Sunday, February 5, 2012

T-202 Days: Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe.

This week has been. . . interesting.

Or should I say PINTERESTING?! (Ba-dum-chhhhh! I'll be here all week, guys.)

Yes, I gave into the world of Pinterest, thanks to a bestie/bridesmaid of mine. And at this rate, I'm almost certain it will be the death of my GPA.

BUT, I am finding fantastic ideas for the wedding. AND it's been a good little pick-me-up (and distraction) as my last semester of undergrad began this week. . . Exhibit A, pictured here.

Who doesn't love themselves some Jim and Pam?

Anywho, the whole bridesmaid dress thing took a lot longer than I anticipated. I had an easier time picking out my own wedding gown! I've been making a big fuss over everything, from the style, to the price, to the colors. I sat for hours browsing The Knot, Mod Cloth, Moonlight (the co. I got my dress from), Bari Jay, and other online bridal shops. . . I pretty much turned into a psychopath.

Alas, I have made my final decision (no, seriously this time), and I'm NOT turning back! I ended up going with a couple dresses from Pretty Maids; summery, flowing, and earth toned. It helped using pieces of swatch cloth (that my local bridal shop so kindly gave to me) to compare colors and get a better visual of how everything will go together.

I was going to order through an online bridal boutique because the prices were slightly lower, but almost every bridal company discouraged online ordering due to unreliability. I read a handful of reviews from brides and bridesmaids who were only weeks away from the wedding and had received wrong dresses, damaged dresses, or no dresses at all. . . and I'm really not interested in that nightmare, so I'll be ordering from the boutique that I got my dress. Anyway, I'm happy to be checking this part off my to-do list, and I'm sure you, dear reader, will be glad for me to post about something different.

In the meanwhile, I suggest you take a look at my Pinterest album, Wedding Love, and check out some of the ideas I've got my eye on. My favorite find by far has been a hair style that completely portrays what I'm going for.

I mean, is this woman's hair not absolutely spectacular?! Am I the only one here who's drooling with jealousy??

I've been growing out my hair for my wedding day since before Noffy and I were even dating, so I'm pretty set on wearing it down. Also, being a beach babe at heart, I need to rep. my coastal roots. (Get it?! Roots, like. . . background, but like... hair too?!) Okay, okay. I'll quit with the puns.

That's what I've got for now. May you have a wonderful and productive week, friends, and may you're veins always be caffeinated :)

Brew of the Week:
The brew this week is the well known and sturdy Pike Place, a simple, mild, and commendable cup of morning joe. Not the most hipster cup of coffee, by any means. But when some one offers you some coffee, by golly, you accept it with gratitude! (Especially if that some one happens to be your future mother-in-law).

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Ohhhh, hallowed goddess of the bridesmaids dress. . . 

Just pick one for me, already!


(P.S. If you can find me this one, in a acceptable price range, I will be forever grateful.)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

T-209 Days: Bridesmaids

Ceremony venue, check!
Reception venue, check!
Officiant, check!
Wedding gown, check!
Bridesmaid's dresses, uhhh. . . in progress. . .

Our wedding is August 25th of this summer. No biggie. We've got a good chunk of time, especially considering we've got some pretty hefty plans out of the way. Yet, not only am I a bride, I am also a full time college student. Once semester starts, bye-bye freetime. So, I'm determined to get as much done as possible before. . . well. . . before Tuesday.

After a week straight of obsessing over bridesmaids dresses (What will look good on them? What will make them comfortable? What will look good with my dress? What will I like? Etc), I did the most logical thing I could think of. . . I completely changed my colors. (Oy vey!)

Originally we were going with cobalt blue and pale yellow, charcoal for the groomsmen, and short cobalt dresses for the bride's gals. Not too shabby. But the more I looked at the styles and colors, the more I realized that it's just not us.

Generally we're pretty simple in style, very down to earth, and I've always been in love with earth tones (I don't even think I own anything cobalt OR yellow). So I decided to go with something more like this:

Absolutely nothing like what I was originally going for, but certainly much more our style.

It's really important to me to make sure the bridesmaids all feel comfortable, and these roman-style chiffon dresses not only will keep them [fairly] cool at our outdoor wedding, but they compliment a variety of body types. Plus, I LOVE the colors! Noffy (the groom) is from Kansas, and I'm from the New Jersey coast, and we want to incorporate subtle hints of both of our roots - rustic seashore/country side. These colors are very convenient for that!

(HINT: Using David's Bridal's "Dress Your Wedding" app was a big help at visualizing the wedding party. A little creepy with the animation. . . but helpful, none the less.

After FINALLY deciding on the BM dresses, I went at some homemade BM invites. . .

I found blank white cards/envelopes in the wedding craft section at Wal-Mart for $0.97 for a pack of 8. Plain, simple, and to the point. Nothing a little ink and some good handwriting can't love on. The inside contains dates to remember, dress information and attire, and a little note to each bridesmaid expressing the role she has played in my life and how blessed I am to have all of them there with me on my wedding day.

I must admit, I will most definitely have a breathtaking and amazing group of woman by my side as I say my "I do's." :)

Brew of the Week: Okay, I'm going to be perfectly honest. We've established that one, I'm planning a wedding, and two, I'm a college student. With logic, one could accurately conclude that, yes... I am, in fact, broke. With that said, and to my shame, my brew of the week has been a small cup of regular coffee with cream and sugar from Wendy's. It looks much better in that picture than it tastes, I assure you... but it IS only $0.27 with tax. . . so judge not, and have a pleasant week, bloggers :)