A month or so ago I found an article in a Wedding Magazine (and if I could remember said Wedding Magazine and article I would tell you, but I can’t remember for the life of me) where the Bride and Groom at herb themed tables and favors. I fell in love with this idea because it was finally at favor FH and I could do that fit with our venue and our life. We love to cook and we want to start an herb garden after we’re married.
Honestly, at first I wanted to to flower seed packets and flower themed tables, but I was told, “Dude’s don’t want flower packets”, fine no flowers, boooo. I also like this idea because if a guest doensn’t like their favor and A) doesn’t take it home, we’ll gladly keep it; or B) throws it away, its kinda green and wont fill up some landfill.
Fast forward a month (or two) and my mom purchases the new Real Simple Weddings 2009 and finds the same idea.
MOB doesn’t remember me telling her about this already and thinks this is a FANTASTIC idea! Ummm, yeah, I know! So we brainstrom idea (no venn diagrams, sorry) and decide we are going to have herb themed tables and give corresponding herb seed packets for those guest. We were going to grow the herbs and give them each a little potted herb, but decided against it when we realize alot of guest would have to transport their herb back after staying the night in a hotel and didn’t want to make their treck back home more difficult worrying about spilling dirt.
I was still a little miffed about just giving people seeds (and maybe a pot) for our guest to plant themselves when I came across this post and realized I could give our guest one of those little pods, too. Shelly even already figured out the math for me of about .25 cents a favor.
Now I just need to figure out a cute way to package them with a little explanation card… which shouldn’t be difficult. YAY!
96 -You started watching Heroes because I like it and now you’ve seen more episodes than me.
97 – You found us the most awesome band for the wedding
98 – You take on wedding projects to make my life easier
99 – You find us wines you think I’ll like
100 – You like my vanilla smelly lotion
I know I haven’t shown you my bridesmaid dresses yet, but I wish I had an extra $800 lying around to buy these shoes for my bridesmaids.
Damn you J Crew!
Dear White House Black Market,
I love you! I go our searching for rehearsal dresses and shower dresses and you deliver in your New Spring Arrivals. I ask for something with straps this time, and hello Chiffon Hydrangea Print Dress
and, not that I need a new red clutch, but what is that in her hand?
Hello, Silk Rosette Clutch, I think you would go nicely with the Cole Haan shoes I have my eye on.
But, wait there’s more! Looking for a pretty white cardigan?
or a white rehearsal dress, or wedding dress for garden or court house wedding?
Thank you White House Black Market! My shopping cart runneth over 🙂
91 – You humor my waffle cravings
92 – You email with me all day at work
93 – Everyone at your office always says how smart you are
94 – You enjoy wine as much as me
95 – You understand that I get crabby when I’m hungry
but still I who has $6,295 to spend on shoes, especially in this economy?!? Not me.
However this may help me feel better about buying these beauties, by Cole Haan for $428.
They’re even from the Nike Air line, so my feetsies will be cozy all day!
The Wednesday after I first went met with Lynn at Jinny’s Bridal, I took BM J and her adorable son L to look at my top wedding dress contenders.
The first dress I showed her I had liked, but MOB liked MUCH more. I unfortunately don’t have a picture of this dress because Jinny’s had taken the tag off and only had a style number on the sale’s tag. My guess is it was a knock off of another dress because it was only $500, but I don’t know for sure. The dress was a typical A-line cut; it had a jewel booby area and a rooshed bodice and at the hip the skirt went out a little and fell to the floor. This dress was by far the poofiest one I tried on. I actually really like the way it fit but I wasn’t a fan of the random lace trim on the bottom of the skirt. Plus, I also didn’t understand how a dress with more parts to it was less busy than a solid lace gown… anyway. BM J liked that dress, but I could tell she wasn’t in love with it – and besides she had only seen me in my Presents dress and this dress.
The next dress was Antonia Marie also by Maggie Sottero.
Antonia Marie was a beautiful dress and the neckline looked fantastic on me. The fabric was very light, but to shimmery for my taste and there was something about the bottom lace on the bodice that did not appeal to me. BM J also liked this dress, but was a HUGE fan, she said she loved it, but I could tell she wasn’t in love with it.
The last dress I tried on Paigely by Maggie Sottero
This was the dress were minute Lynn had me laced up in this dress I fell in love. I loved the lace and the way it fit me like a glove. I was orignally a little nervous about being so in love with Paigely beause she was the first dress I tired on after almost purchasing a dress I didn’t really love (after all). When I had come the first time I could tell BM F loved it and MOH did too, however MOB was not a fan, it was written all over her face. MOB said it was my wedding dress, and I could pick what I wanted, but I knew she didn’t like it. BM J also LOVED this dress as much as me 🙂 and having it on again a few days later I knew Paigely was my dress.
Lynn wrote up the pricing for my MOB to call in her credit card before Sunday and I left happy knowing I had actually found THE DRESS this time, but anxious because I knew MOB wasn’t going to like that I chose the dress she didn’t like as much – and that is the reason I waited until today to write the conclusion to this series, I wanted to make sure that MOB bought the dress before I told everyone I had a dress. No, MOB is not 100% happy with my decision, but yes, she did buy me the dress and hopefully she will get over her hang-up with the dress like she’s promised.
86 – 3 words – Green Bean Table
87 – We get excited about going to Ikea and having Swedish Meatballs for dinner
88 – We kick butt at Scategories
89 – You REALLY like mashed potatoes
90 – You call me a Silly Goose
So, Saturday morning MOB and MOH met BM F for my appointment with Lynn at Jinny’s Bridal in Huntington Beach. BM J couldn’t make this trip because she (her husband and adorable son) already had plans to go to Big Bear with another family. The rainy season of February had started, so I was really surprised we made it to Jinny’s on time… I was however a little embarrassed that I was in Uggs and a thermal, but what is a girl to do when she isn’t used to cold weather?
Knowing in advance that Jinny’s didn’t have Anastasia, printed out a couple dresses I like and brought them with me.
A dress that I didn’t save the designer for (I’m sorry, please let me know, if you know whose this is)
and of course Anastasia, just in case.
Lynn immediately showed me a dress by Maggie Sottero that had been very popular and flattering a couple brides in the past, I wasn’t a HUGE fan of this dress, but I told Lynn I would try on anything and off I went… Lynn helped me get into dress while MOB, MOH and BM F found more dresses for me to try on and checked out the BM dresses. At one point MOB even found a dress for another bride in the salon.
Ultimately my favorite dress was the first dress Lynn had shown me – I loved the way it fit and how skinny it made me look, I tried on about 10 other dresses, but I kept coming back to THAT DRESS. MOH and BM F really liked the dress, but MOB didn’t like it very much… because MOB really liked the dress that was discontinued and thought my new love was “too busy” and “too fancy” for my venue. So, to please MOB I tried on 2 more dresses which were pretty, but just weren’t me, I really like the first dress.
Since Lynn had and appointment and I still had to get my deposit back from La Soie before I could purchase another dress, Lynn wrote down the tree top contenders. For the next 1/2 hour MOH and BM F tried on BM dresses and then we went home.
Coming up next in Part 5 – I’ll show you my favortie dress, I have to decide on a Maggie dress by this Sunday to get 10% off (and I want to get my dress at Jinny’s because that means my BMs also get 10% on their dresses), and BM J sees my dress 🙂
FH and I have talked on and off about what we want as our first dance song to be and we’ve always agreed it would be something by Michael Buble or Jamie Cullum because we listened to them a lot at the beginning of our relationship and FH says they remind him of me. We even kind of agreed on a song without saying, “yes, that is it, that is our first dance song.” Jamie Cullum’s But For Now.
“But For Now”
Sure I know you’d like to have me
Talk about my future
And a million words or so to fill you in about my past
Have I sisters or a brother
When’s my birthday how’s my mother
Well my dear in time I’ll answer all those things you ask
But for now I’ll just say I love you
Nothing more seems important somehow
And tomorrow can wait come whatever
Let me love you forever but right now
Some fine day when we go walking
We’ll take time for idle talking
Sharing every feeling as we watch each other smile
I’ll hold your hand you’ll hold my hand
We’ll say things we never had planned
Then we’ll get to know each other in a little while
But for now let me say I love you
Later on there’ll be time for so much more
But for now meaning now and forever
Let me kiss you my darling then once more
But for now let me say I love you
Later on I must know much more of you
But for now here and now how I love you
As you are in my arms I love you
I love you
I love you
Then the Grammy’s were on Sunday and Justin Timberlake and Al Green performed the Reverend’s Let’s Stay Together and I said, “that would make a really good first dance song,” and FH perked right up… so now this may be our first dance song.
“Let’s Stay Together”
I, I’m so in love with you
Whatever you want to do
Is all right with me
‘Cause you make me feel so brand new
And I want to spend my life with you
Since, since we’ve been together
Loving you forever
Is what I need
Let me be the one you come running to
I’ll never be untrue
Let’s, let’s stay together
Lovin’ you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad
Whether times are good or bad, happy or sad
Why somebody, why some people break up
Then turn around and make up
I just can’t see
You’d never do that to me (would you, baby)
Staying around you is all I see
(Here’s what I want us to do)
(repeat to fade):
Let’s, we oughta stay together
Loving you whether, whether
Times are good or bad, happy or sad
What is your first dance song?