The Happy Nappy Bride

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

recaps: the day of June 26, 2010

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Would you go to the place you work with a headscarf on your head?  Well, you would if you had wedding work to do and didn’t want to mess up your hair before the ceremony.

So yes, I did go to work in a headscarf and I got the same response universally:  1) shock at the way I looked and 2) but you’re “the bride”!  *sigh*  But I’ve still got fully functioning limbs and they’ve got stuff to do!  Anyhoo, the ladies had put together five bouquets the night before (ours plus one for the winner of the anniversary dance), but still had the pew balls, corsages, and boutonnieres to knock out.  Me?  I was on chuppah duty…luckily the sweetie pie of one of the bridesmaids was able to help me out.

After that, the ladies went to get their hair done and I went to get myself together and grab some chow.  I was not hungry, but determined to eat something.  Then we were off to get our posed up pics taken.  We took the majority of photos before the ceremony and afterwards spent about thirty minutes taking pics and then headed off to the reception.  It was pretty important to us to arrive to the reception site on time and we were able to do that.

Anyhoo, we’ve finally gotten our professional pics back, so I’ll be posting those soon.  The last bit left to do with the photogs is to pic the pictures for the parent albums.  Can you believe that we’ve been married almost a month already??  Crazy business!

The ladies getting their hair done:

Here’s a pic of the aisle with the pew balls and the chuppah up on the stage:

 

recaps: the day before June 24, 2010

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In hindsight, I can say that it is indeed true that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  For as amazing and stress-free and wonderful and magical and unforgettable that my wedding day was…the day before?  Meh.

It started off as planned, I had to wash and flat iron my hair.  Remember my hair is natural, so it’s a bit of a project.  Then I was supposed to meet the ladies at my place at ten o’clock and we’d be off to do the flowers at the mansion.  One bridesmaid texted with car trouble.  Another had gotten pulled over by a cop on her way here.  Another had the wrong address programmed into her GPS.  *sigh*  I remember saying to my mom that this would all make for a funny story…later.

Anyhoo, we got to the mansion, did the flowers (which, by the way, the manager of the place loved and was asking to buy our containers…I said, “dude, if you want them when we’re done, you can have ’em”…one less thing for me to have to take home!), had to grab a quick bite then head off to get our nails done.

This is the diy-bride’s dilemma.  Everyone will tell you how “the bride” shouldn’t do work for the wedding and you should relax and get pampered.  Well, that’s an impossibility when you’re doing things yourself.  My nail lady kept telling me that I had to get my fingernails done and I kept telling her that I had work to do.  Anyhoo, she was much more persistent than I, so I got my fingers done.  Also my eyebrows…I was looking like Teen Wolf!  After that, off to the rehearsal dinner, which was held in a gym…seriously.

I’m gonna gloss over this, but here’s the deal.  My computer was giving me the blues on that Thursday morning, so I sent it in to get fixed.  But I figured before I let it out of my sight, I’d copy the wedding music (yes, the wedding ceremony music that we needed in order to have the ceremony!) onto a cd from my iTunes.  Well, iTunes wouldn’t open.  Small freakout, no big deal.  They were able to fix the computer and I was able to copy the ceremony music onto a disc as well as my iPod…whew!  Not naming names, but someone forgot to bring the ceremony music to the rehearsal dinner.  So we had to practice the ceremony without the music.  As you’d imagine, this didn’t make me happy.  I had to remove myself from the crowd to take many deep breaths…then it was okay.  Oh, and did I tell you that we were about a half an hour late to the rehearsal?  *sigh*

Here I am giving everyone the lowdown on what the haps were:

Here I am handing out gifts:

The wedding party:

Then it was back to my place for flowers because the ladies were worried about the amount of work that needed to be done.  My sis-in-law and I headed out to Walgreens for fake eyelashes since she did my makeup for the big day while they were at work.  Then I came back and rolled my hair for the next day (and messed up my manicure) and sat under the dryer while the ladies did flowers.

I probably got up at like 6 o’clock that morning and didn’t go to bed until 1 or 2 a.m…long day!  And I’m sure like every other bride, didn’t really sleep a wink…my heart was at a steady buzz.  The next day was the day and my brain wouldn’t turn off, so I laid in bed thinking about The Mister and wondering what he was up to and what he was thinking.

 

recaps: the flowers June 23, 2010

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Doing the flowers was the biggest project of wedding week, which of course couldn’t be completed well in advance…which is also why it was such a big project.  I love flowers and knew early on that I’d want lots of flowers, but also knew that I didn’t want to spend the more than two thousand dollars it would cost for all bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, ceremony and reception flowers.  Cue wholesale and I got everything done for about seven hundred…a pretty hefty savings.

Except for time…not really a savings on that one.  But the thirteen hundred I saved was well worth it…you’ll laugh at that statement when I tell you this next thing.  I didn’t do anything with the flowers.  Seriously.  Okay, when the FedEx dude delivered them, I took them out of the box they came in, cut, rinsed, fed, and placed them in buckets.  That was the last thing I really had to do with the flowers until they (superfabulous bridesmaids!) handed me a bouquet on Friday before the wedding.  Sure they asked me questions about what I liked (everything!), what looked good (everything!), and did I have a preference (nope, use your best judgment!).  I think they eventually got the idea that whatever they did would be fine with me.

I’d figured out that all of my running of errands had to be finished by Thursday so that “we” (by which I mean “they”) could do the flowers.  The flowers were delivered on that Wednesday and flower designing was to take place the next day.  Quick rundown of the day: flowers at reception site, mani pedis, rehearsal dinner, more flowers…’twas to be a long night.  Anyhoo, here’s some pics chicas:

Here’s how my gorgeous flowers arrived…less than impressive, no?

Those buckets I was telling you about…in my basement, you don’t need a refrigerator, fyi.


At the mansion where the reception was held…super small pic for some reason.  That’s me bending down tying ribbon to the containers…that headless lady at the top of the table is my mom.

Here are the bouquets…amazing right?

Beautiful flowers for the beautiful ladies…you can’t even tell that they’d been up ’til all hours doing those very flowers.

We don’t have pics of the boutonnieres or corsages…maybe I do somewhere, but I can’t find them right now and there are a lot of photos around here and you’ve probably got enough.  Here’s the last one…our pew balls.  I absolutely loved these.  They were the only flowers in the chapel and were totally wonderful.

Okey dokey pokeys…those were our flowers.  Those were the ladies that did the flowers.  They (the flowers and the ladies) made my day.

 

I think I know the answer March 31, 2010

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This is $20.

I think it’s pretty cute.

But I don’t need it.

Is this a waste of money?

A monogrammed bouquet holder?

 

more flower talk March 5, 2010

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I was bumping around on the internets trying not to stress out about doing these dang flowers by myself and ohmygodohmygodohmygod I found it!  I love the look of hand tied bouquets, but I’d watched youtube videos and they seemed kinda hard quite honestly.  Then I got to thinking about trying to do flowers the day before the wedding, already stressed, frustrated by trying to hold on to a handful of flowers…I could see very clearly in my mind’s eye that it wouldn’t end well.

Check this out…a bouquet holder:

This thing certainly falls within the category of “stuff I didn’t know existed before I started planning a wedding”.  But that’s not the cool part…though it will cut down on the unwieldiness of holding on to a mess of flowers in my hand.  As cool as this is, it’s not the coolest part…check this out:

It looks hand tied, but it’s not my friend…oh no.  Those are the leftover stems that they’ve attached to the bouquet holder!  I. Am. So. Excited!  *deep breath*  This will make things so much easier!  Plus (yes, there’s more…it’s like an infomercial) the holder has a wick in it so that the flowers can still draw on water:

It’s all over, I’m so fired up about this…it makes the whole process so much easier!  Here’s a pic of the final result:

Oh. Emm. Gee.  All I’d need is a ribbon or stem wrap to cover up the tape and I’ll be good to go.  I found all of this over at Wedding Flowers and Reception Ideas…I’m pretty sure I can buy all of the stuff I need over there too.  Now I just need an easy way to make boutonnieres and I’ll be good to go.

I will stop hyperventilating now.

 

weddzilla post March 4, 2010

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We’re doing our own flowers rather than using a florist.  I feel like it should be okay…flowers are pretty, how could I mess that up?  Then I have this feeling that I’ll find a way, lol!  Did I mention that I don’t really have a solid idea of what the bouquets will look like?  Yeah, I don’t. But I’ve ordered a ton of great flowers and am feeling good.  Click here to see the kinds of flowers we’re having.

 

this bud’s for you February 14, 2010

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I heart flowers.  I know it’s cliche, me being female and all, but I do.  They’re pretty, they smell good…they make me smile.  There was a guy at work who said he won’t get his wife flowers because they’ll just die and I was like, do you just eat rice and beans because “it’s all going to the same place” or do you like a nice steak or shrimp dinner every now and then? So I love Valentine’s Day because of the flowers.  The other day, my mom sent me these tulips:

So pretty and she sent a cute note about the next time I have pretty flowers in my hand will be on May 28th…she’s pretty fired up.  Then The Mister gave me some roses:

For our wedding, The Mister and I (or should I say the bridesmaids and I) will be doing our own flowers.  Since I love flowers so much, I knew I couldn’t afford the amount and quality of flowers that I desired by going through a florist, so I’m going through a wholesaler.  I’ll be able to do four bouquets, seven boutonnieres, six corsages, flowers for the chuppah, and all reception flowers (I wrote about it a bit here as well) for about $600.  Which, for our budget, is a lot, but like I said…I love flowers.  Here’s the flower breakdown:

  • 100 stems of roses ($60)
  • 60 stems of freesia ($60)
  • 6 blooms of gardenia for the corsages ($24)
  • 50 stems of sweet pea ($40)
  • 125 blooms of daisy mums ($30)
  • 50 stems of poms ($60)
  • 28 stems of lisianthus ($72)
  • a whole lot of baby’s breath ($24)
  • a whole lot of statice sinuata, another filler ($16)
  • a whole lot of ruscus, greenery ($39)

Ladies have been asking me what my bridal bouquet will look like…I tell them that I don’t know, I figure I’ll wing it when I see the flowers and put together a bouquet that strikes my fancy.  Those ladies look at me with pity…sometimes they giggle.  I miss the joke.  I also don’t know what the bridesmaids bouquets will look like, they can choose from the selection as well.  I kinda think that the boutonnieres will be similar but not necessarily exactly the same…I’m taking a class on how to arrange flowers, hopefully that helps..  The chuppah and reception flowers will be made up after that.  Seems simple enough to me.

But those ladies keep giving me that look.