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Friday, November 8th, 2002
2:06 pm - Tentative Wedding Schedule
(Sorry in advance for the lack of lj-cut. My family reads this, and some may not understand “click here to read the rest of what I have to say”. *blushes*)

Thursday, Feb. 20th
-Pick up flowers, arrange in afternoon

Friday, Feb. 21st
10 am- John will be taking early guests on a walking tour of Monterey. The tour will include the historic buildings of downtown Monterey, the Monterey Maritime Museum, Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, and possibly the Aquarium. I will be at home preparing food and making sure everything is packed and ready to go.
4pm- The ceremony/reception hall will be opened up and we can begin setting up the table and chairs and decorating. Hopefully enough warm bodies will be willing to come Friday night to assist with that.
6pm- Wedding rehearsal. All of the ceremony participants will need to be present so that we can do a run through of how the wedding day will flow. I’m hoping this won’t take more than an hour (probably more like ½ hour.)
7pm- Continue decorating and all that fun stuff. *smiles* We’re not 100% sure that we’re going to have a “formal” rehearsal dinner; if we don’t we may have a pizza-salad-and-soda feed for everyone who comes to help us decorate for the wedding. In some ways I think that would be much more fun anyway!
8pm- Doors close on the wedding space. Hopefully it’s fully decorated!
10pm- I get to bed early (yah right!) because I need my beauty sleep. Possible girly sleepover at my house? (John will be kicked out for the night.)

Saturday, Feb. 22nd
12 noon- Doors open to the ceremony/reception site. Last minute decorating and food prep begins. If the weather is nice, we set up chairs outside and have the ceremony on the lawn.
2pm- John’s family gathers for formal portraits
2:30pm- My family gathers for formal portraits (provided I’m ready. Eeek!)
3pm- Doors open for guests. Katie, Julie and my brothers pass out programs and seat the guests. I hyperventilate in the back room and try not to drink too much champagne.
3:30pm- Ceremony begins. I walk down the aisle looking radiant, providing I managed to remember to put on water-proof mascara. John doesn’t pass out. This is a good thing.
4pm- Ceremony is over. John and I sneak out to meet with the photographer and have our formal portraits done. “Cocktail Hour” begins. Water, punch and wine is made available to the guests, hot appetizers are served (with a little help from my friends), possibly a first course of soup, salad and breadsticks will be brought out. (This will be a toughy because John and I will be pretty much out of the “picture”, so to speak while we’re getting our portraits done. This will be the time when extra hands will be most appreciated and necessary.)
5pm- Tables will be excused one by one to go to the buffet room. Dinner is served!
6-8pm- The normal, standard, boring wedding reception stuff. *grins* We’ll do toasting and first-dancing and cake cutting (but no garter/bouquet tossing). Dancing and stuff for all the guests, mingling, talking, hugging, crying.
8-10pm- If there’s interest, we’ll start with the serious dancing. Yes, that’s right, I expect some electric-blue-shoe boogaloo to be happenin’. I fully intend to break out in a bit of Saturday Night Fever.
10pm- The party will start to wind down. We’ll have to begin picking up and packing things away. I’ll be forcing people to take home flowers and extra cake.
11pm- Serious cleaning mode. Again, I will need mucho help from family and friends pitching in to make everything go smoothly. I’ll probably change out of my dress at some point so I can be more functional with the broom and stuffs.
Midnight- Doors get locked. Everyone goes bye-bye. More hugging and crying and stuff. John and I will probably skedaddle to a hotel, leaving my brothers or some other family/friends with the keys to our house and the responsibility of dropping everything back into the shed.

Sunday, Feb. 23rd
-Possible Sunday Brunch. To Be Announced.

current mood: organized

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Tuesday, November 5th, 2002
8:52 pm - Possible Invitation Design Change
I found a very pretty paper today... it a soft-shimmery metallic silver that's sort-of crinkled. A bit hard to describe, I suppose, but very very nice looking. I'm now thinking that instead of making the invitations tri-fold, I'll make a panel invitation with the vellum over the rosepetal paper, then create a "jacket" with the silver paper and tie a red organza ribbon around the middle.

I had been looking for a way to dress up the invitations I was looking at; even thinking of silver embossing powder or using silver ink to highlight the writing. I think this silvery paper might just do the trick...

current mood: excited

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Friday, October 25th, 2002
7:37 am - Decisions, Decisions
Yesterday I met with a couple of photographers and got a chance to look at their stuff.

Photographer #1 is a husband/wife team... the husband takes the pictures and the wife works as his assistant/salesperson it seems. I looked through their album and I can't say anything struck me as fabulous, although he seemed to do much better with the intimate bride-and-groom portraits. I didn't get to see any reception pictures... I dunno. The whole thing makes me a bit uneasy. I asked when I could speak to her husband and she said that I probably wouldn't actually talk to him until the wedding, since she's the "talker". Hrm.

She was very nice, and I spent about a half hour talking to her about website design and hosting and what she's paying her guy to do it. Pros: She really seemed excited about wedding stuff in general; she used to own a bridal shop as a business but sold it when she had her baby but is looking to start one again after a while. Also, she said that she had really wished she knew someone who did custom corsets because she would get requests for them quite often from brides who wanted something that fit perfectly (*pokes roisnoir*). Start a bridal corset line!

Photographer #2 was very gregarious and talkative. I had a good time chatting with him about all types of things. He works for a -very- prestigious studio that specializes in classic portrature. The bridal portraits look like paintings... it was breathtaking. We talked a bit about his personal style and he said he's more into the artistic photojurnalistic B&W stuff, and that he's hoping to start shooting more weddings on his own in the hopes of starting his own business. His background is in nature photography, and he said that a few years ago you could have -never- gotten him to take a picture of a person. Which I somewhat understand, because I -hate- taking pictures of landscapes. *smiles*

The pictures that he had were all proofs, but I got a better sense of his style from the proofs than I did of the other photographer with his glossy album (shown by his wife). #2 is working on putting together his "book" (portfolio). Pros: I think he'd be easier to work with, though I can't compare because I didn't -meet- the other photographer. He works with someone who's well known in the industry and has training in classic portrature. We talked for about 1 1/2 hours about cameras and film and technique.

Cons: I didn't get to see black-and-white pictures from either photographer. This makes me really uneasy, mostly because I love black and white and want to have at least 50% of my wedding shot in it. Photographer #1 doesn't shoot much in black and white, but the wife said she'd bring some to show me if we meet again. Photographer #2 does shoot in black and white but since the proofs and albums I was looking at were work he did for the studio, the studio shoots all color and then prints on B&W paper.

Cons for #1: Feel really wierd not talking to the husband/photographer. Style was nice but seemed a bit cold until working on the intimate portraits. I'm not sure he's technically advanced or has an artistic "vision". His wife wasn't very well versed in photographic terms so it was difficult describing the techniques that I would want.

Cons for #2: Might be -overly- outgoing. I don't want to feel like I'm going to punch out a chatty photographer because I'm under stress. Also, he has to check with the studio to make sure that he won't be needed that weekend for something (no weddings are booked, but they also have all the contracts for the school dances and there might be one happening that weekend.)

*sighs*


Unrelated stuff: John might be buying my wedding ring today. I'm nervous. It won't be the one that I posted before; we walked around last weekend and found a few others. The one that we're looking at now I really like because it not only looks good with my engagement ring, but it also looks really good alone on my hand. Since I plan on wearing the wedding ring daily and the engagement ring less often (because of the softness of the tanzanite and the type of work that I do might damage it) I really wanted something that wasn't too small in balance for my huge fat fingers. *smirks*

Description: White gold band with 5 round diamonds. The band is elevated off of the finger with filagree and the diamonds are set -into- the band, not in raised settings with prongs, and the gold sort of wraps around the diamonds and cradles them. My engagement ring is very angular and Art Deco and the wedding band looks more organic/soft lines, but they look nice together (not matchy-matchy set nice, but close).

Now we have to figure out how to pay for it. Yay.

(John promised me last night that he'll try and get me a Tacori someday in the future. Go look at this jewlery... he's my favorite designer and it's luscious. But of course incredibly expensive. Me and my champagne-and-caviar tastes.)

current mood: geeky

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2002
1:30 pm - Newsletter
The third installment of the wedding planning newsletter thingy is now up. Find it at:
http://members.aol.com/icyravens/wedding/news.html


I've put a little countdown meter on our main page and looking at it makes me want to hyperventilate. Time is going by so fast! I wish I could freeze the world for a couple of weeks or so, just so I could get everything taken care of with no interruptions. *sighs*

current mood: anxious

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Thursday, October 10th, 2002
6:54 pm - Shhhhh!
I bought John's wedding ring today!

He doesn't know that I've already bought it, though it -is- the one that he liked the best out of all the ones we looked at. I hope he'll be excited. *bounces*

It's 14K white gold, brushed satin finish with a thin band of routed and polished beading carved into the center. Very, very heavy... heavier than I would have expected for gold but the band is pretty thick. Fairly contemperary looking.

We looked at several two-tone rings, but he wanted to go strictly with the white gold. I like it better, personally.

(I'm wearing his ring right now. Shhhhhh.)

I think I may -finally- be getting back into the swing of planning for this wedding thing. I was so depressed about it for so long, and even though there have been some major setbacks the past few months, I think we'll get through them just fine.

The important thing is that we say our vows, and that our most important family and friends are there to witness them.

current mood: excited

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Wednesday, October 9th, 2002
7:01 pm - Wedding Ring
I found something that I like for the wedding ring, but not sure yet if we'll be able to get it. It's this:

Looks like that, only the whole thing would be in white gold (like shown on the filagree) and not quite so large of diamonds. All in all, very pretty, and much less expensive than the last one I wanted.

(Me?! Want a wedding band that costs over $2000 retail? *blinks innocently* Not ME!!)

I hope to finish my wedding veil (sans beading, perhaps) sometime next week. I need to dig up my silver seed beads, but I've found the bugles. Oh... funfun. *smiles*

We're still on the search for the perfect sparkling grape juice for the non-alcoholic toast. This may prove to be a real trial. *sighs* Oh well.

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2002
6:44 pm - Magnet Updates
I dropped off some packets to my lovelies in the Bay Area this weekend; now it's just a matter of finishing up the rest of them and sending them all out. Ohhh... fun!

Soon, my magents will be spread all over the world! Hah, HAH, HAH, HAH! My evil plan is coming to fruition!

*coughs*

I think I need to lay off the herbal tea.

In other news, John got a bunch of precut-premade-rosepetal paper invitations and envelopes into his shop! Though the invites aren't the style we were originally thinking, it might still work... or we can just use the paper for other things like thank you cards and RSVP cards, etc. Providing he can get everything cheaply. The envelopes are like... huge, and I'm not sure what I'd be able to use them for. I'll figure something out.

current mood: amused

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Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
9:33 am - Busy
Because of financial difficulties and being hellaciously busy, the month of August really set us (me) back in planning.

Things I need to do NOW:

1. Call the officiant and see if he's still available, and when we can start counseling.
2. Make a final decision on flowers and pre-order. Need to call the lady and talk to her about pick-up instead of delivery to save us money.
3. Order the paper for invitations. Waiting on John to make his phonecalls before doing this (it's a possibility that we can get it cheaper through his company with his 30% discount.)
4. Absolutely, totally, and completely FINISH the tabletop topiaries.
5. Need to finish calling photographers. If we don't find anyone who can do it in our budget, screw it. I guess we'll go without, and it'll be another $1500 we can spend on something else.
6. Get together all of the stuff we need for the save-the-date packets:
- Make and print magnets
- Gather brochures
- Print out hotel information
- Write Sep. Newsletter
- Hope to hell that I have everyone's correct name and addresses
AND 7. E-mail back everyone who’s been sitting in my queue waiting for attention. Sorry!

Man... now that I'm not stressing about the silly conference for work, I'm back to stressing about wedding stuff. I can't -believe- how much losing a month has set us back. *sighs*

current mood: frustrated

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Saturday, September 7th, 2002
4:32 pm - Wedding Plans Archives
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Saturday, August 31st, 2002
6:07 pm - Website update
I added a page about wedding attire: http://members.aol.com/icyravens/wedding/attire.html

And added a few things to the "details" page: http://members.aol.com/icyravens/wedding/details.html

As always, if anyone has any suggestions please contact me in any way!



(Ohhh... it feels good to have a day off.)

current mood: accomplished

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Monday, August 26th, 2002
6:22 pm - Cake Tasting
I've pretty sorely neglected the journal lately. Life in general has come up and bitten both John and I in the butts, and most of the wedding planning has been put on hold until we could get back on our feet again. By the end of this week, I will have worked 11 days straight, most of those days with additional overtime. Blech.

An idea has been tossed around for a bit, concerning the wedding cake. Most of the places I've priced have been -way- too expensive, either in general or for the choices they offer. Hell, even the supermarkets are around $250 for the servings we're looking at, and for choice they offer all of white and chocolate cake. Yum, yum. We're debating just going with Costco sheetcake and saying to heck with the whole idea, but somewhere deep down inside we both want a nice tiered wedding looking cake.

I've been looking at wedding cake stands for a while, knowing that the stack-and-dowel method of cake construction probably isn't going to hack it. The one I really wanted retails for about $140, and I've seen it on eBay for $90-110, but not much cheaper. Then I found this one. It's a lot more "frou-frou" than I was looking for, and I absolutly hate how busy the cakes are in the picture (see itwithout the decorations), but I think it will be very nice with ivy tendrils curling around it. Plus the layers snap together and apart, allowing you to cut much easier.

Also... I found a supermarket that sells gourmet cakes (decorated and everything, like you'd find in the display cases) but they're frozen. This might actually work out perfect! We were talking about ordering a cake from Linn's Bakery in Cambria, but we have a transportation problem. They would make the cake, decorate it, and then freeze it. Someone would have to go and pick it up, and bring it to the reception site. During the two hour drive, there's a likely chance that it will start to defrost and possibly splatter little cake bits all over the place. Kristania (my MOH) brought up a Linn's cake for my birthday, and it didn't survive the trip very well unfrozen. It kinda... slid to one side, and smooshed. *grins* Still tasted good, but I'm not sure that it could be ressurrected if something like that happened.

So... thoughts now are leaning towards something like this: We could buy some of these previously frozen gourmet cakes and simply refrost them. Just pick off the bumpy decorative parts, and put a new layer of frosting on the cakes to make them all look uniform. Considering that we were wanting to have a few different flavors, this might work out really well. I tried it last night on what they call and "Italian Creme" cake... and it worked! Took me about 20 minutes to refrost the cake with ready-made frosting, and scatter rose petals over the top. I didn't even bother to take off the crumbs and coconut that was dusted on the sides, though I did scrape off the decorative seashell-looking things on the top.

I took pictures. I hope the pictures come out alright. This may really be something worthwhile... we could buy the cakes a few weeks before the wedding, they could get an extra layer of frosting and get stuck back into the freezer until the night before. Then assembled and sprinkled with petals in the morning.

Only problem with this plan... deciding which cakes to buy! So far we've tried:

Italian Cream: a white cake with ground almonds and coconut in the batter and frosted with cream cheese frosting. My favorite so far.

Tiramisu Torte: White cake in layered with rum-flavored custard and coffee flavored syrup, with whipped cream frosting. John really liked this one, even though he hates the taste of coffee.

Raspberry Tuxedo Cheesecake: Really, really, really rich cheesecake with raspberry and chocolate syrup baked into the top, on a chocolate cookie crust. This is phenominal, but it's really small in diameter and more expensive. We'd have to get several to stack on top of each other to approxamate the hieght of a cake, and then frost over it.

Red Velvet: Moist red cake, which you think should taste like something but it really doesn't and leaves you rather puzzled. This would be great for the color scheme of the wedding, and it's pretty unobtrusive tasting. Frosted with cream cheese frosting.

Other cakes: Carrot cake, something called "Black Cherry Chocolate" (my mom would probably love this one), Black Forest (apparently different from the black cherry chocolate), something called "Banana Split" (could be interesting); the list goes on. I wouldn't want to have more than 3 flavors, and I'd like one of them to be cheesecake...

current mood: full

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Thursday, August 22nd, 2002
9:06 am - Newsletter
I'm trying to do some sort of planning newsletter to let family/friends know what's going on. It's nothing special, but if you want to check it out, you can got to http://members.aol.com/icyravens/wedding/news.html.

*yawns* I'm tired.

current mood: exhausted

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Friday, August 9th, 2002
11:44 am - Because it's been brought up recently...
I'd like to present this short article I found about Planning the Control Freak Wedding. *grins*

I loved the bit at the end. I think I've found my new mantra for the wedding.

current mood: amused

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Thursday, July 11th, 2002
8:37 pm - Grrrr...
I got the samples of the other rose petal paper for the invitations and the color isn't any better. In fact, though it's cheaper by almost $1, it's considerably thinner and not as substantial feeling as the original invitations.

*sighs* I'm so frustrated at this point. Maybe I should give up on this idea altogether and look for something else.

current mood: morose

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Wednesday, June 26th, 2002
2:18 pm - Herbs?
I had (what I think was) a neat idea today.

We're planning on having the guests throw red rose petals over us as we walk back down the aisle after we're officially announced "man and wife". I had a random inspiration today to possibly include other herbs and flowers in the throwing mixtures, and attach a tag to the containers that describe what the herbs are and what they symbolize.

Here's some of what I was thinking:

Rose Petals- Love (obviously)
Lavender - Devotion
Marjoram - Joy & Happiness
Rosemary- Remeberance
Sage- Long Life
Ivy - Fidelity
Mint - Virtue

Is there anything else anyone can think of? All of these would be fairly easy to obtain and would all smell good (bonus). Any thoughts?

More flower/herb meanings:
http://www.victorianbazaar.com/meanings.html

current mood: curious

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Tuesday, June 25th, 2002
9:25 am - Funnies
I found a few things that made me laugh this morning...

Click on this page and scroll all the way down to the bottom (unless you're really interested in the article) and tell me what's wrong with that very last sentence. Drug bust at my reception, anyone?

Second thing was when I was sitting here thinking about "first dance" songs, and the train of thought went something like "Ohhh... I could use 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight' from The Lion King," which then went to "Hey, that fits pretty well, considering my sick obsession with Disney movies." to "Hey, why don't I use the theme from my favorite disney cartoon?" and that led to me singing... "Tale as old as time... Beauty and the Beast."

Then I cracked up. Poor John.

Unless, of course, he's Beauty. *smirks*

current mood: amused

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Monday, June 24th, 2002
5:02 pm - Invitations
Well... I got the invitation sample I ordered in the mail today.

I'm a bit dissapointed.

The roses are really rather -pink- (bugundy-ish), not at all the deep red I was looking for (and that the pictures portray). This, however, is why I ordered the sample. I'm just... dissapointed, and now in a quandry.

Do I change my invitation plans altogether? Do I look for a place that might have -true red- petals in the paper? Do I give up and sob in the corner?

On a more positive note, I did happen to find a place online that sells the rosepetal paper for cheaper than the place I was looking at. They also have a sample pack... maybe I should order one from them to see what the "real" colors are.

current mood: depressed

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Friday, June 21st, 2002
10:24 pm - Dude...
I found the -coolest- thing today.

I mean, really really cool, and it was completely random.

I found red champagne.

(Sparkling wine, whatever. But it's RAD!)

It's fairly sweet and not the greatest champagne (sparkling wine, whatever) I've ever had, but just looking at it in the glass makes me giggle. It's rad! I cannot say this enough.

And no... I've only had half the bottle, thank you very much. *smirks*

Yes, we're going to get at -least- a few bottles for the wedding toast. I'm so excited! Only... now I'm a little bit bummed that we got those ruby red toasting glasses. *le sigh*

(P.S. Yes, I'm saying RAD, not RED. Rad as in '80s Vally Girl style. Just wanted to clear that up in case anyone was confused.)

current mood: silly

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8:34 am - Ramblings
I've started a paper calendar so I can track what gets done each day and project deadlines for what large projects need to be done and by when. I hope I'm going to be motivated enough to use it.

I feel like I'm not doing enough as far as actual physical working on things. But I'm finding it hard to "project" what will need to be done when we still don't have a venue booked. John and I are about 85.9% sure that we're going to end up going with the small park building I mentioned before; the only problem is that the contact woman is -flaky as hell-, and I've been so frustrated in trying to deal with her. First she says one thing, then I call back to confirm (and don't get ahold of her for a week or so) and she changes the story. I haven't found anything else that I like in Marina, and the prices for public building almost quadruple if you're not a resident of that city. I finally got ahold of someone at the Monterey fairgrounds and she said that I had been misinformed about being able to bring our own food in, that I would have to get food from their concessionaire *sighs* Great. So they're down. And we finally heard from the minister at St. John's Chapel (see link below) and... I don't even want to talk about that. Let's just say that I've found a few chapels but they seem more trouble than they're worth.

Well, I don't mean to complain but I suppose I'm frustrated.

At least I got to talk to a few family members this past weekend, which helped reassure me that the only person who will care if we serve boxed wine or have paper tablecloths will be me (of course). I still want things to be as nice as humanly possible and still fit within our budget, but at least I now know that I don't have to worry about what other people's opinions might be, because I'm most own harshest critic. Everything will end up okay and I just need to keep that in mind.

I also got to talk to Kristania and ask her to be my Matron of Honor (weird, she's a Matron). Actually, me asking her ended up like the way she asked me... something like: Her- "Are you going to have any attendants?" Me-"You." Her- "Are you going to have a Maid of Honor?" Me- "You!" Which funnily enough is almost exactly how I found out I was her Maid of Honor (her comment at the time: "I thought you would just assume you were going to be it!") I'm also borrowing some of the decorations and candles that she used for her wedding, as well as some left over hurricane lanterns from her brother's wedding last month. Whoohoo! Stuff I don't have to buy! *grins* Well, I'm excited at least.

Decorations seem to be the only things coming together. I have the topiaries I'm making, candles, mirrors, red gems to scatter on the tables, ivy, vases. I went to the wholesale florist yesterday and picked up a bunch of the lilies we'll be using(picture here, only we'll get white); the flowers are still very tightly budded so I'll have to wait almost a week before I can play with them and get a feel for what they'll look like. I'm hoping to do a few arrangements and take photos so that if people would like to help me before the wedding, I can hand them some pictures instead of just trying to describe things. However, what I'm looking at doing for the flowers will be -incredibly- simple (honest) so it shouldn't take too much time to arrange all the vases. The lady at the wholesaler was very nice and talked to me about boutonnieres and possible flowers, since the stephanotis I was thinking of might not be available. However, I know my Mom hates the smell of freesia and since the boutonnieres and corsages will have some of the same flowers that's right out.

That's mostly it for right now... I'm still doing lots of price comparisons. It's amazing how much cheaper Walmart is than any other place I've been to as far as craft supplies, candles, fabric, etc. I even found several potential veil fabrics for over half the price that I saw them elsewhere. Though... no plain white fabric for tableclothes/chair covers. Yes... I may end up making almost 70 chair covers. Yes, I'm insane. It will depend on whether buying fabric is cheaper than renting white chairs. But those damn chairs in the Di Maggio building are about the ugliest things I've ever seen in my life (dark brown folding chair that have been beat up for years). All right, so I'm picky about the weirdest things. I can handle having paper plates, but there's -no way- we're having plastic champagne glasses. Ugh. *wry grin*

current mood: geeky

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Tuesday, June 11th, 2002
9:27 pm - Details
What I've done today:

- Ordered a sample of the invitations so I can scrutinize how they're put together and therefore recreate them.

- Called to several other chapels and some reception-type places (the Monterey Fairgrounds... ohhh... spiffy) and got prices. Which ended up being about the same as the places I've already gotten information on. Hrm.

- Looked up buffet set-ups and menus to help me narrow down what I'd like to serve. I'm waffling back to the canapes. Hrm. Indecision.

- Bought vases for flower arrangements and floating candle thingys. They're nothing special, but they were cheap and should look unobtrusive.

- Realized that I've almost got the whole "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue". There's a toss-up between the red necklace (made of antique glass) that I bought when I was with Rois, and an antique '30s Austrian crystal choker that I got from my mom when I was 9. (All right, well... it somehow "slipped" from her jewelry box into my dress-up box and it never got put back.) Either one would take care of the old, my dress will take care of the new, my engagement ring is blue(violet)... just in search of something borrowed. If Kristania hadn't actually given me her bouquet holder I could have borrowed it.

- Speaking of bouquet holders, I've decorated it with ruby-colored Austrian crystals and red gems of various sizes. Looks pretty, and is now sparkly. Whoo!

That's enough blathering for tonight.

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