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!

 

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

My thoughts on wedding favours, if you’re curious.

Wedding favours are a really weird thing to me. And i’m not alone (i’m basing this on the couple standing next to me at the Wedding Show on the weekend). I mean you and your fiance and likely your parents put in all this effort and money into throwing a fantastic event, and the people in attendance were invited, they weren’t forced to be there. Why are you sending them home with a little thank you gift? And even better question, why are you sending them home with this horrible knick-knack that’s just hideously emblazoned with your names and wedding date? What are your guests going to do with a memento of YOUR wedding?? It’s not their wedding!

No one cares as much about your wedding or wedding date you do! i promise. And most people leave their gifts behind, unless they’re edible. Or in the case of the lady manning the SickKids booth at the wedding show – a fish. She once went to a wedding where the gift was a fish. Thanks! not only did I spend XX amount on my dress, and your gift and probably the cab ride home or a hotel room, but now i get to leave the wedding with a gift that makes me continue to spend???

Popular favours are the ones that are edible. Emblazon those cookies with your wedding date all you want! People are going to eat those. I went to a wedding last summer where I got a cheese plate and knife and no where on it did it mention the bride and groom or their wedding date. it was just a nice plate, that i use quite regularly.  Hershey kisses and hugs are quite popular as well, along with Ferraro Roche chocolates, Lindor chocolates. Are you seeing the theme here. Food products good, tacky knick-knacks bad.

Another favour, that’s leading the race for my wedding, is making a donation to your favourite charity. SickKids hospital had a booth at the Wedding Show on the weekend with a display of the cards they send you, so you can tell your guests about your donation and the cause. The cards were beautiful, and it’s a minimum of $6 donation per card. So you could opt to have one card per family, or couple or if you’re feeling extra generous one card per guest. Another charity that i know participates in a similar program is the Canadian Cancer Society. And these are just two of the many many charities that would be happy to accept your donation in lieu of wedding favours.

I’m just saying get creative, or you might be left with 100 or so knick-knacks slathered in your names and wedding date!

xo