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Thank you N!

Here are a whole bunch of fun wedding things from my friend (let’s just call her “N”)…

First of all, a photo of the ludicrous invitations that Laurie on “Real Housewives of Orange County” was looking at in the last episode. Are you kidding me? It’s like a SHOEBOX full of paper!!

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Second, a really cute website of a wedding videography company. I’ve personally elected not to do a video of my wedding, but if I was going to, this company looks really good – and how gorgeous is the featured bride in the “Screening Room” sample video?:

http://doxastudios.com/index.php

Finally, N has a friend who has achieved mass commercial success with her handmade photo albums and address books. They are totally preppy and totally cute!  Featured in InStyle Weddings and Martha Stewart! Check them out here:

http://www.dunhamroaddesigns.com

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We got our rehearsal dinner invitations over Thanksgiving break!

Knock another thing off the to-do list. They are very nice and will look different enough from the wedding invitation, since we decided not to stick to a “theme” for all the mailings.

When my fiance, his mother, and I were looking around at invitations, I realized something:

With all the florals, ribbons, frosting, bows, lace, etc… how do ensure that there’s enough manliness in a wedding to acknowledge that AT LEAST one of the people getting married is not a 16 year-old girl?

The reason this came up is that his mother and I really liked several invitations that had very girly, flowery designs. She actually singled one out with giant pink flowers. The all-knowing stationer immediately said, “No” so that my fiance didn’t have to.  When we came across our very non-girly rehearsal dinner invitations, he immediately stated, “I like those,” which I took to mean something since, in his normal life, he doesn’t comment on stationery at all.

Here are some pictures of invitations that seem a little too girly if you ask me:

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This one has a bling-bling buckle! Like a bachelorette pilgrim!

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This one has a pop-up wedding dress. Groom? What groom?

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This one has a floral pattern that looks like an old lady’s couch!

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I’m having a problem.

Much like the inability to look away from a car crash on the side of the road, I find it impossible to stop looking at wedding dresses even though my own wedding dress is already bought and paid for.

1) Once I found and bought a wedding dress, I realized that the bridal magazines have about 1/2 of their pages devoted to wedding dresses. The other half is still interesting to me, but it’s near impossible to avoid looking at all the wedding dresses!  So with each page turn, I’m terrified that I’ll see a picture of my NEW favorite dress. And by some amazing designer that I just cannot afford (Carolina Herrera has been on a particularly hot streak lately.)

2) A little bit about me: I know that some people find “THE dress” and can just shut off the part of their mind that looked for a wedding dress. Maybe they are even relieved to find one and have it over with!  I do not work this way. I am programmed to shop…and shop…and shop. So while I adore my dress and don’t feel like I “settled” or anything, it’s perfectly plausible that, at any point, I may see an even better dress. Agh!

3) J. Crew is particularly dangerous. It’s got just the casual/country bride look that I’m going for. I check the website rather regularly for all manner of things, but I am really worried that at some point they’re going to put up a picture of my NEW dream wedding dress!  And it will be cheaper than the dress I bought!

The reason I’m posting is that J. Crew just put up three new wedding dresses which, thank the Lord, I don’t like as much as mine. But they are all really pretty. See here:

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I know I sound crazy. I should just be happy with my beautiful dress and NOT CHECK J. CREW.

But it’s like a moth to a flame, I’m telling you…

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Does Married = Lame?

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IS THIS WHAT’S AHEAD???

I just noticed something at the local newsstand, which has two racks (upper and lower):

All the wedding magazines are on a different rack than the cool magazines.

Top rack: Vogue, Elle, Lucky, Dwell, Domino, W,  In Style, Cosmo, Real Simple

The wedding magazines grace the bottom rack that has Redbook, Better Homes & Gardens, Cottage Living, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, Parenting and all those yoga magazines for moms.  Oprah’s magazine is the coolest thing on this rack, and that is just sad.

Gross!  Even stranger, Martha Stewart Living gets to sit on the top rack, but Martha Stewart Weddings is on the bottom.

The message of what society dictates is to come after marriage is terrifying with just a single glance at a harmless magazine rack.

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A few months ago I made a demo registry on a site called http://www.myregistry.com because it sounded like the coolest idea!

The service basically allows you to create a website registry for items taken from any website out there. No more “pick this store, pick that store” but rather just “pick this Tiffany vase, pick that Patagonia sleeping bag” which you have to admit is really neat! A brief disclaimer: it’s less neat than I thought initially – what myregistry.com does is basically just create a website with a whole lot of links to various other stores. If someone buys you something from myregistry.com, they have to actually purchase the item from whatever store the link is to, pay shipping and handling as normal, and clearly – the return policies are not a generous since you don’t have a registry with any of these stores. But you shouldn’t WANT to return any of it, because you culled it on your myregistry.com registry, right? Whew!

I digress…

One thing I’d been wanting for quite some time made it onto my myregistry.com demo: the “Reef Teaset” from Anthropologie. Clearly, I would never register at Anthropologie, but this was the beauty of myregistry.com! Here’s the teaset:

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Well it went on sale yesterday, and I bought it for myself. Hence, I’m taking it OFF the myregistry.com registry.

I sense that this is a common experience for people with registries: I remember when my friend who just got married this past summer found out that all her registry towels had gone on sale and she considered buying them herself months before the wedding.

While the idea of a bridal registry is unfathomably amazing, it’s also weird how it can stop you from buying the things you actually need/want. Thoughts like, “Oh, I really need a new cheese grater, but I think I can just risk tetanus from the old, rusty one and make it through til the wedding!” are uttterly INSANE and point out the oddity that is a gift registry in the first place.

I decided not to let the “Reef Teaset” pass me by, so I bought it with my own money.

The way I’ll be buying all my housewares after August 2008!

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Blech.

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There are three food flavors in this world that I really don’t like: mustard, fennel and eggplant (with eggplant, it’s more of a consistency thing).

We just got the proposal menu from the caterer and all three ingredients play a role in the heretofore unnamed hors d’ouvres. Fennel shows up twice!

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Uh-uh – no way.

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Envelope Woes

Envelopes, envelopes everywhere…but not a drop to drink.

(I’m being somewhat liberal with my poetry quotations)

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This is the kind of crazy, drawn-out story about small issues that arise when you do somewhat bizarre wedding-ish things, such as save-the-date cards.

A really generous Virginia friend who is an AMAZING graphic designer has offered to whip up a save-the-date holiday card for us to send out in a month or so. Thank you!
The “photo shoot” was last week (the glam photographer was my fiance’s old roommate and all we did was run around the neighborhood posing in front of every green shrub we could find). The photos came out well, and it should be really cute.

Well – since the card will be a photo card, I had to find envelopes that would fit a 4×6 photo. Apparently this is an impossible task. The problem is the “4” (not the “6”). Most envelopes are not tall enough! Greeting card envelopes are, but who sells loose greeting card envelopes without the greeting cards?

Office Depot, my savior, happened to have just put out their holiday printing display case. There on the bottom shelf, lying in a manger, I found laser-printer ready “greeting card envelopes” after hitting up 3 other stores in search of a taller envelope! Here they are:

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Beautiful, I know.

Considering that I followed this envelope hunt with delivering a mock opening statement in a real-life Federal courthouse, I am ashamed to admit that the envelope hunt was both more difficult and more rewarding.

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