Monday, February 9, 2009
American Bridal also has some cute makeup bags, jewelry cases, and duffel bags at the $5 price. I even got myself a super cute garment bag!
At $5/bag, you can't beat the price. Sale ends February 16!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
I thought that the registry assistant would then turn over the gun to us and let us loose. Nope. Turns out, he was going to hold onto the gun and walk us through each section and give us a sales pitch about everything. Not only that, but he tried to talk us into registering for the more expensive item every time. Now, I understand it's his job to boost sales and all that, but I found it extremely annoying. He even registered us for a saucepan that cost $150! For one saucepan! He tried to pressure us into registering for items that Fiance and I firmly told him we did not need because we already had. And then he tried to get us to register for the most random items -- like corkscrews (we have four sets already, three of them Christmas gifts to us this year!), paper towel holders (if I wanted that, I would've bought one for myself by now), and other gadgetry that would never see the light of day after being pushed to the back of a cabinet in our kitchen.
Now, neither Fiance and I are that great at saying "no" to people. So we did let him add a few extra items/more expensive items to our registry. We knew, though, that as soon as we got home, we'd log on to the website and delete them from our list. We also knew that we were going to add some other items because we simply didn't want to mention the possibility of getting a waffle iron in front of him lest he launch into yet another sales pitch.
On our way home, we stopped in at Target to pick up a few essentials. Well, actually, we went in hoping to find a microwave on sale (can you believe that we've lasted six months without a microwave now?), but the one we wanted was sold out. We checked out their registry department which is better than Bed, Bath and Beyond's in that they don't follow you around the store giving you a sale pitch. However, they also do not give you a scanning gun. Instead, you're supposed to load up your cart with items you want and then bring them down to the registry kiosk and scan them all yourself there. That doesn't seem very efficient or fun to me! We want a registry gun that we can operate ourselves!
Does anyone know if Macy's or Crate and Barrel operate by giving the wedding couple a gun and letting them go at it? Or do they all operate more like Bed, Bath and Beyond? I promised Fiance a day of running through a store tagging items and I do not want to let him down . . .
Thursday, January 29, 2009
How cool is this shot? I think on F.C. Wong's old blog, he also had a similar picture that caught a couple's first dance through a wine glass. I would do just about anything for a shot like this at our wedding. Unfortunately, our plastic stemware probably won't be able to create the same type of photo...
HOWEVER, we also realized that unless we were 100% committed to providing our guests with transportation, it would be asking too much of our friends since these sites aren't very close to each other. We didn't want all of our out of town guests to be forced to drive all over a strange city (we both hate city driving) or take expensive taxis to our venues. We're not 100% sure whether we can provide transportation for our guests, though we would like to. Plus, Shakespeare Garden is very difficult to find. Even though it was our top choice, I can honestly say that I'm fine with not getting married there. Although we definitely would've picked Shakespeare Garden if it was located where Crissy Field was, we loved the sites at Crissy Field almost as much! It really was a tough call...
Personally, Cypress Grove and East Beach were a toss up for me. I loved the walkway at Cypress Grove but loved how open the space was at East Beach. I loved that Cypress Grove was beach adjacent but also loved that East Beach was right on the water while still being on concrete. The trees at Cypress Grove were gorgeous but East Beach was so accessible from the parking lot. So what pushed Cypress Grove over the edge?
When we first approached the grove and I pointed it out to Fiance, he became really excited and practically ripped the camera from my hands as he ran over to check it out. It was the only one of the three sites that really caught his attention. Even though he said he liked East Beach a lot too, it was pretty obvious that he had fallen in love with Cypress Grove.
Fiance often says that X doesn't matter, that it's my wedding, that if it was ever something that was really important to him, he would tell me. While I know that he does tell me whenever something is super important to him (example: I wasn't planning on wearing a veil, but this was one tradition Fiancee felt passionate about), I do not believe that it is "my" wedding. I can tell when things are important to him. Now, I know that when he says it doesn't matter, he means that he would be happy with any of the sites we had narrowed it down to. But that doesn't mean he wouldn't be happier with one particular choice. Since both Cypress Grove and East Beach had their pros and cons, I was truly torn between the two. So why not go with the one Fiance obviously adored?
There are a few logistical problems with Cypress Grove, but we can get into those at a later date. For the time being, I'm just happy that we have our site picked out! Reception venue: Check. Ceremony site: Check.
Now, I've been assured by the park ranger in charge of special event permits that our date is booked. I have now paid for the permit. We just have to wait for it to arrive in the mail now. We wait...4 to 6 weeks. Argh. Why does it take this long to type up a permit???
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
4. Our next visits were actually indoor sites. We visited City Hall first. If you're not familiar with San Francisco's City Hall, you MUST visit the site or find some google images. That place is gorgeous. I thought about the site simply because I worked across the street from City Hall all summer in 2007 when I interned for the Attorney General's Office. It took some convincing to get Fiance to look at City Hall, but once I found him some pictures, he was sold.
This time, I was prepared with my camera! Can you believe it took me this long to remember? So you get to see me, Fiance, and Puppy! The site has gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of the Fine Arts (see #3 above) and Alcatraz. The downsides were the possibility of the grass being super muddy, the fact that guests would have to sit in their Sunday's best on concrete steps and the fact that it's a pretty crowded area (it's close to a cafe/hot dog stand). We both liked the site, though, and it shot up to the top of our list.
7. Also at Crissy Field was the East Beach. There isn't one particular location you can have your wedding ceremony at, but basically as long as you do not obstruct a common pathway (you leave enough space between your set up and the edge of the water or behind the chairs) you're good to go. Now, even though we'd originally talked very seriously about a beach wedding, I wasn't thrilled with the idea anymore. I'd already bought my dress (with a train) and I wanted to wear heels! We looked into a number of ideas such as putting down tiles or straw mats or a very heavy aisle runner, but I still wasn't thrilled about it unless we could get a wooden walkway and platform. Fiance really wanted to do it though, so I agreed to look at the beach. Turned out, right next to the sand, there was a perfect spot to set up a wedding ceremony:
A perfect compromise, don't you think? It's beach adjacent, and basically right on the ocean. We could have us and the bridal party on the steps and set up chairs on the area you saw in the second photo. The views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz are absolutely perfect. Plus, it's super close to the parking lot which meant it was convenient for the guests. After visiting the rest of the East Beach and agreeing that none of the other sites were what we were looking for in a wedding ceremony site, we decided we were done. We just needed to make a choice as to which location we wanted. But wait! Didn't I say there were eight sites? Well, since we had Puppy with us and it was a beautiful, sunny day (can you believe these pictures were taken in January?) we went for a walk through the Presidio. And wouldn't you know it? We found another possible ceremony site!
So what was the final decision? Tune in next time to find out...
Friday, January 23, 2009
Yes, I know that Option C was actually the more "vintage" of the three, but I didn't have the wedding theme back then, remember? But that bow in the front is DEFINITELY coming off. And the best part of this dress, in my opinion, is the back:
This one taken by Honeysuckle Blossom on bridalbuds.
Must. Have. These. Ringshots!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
See? Vintage keyhole from the mid 1800s!
Monday, January 19, 2009
From snippet and ink, inspired by the pretty little veil in the top right hand corner. Now, who doesn't love the iconic black and white phot in the bottom right hand corner of this board? Must. Have. Wedding Picture. Like. That. I also love the locket, the idea of having a pretty piece of jewelry with something hidden inside. They remind me of the prayer bracelets I used to have as a kid. FMIL has offered to make jewelry for myself and my bridesmaid and floated the idea of lockets. Will have to ruminate more on that...
I loved the wedding dress featured onVintage Glam, by Ashley W. who was applying for a guest blogging spot. So romantic, isn't it? The whole board is a bit rustic for my tastes, but I love it anyway. Sweet, romantic, simple.
Another vintage glam board, this one by Christine. I love love love this board. The key in the bottom right hand corner...I have a thing for old keys. Definitely don't have any way to incorporate it into our wedding, but I love the picture. One of my favorite pics on this board is the second picture in on the bottom. We were already planning on hanging pictures, but I love the old frames and black and white/sepia prints featured here.
This lovely board is from The Bride's Guide. Once again, I was drawn to the old timey pictures. The colors are fantastic, too...I love the beige, champagne and ivory colors. Really gives it the old/vintage feel. And even though I'm not a fan of hats, I love the half-veils that just reach the lips. Mmmm...I definitely want a little birdcage veil for myself. Also, Fiance loves it when girls wear gloves. I told him I'd compromise and wear a pair for our first dance at the reception. I truly love how cohesive this inspiration board is.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I've always been more of a guy's girl. My five best friends in law school were guys. Heck, my ten closest friends in law school were guys. Despite being in a sorority in college, I kept in touch with more guys than girls after graduation. Same with high school -- with the exception of two or three girls, the only people I talk to on an even semi-regular basis* are boys. Don't get me wrong, I had plenty of girl friends, just rarely anyone I was super close to. They all had closer girlfriends than I, but it never bothered me.
I ended up asking four girls to be in my bridal party because my fiance absolutely could not cut his down to three**, and I wanted the party to be symmetrical because I'm super neurotic. The first three I was able to pick with ease -- my oldest friend (even though we're not super close anymore, there was no way she couldn't be in my wedding), my current best friend that I've known since high school, though we didn't really become close friends until after we both graduated (another guy's girl...perhaps why we get along so well), and my "big sis" from my sorority (who I have always admired and looked up to...it just felt right to honor her). I had some trouble picking the fourth because there simply were no girls that I felt close to in the same way as the other three.
In the end, I ended up going with a girl from law school because I had a friend from elementary, a friend from high school, a friend from college and now a friend from grad school. Remember how I said my ten closest friends in law school were all boys? Well, at least that meant it was easy to pick a girl because I had exactly two girl friends from law school -- one that I stayed in touch with after graduation, and one that I didn't. I don't mean to detract anything from our friendship and don't want to imply that I only picked her because I went to grad school with her. Honestly, there were two other girls I considered for that fourth slot, but I am just as close to them as the girl I actually picked. And, in many respects, she has become a closer friend now simply because I keep in better touch with her through my updates on my wedding and her questions about travel arrangements.
I had also briefly toyed with having my closer guy friends in my bridal party, but I did not want to upset my fiance. I'm sure he would have said it was fine, but there is something a bit inappropriate about asking an ex-boyfriend or a guy your fiance doesn't like or a guy your fiance knows has had a crush on you for years to be in your wedding party, isn't there?
I picked these girls because they mean something to my life. They are girls I admire and respect. Girls who have helped me through hard times, girls that I have called sobbing, girls that I am so honored to have in my wedding. But that doesn't mean I expect to be a part of each of their weddings. Bridesmaid L, yes...I would be quite hurt if she didn't want me to be in her bridal party but I know that our "best friend" street goes two ways. But the others? Not so much, even the one that I have known since elementary school. But there are no hard feelings and I don't believe there should be. I never feel like just because you ask someone to be your bridesmaid you should automatically assume that they will ask you. Otherwise, some girls may end up with 27 bridesmaids like Katherine Heigl's character in 27 Dresses.
So I was pleasantly surprised (okay, I squealed with delight and my fiance gave me a funny look) when recently engaged Bridesmaid B called today and asked if I wanted to be one of her bridesmaids! I had simply assumed that I wasn't in her bridal part and I was fine with that. I was satisfied with an invitation to her wedding. She had been engaged for almost two months and didn't say anything until today when she was out getting fitted for the bridesmaid dress she's wearing to my wedding. I'm so excited to be a bridesmaid!!!
*I'm excluding the facebook "Hey! Happy Birthday!" messages from "semi-regular basis" status.
**In fairness to him, he does have a brother that he had to ask and I do not have any sisters, so I could understand his need to ask three friends and his brother...I would not have been able to make do with asking just two friends!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Bridesmaid L and I were greeted with bright flourescent lights, and massive amounts of racks; bridesmaids dresses on the left, wedding dresses on the right and shoes/accessories in the back. We stood by the desk by the front, thumbing through their catalogs as we waited for someone to assist us. "Do you have an appointment?" one of the sales associates asked when she noticed us. I nodded and she told me to start looking for dresses I liked while she found the consultant assigned to me.
I headed to the racks with Bridesmaid L, beginning in their woefully tiny size 0 section. There were exactly two dresses there -- one baby blue princess-y monstrosity (which looked remarkably like my ballet recital costume from 3rd grade...and even though I was going for something with a splash of color, I still wanted some semblance of a white dress!) and another that was simply too ornate for my tastes (think metallic embroidery and beading).
We found a couple of dresses on my list in the size 2 and size 4 section as well as a few others that I either didn't see online or looked way better in person. Our bridal consultant found us browsing through more gowns and led us to the dressing room. On the way Bridesmaid L spotted a gorgeous dress on the manequin and we asked our consultant to add that one to the pile as well.
The consultant stuck me in the room and handed me the most amazing strapless bra ever -- seriously, after a couple hours of wearing it, dressing and undressing, the thing stayed up the entire time -- and a poofy looking slip while Bridesmaid L sat in an adjacent chair, flipping through the wedding dress catalog.
We took lots of pictures, laughing about the truly hideous ones whenever the consultant left us to help her other customers or went looking for more dresses. I didn't actually end up trying all the ones in my initial pile because once our consultant got a sense of what I was looking for, she hunted down dresses she thought would fit my style. Unfortunately, many of those were on my "no" list and I didn't like them on me any better than I did in online. I tried to be diplomatic "I just don't think it's my style. It's a very pretty dress, though" but in retrospect, it might have been better to be firm. Then, I wouldn't have ended up trying on so many that I didn't like.
By the end of it all -- 15 dresses (including three from my "favorites" list and three from my "no" list) and 3 veils later -- I was tired of changing in and out of dresses and honestly couldn't stand to look at another one. I'm the type of girl who hates trying on clothes. Whenever I go to the store, I can fairly accurately guess whether something will fit and look good on me. I've mastered this talent when it comes to jeans, skirts, sweaters and tops. I still have some trouble with dresses and dress shirts, though. But I digress. As I was saying, I have very little patience for trying clothes on. Especially when, after I make an immediate assesment that I don't like it, I have to wait in the dress for 10 or 15 minutes because my consultant has run off again.* In the end I loved the first two dresses I tried on and the very last one. The first two were on my "favorites" list while the last one was dress Bridesmaid L spotted on the manequin. Ready to see which ones they were? Anyone want to go back to Part 2 of this saga and make guesses as to which two made my final list?
Yup! Option #5, the one that I said was probably my favorite ended up being the first dress I tried on and I loved it! It was very simple in the front and I loved the two tone split/cutaway in the front. The champagne color was gorgeous, the simple a-line has always been my favorite for skirts (though I didnt know the proper term for the style) and the beading on the train and very top of the dress was enough to give it something extra while still remaining somewhat simple. Bridesmaid L loved it too! We shall now rename this choice "Option A" for ease of description in Part 4 (forthcoming).
Option #4 was the second dress I tried on and it also made my top three! I hated the bow on the front, but the bridal consultant showed me how it was tacked on and assured me that it could be removed. This bride is definitely anti-bow. It was a lot more ornate than I wanted, but was something I could deal with. I also adored the back of the dress which was a lace-up/corset style which gave me a fantastic figure. The skirt, a trumpet style, looked great on me and I was surprised to find out that I did like trumpet and mermaid gowns. At this point I was afraid that I was going to fall in love with every dress I tried on, but luckily it didn't turn out that way. When I didn't like something, I knew immediately. While there were plenty of other dresses that I did like, they just didn't make my final cut. Bridesmaid L also agreed that this dress, Option B, was just as good as Option A.
Finally, the last dress. This one I had to try on in a size 14 because it was the smallest one they had in the store. Seriously? Me in a size 14? The consultant tried her very best to pull the dress back after I was in it to show me what it would look like on me when I got it in the proper size and had it tailored. She also showed me the view from the back which, minus the huge bow, I loved. I have to hand it to her, for something that I was swimming in when I first put it on, she made look really great. This one had no additional beading or embroidery, but I loved the rouching (is that what it's called?) and the twisted fabric around the shoulders and back. Option C definitely made the cut too. It was a nice way to start and end the day -- my first two dresses and my last one making the final list.
I have to say, that it was sometimes very hard to determine what would look good on me since all the dresses I tried on were massive on me -- I did not end up trying on anything in my actual size and most that I did try on were 4 or 5 sizes too big. They were pinned with clothespins and binder clips in so many places that sometimes all you could see were a row of clamps! Overall, the consultant did a great job and I asked her to write down the above three styles so I could bring my mom back with me to make the final decision.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Dresses I liked:
Okay, to be honest, I didn't really love this dress, but it was one of the only tea-length dresses I could find on the David's Bridal website. Since, at the time, my fiance and I were strongly considering a beach weding (and by strongly, I mean 90% of sites we researched would involve at least a beach ceremony . . . and possibly a beach reception, too), a shorter dress seemed like a necessity. I was pretty disappointed with DB's tea-length dress selections, though. So this was option 1.
This dress, option #2, was one of my favorites. It looks even better when you click on the actual dress link and zoom in to see the details. I loved that from far away it looked so simple, but up close there was some embellishment. Plus, I loved the
burnout** style (I have clothes in my closet like this). Unfortunately, I knew almost immediately that my fiance wasn't going to be crazy about this dress. He had made it pretty clear that he really wanted me to wear something that looked like a wedding dress and not just "some white dress."
Any guesses as to which dress I ended up choosing? Is it one of the ones above? One of the dresses on the "no" list from Part 1? Something completely different? Of course, you know that (at least in my opinion) my dress kind of (but not totally) fits in with a semi-vintage themed wedding...do any of these dresses have that feel to you? Stay tuned to find out!
*I do think that my dress still kind of fits into a vintage-y feel, but I've seen so many other dresses since picking our theme that I love. I still love the dress I ended up picked, though, so I'm not too disappointed that we didn't pick the vintage thing sooner.