One of the cute trends I picked up from reading wedding blogs was the candy buffet. We got our glassware at IKEA, candy from Oriental Trading and Costco, and Marc and his brother set everything up the morning of the wedding. We figured it would be a sweet addition to our dessert reception, and it was totally a hit, the guests loved it! I even saw a Facebook status a few days later where someone said they were enjoying their Fun Dip from the wedding. I call ours a "junk food" buffet, because we added a few non-candy items. My little sister loves Goldfish crackers, and they're easy to buy in bulk. And anyone who knows me knows my obsession with Nacho Cheese Doritos! How could I celebrate my special day without my favorite chip? UNPOSSIBLE! Yum yum!
While I'm on my honeymoon in Las Vegas, I'm sharing videos from our ceremony!
Note that I spend the whole procession looking around and smiling at guests. It wasn't until I was almost at the front that I realized, oh yeah, I guess I should look at my husband-to-be. So many people to look at!
This afternoon, before our rehearsal, my sister and I decorated the reception hall with the famous Martha Stewart Pom-Poms. We got into a good rhythm- sister put the pom-poms together and fluffed them, I cut fishing line, strung it along the ceiling, and hung pom-poms. They really do come together fast once you get into it. Hello down there, sister!
The ladder of doom! Seriously, pretty sure the church bought this ladder when they built the building in the 1920s. The wood was rotting, there were screws hanging off, and it shook back and forth every time you climbed it. It's amazing I'm still alive!
My major tip? Don't drop your spool of fishing line on the floor from the top of a ladder, breaking it and tangling all the fishing line. That took a lot of time for the rest of the afternoon, untangling the blob everytime I needed some. Fishing line is about $6 a spool, save yourself some heartache and buy two.
Today was my last day at the office before the wedding, and the girls at work organized a shower for me! So sweet. It's pretty stressful being the guest of honor at a shower, though- opening all the gifts, everyone looking at you. They were so generous and it made me feel like a terrible person! Does this make me crazy? This is how I feel at present parties- insufficient. And the room felt like it was about 100 degrees! Putting that stress aside, I had a lovely time. They really put together a lovely spread!
How much do we love my fabulous bow hat! I might just wear it to the airport tomorrow to pick up my family. I had such a slew of gifts, I had to take a cab home! Once home, I showed little Twinkie one of the cards. In typical dog style, she was not overly impressed.
We realized we forgot to send out an invite to a dear friend back in March, so I figured we had worked out all our guest list kinks. Wrong! We forgot somebody else, too. Our church is currently between pastors, and we've had a number of guest pastors in the interim period. One has been a great friend to us, particularly in the last few months as Marc thinks about attending seminary. I would say we forgot to send him an invitation, but that would imply we thought of it in the first place. He's just one of those random floating people, you know- not in our church directory, not a regular attendee we see every week out in the pews, not a Facebook friend. We made an announcement at church that all of our church family was invited, but he didn't happen to be there that week. He was doing all of our Holy Week services, and I realized Thursday night, uh oh, we totally forgot Pastor. Then Marc heard Friday from one of the old ladies that Pastor had mentioned to her that he wasn't invited. Ouch. That made it even worse- then when I gave him an invite on Saturday (7 days before the wedding!), he probably thought I only did it because he mentioned it to somebody, and that's not true at all! Oh well. Pastor, if you're out there, know that we love you and your presence is much desired at the wedding!
Week 3! And I finally found the perfect shade for the wedding day- Adore-A-Ball. The Essie website describes it as "A sheer soft pink, perfect for a french manicure." To me, it's the perfect balance of pink and nude, sheer and opaque. To you, it probably looks just like the colors from the two previous weeks. That's probably good for me to keep in mind, though- in the end, any shade is going to be just fine. Boring blog post, but lesson learned! If only I were searching for blues or oranges or purples.
This is about as I let my nails get before I cut them off, so this is going to be a weird week, as I get used to having nails. This is what I get for having really deep-set fingernails; it takes me FOREVER to grow them to a length that looks "normal", forget long. They are already getting in the way of my typing a little bit. If they weren't done up, they'd probably already be breaking. Wish I was living a life where getting a weekly manicure every week made sense!
Last Saturday, I put some bread in the oven to toast (because, like I said, I don't have a toaster). I was in a rush to eat and get out for errands, so I put the oven on "Broil". Then FedEx came with a wedding gift. Oooo, china and flatware from my aunt! She's so sweet, I can't wait to see her. I should pull out my stationery and write her a thank-you note. And I'm so excited about my new Abstract Expressionist stamps. They're art for my envelopes, literally! Better make sure I write the addresses small so there's room for the stamp- Wait, what's that smell? You guessed it. I burnt the toast- and probably my face, too, while I pulled the charred pieces out. Thank goodness Marc has a high tolerance for burned things. Me, if it's even a little brown, I don't want it. He'll practically eat charcoal. Which he did, with some turkey and avocado on top. Yet another reason we need a toaster! In the meantime, I'll be turning off all cooking appliances when distractions arrive in the mail.