We each used the recommended amount (half the bottle before you start drinking, half the bottle when you stop drinking). Since I had, of course, drunk quite a bit of wine throughout the day, I decided to drink the electrolyte powder I had put in the goodie bags too.
I’m back today with more of the bee bloggers’ awesome holiday ornament creations (and purchases!). You can catch up on part 1 right here.
to — Finding a funnel cake ornament was a tough challenge, but I found something small on Etsy. I also grabbed a funnel cake scented candle while I was there. (My only crafty contribution was the custom state fair labels on the candle jar.)
I have been getting a lot of questions recently about what kind of trendy, Pinterest-type ideas I am going to incorporate into our wedding. And don’t get me wrong, I LOVE so many of the trending ideas that are popular in the world of weddings, but if I tried to do all of them, I know I would be overwhelmed. Plus, some ideas just don’t work for our wedding style.
We thought about having a brunch wedding with a cool mimosa bar. / Image via BlueBird Hill
My bachelorette party was last weekend. And it rocked! Many, many thanks go to MOH M. She planned the entire thing with minimal input from me. All I said was that I wanted to do a Yountville (Napa Valley) trip, and she planned the entire thing.
The beauty of Yountville is that it’s one of the most walkable cities in the Napa Valley. There are 12 tasting rooms within the town proper, and 10 restaurants.
Can you believe this is our seventh straight year of the Weddingbee Ornament Exchange? Each year our blogger bees participate in a secret Santa ornament exchange where each bee has the challenge of coming up with a handmade or store-bought ornament for $15 or less, and the ornaments resemble or represent the bee’s moniker that they’ve drawn. We had SO MANY awesome submissions this year that we’re breaking it down into (at least) four posts. Here’s part 1:
to — I couldn’t resist the bright colors and fun patterns on this lion (and yes…it’s a lion and not a lioness, but we’re going to pretend the colors make it a female lion with a sassy hairdo!).
“I’ve spent $40,000 on shoes and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!”
This quote instantly came to mind when I began thinking about saving and paying for our wedding. Only I swapped out the shoes for a wedding, and envisioned Mr. W and myself living in a cardboard box after April 2015. OK, not really, but weddings are super expensive, and Detroit has quickly become one of those cities where the cost of weddings are getting pretty expensive. (Dang, I thought I lived in the Midwest, not the East Coast.)
From the moment we became engaged, I kind of had an idea in my head of how much dinero this wedding would cost. I had a ballpark figure of how much our folks would be pitching in (which is pretty much our reception venue, food, and beverages), but pretty much everything else, Mr. W and I would be responsible for.
Don’t get me wrong, I am so blessed that we both have families that are in the position and WILLING to help us cover the priciest part of the day, but the other little stuff begins to add up. I had initially budgeted that all the extra “stuff” (i.e., photography, linens, chairs, bouquets, boutonnieres, reception centerpieces, day-of transportation) would cost us about an additional $10k (eeekkk), which we are pretty close to hitting. This is not including bridal party gifts, invites, and other little costs that I am sure we will incur.
Add the Pyramids to the list of couples who strongly recommend a first look! In a practical sense, the key driver was to get pictures out of the way, but it also allowed us to spend a special moment together without anyone else around (well, except our paparazzi). Several family members and friends have looked at our pictures and said, “Wait—so you saw each other before?” From their point of view at the ceremony, nothing was missing. Not like I shuffled up the aisle, gave Sphinx the ‘sup nod, and he said, “Oh, hey, it’s you again.” That moment was still special in it’s own way (and when we get there, you’ll see even more why I’m glad we did the first look!).
If you’re anti first look, I’m not trying to sway you otherwise. However, if you like the idea of a first look but are worrying about missing out on “the aisle moment”—trust me, you won’t.