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Posts tagged ‘texas wedding’

December 14th, 2009

Deciding on Invitations – LOVE at first sight.

Thomas and I want a unique wedding…I suppose who doesn’t, right? We love all the quirks that make us individual, and we love all the quirks we have together.  We’re quirky.  So we wanted an invitation that was equally quirky, uniqely us and yet kinda vintage-like, because that’s what we like!

wedding invitation sample
So try explaining that to a designer: we want an invite that’s quirky, but serious, but fun, but festive, but formal, but not too formal, kinda vintage, and kinda modern.  We want an OXYMORON.  I suppose it’s not really surprising given that he and I are opposites in many ways…but I digress.

While obsessing looking online through various searches I stumbled upon a little slice of perfection…except it was someone else’s wedding invitation.  Hmmm…how could I steal imitate that look? Was it something I could recreate?  Being that we’re on a budget for our wedding, we are trying to cut corners where we can, but it’s not like I’m gonna hop down the aisle in a potato sack or like we’re gonna skimp on cake…we’re just conscious.

Once I deduced I could not in fact recreate the invitation (at least not to the level of being proud to send it out to our 100 guests with it bearing my name as the thief designer of the invite).  So the next best thing: I called a graphic designer friend and said, I want this invite reworded for my wedding – can you do it?  Unfortunately he couldn’t – I mean he COULD do it, but he didn’t have the time to do it.  Hmmm – back to square one.

What did I do then? I talked about the famous invite to anyone who would listen.  Luckily I did this with one of my friends who you could call a mover and a shaker – she gets things done.  And she gets them done GOOD.  SO I was showing her the site and she’s all, “Why don’t you just email the girl and see if she’ll make them for your wedding?”

And I’m like, “Uh, because she’s probably WAY out of our price range, not to mention I can’t tell her I want her to give me her wedding invite for myself!”

“Ok,” she says, “I’ll tell her.”

She then proceeds to email the girl and explain the situation – I saw her site/invite, I fell in love, I couldn’t recreate it, and now I’m begging for some direction. Can she help me?

And wouldn’t you even know – the girl lives in DALLAS. I’m serious. It’s like she was an angel sent from heaven! Not only that, but she and her (now) husband also did a long distance relationship like Thomas and I are doing!  AND – she was a bride-on-a-budget so she knows exactly how we feel! Praise the Lord for Divine Appointments!

After several go-arounds, and a quote later – Thomas and I decided we would spend money on the invitations and have them professionally done by Ivana at Love Ardently.  We are thrilled!

Now the fun part comes – she designs and we decide! I’ll keep you updated!

October 6th, 2009

Location? Check!

Choosing a location to have our wedding ceremony & reception has been, by far, the hardest thing so far in planning a wedding.  Thomas and I both knew we’d like to get married outside, so we began looking at botanical garden areas, woodsy areas, arboretums, and even at people’s backyards.

If you recall, we are on a budget – so several of our options got ruled out by price alone.  In addition, we had a very specific date in mind, so that also ruled out some options.  In the end, we were kind of romanced by the idea of an intimate backyard wedding.  So we asked a neighbor of mine and she gladly welcomed us to get married in her back yard.  We were ecstatic!

backyard wedding

Her yard is perfectly set up to have both a ceremony and a reception in the same area! She also has a beautiful front yard and garden area where we are hoping to get group photos.

wedding house details

Now that we have the hard part of the location down, we are starting to work on the details.  We are looking for chairs, tables, and even possibly a white tent.

Speaking of tents, I’m not sure that we want one – however I am thinking it could be good to shield our guests from the sun (in the event that we go with an afternoon time frame), or it could be a good backup in the event of rain (which in Texas you never know what you’re going to get with the weather).  Have any of you used a tent for a wedding?  If so, in what way did you use it? Or, for those of you who haven’t used a tent, what are your thoughts on the idea?