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Attention to Detail

13 Jul

After 17 months of engagement and 4.5 years of “dating,” the day had finally arrived. We woke up in different places, since we’re traditional like that (haha). I (Jen) woke up to my mom making lots of noise in the 6’o clock hour (yeah, my mom was more anxious than me). Temoc woke up in a hotel. We both did a few more last touches, got ready and then we met for pictures.

If you’re not yet married, make sure your bridesmaids are aware of the details. We had a homemade ring bearer pillow and a “Just Married” sign that were left at home. We didn’t remember until we were at the reception, looking for the sign (after the photographer was gone). I also forgot a bouquet of flowers in the car in memory of Temoc’s mom. It’s unfortunate, but as the bride, you’re not thinking about all the little things. You’re thinking about the big picture (Is he going to love my dress? I can’t screw up the vows. Please don’t let me trip walking down the aisle. And please don’t cry because then I’ll mess up my $100 make-up). In retrospect, if my bridesmaids knew what I needed, the “little” details wouldn’t have been left in the car or at home… Since we can’t do anything about it, we took a few pictures to show off on our blog.

Ring Bearer Pillow

Sign (just imagine us holding the sign with giddy smiles)

And the other details that did make it to the wedding…

Very labor-intensive bouquets

Our rings

Very labor-intensive paper centerpieces

Messy, but not as labor-intensive garter (taken by us)

And finally, very labor-intensive favors (who would’ve guessed?)

All pictures taken by Rachelle Photography, unless otherwise noted.


Sugar High

26 Mar

I have a sweet tooth. If I didn’t watch my weight, I’d have cake and cookies everyday. I’d probably have some type of chocolate, too. And it would start with breakfast. Some people like cold pizza for breakfast. I like day old cake. (I don’t want to know what I will look like pregnant). I’ve also infected my soon-to-be husband with the “disease” in which he is disappointed if I don’t have dessert for him or I forget to pack a goodie in his lunch.

So this is what we would like to have:

I bet you’re drooling now…

Instead I have this:

80 calories. Three grams of fiber. Mmm…

They’re actually pretty tasty.

So what does this have to do with the wedding? Well, if you didn’t guess by now, we won’t be lacking in sweets! We’ll have three different cakes, three types of candy and three or four types of cookies (baked by me, and my way-too-nice mom and aunt). Yum!

Favor Boxes and Invitations

13 Jul

What do you get when you have no money to spend and a three day weekend?  A bunch of wedding preparations done!

Jen worked on the favor boxes for hours, and now we have a total of 100 done (with 2 in progress).  We only ordered 100 boxes, so we’re going to search for 18+ more.

Meanwhile, Temoc worked on the design of the “Direction” card for the invitations.  They’re nearly complete.

We also made our first invitation.  Although it’s not the final product, we are happy with how it turned out.  The process was much easier than we had anticipated.  We spent about $16 (oops!) on a new paper cutter/scorer.  We weren’t sure how to make the “V,” which is why it took us so long to make our first invitation.  We hoped the new paper cutter would work because it was cheaper/easier than the alternatives – and it did!  Here’s a sneak peek of the invitation:


Jaime’s Binder – Our Wedding Planner

2 Jun

Thanks to Jaime’s (older sister/BM) mostly meticulous wedding planning record keeping and great ideas, we feel like we’re ahead of schedule with certain elements of our own wedding planning. We’re so thankful for the burgundy binder, with all of its contents because without it, Jen would be calling Jaime even more for advice/questions, etc. (although Jen does secretly enjoy calling Jaime just to hear Joaquin’s baby talk).

So, with that, we’ve gotten one sheet of invitation paper cut, and 43 favor boxes wrapped.  We’re thinking about trying to sell the favor boxes on Etsy to see if we can make any money, but we haven’t decided yet. Do any of you think people would buy them?

The Mishap

2 Jun

One of our adorable little dogs decided that he or she didn’t want “Mommy” working on the favor boxes anymore.  So, he or she took it upon himself or herself to render the super tape unusable.  This super tape is only available at Paper Source (they were out of it when we went to the store and when we made the order online) and  Anyway, here is what Temoc found upstairs by one of the dog beds (our work area is downstairs on the dinning room table).

Super Tape - Eaten by Dog(s)

Frustrations and Progress

27 May

We have dealt with a few frustrations over the past week, but we are working on getting back on track!  Here are some updates:

We are still working on hiring a photographer.

We drove all the way to the Paper Source in Berkeley (got stuck in traffic), only to find out they’re phasing out the paper that we’re planning to use for the invitations.  We only got 13 out of the 30 sheets that we need, and decided to order the rest online.

We ordered the paper online, only to find out they give a 10% discount with orders of 20 sheets or more.  We should have just ordered the rest of the paper online!

Otherwise, we did make progress!

We found a perfect table runner at Crate & Barrel Outlet.  We don’t know where we’ll use it, but it was cheap, so we couldn’t resist!

Crate and Barrel Table Runner

We also ordered favor boxes yesterday from Store Supply Warehouse, and received them today!  We are satisfied and would recommend this company for favor boxes (sold as jewelry boxes).  We bought 100 at $0.16 each and with standard shipping, they ended up being $0.26 each.  Jen began “wrapping” them as soon as we got them (5 down… 115 to go).

Favor Boxes

Paper and Tuxedos

21 May

Several weeks ago we picked out patterned paper by Envelopments.  We were looking for an elegant,  navy blue, patterned paper that will be used for our favor boxes and invitations.  We special ordered the paper from Pulp Papery last week, and finally got to pick it up yesterday.  When we ordered it, we found out that the paper’s colors are very different than what is shown on the Envelopments website!  Below are the disparities in the colors between the Envelopments’ website (on the left), and a picture of the paper that we took (on the right).  Although the color difference is frustrating, we’re beginning to like the actual paper more than the color sample on the website. Plus, the paper matches the opal stardream paper that we’re going to use for the rest of the invitation.

Patterned Paper

We also went to Men’s Wearhouse yesterday to lock in a $30 discount for the groomsmen. We were completely overwhelmed by the choices, but we can always change the order later on. We were shocked to find out that we could even order the same tuxedo for our ring bearer(s) – at the same price. Is it really that important to have the children match the adults?

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