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AlternateEgo
01-27-2009, 10:22 AM
Hello!

I'm Crystal, 26 and I have three daughters ages 6, 4, & 3.

FH is Jeff, who is 37 and doesn't have any children.

We met on Myspace... kinda. It turned out that he was my cousin's hubby's cousin... lol. We had been aquainted before, but had never really knew each other.

When he asked me to marry him, I knew I wanted to go to Disney for our Honeymoon. I took the girls back in September 07 and have been dreaming of the next time I would get to go.

I would have loved to have had a Disney wedding, but we are really "family" people and want all of our family to join us for the ceremony.

AlternateEgo
01-27-2009, 11:10 AM
For our Honeymoon...

Animal Kingdom Lodge
Standard King Room with Pool or Flamingo Pond View
Either 3 day Park Hopper or 4 day tickets
Disney Dining Plan
7 days/6 nights

Hopefully flying in on Monday leaving on Sunday
If we fly in then we will get a rental car.

Restaurant Wishlist...
Dinner at California Grill with view of sunset or fireworks
Breakfast at Cinderella's Castle ( I would LOVE to get a picture of us on Mainstreet USA without crowds of people)
Rainforest Cafe

Give me more ideas on your favorite restaurants! We will probably have the regular Disney dining plan which includes 1 table meal and 1 quick service meal and Rainforest Cafe isn't included. If they offer the Free Dining Plan when we go, then we might upgrade to the Deluxe. It just depends what sort of dining experiences we want to include.

tiggersam00
01-27-2009, 01:40 PM
welcome to the boards, cant wait to see how your plans develop:cool1:

padisneyfour
01-27-2009, 01:49 PM
welcome looking forward to hearing more of your plans....great start to your PJ:goodvibes

AlternateEgo
02-03-2009, 09:11 AM
Well I have been working hard to find great deals for the wedding.

My aunt found a brand new Davids Bridal Flower Girl dress for $15. She even paid for it :) I still have to find another matching on craigslist or buy one for the other flower girl. She also sent me about 1,000 white Christmas lights, about 10 strands of red beads, and 3 or 4 spools of red "twine" not real sure what it is called.

I bought flower girl baskets at Hobby Lobby yesterday. Also found some flower swag for the archway, bought fabric and ribbon to cover the card box...

I also got 5-12 packs of votive candles and holders the other day.

And I have rented chairs and the archway.

I have designed my cake and have found my baker. She is family of one of my friends and is going to make our cake for $1.60 a serving!!! She usually charges $2.75.
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/cake1.jpg
( Ok I am having issues with my program. The background should be white, the cake is white, all the decorations are white, except the black ribbon across the bottom [appears blue] and the roses and carnations are red)

Still no dress...

Total I have spent $165.58

AlternateEgo
02-03-2009, 01:11 PM
I am open to ideas and opinions :)

auntpunkin
02-06-2009, 05:42 AM
Your ideas look great so far! I really like your cake design, I'm looking at something close to that but square with hydrangeas between the layers. And that dress is gorgeous!
A few of our restaurant fav's are LeCelliar, Chef Mickey's, Crystal Palace, Kona Cafe and Planet Hollywood. I hear Mama Melrose's is really good too and we are going to try it next time. The Whispering Canyon is also a ton of fun! Have you looked at www.allears.net? The have the restaurants and their menu's, it's great! We have heard some bad reviews on Cinderella's Table, plus it burns up 2 dining credits, so we haven't been there. What we try to do is get one of the 1st table reservations of the day at Crystal Palace, then you get to go past the line of everyone waiting for the park to open and walk down main street nearly all by yourself to the restaurant. The photographers are already there and you can get some great photos with the castle in the background without all the strangers in the shot!
Looking forward to reading more of your plans and maybe running into you this Sept., we'll be there Aug. 30-Sept. 13! :goodvibes

AlternateEgo
02-08-2009, 12:06 PM
So yesterday I decided to go to David's Bridal. The first day my sister (MOH) has been off a Saturday afternoon. Our nearest DB is a 2 hour drive... but I REALLY wanted to go.

So finally I got the girls dropped off with their Mama, and picked up my sister, Susan and my brothers GF, Pam. We headed to my mom's work to grab her Garmin, .. cause I had no idea where I was going.

We head out and this GPS takes you down every backroad... just to get you there faster, .

We finally arrived at DB around 2pm. The parking lot was PACKED! So we quickly made our way into the store and there were people and dresses everywhere. We signed in and were assigned a salesperson.

She asked which dresses I liked and I had explained the look I was going for. And I told her which dress was my favorite dress. So we grabbed a few dresses. The one I really liked online was a size smaller than what I needed but she told me I could try it on to get a "feel".

So we all three squish into a dressing room and they help me get dressed.

1st dress is the one I had my heart set on from online. I LOVED it! It felt light and comfortable. Made me appear smaller. Big poofy skirt... Very small train. Strapless... pickups. I loved everything about it.

2nd dress was something similar to the first but the top felt so heavy.

3rd dress I didn't make it out of the dressing room. The dress was ugly, .

So, I decided there was no sence in trying any other dresses on... I was in love with the first dress and had been since FH picked it out online. ( I haven't told him that is the dress I picked)

So then we looked at Bridesmaid dresses. Then I decided, right there at DB, that I wanted my Brother's GF and my brother in our wedding party. The only reason I hadn't done this before was that I have 2 sisters, but one sister I don't really talk to and I didn't want her to have any "bad feelings" about not picking her for my bridesmaid.

So I chose a few dresses out for them. I had picked out 4 for them to try out. Amazingly enough, we all three loved a black tea length dress with a white sash around the top for $70. The sash cost an extra $15. The best part is these dresses are perfectly rewearable. We also found a Jr. Bridesmaid dress that matched perfectly for $65 and the sash is $10!

Off to look at Flower Girl dresses and I found the one that matches the brand new one my aunt bought at Goodwill for $15, for $70. I couldn't believe my luck finding all these dresses so inexpensive. The sashes for the flower girls dresses are $10.

So I decided to buy my dress, cause it takes 12 weeks to get it made. My dress was on sale that day so the original cost was $449.99 and I got $50 off making it $399.99. Total cost was $441 including a heavy duty garment bag ($10) and taxes.

As we checked out a salesperson from Men's Wearhouse gave us a coupon for $30 off all our tux rentals if we go within 30 days to sign up our party. Lucky for us we saw MW on our way in and knew exactly where to go. We went in an they informed us that if we added my brothers tux, we would need 5 tuxes and that would mean we could get in on the rent 4 tuxes get a FREE rental for the groom. ( Just another reason to have one more BM and GM )

So with our discount and our FREE rental (we split the savings among ALL tux rentals) we got everyones rental down to $74!!!

Total I have spent $606.58

AlternateEgo
02-08-2009, 12:07 PM
Here are the pictures of the dresses we decided on :)

This dress will be white with a black cuff across the top.
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/dressfront.jpg

Here is the back. I was able to show theclack, but this dress is in ivory.
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/dressback.jpg

Here is my Maid of Honor & Bridesmaid dresses. I found pictures of these from other reviewers. They will be black dresses. There is a bow on the front that we looked closely at and it is barely sticked there and we can remove it. The girls can put the bow back later if they want. We will have a white sash that wll go right across the grossgrain ribbon and tie in the back. Coincidentally, this picture shows the color scheme I'm going after.
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/bridesmaiddresses2.jpg

And here is a picture from a review that actually has the same brides dress as me with these bridesmaid dresses ;)
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/bridesmaiddresses.jpg

Here is the dress I picked for Jr. Bridesmaid on the left. Again the dress will be black with white sash.
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/jrbridesmaiddress.jpg

And here is the dress we have for flower girls. The only thing I am considering is hemming the dress a little. I'm not sure what I will do though. All the other dresses are tea length and Im not sure how the long flower girls dresses will look with the other dresses being tea length... Any comments? Oh and these dresses will have a black sash.
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/flowergirldress.jpg

AlternateEgo
02-08-2009, 12:19 PM
Your ideas look great so far! I really like your cake design, I'm looking at something close to that but square with hydrangeas between the layers. And that dress is gorgeous!
A few of our restaurant fav's are LeCelliar, Chef Mickey's, Crystal Palace, Kona Cafe and Planet Hollywood. I hear Mama Melrose's is really good too and we are going to try it next time. The Whispering Canyon is also a ton of fun! Have you looked at www.allears.net? The have the restaurants and their menu's, it's great! We have heard some bad reviews on Cinderella's Table, plus it burns up 2 dining credits, so we haven't been there. What we try to do is get one of the 1st table reservations of the day at Crystal Palace, then you get to go past the line of everyone waiting for the park to open and walk down main street nearly all by yourself to the restaurant. The photographers are already there and you can get some great photos with the castle in the background without all the strangers in the shot!
Looking forward to reading more of your plans and maybe running into you this Sept., we'll be there Aug. 30-Sept. 13! :goodvibes

Hydrangeas are so beautiful! I wanted to incorporate them somehow in the centerpieces but I found them to be so more expensive. If I can get a good deal on them, I will definately use them! I did decide on square cake too. LOL, I have been so indecisive about what I want. I have never done all this before and have actually been to very few weddings in my life. Most of them I was too young to remember.

I also changed my mind on the dress. The more I looked at it, the less I liked it, lol. But... the dress I ultimately decided on was my favorite from day one! My FH picked it out one day, but I didn't want him to know this is the ONE I actually picked, lol.

Thanks for reminding me about allears. I used them when planning the trip when me and the girls went.

Oh AND I had never thoguht about Crystal Palace having breakfast. I will look at what they have to offer too!

I'm so excited about disney I just want to go right now, hahha.

Can't wait to go! Good luck with your wedding plans too!!

camara381
02-08-2009, 12:32 PM
Love your plans so far. The dress is beautiful!!! I love the cake and that is such a good price!!!

Can't wait to read about the rest.

auntpunkin
02-08-2009, 12:50 PM
I love that gown!! You made the right choice!

I know what you're saying about wanting to go to Disney right now...I've got the bug too!

AlternateEgo
02-09-2009, 12:35 PM
I love that gown!! You made the right choice!

I know what you're saying about wanting to go to Disney right now...I've got the bug too!

Thanks!

Nyla
02-26-2009, 02:56 PM
Okay, I just jumped in here after seeing your comment on the dining watch thread! We're both going to be at Animal Kingdom! How freaking awesome! I can't believe we have the same wedding day and everything! Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! Your plans look like they're going splendidly! Much smoother than mine are! :lmao:

pink_tink8i8
02-26-2009, 03:14 PM
oh I just love color in wedding dresses. Yours sounds really wonderful and I can't wait to see how your cake turns out!

AlternateEgo
02-27-2009, 02:28 PM
Okay, I just jumped in here after seeing your comment on the dining watch thread! We're both going to be at Animal Kingdom! How freaking awesome! I can't believe we have the same wedding day and everything! Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! Your plans look like they're going splendidly! Much smoother than mine are! :lmao:

Well if it makes it any weirder.. I was plannig to fly out of Nashville... but I got a good fare flying out of St. Louis. Its a 2 hour drive and Nashville is 3 hours :)

AlternateEgo
03-13-2009, 12:46 PM
Well...

I finally ordered our save the date postcards = $17.00 at vistaprint.com .

And I bought invitations on Target clearance for $7 for a box of 25. They are so perfect! And I bought a box of Thank You cards for $5 for 50.

Hmm... I have all my decorations, except tulle and a final decision on the centerpieces.

My girls still haven't ordered their dresses. I might start choking them soon. It is difficult to get them to the dress shop together.

Oh! I have an appointment with a couple of florist to see what kind of quotes they can give me.

And last... it looks like FH & I have changed our minds and are planning to stay at CSR instead of AKL. At first I was bummed, but then I was checking out the beautiful new rooms and think it will be great!

Total I have spent $669

AlternateEgo
03-17-2009, 10:22 AM
Oh I forgot we are using a photoshare, so that costs $21.

We have changed our mind about the resort we are staying in. We saw the new pictures of CSR and love the new rooms. They should all be almost complete by the time we get there.

tiggersam00
03-17-2009, 10:47 AM
Oh good finds Crystal! And CSR looks beautiful! Very tropical feeling, you will have ablast there with your DH :)

AlternateEgo
06-03-2009, 09:45 AM
Wowww... its been awhile since I have posted :)

It never fails that you make a decision... write it down... then things change.

What has changed so far:

My budget
Girls dresses
:)

Ok lets see if I can write something up for you guys so you can see where I am with planning this thing.

AlternateEgo
06-03-2009, 11:02 AM
Let’s start with the Bridal Party Attire:

Bride –

Dress will be white with black cuff across top. There is also a corset in the back that will also be black. I have purchased a used petticoat off eBay and am planning to dye it hot pink. Pink matches my flower colors and I love pink!
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/dressfront.jpg

Flowers –

I loved this bouquet the minute I came across it. My florist is going to have my roses a little more open and we cut the stargazers down to three due to budget. We talked about adding some fillers to it, but I did leave this up to the florist. He said he wants to add some lily grass in there somewhere to go along with the bridesmaids bouquets. I have made a few little crystal “hidden Mickeys” that I might have him throw in there. But still, I know its going to be the best.
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/bouquet-2.jpg


Tiara –

Well I don’t really know what I am going to do about this. I saw a tiara on here made by CinderelliT (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=31806288&postcount=2). And I love it. I started making one for myself, but it looks nothing like it should… so I might have to fork out the money to buy one :) Here is another that I really like, but it cost $180… and I can’t afford that.
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/121.jpg http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/P_5308_2_122065.jpg


Veil –

Another project for me. I am going to purchase a $30 veil from Hobby Lobby and put some crystals on it myself. Up until recently I didn’t think I even wanted a veil… but I am leaning more towards one.

Jewelry –

I found this necklace and earrings at David’s Bridal. I am not sure of the price, because I found it online. Here is also a second one that I found in person at DB and it is $30. I’m not real sure about the Y shape with the neckline of my dress though.
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/05S_5104SETGD.jpg http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/f08_se80807set.jpg

Hair –

I almost forgot about my hair. This is the kind of style I want my hair. I have thick red hair that goes down to the middle of my back. I want to have my hair half up and half down. I have found many pictures of hair that I love, but this one is the closest. Of course I will have a tiara instead of the flowers, even though I like the flowers too, but I need something princess-ey. This hairstyle makes me question the veil. What do you think? Veil or no veil?
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/Bridesmades-Hairstyles.jpg

The Ring –

Ok so the deal with the ring, is that I have a ring on my finger, but it was supposed to be a temporary engagement ring. This was because I wanted us to get matching sets. But… I still don’t have my “real” engagement ring. I’m waiting and FH is a bit of a procrastinator, :D Here is the ring I picked out. The stock photo does not give this ring ANY justice, but when (if) I ever get my “real” engagement ring, I will show you. This picture is of the bridal set. Ohhh how it sparkles in real life!!
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/ring.jpg

AlternateEgo
06-03-2009, 12:09 PM
Oh how it feels to get this all pulled together somewhere, instead of just in my head :)

Maid of Honor & 2 Bridesmaids –

My girls finally got their dresses. (Mine still hasn’t came in –sigh) I really love their dresses. They changed the style on me. This was actually my first choice dress, but it was a little more costly, so I was trying to be a nice bride and let them get away with a less costly dress :) First picture is an edited version of what is on David’s Bridal website. The dresses will be black with a white sash. The second picture is a mobile phone picture of my sister (MOH) trying her dress on. I’m not real sure about that sash though. Its just a little too wide.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/dress-1.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/susie.jpg
Excuse the lawn chair, we had people over before our furniture came in, and now the furniture and lawn chairs are there, lol

Jr. Bridesmaid –

When the older girls changed their dress styles, I came across a problem with my Jr. Bridesmaids dress. Well they didn’t have the same style dress in black. So I had to resort to a flower girl dress in black with a white sash. It looks really cute together and actually gives her a little something special.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/alaynadress.jpg

Flowers –

We have decided on these bouquets. I love the way they look. I actually want the same colors too. The Jr. Bridesmaids will be smaller and I am considering putting some roses in the MOH’s bouquet. So that way, hers will be just a little different than the other bouquets. I want to add a few crystals in their bouquets too. I’m not sure if I will go the whole crystal mickeys or just a few crystals here and there. Opinions?

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/bridesmaidbouquet.jpg

Jewelry –

I haven’t found anything I truly love for the girls. But I am leaning towards necklaces that have crystals and pearls together.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/P88_m_color_Crystal.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/necklace.jpg

Hair –

This is what I have decided for their hair. Hair is so hard to decide on because you get different lengths and thicknesses of hair. I am hoping this hairstyle will work well for all my bridal party. And then there are these combs that I love, made by PixyDusted (http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=31874801&postcount=290). I want to either makes some of these (if I can handle it) or some pearls like in the picture.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/karen-jones.jpg
http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/Wedding_HairCombs1.jpg

AlternateEgo
06-04-2009, 01:02 PM
Ok so the most amazing thing has happened! I learned that if I can't make a decision, just post it on here and I will be sure to change my mind :)

So yesterday after posting what I am wanting for jewelry and hair piece, I thought I would check out etsy. Well I found a beautiful necklace and felt it was just perfect for me. Its fun, but still has a bit of a formality about it.

So I asked the seller if she could work on some earrings and headpiece too. She accepted for a total of $75!!!!

Ok so here is the necklace that I absolutely adore and can't wait to have :)

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/necklace1.jpghttp://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/necklace2.jpg

For the earrings... I told her I wanted this style, but to use the clear beads like on the necklace. I also mentioned if budget would permit to add a small pearl right above the large clear bead, to match the necklace. She didn't say either way, but I am sure I will love it anyway. I also chose something a little simpler because of how busy the necklace is. And as soon as the ceremony and pictures are over, I will be taking them out, because my skin is sensitive to metal.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/earrings2.jpghttp://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/earrings.jpg

Credit goes to Nanda (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=13015) on Etsy for the above pictures and the first below.

For the headpiece, I didn't have an exact picture of what I wanted, so I gave her these two pictures and I am going to let her work me up something. I am going to have it on a comb instead of a headband though, because of the hairstyle I have chosen.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/heapiece.jpghttp://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/headpiece.jpg
I'm not sure where I got this second photo, I have had it saved on my computer for awhile.

AlternateEgo
06-05-2009, 08:33 AM
My dress finally came in!! I haven't made the trip to pick it up yet (2 hours away) but I am sooo excited!!!

AlternateEgo
06-08-2009, 03:31 PM
Ok over the weekend, I went shopping and bought all the goodies to create my "table numbers luminere".

Here is a picture of my trial. I plan to print "Table 1, 2, 3, etc" across the top. Then the little design will be different on each luminere and they have cute rhinestone embelishments.

I am loving this DIY project as it is the first that I feel actually turned out great.

I'm still considering a black ribbon somewhere on there, maybe around the top, to disguise any imperfect cutting.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/IMG00216.jpg

auntpunkin
06-09-2009, 08:45 AM
Ok over the weekend, I went shopping and bought all the goodies to create my "table numbers luminere".

Here is a picture of my trial. I plan to print "Table 1, 2, 3, etc" across the top. Then the little design will be different on each luminere and they have cute rhinestone embelishments.

I am loving this DIY project as it is the first that I feel actually turned out great.

I'm still considering a black ribbon somewhere on there, maybe around the top, to disguise any imperfect cutting.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/IMG00216.jpg

Oh, those turned out so awesome! I love them! :woohoo:

AlternateEgo
06-09-2009, 08:54 AM
Oh, those turned out so awesome! I love them! :woohoo:


Thanks! :banana:

AlternateEgo
06-09-2009, 09:01 AM
So.. let wedding drama and stress begin. Somewhere along the line, I decided I wanted more bridesmaids. I first asked my sister and she accepted. Then a couple weeks later she says she can't afford it. That was fine... so I asked a girl that had been my best friend through elementary and jr high (they moved - we kept in touch). She accepted and I could tell she had been bummed I didn't ask her in the first place.

Well... I got a call last night and she says she doesn't think she can be a bridesmaid now. I had a bad feeling about it all along, because she is so long distant and kept putting off buying her dress.

So I am thinking about just cutting out the 3rd bridesmaid position. I already bought the bridesmaid gift, with her name engraved into it, and I'm thinking its just going to cause me more headaches and stress.

The third groomsman is my brother. I love him dearly, but he is having tough financial problems right now. So I was thinking... maybe I could ask him to dress up in clothes he owns, instead of renting a tux, and be an usher.

I feel horrible, I cried all last night. I was supposed to get up early to call to make ADR's... but I didn't feel like it.

AlternateEgo
06-09-2009, 09:04 AM
Oh... I did call to make my ADR's once I got to work and I got all of them within 20 minutes of my plan.

9/7 mon – Arrive
Lunch at Pepper Market
8:50 Dinner at Narcoossee’s

9/8 tues - MK
11:00 Lunch at Counter Service
8:00 Dinner at Wilderness Cafe

9/9 wed – RPDE & DHS
Take a cab to TTC at 7:30 for 8am Richard Petty Driving Experience
Take Monorail to Kona for 11:10 Breakfast OOP
Take Bus from Polynesian to DHS – Dinner Counter Service

9/10 thurs – Relax Day
12:00 Lunch at Counter Service
8:00 Dinner at Maya

9/11 fri – Animal Kingdom
Boma at 4:30

9/12 sat – Epcot
Early Lunch at Counter Service
8:30 at Coral Reef

9/13 sun – Leave
Counter Service at Pepper Market

Now I am going to see if open/close times have been posted so I can make sure all this works. :)

AlternateEgo
06-16-2009, 03:47 PM
Ok so another post in my journal... that will never get read :(

So I decided I wanted to have Mickey Head programs. I went on etsy and posted an ad. I got a reply from someone who turns out is about 20 minutes away from me...

So I proposed that we meet up to discuss how I want them cut out (Cricut Mickey Font Cartridge & Cricut) and instead she told me where I can get them cutout myself for $10!!! Yes TEN WHOLE DOLLARS!!!

I am doing a happy dance, hehehehe.

AlternateEgo
06-19-2009, 10:26 AM
Well I thought that was a great plan... then I called them and they said I would have to buy the blades and mat (no problem) but then she said I would have to buy each sheet of paper from her... at .45 each.

Well that kinda blows my plans of having them printed ... then cutout. Plus to get 80 mickey heads, it would cost me about $55.

DISNEYMAGIC2005
06-19-2009, 11:35 AM
I got to skim through some of your posts and I just wanted to say that everything looks great. I wouldn't worry if people don't get to your PJ right away. I actually saw it a little earlier but didn't get to post any replies just cuz I have been sooo busy! Well anyways I love your dress. I wanted to have color in my dress originially but then I found my dress and I completely forgot about color. I guess I didn't really want it that much! :rotfl2: I love your hair photos. I love the half up half down look and I think that the veil thing is completely up to you! I think the veil tops off the whole bride look but that's just me. :goodvibes

Your BM dress looks beautiful. I love the contrast in color. And I totally understand the lawn chair. We were sitting on the floor for a while until we got our furniture in. So I would say the chair is definetly a step up. :laughing:

I am working on my Mickey Fan Programs now. I was trying to find someone with a cricut machine too but it ended up not working out. So now me and my BM's and DF are going to spend the afternoon cutting and gluing and tying ribbon.

Well everything looks great so far! Happy Planning.

acomasdiaz
06-19-2009, 04:32 PM
I love your dress and the hair do you're looking at. I can't wait to see what the person from etsy comes up with for you.

jspahn
06-19-2009, 06:30 PM
Well I thought that was a great plan... then I called them and they said I would have to buy the blades and mat (no problem) but then she said I would have to buy each sheet of paper from her... at .45 each.

Well that kinda blows my plans of having them printed ... then cutout. Plus to get 80 mickey heads, it would cost me about $55.

UM, $55 for 80????:scared1: Jump on it!!!! Shelley from impressions is waaaaay more than that (her prices are in my PJ).

I would totally pay $55!

AlternateEgo
06-23-2009, 09:39 AM
UM, $55 for 80????:scared1: Jump on it!!!! Shelley from impressions is waaaaay more than that (her prices are in my PJ).

I would totally pay $55!

Really? I am so cheap lol. Idk if I will do it or not. I wish I just had my own cricut :D

AlternateEgo
06-23-2009, 10:39 AM
So yesterday I went to Hobby Lobby to get some more goodies. They were having a bridal event and I saved 50% off :)

I finally got our toasting flutes. They are just plain ol flutes and I am possibly going to decorate them with ribbons. These were $7.50

I also got our kinfe and cake server. Again, very plain... but couldn't beat the $5 price tag. I will probably do some decorating like these.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/knifeset.jpg

I also got my flower girls headbands for $3 each. I plan to add ribbons, pearls, and crystals to them. I have all of these things in my "wedding supplies" so no extra cost invlolved..

Oh... and I got my veil. At hobby Lobby... for $15 !:woohoo:

Ok so I have been really really picky about my veil. I don't like the way the cheapo ones lay and I don't like the price tag on the bridal store ones. Well I found this veil, normally $30, and tried it one. I loved it. It is 2-tier and is a fingertip veil. I plan to add some pearls and crystals throughout the veil for a little sparkle. I want my headpiece to be more of the attn getter than the veil though.

I had to pick up some more vellum for our invitations and this was also 50% off :cool2:

Now I just need to find black A9 envelopes and white 6X9 envelopes. I have to get them all printed and assembled, ready to be sent out on July 13th.:goodvibes

princess22
06-24-2009, 08:15 PM
Everything is looking great so far! I miss being near a HObby Lobby. We don't have them here. =(

I love how you update with how much you have spent. I'm like you, and I'm picky and try not to over spend. I'm on a mission to keep it as low as possible!!! Can't wait to hear more!

AlternateEgo
06-29-2009, 10:50 AM
So...

FH made a slip up and texted me instead of my cousin, saying "rings are in."

Hehe.

I wrote back and said, "Awesome, I didn't know you ordered them."

And he said, "You wasn't supposed to know. Was supposed to tell Carrie."

LOL!!

:banana::banana::banana:

tiggerrifficheidi
06-30-2009, 02:01 AM
Oh, that's funny! Texting can really get you in trouble! :)

AlternateEgo
07-14-2009, 07:30 PM
SO it has been awhile since I have posted, but I officially got my e-ring on the fourth of July!

It was so cute, he tried coaxing my youngest daughter into saying "marry Jeff". Poor baby didn't feel good and was running a fever.

The next morning she said it though... then the next day (Monday) I took her to the dr and he sent me with her to the ER thinking her "belly ache" was appendicitis. But luckily it was not. I still get upset thinking about my 3yo daughter having surgery.

AlternateEgo
07-14-2009, 07:34 PM
So I have FINALLY assembled my invitations, stuffed them, addressed them... and now they are stamped and ready to be dropped off to the post office. I am so happy cause 7/15 was my projected date to have them sent off.

MainStMandy
07-14-2009, 08:13 PM
Yay for your ring!!!:cool1:

AlternateEgo
07-15-2009, 09:25 AM
:banana: One of these days I might get a picture.

I want a new camera since my Kodak Easy Share has been abused over the last two years. I don't even have fresh batteries in it, so haven't taken pictures since probably Christmas.

GoonieBride
07-15-2009, 11:09 AM
i just read your PJ and let me say you are one budget savey bride! i really wish i could be that good. your dress is beautiful. i like the flowers, and your hair will look really pretty with a viel.
I wish we could have a wedding at home, but my DF is from MI and im from NM. so we decided to save the drama and have it in Florida so both families will have to travel.

looking forward to hearing more!

AlternateEgo
07-16-2009, 12:00 PM
i just read your PJ and let me say you are one budget savey bride! i really wish i could be that good. your dress is beautiful. i like the flowers, and your hair will look really pretty with a viel.
I wish we could have a wedding at home, but my DF is from MI and im from NM. so we decided to save the drama and have it in Florida so both families will have to travel.

looking forward to hearing more!

Why thank you!!

I admit I have ventured off budget a bit and really have no idea where I am with it right now... but I promise that I haven't charged a penny!

I am keeping a record of what I have left to pay out and that is:

$1,370.00

Plus we have $1,000 left to pay on Disney. Our date for the final payment is 7/24

AlternateEgo
07-16-2009, 12:11 PM
Forgot to mention....


My etsy order came in yesterday!! Just as cute as I thought they would be. :)


Will post pictures when I can. They might be cell phone pics... but at least they will be pics.

Also... my bridal shower is this Sunday! :lovestruc

trudy88
07-17-2009, 09:18 AM
It sounds like you're making progress, and finding some deals too! Don't you just love Hobby Lobby? Your veil sounds gorgeous.

AlternateEgo
07-17-2009, 04:17 PM
oh yes ... Hobby lobby... its a love hate relationship ;)

GoonieBride
07-19-2009, 01:23 PM
Happy Bridal Shower Day!!! take lots of pictures and have fun!!!:dance3:

AlternateEgo
07-20-2009, 04:31 PM
Thanks!! We had tons of fun!

My MOH (my youngest sister) has never been to a wedding, let alone a bridal shower (and why did I picked her for my MOH??? :) Ok because I love her anyway) so my mom really helped her out.

We had about 16 family member show up, one of which is from Florida and another from Chicago. I was really surprised at how many people were able to attend.

My sister had her boyfriend’s mom bake the cake. She asked me for two weeks what kind of cake I wanted and I kept telling her it didn't matter. So last week she asked about the cake again, and I said, strawberry or lemon cake sounds yummy.

So once everyone got there, we started out with some dreaded games. The first one is where you can't say certain word or you lose your pin. Well the words were: Crystal, Jeff, Bride, Groom, & Wedding. I was soooo winning until I said something about "wedding planning". This game played through the whole event.

Next we had a word scramble. (I thought it was weird that they didn't mix up the games with other things... but then again, I was always the party planner). So I think I scored 6, the words were VERY hard.

The last game was rather humorous. We had these little containers that looked like jello shots. They had a little red heart in the bottom and were filled with ice. So they are passing these out and Jeff's aunt from FL was like... are we doing jello shots???? And I about died from embarrassment. So the rules were you can’t touch the ice itself, but you can put it anywhere on your body to melt it. We all started rubbing the cube between our hands and then Jeff’s grandmother stuck it between her breast. :scared1: Pretty much after that, all hell broke loose and people started acting all crazy to get the ice to melt.

Then of course we had some snacks and opened presents. I was really surprised at all the wonderful gifts we received.

Then came time for the cake and my sister revealed the cake she had been so excited and secretive about. It was a 10” round layered cake with strawberry AND lemon cake with a buttercream frosting. The colors were orange and purple (not real sure why THOSE colors, lol) but at any rate I am proud of my sister.

So I definitely had a great time… then we got a call from the guys that went golfing during the shower. They were calling to tell use they loved us… nah they really called cause they needed a designated driver to get home. :)

AlternateEgo
07-21-2009, 03:34 PM
Talked to my wonderful photographer today!!

He is definitely my dirty little splurge of the wedding ;)

But of course I haven't seen any work better than his either.

AlternateEgo
08-01-2009, 08:31 PM
So a lot of things are happening and so quickly! Time is flying by!
I got my invitations out and had my bridal shower (which I may have said already). And I have received about 12 response cards back with all accepts!
I went to my florist on tuesday and worked out some linen additions, so my total florist bill has came to $472.
Next on the list, we went to MW today and got the styles picked out for the guys. They will be wearing black suits with white shirts, vests, and ties. Black and silver cuff links, black suspenders, and black and white shoes. They are going to look sharp!
Went to fredericks of hollywood to get a corset to suck me in. The one I found online was not carried by that store, so I got another and headed of to davids bridal for my alterations. I decided to go with the super full petticoat and 2" heals to avoid the $120 hem charge. I got the bustle added, costing $64 and go back in two weeks to pick her up :)
We had a pretty good day! Well except the part where the groomsmen decided the tux fitting was optional today... And I'm about to have a fit on them! Tuxes are supposed to be ordered by next sat!

auntpunkin
08-30-2009, 04:40 AM
I'm headed for Florida today! Have a wonderful, beautiful wedding day and hope we run into you next week! :yay:

Pirate's Princess
08-30-2009, 10:08 AM
Wow! I just came across your pj, and you are defiinitely one penny-wise bride! Awesome. BTW your cakes sounds yummy and everything sounds so great. It's almost here!

AlternateEgo
09-01-2009, 01:07 PM
So I have been SOOO busy with last minute details that I haven't had time to even think about coming in and posting.

Friday I went to the local Dollar Tree and bought 5 mugs and took them to Things Remembered to get them personalized. 3 of the mugs have the name and a little design (total cost = $9 each plus tax) 1 of the mugs I had engraved "#1 Fan Chicago Cubs" for my future hubby - (total cost = $15) and last was FH's friends mug. He wanted something "extra" on it. It has his recipe for Crown Royal & Diet Pepsi... (total cost = $45 :scared1:) I also got our parents a cute photo album with "Thank you, Crystal & Jeff, 9/6/09" (Those were $46 each & I had to get 3 - My mom, my dad, and his mom)

Saturday we went and picked up the suits - $75, ordered the alcohol - $250:scared1:, and I got the schedule lined out for my servers (friends of a bridesmaid). They are going to serve for $8 an hour and I am estimating 3.5 hours each. Also had my mom fold all the programs, which turned out really cute.

Sunday I sat on my couch with a notebook and tried to figure out just how much food I am going to need. I have been buying food on sale and freezing it for months now... but now I have to get the fresh foods and figure everything out.

Monday I went to Sam's Club and spent almost $200 on fresh foods. I still have to buy potatoes, and some other smaller items, that I didn't need a Sam's Club size for.

Earlier in the day I printed out order of events for the bridal party, for the rehearsal and the preachers entire program.

I also picked up my order from Things Remembered and it looks great! I was a little disappointed in the size of the engraving on the mugs. Most of them were tiny (maybe cause the mugs are huge??), except the Cubs mug was perfect sizing.

Today (well tonight) I am going to do a deep cleaning of the house. I am sure we will have a lot of family stopping by to see the new house and I want to make sure it is in tip top shape.

Tomorrow I am off to get my hair highlighted and trimmed.

Thursday I have an appointment to get a spray tan. I have been going for the past month to make sure I like it and perfecting the technique, so hopefully everything will be nice, even, and still dark by Sunday - If not, I am going to make a second appointment on Saturday.

Friday... well hopefully we will start cleaning the reception site. I have heard stories... so I want to get it finished as soon as possible and not be worrying about it on Saturday.

Saturday I am scheduled to get my nails done. I wanted to just get a french tip to my regular nails, but apparently my stress has them breaking all over... So if I absolutely HAVE to, I will get acrylic nails.

I then will pick up our cakes. I ended up getting a 6" 2 layer - White cake with raspberry filling and velvet dawn whip cream icing, an 8" 2 layer - Strawberry cake with lemon filling and velvet dawn whip cream icing, a 10" 2 layer - Banana cake with Bavarian Cream filling and velvet dawn whip cream icing, and a 10" 2 layer - Chocolate peanut butter delight with chocolate peanut butter filling and icing with a Chicago Cubs edible image (grooms cake and he is clueless). Total servings are 84 "party" size slices - cost is $121.33 including tax. I plan to place them in a cascade style and wrap a black ribbon around the bottom. Then my florist is going to put 2 red roses and a stargazer on top of the 10 & 8 inch cakes. The top tier will have a mirrored monogram.

(Other Cubs details are: a Mickey Mouse Pin wearing a Cubs uniform, he has a Cubs tie to wear to the reception, his mug, my garter, and even our vows :lovestruc)

After that we will head to the reception site to decorate and rehearsal is at 3:30... rehearsal dinner at 5. :upsidedow I don't think I will even have time to go home and shower before the dinner... thank god it will just be the bridal party and our parents.

Sunday I'm getting married!

AlternateEgo
09-01-2009, 01:14 PM
Here is a picture of the cake inspiration.

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z287/earthartisan/165b44b10.jpg

AlternateEgo
09-03-2009, 08:47 AM
I only have three more days!! Seriously running out of money :sad2:

I can't wait though... then monday we will be at Disney!!:cool1:

Sarah <3 Disney
09-03-2009, 08:48 AM
Yay! :) That is so exciting!

There are a lot of brides on this board getting married this week!

CinderelliT
09-03-2009, 09:38 PM
Your plans sound so wonderful so far! I love your dress. The pick up skirts always seem so princessy. You are so close. I can't wait to see all your pictures. The cake looks awesome.

Hope to see you back on the boards with some pics when your back from your honeymoon!:goodvibes

GoonieBride
09-06-2009, 04:08 PM
happy wedding day!!!!!

Sarah <3 Disney
09-06-2009, 07:17 PM
Happy wedding day! :goodvibes I hope everything was magical!

figment fan21
09-07-2009, 09:13 AM
happy belated wedding day!

AlternateEgo
09-15-2009, 01:52 PM
Thanks we had so much fun!!

Sarah <3 Disney
09-15-2009, 01:57 PM
So... where are the pictures? :rotfl:

Sarah <3 Disney
10-23-2009, 02:34 PM
*Poke, poke*

When do we get to see how pretty you were on your wedding day? :goodvibes

malibustacey
10-27-2009, 07:56 AM
Yes please .... lots of photos!!

AlternateEgo
12-07-2009, 09:53 AM
I am still waiting on pictures!

He said 3 months... which was yesterday :)

Sarah <3 Disney
01-11-2010, 09:52 AM
And now it has been four months! ;) Where are those pictures you promised us? :rotfl: