Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Planning a Wedding is Fun!

Only about 2 more months to go until the big day, and I actually feel like some things are getting done! Hooray! Starting this weekend, I have been actually doing things to prepare! Imagine that!

The theme for our wedding is a 1950's-60's updated retro springtime theme. It is going to be adorable!

The first thing my mom and I did this weekend was pick a quilt pattern and buy the material. This quilt isn't exactly like mine, but it does have the same basic block called the "Ohio Star". I love it because it looks so antique-y. I think it is darling. We are making it out of delicate florals, stripes and plaids in light greens, salmons, blues, oranges, browns, ivories, and yellows. It is going to be adorable :)

My second mastermind plan came from a Martha Stewart wedding magazine that I am currently tagging and ripping to shreds. I saw two silhouettes (much simpler ones than this one) of the bride and groom cut out in paper of their wedding colors and simply framed in white frames. I loved it the moment I saw it! ... I also thought 'I could make that! Easy!'
So, tonight I took side-view pictures of Nathan and bought white frames. Love it!

Tonight mom and I also met with the woman who is making the wedding cake. I found out about this extremely talented lady because she made Nathan's sister, Renae's wedding cake last summer. It was the most extravagant and beautiful cake I had ever seen! Mine is much much simpler, so I knew she'd be up to the task. She is such a dear, too. After meeting with her, I couldn't help but just love her!
I took the picture below with me, along with paint chips in my wedding colors, and she said she could easily do the whole thing. She is even going to make the blossoms out of sugar! She is amazing! She even has the hexagon pans! Hooray!
The only thing different we are doing from the picture below is we are only having 4 layers, and none of the blossoms will be dark colored like the ones on the bottom layer.
The top layer, )which we are supposed to save for a year I guess), is going to be double-fudge milk chocolate. The bottom layer is going to be cherry-chip flavor, and the two middle layers are going to be rice crispy treat! I thought that would be a great idea, considering I wanted a tall cake, but didn't want to have to deal with all of that cake afterwards. My mom's favorite treat is rice crispy treats too, so we can leave a layer for my parents to eat (which I am sure they will love).
This cute lady also said she would put a 'surprise' inside the top one of the rice crispy treat layers for Nathan to find (I know what it is, but in case he is reading this, I don't want to give it away!)

We also ordered the bridesmaid shirts this weekend. We got them from one of my very favorite stores in the mall, Charlotte Russe. I know it looks white here, but they are actually ivory in person. I think they are just retro enough to look vintage, but also sophisticated enough to not look too casual. I love them! Mom is making the skirts out of a light robins egg blue material. Adorable!

Because our theme is springtime, I wanted to also include a very subtle bird motif throughout the wedding. I think that bird designs look so adorable and retro, and so I think it would be fun to incorporate it.
So, in addition to a bird or two printed or displayed on things, we are going to have a couple of these little darlings in a cage at our reception. (probably by the book or something) They are white zebra finches! They are tiny little birdies, only about 2-3 inches long. Aren't they adorable?

In keeping with the subtle springtime bird motif, the bridesmaid jewelry will also match accordingly. These are the necklace pendants I am looking to either order (through etsy) or contract a friend to make. They don't look very difficult, but I love how darling they are! The earings would then just be something small with pearls involved. Not quite sure on that one though.
I do not have a picture of the dress, because it has not been made yet (hee hee). My mom is making it, but it has been designed and the fabric will be ordered this week. It is going to be made out of Chinese Dupioni Silk. It is going to be mid-calf length with long sleeves (since it will probably still be pretty cold outside), and have gentle scallops along the bottom hem. It will also have a low surplus cris-cross front, and a bow tied on the side on the lower left waist. It is hard to describe, but it will be blissfully, classically retro inspired! I am going to wear my great-great grandmother's jewelry for the day too, which will be something borrowed & something old :) It is gorgeous. I can't wait to wear it!

Today I ordered the shoes to go with my dress They look pretty retro, so I am happy with them. They are really really tall though. That is a 4 1/2" heel! We will see if they are going to work. I am not sure yet. With a shorter dress, I don't really have the option of taking them off. Oh well, I have a while yet to break them in. ( & I love the sassy pink soles too!)

Well, school starts tomorrow! Time to sleep! Happy New Year!


Ben and Bethany said...

Sounds like you are having fun! I am so happy for you!

Janeal said...

I'm so jealous! I still have 4 months! And I absolutely love the theme of your wedding, it's so you.

Rachel Cutler said...

Wow - you sure have gotten a lot done in a little amount of time! Looks great to me. :)

Tara said...

Wow, you have done a lot!! It is awesome that you know so much of what you want and that you are able to find it! Good luck with all the planning!
love you

lvs2dance said...

I love it all! I am so glad that you are documenting every little detail...first because I love reading about it and second because then you won't ever forget it! I am so happy for you and can't wait to see everything in person. I love the retro look! In fact I am convinced that I was born in the wrong decade! Enjoy this wonderful time in your life, it goes by so fast!

The Squad said...

Wow Katie! You are too good with all this! I should have had you do my wedding, or I should have put a little more thought into things. Anyway I love your ideas and can't wait to see it all in person! I especially LOVE that cake!

Happy Stueck Family! said...

Wow! So many fun things happening...have you thought about putting some pretty feathers in your hair? You know, to go with the theme? Just an idea that popped into my head. Call me!