Category Archives: Wedding

To Bridesmaid or Not To Bridesmaid?

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One of my best friends, Allie, is getting married this weekend! I can’t believe the day is finally here – I think we texted each other every single day last December wondering if today would be the day that Raven popped the question. Kevin and I always have the best time with Allie and Raven, usually thanks to lots of cheese, wine, some serious laughs, and plenty of bathroom humor. So I have no doubt that this weekend will be amazing – wine, cheese, and all. I’m also honored to be one of Allie’s bridesmaids! This is my first time as a bridesmaid and I’m so happy to be a part of their incredible day.

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That being said, one of the first decisions I made about our wedding was not to have bridesmaids. I get easily stressed out by other people’s drama and way too consumed about everyone’s opinion. Not that I don’t value other’s opinions, but for our wedding, I want it to be truly what Kevin and I envision, not something else that we felt guilted or pressured into. Also planning-wise – dresses, flowers, photos, etc. – it’s a lot easier with fewer people involved.

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Every now and then I wonder if I’ll regret not having a bridal party. Who will be at the rehearsal dinner? Who else will be in our pictures? Will I want more people to get ready with? But I think we’ll find ways to keep our friends involved without the bridal party title (i.e. having a larger rehearsal dinner, welcome drinks the night before). On the plus side, that means more time for pictures of just the two of us 😉

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I’ve gotten a few mixed reactions when I tell people I’m not having a bridal party, mostly from people who have more traditional views on weddings. But I’ve learned throughout the wedding planning process, that everyone has an opinion about everything when it comes to weddings. Ultimately it’s the couple’s day, so you gotta do what feels right to you, bridesmaids or not.

And with that, I’m out to celebrate two of my most favorite people! Love you, A & R!

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Let Me Escort You Into The Weekend

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So my shopping didn’t go as planned last night. The dress that I ordered was a little too big, so we went to a LOFT store hoping I could exchange it for a smaller size, but no luck. I did get some cute nude embellished sandals similar to those in yesterday’s post, but I ended up going with a dress, accessories, and clutch that I already had. I guess that’s what happens when you leave things like this to the last minute!

I’m usually not a last minute kinda person. Case in point: our wedding. We just hit the year-and-a-half mark in early April, so we still have lots of time to plan. We’ve knocked out almost all of the big ticket items already – venue, caterer, band, photographer, florist – so I’m really looking forward to having plenty of time to focus on the details. My latest obsession has been looking for unique escort card table ideas. We want to do something that fits within our theme, but also hasn’t been done before. Like I said, we still have more than enough time to figure little things like this out, but that just means I have ample time to pour over  Pinterest and magazines for inspirations. Here are a few ideas that I’m loving this Friday. Have a fab weekend!

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Let Them Eat Cake!

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It’s Friday, y’all! It was snowing again here in NJ this morning, which I’ll take as a sign that it’s going to be a good weekend. I’m working on Sunday, so unfortunately, I won’t be making any deliciously fatty foods for the Super Bowl (but here and here are some ideas!). So rather than share something like a manly buffalo chicken dip today (which I’d love to come home to on Sunday… hint hint), we’re taking it to the other end of the spectrum and talking WEDDINGS! I have a call today with our potential caterer to finalize a few things and then hopefully we’ll be own our way! Since we still have quite some time (October 8, 2016!), I’ve been having a little too much fun coming up with inspiration for our menu. Read on for what’s inspiring us on our plates and in our flutes.

1. Grand Central Oyster Bar. Kevin and I have never actually eaten here, but love the glam old school  New York vibe. We did, however, like to indulge in the $1 oysters at Bobo‘s happy hour in NYC, so hopefully some sort of raw bar will make its way onto the menu.

2. Glen Manor. Our venue! You can’t get more old school glam than that, right? And it’s on the Sakonnet River in Rhode Island – a short boat ride away from my parents’ house!

3. Naked Funfetti Cake. When we saw that our caterer Russell Morin could do a gourmet funfetti cake, we were pretty much sold.

4. Local Specialities. I love the idea of making welcome bags filled with local Rhode Island favorites, especially Kevin’s favorite: Del’s Shandy.

5. Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Shooters. While the decor may be glam, we’ve always been fans of unpretentious comfort food.

6. Festive Fall Cocktails. Because we love fall (and cocktails), I’m excited to come up with a speciality concoction of our own that suits the season.

7. Mini Fish & Chips. See #5 and that newspaper. ‘Nuff said.

8. Gold Flatware. I have been obsessed with gold flatware recently. I’m hoping we can work it onto our tables and into our registry eventually…

9. Ice Cream Sundae Bar. Because so many of our nights together end this way.