When it rains it pours..

So i have been one busy bee!

Here’s some things i’ve got done in the last week.

1. created on an online registry from the comfort of my couch using this fantastic, easy to use website: MyRegistry.com. It’s brilliant, you can put ANYTHING your heart desires on there, that is ANYWHERE on the internet. Boom. you can have it all! As a bride, it’s the simplest thing i’ve found as far as online registries go. I’m not sure how the user/guest will find it, but will post back, if i hear anything negative from the other side. I’ll go into more detail about this site later on.

2. Mini-cheesecake trial, completed. Success!
There will be cheesecakes at the wedding! Yay… again photos and instructions to follow…

3. Menu tasting with the Lakeview. One word. WOW… you guessed it more details later.

4. Dresses found and bought! My MOH and bridesmaid have both found their navy dresses, and will be both wearing really gorgeous sparkly gold shoes! Mission accomplished! There will be no more on this… that pretty much says it all! ha. My mom, my brother, and my Dad, all also got their outfits for the wedding! Yay! My dad and my bro are wearing full dress traditional kilts to the wedding, and i’m really stoked about that! And my mom bought a beautiful Jacques Vert outfit on sale for 50% off, and then further reduced by 30%! So if your mom is looking for something special for your wedding, i recommend popping into the Bay.

5. Wedding favours decided, and now i just need the packaging.

6. i also bought and ink pad and address labels for the invites… the address labels are by Martha Stewart, who, if you’ve been reading along expressly said you are not to type out the addresses on the envelopes, and yet, these labels come with an online template for PRINTING ADDRESSES!  they’re pretty and gold rimmed. How could i not buy them. Now i just need to source decent weight ivory envelopes and i’m prepared for envelope stuffing!

7. shower date picked!

I’d say that was a pretty productive week! i deserve a beer, I’ll jog it off later! For those that don’t know I’ve signed up to run a 5K in October just a month before the wedding, as a motivator to get in shape, since my gym membership is not being used, out of spite. Don’t get me started on the Fitness One in the Dufferin mall! So anyway, on top of all this wedding planning and summer funness, i’ve been getting up 3 days a week at 7:30 to go for a jog before work. I’m pretty impressed with myself!

Stay tuned for more details on all of the above!

 

The Internet Makes Me Happy

Ladies,

Today I have discovered so many awesome things on the internet. I’m always impressed with creative people.  And today, my mind is blown at some of these creative things i’ve found. Some i wish i had found earlier… like this Etsy Card Shop Sapling Press.
They have some brilliantly funny cards made for asking your friends to be your maid of honour (or in their case, honor. they’re american) or bridesmaid. I did the card thing, but my cards weren’t nearly as clever… mostly because i had to write them myself. but look at these:

 
Another thing i found on the internet today is this adorable Rice Krispie Treat wedding cake:

Can you say BUDGET FRIENDLY?!
And lastly, i found this Etsy shop called Liquid Courage, and you know those bridal party members in charge of speeches are gonna need a little of this…Anything on this page would make an adorable thank you gift for your bridal party, male or female. I’m considering a few of these for a groom’s gift! i think B would be really into this idea.. and i know some of my bridal party would appreciate it as well! I’m really digging these ones:

Pretty Headpieces

Hi Pals.

Photo Credit: Posh Veils

Came across this vendor today while trolling Style Me Pretty Canada.
They’re called Posh Veils and they are handmade right here in the Big Smoke – Toronto!

They are so pretty and dainty! Love!!!
I also suspect you’ll really love the prices too! So reasonable!

 

Making Moves!

Photo Credit: Milo&Ben by Melissa Lowry.

I haven’t ACTUALLY accomplished anything wedding related since my last post, but I have made some moves.

1. I got in touch with All Season Weddings to find out about fees and if they had any officiants available. They replied saying they did have some availability on my date, and asked if i had any specific officiant requests…. I’ve given the Toronto website officiant bios a read-through and currently i’m kinda digging Helen Sweet. The word ‘light-hearted’ was used in her bio and she runs the Bride’s Project. So perhaps I’ll message them back and see if she is available. What surprised me most about looking into officiants, is the cost! To book with All Season Weddings in Toronto is nearly $400, and all that gets you is one free meeting, and the ceremony – oh and unlimited emails and phone calls…. BUT here’s my question. What if you meet the officiant they’ve booked for you and you don’t jive? Do you have to pay the $100 extra meeting fee? Also they charge extra you for the Rehearsal? Which i really think is key, cause it will likely be the only time prior to the wedding that you actually hear how your officiant will read the ceremony which can really set the tone of the whole thing…. So $400, for what works out to be maybe 1.5 hours of work. Max. As an experienced fake-officiant. I have to say, that’s highly over-paid. I mean i did about 13 mins of work performing the ceremony for a friend and her husband a couple of years ago. But i guess it’s like everything, it’s a necessary evil when planning a wedding and because it’s wedding related it’s probably over-inflated a wee bit.

2. I have sourced a potential wedding photographer. I’ve been reading some nightmare stories of bad wedding photography lately, coupled with stories of people having to settle for someone they didn’t love because they waited too long to book. On Friday night i was curled up on the couch with B drinking wine flipping through wedding blogs and i made it my mission to go through every.single.real.life.wedding on WeddingBells.ca and see if i could find someone awesome, and who didn’t cost $4000. I believe I have found that person! I don’t want to jinx it, so i will share her blog with you after we’ve met, and I’ve actually signed the contract. Apart from the venue, photography was the biggest thing i was worried about.

3. Cake topper. I have found the absolute cutest cake topper ever. On the weekend I was telling a girlfriend how badly i wanted a penguin cake topper. And I’ve been checking sites and haven’t found anything overly awesome. Until today. I found this on Etsy: Milo&Ben. Umm? How cute are those?! I’ve gotten approval from the fiance, and I am purchasing!

4. And finally, I have ordered some samples from one of those custom crap online stores. I say custom crap in a completely non-crap meaning way. It’s just a term i use, and i mean it in the nicest possible way. I’ve ordered some printed napkins, in two different colours that i’m debating, a matchbook in my colours and a ‘tea favour’ which is a tea bag, individually wrapped in a paper that can be customized. There’s a few websites out there that do custom party things, but i’ve ordered these from ForYourParty.com mostly because they had the option to get a shiney gold napkin, which i prefer over a matte gold. Which –  let’s face it, isn’t really gold at all.

So there you have it. Moves, I’m making moves. I feel a little better about the to do list. Next up to tackle is food and guest list with the fiance…. if i can tear him away from the TV long enough, i might have to entice him with the promise of dinner!

xo
M

Alternative Wedding Gifts

Hi Friends

I always find when i’m flipping through magazines or blogs and people write about alternative wedding gifts, it seems that they’re writing for only rich people who are going to weddings. And i’m certainly not that demographic!
Today after being convinced i’m an adult and can justify buying nice things for my new house (new to me – the house is actually 100 years old), i came across this website for a store that’s located on Roncesvalles. As a general rule, i think Roncesvalles in general is a great place to start to find unique, thoughtful, crafty, personal wedding gifts.  This store in particular is called SoHo Art & Custom Framing, and is located at 77 Roncesvalles – two blocks north of queen.

Everything on the website is completely affordable and really cute. The items they stock would make for some really great thoughtful, not so standard wedding gifts.

The reason i came across their store was through a rabbit hole of websites while looking at posters to buy to decorate my living room. I’ve been in love with these transit style posters for a while now, and just this morning Fab.com sent me a note about a sale. Unfortunately they don’t ship to Canada. BOOO. i was devastated. So i went to their etsy shop to look at how much it would be to have them shipped directly from the crafter. The etsy shop is NOT having a sale, so the prints i wanted were regular price, and the shipping is around $30 to get it from NYC to Toronto. Each poster is about $30, so i’m going to order two + shipping is around $90 which is not horrible. In fact i find it quite awesome. I’ve picked two cities that i love, Tokyo & New York City. New York has some significance to my fiance and I as for our first Christmas together he bought me a plane ticket to New York, because he knew how much i loved that city! And Tokyo because… well I love Tokyo. not a week goes by where i don’t message my traveling pals to talk about Tokyo. To us, talking about our trip to Tokyo is never out of the blue. we can relate everything back to those five amazing days 4 years ago!

The third and final poster i bought is an Ork Poster of the outer boroughs of London England, where B and I lived for 8 months, 2 years ago. And it actually lists our borough!

I think these posters would be great gifts for a couple who likes to travel. They are shipped unframed but finding a framer in this city isn’t too difficult and there are plenty of places where you can buy ready made frames and then all you need is a custom matte. And there you have a gorgeous, personal gift for under $100!

My friends however, can not use this idea as I’ve already purchased these for myself! ha.

Happy Gifting!
MM.

The Gift Network

Hi Ladies

I was just reading about this new online gift registry that’s based in TORONTO!! FINALLY! If you’ve been reading all along you know that i had some not so good experiences with gift registries from the Bay/Home Outfitters, so i’ve flat-out refused to go with them as my registry. I’ve been checking out the services other brides have used and finally something has come along that makes sense for the modern Toronto bride.

I’m happy to report that The Gift Network is open for business and has 100 stores waiting for brides and grooms to-be to log in, and start fantasy shopping to their heart’s content.

The one thing that is a wee bit tricky, will be for guests who don’t live in the city or travel downtown very often, or aren’t comfortable with online shopping. All the stores in the network are located in Toronto, somewhere, with a few exceptions. Most appear to offer online shopping but some of the older generation haven’t really got on board with that trend yet. So you may still want to register at somewhere like Sears for those folks that aren’t hip to the online trend yet. AND if you do that, you can still link that registry to your Gift Network Registry, so your guests can find everything they need all in one place!

Happy Shopping!

M