Friday, April 30, 2010

The Reality of Seating

In my dream wedding, guests would be sitting on plain brown benches. I love the way the benches are low and don't interfere with the views or the surrounding. I think they are perfect for an outdoor wedding. Unfortunately, they are so hard to find! I was able to find about 35 benches from a rental company in Raleigh, but they were white and 5 hours away.

Once I figured out it was going to be impossible to have brown benches, I moved on to my second choice, haybales. This was much more attainable, my great uncle promised to set aside enough hay to have seating for everyone. I really liked the idea of haybales since they were still low and I loved how they looked when covered with a bunch of different quilts. Then the reality of getting all the hale up to the ceremony site and finding enough quilts to cover the hay set in. I was also afraid the haybales would be too low for some people and too scratchy.

So I finally resigned myself to actual chairs. I'm sure guests will be much happier and I was able to find wooden chairs so I'm hoping they won't be as noticeable as white ones. We will be using the same chairs for the reception, which makes me excited to think about long rows of wooden chairs with the white tables.

BTW, this last picture comes from this wedding that I am totally obsessed with, they also used haybales as ceremony seating.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

My Wedding...According to Olivia and Will

Will and I are very lucky to have such cute kids in our wedding party. When we first asked them to be in the wedding, they were both really excited and wanted to know what they were going to do. We told Will he would carry the rings down the aisle and told Olivia that she would be carrying some flowers. Now, anytime I ask them what they are going to do for the wedding, Will says that he is going to pass the rings around to everyone. Sometimes he adds that he is going to sell them and sometimes he says that he will have a ring for all the girls, but none for the boys. Olivia always gets her role straight, carrying flowers, but she is unsure of our color choices. At first, she was insisting that she would only wear yellow if the dress also had pink on it. Now, if I ask her about the wedding, she says she is going to be wearing a yellow dress. I think I might have to make this a weekly post because everytime I ask them about the wedding, they have new ideas.

To read more of their cute quotes, check out their mom's blog: The Marsh Notebook

Friday, April 9, 2010

Wedding Dreams

Last night, I had the third of my wedding related dreams, all were bad and all focused on the wedding flowers. In the first dream, it was my wedding day and my bouquet was made out of lillies and orchids, neither of which I want in my bouquet. After the ceremony, the flowers were all dead, so I decided to go to this community garden and pick flowers to make a new bouquet. The only problem was there were so many bees on those flowers and they kept stinging me.

The second dream I had took place the morning before the wedding. We had flowers but couldn't find any vases to put the flowers in. I was searching through someone's attic trying to find something to put the flowers in but couldn't find anything. I just remember being really stressed and thinking we weren't going to be able to have any centerpieces.

In the dream last night, I was getting ready for the wedding and was already in my dress when I realized we didn't have any flowers and had never booked a florist. At first, I wasn't upset because I thought we could just make the bouquets ourselves from the flowers we had cut for the centerpieces. Then I remembered, that we had forgotten to cut the flowers and were now missing all our wedding flowers. Luckily, we happened to be in a building lobby that had a florist and my bridesmaid Donna knew him. She asked him to make all the bouquets but he made them all with white roses. I hated them and refused to use them. After that, I realized that we never booked a band for our reception. Thankfully, the ever helpful florist knew the number for the band I wanted to book. I called them right away and they were able to play that night! All they needed was a credit card to secure them. I asked my mom for one and she handed me a Verizon rebate credit card but the first three digits of the card number were electronically displayed and keep changing, so I couldn't give them a credit card number. I thought maybe the musicians for our ceremony could play for the reception as well but then I didn't think my mom had booked them either and I could no longer find her to ask. Finally, Donna suggested I go get a pedicure and manicure to calm down, but I was already in my dress. She said she would hold it up for me so it didn't get ruined. Luckily, I woke up before we went to the salon.

I think the dreams all stem from the trouble we've had booking a florist. The first one never called back and then we found an awesome florist who could do all we wanted for a great price but then they went out of business. I keep asking my mom to find a new one, as well as book the ceremony and reception music, but she hasn't done it yet. I called her this morning to tell her the latest dream, hoping it would hurry her along. She promises to have it worked out next week. The weird thing is I don't think I'm worried about the flowers but I can't stop dreaming about them!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Save The Dates!

Our save the dates are in!! If you remember, I won 100 free custom designed save the dates from Uprinting and Grace Hester Designs. I was really happy with the whole process. I sent Grace the five words I wanted to describe the save the dates (mountains, unique, vintage, fun, outdoors) and this is what she sent back:

Then we found out that Uprinting was including two sided full color printing in the giveaway, so I designed this back to use. Grace offered to design a back, but I really liked the postcard graphic I had, so I went ahead and used what I had designed. 

The ordering process with Uprinting was pretty easy, we just uploaded our pictures and then received a free proof the next day. After we placed our order, we received our save the dates in less than a week. Now we just need to address them all.