Ah, to have an outdoor summer wedding... If I had to do it all over again - I might actually go that route - and, Promontory Point would be the perfect location for our summer fête. It has a wonderful patio with stunning views of Lake Michigan, perfect for an outdoor reception. Rain, no worries, the Point's field house is the crowning glory of this historic South Shore masterpiece...
Update Cost: you will never guess how cheap this place is!
photo credit: Rosalind Weddings
Apparently budget friendly means roses and carnations to a some florists... I seriously can't think of anything more "uninspired" (WTRITO, you hit the nail on the head). However, with that said, the florist showed me several cost effective centerpieces that were actually...roses and carnations...which were somewhat decent. I know, I can't believe I'm saying it either!!! Don't get me wrong, I'm not walking down the aisle with a big bouquet of died carnations. But for now, I've at least temporarily suspended my protest against these everyday flowers.
I should have a quote by the end of the week, so we'll see...
above photo: ivory spray roses, ivory carnations, white orchids, ivory lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus
photo credit: for now, unknown...
We're going to use the "Colleen & Nathan" mono for our programs, while the "Colleen C Nathan" will be used on our cocktail napkins and menus! Then, the bottom two are going to be used for water bottle labels (I think I'm outsourcing this to Charlotte as well)! I'm not too sure if we're going to brand our OOT totes...the impracticality of it... But, I'm considering placing a small iron-on monogram on the inside of the tote...kind of like a merchandise tag...cute, eh?
Does anyone know anything about candle ceremonies? I'm not talking about the traditional lighting of the unity candle...I'm talking about a full on, get everyone involved, bring everyone to tears, candle ceremony. MrsAnayisnin, my most favorite knottie bride, had a variation of a candle ceremony. And today, perfect bound posted Rick and Allie's beautiful wedding, and it featured a candle ceremony...one that the church director found extremely moving! I want that!!! MrsAnayisnin explained:
"We lit our unity candles and then the officiant said a few words about how everyone in the room helped us as a couple become who we are and helped us to the point we were at that day and we wanted to honor that in sharing the flame of our unity candle. Brett and I then lit a long fireplace match from the candle and together lit each person on the end in the front row's candles. They then shared it backwards from there. To conserve time, the ushers also lit up the aisle. They only had them lit through our vows and then we did rings and kissed and blew them out after the recessional."Are all candle ceremonies the same? Are there variations? If so, what are the variations?!
I have a friend who is a dancer (ballet, not exotic) who raves about makeup's version of hairspray. This stuff stops her makeup from sweating off...even though she literally has beads of sweat dripping down her face! Read more about it's uses here (replace the word "cheerleaders", with "brides" to make it more relevant).
This little bottle of makeup magic is called, Barrier Spray. It can be bought at several online costume stores, but Chicago Costume (1120 West Fullerton) carries it as well (but they currently only have ONE in stock). Just in case you're not the lucky winner of the last one, they've assured me that they will be restocking the item... I hope you have found this helpful!
UPDATE: There is also a spray called Model in a Bottle. It's slightly more expensive ($18 vs $5), but if it's better, than it's worth the extra money. :)
- MC2 - crunchy mac and cheese squares
- BBQ Pulled Pork on Cheddar Polenta Crisps
- Artichoke Fritters with Lemon Dipping Sauce
- Blackened Chicken Skewers with Remoulade
- Merlot Candied Pear on Brie Napoleon
- Vegetarian Antipasti - cheeses, veggies - some marinated, some roasted, some raw - and a variety of delicious spreads for crostinis
- Port Fig Roasted Beef Tenderloin with grilled onion relish and horseradish cream
- Herb Roasted Salmon Filet with wasabi whipped cream and lemon butter sauce
- Fennel Seed and EVOO Roasted Green Beans
- Mixed Field Greens with candied walnuts, shaved red onion, goat cheese, and Dijon balsamic vinaigrette
- Gourmet Mashed Potato Bar: with Buttermilk Redskin Potatoes and Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes, accompanied by: pan roasted grape tomatoes with garlic and sea salt, crumbled smoked bacon, sour cream, Gorgonzola fondue, vanilla roasted pears with cracked black pepper, candied pecans, and brown sugar marshmallow streusel!!!! (What can I say, I'm a fan of mashed potato toppings...)
- Roasted Pear Belinni
- Pomegranate Mojito
- Captain & Coke - Nathan's old college drink...
Ok, so seriuosly, this is like almost 55% of our budget. But, I'd rather compromise on our centerpieces and/or linens than compromise on delicious food. Don't get me wrong, I'm still being VERY budget conscious, but, you give a little here and take a little there...it's a process... At least, that's what I keep telling myself!
Photo Credit: Chicago Magazine
We have one major dilemma, however... What to do about "fine china"? We are so not fine china people. Like not at all. But when we told that to the registry lady at Macy's, she pointed us in the direction of simplyFine by Lenox. It's super practical: freezer safe, oven safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe...and the pièce de résistance...chip resistant. Plus, it has totally relevant designs (read: not stuffy, not trendy, just relevant). Our favorite is Flourish, but there are several that are super cute.
Herein lies our problem. Macy's carries it for $143.00 - that's not a cheap set of china. But, if it looks like everyday dishes, and acts like everyday dishes, then why not just register for some extra nice everyday dishes and call it a day? Why have people pay $143.00 per set (about $1,700 total) when they could spend less than half that for something similar?
What to do, what to do?? Thoughts?
So, last Thursday I sheepishly searched through gmail to find the contact info for the initial "fabulous and budget friendly" doc, and sent off a quick email attempting to justify my delinquent response... Big surprise, I haven't yet heard back... I think I've totally blown it. Does anyone know of any other doc's whose pricing starts at $850 or lower???? HELP!!!
photo credit: Amanda Bevington's blog