Thursday, February 26, 2009
- Its Disney... home of the best costumer service in the world by far.
- Options galore, including character visits, glass slipper deserts, private fireworks, and more. There is virtually nothing they won't/can't do... for a cost.
- Many different locations to choose from. You could have a wedding in Morocco, a reception in France, and dessert in England! Photo sessions can be held in a land full of magic and fairy tales.
- Disney provides nearly every service (excluding officiants, but they give you a list of locals that have performed Disney weddings) needed at a wedding. Food, flowers, cakes, DJs, bands, etc.
- You truly ARE a princess for a day.
- Its a great excuse for the family to take a vacation!
- It is far for a lot of people, and impossible for some to travel.
- Weather can be unpredictable if you choose the wrong season.
- Some locations require you to use Disney services, whether or not you like what they have to offer... even money won't buy you out on this.
- The cost, Disney weddings are just expensive! There are minimums everywhere, and it is very easy to run up to nearly $50,000 if you're not careful!!! Its possible, yes to have a semi-affordable Disney wedding, you just have to be careful.
- It can be expensive for everyone, not just you!
- The timeline...
So, these are only a few pros and cons; I imagine I will be editing this constantly. So far, my biggest problem has been the timeline. My next blog will be an extremely long blog entirely on Disney weddings policies, cost, and timeline. I detest the timeline, I think any bride would.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I am so excited by this idea... check out Globetrotting Bride's Blog. She posts pictures of her rings in things, on things, around things. She chronicles her travels using her rings. What a creative and cute idea for a frequent traveller like me!!! Kudos to her for being creative and also posting some really cute shots!!!
Posted by Jenny at 4:22 PM
Photo courtesy of: Gifts.com
Photo courtesy of: zazzle.com
After all, the envelopes are the first things your guests will see!!! There are many stamp sites out there. You can customize your own design, use pictures, or pick from a wide variety of templates. Why not make special stamps to go on Thank You cards??
Photo courtesy of: Stamps.com
Posted by Jenny at 4:02 PM
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Unique wedding ring photo : Steve O’s Photos
Unique wedding ring photo : HyStudio
Posted by Jenny at 9:20 PM
Friday, February 20, 2009
from both hisMrs over at Blushing Bride Bulletin (she also has a fantastic wedding weightloss blog) and Melissa over at M and M Wedding. They gave me an award... my first! I love to devour their postings, hisMrs always has great and creative ideas, while Melissa is a supremo DIYer and has had many do-it-yourself ideas I'd like to try myself! Check out their blogs for some great ideas! Now, on to the prize! My "Love Ya" award!
“These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.”
My tags are (in no particular order!):
Adrienne @ For the Love of Weddings
Maureen @ A Wedding Addict
Rachel @ Can I Plan a Wedding
Kiana @ Dot the i Wedding
Brittany @ How Sweet it Is
Melissa @ Melissa's Greetings
Check them out!
I'm always on the look out for wedding favors or cute little things to put in the welcome bags (oot bags.) There are thousands and thousands of things to choose from, but I try to search out original and useful favors. Over at Beau-coup I found these cute little guys:
How cute... and useful! They have a variety of colors and designs to choose from. Really perfect for an oot bag. I got something similar from Barnes and Noble last year, and loved it. You can throw it in your purse in case you need to write any necessary times, locations etc. down, and you never have to dig around for your pen, since it is stored in the handy little slot that keeps the notepad closed!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I was never a princessy sort of girl. I suppose you could've called me a complete tomboy. I cried when I had to wear dresses, hated makeup, etc., etc. And then I met Frank.
Frank quickly taught me how to be a total princess, and has probably regretted it ever since! I'm a complete, utter, spoiled brat now! To prove that, I have a kitten Frank is extremely allergic to. I didn't even have to ask for it. When we got her, we agreed she couldn't come in the bedroom so he could at least breathe there, well she sleeps in the bed now. He wheezes, and can barely breathe, sure, but at least I can snuggle up to my little furball... right? Poor Frank. He's created a monster . :)
Well, being a princess, I knew I had to arrive to my own wedding in true princess fashion.
I'm so excited for this. I went back and forth debating if it was worth the money, or if it was a bit over the top and tacky. It basically came down to... when am I going to have another chance to do this!?! The pictures will be cute, the kids will love it... I simply can't wait!
Posted by Jenny at 2:48 PM
Monday, February 16, 2009
Well, this weekend I was so consumed and busy that I didn't really have a chance to think about the wedding. I need to book an officiant this week, however unexciting that task is. I think I've been putting it off the most, since it just isn't "fun." We spent Valentine's day with Frank's father, and had a lovely dinner together. We also went to an arboretum Saturday, where I got a chance to peek at many beautiful flowers. I did find some that will work perfectly in my bouquet!
Friday, February 13, 2009
I went to Barnes and Noble the other day to get my daily caffeine fix, and passed by a table of books. I thought nothing of it, but one brightly colored and cute little book caught my eye. So, on my way back out I stopped by to see what it was. Turns out it is a Relationship Devotional.
Posted by Jenny at 2:32 PM
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
So, a couple of weeks ago I was "away" from Frank. Neither one of us does very well apart, we try our best, but we just miss each other terribly. When I returned home, there was a little surprise on the bed waiting for me!
If you're not so into displaying your genetic make-up, they do have a couple of other types of artwork:
Now I just have to figure out how to swab Frank's mouth without him catching on...
Posted by Jenny at 1:09 AM
Monday, February 9, 2009
Every Bride knows how high the price of flowers can climb. Flowers for bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, centerpieces, flowers here... flowers there... flowers everywhere! It really does add up. So why not preserve some of those flowers, so you can always remember their beauty? While browsing bouquets last night, I found a great site with some really great floral keepsakes. I am definitely going to be a little selfish and set aside some of the floral budget for a keepsake for myself. These are just beautiful!
Friday, February 6, 2009
While browsing through blogs, I came across Jason and Allyson's wedding at Melissa Jill Photography. Aside from it being an incredibly beautiful wedding, I found these to-die-for centerpiece arrangements:
This is almost exactly as I have imagined/wanted mine to be. I just lacked a picture or way of describing them. 1) I adore pearls... love them... am infatuated with them. 2) I wanted small, tight flower arrangements. 3) I wanted tall, simple and delicate candle holders.
This is perfect! I would change the flowers to green, and lose the black and white accents to compliment my own wedding colors. Other than that... this is perfection!
One of the difficulties with any wedding is the guest list. Anyone who has planned a wedding is familiar with the never-ending questions: Do we have to invite her? If we invite him, then do we have to invite them? Aren't so-and-so's feelings going to be hurt if they're not invited? Now add to that 3100 miles, many expenses, and vacation time. It is definitely not easy to put together the guest list of a destination wedding.
There are those you really want there, but can't afford it, are too fragile, can't take the time off work, etc. Then, there are those that want to come desperately, but don't make the list. I actually had someone argue with me about coming. Somehow she got the impression that "she was like family" to me. How awkward was that moment. It went something like this:
Her: So, when is the date?
Me: January 8th, 2010.
Her: Oh, great! That gives me plenty of time to save my money!
Me: Uh, well... ummm... it's just going to be an intimate wedding. We're just going to invite family and really close friends. We can only invite about 50 people, so its tough.
Her: Well, since I'm like family, I'll make the list. I can't wait!
Me: Well, uhhh, okay. Yeah, we just don't have a lot of room. I mean, we really are only inviting those people we see a lot (desperately grasping for straws at this point.. growing frustrated... completely uncomfortable... AWKWARD) and people we've known for a long time. I have a large family and I need/want to invite them. It leaves me with only about 5-10 places for friends.
Her: (Still not getting it.) That's too bad you'll only be able to invite that many people, at least I'll make the list!
(Was she serious???!!!?? I think so... )
It only took about 5 more minutes before I just had to tell her she wasn't going to be invited. It was probably one of the most awkward situations ever. Frank, who is usually on his toes, was even speechless and watched me break (not intentionally) probably every rule in the Book of Etiquette. I tried to handle it with grace, and be polite. Somehow she just didn't let me, so I swam to my death and was just honest. I didn't see a reason to lie to someone and give them false ideas. Honestly, I really don't know this person. Yes, she's a very nice person, but there are probably 50 non-family members I would invite ahead of her, even 100 wouldn't be stretching it. I just really don't know her like that. Frank says I have a way of making people feel like they are more important to me than they are. That sounds terrible, I know, but I think what he means by that is I let people walk all over me and take advantage of me, so they like me. It's the people I don't allow to walk all over me, people I CAN voice my opinions to, people I can say "no" to that mean the most. If I truly care about you, I've probably yelled at you at some point. I'm not fake to people I don't care deeply about, I'm just very uncomfortable.
So, back to the original topic at hand... the guest list. I am so excited about technology today, because our videographer is going to do a live web broadcast of our wedding! So I know, everyone won't be there for the cake and dancing, but that's not REALLY the important part. Everyone we know can be a part of our "I dos." by just getting on their computer!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I so want a photo booth at our wedding. I've wanted one for years. I heart photo booths so much. I'm thinking about doing it instead of favors. I saw one once at a dinner party and they had customized borders and everyone was having such a good time with them.
Posted by Jenny at 12:17 AM
Monday, February 2, 2009
I'm in the process of collecting items and ideas for welcome bags for wedding guests. Obviously, I'd like them to be fabulous but still inexpensive, since they will still be getting favors and I don't want to push hubby-to-be over the edge. :) I really didn't want to use a plain old gift bag, not that there's anything wrong with that, I just wanted to mix it up a bit.
So Frank and I have decided to finally finish our PADI Scuba certification this Saturday! Normally, I would be completely bummed with the extra workload (we have to study for the written), but I am so excited. It will just make our honeymoon extra special... wherever it is! Anyone with some good advice on dive sites, please, please, please let me have it!
So one of the questions that has been looming in my head for awhile is "who will walk me down the aisle?" Since my father passed away 6+ years ago, I hadn't really thought of this. It always made me too sad to think about. I loved my dad so much, and couldn't imagine how I was going to find someone to stand in for him. No one compared.