My mom is FINALLY home, hooray! So we can finally get crackin’ on some wedding-related stuff.

  • Invites need to be addressed, stamped, and sent out pronto!
  • E-mail info about accommodations and registries to guest list!
  • We have a meeting set up with our videographers tentatively for Feb. 8.
  • Must consult with seamstress soon!
  • Need to decide on table overlay colors/fabrics.
  • Working on a weekend itinerary for the bridesmaids and moms.
  • Must book the salon soon!
  • Consult with guitarist about ceremony songs.
  • Get list of reception songs to the DJ!

And really that’s just scratching the surface of what needs to be done in the next few weeks.



New blog layout

I’ve put up a new blog layout, though I’m not really completely happy with it. Luckily I saved my old blog layout on my home computer so I can always go back to my lovely blue hydrangeas.

My mom finally gets home tonight so that we can finally get cracking on some wedding business! She was supposed to come home Tuesday night but decided to change her flight because of the big ice storm. She was supposed to have a layover in Dallas and that was right when the storm was hitting.

Brian and I are thinking about doing a 13-week class called Together For Life at a Baptist church her in Birmingham. We were looking into the Catholic Engaged Encounter weekend program, but it just isn’t jiving with our schedule. Luckily this Together For Life class is not just for engaged couples, but also for couples in their first year of marriage. So we might put it off until when the next 13-week session starts so that there won’t be so many conflicts.

Has anyone done the Engaged Encounter, Together For Life, or any other premarital or first-year marriage classes? Were they worth it?



I’ve been tagged!

Brenn at Where Preppy Meets Hippie Tagged Me!

Step 1: respond and rework—answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.

Step 2: tag—eight other un-tagged people will be tagged.

Make a list of things you can see without getting up: 1) My laptop 2) Bose headphones 3) Blackberry 4) Cute Overload page-a-day calendar 5) Photo of Brian and me.

What were you like when you were five? I was in kindergarten in Irvine, California and such a cute little beach bunny. It was 1988. I was always curious and asking questions. I had to get my kindergarten teacher to tie my shoes every day because I hadn’t quite mastered it.

What are you wearing now? Bra, undies, black Patagonia capilene long underwear under black Old Navy dress pants, black mary-jane flats from Kohl’s with black dress socks, white and black damask print blouse from Kohl’s, black babydoll cardigan sweater from Kohl’s, Citizen watch, Tiffany Elsa Peretti starfish necklace, pearl stud earrings from Overstock.com, James Avery rope bracelet and my engagement ring, of course!

What color is your bedroom? Light baby blue.

What’s the last thing you read/are currently reading? I am currently reading Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Very good so far, would definitely recommend.

Do you nap a lot? Sometimes. Moreso on the weekends! It’s very tempting to snuggle in bed with Mango and Brian on those lazy weekends mornings.

Who was the last person you hugged? Brian.

What’s your current obsession/addiction? Twitter and wedding blogs!

What was the last thing you said aloud? Thanks, bye! (I was ending a conference call)

What websites do you always visit when you go online? The CMS for the TV station Web site I manage, facebook, Twitter, iGoogle/GMail/Google Reader.

What was the last thing you bought? Vanilla bean for the creme brulee that Brian made on Monday night.

What are you listening to right now? Chatter in the newsroom, police scanner.

What is your favorite color, and has it always been your favorite color? Blue is my favorite color, but when I was very little it was pink! I think my preference changed around age 10 or so.

What song are you currently listening to a lot? “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. I think it would be a perfect song to incorporate into the wedding.

If you could have any super power, what would it be? To read peoples’ minds. Like Edward Cullen.

What is your favorite weather, and why? A day about 75 degrees or so, in either fall or spring. The kind with the big puffy white clouds. I also love thunderstorms as long as there’s no tornado risk.

What was the last reality tv show you watched? This is a tough one. I haven’t watched AI or The Bachelor at all this year. So honestly I couldn’t say.

What is your most challenging goal right now? Getting the wedding planned, jump-starting my weight loss, and learning all the technical tools I need at work, like Caspio, CSS and several other doodads.

Say something to the person who tagged you: Hi Brenn! You’re my second follower ever and thank you so much for tagging me!

If you could have a house–totally paid for, fully furnished–anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be? A beautiful beach house on Alabama’s Gulf Coast or a beautiful home here in the Birmingham area. Can I have both?

Favorite vacation spot? It’s a toss-up between San Diego, New Orleans and Disney World!

What is your favorite children’s book? I loved Superfudge by Judy Blume. read it so much it nearly fell apart.

Name one thing you just can’t resist no matter how bad it is for you: An all-the-way hamburger from The Stadium Grill in Bessemer, Alabama!

If you could meet anyone famous – dead or alive – who would it be? I’ve always had this borderline obsession with Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale since I was about 13, so I would want to meet them. No, not Oprah, not Gandhi, not Jesus, but G+G. Yep.

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? Editor-in-chief of a magazine, novelist, or Gwen & Gavin’s nanny. lol. Joke on that last one.

Now I tag:

Tales of a Northern Belle
Jayme at Jordan + Jayme
Southern Bride To Be
Bri at Habbala
Kez at So I was Thinking…
Five Tomatoes To Freedom
Amy at Sail On Silver Girl
Carla at Ink-Stained Life


FINALIZED honeymoon plans!

Wow, so much has changed since yesterday!!

First off, we changed our Disney resort reservations from Port Orleans- Riverside to Caribbean Beach. We are getting a king bed in the newly renovated Martinique section of the Caribbean Beach resort, which is next to the main area that houses the dining hall, main pool, lobby, etc. Caribbean Beach was originally our first choice, but at the time we first booked, they were not able to guarantee a king bed.

The Caribbean Beach resort!

Secondly, ALL of our dining reservations have been made. I’m linking to the menus for each restaurant on allears.net. I’m also including some other small plans we have made.

Monday, April 27 – No park

Breakfast: Olivia’s Cafe at Old Key West – 9 a.m.
Lunch: Contempo Cafe at the Contemporary Resort (quick-serve – no reservations needed)
Afternoon: Mini golf at Fantasia Gardens. We get a free voucher for this with our dining plan.
Dinner: Dinner out with some of Brian’s friends who live in Orlando. This will help save some of our meal credits.

Tuesday, April 28 – Magic Kingdom

Breakfast: Kona Cafe at the Polynesian – 8:55 a.m.
Lunch: Liberty Tree Tavern at Magic Kingdom – 1 p.m.
Dinner: Citrico’s at the Grand Floridian Resort – 9 p.m. We decided to go to Citrico’s rather than Victoria & Albert’s on the advice of a Disney dining lady. She said Citrico’s is nearly as good, if not better than V&A’s and it is included on the dining plan.

Wednesday, April 29 – Epcot

Breakfast: Spoodles at the Boardwalk – 9 a.m.
Lunch: Tutto Italia at Epcot – 1 p.m.
Dinner: San Angel Inn at Epcot – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 30 – Animal Kingdom then Hollywood Studios

Breakfast: No breakfast – just snacks!
Lunch: Yak and Yeti at Animal Kingdom – 11 a.m.
Dinner: Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios – 4:50 p.m. This is the Fantasmic Dining Experience where we get preferred seating to the Fantasmic show at 9 a.m.

Friday, May 1 – Magic Kindgom

Breakfast: Grand Floridian Cafe at the Grand Floridian – 9:40 a.m.
Lunch: Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom – 1:45 p.m.
Dinner: California Grill at the Contemporary Resort – 7:50 p.m. This is on the top floor of the Contemporary and gives a great view of the Magic Kingdom fireworks at 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 2 – Epcot

Breakfast: Captain’s Grille at the Yacht Club – 9:50 a.m.
Lunch: Rose & Crown at Epcot – 2 p.m.
Dinner: Le Cellier at Epcot – 8:25 p.m.

Sunday, May 3 – no park

Breakfast: Old Port Royale Food Court at Caribbean Beach
Lunch: Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney for the way home! We’re going to buy this on our own. We had Earl of Sandwich for the first time in West Palm Beach recently and it was one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had!

So that’s the schedule! As you can see we are really all about the food. I’m really glad we have 2 days apiece in Magic Kingdom and Epcot, because I know all the table services will take up more time.

Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios have just a few attractions we’re interested in. If we get bored at Magic Kingdom or Epcot on Friday and Saturday, we may go back to HS or AK, but I doubt it. We are really all about Epcot and Magic Kingdom, and there’s still a few attractions at each that I’ve never done before, so we want to be sure to cover all of them.

We are both so amped for this trip it’s not even funny! I don’t see how we’re going to have time for anything we’re put on our registry, like a couple’s massage, boating, a carriage ride, and private golf lessons. But there’s no guarantee we’ll have enough funds put in our registry to pay for any of that. We’ll just have to see how it goes!



Disney honeymoon plans and meal reservations!

I am so excited because starting tomorrow, we will be able to make all of our meal reservations at Disney World for our honeymoon!!

I don’t have the exact schedule of where we are eating each day with me, but we are doing pretty much every meal as table service , because we can! We have the Deluxe Dining Plan which takes care of 3 table services and 2 snacks per day, along with some other goodies and a refillable mug that can be used at any soda fountain in the resorts.

We are checking in Monday and won’t be going to any parks that day since we’ll be driving overnight and probably be pretty exhausted! We also have a voucher for free mini golf so we’ll probably do that Monday afternoon. And if we end up getting the couple’s massage that is on our registry, I would like to get that Monday too.

Magic Kingdom and Epcot are our favorite parks so we’ll be spending the majority of our time there.

Tuesday: Magic Kingdom
Wednesday: Epcot
Thursday: Animal Kingdom/ Hollywood Studios
Friday: Magic Kingdom
Saturday: Epcot

So far we have made 2 meal reservations that were able to be made before the 90-day mark:

1. Tuesday: dinner reservations at Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian, which is not a part of the dining plan. because it is so pricey. We have it on our registry though, so maybe someone will contribute toward our meal!

2. Friday: lunch reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table at MK. I hear this is a great meal!

The rest will be made tomorrow. Brian will be on the phone with them at 8 a.m., wish us luck that the scheduling works out for us!



Mother of the Bride beachwear

My mom has been out in San Diego all month helping my sister take care of my baby nephews while my brother-in-law is at military training in Pensacola.

We’ve been e-mailing lately about what she is going to wear to the wedding. My dad is going to wear a silk Tommy Bahama shirt and khaki pants, but it is soooo hard to shop for my mom. She is only about 5’1″, and about a size 14 petite. She recently described her arms as “bat wings” so she doesn’t want anything sleeveless. And she is full-chested. I think she is open to pants and a top or a dress.

I found a few things that may look good on her:

Silk crepe chemise from Talbots Petites.

Swing jacket from Talbots Petites. I think this would look good with white linen pants.

Linen shirt & trousers in petite from Neiman Marcus.

I took a look at Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer, etc., but I don’t think she would fit into anything. Also, I noticed that TB has really modernized their women’s clothing and it is geared toward younger women now.

It’s a coincidence that all the clothes pictured here are green, lol. But since the bridesmaids are all wearing blue, it would probably be best for my mom to wear something in green or pink. She has blonde hair, so yellow or orange is out.

Any ideas on beach mother of the bride wear?



Videographer change of plans?

It seems like so many plans have been changing! First we redo the honeymoon, now the videographer.

So, back in the fall, my mom and I went to a bridal show in Birmingham. As the show was mostly full of photographers and venues, it wasn’t a whole lot of help, but we got some neat ideas and tasted cake from Publix. We stopped and talked to videographers to see their prices and their travel charges.

There was one set of videographers that really stood out to us: Superium Productions. However, at the time, their packages started at $1,700. Add in the extra mileage to get down to Gulf Shores, plus a hotel, and it was just way over our budget. So I basically gave up on them and eventually decided on Brookfield Video out of Baldwin County. But, we haven’t put in our deposit with Brookfield yet because my mom is out of town without her checkbook. She is holding the date for us for another week or so.

So on Monday, I get an e-mail from Nick at Superium. They completely redid their pricing for 2009 and now have packages starting at $1,000! I was so excited when I saw this. After mileage and hotel, they are only about $200 more than Brookfield Video. The quality of their stuff is really superb and they shoot in HD. So my mom and I agreed that we will go with Superium. They are coming over to my parents’ house next week to meet us, show us demos, and do a personal consultation. I don’t know of many vendors who take the time to do that sort of thing.

So, no offense to Brookfield Video, who I know does a great job. I got so many rave reviews from some of her clients and I would definitely recommend her. BUT Superium really caught our eye and I am so glad they reworked their packages for 2009. Another benefit of the crappy economy!