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Who Wants to be a Millionaire is a having a special where engaged couples compete to “Play to Pay” for their weddings. I found out about it through theknot and signed us up for an audition slot last week. Got an email today that MK and I have an audition on August 23rd!
Even if we do well on the audition, we only *might* make it on the show. And even if we make it on the show, there’s no guarantee that we will wind up in the hot seat. Argh! Anyway, I’m awful at trivia so I doubt we will pass the audition stage, but it will be fun.
I bought a Monique Lhuiller dress. The skirt and sash are the same one that I had picked out a few months ago, but I decided to go with a different top. It was such a tough choice; I hope I made the right one. I have to go back in two months to be re-measured… hopefully I’ll be a size smaller. In the meantime, they can get the lace in from Europe and the dress will be ready in February.
The Top of the Dress (but in ivory):
Skirt and sash (my color of my sash is “honey” – I think it may be darker than the color below.)
The standard length for the skirt is 59″, which is exactly what I need with 3 1/4″ inch heels. This means I’ll be a bit limited when I go shoe shopping. No 100mm Jimmy Choos , but really, I probably don’t want to be in 4 inch heels all night anyway!
For brides on a tight budget and a lot of time on your hands, check out MrsAmazon’s knot profile. The breakdown of how much she spent is on the bottom. Absolutely incredible! I wish I could do half of that for twice as much!
I’m very excited… I’m going dress shopping tomorrow with my mother! Monique Lhuillier is having a trunk show at Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier. I was on the wait list, but they called me today with a few cancellations, so I’m in. If I order a Monique Lhiullier dress tomorrow, I’ll get 10% off, which is great! Kleinfeld was offering me a slightly bigger discount, but I figure the difference will be eaten up in the cab rides I’d have to make to and from Chelsea for fittings, etc.
This may sound weird, but I don’t feel like I really see what I look like when I look in the mirror. Hopefully my mother can sneak in a few digital pictures when I’m trying on the dresses…
Both MK and I are Jewish, but neither of us are particularly religious. We are going to have a Jewish ceremony – with a rabbi/cantor, under a chuppah, etc. But I don’t want the ceremony to be overly religious. I was recently thinking about readings and thought we would have one from the bible and one a little more unique.
What do you guys think about a selection from Dr. Seuss? How much of it would you have read (I think the whole book is a bit too long). I might change the names at the end of the poem to match something to do with us.
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the COUPLE who’ll decide where to go.
You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.
And you may not find any
you’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.
It’s opener there
in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.
And when things start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.
THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!
You’ll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!
I know… I know… you all are getting tired of my invitations. But I think I’ve found the *perfect* invites. I’m not sure what style I’ll go with, but the company is called Papel Vivo — they are based in Canada, so the US prices are rather reasonable for letterpress! Here are some styles that I like:
They can also do matching place cards, table numbers, direction cards, etc. I think I’m still going to go with the Shutterfly Save the Dates, because I’m not quite ready to commit to an invitation style and definitely not a color!
Unfortunately, my photographer is booked every weekend in August, so we’re not going to be able to take engagement pictures until September. If we send the Save the Dates in October, guests will still have 9 months to plan for it, which I think is plenty.
Check out Shutterfly for great Save the Dave designs. Rather than using one of their pre-made designs, I used a plain picture and then enhanced it with a calender boarder. I don’t like how I look in this picture and will likely use a different one, but this is the style I’ll probably use. I’ll circle the wedding date with a permanent marker.
I’m still playing with the wording and fonts, but this is how the inside right and left could look.
The cards are pretty inexpensive.
Cards Price (per card)
I might actually make two versions, most will say “Kelly” which is actually my nickname and 20 or so will have my real first name so that my parents can send them out to their friends.
Shutterfly can stamp and address the cards for you for an additional 49 cents — which is totally worth it, considering that stamps are 30-something cents, so they’re charging almost nothing for printing the addresses and return address! I need to see if they could address everything for me but NOT mail out the cards, since I would still have to circle the actual date on the cover of the card. Otherwise, I’ll have to address everything myself.
I’d like to take care of the Save the Dates before the end of August.
I’ve already lost 2 pounds! I know that it’s just water, but it makes me feel better and motivated to lose more!
I’ve been on Atkins since lunch on Saturday. Lunch? Yep – I had wheaties and soy milk and a peach for breakfast.
I woke up at 5:30 am on Saturday morning with heartburn. I had gone out to dinner nearly every night last week, eating and drinking too much. I couldn’t fall back asleep and felt generally icky so I decided that I really needed to go on a diet.
But MK and I had gone to D’Agostino’s Friday night and bought Wheaties so I was excited about eating them for breakfast. I don’t usually have cereal in the house because I would snack on it too much. So I decided to have my Wheaties (it’s not like I wanted a glazed donut) and start my new carb-free life with lunch.
My goal is 10 pounds for dress shopping and another 10-15 for the wedding. I’ve never been thin, and that’s not really my goal. I look great when I’m one size smaller and FANTASTIC when I’m two sizes smaller than I am right now. Any more than that and I’d lose my boobs!
I know I’ve gained around 5-10 pounds since last fall. MK hasn’t said anything, but I know that he’s noticed. I’ve also been exercising less so I’ve gotten “softer.” I didn’t make it to the gym this morning, but will do my best to go at lunch!