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Wedding High Five!

19 Jul

Hey guys!

I know this post is a day early, but I thought I’d just mention an AWESOME idea which I found on a website called Offbeat Bride. On their “Steal this Idea” segment, they mention that one should “High five your guests in your send-off like you won the game”. I saw that and INSTANTLY thought that would be a way better idea and so much more US than rose petal confetti cannons or a sparkler exit (which we’re not allowed to do anyway…).

I suggested the idea to GP and he’s SO there. We think it’s an awesome example of US as a couple. We’re constantly high-fiving each other and everyone else. The first thing we do when either of us has succeeded in something (be it in my academic work or GP’s job) we high-five each other. The same applies to others (for example, my little sister and junior bridesmaid got a good mark in her exams, she gets a high-five; my older sister and maid-of-honour got a job, she gets a high-five, etc.).

The send-off will have to happen indoors. Guests will have to line up, similar to the “archway” where guests form an arch with their arms. Instead of holding hands above and running underneath them (which will be extremely difficult for my 6’0″ husband-to-be), they’ll put their arm up, palm facing towards us. We then run through them, high-fiving each and every one of our guests!

So all of our guests (who survive to the end of the night) will be getting high fives (and possibly even hugs) from us before we leave! ❤

Also, I got this message from my baby sister/Junior bridesmaid last night which had me giddy:

Guess who received a package? Pardon the dodgy image quality… Also, my sister is awesome.

YAY!! INTERNET HIGH FIVES!

 

Shopping with the Girls, Part 1: The bridesmaids try on dresses and we eat slippery noodles.

26 Nov

Hello all you lovely people out there!

Before I continue on with this post, let me first start by saying that, Mr Big, you are the love of my life, but…

you shall not pass

Image via AllPosters.com.

Now, where were we!

In my last post, I mentioned that the sort of dress I found myself drawn to flowed from the bodice and draped beautifully to the ground. For those who need a refresher (or just like dress porn!), these were the dresses which I loved:

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(1) Annie, by Etsy shop Red Doll; (2) Daphne, by Shop Ruche; (3) Katie, by Bride’s Desire, Wendy Sullivan; and (4) Olivia Wilde in Reem Acra / Image via Elizabeth Ashleigh.

Though I ultimately decided that I wanted to get my gown custom made, I wanted to, at the very least, go on a shopping trip with my girls. The shopping trip was mainly to see what kinds of dresses would look fab on my girls.

You see, my girls are all different sizes and shapes, so I wanted to make sure I chose something that would suit all of them. They also had their own criteria: no strapless dresses. Fair enough. If I don’t want to be pulling up my dress all night, they sure as heck wouldn’t either!

With that, we went shopping on a glorious Spring weekend. It lasted basically all day and we visited three bridal stores. Unfortunately, when I went shopping, we didn’t take many pictures, but I will put up the pictures we did take!

Our first stop was a local bridal store, True Love Couture in Cabramatta. I’ve been in there with Mama Bighorn before, but we didn’t get to try on dresses. This time, however, we were up for some dress-shopping! And let me tell you, hive, their dresses are phenomenal.

true love couture bridal shoot

A styled shoot by Fifteen Photography with a dress from True Love Couture. / Image via Style Me Pretty.

True Love Couture basically makes, well, couture dresses. So if a bride wanted a gown that she could customise they could go there. The prices are reasonable too! In Australia, a couture gown would go for something like $AU10,000, but at True Love Couture, you can get a relatively unique dress for $AU2000.

During our appointment there, some of my bridesmaids were late but I wasn’t at all fussed by it – parking at Cabramatta is difficult at the best of times! Plus, our attendant was fantastic and patient and made an effort to accommodate for us.

While we waited, I checked out the dresses and discussed some options with both MoH M&Ms and Groom’s Homie Oddball*. Oddball didn’t have much in the way of preferences, but M&Ms seemed to want something that hid her shoulders. When the other girls finally got there, with Friend N in tow(!), I asked if they could pick out dresses they liked.

At the same time, Friend N dragged me about True Love Couture and requested I pick out some dresses that I like. I agreed, because heck why not, and went around picking and choosing dresses which looked stunning on the mannequins. I only really found two dresses that suited my flowy, hugging-bodice, slightly-blingy and lacy criteria.

Before my girls tried on their dresses, they wanted me to try on some. And I obliged!

Again, I have no pictures in any of these dresses (sad!).

The first dress was ok, but it needed a crinoline and it was poofy. I stand at approximately 150cm (5’0”) and big, ballgown dresses look like they’re swallowing me. So, I gave that one a pass.

The second dress was more like the Katie (third picture in the line-up above), so it was more the style of dress I had tried on at the bridal store mentioned in the previous post. It cinched in my waist and gave me a sleek hourglass figure. However, the fabric was heavy; as in, it hung-off-me-like-limp-seaweed sort-of heavy. I got a few ‘oohs’ and ‘ahs’ but it wasn’t really working for me.

The attendant then suggested that I try on a particular dress which she described as “lighter” and wasn’t currently on display. She disappeared as I got out of the last dress and re-appeared with a gorgeous frock. There was delicate lace on the bodice with beading woven between it and the straps (yes, straps!) were lace as well. At the waist it then flowed out in gorgeous soft chiffon.

I was instantly enraptured.

The attendant then placed the dress on me but unfortunately, it was a tad small. I’m not the typical “bridal size” (and I was a lot heavier back then), so the attendant then went out to the back and fetched a similar dress being tailored for another client of theirs. She slipped the dress on me, and though it only had the lace in patches and wasn’t completed yet, it.looked.stunning.

I walked out to a collective gasp from Friend N, and BMs Cupcakes, Superhero, and Proper. I knew this was the dress I wanted.

Alas, it wasn’t within my budget. I got some information about the dress, but decided to give the floor to my girls.

By the time I was done trying on dresses, it was about an hour into our appointment and other appointment-ees were flooding in. The dress shop was a buzz of activity. However, I requested if my bridesmaids would be able to try on some dresses, and despite the fact that the shop was super busy, our attendant was able to accommodate us. With that said, my bridesmaids chose dresses which they liked and tried them on.

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MoH M&Ms, BM Cupcakes, BM Superhero, and BM Proper wearing lovely chiffon dresses.

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Groom’s Homie Oddball! I tried to get her to stand straight, but she’s incredibly awkward (and adorable).

The dresses looked splendid on all of them. I really wanted to buy these. Unfortunately, I’ll be buying my bridesmaids their dresses, and they were much too much out of my price range. But it did give me an idea regarding the sorts of dresses they’d look good in, especially for an Australian summer wedding.

Once my bridesmaids redressed, we bid the attendant adieu and went to lunch. And what was for lunch, dear hive?

It was pho.

But what is pho? Well, it’s basically a soup with noodles and your choice of meat. I usually go for the raw thinly-sliced beef, which when dunked in the hot soup provided with the meal, is cooked through.

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Pho with thinly-sliced beef and rice noodles. Image via Wikipedia.

It’s a Vietnamese dish, and I seriously recommend it! It’s also not too awful for you and extraordinarily filling!

We all ate pho that day and it was BM Proper’s first time eating it, which was hilarious to watch. She’s not a chopstick-user, so she was struggling to eat her lunch with a fork and spoon spaghetti-style. We’ve tried to teach her the art of chopsticks but she’s since given up. She ended up trying to twirl the rice noodles on her fork which – if anyone’s ever eaten pho – is hard to do because the noodles are just so slippery!

It was amusing to watch and a good meal too!

After lunch we then all clambered into our cars and drove to our next destination: Sweethearts Bridal Boutique.

Did anyone else find a dress they loved but was out of your price range? Did anyone else combine bridesmaids dress-shopping with wedding dress-shopping? Who here’s tried pho?

* “Groom’s Homie” Oddball is actually my junior bridesmaid. However, she and Mr Big have a super close connection where they call each other ‘homies’. Hence, she’s the honorary “Groom’s Homie”!

I to the D to the E, A, S

23 Aug

Hello readers!

Before you delve into this post, I should let you know that it’s a very long post. So only read if you either: a) have time, or b) are interested and have time.

Anyway, last night was one of those “oh God, planning a wedding is so stressful, AAAAAAAAARRRGHHHHHH *insert garbled dying noises here*”. There’s the overall planning – getting a date (I’ve mentioned this a few times before, but this has been an impossible endeavour for GP and I due to cultural purposes), finding a venue, finding a place for both ceremonies – and then there are the details – cake, flowers, the wedding apparel, the wedding favours, etc. You also have to contend with conflicting ideas and natures from all walks of life: parents, parents-in-laws, friends, family friends, even the fiance and I have differing opinions and ideas on things.

So after a discussion with him (Mr. GP), I’m going to list as many of the ideas I have for this wedding and put them into three categories: We Do, We Might, and We Don’t.

We Do – Things we are doing, and have settled on doing them.

We Might – Things we want to do but it’s all a matter of cost and time.

We Don’t – Ideas he and I want to do but can’t afford.

So without further ado, here are our ideas:

The Photobooth:

The photobooth is a current ‘wedding fad’, but it’s a wedding fad that GP and I definitely want. In fact, we want it so bad that it’s immediately been placed into the ‘We Do’ column. We’ll definitely be having a photobooth because:

a) it’s so totally quirky, geeky and vintage-y,

b) it’s an awesome ice-breaker, and

c) we can use the photos as both wedding favours and a guest book (win-win)!

We haven’t pinpointed who we’ll be using for the Photobooth, but GP and I aren’t ‘artsy’ enough to DIY this venture. I’ve found dozens of them, so yay! It’s just a matter of getting the most cost-effective for our budget. If we hire a photobooth business that charges extra for ‘photobooth props’, I’ll be getting my DIY on and making these myself (hopefully with help from le bridesmaids)!

Category: We Do.

Pre-Wedding Photography Session AKA Engagament Session Photography (or E-Session!)

I really do want to do an e-session photo shoot, but that might cost a little extra. Some photographers do this as part of their package if you use them as your photographer, but because we’re doing the wedding at the Hunter Valley (hence, a two-and-a-half hour drive from Sydney), it might be difficult to hire a Hunter photographer and ask them to drive up to Sydney just to do an engagement shoot (and pricey, did I mention pricey?). An idea I’ve had was to hire a photographer in Sydney who has experience in the Hunter Valley and get them to do the wedding and the engagement shoot. It all depends on how much the photographer charges for travel on top of the wedding photography package.

Category: We Might.

Post-Wedding Photography Session AKA Trash the Dress Shoot

For those of you don’t know what this is, go here: http://www.cheslerphoto.com/wedtrash.htm! Some brides (and people, in general) are probably looking at me in horror right now. I know what you’re thinking: “WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU TRASH THAT BAJILLION DOLLAR DRESS!?!?!?!” I hear you crying. Well, readers, because of this:

       

  

(All photos (c) their respectful owners.)

In other words, they. Look. Beautiful. Unfortunately, like the e-session shoots, the Trash the Dress shoot means extra money. It also means the dress I’m wearing on the day will get soiled, or wet, or torn, or either or all of the aforementioned. This doesn’t worry me as much however, as dirt and grass stains can be washed away, a wet dress can be dried, and a torn dress can be sewn. The shoot will take place the day after (or a few, depending). I’ve talked to the fiance about the Trash the Dress photo shoot and he really likes it. He’s worried about the dough, as am I, so we’re tentatively putting this into the “We Might” category. Also, my ma doesn’t want me to re-wear the white dress (try saying that ten times fast). It’s a cultural thing. So I’ll either have to disobey her marching orders or buy a cheaper white dress if this photo shoot is happening.

Category: We Might.

The Unity Sand Ceremony

For those of who don’t know what the ‘unity sand ceremony’ is, fear not, I didn’t know what it was either. GP’s heard of it (his friends are all mostly married and he went to most of their weddings), but he never gave it much thought until I brought it up. He likes the idea of the ceremony because it looks pretty and it’s something that lasts forever. His Auckland friends (and a married couple) did a sand ceremony at their wedding, so GP was worried it would look too similar. And then I mentioned the heart-shaped vase:

from http://www.pinkfrosting.com.au.
The Heart-Shaped Unity Sand Ceremony.

After a discussion with GP on other ceremonial options, we’ve decided that the heart-shaped unity sand ceremony is a go! It’s just a matter of getting a date before we can order these babies in. Sand and engraving cost extra, and there are two websites which sell these (as far as I know): www.pinkfrosting.com.au and www.weddingstar.com.au.

Category: We Do.

A Live Band

GP’s assessment on this item is: “Yes, we should have one.” Ideally, we want something that is very folk, rock band like Mumford & Sons. Or at the very least, have a similar sound to them. We’re thinking raw vocals, acoustic guitars and, yes, even a banjo. We’ve formed an Excel spreadsheet of songs we want to play at our wedding. We’re not sure that a live band can learn and play all those songs, but we’re hoping it’s possible for them to play some and let us use their equipment to play the rest through a mp3 or CD player. The only problem with a live band is the cost (some can be pretty dear) and the space we need to provide for them. We also need to pay for crew meals for each band member.

Category: We Do.

A Wedding Website

This is in definitely in the ‘We Do’ category. There are heaps and heaps of wedding websites with templates and tips on setting up, but as GP knows how to work HTML, we’re going to build ours from scratch. Because we don’t have a wedding date yet, not having a website right now isn’t an issue, but we really should get our butts in gear soon (concerted effort, hint hint GP. Remember the sandwiches!). Two things we need to get are the domain name and a host for said domain name  That’ll cost a few dollars, but the planning, execution and personalisation of the website will be worth it! 🙂

Category: We Do.

E-vites (Invitations via Email Address)

This decision derives more from time-constraints and the context of the wedding than us actually wanting to do it. E-vites are relatively cheap, easy to make, and quick. Because GP and I haven’t got our wedding date (and won’t get one until possibly October), we want to make sure that our invites can be sent out as quickly as possible, and get replies from people just as quickly. This allows us to calculate numbers for the venue early on (a plus, especially because we’ll be having a destination wedding). After that, the standard ‘paper invites’ will be sent out (all DIY, and hopefully with the help of le bridesmaids).

Category: We Do.

The ASCII Heart (Less than Three)

For those of you who don’t know what the ASCII heart is, it’s basically this:

Metal Geek Heart Emoticon Wedding Decor

ASCII Heart wedding decor. From Etsy seller Knob Creek Metal Arts. Click on image to go to the page! 🙂

Yes, folks, the infamous less-than-three, heart symbol of the geeks. I want this sucker displayed on the bridal table or on the cake table with a G and E on either side. Unfortunately, the only less-than-three heart I could find that was relatively useful for display purposes is the one you see above.

And it is 20 US bucks, without postage and handling.

GP has said that we could try and make it on our own. Heck, I might even get my daddy to make it for me (he knows how to do metalcrafting).

Category: We Might.

The Quirky Cake Toppers

For ages, GP and I have been discussing the option of having strange, obscure cake toppers. We’re not ones for the traditional bride and groom, sitting atop their cake, all proper. We wanted something that was more ‘us’. Here’s a few I found that I thought were cute, but not ‘us’ enough:

High Five Groom Cake Topper

Legen-wait for it!-DARY!

The Mischievous Pair- Wedding Cake Topper-Dessert Table Centerpiece

From Etsy seller, WeddingsandWire. They do custom-made cake toppers do. All made out of enamel and wire!

Here’s something I thought GP might (not) appreciate…

And then we found a website called: Garden Ninja Painting Studio. I’m not too sure if I’ve mentioned this guy on a previous post, but he makes custom-made cake toppers, including features of the bride and groom. He’s done some steampunk toppers, but the one GP and I are interested in are ‘horde-fighting cake toppers’. Now for those who are going, ‘huh?’, it’s basically something akin to this:

DOUBLE TAP!!!

That’s right folks. Zombie-fighting cake toppers!!! Eff yeah!

Unfortunately for us, he’s based in America, makes all of the cake toppers from scratch (moulding, paint, etc), and charges a pretty penny for his toppers. And so, we’ve decided to try and make these babies on our own with model soldiers and model paint. Wish us luck, because neither of us are very artsy or DIY…y.

Category: We Do… somehow.

Using Etsy.com or other such means for my Bridesmaid Dresses

As I am now paying for my bridesmaid dresses, I’m trying to find a cost-effective, unique and good place to get their dresses from. I was originally thinking of using Lightinthebox.com, a Chinese online retailer who sells dresses at warehouse prices. Unfortunately, the news I’ve gotten from searching for reviews and such has yielded mixed results. Many have said that the construction of the dress is well done. Unfortunately, there have also been reviews which have said they are difficult to contact. Others have stated that their orders were either late or they never arrived. I even had one saying they received their dress two sizes too small. With all the mixed reviews, I don’t know who to believe and whether I should give LITB a shot. The dresses on the website look beautiful, and though the fabric isn’t the best quality (it’s polyester fabrics), I’m sure my bridesmaids wouldn’t really care about that. What does worry me is the fact that the dresses arrive in sizes that are too small, or worst, none at all.

So another idea that I’ve been thinking of is to look to another online store: etsy.com. For those of you who don’t know what Etsy is, it’s basically an online community where artists can sell their pieces online. You can find heaps of things on Etsy, from wedding dresses to ties, cuff link to earrings, works of art to shoes. Some of the sellers on Etsy have beautiful dresses with just the right amount of mix on it. For example:

Individual Final Payments for Alison Giacinto's Custom Bridesmaids Dresses

From Etsy seller ArmoursansAnguish. She makes her dresses out of recycled materials 🙂

mismatched bridesmaid dresses  / Romantic /  sage / mint    / dresses /Fairy / Dreamy / Bridesmaid / Party / wedding / Bride /

From Etsy seller AtelierSignature. She custom makes her dresses and can make them any colour the customer so desires!

Now I have to decide whether or not to use Etsy or LightintheBox.com. GP has suggested asking one of my good friends if she can offer some bridesmaid dresses at mates rates since she own a boutique clothing store. I’ll also ask about that when I see her on Saturday!

Category: We Might.

And… I can’t think of any more ideas…

Feel free to comment readers, if there’s anything else you guys have thought of that my very tired brain could not. Also, if any of my bridesmaids are reading this, feel free to comment too! 😀 Because I would like your opinions on the final matter!