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