Follow the planning process of the wedding of Matt & Jess taking place on June 9, 2012

Thursday, November 3, 2011


So I finally remembered to call the caterer, thanks to the wonderful reminder feature in Outlook. They have been booked! They even do cake cutting for free. The best times to meet with them are the two worst days for Matt to have time available at all, but he said he can go on December 5th to hash out the details with them. I am so excited! That was the last big thing that needed to be done and now it's checked off!

Monday, October 31, 2011

DJs, Caterers and Dresses..OH MY!

    So it's been ages since I last updated this blog and I'm really sorry to my few followers. Not only for not updating mine, but for not reading yours on a consistent basis. I'll try and catch up soon I promise.

    Anyway, since my last entry I have gotten several wedding related tasks accomplished. Matt and I started our registries on Bed Bath & Beyond and Amazon, met with our cake baker, finalized our DJ and decided on a caterer. I went with some of my bridesmaids on Saturday to David's Bridal and we picked out the dresses. They look fantastic on four of the six who were present and the other two were sent real pictures via the phone and loved them too! I am so excited that we were able to get this taken care of. So far only one has ordered it, ironically one that wasn't there, but they still have a few months before they need to order them. I'm not too worried about them.

    I also found my headpiece at this lovely place called Charming Charlies for only $10 and some beautiful jewelry from a little shop in Gatlinburg while on vacation for $30! Since I have almost my entire ensemble for the day, I just had to put it on earlier this week but just in case Matt is watching, those pictures will not surface. I can share the pictures of the headpiece and necklace though.

   This necklace came with matching earrings which Grandma said she'd wear since my ears will never be pierced. I just love it though. It will be my something blue, match the girl's dreses (close enough) and match my wedding band! It's also perfect with the dress for other undisclosed reasons.

    The headband is beautiful even though the picture really doesn't make it look that great. It was taken with my iPod in poor lighting and it's super sparkly! To think that the bridal salon wanted more than $300 for the veil and headpiece combo makes me sick to my stomach. I do however, feel accomplised in the fact that I was able to find a veil and headpiece for a combined grand total of $28 including shipping the veil to my house. Did I mention the fact that they are practically identical pieces of merchandise?

     It seems that the more I write, the more things I remember that I've accomplised wedding planning wise and suddenly I don't feel so behind anymore.
     We're using a lady from Church for the cakes and I've heard that she's great but I never knew just how great she was until we met together and got to see some of her pictures. Her cakes look absolutely amazing. She hasn't old us a price yet, but she's told us several time that she won't be hurt if we have to go with someone else and the price will not be bad at all. I have a feeling she's going to give us a discount. *crosses fingers*

     Another friend of my parents mainly is going to be the DJ and we finally got around to calling him. He has a library of over 5,000 songs and will get any song we want that he doesn't have. He's completely on board for announcing us like a batting lineup and doesn't need the list of must-plays and do-not plays until a month before hand!

     I designed our guestbook on Shutterfly and I'm really excited to have it completed. I love the idea of the photo-guestbook as it will be something Matt and I will look at more than just a regular guestbook. I also got a wonderful idea from Etsy for a pen to go with it: A sunflower pen! Another DIY project for me, but this one is super easy and I already have all of the necessary supplies. All I need to do is take a fake sunflower and use green floral tape to attach it to a pen. Volia!

    While we were out on Saturday, we stopped by a sewing store to check some stuff out. We found garter material by the yard and mom is going to attempt to make my Cincinnati Reds garter set instead of paying $30 for it. I think it's going to turn out well!

    I think that covers everything but it's been so long, I probably forget something. If you got through all of that, go buy yourself a cookie!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wedding Band - Problem Solved

So despite my orignal band being gone the day after I found it, I found another one for a better price from Zales and ordered it that day. I am so excited!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wedding Bands

So Saturday (on our 2 year dating anniversary), I convinced Matt to look at wedding bands at the jewelry store in a local Kroger. We had stopped there because we needed to go to the bank, and there was one of those in this Kroger as well. I was literally bouncing I was so excited we finally took a little bit of time to look at and try on wedding bands.

Matt is the "easy one". He just wants a 5mm-6mm yellow gold band. That should be easy to find online cheap enough for us. :)

Me however - I am the difficult one. Both of our birthdays are in September and so is our engagement anniversary. So we want sapphires in my wedding band. I tried on one there that I fell in love with, but it alone was more than we budgeted for both of our wedding bands. Luckily, I found one online for half the price and almost the same exact thing. See below:

Online - Half the price

Store - More than our budget

Only problem is, that the next day, it was sold out. In all sizes. On all of the website I found it on. They don't know if/when they'll come back. UGH!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Father/Daughter Dance Song

My mom found this song and I am so happy because it's beautiful, perfect, and orignal. I've actually never heard it before in any setting. It is Natalie Grant (a Christian artist) and the song is called I'll Always Be Your Baby. I am in love with it for my dad and I to dance to.

Here are the lyrics:

You were my first love, always there for me
You taught me how to walk and how to dream
God gave me your eyes
But it was you who taught me how to see
Now I can stand on my own
But I know that you'll never let go

I'll always be your baby
No matter how the years fly by
The way you love me made me
Who I am in this world
I'm a woman now, not a little girl
Wherever this life takes me
I'll always be your baby

You are my hero and that will never change
You still can dry my tears with just a smile
The one I've leaned on
From my first steps to walking down the aisle
Now there's another man in my life
But I know by the look in your eyes

I'll always be your baby
No matter how the years fly by
The way you love me made me
Who I am in this world
I'm a woman now, Not a little girl
Wherever this life takes me
I'll always be your baby

Your faith, your love
And all that you believe
Have come to be the strongest part of me
And I will always be your baby

Monday, July 25, 2011

Booked Wedding Night Hotel Room

Matt was most likely on a high from booking the honeymoon stuff on Saturday that he just couldn't wait to do the wedding night hotel room. I don't blame him at all because I'm pretty excited about it too. I've been eating up all of the information on the website for The Cincinnatian and I'm especially excited about this possibility:

"To arrange for silk rose petals to be placed in a guest room please contact our concierge, natural rose petals are not permitted."
Wouldn't that just be super romantic? I think so, we'll see if Matt picks up on that.

Since we used Hotwire for this booking too, we don't know what kind of room we'll have, but they're all nice so we're happy! Apparently when you do hotel rooms alone, they don't let you know what kind of room. Odd, but in this case it doesn't really matter.

I also thought I'd include some pictures of the resort for our Honeymoon from the previous post in this one. Eye candy, if you will.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Booked Our Honeymoon!

So today was the first day that June 10-17 was avaiable for booking on hotwire so Matt and I booked our flight to Orlando, FL, hotel, and rental car for our honeymoon!

We'll be flying direct on Delta from Cincinnati to Orlando at what Matt calls "Jess time" AKA not early morning. Our flight there leaves around 11am and the flight back leaves around 4pm. I'm pretty excited about that.

Our hotel is the Lake Eve Resort in Orlando only a few miles away from DisneyWorld with a free shuttle there and back. The suite is two bedrooms (because the one bedroom is $5 more a night - how silly) and has a full kitchen and a living room.

The rental car is an economy sized car, like a Chevy Aveo but we could easily wind up with a car just like mine (Hyundai Accent).

The only thing big left to take care of now will be getting the tickets for DisneyWorld, but we can get those way later. We are so excited!
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