Wedding Update #2.

wedding update

It’s been far too long since my first wedding update, so let me get everyone caught up!

Done.
Wedding binder.
Date.
Ceremony Location.
Reception Location.
DJ.
Colors.
Theme.
Wedding party.
DRESS!
Photographer.
Engagement pictures.
Caterer.

Soon.
Finalize guest list.
Bridesmaids dresses.
Tuxes.
Cake.
Bouquets.
Invitations.
Dress alterations.

Looking at.
Reception Menu.
Table decor.

As you can see I’ve made some progress! I said yes to the dress! 🙂 We booked our photographer (yes, the one I wanted from before) and had our engagement pictures taken. I have the bridesmaids dresses narrowed down to a few choices. We also have invitation and cake ideas narrowed down just need to put them together to make the perfect one. As for the cake I want a smaller cake with cupcakes. I know how I want my bouquet, just don’t have anything booked yet. We have a good idea what our reception menu will be, just need to make final choices, but we have some time for that. The guest list is basically done, just need to review and add on the finishing touches. Still checking out table decor for the reception, we have a good idea of what we want just still keeping our eyes open. I was lucky and my dress needs minimal alterations, score!

Paper & Twine Liquid Chalkers.

I am very excited to try out Paper & Twine’s Liquid Chalkers. With my upcoming wedding (July 25th) coming faster than I think, this will be perfect for some wedding DIY products. I have not yet had a chance to use them, but I can’t wait until my DIY stuff is ready! I heard such great things about this brand. I have the 4-pack of white chalkers, but they also have a 4 and 8 pack of colored chalkers – how awesome! They are available for purchase from Amazon or their website. Stay tuned to see what DIY projects I have came up with for our wedding!Liquid ChalkersDisclaimer: I received a pack of liquid chalkers for review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Wedding Update #1.

wedding update

Done.
Wedding binder. Created.
Date. July 25, 2015.
Ceremony Location. St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.
Reception Location. The Center Inn.
DJ. LNS Sounds.
Colors. Blush & mint (with gray).
Theme. Romantic, country, best day ever, causal, fun.

Soon.
Photographer.
Picking the wedding party.
Caterer.

Looking at.
Invitations.
Table decor.

So as you can see we have the major decisions done (well most of them). It’s kind of nerve-wracking picking all these big deal things right away, I don’t know I guess I just want everything to turn out OK and be how we want it. I’ve even created a wedding binder for all my planning stuff, it’s really cute. I plan on doing a separate post on it, so stay tuned. I have been confident about what colors I wanted from the beginning, though. Blush & mint, basically light pink and a blue-greeny turquoisey color :). So it’s a hard color to describe! But I think you know what I mean? I am a little worried about finding what I want in the mint color. It is a pretty popular color right now so I’m hoping it won’t be a problem. I’m still undecided if I want the bridesmaids dresses to be mint or blush. Also I know I want the guys to wear gray rather than black, but we haven’t looked at tuxes/suits yet. I feel really weird saying blush and mint. I’m not that type of person, I’m pretty simple. But in the wedding world there are 5,450 shades of each color so it’s important to be specific. I’d much rather say pink and turquoise, but that’s a little too vague. I don’t know, I feel I sound prissy saying it. Haha. We don’t really have a theme for our wedding, but we’re aiming for a romantic country feel with a bit of the best day ever thrown in. We want to keep it causal and fun. Rather than a theme it should probably be tags, since there’s a bunch rather than one specific like ‘beach’. #awesome

In the next couple of weeks we’re going to meet with a potential photographer. I really love her work AND she seems to have one of the better deals. I’m pretty sure this is who I want to go with but I am SO nervous about committing (hahaha). Mainly because the photography is really important to me, and I just want to make the right choice. I feel like I should meet with some other photographers, but I’ve compared places online and keep going back to the same one, not even wanting to meet with any others so I don’t know. Decisions, decisions. Did you meet with several photographers, or did you know who you wanted right away? As far as the wedding party, we pretty much have our bridesmaids/groomsmen picked but haven’t asked anyone yet. Still a couple of small decisions to make. We have ideas for ushers, hosts, guest book attendants, flower girls, ring bearer,  etc. but need to buckle down and get that sorted out pretty soon also. We also need to look into caterers. There aren’t a whole lot around, so there’s less to choose from. Meaning we should book sooner so we can get who we want.

I’ve been researching and ordering a ton of (free) invitation samples. I don’t really have a specific design in mind. I know it’s pretty far out for invitations but not as far for save the dates and I’d like to have a general idea of what I want because that will help with other design elements. I’m totally undecided with table decor, not really a big deal right now. I’m just pinteresting to find things I like. I’m way to type A and OCD not to.

And I know I pretty much sound like a crazy person saying I, I, I and you probably want to smack me and tell me it’s not all about me. But don’t worry, I know that! Kyle just doesn’t really care what we do, he tells me we aren’t having engagement pictures and he’s wearing jeans! It’s OK because I still include him on all decision-making. I finally talked him into meeting with said photographer (who is 1.5 hours away) by saying we could go to the farm toy museum (located in the same town). It’s all about compromising people.

We planned our wedding around a tractor pull.


Yes, this is my life.

I thought June 27, 2015 sounded like a good date for our wedding. So we checked calendars, etc. for events that weekend. Then we realized that the Budweiser Dairyland Super National Pull in Tomah, WI was scheduled. Well change of plans! We wanted to make sure some people would attend our wedding since a good portion of our guest list attend the pull. 😉 So yes, we planned our wedding around a tractor pull.

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But I am happy to announce we have picked a date! 07.25.2015.

Wedding Dilemma #1. Help!

Oh man we don’t even have a date set and I’m having Wedding Dilemma #1! And the date is not even the dilemma. I found John Deere tractor cufflinks. I know I’m going to buy them for Kyle and keep them a surprise. I wouldn’t be buying them so soon but the sale ends soon and I don’t know if I’ll be able to find them closer to the wedding. OK, so here’s my problem: Originally, I was just going to get them for Kyle so his stood out. But then I thought about how all the groomsmen are as much into tractors as he is, so maybe I should get them for Kyle & the groomsmen. But them my mom said well maybe you should get them for Kyle and the groomsmen plus Kyle’s dad and our grandpas (who are equally obsessed with tractors as everyone else). My grandpa will be walking me down the aisle, if that makes a difference. I’m pretty sure I just think too much. I don’t have very much experience with weddings in general, so we’re going to need to start a ‘Lipstick & Tractors Wedding Support Group’ for me :). So I would love to hear your guy’s opinions! Who do you think should get the tractor cuff links? Would it be weird if all the guys had them?

Wedding Show Must-Haves.

I’m no wedding expert, first time doing this y’all, but I have some tips for when you attend wedding shows. Besides having the patience to deal with possible bridezillas and overly pushy salespeople, I suggest preprinted address labels and a separate email for all wedding planning business.

Preprinted Address Labels. At wedding shows you will visit booth after booth of vendors wanting the same information. Meaning you will have to fill out those same information cards time after time. I don’t know about you but I don’t want carpal tunnel from filling out vendor cards! Cue my solution…preprinted address labels! Include your name, address, phone number, email address, and wedding date. This way you just have to slap a sticker on the card, drop it in the box, bowl, whatever, grab the information from the booth, and be on your merry way. I used Avery Address labels (#8160) they are 1 x 2-5/8” in size, you can download a template from the Avery website to easily type in your info and print. *After my phone number I put a note ‘prefer contact by email’. I’d rather sort through the vendors in my email to find the ones I’m most interested in, then initiated phone contact rather than receiving 159 phone calls in the week following the show.

address label

PS: I used these at a wedding show on Sunday and they we’re a HIT! I got a lot of compliments and a lot of girls told me they wish they would have thought of printing some off. I saved a bunch of time not filling out all those cards!

Separate Email Address. I hate having a full inbox. I hate sorting emails. I hate junk mail. For this reason I created a separate email for all wedding related business. I use this when ordering catalogs, signing up for newsletters, logging into websites, etc. It keeps all the wedding stuff together while not filling up my ‘everyday’ email address. I had some fun with this email and made it something wedding related! leistikowpartyof2@hotmail.com. Clever right!?

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Cedar Valley Bride: Dream Wedding on a Dime.

cvbrideYesterday I attended my first wedding related event! It was a small wedding show held at a Cedar Falls hotel. They served mimosas & brunch. Each booth gave you some sort of discount or gift. They also had some neat activities for you to do. You could get a massage, a photo from a photobooth, shellac polish on your ring finger, makeup applied, sample wedding cake, and more. They had many tablescapes set up and keynote speakers. I went with my mom and we had a good time. This made the whole thing a little more real for me and got me really excited to keep planning!

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