Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Big Haul 'O' Stuff

Card box, bubbles, paper, all kinds of stuff.  A big silver/purple/teal lantern, some centerpiece items and more, just can't remember everything.

Also got my first piece of bridal jewelry.  Will check Charming Charlie's and then Etsy for the rest.  Need a brooch, earrings, and maybe a bracelet.  Uggh and a garter.  Gross.  :P  I hear you can get plain ones from Claire's/The Icing, and I can "embellish" it myself.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Craft Days List and shopping list

Wash glassware
Modge podge paper onto glass plates, and glue bases on to plates
print, cut out, and assemble "Tears of Joy" packets
print, cut out, and assemble favors
Fold, cut, glue, hang big paper stars
Cut, fold, glue, hang paper ornaments (Celtic calendar)
Cut and assemble strip paper stars
Cut and assemble paper balls
Finish folding oCubes
Bridesmaid ribbon pomanders (shave down square styrofoam, cut and glue ribbons)
Flower girl ribbon pomander
Assemble card box
Cut ribbons for reserved seating
Make 8 coffee filter peonies

Centerpiece assembly:
Fold paper airplanes for travel themed table
Paint inside of plastic ornaments for materia
Landscape for WoW table

Shopping list:

Plastic ornaments for materia
Cheap paints for materia (red yellow blue green purple black white)
Gardening tools
plain circular coffee filters

To be continued...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I am overly excited about the mini globe I found.


But it is so exactly what I wanted that it will be household decor until wedding time.

I also found really great textured metallic wrapping paper for the non food tables.  I wanted to get more but I'm trying not to overdo it.  :P  They had one that looked like silver croc skin and another that looked like tin ceiling panels.  Super cool!

Ahem.  My globe:

Monday, November 21, 2011

Tuxes are GO.

We went in Sunday and chose stuff.  Kinnon surprised me by choosing something that looked good instead of something that was just "the right colors".

I'm super proud of him!  Shoes are settled, too but he's "only doing it for the bridesmaids".  :P

So we need to collect shoe sizes.^^

The jeweler we wanted to try first for my ring isn't open Sundays or Mondays.  Lame.  So that won't be happening for a while.

I still haven't called Central Market again to see what happened to my bouquet quote.  Kinnon and I can't agree on real v. fake boutonnieres anyway.  If he is paying for all real bouts and corsages then that's fine but he'a talking only him and the groomsmen.  Yeah no we have 2 moms, 2 dads, 4 grandparents, and 2 ushers as well.

If we do fake I can bout and corsage everyone plus a few extras like spouses of attendants for under $75 (probably less with careful use of coupons).  If we do real we're looking at almost $175!!!

I've also noticed that while most people claim they'd never even notice if bouts were fake, the very few poeple who say they would are also adamantly against fake flowers in weddings in the first place.

Friday, November 18, 2011


The venue and the caterer are both on board for homemade cakes!!!  The caterer does cut and serve, AND said if we want to take any home just bring a container!  YEAHYEAHYEAHHHH  holy crap I love those people.

Now I just need to make sure we can find people to make 10-12 cakes!

Mom - check - 2 fruit torts
Dad - mom says check - Flourless chocolate cake (maybe 2)  (=gluten free)
Erik - (asking at T-Day) - creative license, maybe even the main/tiered one we take home for the 1 year anniversary thing?
Oma - (asking at T-Day) - buttermilk cake with lemon glaze
also hoping for:
Nelda/Regina/A Martin - Hurricane cake?
Chocolate Pie, S'More pie
Low Pro cupcakes (if they'll keep a few days I can do those myself from Maddy's mix)
My amazing chocolate chip cookie bars / cinnamon chip orange cookie bars
Good lord and if I could convince my mom to make about 100 vienna shortbread cookies...  ::drool::

So...  DIY project Cake Stand is also go.  :P  As well as nice little signs that say what's what.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday night DIY

And more boutonnière trials.

White ranunculus
hops (found at Joanne!)
already had the pink and purple flowers from a previous trial
teal velvet bead on a wire

I like them just fine but Kinnon still hasn't made peace with fake flowers instead of real ones.  :(

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

11/8/2011 Update

Did I mention that I have to redo the wedding budget?  The app that it was in got deleted when I updated to iOS5.  I have a PDF of it but I still needed to check it again anyway.  Notttt panicking...

As soon as it is back in working order I need to book makeup and hair stylists.

And get the invitation stuff bought and done.

Finally talked to the florist at Central Market.  $145 for what I want if I supply the fake lilies-of-the-valley.  Supposedly Kinnon should pay for it.

I have stuff I need to buy.  -_-  Every paycheck I've been buying about $20 of stuff.  I made a page just for stuff I need to buy, make, or borrow.  I get about 6 coupons/week between Michael's, Joanne, and Hobby Lobby and I even started a spreadsheet to track which ones I have, what I can use them for, and when they expire.  If I could post it here I would.

Need to get Kinnon to commit to my cake idea so I can ask people about them at Thanksgiving.  Won't happen until at least Monday.  He's in the middle of a huge assignment that appears to be stressing him out quite a bit.  :(

Need to get with Jenna to see if she knows anyone who can play day-of coordinator for a reasonable fee.

Need to meet with:
DJ (must bring Kinnon)
Hummingbird House  (can do this on my own or with brides'ladies - general planning, do we need lights?, can they offer a lower price for day-of coordination)

Need to check in with:

Debi wants a photobooth and our photographer does one for a very reasonable $400.

I'm sure there's a ton more that I'm missing but ... -_-

CM Florist

Mambo Spray Roses (My favorite)
White Ranunculus (Filler flower/what'll be in the boutonnieres)
Purple irises (Debi's Fave)
Liles of the valley (supposed my my mom's fave/will be fake)
Dried or fresh Lavender (my favorite scent)
Bear Grass (looped) whatever else the lady throws in, she suggested lemon tips which is hilarious because that's exactly the greenery I wanted but didn't know what it was called!
or variegated pittosporum, which IMO is eh but she seems to know what she's doing

Ribbon wrapped stem, 10" bouquet, $145


I wonder if I have enough hair to pull this off.

Monday, November 7, 2011

11/7/2011 Update

So yeah a day-of planner would be $650 if we go with the one that works at the venue.  That sounds reasonable for someone who'd have been working with me from the beginning, but not someone who essentially only works the day of.  Working on a plan B:  someone who has all the pertinent info but only works with us for the rehearsal and day of, for a reasonable fee.

Debi has decided we will have a photo booth.  :)

I'm starting to gather people to make cakes, assuming we CAN do that...  Mom is first on board for her fruit torts.  I think I finally have a wedding related idea my dad LIKES.  XD

Friday, November 4, 2011

Reserved Chairs

Chairs at the aisle and chairs in the front row (or 2?)

Reserved sign


Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Give everyone bubbles.
Give VIPs bubble guns.
Use Debi's bubble machine.


ok so here's the deal...  I can't seem to get excited about paying for a cake when all I can think of is how certain family members are absolutely ace at baking.

If I can swing it...

my dad would make his fudgy gluten free cake  (almost like chocolate pudding that stands on its own)
my mom would make her famous fruit tort
mom's mom would make her buttermilk cake with lemon glaze <---my ideal wedding cake^^
dad's mom would make a cake (not sure what kind but i know she bakes)
Kinnon's dad would make Death by Chocolate
Kinnon's grandma would make hurricane cake (cake whose only liquid is canned peaches)
My brother would assemble something as well, his choice, as 
and then have a chocolate cake, a white cake, and a carrot cake as well...
PKU safe cupcakes, and PKU safe sugar cookies from Cook For Love (that technically everyone can eat)
I hope my brother would bring something as well.  His wedding cake was EPIC.
Etc and so forth.

So cake stands...  while I LOVE these, I'm not sure the fit the decor.  
Tree trunk stands!  My dad could make them in one weekend if he is willing to sacrifice a tree or two...

Cupcake stand with world map:
Would probably apply the same technique to say...  a short can and the cardboard top to do a cake stand instead.

milk glass vase + melamine plate + glue gun =

short glass candlestick + glass platter + epoxy/glue gun = more uniform cake plate, plus you can illuminate the candlestick! 

I've also seen a grouping of 4 or 9 glass cubes overturned over LED tealights and flowers with a plate or tray set on top.

Now I'm going to be really sad if we end up having to buy a cake!

DIY Trials: TOJ Packets and Favor Cards

#1, My paper cutting tool can't cut a straight line to save it's life.  :(

I worked out ways to attach each type of beverage charm.  We have 2 more packages coming and probably another 3 types I can order from amazon if I need to.  The set that the one on the bottom right is from has a few that I plan to trash because I don't want to give out markers that say "trashed", "tipsy", or whatever other drunken euphamisms there are.  I don't want anyone stuck with them.

TOJ packets.  1 letter size sheet of the resume paper yields 4 packets that fit 2 sheets of kleenex.  :P  My fancy adhesive roller was fine to stick the sides together, and I plan to get some nice stickers to hold them closed.  Even if nobody uses them I have purse packs of kleenex to use myself.  Considering we tend to keep kleenex in the house and we already have the paper, this will be a nice cheap little finishing touch.  If we could print in teal that would be even better.  
"Tears of Joy,
Tears of Laughter,
Tears of Happily Ever After"
is the typical saying but I'm open to other suggestions.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Unity Spice Ceremony

Nice ideas but I have a funny hunch we can't/won't afford it:
I like starting and ending with salt, even if not for their same reasons.

Austin spice shop to check out:

At some point soon Kinnon and I will go to the container store and choose bottles, unless we find somewhere with more interesting containers.  And a clear funnel.  I won't have an ugly white tupperware-lookin' thing in my wedding!  :P

I also have that wooden platter with something like 6 different Turkish spices, and Hungarian paprika from my parents.

The Tree From Which People Hang Ribbons at HH...

I'm going to hang multi colored mini glass lanterns by white knotted ribbons on the tree.  And probably the birdcage/altar area thing.  The ribbons (wide white grosgrain) will have a knot midway between the lantern and the branch.

It will be my nod to

Still undecided on whether or not to offer guests white knot pins at the entrance.

Monday, October 31, 2011


Somehow somewhere in the ceremony Kinnon has to say "As You Wish". :3

Prog Quotes:

"I love you. You annoy me more than I ever thought possible, but… I want to spend every irritating minute with you." -Scrubs

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
Lao Tzu

Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.  ~Eric Fromm

“We’re all a little weird. And life is weird. And when we find someone 
whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into 
mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” 
― Robert Fulghum


From The Irrational Season
By Madeleine L'Engle
But ultimately there comes a moment when a decision must be made. Ultimately two people who love each other must ask themselves how much they hope for as their love grows and deepens, and how much risk they are willing to take. It is indeed a fearful gamble. Because it is the nature of love to create, a marriage itself is something which has to be created, so that, together we become a new creature.
To marry is the biggest risk in human relations that a person can take.If we commit ourselves to one person for life this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession, but participation. It takes a lifetime to learn another person. When love is not possession, but participation, then it is part of that co-creation which is our human calling, and which implies such risk that it is often rejected.

Albert Einstein on Relativity
Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity.

Bout Notes

Last post today.  (massive headache, too dangerous to do my real work like this)

Base for all will be a while ranunculus (IIRC Joanne is where I saw them) with a hops (save-on-crafts) and another small/colorful item with a big leaf and some bear grass. Like this:

Kinnon's will also have a fake circus rose (HobLob has VERY realistic fake ones!)

We both like fern spirals but haven't seen any good fake ones yet.


I have to drink enough water in the days leading up to the wedding or I'll get a dehydration headache like I have right now. ><

Have the DJ remind people to sign the guestbook just after the beginning of the reception and again somewhere in the middle.

Get containers for the spice ceremony.  (Er...  and spices!)
4 small ones for parents.
2 for parents to pour in to
1 for us to pour into, seal, and keep.

Assign jobs to people accompanying the wedding party/parents.
Suzie (wrangling her own kids will probably be enough!), Alison (our LED lady, perhaps?), Lonne (ceremony guest sign-in/bouncer and/or ...?), Aaron   (these 4 are the most important to include)
Buddy, Luke (if anything requires heavy lifting or ladders)
Dianne and Dawn (setting up tablescapes)
Travis and his lady friend  (actually Travis may end up walking Oma down the aisle...)

Other important duties:

  • make sure people know where the restrooms are, and that "accessible" restrooms are inside the house
  • move the aisle decor (lanterns) to the cocktail tables right after the ceremony
  • flip on LEDs and put them into oCubes at around 4/4:30 (If they don't last all 5 hours it's really no big deal)
  • Hand out bubbles for the getaway (or transfer them into the containers from the programs and TOJ packets and set them in a good spot)
  • Stand at the entrance and direct people to the guestbook.  The card table should be near enough that we don't need to tell people it's there.  Also, I don't want to put any out on the table, but someone should have an empty envelope or two on their person.  As amusing as it would be for someone to just stuff wads of cash into the card box (not likely ofc), I want to know where to send the thank you card!!!
  • Someone to go around afterwards and grab any leftover favors.^^

Other things to consider:

  • Lighting.  I'm indifferent to dance floor lighting but I don't want to eat in the dark.  I'll be fairly upset if we have to rent lights and HH never mentioned it.
  • Soft seating in or near the bar tent?  Like a few yard sale chairs and end table?  HH always has some kind of couch at events but I don't think it is actually theirs.

Odds and Ends

I just love these because they look like they're made of leather or paper instead of silk or nylon. (@Hobby Lobby)  I'd cheerfully stick a few here and there in bud vases on various tables just to add a little element of uniformity (along with oCubes and buttermints)

Paper samples.  I think I want to use the two paisley-on-white ones for some oCubes but we're pretty much settled on something else for the invitations.  :3  The teal paper is called "dark turquoise" at HobLob and looks much better in person.

Fake proteas for the Final Fantasy table.  Kinnon doesn't appear to understand why I associate these with FF games.  Of well.  :P  Planning to buy one/week from HobLob with the weekly 40% off one item coupon.

Still need to find something to use as materia.  I'm thinking glass paperweights.  
Like so:
Except the poster is right, the "holy" was actually a very light teal.^^
red, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, pale teal

Card/Gift Table

Still running with my plan to make a card box from some silver/blue paper mache boxes that Gardenridge always has in abundance left over after Christmas and (make Kinnon) spray paint them the right color.
Also not super thrilled abotu how this setup looks.  Just seems weird without an item that's between the rectangular vase and globe in size.  Seems like what I have isn't quite enough.  My topo box is standing in for a card box.  Again, needs a runner of some sort and just ...  more.

1)  card box
Teal gazing globe
teal beehive vase with fake flowers or ???
multicolor but probably not lit oCubes in flight glasses
medium/tall teal rectangle vase with branches and oBlossoms

2)  card box
clear globe vase full of lit oCubes of assorted sizes
teal beehive vase with fake flowers or ???
multicolor but probably not lit oCubes in flight glasses
medium/tall teal rectangle vase with branches and oBlossoms

3)  card box
teal gazing globe
clear glass cylinder vase of lit oCubes
multicolor but probably not lit oCubes in flight glasses
medium/tall teal rectangle vase with branches and oBlossoms

Guest Book and Favor Table

I don't think it looks right no matter how I set it up.  Maybe I need to see it on a table with a tablecloth and some kind of runner (pashminas or wrapping paper).  That's a cookbook standing in for an actual guestbook, btw.  The sparkly teal box will have pens.  That teal bowl off to the left will probably be full of mints either on the bar, or on the guestbook table.

1)  clear globe holding favors (LOVE the aesthetic but I think a low basket would be safer)
clear cylinder holding lit oCubes  (I like this!)
multicolor but probably not lit oCubes in flight glasses (I like this too!  may be able to light up the lighter colored ones)
tall teal rectangle vase with branches and oBlossoms

2)  clear globe holding favors
teal beehive vase with fake flowers or ???
multicolor but probably not lit oCubes in flight glasses
tall teal rectangle vase with branches and oBlossoms

3)  teal gazing globe
favors in separate container (not the one pictured)
clear cylinder holding lit oCubes
flight glasses with plain LED tealights
tall teal rectangle vase with branches and oBlossoms


Notes on the tables.  

Venue map.  Kinda.  

Other decor.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Chaplain, Check!

We met the guy last night and he's a presbytarian turned American baptist who is into mindful interfaith acceptance.  He's having us take a personality quiz to get to know us better, and wants us to tell him how we want the ceremony to go.

Sold!  :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Time for Updates!

First and foremost, I have AWESOME bridesmaids.  

We all got together this weekend to hash out the details of their attire.  Fully expecting a long and arduous day of store after store, I made appointments at AA and DB, and had a game plan for the area malls.  However, the first dress they tried on at the first place we stopped was IT.  I even cancelled the next appointment!  We then had tasty sushi for lunch at the roll-your-own place nearby and then scrutinized every inch of our local Sam Moon store for accessories.

Each one in turn came by and remarked upon a particular set of earrings and bam!  We had matching accessories!  We made a good attempt at finding a matching bracelet but no such luck.  Next up were shoes, where we had an awesome idea that will very likely become reality.^^  

Back to my place to talk to-do lists, DIY, and forthcoming tasks.  Most of my DIY ideas were actually reasonable and not crazy.  Score one for me!  We went off in search of paper for the invitations and finished the day at Central Market to see about flowers and cake.  Origami will be incorporated into the invitations, but we're still working on paper.  CM doesn't do layered cakes, so on to Costco.  I need to call the head florist still.

Here we have all the glass items and some fake flowers for boutonnieres and to accent their ribbon pomanders.  The lantern carrying idea has been scrapped because I never did find good ones again.

Earrings.  Paper idea.  Ribbon for poms.

Next up:  Cake, Day-Of Tasks and Managers, Bridal Jewelry, Bridal Bouquet, Menswear, Hair/Makeup, DIY

Cake.  New idea:  get family members to make 2 each of their signature/our favorite cakes/pies, plus buy a small two tier cake to cut.  Kinnon did not immediately say no.^^

Day-Of Tasks:  Buddy and Luke have been volunteered, as have Dianne and Dawn.  Sweet!  No manager/coordinator yet but I'll ask HH.

Bridal Jewelry:  half want to go to the renaissance festival to look, half want to order from Etsy.  Saw a CUTE silver "paper" crane necklace with a pearl that I LOVE, and other stuff.

Bridal Bouquet:  need to call CM

Menswear:  I know what I want.  I'll just show Kinnon and then email everyone else.  :P

Hair/Makeup:  Kristal has a good lead on this.  If 4 people have makeup done travel fees are waived.  Still need hair but she's got a good place for that too.

DIY:  A lot.  Boutonnieres, ceremony aisle and reserved seating decor, paper stuff (programs, favor tags, menus), assemble and create diagrams of centerpieces...  probably more.


New bride, new life

Working on my trousseau.  :P

Friday, September 30, 2011

bridal jewels

Look for bridal jewelry at armadillo Christmas bazaar.

ISO:  uniquely shaped wire findings, aquatics and purples, pearls

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

We Can't Stop Here!

I have a silly and ridiculous and awful photo idea for our getaway car, but I'll need a pair of gold aviators, a white bucket hat, and some fake bats.

:3      :3      :3  

I know it's not the same car at all but how many people actually know the cars in the movie were a Chevy and a Cadillac??  Besides me, of course...

Hot Pepper Plant Wedding Favors


But would it be worth the effort?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Next Big Worry

Cake.  I am morally against spending twice as much per slice as I would for TWO homemade 8 serving cakes.


Why isn't google being more helpful?  It keeps finding me the same stupid $5/6.50+ per slice foo-foo bakeries.


I found Planet Bonnie and Moonlight Bakery, and am waiting to make sure the venue has no issues with them.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Invitation Notes word cloud to incorporate origami

2nd choice:  watch later

Origami Reference

Dig out my origami page a day calendar, and watch B&N for sales on them.

cootie catchers!

Component flowers


Paper strip stars


"Post-It Flower"


Not exactly origami, but an ideas for big hanging things:

paper airplane bouquet
Good way to use up the otherwise unwanted foil origami paper.

Set it up next to a globe and some travel related bits and bobs for the travel themed table.

What I've Been Doing

Potentially placemats.  Or not.  I don't know if it's worth the $60 for 3 of these books.  They are not on sale.

Fun doodads for my bouquet^^  better watch the after Christmas sales for fun silver bouquet add-ons.

My practice boutonnieres.  I actually kinda like them^^

origami cherry blossoms on birch branches

Friday, September 16, 2011

Decorations to Consider:

  • Martin Wedding Décor List
    Items we already HAVE
    Items we need to PURCHASE
    Items we need to MAKE (which probably involves some purchase)

    • Sign on the road that says Martin Wedding
    • Sign in front of HH that says "Welcome to the Martin Wedding"
    • "Ceremony <------"
    • "Restrooms ------>"  or wherever they are now
    • "Bridal Suite:  Do Not Enter  (unless you have truffles)"  
    • A thing to hang from the middle of the gazebo (2 foot across, pomander of some type?  DIY unless Toy Joy has something cool and cheap)  a big silver spray-painted wire and rubber ball atom comes to mind...
    • Things to hang from the eaves of the gazebo (oFlowers and beads on fishing wire?  my colored glass hanging votives?  both?)
    • Two lanterns on either side of the "door" of the gazebo, where Fr Paul will be standing - probably the teal ones on chains
    • Table with photos of our dearly departed family members
    • Folding Screen with bride and groom photos, next to table with basket of programs and scattered lit oCubes of various sizes?  Maaaaybe some single blooms in bud vases
    • Something to denote reserved front rows  (have dark silver wide outdoor-safe ribbon, can be layered with narrower teal/navy/purple ribbon?)  Or use the silver ribbon as a band and seal with a large colored or metallic sticker with a monogram?
    • Aisle decor: teal glass lanterns (on shepherd hooks OR on the ground) with lit oCube topped with pink, orange, or yellow oLotus  *have everything but the tealights and shepherd hooks already)
    • Programs:  short, simple, print in black on "parchment" paper we already have, embellish with paper cornering tool   
    • Cocktail Tables:  comes with white tablecloth and navy blue tied around the base.  Move the aisle lanterns to the tables and bar, add nerf guns.  Maybe add a round place-mat or patterned scrapbook paper squares to the middle.  Done.
    • Food/Beverage service tables:  white tablecloth, wrapping paper runners, and scattered lit oCubes of various sizes?  Maaaaybe some single blooms in bud vases?
    • Guestbook, Gift/favor table, cake table:  white tablecloth, use wrapping paper as runner, add stuff like so: 
      • guestbook: the guestbook (whjatever it ends up being), the friend&family flowers in the teal beehive vase, and black manzanilla branches with glued on oCherry Blossoms stuck into the two rectangular teal vases, and some scattered lit oCubes of various sizes
      • gift/favor:  card box (DIY from paper mache box from GardenRidge cheap after christmas!), basket with favors, and .......?  Some small/long floral thing?
      • cake:  the cake, some scattered lit oCubes of various sizes
    • Ten dining tables:  circular. seats 8, I think.  Each with a white tablecloth and navy blue runner.  All will have individually wrapped buttermints scattered.  Maybe print the menu in a frame on each table?
      1. Beer glass Table #1
      2. Beer glass Table #2
      3. World of Warcraft Table
      4. Final Fantasy Table
      5. Photography Table
      6. Cooking Table
      7. Gardening/Outdoors Table
      8. ... Table
      9. ... Table
      10. ... Table
    • We shall be seen off with bubbles.
      • VIPs will get bubble guns depending on how many we can find
      • everyone else will get standard wedding bubbles, preferable in test tubes but more likely just the regular ones

    Am I missing anything?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I have found closure.

SXSW dates hadn't been released yet at the time that Kinnon and I chose our date last year (same day we were engaged really).  2012 SXSW dates were announced in Feb or March 2011 and we had already started booking stuff at that point.  It is happening a week earlier than people were expecting, as well.

Yes, it's still bothering me.  But now I've confirmed that we couldn't have don't anything about it and am finally ready to let it go.   :P

Very unfortunate timing all around.  

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


  • Need a cake ASAP
  • Should have a DJ soon (full circle media)
  • Need to send HH my "vision" with a list of vendors so we can start pinning things down
  • Need to meet with the officiant (the priest at the chapel of the state school where my mom volunteers)
  • Flowers.  Uggh.  DO NOT WANT a florist or their inflated costs.  Means I need to figure out boutonnierres and corsages ASAP.  I can definitely do my own bouquet.
  • Pin down table decor (buy LED tealights, think about manzanilla branches with origami flowers, etc)
  • Price and purchase individually wrapped buttermints
  • lots of websites suggest providing cards with cab service phone numbers but I have never seen that at a wedding before....  I'm not opposed to the idea but ...?
  • Project Wedding says I need to start making the invitations  (Kristal halp! I have some ideas finally though)
  • Make my DIY project list (origami, invitations, boutonnieres, tablescapes, 
  • ...apparently need to make a video of me folding an envelope  XD  and post it on the wedblog
  • My Ladies' dresses  (I'm going to be really flexible about shoes and we'll figure out jewelry later)
  • Buy three purple/navy blue glass lanterns.  Missed the op to buy the ones I saw at Pier 1 a while back.  Sad!  Need to check gardenridge, Ross, and Marshalls
  • Veil, accessories
  • Anything I had originally assigned Kinnon to do.  For reasons I cannot divulge but are good reasons!
Favors collected so far:
Pretty sure I've bought one of each type available in Austin and will have to get the rest through I have one other set but some of them I'm going to toss because they say things about being overly drunk and I don't want anyone getting stuck with those.  I DO also want to find some young kid and non drinker friendly items for favors.  Just not sure what yet...  any ideas? 

And one possibility of a cake topper (those are our iPod nanos from way back in the day) and the other bits and bobs are for dollar dance clothespins...?  I've never seen a "dollar dance" but Kinnon claims his family always does them.  So...  ok?  I'm not cool with people pinning money directly to my dress so Kinnon suggested sashes.  So we need to pick up some nice wide ribbon and do something pretty to it.

I don't know of any family wedding traditions on my side but I know Kinnon's family does the dollar dance thing and The Grand March.  

Old: supposed to be a family jewel but we don't really have any, so I'll probably string the James Avery heart Kinnon gave me a few years ago into the bouquet wrapping
New: jewelry (looking for sterling silver/white gold with white/gray pearls and a little sparkle)
Borrowed:  supposed to be from an older, happily married woman, probably hand tatted lace from oma's mother wrapped around the bouquet
Blue: bright blue rhinestone "I"  and "Do" on the heels of my shoes

(Czech) Someone breaks a plate (ceramic or stoneware!), then the bride and groom clean it up together with broom and dustpan and keep a piece.  apparently whoever gets the broom will "wear the pants" so some couples have a real scuffle over this!

For reasons I won't go into I want to incorporate some kind of fertility charm.  -_-  In fact, perhaps I want a whole (inconspicuous) fertility symbol collection ..........................  frogs, rabbits, snakes, the primitive Venus, a "horn" and platter.....  mmkay I have an idea for this.  And it'll take care of gift table decor, too.  

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

thinking in print

Hospitality baskets for the restrooms
almost forgot I had wanted to do them.  Some of it can be sourced now.

Ribbbon/signs for reserved head table seats, or at least bride/groom seats.
combo of this: and this:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

reflecting on symbolism in our lives

frogs = fertility

yinyang "the tao" = balance

Turkish eye = protection from evil

hand of fatima = protection from evil

scarab = protection from evil

spiral = fertility, feminine serpent force, continual change, and the evolution of the universe


Yin is characterized as slow, soft, yielding, diffuse, cold, wet, and passive; and is associated with water, earth, the moon, femininity and nighttime.

Yang, by contrast, is fast, hard, solid, focused, hot, dry, and aggressive; and is associated with fire, sky, the sun, masculinity and daytime.

Working on my origami has given me time to reflect and made me remember what I've been seeking all my life and how I've found it.

Monday, August 22, 2011

another wedding nightmare

Wrong venue, wrong guests, right dress but altered wrong.

I arrived early at the University Catholic Student Center (my "home" church) to get ready, only the place was such a confusing mess of hallways and unmarked rooms that I ended up changing into my dress in a bathroom.  None of the wedding party showed up.  Most of the guests were people I had never met before and they were jeering at me and complaining about everything going on.  Some people were crashing the ceremony to protest the fact that I was allowed to get married there AND I got one of their friends' preferred wedding date.  The bouquet wasn't tied because I had forgotten the ribbon.  My guests weren't there because I couldn't tell them the new location in time.  I couldn't find my way from where I had dressed, to the actual chapel until 30 minutes after the wedding should have started.  Couldn't tell if Kinnon was even there.  Some of my dad's family had made it but they were all angry and upset over the horrible planning and the fact that there were a bunch of random other people there.  Everything I had worked on and planned for the whole engagement had basically been deleted from existence.

The general gist of the dream was that in trying to do everything myself I sabotaged my own wedding.  

recap:  first wedding nightmare involved wrong dress, drunk priest, nobody bothered to come, ceremony held at a vacant lot in a place that was both East Austin and Dime Box, TX.

second one I don't remember but I know I was in the wrong dress again, and grandparents were upset with me.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

ceremony and reception music ideas

Grand Entrances - NEED TO DECIDE
Wedding Party:
Bride and Groom:

First Dance

"Red Envelope" -Dynamite Boy
Need to have Kinnon send a copy to the DJ.

The Twist

raindrops keep falling on my head

dollar dance
DJ mix

Cake Cutting

Bouquet Toss
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper

garter toss  - NEED TO DECIDE

The Time Warp from RHPC
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
cha cha slide

Ceremony - string ensemble

Guest seating:
Winter - Vivaldi
Rohan, King of the Golden Hall
Be Thou My Vision
Caribbean Blue - Enya
Last song before Ceremony:  In Dreams - Walsh & Shore
Officiant and grandparents enter:  Edelweiss
Mothers enter:  FF7 Main Theme
Bridesmaids and Grooms Enter:  Tifa's Theme FF7
Bride and Father enter:  Aeris's Theme FF7
Unity Ceremony:  Someone to Watch Over Me
Kiss:  FF7 Fanfare
Recessional:  When I'm 64 
Guests Exit:
All You Need is Love
Bittersweet Symphony
Lucy in The Sky With Diamonds
Last Song:  Time To Say Goodbye

silicone wine glass marker favors

We have 80 but I just found a bunch more on Amazon.

Friday, August 12, 2011

git on it!

escape vehicle
block of hotel rooms
wedding night hotel room
diy DIY diy

Design, Revisited

Teal, Navy, Dark Purple (almost peacocky)

Aesthetic theme:  Origami water bomb lanterns, teal glass lanterns and vases, non floral

Aisle Decor:  Teal glass lanterns with water bomb lantern, topped with origami lotus, to be moved to cocktail tables after the ceremony

Bridal Bouquet:  few irises, few circus roses, few lilies-of-the-valley, lavender, bear grass, hand wrapped in teal ribbon with purple accents/beading

Bridesmaids will carry lanterns:  TBD

Flower Girl: a single big flower with ribbon tied in a bow

Ring Bearer:  pillow made of MOTB's wedding dress scraps, by Oma

Boutonnieres and corsages:  TBD

Tables (10) themed to our assorted hobbies and Geekeries (plus water bomb lanterns and scattered buttermints)
1.  Cooking
2.  Photography
3.  Gardening
4.  Legos
5.  World of Warcraft
6.  Electronics (xbox, apple, PS, etc)
7.  Portal
8.  Final Fantasy games
9.  Beer Glasses

Cocktail tables (6):  white cloth, navy ties, Teal lantern, scattered buttermints, nerf guns

Card box:  stalk Gardenridge during the holidays for something appropriate and prepare to spray paint to an appropriate color

Guest book:  TBD

Favors:  glass markers for all, buttermints scattered on all tables

Personalized items:  I feel like we need something personalized but whatever it is needs to be cheap.  maybe put the glass markers on business cards with our logo (that we don't have yet)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

lol aww

shower host brought a blank journal and had guests write their best marriage advice/sign/draw stuff, gave to bride at end of shower

Take 10 styrofoam cups and fill them with 10 different herbs. Place aluminum foil over the top with a small hole in the center. Put a number on each cup to keep track.  Pass around the cups and let everyone smell the herbs (no peeking) and whoever gets the most right wins a prize.    <----love this!!!

Make "Bingo Cards" with 25 empty spaces (5 across, 5 down).   Have the guests write in the gifts that they think the bride-to-be will receive (or premake them with basic stuff). As she opens her presents, mark off any of the presents written down.  As soon as someone has "5 in a row," shout "BINGO!

"what's in your purse" game, checking off lists of things that were in your purse. Be sure to include a wide variety of items so all age groups can play.

we asked the bride and groom the same questions on a day prior to the wedding at the same time.. so they couldn't cheat.. the questions were all about the bride.. her favorite this and that.. etc then at the shower we had the guests guess how many they matched on and had them hold up their answers it got the guests to know more about them.. tiebreaker questions were ones they answered the same and the guest had to answer!!

questionnaire "how well do you know the bride".  Be sure to use questions appropriate for all guests.  Have bride read answers aloud.   (3 different sets of 5 questions for variety and time)

Wrapped kitchen utensils in tissue paper.  People had to close their eyes and "feel" to guess the utensil. Winner got a prize.

have a bag of groceries, mostly common, a couple less common, and ask each guest to give us a total value of the groceries. We had a separate prize for the closest answer because the bride-to-be got the groceries.

don't embarrass people.

calling out answers is more fun than writing things down....  unless they're silly and the fun part is having the bride read the answers out loud!

LOL but noooooo:

Monday, August 8, 2011

Photo update

Here we have my origami tie-in of "water bomb lights".  Its an origami balloon with an LED tea light popped inside.  We can put 1-3 on each table or even create mountains of them.  they'll involve about 4 seconds of prep time each the day of the wedding (turning on LED and popping them inside the cube).

I can crank out a ton of these while watching TV and Amazon sells the "flameless" tea lights for about 70 cents each.  Save-On crafts may have them even cheaper.  BBB sells them, too and it may work out that the 20% off coupon may make that cheap too.  We'll see.  

I'm also thinking about other assorted origami type things to have all over the place.  Should have taken a photo of the practice stuff I did last night.  Flowers, boxes, sides of pomanders...   Currently trying to figure out how to work origami into the invitations but that will be another post.  

Here are the save-the-dates.  I can plow through them super easy but they still need to be stuffed, sealed, and stamped.

I played around a bit with my extra paper:

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


hokay so it looks like we may be having half a symphony playing during our ceremony.

Which means I'll be cutting the budget in other places.  Mostly by minimizing the flowers.   I wonder if small potted plants would be cheaper for the tables?  Or cactus/succulents/bromeliads?
My bouquet does not need to be particularly big at all.  My ladies aren't going to carry flowers.
I'm thinking about making use of more non-florals for the guestbook/cake/whatever tables as well.
spray painted branches
paper lanterns  (read:  sheets of scrapbooking vellum taped into a cylinder!)
LED candles LED tealights  going to need lots of LED "candles" since HH doesn't allow real candles

My bouquet, still "clutch" long stem style:
circus roses
lilies of the valley
bear grass loosely "woven" over the top?  maybe?
palm frond/banana leaf kinda greenery

These are the recommended florists:

Floral Design
v      The Flower Studio- 512.236.0916
v      The Gala
v      Mandarin Flower Co.
v      Park Crest Floral- 512.467.4024
v      The Flower Child- 512.251.8869

But before I call any I need to lay out my tablescape plans.  I need a big dry erase board.  :P