The Happy Nappy Bride

About weddings. About relationships. About the first year of being married.

my two cents January 13, 2010

Filed under: Staying sane — Happy Nappy Bride @ 9:58 pm
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Okay…I’ve been a little postalicious today, but bear with me.  I think I’ve gotten wedding crazy.

You see, the original thought I had with the wedding was that we’d be frugal with it, keep it under control.  Not just because I’m cheap (which I am) but because I want to be a good steward of my money and I just can’t believe that that involves spending tens of thousands of dollars.

But these last couple of days, I’ve been straight up tripping!  That clutch that I really liked from jcrew…$200.  Those gorgeous Kate Spade’s…$300.  No I don’t think that’s going to break the bank, but I do think it’s against the spirit of the wedding I want us to have.  When I was driving home from work, I was like, Dawn you need to get it together sister. It’s like when you’re on a diet and you’ve been so good and finally you just lose it and have a Little Debbie snack cake (mmmm!)…I will not have this proverbial snack cake people!

Don’t get me wrong, if that clutch or those shoes were something I’d be able to wear for years to come, I could justify it.  But as cute as they both are, I think they’re one trick ponies.

I’ve been able to do so much (which I’m sure I’ll break down at some point) to keep this affair classy but frugal…from the dress to the all organic reception menu.  I can’t mess that up now, I’d be disappointed in myself because I don’t want it to be about how much I spend, but how I spend it.  Locally when possible, organically when possible…money spent for the group, not just on me.  I don’t know if that makes sense.  I don’t want to spend so much on myself because this wedding isn’t just about me…but about me and The Mister…and our families…and our friends.

Okay…I think I’m back on track.

(Don’t mind the ashy hands…it’s really cold up here and there’s only so much lotion I can put on in one day!)



Filed under: Details — Happy Nappy Bride @ 7:19 pm
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These Kate Spade’s only go to size 10 and size have a ginormously large size 11…I can’t get them.  I thought they’d be awesome for the reception.  Bummer.



Filed under: Details — Happy Nappy Bride @ 12:05 pm
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I wanted to show you guys the mansion where we’re having our reception, it is really beautiful and requires little to no decorating.

This is the entryway to the mansion.  I should’ve taken pics of the doors…they’re amazing!  Gigantic, wide, old wooden doorways…awesome.  Anyhoo, the mansion was around back in Abe Lincoln’s days and has been restored to look like it did back then.  That staircase could be a nice place for some wedding pics, huh?

This is the Bride’s Room…where me and the ladies will freshen up.  It’s a pretty big room with a large bath attached.

This is the Groom’s Room.  Clearly the place is staged to look like it was back in the day and it’s impressive in person.  The Mister had a nice idea to share a bottle of champagne with the wedding party right away when we get to the mansion and before we face the crowds…that’ll probably happen here.

Just a random hallway to show how things are decorated there.

This is a nice bay window that’ll be where the DJ sets up.  For the first hour and a half, this room will be for sit down eating and will turn into a dance floor later on in the night.

The mansion sets up the outside patio as well, it’s really nice and they’ve got twinkle lights on all of those bushes so that it’ll look pretty at night.  There’s a wrap-around porch on the other side that I didn’t take a picture of.

I feel like I didn’t do justice to the mansion with my pics, mostly because I’d just gotten my camera and didn’t know how to work it well when I took these…and because it’s the little details that make the space so gorgeous.  The light fixtures, the bathroom fixtures, the woodwork, the decorations…it really is a nice place.  Plus they’re letting me bring in my own caterer and my own alcohol and bartender.

That’s our spot…and I’m excited.