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Little Extras

1 May

Those little extras, those finishing touches. All those little, personal details that make your wedding uniquely you and special. Those are what I am scrambling to complete and we are now in the month of May. Mere DAYS before the wedding really. A couple weeks ago my Maid of Honor, Bonnie, came over and we got started on the wedding favors.

For favors, Colin and I decided to stick with our garden theme. We bought a bunch on mini clay pots for a mere 69 cents at our local Michael’s. To match our floral decor, we chose oranges, purples, and pinks/fuschias to paint the little tiny pots to give them some fun color. Inside each pot we put a little bag of seeds for our guests to plant in their own gardens at home. I purchased these seeds from American Meadows and got a great deal by purchasing them all in bulk! Each bag of seeds roughly came out to around 12 cents each. Once the seeds were added to the pots, each was covered with a little bit of tulle and finished off with a bright colored ribbon to match. On each favor, we attached a little label that has our names and the date and reads “Watch Our Love Blossom.” The labels were purchased from My Own Labels, and ended up being about 84 cents each!

In total each of the favors ended up being about $1.65 each! Not too shabby, since favors can sometimes cost a hell of a lot more. I am really happy with the way they came out. They are a great personal touch and they really go well with the overall theme of our wedding. I am about halfway done with making them so far. Time to get going on the rest!

Much Love,

The Bumbling Bride

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Business Time

16 Apr

Not all aspects of the wedding planning is fun. Though I wish it was all cake tasting and crafting, there are official things that need to be done in order for the wedding to actually take place. Things that involve government buildings and paperwork. Now as we are getting so close to the actual wedding date and the RSVPs are rolling in, it’s time to get more down to business.

Colin and I recently went down to the county clerk’s office to get our marriage license. I wanted to get this done as early as possible because  I just had an image of myself the day before the wedding, running around like a crazy person trying to fit in all these important last minute details. I am sure I will still be doing that, but I am hoping my business plan will help keep things in order and less stressful. We did manage to get our marriage license all settled and ordered enough copies of it to make the name changing transition a bit easier on me. My dear friends who have gotten married before me told me to get several copies, that way it would speed up the process.

Also, I have been shopping around for rehearsal dinner venues, and we finally decided on a location for that as well. Now it’s just a matter of selecting a menu for the evening and making sure people are going to be well fed and happy.

And least fun of all is setting up my final meetings with the vendors. The meetings where we go over all the details again and again and make sure our visions match. Of course this is also when I start forking over all the checks, which might be the most painful part. Colin and I have been living on a strict budget in order to save for this wedding, and watching it all our hard-earned money leave our bank account in large chunks is going to be painful. But hopefully this will mean our wedding will be beautiful, and everyone will have a wonderful time.

Keep the RSVPs rolling in people. I am ready for you.

Much Love,

The Bumbling Bride

The Essential Bride Freak Out

28 Mar

As we approach the two month mark away from the wedding, my anxiety levels have skyrocketed to an all-time high. I know I am in amazing shape as far as wedding things are concerned. I have booked all of my vendors, invitations have been sent, family members from afar have made or are making their necessary arrangements. So why am I so worried? The answer is:

DREAMS

Normally, I am such a deep sleeper that I often can’t remember a majority of my dreams, but lately I have been remembering every single dream I have been having; all of them pertain to the wedding. They, of course, often concern various aspects of the wedding not going according to plan. For example, one such dream had the DJ cancel on us right before the wedding and everyone who showed up looked really bored and just ended up staring awkwardly at each other until they all left early because they were having such an awful time. In another dream, only about 20 out of our possible 200 guests showed up to our wedding. We have so much food that we couldn’t eat and there were so few people, it was too awkward to dance.

Upon waking, I feel a tightness in my chest that lingers until I finally am awake enough to realize the wedding is still months away and nothing of the sort has even happened yet. I am sure every bride has a certain amount of anxiety they feel as the wedding approaches, but infecting my dreams like this is unacceptable!

Months of planning and spending every waking moment plotting and focusing on every aspect of this one night is certainly stressful. I honestly have enjoyed it all, but now I just hope everyone else will. I always have similar worries about birthday parties and other events I have planned. I often find I am unable to enjoy myself because I am too worried about whether or not everyone else is enjoying themselves. I guess that comes with the territory of being a hostess, but I am hoping my extensive planning will allow me to enjoy my special day and to not go into panic attack mode.

With 72 days left until the wedding let’s hope for no more anxiety dreams!

Much Love,

The Bumbling Bride

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

Bridal Fair

31 Oct

The bridal fair at our venue was this Sunday, and it was absolutely awesome! All of my bridesmaid ladies, my mom and Colin all went to the venue for the bridal fair and to meet and greet with some of the vendors that were there.

The group at the bridal fair, minus mom who was taking the picture.

Aside from the catering and the DJ, Colin and I didn’t have any other vendors locked in, which was really starting to make me nervous. Because of this, we were really glad to meet and talk prices with a lot of really great vendors there.

Our first stop at the fair was with the Limo vendor and a wonderful group of people who do horse and coach services. The coach was amazing! Round shape, just like Cinderella’s. But seeing as my ceremony is the same place as my venue, having a horse and carriage would seem a bit ridiculous, though it was very beautiful. A limo, on the other hand, may prove to be a necessity for getting some of our guests to the venue, but we are still working out the logistics for those things.

Next, we went through the house, where out reception is being held, and it was filled to bursting with people! Florists showing off some of their beautiful bouquets, bakers showing off some of their most impressive cakes and offering samples! And there were tuxedos and dresses everywhere! Also, they were kind enough to include skin care products and beauty care products for the bride and groom. I don’t really need any skin care products for the wedding, but I thought it was definitely smart to include.

Sampling the bouquets at the bridal fair.

One of the main reasons we wanted to go to the bridal fair was to try all of the food! Our venue came complete with a caterer, but we wanted to go and sample a little bit of everything off of the menu in order to better choose what want to offer our guests at our wedding. There were 3 different buffet stations filled with so much food! And the food was absolutely delicious! They had pastas, carving stations with different meats, rice pilaf, delicious salads and veggies, mushroom appetizers and more. We couldn’t actually sample everything because there was just too much, but we did manage to eat quite a bit and take note of a lot of the things we liked. Looking forward to meeting with our event coordinator, Leann, later this month and solidifying a menu and updated our headcount.

The event ended with a mock ceremony we got to be the audience for. We got to see a bride in a dress, a groom in a tuxedo, bridesmaids and groomsmen dressed to the nines, a minister and a harpist playing through the ceremony. The ceremony site, which is located in a beautiful garden outside of the house, was all done up with with beautiful floral arrangements and fabric decor. It gave me a lot of great ideas for my own wedding! After the “ceremony” was over,  Colin and I couldn’t resist going up there and standing in our respective ceremony positions once the crowed departed . You know, just for practice.

Colin and I at our ceremony site.

All in all, the bridal fair was a great success. I have already set up a cake tasting appointment with one of the vendors we met and also meeting with one of the photographers to discuss photo packages and and get him locked in for our wedding! A little over 7 more months to go and it is all starting to come together! I couldn’t be more excited if I tried!

Much Love,

The Bumbling Bride

Dress Found

11 Sep

The hunt is over. I know I said I would check out some more stores, but I just know. It’s just like when you fall in love with the person you are going to marry. How do you know they are the one for you? You just know. I had several dresses I picked out that I liked before walking into the store and I tried them all on. It must have been my lucky day  because everything I tried was in my size and fit perfectly. My mom, sister and Maid of Honor all oohed and ahed over every dress I tried on, snapping away pictures. I felt like I could do no wrong. I loved everything I tried. After we tried on all the ones I had picked out, I tried bolder styles that all the magazines told me to stay away from due to my busty figure. Boy, were those magazines ever wrong. I tried on mermaid cut, drop-waisted and more slinky dresses and I loved them all!  There was one, of course, that stood out over all the rest. It was the very first dress I tried on. I loved it so much I tried it on again at the end, just to be sure. All of my ladies were in agreement. It was definitely “The One.”

I won’t be posting photos or going into any great detail of it here because I do not wish the preying eyes of my fiancé to see it. But it is a very romantic dress. Very soft and and delicate looking and I think it will look great being surrounded by twinkle lights and candles.

I do feel slightly guilty for not trying more stores and trying out other dresses, but I just knew. It was meant for me.

Dress is being ordered next week! Mission accomplished!

Much Love,

The Bumbling Bride

Beginning

17 Aug

The beginning of a blog, or anything really is always difficult. Where do I begin? I suppose stating my reasons for creating this blog will be helpful breaking the ice.

Hello World, my name is Jessica. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and I am getting married. I studied theatre in college and consider myself a bit of an actress, although I don’t get to perform nearly as much as I like. I also have a boring desk job and do silly crafty things when I can. I know I have made myself out to be one of the most boring people on the planet, and you might be right, but somehow my boyfriend, Colin, decided to spend his life with me anyway. I know what you are thinking, “That poor poor boy, what is he THINKING?” But I swear. I am a totally awesome girlfriend and I think that will carry over into the wife department once we take the big plunge.

So here I am, in a struggling economy, attempting to pay for one of the most expensive and exciting events of my life. Like all girls, I have been plotting some pretty epic wedding events since I was a kid, but I have now come to the realization that I really have no idea what I am doing.  Not. A. Clue.

We have set our date for May of 2012, which gives us about 9 months to get our wedding planned and paid for. How do I do this without losing my mind? How do I do this without going into enormous amount of debt? How do I do this without putting any financial strain on my family? I’m honestly not sure.  That being said, I am still really excited to marry the man of my dreams and start our life together. I just want to do my best not to alienate him in the process or become one of those monster women who just about lose their damn mind while planning their weddings. My ultimate goal is to have a beautiful wedding planned and still have a groom willing to marry me at the end of the process.

I am hoping this blog will be a great resource for me to get some outside opinions on some of the ideas I have and a means of getting some advice from those out there who have done this or researched this kind of stuff before! Please! Help!! I am also hoping that once all of this is said and done, I can use this to reflect on those stressful moments I am not going to remember a year from now. Those moments were I am struggling and bumbling about and trying on terrible dresses, sampling way to much food and fighting to lose that pre-wedding weight. I know it will be a lot of work to have the “wedding of my dreams,” but I couldn’t be more excited for it.  Despite the stress that is awaiting my fiance and I, we are both really excited to start our lives together. To have our big beginning. Bring it on!

That being said, wish me luck!

Thank You World,

The Bumbling Bride