June 6, 2007 in Wedding Inspiration
I originally wanted to purchase the dresses for my four bridesmaids, but I’m beginning to realize that might not be feasible–this wedding costs much more money than I expected. I’m still going to try to make it work, but we’ll see…
I am still up in the air on the whole bridesmaids thing. I feel that asking bridesmaids to pay for their own dresses is a lot to ask, so I would really like to choose dresses that they’d wear again. I am considering finding timeless “little black dresses” and adding sashes in bright colors. I think this look is really well executed:
Black dresses with sashes (I’d like brighter colored sashes):
Upon further discussion, I don’t think I’ll be doing the little-black-dresses thing. Katie, my future sister-in-law, and Winnie, my future mother-in-law, shot the idea down. They told me that because I’m getting married in the summer on the beach, that black is a bad idea. They both said I should have more color. SOOOO, I shall be looking at more “bridesmaid-y” dresses from now on.
Cupcake checklist (places to check out when we taste cakes!)”
- Sibby’s Cupcakery
- Teacake Bake Shop in Emeryville ///checked it out. hated it.
- Citizen Cupcake ///checked it out. hated it.
- Crixa Cakes, in Berkeley
- Prolific Oven
- La Patissere in Cupertino (supposed to be really cheap ~$1/cupcake)
- Albertsons has delicious cucakes You could look into ordering plain cupcakes from somewhere and then ordering sugar flowers to place on each one. That would look lovely and may not be so pricey.
- Kara’s Cupcakes ///checked it out. Too expensive.
- Butterfly Cakes
- Pastry Princess
- Icing on the Cake in Los Gatos
- Sweet Things shop inside Cal-Mart in Laural Village
I am very, very excited. So I know I just got engaged like, last week, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: I knew it was coming. As a result, I sorta started planning a little bit. I just wanted to test the waters a little, and since Mr. Stinkerpants had seven (yes, SEVEN) weeks off from work, I figured there was no better time to check out reception venues. So we looked at a lot of places, and we just booked one! I seriously couldn’t be happier–not only because it’s an AMAZING place to have our reception, but because it’s an AWESOME deal (at least, by San Francisco standards). This place, called “the Green Room,” is in the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center in downtown SF. It’s a hidden gem–because it’s owned by the government, they do no advertising–so hardly anyone knows about them…and even still, it’s really competitive! We originally wanted to get married September 6, 2008, but we couldn’t get that date. Our second choice was August 30th, and we couldn’t get THAT date! So our official date (which we’re perfectly happy with) is August 2, 2008.
Believe it or not, for only $25, you can have the lights on the outside of the building changed to whatever color you want! I joked with Mr. Stinkerpants that I’ll have them turn the whole building pink and hang a huge sign on the building that says “THE STINKERPANTS’: EVERLASTING LOVE” or something equally cheesy. He looked like he wanted to barf. Too bad he knew I was kidding.
So that’s where we’re having the reception. We’re not having the ceremony there because we want to incorporate nature into our wedding somehow…but we weren’t sure where to have it. One day we were at Crissy Field and we decided to take a little walk down memory lane. On May 8th of 2005, I (like the cheesy 8th grader that I am) asked Mr. Stinkerpants if I could be his girlfriend right under a tree at Crissy Field. Awww….so suddenly I said, “Why don’t we have the ceremony here?!” Turns out, it’s only $400 for a permit to use the little amphitheater right next to the tree, and I think with a little bit of decoration it will look totally awesome. Plus, you can’t beat the location OR the sentimental value.
Also, I bought my wedding dress. Shocking, I know. It was so fun! After the proposal, my mom was here for a week. We decided to go shopping for wedding dresses, just to see what was out there. So last Tuesday Katie called in sick to work, and she, my mom, Winnie (Mr. Stinkerpants’ mom) and I went shopping. We had SUCH a great time, and we found a beautiful dress. My mom and I went shopping around together the rest of the week, and we just couldn’t get a dress we saw on Tuesday out of our heads. So on Thursday afternoon, we went back and I tried it on again. It’s fabulous! I was very happy because I got a great deal on the dress (I bought it off the rack). But no one gets to see it until the wedding! I know I probably sound like a psychopath because I am very far ahead of schedule. But this is fun. And in any case, it turns out that people have to book their reception venue, caterer and photographer at least a year in advance if they want the opportunity to get what they want. So I guess I’m only ahead of schedule on the dress–and even that you’re supposed to order 9 months ahead of time. So maybe I’m not too crazy.
In any case, I’m excited!
June 2, 2007 in Wedding (also on Weddingbee)
I’m putting a lot of information on our website (especially for out of town guests), but I’m wondering how to know if people are actually using it. Also, I have to figure out how to make people aware that it’s there. I figure that I’ll put the link on the Save the Date cards, but I’m not sure if I should put the info on the invitations too. Maybe something on the reply card, like:
You can visit our website for ideas on what to do in San Francisco…
Please let us know if you do not have internet access (and then give a check box for “yes” or “no”)
If people don’t have internet access we can send them printed copies of the info on the website. I think that most people have internet access, so I hope that this wouldn’t get out of control (I mean, I hope I wouldn’t be sending thirty copies of the website to people).Comment
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