Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bald Guy Greetings

I ran across Bald Guy Greetings today and loved it. Perhaps someone will give us one of these cards:

I definitely think I'll have to invest in some of the birthday cards. I also liked the break-up cards.

Or, after the wedding I could send these thank-you cards out to guests who wouldn't take it the wrong way:


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

More Crap to Empty Your Wallet

Um, not that I'm bitter.

As many of you have pointed out, brides needn't fall for the wedding industry's hype of, "If you don't have these fifty extras at your wedding, your guests will think you are so lame."

Among the things hyped that I have considered are out of town guest bags for visiting friends and family, which might include guide books of the area, water, foods specific to the area (like sourdough or Ghiradelli chocolates, for example), etc. etc. Then I did the math to figure out exactly how many out of town guests we'd be making these bags for and what the cost might be. Um, sorry folks, but we can't. And it's really too bad, because I kind of fell in love with these canvas bags that had maps of San Francisco on them, but at $20/piece for the bag alone, we just can't.

Another thing that would be cheaper to do is bathroom baskets for the men's and women's bathrooms at the reception venue. These might contain things like mints, mouthwash, Tide-to-go pens (can I just say that Mr. T and I just bought these and they are awesome?! They saved me from walking around with a stain down my shirt just last week), and tissues. Maybe fun wedding tissues like these, from Sniff:

But, the sensible side of me says that this is just more useless stuff that I don't need to spend my money on. I dunno. How much could a bathroom basket cost? And if you were a wedding guest, would you appreciate it?

10 Ways to Remain Happily Married

From WeddingBee:

1) Be more concerned with being kind than being right.

2) Find something to appreciate about your partner every day.

3) Do not complain to friends or relatives about your partner.

4) Date your partner on a weekly basis.

5) Celebrate all your important anniversaries.

6) Compliment each other twice a day.

7) Have a good sense of humor about challenges.

8) Communicate, communicate, and communicate.

9) Share responsibilities and acknowledge each other’s strengths.

10) Greet your partner every day with a hug and kiss.

(I believe there are actually 11 ways listed here...but who's counting?)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Les Fleurs

As April winds down we are rapidly approaching the official 1 year and 6 month countdown to the wedding date (assuming, of course, that we find a venue that can accommodate us on that date...but even if we can't, I'm half tempted just to go to city hall so we can have the Halloween anniversary. ;-)

As you all know, I'm not very attached to having flowers at the wedding. Many other decorating options are more appropriate for Halloween, and these options are also more affordable--flowers to decorate an entire venue can cost thousands of dollars. Flowers are one of those areas where brides really get gouged. I've considered just going to a random florist on the morning of the wedding and saying, "I need one bouquet...okay, now that that's done, how about two more bouquets, but a little bit different, and smaller...okay, throw in a 3 boutonnieres..." So that I get charged a real price, not the "wedding special" price. Of course, that means just trusting that the florist will have flowers that I like in the colors that I want on that day. And, it also goes against my detail-oriented nature; I don't want to leave stuff on the to-do list until the day of. That feels wrong.

Another idea is to go to a Flower Mart and just do the darned things myself. This is tempting, although as you all know, I don't really have a crafty bone in my body. Whatever genes the "DIY" traits are attached to, I don't have them. So, that's a problem.

Anyway, as I wrestle with this, I've also looked around for some floral ideas. My thoughts are: I'll carry a red bouquet with touches of orange. My MOH and bridesmaid will carry orange bouquets. Mr. T will have a red boutonniere. His groomsmen will have orange ones. I'm undecided about also giving our moms and dads corsages/boutonierres, but that would be nice, too. We may also have an arrangement for the altar area and/or guest book table, too.

Here are some inspiration photos.

For the 'maids:

I like the simplicity of the orange Calla Lilies. Then I could put some orange Callas in my bouquet to tie us all together, like these:

The above bouquet is very fall like with the addition of brown. I might consider adding brown into the mix.

These callas aren't orange, but I liked them next to the roses.

Speaking of non-orange Calla Lilies, this are amazing and dramatic. They'd make a nice addition.

And some crazy "black" Calla Lilies. Wow!

This one has roses with those dark Callas. Looks nice, but needs just a touch of color.

Look! A whole wedding in my floral color scheme.

This is maybe a bit too Spring for my bouquet, but it's beautiful and I like the hanging flowers.

I like the spikiness of these flowers. They might be nice as an accent, with darker red flowers.

I adore the above bouquet. I love the pink hanging flowers (although pink goes outside of my colors), and I love the Dahlias. I think Dahlias are in season in the Fall, so I'm going to ask for them, and Black Magic Roses. After we talked to the coordinator at Venue #3 I Googled Black Magic roses and flower and feather bouquets, and came up with some interesting finds:

Red corset dress! Funny, huh?

Bad photo, but you get the idea.

A better photo. Something about this bouquet bugs me, although I like the feathers. Maybe it's the fake berries, or maybe the roses are too light. It needs something.

This one has feathers and berries (and wheat, I think). I like the Fall feel of it. I like the berries, too. There are too many of them in this bouquet, though. I'd want less green and more red in mine.

This has a better amount of berries. But too many yellow/orange flowers for me.

Another berried bouquet. I like the Fall feeling of this one. It's a touch too coral, though.

More berries. I like the "organic" feel of this bouquet, although of course I don't want white or blue berries in mine.

And yet more berries. This one is awfully sweet, although too pinky-purpley for what I'm looking for.

I like this one a lot, although the feathers are perhaps too subtle, and I wouldn't want just roses. But the rose color is gorgeous!

On the other hand, I think the feathers here aren't subtle enough! There's something off about this one too.

I believe this is the bouquet that bride in the red dress with the crazy boots carried. I do love peacock feathers, although again, they're not in my planned color scheme. I begin to see the usefulness of picking a them and sticking with it, so that you just don't use every single idea that strikes your fancy.

I wouldn't want light pink roses, but this bouquet is just fabulous.

And for the arrangements for the altar/guest book table:

Pretty orange flowers.

I love the candy corn in the vase! Cute. The Daisies are sweet, too.

This one has good height. I like the branches, too--there should be some spooky branches around on Halloween, don't you think?

Speaking of feathers, a couple got married at the SF zoo, and decorated with boas. That's kind of awesome.

These are pretty, and they look festive with the pumpkins.

I posted this before...I love the antique looking metal vase and the fake cobwebs. How perfect!

Well, like everything, I have a lot of time to make up my mind--1 year and 6 months, to be exact!!

Friday, April 25, 2008

And Yet More Bling

Could one of these be the one?! I found Brilliant Earth online and I like their politics: They use conflict-free gems and recycled or ethically mined metals. Plus, they're local, so I can go see their stuff in person. They had a few sapphire rings in reproduction vintage settings that I liked, for reasonable prices. I'm excited! Here are the ones I liked:

Heirloom Sapphire Ring

Delicate Antique Sapphire Ring--love the scroll work on the sides

Art Deco Filigree Sapphire Ring (I think this is my fave)

I would like to see if they could do these with pink sapphires, since I've become a little attached to that idea, but I might also like the blue. I need to see them in person, I think.

I'm so excited to have found this company! Good looking rings, and ethical policies. Love it.