Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Give and Take

Planning a wedding should not be the most stressful thing you've ever done. It really shouldn't. Though that becomes increasing difficult when it is easily the most money I've ever spent on anything (and I'm not spending that much, comparatively). And it's also the largest event I've ever planned. So I've finally decided that some give and take on my projects and wedding goals needed to be allowed for.

Things I've given up on altogether:
- There will be no cute, handmade felt acorns at every table. Making felt acorns hurts my hands and is boring. Though they do look cute when done, it is not a priority and nobody will miss them.
- I am not making my own cake. I keep wanting to and then trying to picture myself having time to do it in the days before my wedding, and it just isn't happening.
- I am not going to worry that directions to the wedding didn't get in the wedding invite. People can get them on the website. Or they can call one of us. It wasn't worth another wasted gocco screen to try and figure out why that image wasn't working (for the third time).
- I'm not going to make an acorn shaped pinata or spend hours online trying to find a squirrel pinata either. In fact, I'm not going to worry about trying to find one at all. (As an aside, we were going to do a pinata beating instead of a garter toss/bouquet throw).

Things I am still doing but need to find the motivation to work on:
- Making ribbon mobiles to hang from trees.
- Making wire contraptions to hang jars filled with candles from.
- Figuring out who will make my wedding cake/cakes/pie? instead of me.
- Making some sort of leaf shaped place card/seating chart thing.
- Making blackboard signs to put around wedding site.

Monday, July 7, 2008

i'm a post office junkie

I am crazy. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have been to the post office 4 times today. Three times to try and get enough stamps to do my budget version of the vintage stamp thing, because I didn't like the 42c options.

And then once to get them dropped off. Although that almost turned into another visit when a super pushy older (homeless?) woman wouldn't let me get out of my car because she wanted me to walk down the street with her to see her kids so i would give her money. I ended up leaving, deciding I really didn't want to visit a 5th post office today, and circling back around to the other side of the post office to drop them off.

Gocco Take 2

We finally finished our wedding invitations last weekend. It was a long process involving running out of supplies multiple times, frantically ordering new ones, mistakenly having them sent to my parent's house due to paypal address confusion, and then giving up on certain parts of the invitations that just weren't working.

Making your own invites can be a hassle, but it definitely saved us money (in comparison to letterpress at least). And they look homemade--but I think in a sweet, fun way.

Plus, I'm pretty impressed that with my total lack of design skills, I was able to pull this off.

This picture has the best representation of the colors (if you click on it you can see a larger view).

The actual invitation part--the image is in a gold, shimmery ink that we also used in a few other parts of the invitation (the ink color doesn't show up very well in pictures).

I'm knitting the artists son red mittens in exchange for using the image.

The front & back of the reply postcard. Our initials carved in the tree have to be one of my favorite elements of the design, and totally last minute.

If I can get myself to the post office today to find stamps, they should be in the mail by this afternoon. It makes the whole wedding thing seem more real, to know that people will actually be able to RSVP soon.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Back from my bachelorette...

I've come back from a weekend of wine tasting with my best friends really inspired to keep going with this whole wedding planning bit, despite my last grinchy post.

I've been thinking a lot about photography lately. Our photographer is a friend of a family member and is giving us an amazing package for a great price. His work is really lovely--bright, photo-journalistic, sweet. The more I look at his work (and I'll bet they think they have a stalker if they look at their web hits, because I'm on their site a lot), the more I like it.

But, since their site doesn't let me grab images, I present a few of my photo inspiration pictures.