I mentioned in a previous post that my bridesmaids won’t be holding bouquets as they walk down the aisle and the groomsmen (and groom) won’t be having boutonnieres. This is because the weather may be what one would call stinking and stupidly hot. For the bridal party, who will be in suits, dresses, and heels and walking, standing, posing, and smiling all day, the heat could be potentially horrendous. To add to this, half the bridal party are from the much cooler climes of New Zealand, specifically Christchurch (with one from Auckland).
And so, with that said, we’ve decided that the groom and groomsmen won’t be getting boutonnieres as they’ll, likely, not be wearing their suit jackets for most of the day. In lieu of a lack of boutonnieres, the groom and groomsmen will have custom-made shirts that’ll differentiate them from each other!
As for my girls, they’ll be given parasols to shade them from the heat. This way it’ll act as a twofold item—as an alternative to the bouquet to carry down the aisle, and as a way to shade them from the heat when we’re out and about taking photos and being generally bridal-party-like.
For those who aren’t convinced that parasols for bridesmaids are an awesome idea, look at this!
Bridesmaids carrying parasols, so dainty! / Image via Martha Stewart Weddings
clarem1987 shares this photo of her cascading bouquet and her gorgeous bridesmaids, dressed in blue.
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(This is Part Two of what is apparently becoming my series on potentially awkward guest list dilemmas. Missed Part One? NBD, you didn’t miss much.)
Think about this, hive. Assuming you work a standard 40 hour week, you probably spend more waking hours with your coworkers than with anyone else in your life.
God bless the poor souls who work with me.
ANYWAY. Spending that much quality time with anyone, you get to know them pretty well. I’ve been with the same employer since graduating college, and I’ve been on my current team for two years now. I absolutely love my job, and I am fortunate enough to work for some truly wonderful people. No, none of them read Weddingbee (to my knowledge). So it made sense that I would at least consider inviting some coworkers to the wedding.
But before I go any further, let me make one thing clear.
Sorry, guys; I felt like channeling MySpace circa 2005. (via Glitterfy)
Capisce? Actually, let’s be real, you’re not obligated to invite ANYONE to your wedding that you don’t want to invite.
That said, here was our thought process…
Hola, bees! As a bitter cold hits pretty much everyone here in the US, I’m so thrilled to introduce our newest bee from Mexico! She’ll bring a bit of sun and warmth to all of us! Please join me in welcoming Miss Weather Vane to the hive!
Miss Weather Vane, Mexico City
Age and Occupation: 32, Baker
Fiance’s Age and Occupation: 36, Clinical Researcher
Engagement Date: February 25, 2013
Wedding Date: March 2013
Venue: Downtown Mexico City
About Me: I am a baker who loves reading fiction and memoirs, watching reality TV, Elvis Presley, nail polish, bright red lips, glitter, and pretty much everything that can be self-taught. My FI is a hardcore U2 fan, who loves everything Mario Puzo and mafia related, plays baseball, and enjoys watching sports-related talk shows. We are planning a formal wedding in our hometown of Mexico City.
Merry Christmas, hive! I just love this time of year, especially now that I have children in my life. There is such an innocence with them that all the family drama that tends to go along with major holidays just melts away. The other night I walked upstairs to see how A was coming on brushing her teeth, and she was counting something on her fingers as she was brushing.
Me: “Whatcha doing, A?”
A: “Counting the days until Christmas.”
I mean, come on! The only cloud over our Christmas this year is we decided last week to tell her that we are really behind the Elf on the Shelf. It was rough. Anyway, on to the fun!
WHAT I’VE ASKED SANTA FOR
I have wanted a pair of Hunter Wellies for a ridiculous amount of time. They’ve been in my Zappos cart for…four months? Five? I haven’t pulled the trigger because I don’t need them, but I want them so badly!
Image via Zappos
I should probably alert someone to the fact I want these (Mr. B?). It should also be noted that I need the adjustable ones because I have freakishly large calves, probably due to the fact all my hobbies involve leg strength.
Speaking of hobbies, now that I have changed my name I need to replace all of my riding stuff that has my old monogram on it. I asked for a new tack trunk, and a monogrammed cover would be a perfect complement.
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And with a blink of the eye, our reception was coming to an end.
Photo by Lisa Rigby Photography
The cupcakes and some coffee and tea were put out for people to enjoy.
After the wedding, I started to get concerned about what to do with my dress. More specifically, would I keep it or sell it? I’m a very sentimental person, so I always thought I would keep it. But for practical reasons I wasn’t sure if that would be the best option, especially considering I could probably make a decent amount of money if I sell the dress. But regardless of what I decided to do, the dress needed a serious cleaning. I specifically remembered dropping poutine somewhere on the skirt, and the bottom was pretty dirty since we had trekked around outside in the rain to take photos.
I know Mrs. Funnel Cake has an excellent tutorial on how to clean your wedding dress yourself; however being the non-DIY person that I am, I didn’t want to take on such a massive project and potentially ruin my dress. At first, I was just going to bring my dress to the dry cleaners, but after doing some research, I wanted to make sure I put my beautiful dress in the hands of someone who was an expert specifically in wedding-dress cleaning (as I’ve heard and read horror stories about bringing it to a regular dry cleaner).
My Pronovias Benicarlo—the second love of my life / Photo by Sarelle Photos
So after a quick search on Google, I came across Orange Restoration Labs, a company that specializes in wedding-dress cleaning. And better yet, it was just about 20 minutes south of where I live in Connecticut. So I set up an appointment and brought my dress to Sally, the owner of the company.
Hello hive! Tomorrow starting at 8:00 AM PST, we’ll be starting our first ever all-day post-a-thon! We’re hoping to get more of you international bees involved than ever before, since we now have some new hostesses representing the UK, Australia, and even Korea! So please join us whenever you have time on the boards tomorrow, starting at 8:00 AM and going until 10:00 PM Pacific time.
A post-a-thon is a time where lots of blogger bees, hostesses, and hive members gather on the Weddingbee boards to hang out and have a great time together. We will open a chat thread to discuss anything from upcoming holiday plans, hopeful holiday proposals, winter weather where you are, and just general chit chat!
We also encourage everyone to start their own posts on the boards to take advantage of so many bees being online at once! Hopefully you all can get some great ideas and/or help with your wedding plans!
Hope you can join us!!