March 29, 2011

Creative Block

I've been spending the last few weeks starting to work on the creative for our invitations. Here's where I'm at so far:

Haha :)

The problem that I'm running into right now is the same one I've had all along - I have TOO many ideas! I've really been trying to narrow them down, and I know that I have the right "look" at this point for the wedding overall...but where to go from there? Yes there's inspiration boards, etc etc and I have all of that, but pulling all of those into a piece of paper tends to have its difficulties.

This weekend, my mom and I are going to meet with my aunt to discuss flowers - logistics of getting everything up north and cost to do so, overall look of the flowers (some of this is obviously limited by the transport up north, but I know it's all going to look amazing), and really nailing down the details of the day. I have a feeling that this will be a HUGE help in getting an overall picture of the day, especially because I know my mom and aunt will have a lot of great ideas to get everything executed. I just hope that all of those discussions get the creative juices flowing for me afterward!

March 25, 2011

Adventures in Registering

So I think I mentioned before that Allen and I had been working on our registries for the wedding. I've heard mixed reviews from different couples about their registering experience - some love it, some hate it, most are overwhelmed by it, some knew exactly what they wanted to get going in, and some did it all from home. I think we were a combination of all of those.

Most of our concern lied with the fact that we don't plan on being in our house in the next year or so. We would like to move, but anywhere we move in the short term is going to be a rental - aka, not permanent. So to pick out stuff for our future house together, without knowing what our future house looks like, was a bit challenging and really limited what we registered for. For example, we registered for very generic bathroom hardware in two different schemes since we don't know what a future bathroom could look like for us. Boring? Maybe. Practical? Yes.

I think the unknown made registering a little difficult, but overall we had a really good experience with it. Allen did drag his feet the first time at BB&B, but after he got that scanner in his hand...well...let's just say we ended up with a few gems like this:
Everyone needs a Haier 16-Bottle Wine Cellar, right?

By the way - that's totally staying on the registry. Somehow, now, I can't picture our future married life without it. But we've done other editing (3 sets of plastic containers in multiple sizes? Where would we even put that?) and I think we have narrowed things down to stuff that we know we'll love and use and share with everyone - yes, including the french onion soup crocks. I will totally make people soup in those things, I am so excited.

The other side effect this has brought on now is my stalking our registry. Normally I wouldn't even consider doing this, but I was editing some stuff on our registry when I noticed that items have been purchased for us already! Not only does this make me insanely curious as to who the early bird was that found our registry and purchased, but it has also made me stalk our registry every day to see what else happens on there. Don't lie, every bride does it, but no one talks about it. I'm talking about it, and I can't help it. One of the many perks of being a bride-to-be :)

March 23, 2011

Cake O'Licious

Sorry for the delay in blogging, but things have been ca-razy around here! A few highlights:
  • I'm halfway through my winter semester, which means I almost have only 3 classes to go until my Master's is DONE!
  • I started a new job at Universal McCann in Birmingham, and I'm managing In-Market and Search Campaigns now for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Fiat - completely, new, exciting, and awesome (and BUSY!)
  • Whittling our way down the to-do list for the wedding! Including, but not limited to, picking out a cake for the wedding!
In looking for cake options, Allen and I have pretty much agreed that we want a small cake - 2 layers at most, with sheet cakes in the back for the caterer to cut up. Allen's mom has graciously volunteered to make our cake (as she's done for the other Mitchell kids and other relatives), so we're really excited to find something cute, yet easy to transport across the state of Michigan (eek).

Even though we're looking at smaller cakes, there were a few crazy-tiered cakes that were pretty fun to look through. These images are all courtesy of Half Baked - The Cake Blog.