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16 Jul

We’d selected our DJ pretty early in the process, about a year ahead. It was pretty much a no brainer. My (Temoc) family friend who’s had years of DJing under his belt and he was only going to charge us $200. I had called couple of other companies that specialized in weddings but the prices were astronomical! “You want $1,500 for 4 hours, make a few announcements, and play music?! No thank you.” Click.

We got a little worried when we hadn’t heard from our DJ in 9 months. We finally scheduled a meeting with him to talk about what we wanted and the kind of music we wanted to have played. We left our meeting with two homework assignments. Can DJs assign homework? 1) Develop a schedule; and 2) Develop a playlist. He gave us total control over the music. We weren’t big fans of the traditional reception playlists nor are we big fans of rap and R&B. We wanted the music to reflect us. Our DJ told us about a website, which really helped us in developing the playlist, We also spent a few nights going through every song on our iPods. I don’t even know if we made it through all the songs. It actually took a lot of work to finish the playlist. We started as soon as we were engaged, but really focused our efforts about two weeks before the wedding. We sent our list to the DJ and he suggested additional songs in the same genre. We finally finished the playlist a day or two before the wedding by nailing down which wedding march song we wanted, the recessional song which happened to be Def Leppard’s Pour Some Sugar on Me, and our Money Dance song, a Marvin Gaye song.

On paper everything seemed great. In execution we could have done things a little differently. We should have doubled the playlist and requested that the songs we chose be played when we wanted not just throughout the night, and not just in between the activities. Many of the songs we picked weren’t the songs people expected to hear at a wedding and that could be why we had trouble getting people to dance. Fortunately, our DJ did play some other typical wedding songs, but was also able to use enough discretion to know that we would not be happy if we heard Nellie or any other Hip-Hop/ R&B songs. We also told him that he could play any Green Day, DMB, Talking Heads, Muse, and Radiohead. Here is our playlist:

Song Artist
Instrumental or jazz or something
Pachelbell’s Canon in D
Bridal March
Last Night on Earth Green Day
Exitlude The Killers
A Sorta Fairytale Tori Amos
Anything, Anything Dramarama
Ballroom Blitz The Sweet
Because the Night Patti Smith
Blitzkrieg Pop The Ramones
Born to Run Bruce Springsteen
Burning Down the House Talking Heads
Climbing up the walls Radiohead
Close to Me The Cure
Creep Radiohead
Dancing with Myself Billy Idol
Dancing in the Dark Bruce Springsteen
Endlessly Muse
Footloose Kenny Loggins
Glory Days Bruce Springsteen
I Fought the Law The Clash
Jukebox Hero Foreigner
Jump Van Halen
Knights of Cydonia Muse
Lightning Crashes/I Alone Live
London Calling The Clash
Lust for Life Iggy Pop
Mony Mony Billy Idol
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now Starship
Pictures of You The Cure
Pour Some Sugar On Me Def Leppard
Rock the Casbah The Clash
Sedated The Ramones
Should I Stay or Should I go The Clash
Song 2 Blur
Such Great Heights The Postal Service
Take the Money and Run Steve Miller Band
The End Has No End The Strokes
Unbelievable EMF
What I Like About You The Romantics
White Wedding Billy Idol
Secret Garden Bruce Springsteen
That’s Amore Dean Martin
Come Back to Sorrento Dean Martin
Sunglasses at Night Corey Hart
Alright Supergrass
Love Shack B52s
Rock Lobster B52s
The Metro Berlin
Break up Song Greg Kihn Band
One Thing Leads to Another The Fixx
Promises, Promises Naked Eyes
A Million Miles Away The Plim Souls
The One I Love REM
There She Goes Again REM
Even Better than the Real Thing U2
One U2
Pride (In the Name of Love) U2
Bad U2
Beautiful Day U2
I Will Follow U2
Eye of the Tiger Survivor
Jack and Diane John Cougar
Satellite Dave Matthews Band
Train in Vain The Clash
Locomotion Grand Funk Railroad
Love Elefant
Static Age Green Day
Soul Meets Body Death Cab for Cutie
Everything will be Alright The Killers
Lips Like Sugar Echo and the Bunnymen
Sell Out Reel Big Fish
Rebel Yell Billy Idol
Fashion David Bowie
Do You Love Me The Contours
I Love Rock N Roll Joan Jett
Sex on Fire Kings of Leon
Wake me up When September Ends Green Day
Undisclosed Desires Muse
Take on Me a-ha
Hella Good No Doubt
Paradise City Guns N Roses
Let’s Dance David Bowie
Pyscho Killer Talking Heads
Rio Duran Duran
Airbag Radiohead
Once in a Lifetime Talking Heads
Dancing in the Street David Bowie
True Faith New Order
No Your Girls Will Never Know Franz Ferdinand
My List The Killers
Hungry Like the Wolf Duran Duran
Starlight Muse
Sing for Absolution Muse
Kids in America Kim Wilde

All in all, we had a great night, and in reality I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding and reception. All of our vendors were professional and everything went off without a hitch.

After the reception we were off to the Citizen Hotel.


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.

One Day to Go!

21 Jun

So, we are married and we are nesting (no, we will not be having children soon). We would much rather show you pictures of our updated furniture and pretty new duvet covers, but we suppose we should start many moons ago… The day before the wedding.

We went to bed too late every night for about a week and a half prior to the wedding. Well, Thursday night was no different, except we had to wake up early on Friday to finish a few things and pick up glasses and tablecloths by 8ish. So, we were running on just a few hours of sleep on a day that included setting up the hall, picking up a groomsman at the airport, going to the rental car agency twice (have a credit card handy when you pick up a rental car!), going to kinkos to make more copies, getting a manicure (Jen only), eating lunch, few more errands, changing/washing up for about 10 minutes to look presentable, and then going to the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Finally, going back home to finish a few more projects. And then the day was over, but we were still awake.

We didn’t believe people that said no matter how organized you are in the process, you will be rushed the day before the wedding. You should believe them! We did sooo much planning, but it just wasn’t enough to allow us to relax before the wedding. We were hurrying at every stop along the way – so much so that we don’t have any pictures of the rehearsal. Oops.

The rehearsal was sunny and a little too warm. There was a crazy drunken homeless person and one of the children in our “party” got hurt (dislocated wrist. Ouch!). We followed the directions and then we were off to eat… Italian style.

Here are a few pics of the rehearsal dinner. The food was wonderful (we’re picky non-restaurant eaters, so that’s saying something!).

Coming soon: details

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!


9 Feb

I’m pretty reserved, so the thought of doing a garter toss absolutely terrifies me. I mean, who really wants to watch a groom go up his bride’s dress? Not me! Unfortunately, the groom-to-be nixed my idea of not doing it.

Since I’m being forced into doing the garter toss, I figured I would get something that I actually like. In one of my many Etsy searches, I found a beautiful garter. I absolutely love it because it’s simple, yet elegant.

And it costs $55, which I’m not willing to spend. So, I gave myself another DIY project. BM Andrea offered to make it, if she has time. I bought all of the materials, but couldn’t find a nice brooch. About a month had gone by and I thought I was going to have to settle for something else…

And then we went to Macys to shop for him. (Did you know he is going to be 30 in 2 weeks?). Thankfully I love to look at the clearance jewelry rack because my wonderful fiancé found me this:

It’s absolutely perfect! It was regularly $38, and we got it for $10, which is just a bit more than I would have like to have spent. Nevertheless, as two added bonuses, we can use the pearls for our centerpiece vases, and we get a percentage of the purchase back (in a gift card) after the wedding.

The garter will probably end up costing about $15 (we already have lace and those messy feathers). Doesn’t it feel good to save money?


16 Jan

So… we’ve been dragging our feet with the ‘rentals.’ We have to rent linens and glasses (as well as a few miscellaneous items), and we know where we are going to rent them. However, we’ve been SO lazy going to the store. Just when we decided that we have to get this done ASAP, we come up with a new issue. What color linens?? Do we go with blue? Or do we go with the standard white (well, ivory)? We’re also going to rent chaircovers (from a different vendor), so do we go with ivory chaircovers/blue ribbon? Or blue/blue? Ugh! Decisions, decisions.

Cakes and Catering

29 Aug

We set appointments for cake tastings, and made it to both of them.  At first we were worried that we weren’t going to remember what the first cakes tasted like because the appointments were set about three weeks apart. We’re going to have to make a tough decision. Both places had really great cakes! At the first tasting, we “sampled” 7 full slices of cake.  There were a few that tasted better than others, but overall, we’re happy to eat any free cake.  At the second tasting, we were given the individual parts of each cake separately. We had to create the cakes ourselves with ingredients like white cake, chocolate cake, whipped cream, butter cream frosting, chocolate mousse, etc.

We also met with a caterer.  They’ve increased their prices, and don’t have a set price list.  Strange?  We think so…  At least we got a free meal out of it! We went to try another caterer; food wasn’t nearly as good as the first. We’re going to have to see if we can negotiate a lower price for food. Hopefully, we’ll have something concrete in terms of a contract for food this week.

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