Lately I have been obsessed with www.etsy.com – it’s a great site but be careful! It will suck you in!!!! I was looking around the site today and came across this article about a factory in Japan that is making dolls to replicate brides. I don’t know if I would want a 20″ doll of myself, but if I did I think that I would like a few “touch-ups”. Check it out…etsy.com
It’s almost the middle of June and we’ve got a long list of things left to do! Lindsey and I thought things would slow down toward the end of May and we’d have plenty of time to focus on Wedding stuff — but that hasn’t been the case at all.
It’s time to focus:
I think we’ve decided on Hawaii for the honey moon. It’s always been the place Lindsey and I have dreamed of (even long before we knew each other) for a Honeymoon. The few people I’ve talked to who went there for theirs loved it. It’s expensive, but there’s a ton of history to see, nature to experience and plenty of ways to relax and enjoy the beauty.
A co-worker suggested a Honeymoon destination that is in the US – the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, CA. This is an intriguing suggestion because it would keep us in the states and also would allow us to visit Napa Valley, again. Has anyone been here? Any thoughts?
Tonight I found this article about how in Hong Kong, McDonald’s has added Wedding Packages to their menu. The article describes a couple “joyfully toasting chocolate milkshakes and sharing ketchup covered fries.”Sounds so easy…
This article made me think about all of the “components” of a typical American wedding; Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, Reception, etc. I have been finding that it can be so easy to get wrapped up in all of the tiny details about the wedding. There are decisions about whether or not to have assigned seating for the reception, what flavors the wedding cake should be, whether or not to have a flower girl/ring bearer, etc. In the end all that I really know is that I want to have a great time and I want all of our guests to have a great time, and I think that can happen even if all of the little details aren’t perfect.
I think that I may feel a bit differently once school is over and I can take time to really think about the details. I really like all of the crafty stuff and feel like I have been missing out on being crafty – time to get out the craft box!
It only takes a few seconds for most people to get past the standard questions when they hear you’re getting married (“When’s the big day?” .. “Where’s it being held?” .. “How many guests?”) before they get to the Honeymoon.
In the Wikipedia article I just linked to, it describes the original honeymoon as a way to visit guests that couldn’t attend the wedding. I love that idea. We’ve got friends and family across the country we could visit:
That’s not the plan though: hopefully most of our friends and family will be able to make it out to Baltimore for the event. So the question is, what should we do? I’ve been asking everyone this question lately.. here’s a couple of good ideas we’ve heard:
Lindsey and I love to travel abroad to tropical destinations, but I like the idea of tropical without a language barrier, currency exchange or electrical adapters. Hawaii looks amazing! There’s a ton to do: snorkeling, hiking, beaches, history, music, food and volcanoes!
Santorini is another volcanic island, located in the Mediterranean. A good friend visited there over the summer, and pictures of the place are fascinating! There’s good nightlife, incredible sunsets, galleries, wineries, food, and more.
It doesn’t have the comfort of staying in the US — but neither of us have ever been to the Mediterranean.
Another good friend recently recommended the Florblanca resort in Costa Rica — he stayed there during his honeymoon. The islands of Costa Rica always remind me of my favorite movie Jurassic Park as that’s where the story is set (even though most of the filming was done in Hawaii). Costa Rica seems like a great place for adventure. From the stories I’ve heard, there’s a lot of outdoor activities and the countryside is stunning.
What do you recommend?
I love researching these places and we could use more ideas. Post a comment with a recommendation or two!
Today Lindsey has me thinking about Photography — we’re deciding on a photographer this week which has been much more difficult than I expected (even though I was warned).
This came as a surprise to Lindsey, but: I don’t want to see her on the day of our wedding before the ceremony. It’s one of the few traditions that I like and want to follow. Why do I bring this up? Photography!
To make things easier/faster and to allow the newly wed couple to enjoy more of their reception, many now decide to have their photographer snap group photos (wedding party, bride & groom, etc) before their ceremony. To keep with tradition, we’ll probably try to do some group shots before (like my group of guys, me with family, etc) and take the entire group immediately after the ceremony ends.
When I started to think about what photographs that would involve — I looked at photos of other weddings at our reception site. There are some great group photos just outside of The Engineers Club at The Washington Monument (Baltimore). Only one problem: Our wedding will be in the evening on a night in early November.
So I gathered some data:
So if we want outdoor photos, it’ll be dark and we might see a bit of the moon to our south.
The most interesting fact I came across is that Nov 5, 2011 is the final day of Daylight Saving Time. At first I worried that I would have one less hour of sleep, and waking up for breakfast the next day would be difficult — but I had it backwards! At the end of 1:59:59.9 am, the clocks will “fall back” to 1:00am!
I don’t think I’ll get any more sleep though: I think it means we’ll get an extra hour at the bar for the after-party! It also means if we had picked the following Saturday for our wedding, we might have had some daylight for outdoor photos.
If I had to choose again, I’d choose the after party.
I found an interesting article about married couples splitting “household chores” …
Tonight I am finishing up a project in my 2nd to last Grad. school class. I have a Workshop to deliver tomorrow on Community Based Disaster Managment (CBDM) and I think that we are going to ROCK it! I will be very relieved when this course is over because it means that I will be one step closer towards Graduation…AKA more time to wedding plan!
We are getting married on November 5th and so far I have accomplished securing the ceremony & reception site, securing a caterer (but not selected a menu!), selected my bridal party, and made an appointment to try on wedding dresses. My Mom and I have attended two bridal shows – so overwhelming! I am definitely feeling the pressure to make final decisions about a photographer and DJ, they book up so fast. I am getting excited about my upcoming bridal appointments at David’s Bridal on 2/27 and K&B Boutique in Bel Air on 3/14. I hope that I find something that I love…
For now, I am going to try to relax….I need to keep up the lunchtime walking routine, it has been “on hold” during my snowboarding rib injury. hehehe Sounds so funny when it comes out like that, but it is not so funny when shooting pains are in your side. Also want to get back into Yoga…Come on March!
Lindsey and I decided to roll-our-own Save The Dates for our wedding. After browsing hundreds of sites selling invitation and announcement packages, we combined a few that we liked into a post card:
We received the printed post cards in the mail on Friday — but there was a problem! If you enlarge the image of the back of the card above (the one with the cute illustration), you might notice small blue “crop marks” in each corner. In the version I sent to the printer, I left these crop marks hidden and they centered the artwork on the card. This left almost no room for the address or the post office barcode at the bottom. There was also a slight defect on the front that I didn’t notice at first.
Luckily, the printing company is great — and is reprinting them for us at no charge. I hope to get the new print back in a week or so and start mailing them out.
An entertaining article I saw in the Wall Street Journal today: The Secret to a Happy Marriage: Do the Dishes, Put Out, Don’t Talk So Much.
And while we’re on the subject, a quirky post titled Does She Love You?