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Door County Bride-To-Be — Countdown: 3 Weeks

May 22nd, 2013 | 2 Comments - Leave a Comment

Three weeks to go! Hoo boy! I do have to say that I’m better today than I was last week. The tea tree oil is really helping my skin, my weight is holding steady, and I’ve decided that anyone who hasn’t responded by now isn’t coming. So there.

I also found a super-fun guest “book” that we’ll use. Have you seen the thumbprint trees? I found on Etsy a company that will send you a custom PDF of a tree with branches and no leaves, in your wedding colors. You simply supply ink pads in the colors you want (and some baby wipes with which guests can clean their hands). Gusts then put a stamp of their thumbprint on a branch, like a leaf, and sign their name next to it. Boom–a frame-able wedding memento that we’ll be able to enjoy for years to come. Here’s what it looks like:

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This is about as DIY as I get. I feel now as if I’ve appropriately left my “fingerprint” on this wedding. (I’m so punny.)

Other super-cute takes on this idea exist: bride and groom clutching “balloons,” the tandem bicycle being lifted by “balloons,” etc.

Has anyone else done (or is anyone thinking of doing) something fun in lieu of the traditional guest book?

 

Jackie

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Week In Review

May 20th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

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Door County Bride-To-Be — Crunch Time

May 15th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

Ask me how wedding planning is going — c’mon, I dare you. Try it.

@!%R$%^$%^@@#&$^

Yeah. About like that.

Now starts the arduous task of chasing down non-responders; reminding the younger brother that he does, in fact, need to reserve a hotel room and cannot “bunk” with me; seeking desperately something that will clear up my acne-prone skin (tea tree oil has been recommended highly — anything else?); and pretending that I’m really focused on my job while trying to keep the thousands of wedding details swirling around my brain in line (while keeping my acerbic tongue in check).

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From this point on, no one is allowed to ask me anything about the wedding — no questions about location or times or attire. Everyone who needs to know has received an invitation. Except you, Reader. You’re cool. You didn’t mention on Mother’s Day that you’ve changed your mind about what you want to wear to the reception and want me to come shopping with you for something else “when I have a chance,” like my mom did. Reader, I’m sure you would have returned your RSVP card weeks ago — there’s no way I’d have to chase you down for a reply.

It’s also time to start writing checks. Big ones. Savings account-draining piece of paper, stacked one on top of another.

I’d go for a run, but I’d lose too much weight; I’d have a beer, but I’d gain three pounds. My plan: Sit very still for the next three weeks. Everything will work itself out, right?

Jackie is one of our featured Brides-To-Be. See more of her stories
and previous Door County Brides-To-Be stories in our Wedding Inspiration.

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Real Wedding Revisited

May 14th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

Door County Real Wedding - Photography by Jason Mann Photography.

Here’s a snapshot of a gorgeous Fall wedding on the shores of Lake Michigan,
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Door County Bride-To-Be — Accidental Weight Loss

May 8th, 2013 | 0 Comments - Leave a Comment

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So, my good friend Tara gave me a giant bag of M&M’s for my birthday in April. I finally asked one of my coworkers to take it from me a few weeks ago — I just couldn’t stop eating them. I’ve also really started to eat better (zero bread) and have been able to get outside with the nicer weather. I’m feeling good, have lost a few pounds, but nothing major.  Nothing I thought was major until yesterday at a dress fitting. I accidentally lost weight in, ahem, my bust (but also my stomach!).

Oops.

Elsa, my seamstress and friend, arched her eyebrows.

“You lost weight! Knock it off!” She’d just finished the painstaking task of removing the pearls that decorate the bodice, taking in the material and then re-attaching the pearls. Now she’d have to do it again.

“Can’t I just get a better bra?” I asked.

“No. You’ll have a shelf,” she replied, gesturing with her hands what an odd shape a strapless gel bra two sizes too large for me would make under the dress. “Plus, it’ll be wide open for everyone to see.”

Lesson learned: Try to time the final fitting as close as possible to the wedding.

Jackie is one of our featured Brides-To-Be. See more of her stories
and previous Door County Brides-To-Be stories in our Wedding Inspiration.

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