Monday, September 5, 2011

Pinterest is Killing My Blog

It has become so difficult to blog lately! First off, nothing wedding-wise has happened lately. We have made some vendor-related decisions, but nothing has been officialized (not a word, but go with it). I'm still about 5 addresses short of being able to send out my save-the-dates. I have been working on our wedding website, but haven't finished any of the pages I have started. But baseball season ends at the end of this month, so I will really be able to start focusing then. I hope. I already work like 6 nights a week as a server, and now they have me bartending a few days a week.

Now don't get me wrong, I do still have the urge to post pictures of wedding inspiration from time to time... but it never leads to a new post. And for this, I blame Pinterest. It has changed my life. I can essentially bookmark every image I come across, and then have all the images in one place that link back to the original post. I can "pin" recipes, decorating ideas, clothes I want, wedding stuff, places I want to visit... anything! If you haven't tried it, let me know and I will invite you in; trust me, it's worth it.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sorry for the leave of absence

I know I haven't been around in awhile. That said, I really don't have much to say. We went on a few vacations back to back, and when we got home, I was just too lazypants to post pictures and whatnot. And then life got in the way. But I'm here now! I think that counts for something...?

One of the trips we took was to the Russian River. We stayed in the house where we are going to get married, and honestly, we had so much fun. Within an hour of being there, I could feel my stress melting away (expected, seeing as I was dozing in a lawnchair in the sunroom looking over the river). I'm not sure who all is going to be able to stay in the house with us, or where they will sleep, but it is going to be such a great time. I can't believe it is only 10 1/2 months away now! Being there was a lot of fun, but it was also nice to get a feel for the layout of the property so we could decide where to have the ceremony, the dance floor, dinner, etc.

I have been trying to write out all my save-the-dates, which I wanted to be done with last month, but work has been so crazy lately. I figure baseball only goes until the beginning of October, so I want to work as much as possible until then. Once work slows down, it will be a lot easier to balance work, life, and wedding planning... which will be nice, because right now, nothing is getting done. And now, off to bed, because I have to be back at work in the morning.

Later luvies!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Random purchase

Ok so I bought this necklace and am pretty sure I want to wear it for the wedding. I just happen to come across it awhile ago and it became kind of a source of inspiration for me while starting in on the style/design aspect of this wedding.

I might need a sash to balance it out. Whaddaya think?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Just checking in

I don't really have anything to report, but I wanted to check in here so that I don't get out of the habit. I have been working like crazy, which is bittersweet... I am not such a sports fanatic, but seeing as I work in a sports bar right across the street from SF Giants' baseball stadium, I am surrounded by it constantly. However, it pays well and weddings don't pay for themselves. I have also met some awesome people who are fun to work with.

I haven't been doing much on the wedding front since the baseball season started. We got our save-the-dates, so I have been collecting addresses and finalizing the guest list. I have a very extensive excel spreadsheet going, it keeps me organized and therefore keeps me sane. I am going to try to get the postcards out in the mail by the end of June, a year before the wedding. It should be easy enough, but we do have a busy couple of months ahead. On the itinerary: Tony's dad's birthday (Tony will be going to visit him), my birthday, my little brother's high school graduation, our anniversary, Tony's birthday, my cousin's wedding, a trip up to the Russian River to look at the venue, and, as of today, a trip to see our friends for 4th of July!

So if I can get the save-the-dates addressed and sent out... I will legitimately consider myself productive. That's all for now!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Treat

I don't really do anything to celebrate Easter... it's one of those holidays that is more fun when spent with children. Plus I work.

There is one tradition I have, though, and I definitely need to share it with anyone who will listen. Toasted Peeps. Those silly little marshmallow candies shaped like bunnies and chicks? Definitely not my favorite Easter candy, (Peeps only rock when you are looking through the finalists of the Peeps Diorama contests... which is always fan-friggin-tastic entertainment, in my book) until my mom sent me this link last year.

Basically, toast them like you would a regular marshmallow over the fire (I use our gas stove, and it works fine), just be careful because they catch on fire a LOT quicker than regular marshmallows. The sugar coating of the Peeps caramelizes, into perfection that is. I'm telling you now, they are really sweet. I can only eat 1 or 2 at a time. Ok that's a lie, but still. At least try one, and let me know what you think.

Happy Easter!


I am really starting to become addicted to getting packages in the mail. Half the things we buy for the wedding are bought online, so for a while, I was getting 2 or 3 packages a week from either ebay or etsy sellers. Well, today I got my Save the Dates, and holy crap am I excited! Since I am making our invitations myself to keep costs down, I didn't want to spend a ton on Save the Dates, but I also didn't want to just use word-of-mouth or email. So I did some shopping around, and finally decided to use one of our engagement photos as the front of a postcard.

Vistaprint is a website that does free printing (free being relative, seeing as you still pay for shipping and then they try to sell you all kinds of stuff before letting you checkout - also, this only works for quantities of 100, more than that and they start charging). Some reviews of the website helped me to understand that it wasn't necessarily the best quality, and people were either fine with that or upset. I decided I would be the type of person who is fine with it, since you get what you pay for, and in the long run it is JUST a Save the Date. It is not part of the decor, it won't be on display at the wedding, and as long as it still looks decent than mission accomplished.

Well, I couldn't be happier with the result. Especially for the grand total price of $28 for all 100 to be designed, printed, and shipped to me (Well, I designed them, so that was free, but whatever). I know it is a faux pas to discuss money, especially when it comes to how much you spent on something, but c'mon! $28??? I want to shout it from the rooftops, saving future brides the stress of having to budget for something that can be done so cheaply and still turn out great! Here is the front, which is all I am going to show you for now, mostly because I don't have an image of the back.

I designed it to look like an old French postcard on the back, and added a vintage treatment to the image on the front. Mind you, this is pre-cropping of the image, I just want to give you an idea. I'm not sending them out for a couple months still, but by then you will be able to look forward to getting fun things in the mail, too!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Engagement Photos

I realized that I never posted any of our engagement photos on here... though if you read my blog, chances are we are friends on facebook. Still, this blog is for all of my wedding stuff, so it seems like an obvious choice to keep everything together in one place. These are my top favorites (the same ones I posted on facebook). We took these at the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park. None of us had been, but it was totally worth it and a lot of fun, even if it was drizzling half the day.

Our awesome photographer Dan Simmons works with us at the sports bar, which proved to be a really great idea. It means Tony and I have a closer work friend, and it makes it easier for our other coworkers to be a little more interactive when it comes to our wedding, which I love since they are the people around us day to day so why shouldn't they be part of it at least a little. It's also opened the door for a potential cake decorator, hair stylist... a lot of people have ideas about wanting to help!

Anyways, without further ado, I give you our engagement photos! Enjoy!