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Ok, so I’m officially following the good Dr. Atkins (rest in peace)!
Need to lose some weight pronto to go dress shopping and take engagement pix. This is just a short term solution – I can’t live without carbs forever. But the plan is two weeks on Atkins and then just basic healthy (NO muffins!) eating.
Wish me luck!
I’ve been very unproductive today. A few too many glasses of wine with dinner last night and paying the price today. But hey, looking for invitations for a wedding that’s 11 months away is a productive use of time… right?
After looking at all of the Indian invites, I think I want to stick with my original letterpress plan. Bella Figura seems to run at approx $8 – $10 per invite, including the response card/envelope.
Marsville Letterpress is around the same price – in Canadian Dollars – so it’s actually 30% cheaper. But I’ve heard some girls on theknot having problems with their customer service. Is $300 worth the aggrevation? I don’t know but I really like their invites and they sent me sample papers which I love!
Also I will need a map/direction card with whichever option I pick.
At first, the Indian invites seemed like a total bargain – some as low as 75 cents each. But the invites that I actually like are more like $2.00 – $4.00 each, plus shipping ($100), plus printing costs (how much?), plus the RSVP cards/envelopes (although an extra card for directions is included).
One girl on theknot posted that the envelopes don’t seal(!) and her friend had to ship them in plastic bags. I don’t know if she got them from the same website. Argh! So many details. I think I’ll still order samples from India, but they charge $5.00 per sample plus around $15 for delivery (all refundable if you order from them), so I’m not going to go crazy and order a sample of every invite on the site.
I think I found my videographer! His name is Wes Jones and he meets all of my wish list items:
- videos are less than 30 minutes total
- no cheesey effects
- incorporates super eight
He has two samples on his website and I will meet with him in the next few weeks when he’ll bring more samples with him (he lives outside of the city). Best of all, he’s within my budget (albeit, the max I was willing to spend)!
I’ve been checking out more Indian invites looking for more pastel/less ethnic looking designs. I think I’ll order a few samples and then decide.
Front & Insert
Inside & Envelope
I’ve also been looking a bit at invites. Right now I have it down to two things: letterpress or Indian. Indian? Yes Indian! You can get GORGEOUS invites from India at a fraction of the cost of US. I just have to make sure they are not overly ethnic. Let me know what you think…
These are both from Marsville Letterpress which is a Canadian company with great prices.
Bella Figura letterpress invitations.
Indian Invites: Inside View
Inserts (invites, direction cards, etc.)
There are tons of others I like and will order samples in various colors.
There is something very interesting on the indian invite website – they offer calligraphy for envelopes but computer printing costs MORE than hand written calligraphy! Crazy!
I saw some more flower ideas that I thought would go with the orange/peach theme and thought I would post so I have them for easy reference (this is like my virtual scrap book for the wedding!).
I love these and think it would work for both me, the BMs and/or something similar as table arrangments!
I like the look of Orange and Hot Pink, but I don’t think it’s what I want for my wedding.
MK just sent flowers to my office (I sorta started a new job last week). The card says:
“Something to Brighten Your New Office. I Love you. MK”
How sweet is he???? Course, I’m going to have to take them home since it’s Friday, so they’ll be brightening up my dining room instead.
What do y’all think of this color combo? Please ignore the types of flowers for now. I just want to make sure there are color combos (both for BM dresses and flowers) that go well with the Monique Lhullier dress before ordering it!
Orange/peach isn’t what I had originally envisioned for a June wedding, but I think it will work nicely. The idea would be that BM’s get off-white flowers and I get either peachy or orange flowers.
Tomorrow, I might post purple color combos. I find it sooo helpful to see things side-by-side!
Or maybe I can have bright orange flowers and the BM’s would have a white version of the same?
One of my BM’s just reminded me that she may be preggers during my wedding. These are the maternity styles that Jim Hjelm has in chiffon fabric to match the “regular” BM dresses. The style would be the preggers BM’s choice (somehow, I don’t think the second strappy dress would work after 7 months or so ).
Kleinfeld’s Bridesmaids’ Loft has the full line of Jim Hjelm dresses and swatches of all of the fabrics so ladies, you will be able to see how it fits in your size! I think chiffon is a sexy, but forgiving (!) fabric.
Celebrity Engagement Rings from ohnotheydidn’t.
Camilla Parker Bowles
Heather Mills – Paul McCartney’s gal
Rod Stewart’s gal
Kimberly Stewart? Rod Stewart’s daughter.
Liam Gallagher of Oasis. I don’t know the girl’s name.
Anna Nicole Smith
Victoria and David Beckham
The ring: A ?40,000 marquise-cut solitaire diamond from Van Cleef & Arpels, bought from a jeweller?s in Manchester.
The graft: Back in 1999, Becks? basic salary at Manchester United was ?1.35 million ? but that was nothing compared to his lucrative sponsorship deals. When you totted it all up, it would have taken him just 24 hours to earn the money to pay for this ring.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez
The ring: A ?700,000, six-carat pink solitaire diamond ring from Harry Winston.
The graft: The year he got engaged to J.Lo, Ben was already earning over ?5m per movie. To earn the money to pay for this famous ring, he needed to be on screen in road-rage drama Changing Lanes for just 14 minutes.
Jude Law and Sienna Miller
The ring: A ?20,000 gold ring with nine diamonds set in platinum.
The graft: Jude currently makes between ?4 and ?5 million per film ? so we calculate his ring for Sienna cost him a mere 30 seconds of Cold Mountain screen time.
Donald Trump and Melania Krauss
The ring: A 12-carat diamond ring from New York jewellers Graff worth ?1.5m ? which Donald got at the knockdown price of ?700,000.
The graft: This ring came in at exactly one tenth of Donald?s annual earnings – or just over one month?s worth . But when he was accused of stinginess, the billionaire retorted: ?Only a fool would say, ?No thank you, I want to pay a million dollars more for a diamond?.?
Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman
The ring: A ?30,000 20-carat diamond ring.
The graft: As the co-founder of Christina’s management company, Jordan is thought to earn around ?100,000. So while Ms Aguilera continues to be coy about her engagement, her fiancee has spent nearly four months? wages on a ring for her.
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline
The ring: A five-carat diamond ring which cost ?25,000.
The graft: As a dancer and model, Kevin is thought to earn around ?35,000 a year. But it?s been reported that Britney’s put him on her payroll ? and even that she paid for this ring herself! If Kevin was indeed a gent, though, this ring amounted to nearly nine months of his salary.
Some BM dresses I like (all from Jim Hjelm).
I don’t want strapless dresses for the BM’s. I also like these BM dresses (minus the flower on the left), but not with the Monique Lhiullier dress.
Maybe with this Angel Sanchez dress??? I need to make an appointment at Saks – they carry both Monique Lhiullier and Angel Sanchez.