I have been putting off my recaps for a while for a few different reasons, one of them being what you will read below. I apologize for my absence but hope you can understand why it took me so long to finally get started actually writing them.
Mr. Farmer and I picked up the Barn children the Thursday before the wedding. We decided that we wanted some family time to take advantage of the hotel we were staying at before all the wedding festivities started. The Hotel Metroplis, featuring an indoor water park, go-kart track, laser tag, batting cages, arcade, and rock climbing? Oh hell yeah, we were going to live it up! We also wanted to take our time getting to Wisconsin. It was a four and a half hour trip for us, so we wanted to make sure we had the time to stop for plenty of potty breaks and to stretch our legs.
Let’s just point a few things out. I am flawed. I do not have perfect skin. I do not have long hair that grows down my back. I do not have a size two body, let alone a size eight one.
I know these things might be petty to some and they don’t matter. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve also grown to accept these things. Mr. W thinks I’m all right, so that’s what matters. But for our wedding day, I want to try to be the best me possible.
Now once our wedding day arrives, I would have had a total of 473 days to get myself in order. I’m a little more than halfway through that right now, and it’s been a struggle with some things, but for the most part I’m following through. Surprisingly, all these beauty regimens that I am about to share with you are #1. INEXPENSIVE and #2. passed down to me from my grandmother. She literally nags me about this stuff on the regular, but I honestly can’t even be mad at her for getting on my case about the stuff. She’s like a vampire. She’s turning 86 this year…can you tell?
After booking our venue and taking a closer look at the color palette in the space, I knew I had to go in a different direction. “What are your colors?” is a pretty common question for brides-to-be, and at first I had a really hard time answering!
At first, I would say, “We don’t really have colors,” but that wasn’t really true either. I knew it wasn’t true, because as I was settling on different design elements, I could tell which things “didn’t go” with the color scheme and which things just seemed to belong. After a while, I was finally able to articulate our color scheme.
Please excuse janky homemade PowerPoint color palette.
I realize this is a bit overboard, and that ideal palettes tend to have five colors not six, but technically speaking, there are no strict rules. And I think it’s “too much” in a good way. I wanted to have the drama of the Art Deco period while still adding a bit of softness, and the metallics/glitters speak for themselves, don’t they? #teamglitter (Yes, I did just do that. #sorrynotsorry)
The week leading up to our wedding wasn’t really eventful—or maybe it was and I’ve just blocked that part out of my memory. I’ve already mentioned that some tasks took some last minute effort, and others got scratched from the list, and I spent a significant chunk of my time checking the weather. The Monday before the wedding was Memorial Day, so we had an extra day off of work to take care of those last minute items. We had done most of the hard work a few weeks before, which involved packing up all that glassware, labeling the boxes, and loading them into my parents’ giant van, but there were still a million things on the to-do list.
The madness, and the result
But you don’t want to hear about the week-of crazies, no more than I want to relive them. The biggest item to get done was on Wednesday: Sphinx, his parents, my mom, and some other awesome helpers delivered all that decor to the Board of Trade, and they stored it in a back room. This was so helpful, because we didn’t have to worry about transporting all that glassware to the guy who would set it up, and we got it out of our hair a few days in advance.
And with all the formalities out of the way it was time to party! We danced a lot, hive…judging from the photos we got back, I’d say everyone was having as much fun as Billie and I were. We did all the usual wedding dances (electric slide and so on), we danced to some old school, some hip hop, and we ever threw in a polka for our dollar dance. For the most part, our guest had never even heard a polka before, but they improvised like nobody’s business…
After getting back our engagement pictures, I was super excited to start working on save the dates. I checked out some of the popular sites such as Minted and Wedding Paper Divas and lastly Vistaprint. I was extremely impressed with the designs from Minted & WPD, but the prices for 300 magnets was insane to me! I couldn’t justify spending $500 plus dollars on those. But the opposite thing happened on Vistaprint. I was totally unimpressed with their designs, but those prices? I couldn’t get over them. Plus, they are always sending out 40 and 50% off coupons.
I decided I would test out my design skills and go with Vistaprint. I was still dead set on the magnets because they’re just super convenient. To this day up until moving from my apartment, I still had every STD magnet hanging on my fridge. I’m some sort of weird STD hoarder. (That sounds and looks really bad.)
During my quest on Wedding Paper Divas I instantly fell in love with this design. It was really difficult to accept that I wasnt going to be able to have this design because again…I’m frugal. I would like to also point out that great minds think alike (a la Mrs. Pyramid).