who will give us a great deal on alcohol for the evening! It will really be nice to not have to worry about our bar running dry halfway through the evening. That certainly would not do! In addition to the wine, beer and champagne, Colin and I are going to bring our own signature cocktail to our party! I have found a lot of really great recipes, but I think a good rum punch is our current favorite. Most venues have a corkage fee if you bring you own alcohol, but our venue has no such rule, which is just awesome.

In addition selecting our food and drink choices, Colin and I worked out a floor plan of the whole facility with Leann. I don’t know what I would do without this great woman! With her help we planned out where we would be sitting, where our guests would be sitting and where we are going to stage the cake. We even set up an area for a little lounge for people to rest when they need a break from the dancing. I will have to work on making some cute pillows for that area!

While we were finishing up the paperwork, we also decided it would be best to hire a ceremony coordinator for our event. Her name is Lindsey, and she is going to help make our ceremony wonderful by keeping all of the guests and wedding party where they are supposed to be and keep things on schedule. This will take a load of worry off of my mind on the big day.

It is all beginning to feel surreal. So many of my plans are now coming to fruition. There are really only two other vendors I really need to lock down and then we are basically done! The rest is just small details. Renting suits and tuxedos will feel like such small potatoes in comparison to what we have already done. We have a wedding! Six more months to go….I just can’t believe it!

Much Love,

The Bumbling Bride

Wedding Registry(ies)

30 Nov

My love of making lists has made the process of making wedding registries a really enjoyable pre-wedding task. Making wish lists for items I want or dream about having in my future has been something I have done for ages. I have lists on Amazon, Kaboodle and more recently Wanelo. It is a borderline obsession, but it does really help when making sure nothing on the wedding registry lists get forgotten.

In most guides I have read on wedding planning, most places recommend making registries at around 3 or 4 of your favorite retail stores, preferably stores that specialize in things for the home, obviously. To allow for some variety, Colin and I stuck with 3 registries. Two physical stores, and one online registry. Seeing as one of my favorite stores in the world is Williams-Sonoma, I just HAD to make one of my registries there. While Colin and I were out Christmas shopping last weekend, we made a stop in Williams-Sonoma and began our registry making. It was really great to do it together; picking out the things that would be in our home we are creating together. Not to mention the LISTS we were making!

Since there is more to creating a home together than just kitchen accessories, Colin and I also started a registry at Macy’s to get some of those other home things all couples need. They were so much fun to make, although Colin might disagree with that statement. He enjoyed it….but not nearly as much as I did.

Our final registry we actually made online through My Registry. It’s a great website that links to all the different things you might want on your registry from those random websites you like. A few things from Amazon, a few from Uncommon Goods, a few from Crate & Barrel, etc. We figured making this available to people was a great idea as some people may not have the luxury of being nearby a Macy’s or a Wlliam’s-Sonoma and might just want to order something online. Also, it is just a great way to put everything in one spot without having to make 10 different registries for 10 different stores. We have our two main ones at actual store locations, and one online for all those random things we love. The other great thing about My Registry is that they let you create a Cash Gift option. We made ours the “Honeymoon Fund” so people can drop money in that if they prefer to give a cash gift and it will go directly into our paypal account. It’s great!

All of our registries are still a work on progress until we officially announce them, but it is nice to get a head start on it. Especially since we are already out and about shopping for Christmas presents. Might as well kill two birds with one stone, right?

Much Love,

The Bumbling Bride

Thankful

27 Nov

This year, I have had so much to be thankful for. Not just in the realm of weddings, but in my regular, every day life as well. Thankful for the jobs Colin and I have, when so many other people are not so fortunate. Thankful for mine and Colin’s families and their wonderful support of us, and our lives together. I am thankful for my wonderful friends, who are always willing to drop what they are doing and help me out at a moments notice. And I am thankful for Colin, the best man I could have ever hoped to marry.

And yes, I am thankful that a majority of my wedding is basically planned! How can I not be?

Thank you universe, for making my life so full and amazing. Thank you for all the love I feel in my heart and all the love I am able to give to others. I am, truly, the happiest I have ever been. I cannot wait to see what else life has in store for me and what else I will have to be thankful for next year.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Much Love,

The Bumbling Bride

Wedding Ring Search

16 Nov

This past weekend, Colin and I went out to look at wedding rings. Colin, surprisingly, was the one who already knew exactly what he wanted his ring to be. I, on the other hand, had no idea what I really wanted. My engagement ring is so unusual, that I wanted to make sure whatever I got would go well with it, and not look too bulky. I have small hands, so it doesn’t take much for that to happen.

Colin and I also wanted to be aware of what our rings were made of and where they were coming from. Our feelings against conflict free gems are a strong one, so it was really important to us to make sure that we found jewelers and companies that make that a priority. That is what brought us to the company, Brilliant Earth.

Brilliant Earth is an online jewelry website based out of San Francisco that uses only conflict free and recycled materials. All of their diamonds and gems are tracked and they know where each and every single one of them have come from. They also accept old rings that may be broken or no longer fit properly and will turn that metal into a whole new ring for you! And their jewelry is absolutely beautiful. Colin and I managed to snag an appointment at their showroom in San Francisco, so Colin could get sized and to look a a few rings. Sadly, they did not have any tanzanite gemstones to match my engagement ring, but Colin did manage to find the ring he wanted, and ordered it! It should arrive just before Thanksgiving.

In the meantime, I continued the search for my ring and spent a lot of time on Google searching through images of tanzanite wedding bands. That is what brought me to Gemvara. Gemvara is another popular website, actually recommended by The Knot, and they have all kinds of rings you can design yourself! It was perfect. I managed to design my wedding ring, complete with tanzanite and diamond stones, and it is all conflict free. Gemvara works really hard to know where all of there gems comes from. In some cases, yes, it is impossible to know, but they do business only with those who have been certified through the highest channels of integrity.

I haven’t ordered mine just yet, but I will hopefully be doing that just after Thanksgiving or Christmas. I do find it funny that Colin actually ordered his first. I thought for sure it would be me!

Hooray for the ever-shrinking to-do list! I can’t believe I have another thing done! A little over six more months to go! Time sure is flying…

Much Love,

The Bumbling Bride

Photographer

8 Nov

Last night, Colin and I met with a photographer to go look over his work and see if he was someone we wanted to book for our wedding. This particular photographer was one that we met at the bridal fair we went to at our venue. I managed to snag his business card when I asked him if he was available on our wedding date, he told me he was. I then pocketed his card and went home to do my research on the man.

Pictures were a big concern for me, as they are one of the only things you will have to look back on your wedding. I am going to be so busy dancing and talking to people, that it is all going to go by in a blink. Because of this, I wanted to make sure I hired a really wonderful and extremely reliable photography for our big day. Photographers can easily be one of the most expensive things you pay for at your wedding, but my mom told me “If you are going to skimp on anything throughout your wedding planning, do not skimp on the pictures or the video. You will regret it more than anything else.”

With my mother’s words in my head, I did my research on this photographer, and many others I had been considering. Some photographers were less expensive, but I was underwhelmed with the quality of their photos. Others only did a few weddings per year, and were hard to book. I compared prices and compared photo quality and showed Colin a lot of the ones I thought were best. Colin and I both agreed that the man we met at the bridal fair, Yves, was a great choice.

Colin and I went down to his studio last night and he was kind enough to show us several different sets of wedding photos, several of which were at our actual venue! A wonderful photographer already familiar with our venue! It was too good to be true! We also looked through several different photo album options, and decided on a magazine style book that we would get to design ourselves. By the time Yves was done chatting with us and showing us stunning pictures, we realized two hours had passed! We hadn’t even noticed. Colin and I wanted to sign with him right away, which seemed to surprise Yves. Colin and I looked at each other and just knew, why hesitate when you have perfection in your grasp?

Yves of YJM Photography is now our wedding photographer! Yves has been photographing weddings for over 27 years. He has been featured in many of the bridal magazines I have been reading and has won several awards for being one of the best photographers. He has even been awarded The Knot Best of Wedding Award from the famous wedding magazine/website The Knot. Naturally, booking a guy with such a great reputation was something we were eager to do, so I am glad we managed to snag him. And we couldn’t be more excited!

One more thing checked off of the to-do list!

Much Love,

The Bumbling Bride

Fiance Interview #3

6 Nov

Now that we have attended the bridal fair and made some more important wedding decisions, I thought it would be a good time to check in with that fiance of mine…..

What would be your dream honeymoon, if money were not a problem?
Bora Bora looks awesome, and I’d love to do stuff like scuba diving in Tahiti or around the French Polynesian Islands, sail a catamaran around the Adriatic Sea, things like that. I’ll be happy with wherever we go though, so I think that all unlimited money would really change would be the length of time we could be gone. A month or more would be so nice…

Are you getting nervous as we approach the 7 month mark before our wedding?
I’m still a little nervous about the amount of money that things cost. Previously the most expensive thing I’d ever bought was our Mini Cooper (secondhand, and at a great price from a friend), and this will be like, 4 times as much when all is said and done. As far as being nervous about us and marriage though, not a bit. I’m really looking forward to it.

For being such a non-traditionalist in most aspects of your life, you have been quite traditional in your views of what you would like to have at our wedding. Why do you think that is?
I wouldn’t say I’ve been all that traditional. I feel like the things I’ve  wanted have just been the staples I would want to see if I was invited to the wedding—things like cutting the cake together (and actually having a cake rather than purely cupcakes or other desserts), me wearing a nice suit, stuff like that. I don’t think it’s anything more profound than that!

What is the first thing, aside from our honeymoon, that you would like to do as a married couple?
Not plan anything for at least 3 months! :-p Beyond that, I’m simply looking forward to being able to focus on making our apartment even more of a home (hopefully with the aid of household-item wedding gifts!), and to start our family together.

That’s all for now…

Much Love,

The Bumbling Bride

Everybody DANCE!

4 Nov

So today, I officially hired the DJ! We had already set up the deposit for one that our venue allows us to choose, but we still had yet to pick the one we really wanted. But it’s all done! I signed the contract, paid the remaining deposit and sent it off in the mail! This week I have been on the phone non-stop during every free moment I have had trying to lock in the rest of the vendors. We are quickly approaching the 7 month mark, and I wanted to start tying up all of these loose ends.

Getting all of these things booked is making me feel that much more accomplished and at ease as the wedding approaches. If I stay on this track, I could have a majority of things done by the end of this month! What a great Christmas present that would be for us….

The DJ/MC we chose was actually one we met a few months ago when we were signing the contracts to book our wedding venue. His name is Keith, and Colin and I just had a really great feeling about him. He seemed really fun, and easy-going. And he has been DJing for a really long time, so he is no stranger to getting the crowd going and keeping the fun level up. The last thing I would want is some disaster like this:

or this

 

More than anything, Colin and I want everyone to have fun at our wedding. It is already such a happy event, that spirits will be high already. But having a crappy DJ can REALLY kill that happy vibe, so I am glad we have managed to find someone we like. He was also really great in making sure he does exactly what we want, so he sent us this really long booklet with pages and pages of details we will fill out for him. What songs to avoid, what genres we don’t like, etc.

I am already looking forward to the biggest party of my life. Although if anyone has any personal requests for the DJ….let me know!

Much Love,

The Bumbling Bride