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A ‘Vision’ of Things to Come

29 Oct

Alternative Title: Why the Bighorns don’t have a wedding theme.

During our wedding planning journey, Mr Big and I get asked the question, ‘what’s your theme?’. Often it’s met with blank stares and a long, ‘uhhhh’ from the both of us. This is because Mr Bighorn and I don’t really have a theme, but more a ‘vision’ (ha, I feel like a ponce saying that). We have stylistic elements that will hopefully make the feel of the wedding more seamless, but we don’t have a deadest theme.

Let me explain.

On the outset of our engagement, we Bighorns wanted to incorporate the traditions from my culture (for example, the Chinese tea ceremony), from his culture (for example, the white wedding dress) and our love of all things geek. Our ideas varied considerably, from the colours red and gold being our wedding colours, a photo booth with geeky photo booth props, badges as wedding favours with names of each guests and witty remarks on who they are (or who we know them as), and there was even talk of a zombie-themed cake topper with us equipped with weapons and fighting back zombies!

We also wanted to incorporate more than one of our fandoms. For instance, I’m not just a gamer geek; I also love board games, anime, sci-fi and supernatural TV shows and movies, and I’m also a total Dis-nerd (a Disney nerd). Mr Bighorn is a total gamer geek, loves tech (he keeps up-to-date on Microsoft especially), has a huge collection of TV shows and movies in all genres (sci-fi, fantasy, supernatural, you name it!), loves board games, and is also something of a Dis-nerd. Our love for all things geeky, nerdy and dorky is only as big as our love for music and each other.

I also wanted very much to have an underlying Beauty and the Beast feel (that is both his and my favourite Disney Princess film. I know, how the eff did I get this guy!?), while also adding in geeky elements and giving a nice, solid nod towards the cultural and traditional.

With all that said and done, the only logical theme would be something called “geek chic”. The term ‘geek chic’ is a combination of all things chic and all things geek. It means elegant and delicious wedding cupcakes with zombie-fighting cake toppers; gorgeous floral arrangements in conical flasks; cute heart-shaped USBs as wedding favours; and an ASCII heart instead of the usual “Mr & Mrs” at the head table (although that’s cute too!). It sounded like the perfect theme for the wedding day, but as we began to plan more, our theme changed way too many times to count, even despite the fact that we tried to stay on track.

It was then that we decided that the word ‘theme’ cemented our ideas too firmly to one thing. For all intents and purposes, our wedding will still be geeky and chic. However, with the hodgepodge of other things that has been thrown into the mix, either by myself, Mr Big, or family and friends who have contributed, it was much easier on us to keep a set ‘vision’ in mind instead of stubbornly sticking to a theme.

We’ll still have a crapton of geeky elements (ASCII heart, cake topper) but there were some that we had to take out. We’ve expanded our wedding colours, but made sure to keep the palette constricted so as not to overdo it! And we’re still very much trying to stick to our vision without restricting ourselves to a specific theme.

I’m hoping that it all works out ok, but Mr Big seems to be more on top of it than I am. Sometimes I wonder why he isn’t the one doing most of the planning!

What do you guys think? Are we crazy for not sticking to a ‘theme’?

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Bloggy, bloggy, bloggy

27 Oct

Hi guys!

A few weeks ago I signed up to a wedding blog, Weddingbee. It’s a good community of people, and the bloggers are all named after specific monikers (for example, there’s Mrs Funnel Cake, Mrs Panda, Miss Filly, Miss Bicycle) and they all talk about their ideas, inspirations, trials, and tribulations of their wedding planning. Some of the information is insightful, some inspiring, and some just plain fun to read.

Would-be bloggers sign up for Weddingbee at least 8 months before their wedding, so readers are taken through the wedding planning process as the blogger plans. Now I’ve been blogging my wedding for some time and after coming across Weddingbee, I decided to give it a crack in June! …I didn’t get in. Another month later, I gave it another crack. Once again, denied! Third time lucky maybe? Nope, de…wait-for-it…nied!

So, should I go for a fourth time around? I know it’s not hugely important to some, but writing is my passion (I’m writing a thesis, I write fiction) and I really wanted to contribute with my own wedding planning process.

I waited for a little bit and mulled over the decision. I looked at how I wrote my posts, the voice I was trying to get through, and decided, after some much-needed advice and my own ‘change-of-process’, that I needed to change how I wrote. I made my posts more insightful, less blabby (I have a tendency to go on a tangent), and  filled with more personality.

And then I went for it.

Well guys, I got in! I’ve written up an introduction post, which I can link back later, but I’m uber excited to be contributing to this great community. I believe most of the posts that’ll be up on Weddingbee will be my older posts (as, you know, I’ve been blogging for awhile now), but it’s super exciting to be sharing this wedding-thang with others.

My moniker will be Miss Bighorn Sheep. For those of you who know us as a couple, it’s pretty self-explanatory as to why I chose it. For others who don’t really know us, GP is a Kiwi. 😉 I’ll be referring to myself as either Miss Bighorn or Miss Big, but we’ll see what happens when I keep blogging.

I’m super excited! Wish me luck guys!

Let’s start this over…

13 May

Hello everyone 🙂

I have vowed to be a more regular writer. It’s good to just sit, write and escape everything you don’t want to be doing at the current moment (i.e. assignments, blah!). So, what can I tell you guys that I haven’t already?

Well, in July, GP is turning the big 3-0, so we’ll be going to New Zealand. It’ll be major fun, and we’ll get to see GP’s friends (and groomsmen!) while we’re there. Also, our very awesome photographers of StudioSomething will be in Christchurch when we are, so we’ve lined up our engagement photo shoot in New Zealand. SO EXCITING.

If you want to check them out – which I VERY MUCH RECOMMEND – go here and here.

In other news, GP and I have been thinking of things we need to buy (the little things – bubbles for the ceremony, chocolates for the reception) and I think we need to make a list. I’ll do that in my spare time (read: when I get bored of my assignment/my brain can’t think of my assignment anymore) so we can keep track of everything. Some of the things on this list are:

– Photo frames for the reception

– Scrap book for the guest book

– Nice pretty sticky tape for the guest book

– Gel or archival pens for the guest book (I don’t want the ink to fade…)

– Props for the photobooth (provided by StudioSomething – didn’t I tell you they were awesome?)

– Bubbles for the ceremony

– Parasols for my girls

 

… I’m sure I’ve missed only 1000 other things…

A lot of people tell us we’re WAY ahead of the ball game but we haven’t finalised (or… started) our cake, gotten all the important little knickknacks that’ll make our wedding special, and been fitted for our clothing (as in – I haven’t been fitted for my dress yet [I haven’t even got my dress yet…], GP hasn’t bought his suit yet [though men get more time than women], etc.). It’s getting into the 8-month mark, which is an exciting time for us, but at the same time, the closer we get, the more I realise we haven’t really done much!

So it’s time to get everything into gear I guess.

And also a question – cake or cupcake? Like seriously… what should we get!?

Doing what needs to be done

2 Dec

Hello all,

I’m not saying that wedding planning isn’t stressful (because it IS!), but so far I’ve been having (mostly, at least) fun with thinking about ways to plan out what to do for the wedding. I haven’t really needed to fight tooth and nail with stubborn vendors (and I hope I won’t need to) and what we have booked seems to be gliding along smoothly. There are a few things GP and I need to do, and I thought it might make it easier if I wrote these down here.

So without further ado, here’s the to-do list:

  • Return the booking contract to Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley before 7/12
  • Have our Skype meeting with StudioSomething at 1900 tomorrow (3/12)
  • Fill out the booking form for StudioSomething
  • Find some time to see Onsight Films and discuss a suitable package
  • Meet our potential celebrant!
  • Start dancing lessons
  • Buy gifts!
  • Start gathering materials for wedding favours
  • Complete invitations for the wedding

So as you can see, we’re well underway in our wedding planning. We’re both super excited! More updates to come soon hopefully!

-the.eichanist

All cold on the wedding front…

25 Sep

Hello gentle-readers!

I haven’t really been able to plan or do much wedding-related things. It’s been kind of slow on that front. Once we get an actual date, I’m sure things will speed up significantly.

The past Sunday, GP and I went to a local wedding expo at the Liverpool Catholic Centre 🙂 I was a little iffy on the going, but GP convinced me (with the promise of potential free prizes and other free stuff) to go. I think it was a successful day! 🙂 I couldn’t invite others because I only really found out about the expo a couple of days before. Hopefully another free expo comes up (with free entry!) and I can invite others to come along with me 🙂

They had an awesome baker there. SHE MADE RED VELVET CAKE OMG.

They also had a website where you could make your own wedding albums, as well as a plethora of others (decorators, make-up artists, engravers, even those willing to help with house loans!). I haven’t had a peruse through our goodie bag, but hopefully when GP and I get the time we can have a looksee at the goodies. I’ve been trying to sort out university stuff over the midsemester break and have three more assignments to go before this semester ends. Then hopefully I get an email back regarding a possible jaunt into Honours 🙂

No other wedding news yet. But I’ll make sure to post it once I do! 🙂

Peace out y’all!

.the eichanist.