I don’t know why, but this was one of my favorite projects for the entire wedding. The layout of our venue is kind of weird, so we had an unusual table arrangement. We knew it wouldn’t be super-intuitive to figure out where each table was or where you were supposed to sit. So we made a seating chart sign!
Mr. C had a vision of basically making a sign that was also a tripod/easel. He started by taking a pre-cut 2 x 2 foot piece of wood and staining it. He also cut some pieces of scrap would and stained them too.
Be prepared to get that question a thousand times once you’re engaged. Everyone will want to know how you got the shiny ring on your finger—from distant relatives you haven’t talked to in years, to wedding vendors, and the stranger standing behind you in line at the grocery store.
Mr. Puffer prefers that I tell our story. He says I do a better job of it, but I think he’s just as tired of telling it as I am. And I’ve told our story so many times, I can do it in seven words: “We met online and hit it off.” That’s truncation at its best.
OK, so first, a disclaimer: I’m going to be outsourcing my makeup on W-Day and having my hair salon put my face on. I only wear makeup about once a month, so putting it on is not exactly second nature to me, and I don’t want the extra stress on the day of.
That being said, our bathroom counter looks like this:
Yeah, I know. (It’s usually a liiiiittle bit neater than this.) Despite the fact that I don’t actually wear makeup all that often, I love trying new products. I should note that most of those products are Birchbox samples and/or things I’ve hoarded over the years, so I don’t *actually* spend that much of my income on makeup.
It’s been awhile since I’ve been to these parts, and I do apologize. The last two months have been CRAZY busy! A little stressful, a lot of changes, but still a very exciting time.
In the past two months since my last post here, Mr. W and I have moved and decided who’s furniture was going to be used in our new place, I braved my final dress fittings while dealing with strep throat TWICE, have still been working two jobs, all while planning a wedding for 321 guests (yeah, I’m glad that number didn’t reach 350). But this weekend I get to marry one of my longtime friends, and I couldn’t be anymore thrilled!
I’ve been working on a couple things that I’m excited to share with you all. Some of course after the wedding, but here’s a little of what I can share regarding what I’ve been doing during my brief hiatus:
Sent out thanks you cards:
I found this template on Vistaprint and it was perfect for my Sex and the City themed shower.
Thanks to our bar sign, guests at the wedding will know exactly where the bar is. If it was hard to find before, just look for the giant bar sign made out of bottle caps. Mr. Coral had this idea to create a cool bar sign that we could use for both the wedding and, eventually, his man cave (when he has one).
The first decision was to choose what beers have a perfect mix of enjoyability (for Mr. C to drink while collecting them) and visibility for the actual sign. We decided to go with Yuengling and Blue Moon. The caps were good colors without too much text that would distract from the overall readability of the sign. Mr. C spent a few months saving all of his bottle caps from those beers until he had more than enough for a sign.
When it comes to travel, Mr. Hammer and I tend to follow the “go big or go home” philosophy. We don’t often vacation outside New England, but when we do, we always want to see, eat, and experience as much as possible.
Is anyone else incapable of hearing that sentence structure without immediately picturing this guy?
Exhibit 1: Our post-college road trip. We drove in a loop across the country for a few weeks after we graduated from college, hitting up a ton of national parks along the way, camping and surviving mostly off plain pasta that we cooked on Mama Hammer’s camping stove. This was the trip when I learned Mr. Hammer has no problem combining some pretty weird foods when that’s all we’ve got. I’ll forever remember his bow tie pasta–Parmesan cheese–Craisins innovation. Yum?