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Thursday, August 7th, 2008
10:43 pm
Here are a few links for decorations. Some are hanging and some can be used as centerpieces.

I made these paper lanterns today out of construction paper and I like how they look.

paper lanterns: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/chinesenewyear/lantern/

I haven't tried the others yet.

dove: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/newyear/dove/

lilies made from handprints: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/flowers/handprintflower/

stand-alone star: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/stars/3dstar2/

paper castle: http://www.beartime.com/crafts/papercrafts.html
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
5:56 pm
affordable outfit ideas
I was looking through The Pyramid Collection online catalog and found some really nice and affordable alternatives to the traditional wedding dress.

white velvet dress: http://www.pyramidcollection.com/itemdy00.asp?c=a&T1=P9034+L&SKW=+apparel&GEN1=All+Apparel&PageNo=23&pos=8

white sleeveless dress: http://www.pyramidcollection.com/itemdy00.asp?c=a&T1=P8792+S&SKW=+apparel&GEN1=All+Apparel&PageNo=1&pos=11

white ruffled bustier top: http://www.pyramidcollection.com/itemdy00.asp?c=a&T1=P8572+BK+S&SKW=+apparel&GEN1=All+Apparel&PageNo=2&pos=1

white romance top: http://www.pyramidcollection.com/itemdy00.asp?c=a&T1=P8371+BK+S&SKW=+apparel&GEN1=All+Apparel&PageNo=4&pos=9

white handkerchief Renaissance top: http://www.pyramidcollection.com/itemdy00.asp?c=a&T1=P9251+1X&SKW=+apparel&GEN1=All+Apparel&PageNo=23&pos=9

white layered petticoat skirt: http://www.pyramidcollection.com/itemdy00.asp?c=a&T1=P9690+S&SKW=+apparel&GEN1=All+Apparel&PageNo=4&pos=8

ivory sequin top: http://www.pyramidcollection.com/itemdy00.asp?c=a&T1=P8470+S&SKW=+apparel&GEN1=All+Apparel&PageNo=6&pos=7#zoom
Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
9:08 pm
wedding maps!

Just wanted to let all you brides to be know, I have been doing wedding maps on the side for friends and family for quite some time now, and would like to extend my services to you wonderful ladies! If you are interested in something like this, feel free to contact me at: mrscronkright@gmail.com

I also have some experience doing save the date cards, invitations, rsvp cards, menus, and much much more. I would love to work with each and every one of you to create something totally yours!
Saturday, November 24th, 2007
9:04 pm
cheap wedding favors
My wedding is in May, and I'm having trouble coming up with some favors that aren't too expensive but are still cute. In addition to being cheap, I'd prefer something that's spring-y and useful. I guess the most important factors are that they are cheap ($1 or under for each) and something someone can actually use. I'm having about 60-75 guests, if that matters. Any suggestions??
Tuesday, October 9th, 2007
11:56 pm
New Member
Names: Breanna and Aaron
Ages: 22 and 21
Location: Muncie, Indiana
How long have you been together?: Friends for 9 years; dating for 3.5

Have you started to plan your wedding yet?: I have got the church booked and my wedding dress purchased. I am working on the reception hall pending how many guests we narrow it down to.
Do you have your own personal wedding website?: http://weddings.theknot.com/pwp/view/co_main.aspx?coupleid=3299388239567590 (very detailed with our story)
Date of Wedding: August 2, 2008.
Monday, October 8th, 2007
9:14 am
Hello! I'm new here, just got engaged last Monday - and already lost in planning! We booked the church for Sunday, October 5th, 2008 at 3:30 - but finding a venue within budget has been challenging.

Does anyone have any suggestions for wedding venues in the Rockland area (NY), or within 30 minutes from Nanuet, NY where I could get less than $100.00 a head???

And some pics of the bride and groom - 1 teaser, the rest under cut =)

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Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
11:50 am
party favor bags
I don't know if anyone else has posted about this resource, but I've discovered the best place to buy bags, boxes, etc. for wedding favors is from this website:


They are typically used by companies to purchase large quantities of shipping materials, but they also sell to regular consumers. I was able to buy the same exact 3x4 inch organza bags with ribbon ties that they sell everywhere for about a dollar a piece, but I got 100 for $22. They also have Chinese take-out boxes, jewelery boxes, velvet bags, etc.

I'd suggest requesting a catalog initially and going from there because sometimes it can be difficult to find these more specialized items on their website, although they do carry them.

::cross posted::
Thursday, August 23rd, 2007
1:03 pm
Come and visit our wedding website


Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
2:52 pm
Hi! You guys are always so helpful and have such wonderful information, that I thought I would come to you for advice.

A word in advance: I am going to do this no matter what! I was just curious as to opinions on HOW to do it :)

In lieu of the traditional guest book, I am planning on sending a piece of paper to every family invited to decorate as they wish and then bring it to the wedding with them and put in a book.  This would be much more personal to me rather than just a name jotted on a piece of paper (not to mention names I might not be able to read!!).  The paper and book will not be large, probably something similar looking to this:

My question is: How should I send them the paper? Should I send it along with the invite, STD, or separately all together? We have yet to have decided on invites, and I know it will cost me more money to send the paper, too.  Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007
9:21 am
Victory! Now what?
Well I last wrote about my wedding reception and how our caterer was charging us outrageous amounts for less-than-stellar food. Now, the tides have turned quite in our favor and the school-designated caterer relented and is allowing us to bring in our own caterers. HOORAY! So glad I don't have to change reception sites since it was so convenient and sentimental for the beau and I.

Now, the next hurdle is catering the reception itself. Because we're globe-trotting travellers who've had the opportunity to go a few places in the world, our buffet is going to be with international food. We have already contacted 7 of the restaurants we want to order food from. These are the dishes we'll have:

Italian eggplant parmesan
Indian navratan korma (a vegetable dish)
Jamaican jerk fish
Sushi platters
Greek salad
Church's Chicken (I'm sorry y'all; a guilty pleasure)
vegetable paella (or we'll take the rice given with the jerk fish)

One thing we need guidance on is how much to order of each thing? Right now we're hovering at around 85 guests but are expecting no more than 100. What are the quantities we should be ordering? Obviously since people will sample a bit of everything, I don't think we need full servings for each person but what's a good amount to have?

Another thing we need to know is how to set up the buffet line. What's the most inexpensive route to go in terms of warming foods? I know we can get chafers but are the aluminum foil ones sufficient or should we rent? Where can we get the aluminum foil ones? Is paying college-aged servers $20/hour reasonable for setting up tables/chairs/place settings and keeping eye on the buffet?

What other things should I be considering/mindful of?

I would welcome the insight of anyone with experience doing or having done what we're trying to accomplish. Thanks in advance!

Oh and another question: What's a reasonable amount to be paying for a bouquet? I'm not really a fan of flowers but I know you need a bouquet for when walking down the aisle. I was recently quoted $100-$125 for one but I only wanted to spend a max of $50. Let me know!

Discuss amongst yourselves...

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, July 22nd, 2007
4:19 pm
Need help with last minute wedding change. HELP!
Hello everyone! I'm having a mini-meltdown right now and I really don't know what to do.

I am getting married (well the ceremony and party since we were already married last year on the same date in Seoul, where there was no party with close family and friends) at Salem College in Winston-Salem exactly 2 months from now. Salem is a beautiful, historical campus that means a lot to my husband and I because we spent the bulk of our first year together there. Unfortunately for us, anyone getting married at the site must use the horrible Aramark catering service for their event and absolutely no food from outside vendors is allowed. The problem with this is is that they charge an insane amount for food that typically isn't stellar and they're not even doing all of the dishes we want because we have an eclectic, international menu.

From the beginning, we had some restaurants in mind that we wanted to cater dishes for us. It would be WAY cheaper than using the caterer and we would actually get what we wanted. The problem now is how to go about doing this.

Our wedding ceremony starts at 7pm, so of course we want to serve the guests dinner given the late time. However, do you think it would be possible to do our dinner at a banquet hall location outside of Salem College at say 2 or 3pm the same day of the wedding that runs for about 2 hours and then have the ceremony and reception at Salem and instead serve light finger foods at the reception which will probably cost way less than getting a full meal from Aramark? The minister that's marrying us charges maybe $100 to rent the banquet hall that they have so it would be affordable to say the least. I don't know if it's too much of an inconvenience for our guests who will all be flying/driving in from out of town (wedding is in NC but our families are from NJ and FL). We're planning to arrange a shuttle but even still I wonder if the guests will get annoyed at doing this.

Opinions? Suggestions? HELP!

Discuss amongst yourselves... Cross-posted to other wedding journals!

Current Mood: anxious
Tuesday, July 10th, 2007
2:21 pm
Birds Nest Cake Topper
Does anyone have any ideas for a style of cake to go with this cake topper? I bought this thinking it would be absolutely adorable for our outdoors park wedding, and now for the life of me I can't find a damn cake idea I like that goes with it.

Current Mood: frustrated
Sunday, July 8th, 2007
6:59 pm
Chrys Cross Bridal - anyone heard of it?
Hi, I've barely posted here, but I need some feedback.

I'm thinking of ordering a gown off the Internet, specifically this gown from this merchant, Chrys Cross Bridal. The merchant doesn't have a store, she just sells online, so I can't try on the gown in person.

Has anyone had any experience with this company, or even heard of it? Is it reputable? Her prices are cheap, but she doesn't allow returns, and I'd like to hear a good review from an objective third party before I pay money.

Sunday, June 24th, 2007
4:57 pm
My fiance and I want to have music at our wedding, but we don't want to hire a DJ. I heard a lot of people are going the iPod route and making a huge playlist and just letting it run. I think this is what we'd do. The problem is I have no idea where to get speakers that will be loud enough to be by the dance floor and fill the large room with music. I posted on a local LJ community asking if anyone knew where I could rent said equipment, but I thought I'd also ask what others did if they went the iPod/mp3 player route. Thanks for any tips!
Tuesday, May 15th, 2007
9:33 pm
it's a month till my wedding and i'd like to get some neat programs. the ceremony will be outside in the middle of june, so i was thinking maybe fans? anyone know of good places to get some that aren't terribly expensive?
Sunday, May 6th, 2007
11:06 pm
Hey everyone! This is kinda bittersweet, but I was looking at my LJ info page and realized that i'm in a couple wedding planning type communities that i probably don't belong to. i guess it's about time that i leave these communities, since we've been married almost a year now..  i sincerely wish the best for all of you! don't hesitate to keep in touch or friend me on my personal journal.... <3

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007
1:58 pm
Wedding Supplies
Hey all...my wedding happened this past Sunday and I have some leftover things that were barely used if anyone is interested.

2 ring bearer pillows. White satin with pearls over the top. Purchased from Michael's for $10.00 each. They have no stains or anything on them. Free to whomever. http://www.michaels.com/art/online/displayProductPage?productNum=wd0144&channelid=

16-20 silk blue irises from Michaels. We didn't even use some of them and I can't locate the receipts, so I can't return them. They were originally $2/bunch. The lot for $10 (for postage).

Feel free to email me at valkynlu@livejournal.com if interested. Happy budget planning!
Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
10:54 pm
Custom Wedding Favors ....
I've been married for over a year now, so I haven't been as active as I had been in this community, but I am an artist, and I wanted to share with you guys my newest creation - since it's centered around weddings :)

I make pocket mirrors, and I drew 5 different brides, and 6 different grooms that I can color to your wedding/skin/hair colors and totally customize with your names, dates, phrases, etc. They're pretty cool. They make great wedding favors, or great Bridal Shower gifts, or Bridal Party gifts - they're a lot of fun. Pretty affordable too, for the amount of customization that goes into them. For this price you can usually just get run of the mill stuff. I can make these for you as pocket mirrors, or magnets. These make great "save the date" magnets too. They're all 2 and a quarter inch around and highly professional.

These are slated to be reviewed and featured in the next issue of The Knot, when they get popular from that, I will probably end up raising my prices to keep up with the demand, so if you want them, don't wait!

More info on my blog post that I'm linking to here:
Thursday, April 26th, 2007
1:30 am

This is a cool community, Y'all should have a look!!
Sunday, April 15th, 2007
1:00 am
New Engagement, Honeymoon Input
Hey, guys! I'm pretty new to this community - and engagement in general. My love proposed to me on March 27, after six years and two beautiful daughters. :) We haven't picked a date yet, but we're pretty eager to finally get it done. We're probably going to have a modest wedding in the Spring or Fall.

I'm basically here to try to learn how to put a wedding together. I really have no clue. I go to a Unity Church, so we'll probably just have it there with whatever family can come into town. We're probably going to do as much of it ourselves as we can, probably a potluck reception, and we'd really like to focus more on the honeymoon. That's going to be our big indulgence.

So if anyone is interested in honeymoon talk, please feel free to follow the link to my current honeymoon post. Otherwise, I will go back to reading. :)

Thank you!

Current Mood: excited
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