Monday, June 29, 2015

Wedding Planning and Organizing

I have always dreamed of my wedding. Even as a little girl, I would play dress up and run around with an old lace curtain pinned to my head, courtesy of my imagination-encouraging Gram.

But this wedding planning is serious business. There's so many different things to keep track of, things to pay for, and people to talk to. I pride myself on being organized, but this took things to a whole different level. Oh my naivety said that "this will be easy and so much fun" but when you're in the trenches, it can be a whole other story.

Wedding Planning Binder Organization

Binder HERE

Lucky for me between the checklist I found on The Knot, and my wonderful organizational binder that Leah (my maid-of-honor) made me, I am right on track for being ready to say "I do" this summer.

I really love is that Leah put together an amazing binder for me to store all the different paperwork that was accumulating and keep track of all my contacts for easy reference. She made an awesome table of contents, and the binder has everything I need to be an organized and prepared bride. I threw in a couple extra plastic sleeves for things I didn't want to hole punch, and I was good to go. The bridal salons were absolutely giddy that I was prepared with images of dresses I liked and inspiration photos and it made picking out a cake a breeze at our bakery.

Wedding Planning Checklist To Do Organizer

The Knot checklist is pretty straightforward. I entered our wedding date and it printed a schedule for me to follow right up until the wedding day. The checklist even has dates I should try to have certain things completed by. It includes things like: send shower thank you's and buy undergarments for my dress.

Let's hope a bride would remember undergarments for her dress!

Now, while I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off calling vendors, testing cake, doing makeup trials, and everything else under the sun, Samantha and Taylor Sinclair got to have a dream wedding in Napa Valley courtesy of The Knot and they didn't have to plan a thing.

You see, the the Sinclairs won the dream wedding sweepstakes from and that included having everything planned and paid for. Woah mama, right?

I participated online and voted on a couple of the items for their wedding. The Knot website would post a couple different options on different days. One day it was a choice of four different makeup looks and four different bouquets, another day was options for hair styles and bridesmaid dresses.

The readers voted on their favorite and the item with the most votes was the choice for the wedding! A dress from Kleinfeld, Wedding Paper Divas stationary, and a honeymoon in Tahiti... It was seriously a dream come true for that couple.

The wedding took place a couple weeks ago in Kenwood, California at the beautiful Chateau St. John. It was stunning and everything came together beautifully. Since the wedding was a live streaming event, I was able to watch it on my lunch break at work. Technology is amazing.

I mean, they even had a drone videographer - it doesn't get any cooler than that.

Would I have loved to been the bride who didn't have to plan a single thing? Heck yes! - Although my control-freak nature is saying "no way sister... trust your wedding to a bunch of strangers on the internet? I don't think so."

Now don't get me wrong; I am looking forward to my wedding. But what I'm looking forward to even more is being Houston wife. Come on wedding day! Get here already.

Now excuse me, I'm off to go decide on earrings for me and the bridesmaids... Unless you'd like to do it for me (wink wink).

This post is not sponsored - I am just tired of making decisions and wish I had a dream team to do it all for me. // Dream Wedding Images belong to Jasmine Star Photography/The Knot

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pink and Gold Baby Shower

Pink and Gold Baby Shower

I love party planning.

My biggest problem is that I generally have more ideas in my head then I have time on my watch, or money in my wallet, but I'm a firm believer that just because it's inexpensive doesn't mean that it can't be cute.

This week I had so much fun putting together different elements for a pink and gold baby shower for one of my coworkers. She's having a baby girl, and I am so excited!

I looked around at different baby shower decorations at various party stores, but they all seemed cheap or cheesy to me. So I did what any crafty gal would do... I came up with a bunch of my own ideas.

Originally I wanted to do a princess theme, and created this inspiration board:

Pink and Gold Baby Shower Ideas

I had trouble finding a punch or a Cricut cartridge with a crown and quickly switched to a straight pink and gold baby shower theme. (I finally found one at Hobby Lobby for $10, but the moment had passed).

I had so much fun shopping and gathering different elements. I scored most of the paper goods for under a dollar, and that included is adorable paper straws from the Target dollar section. I love that store.  

Houston was such a wonderful man and totally allowed me to turn the kitchen into a crafting war zone on Sunday night, complete with glitter, ribbon and an insane amount of ModPodge.

I found the milk glasses at Michaels, I scored a six pack of them for five dollars with my coupon, to make a pretty container to put the straws in.

Gold Glitter Milk Bottles

I put some masking tape around the middle of the glass, ModPodged the bottom and drenched it in glitter. Once it was dry, I removed the masking tape and I had a sparkly gold glass to hold the paper straws.

Gold Paper Straws

I brought in two of my cake stands, complete with gold ribbon, courtesy of Houston’s problem solving skills. The man knows my love language is acts of service and he was so patient while I fought with the wired ribbon to thread through the cake stand.

Cake Stand with Gold Ribbon

Pink Tassel Garland

I threw down a pink table cloth, some plates and napkins and dropped the cutlery in a white mug. The tassel garland is from Michaels. I almost bought this "baby makes three" print from Hobby Lobby, but Stacey's nursery doesn't have any gold in it, so that would have been a great prop, but a lame purchase.

It was a perfectly sweet pink and gold baby shower and so easy to set up and clean up. I can't wait to meet the newest addition to our office family!

This post is not sponsored, but contains affiliate links that result in a commission. The reviews and glitter-covered counter tops are all mine.