Monday, June 30, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Our first order of business is attending a Priscilla of Boston Sample sale on Friday from 8am-8pm. Since I don't have to be into work until 9:30, she and I are going to head over there for the opening. Although I already have my dress, they have heavily discounted bridesmaid dresses and flower girls dresses, as well as bridal accessories. Who knows what we may find! But, since the sale is so early, and I live way out in Queens, I'm going to bunk with her and our friend Steph on Thursday night. It'll be just like old times -- a sleepover! As it turns out, Steph is also coming with us, since she's engaged, too. It's like an epidemic these days.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I chose this picture not for the cake, but rather for the cake stand. I think that even a plain cake can be made outstanding with an elegant or unique cake stand. This plain white cake, with even just a few orchids or irises on top, would be an instant eye-catching on top of a tall glass cake stand.
This is a simple, yet classic cake that's made unique by it's square shape. If we use real flowers instead of sugar paste flowers, this shouldn't be terribly expensive to make.
Moving into the slightly more expensive designs, this cake is cute without being overly elaborate. I think it's too tall for us, but I like the "off-centerness" of the layers, and the winding flowers. These flowers are made of sugar paste, but I'm sure it's possible to get real flowers if they would be cheaper.
This design is deceptively simple. It's modeled after an Emilio Pucci design, and I think it's fabulous, especially given our water theme. However, I'm not sure how much it'd cost or even if a local bakery could replicate it.
What do you think? Should I stick with the original idea, or go with one of these?
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Aquamarine Acrylic Sea Glass (many colors available), as vase filler or decorative accent, 2lb bag: $11
25in Peacock Feather Spray: $5
7x14 Glass Cylinder Vase, handblown in Poland: $25, or $84/case of 4
There are TONS of other great ideas and products on Jamali's website, and plenty of other wholesalers out there. My basic advice is to never just accept the price quoted to you by your florist, venue or any other vendor. Take the time to research it -- use the internet! If you can buy it for the same price (or cheaper) than you can rent it, why wouldn't you?
Monday, June 16, 2008
Once you realize this, though, you can move past it to the prettier side of planning. It's the hearts and rainbows side, or rather the "oh I don't care how much it is, I just have to have an 5 ft swan heart ice sculpture!" What better symbol of our undying love and our intertwining lives than that of two blocks of ice carved into swans with their necks melded together in the shape of a heart?! (Insert the requisite "cold-hearted" jokes here). So, before my inherent sarcasm and skepticism ruin a perfectly good "pretty planning" post (how's that for alliteration?), here are some new inspirational pictures of flowers and reception centerpieces:
This is absolutely perfect, even down to the colors! I love the idea of using a single type of flower for some of the centerpieces, and I love the way this one cascades between the varying heights of vases.
Again, the colors are fabulous, and I like the idea of decorating the chiavari chairs without completely covering them in organza or sashes. This might be a cute way to distinguish the bride and groom's chairs.
I like the varying shades of purple and pink in these flowers, but I don't know if they'd clash with the darker blueish purple of the irises. It might be a nice contrast to have some centerpieces with this pinkish purple and others with the darker irises.
I love the uniqueness of this bouquet! Although not as prominent as I'd originally planned, I do still anticipate using peacock feathers in the overall design. I think the very few used here are charmingly unexpected, while still being elegant. The colors match perfectly, as well.
And that, folks, is the pretty side of planning. Now, if only we had a florist...
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
It's all a big racket, like a bad scene out of the Godfather. Before they do something for you, you must do something for them, and unfortunately guaranteeing at least 20 rooms of business isn't good enough. Oh no, you must also have some sort of "function" with them. A "food and beverage" function, to be exact, usually with a hefty minimum starting around $2000. Since we've already planned our rehearsal dinner and reception, that really only leaves the option of the day after brunch. Hotels know this, and they use it to their advantage. No regular continental breakfast will cover those fees. We're talking an elaborate "made-to-order" omelets and french toast brunch; one that will require at least one $65 chef attendant.
Having little choice, say we agree to this extortion. What then? We're guaranteeing 20 rooms of business, after all. That's worth something, right? Those rooms will be discounted significantly, right? And, we'll get a free room, a suite nonetheless, as the happy couple, I'm sure. Oh no! Think again. Our prize is the mere opportunity to stay there, the mere pleasure of being in their company. After all, it's their busy season. PLENTY of people would LOVE to have those rooms.
Well, fine then! Let other people have those $300/night rooms. You can take your fancy made-to-order omelets and shove them up that attendant's ... ok, a little over the top, perhaps, but you get the idea. We're not playing your game! We will not yield! I'm not exactly sure what we're going to do yet, but we'll think of something... I hope.
As I mentioned yesterday, I still like the "tip of the shoulder" dress (http://priscillaofboston.com/dress_detail.jsp?gid=230&sfid=50667&f=). I think the girls would too. However, I'm a little cautious about the peony color. The sales lady thinks 5 dresses in that color would be too "much," which I guess translates into too "bright." I think I disagree with her, but it's hard to know since there are ZERO sample dresses in that color. Since I've decided that she may be right, I decided to counterbalance that brightness with another dress. So, if I go with the peony dress for 3 girls, then 2 of my girls will be wearing this dress in the sweet pea color:
While I don't think it's the exact same color as peony, I do think they would complement each other. What do you think? It's obviously going to be difficult to ever know for sure, since there aren't any peony samples. If we went with these, it'd be on a hope and prayer that they looked ok together. I'm not entirely sure it's a chance I want to take.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Their favorite dress was one I had not originally picked out. It was very elegant, but I thought it was missing something. When I went back to POB last weekend with FMIL, I tried on this dress, and added a brooch in the middle of the empire, which added a lot, but I still think it may be too "bridesmaid-y" for me.
For the rest of the dresses, I'll present them to you in true runway shoot style. It's the First (and only) Annual LBGM Bridesmaid Fashion Shoot!
Allyson makes a perfect model. She's got perfect posture and a killer smile. Of course, by the looks of her clenching hands, I can't help but wonder if she's plotting my early demise. I swear I'll pick a dress soon, and I promise to keep the Bridezilla in check!
I'm pretty sure this is Lauren's diva pose, but it could just as easily her ghetto "I'm gonna beat yer a**" nature coming out. By the looks of things, I've decided against both of these dresses (for fear of my own safety).
You may recognize this as one of the dresses that I had originally chosen as possible bridesmaid dresses. Well, don't let their smiles and diva poses fool you... they hated it. Personally, I think they look great, but maybe I'm just biased towards the dress.
Unfortunately, they weren't able to try on the "tip of the shoulder" dress that I loved because it wasn't available at that POB location. So, I'm keeping it in the mix, but other than that, it's pretty much back to the drawing board.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Speaking of my apartment, you'll be happy to know that I did find a place to live, and it's in Middle Village, NY. Irony of ironies, Middle Village is the old "Little Italy" of New York, where all the mobsters used to live and hang out. I guess I just can't get away from the Italians! Many "notables" are buried in the St. John's Cemetary here, including John Gotti, Lucky Luciano (boss of the Genovese crime family), and Carlo Gambino (boss of the Gambino crime family).
Middle Village is located in between Brooklyn and Queens, so it's about a half hour commute on the subway to my job in the Lower East Side. Not too bad, all things considered. The best (worst?) thing about my subway ride is that I get out at the Canal Street stop every day to go to work. As you may know, Canal St is the infamous Chinatown street that carries VERY realistic knock-offs of every bag imaginable -- Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, and Fendi to name a few. While I've always been a fan of the "real thing," it's very tempting to buy a couple $30 knock-offs to diversify my collection! It'll be our secret. :P