I was so very very excited to register at West Elm. The maid reasons for that were:
West Elm is my very favorite home décor store.
We don’t have a West Elm in Charleston, so it’s always a treat to visit.
I wanted to register for some fun things that really show our personality (more than just a toaster or a crock pot).
Did I mention that I love West Elm?!
West Elm only very recently started a registry system, and I am so glad they did. Their décor is unique and beautiful and at a good gift-giving price point. Some things are a little more than we might usually spend, but I think they are perfect for a wedding registry.
I was fully prepared to register online (see #2 above), but we actually headed up to Chapel Hill for a wedding last weekend and decided to stop by the Southpoint store while we were there. I was slightly nervous because of the kind of bad experience we had registering at Bed Bath & Beyond, but Mr. Coral is such a touch-and-feel kinda guy, and he really wanted to see things in real life.
“I had a bad dream last night,” he said to me this morning as we were getting ready for work. Mr. S rarely remembers his dreams and when it’s a nightmare, it’s usually about one of us dying. I’m told dreams about specific people dying are actually a sign of long life, so I’m not too worried. Anyway, I urged him to continue, wondering how his subconscious had killed me off this time.
“The wedding cake didn’t have any filling.”
My face instantly contorted into that “Huh??” shape. Of course I’ve had my fair share of wedding related nightmares. In one, the florist showed up with no flowers. In another, guests arrived at the ceremony site on the wrong day and forced me into my wedding dress even as I protested and told them all to go home. But my wedding nightmares seemed normal, almost expected, given how much time I spend planning obsessing over our wedding. For the most part, Mr. S has been spared all the intense nitty-gritty of logistics, to do lists, and massive spreadsheets, so it was even more surprising that his recollection of his dream was so vivid.
So, you’d probably have to be a little crazy to finish your wedding programs three and a half months in advance. Call me crazy! I started on these back in March, and when Mr. BC was in town earlier this month, I told him he had to finish them got to have a hand in making them. So, while he was in town he finished all the cutting and gluing of the petals. This weekend I finally assembled them. I think they turned out pretty nice!
It is a testament to how much I love weddings and how much I love my husband and how much I love Weddingbee that five whole years into my marriage, I still jump at the chance to write a post about my wedding here!
This post series is well timed, as our five year anniversary is coming up in just a couple of weeks, and I was planning on popping in to say “hi” from The Stars anyway.
As you can see, we are still in love and still very much enjoying our life together:
Photo from a friend’s wedding
Does anyone here even remember our wedding? Here’s a refresher, just in case you don’t!
The internet has, quite obviously, done a lot for shopping. It allows you to find anything that you could ever dream up at any time of the day or night. Often, you can find it for a killer price. But despite all of the obvious pluses of the internet, there’s still nothing quite like shopping in real life.
I’ve about driven myself crazy looking at bridesmaids’ dresses online. I’ve looked at mint dresses, ombre dresses, and floral Lilly Pulitzer dresses. I’ve looked at wedding stores, department stores, and China-based knock-off Etsy shops. And I haven’t made a decision. And I have just felt anxious and nervous about the whole thing.
And then I decided to just go, in real life, to a bridal store. I don’t know why this was such a concept for me. I guess I was nervous about gathering all my girls and so set on not inconveniencing anyone. It was so much easier just to look online at night or cruise Nordstrom.com on my lunch break.
I decided to focus my search on long chiffon gowns in shades of mint. Because of the variety of shades that I wanted, I knew that I would need to buy from a bridal store instead of a generic department store. Luckily, Charleston has tons of bridal boutiques.