Thursday, March 28

My Bachelorette Party Favors/Survival Kits

I promised I would do a separate post on the bachelroette party favors I made for the ladies who attended my bachelortte weekend in Charleston.  I wanted to do something that could be a true favor and also double as a "survival kit," because I think they are cute! I've blogged about making bachelorette party survival kits in the past, you can find them here and here.

I ended up getting each girl a monogrammed acrylic tumbler and filling it with goodies. You can find tons of the tumblers on Etsy.

I included M&Ms, elastic hairbands, energy drink mix, face toilettes, mints, hand sanitizer, and Advil. 

Then all the ladies had them to drink out of for the weekend! I think they turned out super cute! 

Wednesday, March 27

WWW - wedding check in

In four short days we will be two short months from our wedding day.  For as long as our engagement has been, it still seems like "holy crap where has the time gone?" I've been ordering about one thing a day. Marking those things off the list. I've got to get my dress altered, it still isn't perfect. The lining on the inside is like inside out and needs to be fixed so the seams don't show. Yea....I know. Paid THOUSANDS for a dress and now I have to pay to get it fixed. Oh well, moving on...

This week I ordered the painting for our bar area. I got the recipe of the signature drink painted. I thought it would be unique and a great keepsake for our home after the wedding. Can't wait to share it with ya'll! The envelopes went to the calligrapher this week, I expect to get those back next week and get the invitations out in the mail then.

I'm definitely at that point where I'm taking things off the list because I know they won't get done. Plus, I've realized that there is such a thing as too many details! Little by little the most important things are finally getting completed and others are being put aside. Here's where we are:

1.     Set a date
2.     Book a venue
3.     Book photographer
4.     Engagement photos
5.     Book videographer (taking this off the list)
6.     Book band
7.     Ask bridal party to be in wedding
8.     Create wedding website
9.     Book florist
10. Buy wedding dress
11. Select bridesmaid dresses
12. Order groom’s Tux , shoes, accessories
13.  Groomsmen arrange for tuxes
14. Find veil
15. Order Veil
16. Bride’s shoes
17. Book cake baker
18. Buy cake knife and server
19. Order save the dates
20. Finalize guest list
21. Cake stand
22. Cake topper
23. Ring pillow
24. Order save the dates
25. Send save the dates
26. Order guest book
27. Register
28. Reserve hotel room blocks
29. Hire a calligrapher
30. MOB & MOH dress shopping
31. Find wedding shoes
32. Choose wedding jewelry
33. Purchase garter
34. Clutch for bride
35. Sash or belt for bride
36. Something old
37. Something new
38. Something borrowed
39. Something blue
40. 6 pence
41. Hire Day-Of Coordinator
42. Make day-of emergency kit (coordinator provides)
43. Going away outfit (I think I’ll stay in my dress as long as possible!)
44. Book makeup artist and hair stylist
45. Wedding favors (have them picked out, need to order and assemble)
46. Getting ready outfit for bride and bridesmaids
47. Menu tasting
48. Cake tasting
49. Hair and makeup trial (April, need to schedule date)
50. Get measured for dress (Dec 2012)
51. Pick up dress in Charleston (will now be mailed to me)
52. Order invitations
53. Get invitation envelopes to calligrapher
54. Send invitations
55. Bridal party gifts
56. Family gifts
57. MOH gift
58. Wedding Map
59. Order Chinese Lanterns
60. Purchase wedding bands – bride & groom
61. Put together picture list for photographer
62. Get marriage license
63. Book transportation for wedding party
64. Welcome bags
65. Signature drink painting
66. Gift for Groom  (we have decided not to do gifts but to get a puppy instead!!!)
67. Music selection for band
68. Playlists for cocktail hour
69. Book wedding night hotel room
70. Order thank you notes (may do this after the wedding with a wedding pic)
71. Tips and thank you notes for vendors
72. Signs for bar, guest book, lanterns, bourbon (going to DIY these)
73. Distribute timeline/contacts to family/vendors/DOC

1.     Book musician
2.     Book church
3.     Pre-marital counseling (church)
4.     Wreaths (florist)
5.     Yard sign (not doing, taking off list )
6.     Programs
7.     Confetti/rose petals (florist)
8.     Music selections
9.     Swag for front of Church (florist)

1.     Book caterer
2.     Order rentals (meeting with them Friday)
3.     Decorations for bride and groom’s chairs (bows out of silk fabric, DIY)
4.     Candles (votives, order lots of candles)
5.     Framed family wedding photos  (for guest book table)
6.     Cocktail music selection (band will arrange this)
7.     Monogram table runner for cake table
8.     Escort cards and table number signs
9.     Make table assignments and seating charts (waiting on RSVPs)
10. Monogram wreath for the fireplace (florist & I need to order monogram)
11. Greenery “W” for over bar area
12. Monogram linen napkins (bride & groom)
13. Personalized cocktail napkins & drink stirs
14. Flip flops
15. Accessories for the bourbon bar(cigars (not doing these to save $$)
16. Sparklers (not doing)/lanterns
17. Bandaids, bug spray, or anything for bathrooms at club
18. Silver tray for cards on gift table

Rehearsal Dinner:
1.     Book venue
2.     Rehearsal dinner music
3.     Rehearsal dinner décor/flowers/mason jars
4.     Rehearsal dinner caterer
5.     Rehearsal dinner rentals
6.     Order invitations
7.     Send invitations
8.     Slideshow (delegate to best man)
9.     Signs for food, etc
10. Napkin and utensil packets
11. Order pies from Missy’s
12. Dessert plates etc
13. Any serving pieces we may need
14. Bring engagement pictures book

Sunday Brunch:
1.     Choose a location (Invite close family & bridal party)
2.     Order Invitations
3.     Send invitations

1.     Bachelorette party
2.     Bachelor party (this weekend)
3.     Bridal showers (March 8th, March 30th, April 14th, May 4th)
4.     Book honeymoon
5.     Honeymoon shopping (bikinis and cover ups)
6.     Bridesmaids Luncheon (May 31st)
7.     Groomsmen Golf Game (May 31st or DOW)
8.     Hostess gifts (March, April, May)
9.     Wedding announcement in HL

Oh and today is the 8th anniversary of Ben's and my first date! It was my family's Easter dinner in 2005. Yes, it was awkward. I invited him because his family lived out of state and I knew he didn't have Easter dinner plans. I certainly didn't think he would accept my offer. We had met on spring break and that is it. This was our first time hanging out AND he met my family! Haha he was a keeper from the start :)

Saturday, March 23

Winner! Mellen Designs giveaway!

Congrats Heather B.! You won one of Mellen's super cute Winning Team iphone covers! We hope you enjoy and know you will be the envy of all your fellow tailgaters this fall! XO!

Check out Mellen's Derby party invitations! Perfect for hosting a fabulous race day party! Head over to my Derby Pinterest board for more party ideas!

Wednesday, March 20

My Bachelorette Weekend Recap

I'm a bit late on this, but as you can imagine I've been pretty swamped with wedding planning and haven't much felt like taking the time to upload pictures. We've had a couple of setbacks with details (dress, invitations, shoes), but everything seems to be on the mend (*knock on wood*).

For my bachelorette party I wanted to do a weekend away with all my favorite ladies (well, most of them anyways!) We rented a beach house on Folly Beach for a long weekend. There were 14 of us total and we had an absolute blast! Thursday my mom, sister, Ben's mom and I went to pick up my dress. We then all walked around and shopped some downtown before heading for a late lunch and afternoon cocktails. Then we headed back to the beach house and waited for everyone else to arrive. Friday we spent on the back porch and having lunch at Taco Boy on Folly. Friday night was my lingerie shower and dinner out. After dinner we hit the bars for the true bachelorette night! Saturday I was hurting a wee bit, so I hung out at the house with some of the ladies and some the other girls went to the outlets. There maaaaay have a been a fashion show of the lingerie I received the night before ;) Later that night we all met up for dinner at a scary biker dive on the island, I was wearing the pink barbie bride shirt. We fit in well.

It was a fabulous weekend! I couldn't have asked for a better "final fling" or wonderful women in my life! Here is a recap of the weekend in photos! I'll do a separate post on the monogrammed cups I gave all the girls as favors/a thank you for coming.

How cute was this Bachelorette sash Chelsea gave me?! Lilly + Pink = Perfection

Morning coffee by the ocean. It was cool, but the sun felt great.

The beach house was gorgeous!

My cup with my soon to be monogram. 

The dress! It went back the next day for some fixes. Should be en route to me here in KY as I type.

Lunch on the water. There were dolphins!

Starting the boozing early after running around downtown.

Bachelorette pouff!

Lingerie shower time!

I don't know why my flash does this :( 

Looking bit rough here! Late night.... 

Brunch Saturday morning.

All the younger ladies!

Thank you to all the ladies who made the trip perfect! I'm so blessed to have all of you in my life!