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Progress post - 151 days to go!

Things are coming along quite nicely! I will be inviting about 200 people, though we're only expecting about 150 or so. Our colors are turquoise and purple.



Our venue is my church building, solely due to the fact that it's free. :)

Our STDs. The picture was one of our engagement pictures, which were taken by a good friend of mine in Nashville. She rushed us that edited picture so we could do our STDs. I can hardly wait to get all the edited pictures, they're gonna be so cute!

The invitations. We are bucking tradition and not doing RSVP cards to save money. I also bought a monogram embosser, so we'll use that on the envelopes as well as the napkins for the reception.

My dress ($20 cheaper than when I bought it :( )

This is the garter I'm probably going to get. We're not doing a garter toss, so no need to get two. Trying to figure out if there's an alternative we can do.

My shoes (in purple). We're still trying to find the bridesmaid's shoes, but they're having a hard time finding closed-toe pumps in gray that won't break the bank.

Bridesmaids dress. Only change that needs to be made to the dress is the removal of unwanted shoulder pads!

Groomsmen: This shirt and this tie. Still undecided about whether they should wear a vest or suspenders. The groom is wearing a suit he already owns. The guys are also wearing superhero socks. ;) The ushers will wear black vest with this bow tie.

Table centerpieces. Each table will have two wine bottles in turquoise & purple, with a smaller beer bottle done in gray.

Guestbook. My cousin Johnny has agreed to make one for us, he's an amazing artist.

Flowers... I have no idea. I'm going to talk with my florist some time next week to work out what we're going to do. The only thing I'm insisting on is doing a breakaway bouquet. I've always hated the fact that only one person gets the bouquet and someone's feelings usually end up hurt.

Photographer. These people have already been so awesome to work with. I had a very small budget to start and was starting to worry that I was not going to be able to find anyone ($1k, and that was pushing it with my fiance). Then I found Joshua & Candace. They waved several of their fees to get within my range, then further dropped their price to appease Steven. I seriously cannot say enough about their generosity.

Our MC is a friend of mine who's done this quite a few times, so I trust him. We're also doing an iPod/Spotify reception.

My hair & makeup will both be done as gifts by friends. This is my birdcage veil and hair clip.

His ring & my complete ring set.

We were originally going to have a cookie reception, but then my dad made a call to his brother (my uncle). He offered to do food for both the rehearsal dinner and reception. I'm talking a full meal for both events. So that's really awesome. I need to call them soon & work out exactly what he's going to make so I know how much plates and things like that to order.

Also, instead of a large cake, we will have a small 6-inch cake for us to cut. Cupcakes will be provided for our guests. I plan on buying this cupcake stand, spray painting it in our colors and adding some ribbon so it will look fairly nice.

Our honeymoon is still somewhat undecided, but this is the general idea. Leave via Amtrak to New Orleans the day after the wedding, spend a couple of days there, then get home to Austin by Friday. We don't have a lot of time to work with after the wedding due to his job and the fact that we have to meet a Relocube at home. Has anyone ever taken a train long distance? It's a 17-hour ride from Charlotte to New Orleans.

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blueirisheyez
Oct. 16th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
Everything looks lovely!
dtwirler
Oct. 18th, 2013 02:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
pnkngrnd3
Oct. 17th, 2013 02:06 am (UTC)
I've never heard of the breakaway bouquet before, but that's pretty cool.

I haven't been on a train ride that long, but I have done NJ to NC before. (Fiance and I want to do a train trip to New Orleans and may do the Auto Train to Florida.) The trains for longer trips have food cars, but they do have designated times that they're closed. The food was okay, and I don't know the price (fiance bought the food), but if you can, you should try to bring your own snacks. Bring lots of entertainment: iPods, books/e-book readers, laptops (they have outlets for you to use). They also have wifi now, but when we did the NC trip, it was pretty hit-or-miss. Get up and stretch while the train is running, but after everyone has settled in (it's too hectic to do so at stops---there are some stops that are designated smoke breaks, so you can get out and walk around for a few minutes then). I don't know how often you've ridden Amtrak, so sorry if you already know some of the stuff I've typed and what follows. Typically with Amtrak, the earlier you book, the cheaper your tickets will be. They also give AAA discounts if you're a member. If you sign up for their Amtrak Guest Rewards (it's free), you'll get emails about deals they're running. I'd suggest arriving at the station about 15-20 minutes before your train arrives (increase this time if you're unfamiliar with the station, especially if it's a large station) so you can make sure you're in the right spot and don't miss it; they're usually late, but every now and then one surprises you.

Have fun!
dtwirler
Oct. 18th, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice, I think FH & I will take the train route and get a roomette. :)
dancing_ghost
Oct. 17th, 2013 12:35 pm (UTC)
I couldn't decide between vest or suspenders for my guys either, so I let the best man choose. He chose vest, and they looked great!
dtwirler
Oct. 18th, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
I think FH decided on vests as well, suspenders weren't very popular with the guys lol.
sassie_kat
Oct. 18th, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
Your STDs are beautiful!!!

We did the breakaway bouquet and it was so much fun and so unexpected. We were also lucky enough to have a venue with a second floor balcony so there was time for the bouquet to really separate.

We did the Auto Train from Lorton VA down to Orlando FL, about a 12 hour ride. We also did it with children. The ride down was awesome - there's a great dining car, wine was on every table, we had nearly half the car to ourselves so everybody had a double seat to sleep in. The ride home was hell. We were traveling the weekend before Memorial Day and every single FL biker (Rolling Thunder) and all the Snow Birds were heading up North. We were allowed to board early b/c we had young children. We got them all settled, had them sitting in laps watching a DVD and generally being quiet and well behaved. I can't tell you the number of nasty comments that people made as they saw our group and realized they were traveling in the same car as we were. One very nice looking older lady even dropped the f-bomb in front of my kids . . . as in "G-D. I can't believe they sat me next to CHILDREN! They always sit me near the f***ing children!"

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dtwirler
Oct. 18th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC)
I wish we had a balcony, but alas, no. I still think it will go fantastically.

At least our train trip is one-way, so less likelihood of something going wrong. Plus, we're getting a roomette, so we won't have to deal with other passengers so much. I'm looking forward to the trip! :)
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