Monday, July 28, 2014

Cocktails on Monday

I spent the weekend relaxing at home, though I did venture out to get a bridesmaid dress altered, and on Sunday I went to church and had lunch with my young life girl. But for the most part I had a sketchbook in front of me and I was glued to my laptop, doodling ideas for my invitations, watching Harry Potter and sipping cocktails with my roommates.

Favorite Summer Cocktail:
Grapefruit Juice
Sparkling Perrier with Grapefruit
Squeeze of Lime
Gin (or vodka)

Enjoy over ice with a crazy straw, chips and guacamole.
Preferably while lounging by the pool. 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Save the Dates and Invitations

By now our save the dates have reached all our guests (I hope) so I thought I'd share it with my blogging family too! I designed them myself and had them made into magnets on Vistaprint. Not always the most user friendly website (mom ended up with 140 American flag return address labels by mistake) but they are affordable and the turn around is quick! Plus they let you upload your own designs and personalize the envelopes as well.

They turned out great and my mom and I had a fun time addressing them all over the 4th of July weekend. I also ordered extra envelopes by mistake which ended up being a good thing since we are both kind of OCD when it comes to penmanship.
I love walking by our fridge now and staring at our magnet! My stomach does a little flip every time I see it. And I don't think I'll ever get sick of that picture!

 I am now starting to work on figuring out our formal invitations and the other papery pieces needed, like programs and menus and place cards. I love good paper and I think quality invitations can really set the tone for our wedding and give our guests a feel for the big day.

I'm going back and forth between having them custom made, or designing everything myself. I want something simple, but with a little whimsy thrown in. I like mismatched papers with different colors and textures, dreamy calligraphy, and gold foil. Here are a few of my favorite pins at the moment. 
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Put down the gun!

We still need to confirm/arrange/book:
the church
the band
the videographer
the stationer
the rentals
the flowers
the cake...

The guest list has grown quite large and the to do list even larger.
But it's all good. It's all coming together. I'm having so much fun checking things off.

And this weekend I checked off a BIG one...I registered!

I took my friend as a stand-in for T.J. and hit the trifecta of registry stores: Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma, and Bed, Bath & Beyond. It was so fun to pick out things that will fill the cabinets, and closets, and tabletops in our home. I tried to pick pieces that I think both T.J. and I will like, though I'm not sure he'd agree that we need the 12 adorable juice glasses that I picked out, or the ceramic garlic keeper, or the linen napkins...

But I walked up and down the aisles and daydreamed about hosting dinner parties with those very napkins paired with our new dishes, and cooking our first Thanksgiving turkey in my very own roasting pan, and folding clean towels for visiting guests.

It was just such a fun day! And while I'm so bummed that T.J. didn't get to do it with me, at least he can look at our list online and make sure he likes all my choices. Plus I know we'll have a blast unwrapping and unpacking our new housewares together out in Washington.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bridesmaid Boxes

I have 9 bridesmaids.
They are spread out across the country, and there's even one in Canada.  My sister (obviously my maid of honor), T.J.'s sister, my cousin, and six more girls who are, or were at one point, roommates of mine.

All these girls are so special to me. They're the ones who no matter how far apart we are or how long it's been since we've seen each other in person, I know they will always be my best friends. I wanted to find a special way to ask each of them to stand up with me on my wedding day and to let them know how important they are to me. I had seen such a cute project over on the blog Rinse. Repeat. a couple years ago and it's been pinned on my secret Pinterest board ever since. I couldn't wait to pull it together for my own wedding.

I headed to the craft store and picked up 9 white boxes, green acrylic paint, gold paint pens and cream card stock. I also got cute mini brown envelopes big enough for a gift card, and brown and white baker's twine. The idea is that all these colors will eventually coordinate with our wedding colors so this will also be a little sneak peak into the feel of our celebration.

To start, I wrote each girl's name in gold calligraphy on the top of the boxes. Inside the lid I wrote "be my bridesmaid?" then drew a decorative bracket and painted around the border in the green paint.
Inside each box I included 4 cards with information about the wedding and their role, the names and phone numbers for the other girls in the bridal party, and all about their dresses. (Plus an extra special letter for my sister asking her to be my maid of honor.) I bundled the cards together and tied it in a bow with the bakers twine. 
Since I have already picked out the dresses I want my bridesmaids to wear, I also reached out to J.Crew for 9 fabric swatches in my chosen color to include in each box. My plan is for each girl to wear a long dress of the same fabric and color but to have a variety of styles. There are four different dresses at J.Crew that I am happy for the girls to choose between. I printed out a card with a picture of each dress and the name of the style below. That way they can pick the one that will suit them best. I also gave them information on how to order their dress. 
And for funsies I included wintergreen tic tacs and a j.crew gift card in little brown envelopes that I jazzed up with a gold heart. I sealed each box with gold washi tape and mailed them all out in padded envelopes. They all said YES! One of my favorite things is to give and receive real mail so even though this maybe was a little over the top, I hope it brightened each of their days and got them excited for our big day in January! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fireworks and Wedding Planning

I went up to Jersey this past weekend and spent the holiday with my folks. We saw hands down the best fireworks around. And we had the perfect view- they were literally right above our heads. Pieces of "shrapnel" we're falling around us, that's how close we were. It was pretty chilly on the 4th but it kept the mosquitoes away as we sat out in the grass and enjoyed the show.

The rest of the weekend was all about the wedding. Mom and I addressed Save the Dates (can't wait to share them with you on here), we chatted about guest lists, videographers, signature drinks, welcome bags. We crammed in as much wedding stuff as we could into the weekend, my poor dad. He got more excited when we started looking at bands though. We took breaks from the wedding planning to dine al fresco for basically every meal. But what I really wish is that I could take a break from my job to plan my wedding. Just kidding... except not at all.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014

red, white, and blue

Happy almost 4th of July everyone! 
While I really hope I get a to enjoy a hot dog and some fireworks tomorrow, I know that the most important thing is that I take the time to be truly thankful that I live in the land of the free and the home of the brave! 
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