Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Save the dates....

So as with everything regarding this wedding, I want everything to be 'just perfect'. Well that is all relative, but I have wanted to make sure everything is unique, and fun, but not over the top. Well not too over the top! We needed to order save the dates as our wedding is just 7 MONTHS AWAY! I found a great website

weddingpaperdivas.com

Which has great invites, save the dates etc... but it is a little limited on what it allows you to customize. I wanted particular colors, a particular photo, writing on the front and the back - a specific font. Can you tell I'm a control freak? It's a problem. So I found a save the date on there that I liked, and found a woman on my second favorite site to make them for me. Here it is...the next tip that will enhance your life in ways you cannot even imagine...

www.etsy.com

It is a fantastic website which is essentially a marketplace for handmade goods. They have everything from artists who will make custom paintings, printers who will do invitations, cool handmade jewelry, clothing, everything you could ever imagine. I found a woman on there who makes invitations in a similar style to the one I found, she happened to live in Minneapolis, and worked with her to create the save the date. We designed, re-designed, and tweaked for weeks until I had what I wanted. They were inexpensive and I had the luxury of a designer who could come up with creative ideas and put my ideas into print. So there it is, my tip of the day. Etsy.com

Monday, August 25, 2008

Article about our reception site...

Fun!

http://www.startribune.com/business/27288809.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUUJ

and in answer to my parent's question: No, the million dollars of weddings booked for 2009 is not JUST ours. :-)

On another note, the fair was fantastic, and the chocolate covered bacon was the highlight. Though if Famous Dave's execs are reading this, which I'm sure they are, next year - we have decided - make the bacon crispy, not soft.

Oh, oh, and on a final note: I think I found a veil lady to make one quite cheap. Let me know if you will be needing a veil for your wedding. Or if you plan to start the trend of wearing veils in the workplace.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

So we finally saw the Westin!

As most of you know, Jeremy and I booked our wedding reception at a location, sight unseen. It was not built, not even close, we had not seen drawings, fabric samples, art, chairs, paint...NOTHING! We based our decision on location, quality of service expected, and blind trust. Well yesterday was the day...a vendor of mine from work arranged a private tour of the hotel for us before it opened. Let me say...IT IS BEAUTIFUL. It is absolutely perfect. The location is fantastic. The carpet is perfect (despite an earlier comment from one of the Westin staff members who informed me that the carpet was to be teal). No teal. I should have taken pictures, but I did not - I will take some next time and post them. It is modern, calming, the artwork is exquisite, the staff is fantastic, and I'm certain the food (the most critical element) will be up to snuff. Blind trust paid off! I am a picky person, to say the least, and I love it. You should go wander into the hotel, it officially opens tomorrow, well maybe you don't care, but if you do, and you live in town - it is just gorgeous!

Double bonus, we really like the chairs, tables, and standard linens (key!), so we likely won't need to rent additional supplies. I am not a fan of draping in general, so I am very pleased that we will not need to do this or incur the additional expense. I always think it just looks like you're trying to cover something up, which you typically are. I think the new location, with great finishes will save us some money in the linen category - without the need to cover sins.

Whose excited for the fair?!?!? Jeremy, Lindsay and I will be heading to the chocolate covered bacon stand first. mmmmm! I'm guessing Lindsay's boyfriend Todd will be sorry he missed the fair with that one. Though, knowing him, I think he would prefer gourmet cheese covered bacon rather than chocolate.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Idea tool...

When we first got engaged people kept asking me what our color scheme would be for the wedding. You kidding?! I don't even know where to have the event, or what I'm supposed to wear - let alone colors!!!! As time went on, and the planning continued - we settled some of the fundamental ideas, and I was then on to colors. Now I don't believe that you NEED to have a 'color scheme' so to speak, but it is nice to have a theme so that things flow together (dresses, flowers, linens, invitations etc...)

Enter: Jeremy's wonderful friend Erica. Erica clued me into a fantastic website which is updated many times per day (for those of us who occasionally like to procrastinate at work!)

www.stylemepretty.com

It is a great site with millions of idea for color schemes, flowers, attire, do-it-yourself projects, pictures of other peoples weddings (for voyeuristic people such as myself). I love it - and I cannot recommend it enough! I have a little black book with 3 sections: Attire, reception and Pre-planning. When I find pictures or ideas I like, I print them out and put them in their appropriate section. Yes, I know that sounds crazy, but you would be surprised by how much the vendors appreciate having a bride who has some sense of what she wants. I do not mean that you should tell them what to do, allow them to be creative, but give them some guidance.

Okay, that's my tip for the day! Visit it often...even if not planning a wedding. I have taken ideas from for painting my condo!

Friday, August 15, 2008

This one's crude, beware!

Sign that Punky is feeling better, and that her dog walker is a bit nuts...His note to us in "The Punky Report" which he leaves daily: "Thursday, August 14, 2008. Punky's poop was firm and formed. Have a nice weekend. -Daniel-"

Ahh, this is the life.


On a wedding note: We are meeting with the 'registrar' at Bloomingdale's tomorrow. After my most recent experience at Macy's shopping for Ali's bridal shower gift, I don't think I can do it. I don't think I can register there. They make me so frustrated, and never have anything. I am protesting. Updates to follow.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Punky goes to the ER

So we had a bit of a scare at our house last night. Punky had not been feeling well for the past few days (i.e. not keeping her food down). We figured it was a bug that would blow over, until I got home last night to find my little snub nose puppy with a ballooning face. Her face was totally swollen, picture Veruca Salt in a canine version. We got scared and rushed her to the emergency vet. They put is in a room, which, unfortunately, we had already sat in once in out lives. I was less than pleased to be back in this room, but was certain this time would not be the same.

Being the evesdropper that I am, I spent our waiting period listing to other visitor's woes. This included one woman who I was certain said, "I am here with my 36 cats". Jeremy thinks I am very wrong, and she stated that she was, "Here with her very sick cat". Okay, whatever. Anyways, they gave her two shots, and we sat there, icing her face for a while to bring down the swelling. The shot did the trick and we were able to go home about an hour and a half later. Punky is fine - albeit still a bit puffy cheeked. But I could not help but think, thankfully, this trip, was better than the last. And now I think, hopefully I will never sit inside those 4 walls again. Ever.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

weekend

The puppy arrived! He is prescious and wonderful, and annoyingly enough - already potty trained. We struggled with Punker for over a year, and even to this day I am amazed when she asks to go potty outside. And they get the perfect dog. Quite the luck.

And another interesting turn of events....my sister is now engaged too! She's not really a writer, she's more of a reader - so I doubt that there will be a blog for that one, but we are all very excited to welcome yet another member into the family. Congratulations Robyn! You better not put me in a hideous dress. Remember, I don't do feathers and I prefer no bows. That is if she wants me to be in her wedding.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Rehersal dinner....

Again, blogger readers, I need help...because I have no clue what I am doing! We are trying to find a place to hold the rehersal dinner for the wedding, on Friday night, April 3. Ideally I had thought it would be fun to rent out a restaurant that doesn't normally do that, or something like that - but that is not going as easily as I had thought.

Does anyone have ideas for places in Edina, Uptown, St. Louis Park etc... that would have a fun area to rent out for this purpose?!?!?

THANK YOU!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Find Patches a home!


So my parents decided this past weekend that they wanted to take a look at a puppy. They have a wonderful dog, Mocha, who is 11, but she can no longer go on walks due to her arthritis. So, my parents thought that maybe it would be a good time to get a puppy to walk, and keep Mocha company. So, we went looking at puppies with them, from the same breeder that Mocha came from.

Enter Patches. So my parents had a dog in mind that they wanted to look at, and they feel instantly in love with him. Sold - they are getting him (and he is precious). Jeremy and I fell madly in love with another little pup, that we have affectionately named 'Patches'. We want patches! However, we live in a 1200 square foot condominium downtown Minneapolis, and it simply makes no sense to get another dog. So...one of you must adopt Patches. He is amazingly cute, UNBELIEVABLY sweet, and so you must have him. I am not kidding. My parents are picking up their pup next Saturday, you can go with them, and pick up patches. And we will babysit all the time. PLEASE!!! ADOPT PATCHES!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Meeting the cantor...

So Jeremy and I are in the fortunate position to have two clergy people who are very close to us. My cousin Leigh Lerner is a rabbi, formerly in Minnesota, and now living and working in Canada. Jeremy's parents had a good friend, Steve, who is a cantor. To further complicate matters, the rabbi at my synagogue has also been my rabbi since the day I was born and I feel very close to him, and like him very much. Quite the problem to have!

This past week we met with Steve while he was in town to discuss the wedding, answer his questions, and chat a bit. I was beyond nervous for this meeting, what do you say to a cantor! I am musically ignorant! I know nothing! What if he asks me about music, or what if he gives me a clarinet and asks me to play it. There are so many unknowns running through my head. It brings me back to my band days when I was asked to please, "Hold the clarinet but do not blow into it." You see, I only knew how to play 1 scale and nothing else, and apparently it doesn't sound nice when 1 band member plays the same scale over and over again, and the rest of the band can manage to play the 3rd grade level song. Musical talent, does not run in my family.

So anyway, the meeting went fine - he asked us questions such as 'why do you want to marry each other', and 'will you each break a glass, or just Jeremy'. So we were just fine! (that is until he started recommending songs for the trio to play as we walked down the aisle, causing Jeremy to stumble to write down all these Hebrew songs!) But, it went well, and we should feel so lucky, that we will have an overabundance of clergy people at the wedding!

Have a great weekend, stay cool...it's hot out there!