Tuesday, October 30, 2012

September & October's Wedding Planning Update

Well, well, well...here I am yet again scurrying at the end of the month to give you all an update on how the wedding planning is coming along and what we've gotten done these last couple months.

So, without further ado....I bring to you....(Name that song?!)

First and foremost, the most important part of this entire process got completed just yesterday! We got invitations sent out!! I cannot even begin to tell you the amount of stress this takes off my shoulders; seeing all those invitations leave my house forever was such a sigh of relief! I had to round up a few troops to get them done, but I sure have some wonderful people in my life who were willing to give up several of their evenings to help me (major props to the bestie who helped SEVERAL nights) and I cannot say "thank you" enough to those who did--it means SO much!

**I will put a finished product picture up later this week when everyone has received theirs**

Rehearsal Dinner Invitationsü
Thanks to my wonderful sister-in-law we (she) also got these taken care of. They haven't been mailed yet, as we were waiting for the invitations to go out first, but they are in good hands. :)

What's a wedding without koozies, on koozies, on koozies?

Wedding Dress, Veil, Sashü
My dress finally came in a few weeks ago!! I was SO excited to get it, and it still looks just as pretty as I remembered, maybe even prettier!! It fit me like a glove and I didn't want to take it off. It hasn't been altered yet, but hopefully that will happen in the next couple weeks. Also, once it came in, I got to buy/order my sash and veil. Unfortunately, they said the sash wouldn't be done until AFTER my wedding because it is hand-beaded, so I had to buy the one at the store, which was kind of a bummer but oh well. The veil, on the other hand, might be my favorite part of the whole ensemble!! I never knew there were SO many choices in veils and had never really looked at them seriously before. After having my dress on and trying on waaaay too many, I finally ordered a custom one to meet the lengths I wanted and the style I wanted. It is not in yet, but should be in a few weeks!! Aaaah!! So excited to see it!

Anyway, we got these picked out also! We had to make a couple of appointments and order a few in to "try" out, but we finally decided which ones we were going with just last Thursday. We ended up choosing solid black, white undershirts, square toed shoes, silver vests, and coordinating ties in the same colors, just different levels depending on who they were going on. (The wedding party is all the same-more silver; dads are slightly different-more black; Ryan's is slightly different-more white).

Guest Bookü
I may have told you all about this awhile back but I am so excited about it! We decided to go a very nontraditional route and veered away from a typical book and pen, and went for wine corks. Yes folks, wine corks. We are going to have every guest (or family) sign their name on a wine cork in permanent marker and then throw them into a huge vase. We will then have lots of wine corks to decorate our house with...bedroom, living room, kitchen, etc. I was even thinking of trying a Pinterest project to make a "B" out of them if we have enough..isn't that fun? I've been carrying around 10 of them in my purse to test out vases at various stores and I always get a little embarrassed opening it up in front of cashiers--I'm sure they're convinced I'm a drunk wine-o.

We also finally got in all our glassware for the table tops this week. The store we ordered some from had actually put them out on the shelves because they had been there so long and we hadn't picked them up yet--even though we had already paid for it! #brideproblems #notime Nonetheless, we got them and I have some pretty awesome help who has volunteered to take them all and soak them in the treatments that smell like gasoline to get them sparkly clean and smudge free!

Champagne Flutesü
Here I am, thanking Ryan's sister once again. She bought us these awesome champagne flutes for the big day!! Aren't they gorgeous?


Ring Bearer Pillow & Flower Girl Basketü
I had a hard time finding black, but I finally found it online. Now all I have to do is add some snowflakes to the flower girl basket and we're good to go! Aren't they cute?!

We've done really well in this area the last two weekends. Ryan and I have been slaving away and shopping for reception decor every weekend we have free and have come up with some pretty good stuff. My favorite??

These HUGE champagne bottles filled with confetti. Perfect for NYE!

"100% Happy" :)

We've also got some other small (and boring) things done:
flower girl shoes
led lights for vases
snowflakes, snowflakes, and more snowflakes
Christmas lights
..and probably a million other things I don't feel like listing :)

So thank you to everyone who has made this possibe so far and given their time and resources to help it all come together!!

Only 62 more days!!!!

My special thanks this update definitely goes out to Rachel, who has done far more than is expected of her and who has shown what exactly best friends are for over and over again. She is not just there for hours on end doing invitations with me and laughing about how many we have messed up, but also there when I call her at 11pm crying about nonsense. That, my friends, is a true best friend!

And my other thanks goes out to Ryan's sister, Sarah, for all she has done and helped with! Though she is not here physically, she has done SO much for us lately and I cannot say thank you enough--we owe her the world right now!

So thank you--I love you both!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A soon-to-be bride! {bridal shower edition}

This past Sunday I got to experience one of the many perks that comes along with planning a wedding...my bridal shower!! Honestly, it was the BEST day I had had in a long time. We have had a crazy/stressful month due to several factors and it literally all melted away Sunday at my shower. It was absolutely perfect and just what I needed.

Here's a quick recap of how it all went, along with a few pictures. I will try to post more pics on here as I gather some up..I only had a couple on my phone unfortunately and they're mediocre at best.

The deets...
-My sister Abigal (maid of honor) was the one who put it on with the help of my other bridesmaids.
-It was at the Country Club here in town at 2:00pm on Sunday.
-It was a "pink" theme

The treats...
bottled water
mimosas (yummy!)

The games...
1. How Well do you Know the Bride & Groom? was a game where Abigal asked Ryan and I several random questions prior to the shower (e.g. What is your favorite restaurant? What do you do to celebrate your anniversary every year? etc.) and then asked the guests these questions to test their "knowledge" of us. I was VERY surprised at how well some people did and it was fun to see what everyone came up with on some questions. Even my friend from high school's little girl was answering questions about our dogs...so cute!:)

2. Bridal Bingo was where the guests were given a traditional blank bingo sheet with their "free" spot in the middle being the gift they gave us. They then filled in the blanks with all the gifts they thought we would receive such as towels, a blender, Keurig, etc. As I opened gifts, they crossed of their squares and and tried to get a bingo!

3. Newlyweds was a game that was only played by me. Basically, Abigal had asked Ryan several questions about himself/us prior to the shower and written all his answers down on poster boards. She then stood behind me, holding up the poster board containing his answers, while she asked me the questions and I had to attempt to guess what he would say. I hate to brag, but I did pretty darn good! I only missed a couple and one of them I'm still arguing with him over..he claims he wanted to be a lawyer when he was little...please. I've never heard him say that ONCE. And between you and I, I'm pretty sure he said it just to look good ;)  Anyway, here's a couple of his questions and answers that stuck out to me...

What would the groom say is the bride’s best feature? 
--I was asked this question at our marriage retreat at the church and my answer made Aud’s face turn beat red.  So this time I will go with what she is probably doing now. Her smile.

What was the groom’s favorite date? 
-Our 6 year anniversary we went to Iowa City to eat at our favorite restaurant and drive around all of our old stomping grounds.  We drove home in 3 tornadoes and Aud’s hands were sweating from the weather and mine were sweating from what I was about to do.  I unlocked the door and let her go in first and I will never forget the look on her face.

Who is smarter?
-I’m not going to answer this.  Let’s ask the guy who was looking for gold at the road side park in Georgetown.  Or as my brother pointed out….Audrie, he is weed eating.

Ok...so there is a story to this...As Ryan, Curt ,and I were driving one day, we saw a guy at a park who was moving a long stick with a metal piece at the end (weed eater) back and forth. I thought it looked like a metal detector and said "why is that guy looking for gold there? I doubt there is any in that freakin park!" and Curt and Ryan both laughed and Curt said ..."Audrie, he is weed eating".

The prizes...
This was one of my favorite parts of the whole thing. For my prizes, my bridesmaids had asked me what a few of my favorite things were, and that's what was given out as prizes. For example, my favorite wine, favorite lotions/body wash, favorite movie/candy. Isn't that a great idea?! I hope everyone who won enjoys them just as much as I do!

The thanks...
Lastly, and most importantly...I owe all of my day and blessings to the people who came. It wouldn't have been possible without my bridesmaids putting it on, and the people who attended. I know that sounds quite cliche, but anyone that knows me knows that was the the most touching part to me. Honest to God, I was SO surprised by the turnout and felt like the luckiest girl all day long. And as everyone was helping carry gifts to my car and putting away tables and chairs as I was hugging everyone goodbye, I thought I might cry I felt so overwhelmed. I was absolutely showered with love that day--and certainly spoiled with gifts. So thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who came...you certainly made it an experience I will never forget!