I’m OBSESSED with quotes and sayings. Sometimes it’s difficult to put into words how you are feeling at that moment and quotes often help me to find those words. For our wedding, we had old photos scroll across TV screens and we decided to add some of our favorite love quotes to do something different. We got a lot of compliments on this idea. Below are some of the quotes that we used.
I am so excited that I finally bought my first pair of Jimmy Choo’s!! Normally, I would never spend several hundred dollars on a pair of shoes but I decided to splurge for the wedding. Plus, living by the Woodbury Commons does have its perks. The outlets are substantially cheaper than regular stores. I also bought a dress to wear with the shoes for my bridal shower. I’ll post a pic soon!!
For all of my fellow brides to be, this is one of the best things that I have discovered through my planning. Registering for a wedding is not easy. Well at least it was not easy for us. I think that a lot of it has to do with the fact that we already have a house and most of the things that couples typically register for. While searching the internet one day I came across one of the best websites ever, well for brides struggling with their registry. Myregistry.com is amazing and I signed up the second I came across the site. So you’re probably thinking “What’s so great?”…well a million things. First, no more choosing one or two stores to register at. This website allows you to register at just about any and every store. There is even an app so if you are on the go and see something that you want to add you can snap a picture of the barcode and add it right to your registry. You can also add cash contributions for your honeymoon, house, etc. and the money gets directly put into your bank account through Paypal. Visit the site and check it out for yourself because there are so many other amazing things that you can do with this site.
I also want to share a few tips to consider while registering.
-Add gifts in a wide range of prices and multiple gifts at each price point
-Add gift cards (Think Victoria’s Secret for honeymoon goodies?)
-See if your resort has a honeymoon registry or gift cards your guests can get you for your stay
-If you already have a lot of the things you need- start thinking duplicates and more everyday things for example- tea towels, hand towels, a doormat, candles etc.
-You can NEVER have too much on your registry but you can have too little!
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Yesterday, I finally got a chance to start blogging about our wedding and I can’t wait to share more details. Once we had the chance to pick our venue, we changed the look and feel of our wedding to go with the existing decor. We decided to go with a romantic, rustic and vintage feel. It’s definitely not what I first imagined but I am so happy with our choice.
One of the hardest things for me was to pick my wedding colors! The Knot and a million different websites give you so many options to choose from that it gets overwhelming. I usually make decisions pretty quickly but since starting wedding planning I find myself constantly questioning every decision. We finally decided on a very pale color scheme of gold, cream, champagne and blush pinks.
Above is a rough idea of what our wedding cake is going to look like! I am absolutely in love with this cake because it is so different. We chose an italian buttercream frosting with vanilla cake and mocha filling. YUM YUM YUM
We met with our florist and picked flowers that are in season and less expensive to save on costs. We are going to have a mix of Champagne and Blush roses, Peonies, Hydrangeas and Baby’s breath. We saved a lot of money by choosing flowers that are in season.
My bridesmaids are wearing the dress above in blush and champagne!! We got it at David’s Bridal and it’s from Vera Wang’s latest collection. I love every single thing about this dress including the $145 price tag.
Below are a few small things that I ordered online for the ceremony and reception. They are each customized for us.
This may be one of the cutest/ my favorite things that I have bought so far. My nephew is going to carry our ring on this and after the wedding it turns into a Christmas ornament to remember your special day. Love everything about this! I bought it from the fabulous BluePearls on Etsy. Check her out!
I am so so excited to finally share some of our wedding planning details with everyone. The last year has been crazy. We got engaged, moved to and from Minnesota, we are trying to sell our house and plan a wedding. If you’re thinking I’m crazy right now…you are right! But Richie, my fiancé, has been amazing at helping me get everything done!
Since I was a little girl, like almost every other, I dreamed of the day when I would marry the love of my life and couldn’t wait to plan. Getting engaged was fabulous and the first few months we just enjoyed every second of it and put off wedding planning. When we did start planning we realized it was not going to be easy. I have a huge family and Richie and I both have a lot of friends so I immediately knew that it was going to be a big wedding but we didn’t want to spend thousands and thousands of dollars. We did our best to keep our costs low throughout our planning so far.
So what have we done? A lot and hopefully sharing some of our experiences will help you plan your special day. First, we knew that we wanted to use a caterer that was a family friend. I had no idea it was going to be so hard to find a venue that was in our price range but could fit all of our guests. We realized that our list of 300 wasn’t going to work. We decided to hire a wedding coordinator to help us along the way. She has been so wonderful and helpful. Her name is Karin from Cinderella4aDay in Kingston, NY. She helped us a find a historic sight that was perfect for what we needed. It could only accomodate a 150 but with some extra details we could fit 200. So we booked the venue for $4,000. We chose the end of April because it saved $1500 on the place alone.
Above is a wedding that was previously held at Locust Grove also known as the Samuel B. Morse Estate in Poughkeepsie. The grounds include 200 acres right along the Hudson with beautiful gardens, an old mansion and the beautiful West Gallery pictured above. We are going to get married outside and then we will have cocktail hour on the outdoor patios followed by dinner in the West Gallery. We are adding a tent outside for dancing so we could fit 200 in the dining room instead of 150.
I always thought that I would love every second of planning but it’s so stressful and there are so many decisions to make. A few tips that I have learned so far that have helped us save a lot of money.
-Consider getting married in the off season for example, March or April or a winter wedding. I cannot tell you how many things we have saved on so far by doing this. Just about every vendor will cut you a deal on the price. Don’t be afraid to ask for a better price and look around to compare.
-Using your own caterer will save you so much money! Our’s is preparing three different packaged for us to choose from with different price points.
-Ask your florist if you can purchase your own glassware for the floral arrangements. You will pay way less and save hundreds this way! Also try to re-use your flowers. For example, we are having lanterns line the aisle with flowers and then are putting them on the cocktail hour tables. We also have a few arrangements that will be at the top of the altar and we will reuse them for the West Gallery. Try to find out what flowers are in season and which are cheaper. For example, we are using a lot of babies breath because it’s cheap but looks gorgeous when done right.
-Etsy is amazing for the small little details. I bought my ring bearer pillow, flower girl basket, bird cage etc. and I didn’t have to pay an arm and a leg. Plus, you are supporting local artists which I love. I will post pictures of these later in the week.
-Don’t think you need to spend a ton of money on your dress to look great. The first dress I tried on at a boutique, I fell in love with. It was gorgeous but had a $2600 price tag. My jaw dropped. I left feeling disappointed but a week later went to David’s Bridal to try on dresses (which I swore I would never do). I tried on a lot of dresses and fell in love with one. That is until the wonderful woman that was helping me said I had to try this dress on. It was nothing like what I wanted. I hated lace dresses, I didn’t want strapless and I wanted something very couture. I ended up getting the opposite of what I thought I wanted and I love it. It’s simple, elegant, timeless and perfect and it was only $1200!!! Plus, when you get your dress at David’s Bridal all of your bridesmaids get a deal and it’s a win win. Vera now designs dresses and bridesmaids dress for them and they are to DIE for. I chose a Vera dress for my bridesmaid that is AMAZING!
Anyways, Happy Monday! I will post later in the week with more details!
Every girl dreams of her wedding day, who she will marry, how he’ll propose even down to what THE ring will look like. Let’s go back almost 15 years ago, it was the first day of middle school in September of 1998. I can remember it like yesterday. I was nervous about changing classes and having a locker, secretly thinking “what if I can’t get it open?” My parents were being THOSE parents and were making such a big deal about middle school. They were up early making me and my sister breakfast and of course, taking pictures. But the worst was that my dad always brought out the video camera. Talk about embarrassing! Especially when there are about 7 other kids at your bus stop.
We finally got to school after what felt like ages and I headed to my homeroom. I quickly saw a few people that I knew from elementary school and felt relieved. After homeroom, it was time to go to our next class and that’s when it happened, that’s when I saw him. He was taller than most of the other boys and skinny with brown hair that was cut into the shape of a bowl(back then this was considered cool, not so much anymore!). We made eye contact and I couldn’t believe how blue his eyes were. All I kept thinking was who was that boy?
I headed to my next class still mesmerized by his eyes and sat down in the middle of the room. I grabbed something out of my book bag and when I looked up- there he was. I just about had a heart attack. Of course the teacher starts to take attendance and I am first like always since my last name starts with A. He continues calling names until he says “Richard Foy” and now I finally know who this boy is.
I could go on for ever but I am going to try to condense the rest. Richie and I starting “dating” shortly after meeting but it was middle school and boyfriends changed constantly. I dated other guys and he dated other girls. I had a serious relationship for 2 and 1/2 years in high school but when we broke up, Richie and I started seeing each other again, 6 years after first meeting. We decided that we couldn’t start a relationship because we were both going off to college and it would have been too difficult.
After college, I met another guy who I dated for 2 years. Shortly after we broke up, Richie texted me and a few days later we met up at a party. The second I saw him again all of my feelings from the past came back and I couldn’t believe how overwhelmed I was with emotion. We spent the whole night talking and laughing and catching up. It felt so great to be around him again. The next day he took me up to Lake Minnewaska and we went hiking and then had lunch at a brewery. I couldn’t believe how fast I was falling for him again. After about 3 months back together, I found out that I had to relocate to Minnesota for work or I was going to lose my job which I absolutely love. I was so upset because I thought I was going to have to make a very tough decision but Richie quickly said “I’ve let you get away too many times and there is no chance I’m letting you move to Minnesota without me.” I knew in that moment he was definitely a keeper. We moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in October of 2011. It was difficult to leave our family and friends behind but I knew it was the best move for my career. So let’s FINALLY get to the nitty gritty of the proposal.
It was Tuesday, December 20, 2011. It started as a normal day, we both went to work. I had a late meeting that was cancelled so I headed home early. I called Richie and let him know and he told me to go get a pedicure or work late. He was acting strange, oh well, I headed home. He called me about 45 minutes later and told me to be ready to go out to eat. But i didn’t want to. I was in my pajamas, starting to cook dinner and I just wanted to relax. He seemed aggravated when I kept saying no. About 30 minutes later my cell phone rang and it was Richie, he asked me to open our apartment door cause he had too much stuff. When I opened the door, there he was down on one knee, holding a ring box. I almost had a heart attack. He said “I want to know if you will spend forever with me?” I immediately starting crying and kissing him and then he took the most beautiful ring out of the box and onto my finger. He then told me that he had the ring custom made so that he could incorporate a small diamond that my grandfather proposed to my grandmother with and my father proposed to my mother with. It was the cutest and most thoughtful idea in the world. Next he explained, that he had this plan to set the whole apartment up with flowers and candles but I got out of work early. So he made reservations at our favorite restaurant to do it there and then I wouldn’t go out to dinner. He said he was so nervous that he had to do it and couldn’t wait. It was absolutely adorable and perfect. I knew from the day that I first looked into his blue eyes that we had something really special and now I get to spend my whole life with my best friend and soul mate.