As soon as we became engaged, I had venue on the mind. And with good reason! There’s really not much planning you can do without knowing where you’re getting married.
At this point, we were still ball-parking a head count, and we had very few actual requirements.
I knew I wanted something in Bend.
I thought something outdoors would be cool.
And keep me the hell out of a golf course.
Well, unfortunately, my dislike of the golf course wedding (which there is absolutely nothing wrong with—my sister-in-law’s golf course wedding was breathtaking) spawned from the feeling that the only venues in Central Oregon are golf courses! They’re beautiful and well groomed, but just not our style.
We asked and you delivered! You guys suggested some amazing names for Celia Grace’s wedding dress from their 2015 collection. We’ve narrowed it down to four, and once again we’re leaving it in your hands! Please vote below on your favorite name for this dress.
As a reminder, the dress looks like this:
Celia Grace connects women around the world so they can help each other—women in the US and Europe help seamstresses in India and Cambodia earn respect and a living wage so they can better themselves, their families, and their communities. Celia Grace seamstresses help brides have even more beautiful, joyful, and meaningful weddings.
By naming each dress after an inspiring woman Celia Grace continues this cycle of building positive connections between women around the world.
We hosted our rehearsal dinner at the restaurant in the other hotel from our hotel block. In the welcome letters I crafted, I invited everyone who was checking in on Friday to our dinner. We did not want it to be a very formal affair, and we wanted our guests to stop in, have a bite to eat, and say hello.
Mr. Farmer and I decided to rent a limo bus to transport our bridal party from The Hotel Metropolis to Johnnie’s Italian Steakhouse. It wasn’t more than a 10 minute trip, but we wanted to make it as easy as possible. It’s the little things!
Mr. Farmer and me rocking our rehearsal dinner outfits. Living on the farm doesn’t allow us the chance to dress up often, so we completely took advantage of the opportunity to get nice and cleaned up. We all loaded up into the limo bus, and away we went. … read more
Choosing a date to wed was not a decision that Mr. Orca and I took lightly. We’re big on celebrations, and we see anniversaries as another holiday. It bewilders me that there are people who forget anniversaries—and enough of them that it has become a classic joke of sorts! Because our current anniversary, November 17th, was not an option*, we set out to find a new day that would, in a way, define us. Humor me while I reminisce on a few November 17ths past…
Anniversary #1 at the High Desert Museum, 2009 (personal picture)
One of my favorite DIY projects for the wedding so far has been arranging the vintage stamps for the outside of the Save the Dates and the invitations.
I thought I would share a few pointers about using vintage stamps for wedding stationary.
Stamps maintain their face value forever. Regardless of when a stamp was issued, it will retain it’s face value. In order to use vintage stamps, they just need to be combined achieve the current postage. Make sure you leave enough space on the envelope!
Face value = postal value. It doesn’t matter what you paid for a stamp, as far as the post office is concerned, the value of the stamp is the face value. This is important because many of the LOVE stamps and other gorgeous stamps are now selling for well over their face value and getting your hands on them can drastically increase your postage costs.
You need mint condition stamps. It might seem obvious, but you need to find stamps that have never been used (aka cancelled) before. If the stamps are in sheets or plate blocks (the collector’s term for four stamps together), you’ll know they are un-used, but if they are singletons it can be harder to tell. We found a few singles that appeared mint at first, but then upon closer inspection, we noticed they had the slightest cancellation marks. Lacking gum is a red flag that the stamp may not be mint.
Look for face value stamps you like IN PERSON. The vintage stamp market is one of those where shopping online is not an advantage. Going to a stamp shop (if you can find one) or a stamp show and asking to see the face value stamps is your best bet.
Choosing stamps that might not be obvious for a wedding is to your advantage. I found a couple full sheets of fantastic suffragette stamps at face value. Love me some Lucretia Mott.
But for now, this fun wedding before-and-after questionnaire was started by Miss Border Collie and Mrs. Barn, and I was excited to play, too.
As a bonus, I got the mister to answer, as well. I’ve been shocked at his overall excitement and interest toward the wedding, so I feel like this wouldn’t be complete without him. Funny note—I did NOT show him my answers before he filled his out, so it’s very interesting to compare what we say.
I’ll fill this in again after the wedding and see how my answers change.
1. What is your biggest priority for the event (e.g., catering, photography)?