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Creative Memories

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Tonight, my guest book dilemma was solved, and that made me unbelievably happy. Over the past few months, I’ve toyed with multiple ideas on how to do a guestbook. I’ve toyed with wish-trees, time capsules, memo books and finally settled on a photo guest book. I loved the idea of doing Polaroids of guests as they walk in, set them in a basket, and then, at dinner have them glue their photos into a book and sign best wishes.

Well, first problem: Polaroids are effing expensive. Like, really really expensive.
Second: Polaroid cameras are effing expensive. So, I moved on.

My next idea was to get a couple friends of ours to take the pictures, immediately print them out with a portable printer glue them in and let our guests sign away!
First problem: ummm who would want to miss our incredible ceremony to print them out?!
Second: printer ink for those printers is expensive (see a trend?)

Okay, well, tonight I went with my mom to a creative memories consultant*. And they have this thing called a Milestone Book. Now, the pages in a milestone book look like this:

Those are places where you get to slip in paper and photos. Okay, so is it starting to come together? No? Well, I shall continue on then.

And this is the paper.

Alright here’s what we’re going to do {imagine mission impossible music in the background now, please}: We’re going to get two or three friends to stand at the entrance to the ceremony. These friends will take pictures of the guests arriving however they may be arriving. Then, they (our friends) will dump those pictures at our ‘dump station’ (more on that later). When guests are seated, they will see the lovely paper pictured above at their seat. There will be some announcement or something telling them to use this to write their well wishes, words of wisdom, what have you on. As they leave, we will have a basket for them to stick the paper in.

Then, while Chet and I are honeymoonin’ it up, we will have the pictures printed and go through the best wishes etc. and stick them in the scrapbook. There will be room for extra photos, cards, and memories.

And I am totally stoked by all of this. This is the perfect balance, and it will make life easier, and more fun, in the long run. I think we may also use extra paper on a table for people to make predictions about us in 1 year, 5 years, 10, 15 & 20; like in 20 years y’all will ________________. That could be a lot of fun too. :) :)

What do you think?

*My mom is a huge scrapbooker. When I moved out, she turned my room into something all scrapbookers envy with walls of paper, cutters, books, designs… you name it, she probably has it.

I have a lot to write

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

and at this point, I’m not really sure where to start.

We’ve picked a DJ and set a menu.
All paper is cut.
I’ve got about half of the invitations printed out and need to order envelopes.
I think my bridal party is all set pending any mishaps.
My bridal shower is next week.
My bachlorette party is the week after that.
And we’re almost 4 months out from the wedding.

These, are all things I need to write. And I will. Promise!!

Quick Update

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

4th of July? Pretty cool. I was a little disappointed about no fireworks, but that’s life. It was rally neat to meet the other side of Chet’s family — and the people that he doesn’t see that often. Last night, my mom put together a typical family 4th for Chet and I, and that was fabulous. She scrounged up fireworks, made pies, bought fried chicken and we went swimming. Yummy! She’s pretty spectacular.

Not doing a whole lot of wedding stuff this week. I started working again, and while I definitely have time too, I’m just not. I know, I know, bad idea.

This Saturday, we’re driving in to College Station/Huntsville to meet with our (hopefully) DJ, speaking with catering, hopefully cake testing, and maybe a concert. It’ll be good. :)

I am pleased, however, that I believe we have solved two conundrums that we were having.

First, about the rehearsal dinner. I bought Martha’s yesterday because it had pretty pictures, and I cannot resist pretty pictures. However, it also had a nugget of wisdom that I was pretty excited to find: For the rehearsal dinner, she suggested selecting a menu that you give to your guests. Duh!! So, I think we’re going to have a choice of 2 salads, 2 entrees, 2 desserts, and then a signature drink that they can order a limited number of. And then down at the bottom we’ll have something that says “should you like a different menu or different drink, please be advised that you will have to cover the difference of your meal”. That’s how we roll.

Second! Alcohol! We were going to put a cap on the drinks. See, we’re not serving liquor, we’re just doing beer and wine. And my dad, when we were asking for opinions, piped up with the brilliant! idea of using tickets. I know people have done this for parties and such, but I think it’s a great idea for multiple reasons.

1. Keeps costs down. I’m a bottom line kind of girl.
2. Keeps alcohol consumption down. Since we’re not having the reception in a hotel, everyone has to drive, and we can all see the potential for disaster here. But, with drink tickets, there isn’t as high of a chance.
3. Another DIY project!!

That’s what I’ve done. Maybe after this weekend I’ll have more fodder for ya.