March 19, 2008

A Shout Out to Flower Chat!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 8:50 pm by Molly

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It seems over the past few days The Wedding Blog has been getting a lot of attention.  I check our blog stats once a day, because it’s really fun to see how people get to the site via a search, or link, etc.  It’s very interesting.  Well the past few days we have been getting a TON of hits from a link to a florist message board called Flower Chat.  Now, I don’t know if what they are saying is good or bad, since you have to register for the site to read the post, you also have to be a professional florist in order to register. (who knew florists had this secret society?)

So, who knows maybe they are all talking about that bitch who doesn’t know a thing about flowers, but I welcome you to the blog either way.

I am psyched with the florist we found and I am confident she will do a great job for us, within our budget. Maybe she linked to us.
I am also thrilled to be using small, local vendors for EVERYTHING!

For brides out there on a budget that truly is the way to go, and I don’t feel we’re sacrificing quality at all for it.

That’s all for now. Welcome to all our new readers out there!

– Molly

(Flower photo borrowed from http://www.kgcphoto.com – love those gerbera daisies! Some great photos over there, check it out! and hey, he does wedding photography too, so if your in Wisconsin maybe you should look him up…)

March 14, 2008

It’s a Blog-a-rific day!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 9:41 am by Molly

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Not only did we buy our wedding bands, but this morning we booked our Honeymoon!

We will be spending 7 nights in Punta Cana at the All-Inclusive, Adults Only, Excellence Resort !! YAY!!!

When we were first talking about Honeymoon destinations this resort came up. We talked about other places, other islands, but we kept coming back to this one. It looks beautiful! We had heard good things about it and Punta Cana in general, so we figured, hey let’s give it a shot.

We booked the trip through Kettle Travel. Ellen Kettle to be exact. She has been wonderful so far. She has REALLY gone above and beyond the call of duty helping us to set this up. I would recommend her to anyone booking a trip – I can give you her number. We met her at the Wedding Event at the Wachusett Village Inn back in February. Her prices were pretty equal to anything we found online, she doesn’t charge a fee and there are some added incentives for having an agent pulling for you on the other side.

We did get vacation protection insurance that should help if we get sick, need to cancel or there is a hurricane – being hurricane season and all. I guess a lot of vendors don’t offer hurricane coverage, so that is definitely something to keep in mind when booking an island vacation in September.

I can’t even express how excited I am for this! We plan to do absolutely nothing while on vacation beyond walking to the beach, walking to the pool and eating and drinking. Neither one of us has been to an all-inclusive resort before so it should be interesting at least.

You should all really check out the resort’s website. Place. Is. Stunning.

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Maybe this will be waiting for us?

**EDIT:  Kettle Travel has a website now.  It is still under construction, but at least you have contact info.  www.kettletravel.com  I highly recommend this company. **

The bands all here

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 8:48 am by Mitch

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I’ve been asked to post again.

So, hello.

Yesterday, we visited Barmakian Jewelers to shop for our wedding bands. That’s the place I went to get Molly’s engagement ring, after two of my friends recommended it. They were right to do so. I had visions of high-pressure salesmen questioning my love and commitment for my girlfriend unless I walked out of there bearing a jewel-encrusted monstrosity the size of a hula hoop — not to mention years of credit card payments.

None of that happened. They didn’t even attempt to jack me on the price. They asked what my range was, and then showed me several options at the low end of the range. I couldn’t believe it — it was like they’d known me my whole life. And the engagement ring is really nice! There wasn’t any question we’d head back there first when it came time to buy our wedding bands, which was probably their secret plan all along.

It wasn’t really time to buy our bands yet, either, but Barmakian happens to be running a three-day, 10% off sale, so we figured we may as well get it out of the way. We’re going to buy them at some point anyway, so why not save a few bucks? And, again, it was a low-pressure buying experience that didn’t end with me throwing up in my mouth when I looked at the receipt.

The guy showed us some plain white gold bands, never once gesturing at some of the premium diamond-studded or platinum options. We had walked in thinking we just wanted something simple anyway, so the biggest challenge was figuring out what thickness we each wanted. The only drawback to the experience was that it showcased my tiny, girlish hands. The salesman had to give me a smaller ring three times before it stopped hanging off my finger like Jared Subway’s fat pants.

And let me just say how strange it was to be wearing a ring, and how panicked I felt when I tried to take it off and it seemed to get stuck on my knuckle. Marriage is so weird.

-Mitch

March 11, 2008

The Accessories Post

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 8:49 pm by Molly

I haven’t really posted any pictures of my attire/accessories for the day yet. I figured now that we’ve got the major things out of the way I might as well start talking about those thousands of details.

I’ve been debating on whether or not I should post a picture of my dress, but honestly, Mitch has seen it, and sees it hanging on the back of the door in the office everyday, so who am I keeping it from? He hasn’t seen me in the dress yet however, and I plan to keep it that way until the day of the wedding. So here’s some pictures of the dress from the JCrew website.

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I heart it.

Now for the second most important piece, the shoes. I had found these originally at the Macy’s in Downtown Crossing when on a lunch break with Kathleen. They did not have them in my size in this color and in fact didn’t have the same shoe in my size in ANY color. I was told New Jersey had some. Yeah… not driving to Jersey for shoes ever, I don’t care how awesome they might be. Well, during our bridesmaid trip to David’s Bridal we ventured through the Natick Mall Macy’s. There they were right on display and on sale, the shoes in my size and the right color. They are Nina Honor YS in Royal Gold Satin. It’s hard to tell from the pictures what the real color is. They are gold, but not as gold as in the first picture (from the internet) and more gold than in the second picture (from my camera). You’ll just have to wait and see them up close.

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Here’s hoping that heel works on the grass…

My custom hair pin has arrived. I must say my experience with Etsy.com was fantastic! I contacted the user named remusa65. Her name is Reina and she has some really nice stuff in her Etsy store. It said she would do custom pieces so I figured it was worth a shot. The pin she made is gorgeous. It’s bigger than the one I had originally showed her, but honestly for half the price. The service was outstanding. I had it in my hands within two weeks of talking to her. She also included a pair of earrings that match as a Thank You gift. How awesome is that?! So my hair pin and earrings are checked off the list. I highly recommend Reina and Etsy.com in general for anything crafty or artsy you might need.

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The pictures don’t really do them justice.

Thats really it for now. Debating on whether or not I should get a necklace or if that would be too much. If anyone has suggestions I’d love to hear them.

Is this blog getting too girly?

Mitch will post again, we promise.

March 8, 2008

Flowers – Part 2

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 12:38 pm by Molly

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The decision has been made on who we will go with for flowers. We have chosen to go with Sandy McDonald of The Bloomin’ Place in Athol, MA. Let me review the meetings with all three florist though…

Our first meeting was with Ernie of Windmill Florist in Fitchburg, MA. My Mom and I trecked out in the foot deep snow to get there for our 11 am meeting. This place was very nice. We were brought to a room that was set up for meetings with brides, all decked out with wedding parifinalia and photo books filled with bouquets. It was obvious that this guy knew his stuff. He listed to my ideas, asked questions about colors and came up with a (long) list of what we would need for the day. Honestly the only reason I didn’t sign on the dotted line right there was because his quote – given to me right then and there by the way – was over double what I had budgeted for flowers. They only do four weddings in a weekend which I thought was nice because you wouldn’t have to worry about them being too spread out. I would recommend them to brides in the area, they just weren’t the right choice for me.

Getting to our next meeting at Beyond Petal Pushers in Westminster, MA was a little more difficult. The address didn’t seem to match the directions and we went by the place and ended up in a more rural part of the town. Normally this probably wouldn’t be a big deal, but as the roads got more and more rural and less and less cleared of snow we decided to turn around. We got stuck on a hill in some snow and I ended up having to push the car out of the snow. I got COVERED in muddy snow and was not exactly in the best mood after that. We finally found the place right on time for our appointment. It was kind of slow getting started. We met with Gwen the owner, and she was very nice, but at this point I knew what I was looking for and it just took awhile to have her understand what we were looking for. Perhaps I had just had enough flower talk for the day. Either way we eventually got her to write it all down and she told me she would get back to me with a quote in a few days. When she did it was lower than Windmill, but not by much. I was starting to think this just wasn’t going to work out for the price I had hoped.

The final meeting with Sandy took place on Sunday and I must say I felt good about this going in and I was not wrong. She does this out of her house as pretty much a paid hobby. Being the DIY bride that I consider myself to be, I really liked that. She’s retired and does this more because she likes doing it than because it’s a job. We sat down and went over what we liked, what we didn’t like, what we wanted and what we didn’t. She had really good suggestions as to what would work in the fall and what wouldn’t break the bank. Apparently calla lillies are like one of the most expensive flowers – forget those. The biggest reason we decided to go with Sandy was because she was the one person who asked me up front what my budget was. Why start talking about elaborate stuff if I can’t afford it? Her quote to me was that she would rather work within my budget and get my business than to give me a quote that was out of it and have me never call her back. Her quote was slightly over my budget, but really not by much and it is definitely a do-able amount for us. YAY!

So we now have all our vendors lined up and all the major things are decided. It’s just the details now… which there are a lot of.