Free Printables

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Engagement Pictures!

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A huge thank you to Yvonne Goll, our photographer. She is wonderful, check out her website! She is amazing.

The Art of Being A Pleasant Bride

There is an art to being a wonderfully pleasant bride and I shall share it with you.

Since the creation of the television show, “Bridezilla“, the typical bride has had the burden of being overly pleasant. This constant fear of being characterized as a “Bridezilla” has always been the back of our minds. But I think we can all face it, sometimes you want to explode. The pressure can be overwhelming and the stress unbearable.

Do what I do, let a little crazy out at a time. That is all. You’re welcome.

Wrap It Up, Bridesmaids!

I’ve been recently looking at different dresses for my bridesmaids.  For a long time, I wanted each bridesmaid to wear a different dress, but within the same color pallet. But lo and behold, I found the infinity wrap dress. This dress can be tied 15 different ways which realistically creates 15 different dresses! Oh, the opportunities!

I absolutely adore Two Birds’ dresses, but they are $310. Yikes. I would never make four of my best friends spend $300 on a dress. That being said, at least it would be $300 for 15 different dresses! I digress. I wouldn’t do that.

The dresses looks easy enough to make and my mother is a sewing wiz. So, we will make one, a test. I don’t want to throw all my girls into dress that will look awful on them.  We will take a trial run. I found a tutorial online and for $25, bought some fabric.

Let’s see how this goes. More details later! How terribly exciting!

Also! If anyone has any experience with these dresses and how they look on all different body types, I would love to hear about it.

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Unique Wedding Locations in Northeast Ohio

In my previous posts, I talked a lot about the reception sites we visited.  I wanted to share some of the places I found when researching venues. These three places were great little gems, but due to their size, they just weren’t right for us. Enjoy!

Northeast Ohio’s Little Gems:

Squire’s Castle — Willoughby Hills, Ohio
Cleveland Metroparks

Stone Cottage  — Peninsula, Ohio
Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Hines Hill Conference Center — Peninsula, Ohio
Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Wedding Clichés

If you are a fan of How I Met Your Mother, you’ve probably seen the episode where Lily and Marshall plan their wedding and they reveal a list of wedding clichés that they won’t do. We would like our wedding to be trimmed of some wedding clichés. In this article, I have compiled a list of classic wedding clichés. Some are just overdone and some are just plain awful.

Wedding Cliché #1: You’re glowing, literally.

Ladies, when you’ve been pale in every other situation in your life other than your wedding, it looks fake. That “beachy glow” you got from a spray can and a few hours trapped in a microwave looks weird. I would like Cody to recognize me when I walk down the aisle. I don’t want him to think, “Who is that?”

Wedding Cliché #2: Your hair makes you look like an alien.

When your head of hair gets so top-heavy, you can’t keep it up, that’s a problem. Brides start to look like Marie Antoinette. During your wedding day, you should look like the best possible you and not a Tim Burton creation.

Wedding Cliché #3: One more time with feeling.

Oh, Pachelbel’s Canon in D & Wagner’s Wedding March. It is just a bit overdone. I would find those songs appropriate in a huge lavish wedding. Our little wedding, no. We are looking to give off more of a casual vibe to our wedding. So, we are ditching the stuffy marches.  Since, I am such a huge 80s movie fan, I am thinking St. Elmo’s Fire’s Love Theme.

Wedding Cliché #4: I wonder what they will read.

Corinthians is overdone, no surprise there.

Wedding Cliché #5: 1, 2, 3! JUMP!

Oh, those awful wedding picture clichés. It is a classic. Nothing says classy like a duckfaced bride. It is truly beautiful. One of my favorites is a bride standing alone looking at herself in the mirror or groomsmen with flasks, classy. The worst is the black and white photos with the random pop of color. It looks so natural.

Wedding Cliché #6: If you clang your glass one more time….

As comical it is to watch the drunk guy start the clanging of the glasses, it gets a little old. But I suppose it isn’t a heart-ship to give your sweetie a kiss to humor the crowd.

Wedding Cliché #7: How low can I go? Not far.

The following line dances will not be welcomed at our wedding:

a. The Electric Slide
b. The Cha Cha Slide
c. The Macarena
d. The Chicken Dance
e. The Congo Line
f. The YMCA

Wedding Cliché #8: The Do Not Play List

  • “Every Breath You Take – Police (Unless you’re marrying your creepy stalker, this is not a romantic song!)
  • I will Always Love You – Dolly Parton/ Whitney Houston (It’s about a break up. Please, no talk of “bittersweet memories” at your wedding.)
  • Lips of an Angel – Hinder (The angel’s great lips are enough to make him think about cheating on his girlfriend).
  • My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion (She’s singing the song to her dead boyfriend. Dead and weddings don’t mix that well.)
  • Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton (Yet another death song I’ve heard at too many weddings. I know there’s the life insurance policy, but it’s a little too early to be talking about death, don’t you think?)
  • I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor. (Not only have I heard this at a million weddings, but I’ve also seen it on lists of “popular wedding songs!” People, it’s a song about surviving a horrible breakup! Don’t play this at your wedding.)
  • Jesse’s Girl – Rick Springfield (Go ahead. Fuel rumors that the bride is sleeping/has slept/will sleep with the Best Man.)
  • White Wedding – Billy Idol (Idol himself says that the song is about hating his sister’s fiancé.)” -Via: Wedding Receptions – The Do Not Play List

Wedding Cliché #9: Cake smashed face.

I think it is about time that the cake in face bit to retire. I believe it is a bit juvenile. It makes me cringe. I heard that couples that do this are more likely to get divorced. I am not sure about that, but I am sure it would be a rocky start if both parties didn’t agree on the matter and it still happened.

Wedding Cliché #10: Catching the bouquet & garter

I believe both practices demean women. Done.

Overall, I believe clichés can lead to predictability and a forgettable wedding. Great creative and think of new ways to make your wedding something your guests will remember.

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A Top Secret Dress

A few days ago, Mom came up to Cleveland to visit me. While here, we decided to venture out to Mentor to visit a bridal shop. We wanted to take advantage of the time we had together. Let’s just get this straight; we had no plans on finding a dress. As we all know, things have a funny way of working out.

Upon arrival at the bridal shop, we were greeted by a delightful sales associate. She told us to walk around the room and pick some dress we liked. I was thinking lace, simple and ivory. We came up with about six dresses. Some of the dresses were simple with a huge skirt and a detailed belt. One was a trumpet style with beading on the bodice. Another had lots of pickups, it was intense.   Then there was The One.

I am not going to tell you what The One looks like. I want it to be a surprise.  I will tell you that it has been found, not bought, just found. Mom cried. It was adorable.

Mom and I were so shocked that we found the dress; we didn’t want to make an impulse buy. So, we left. BUT! We will go back to get it. We are still in love.

We plan to return later this summer with my bridesmaids in tow. How absolutely delightful!

Extreme Wedding Weekend

Akron, OH 106

Image by steve loya via Flickr

Are you ready to hear what I’ve got planned for this weekend? Hold on to your hats, it’s going to be an extreme weekend of wedding shenanigans-gans-gans-gans. On Friday, I have a viewing of the ultra cool Quaker Square in Akron, Ohio. Courtesy of Wikipedia, “Quaker Square is a mall located in downtown Akron, Ohio, which is the result of the renovation of the Quaker Oats mill, silos, and factory which originally operated there. The complex is currently a hotel and a dormitory for the University of Akron.” When you stay at the hotel, the rooms are round because you sleep in a silo! It was a museum/ice cream parlor. Now, it’s just a weird mall.

They have a few different options for locations at Quaker Square. I will learn more about them Friday. From what I understand, there is a ballroom inside of the hotel, a large café with railroad cars and an additional building not attached to the hotel. Oh, the possibilities. I always imagined myself getting married at Quaker Square, but we shall see….

Saturday, my sisters, Roni and Rachel, my mom and I are heading to Pennsylvania. We are first going to The Winner to try on bridesmaid dresses and wedding dresses for the first time. We don’t plan to buy, but when you are so close to the magic that is The Winner, you must stop. The Winner is extreme shopping to the max.

After a quick trip to The Winner, we are headed to Tara! “Tara! Home. I’ll go home, and I’ll think of some way to get him back! After all, tomorrow is another day!” Oh, the drama.  Tara is a nice country inn near Sharon, PA. From what I understand, it has tons of Gone with the Wind memorabilia. How terribly exciting! My mother failed to tell me that everyone at Tara dresses in period clothing, lots of hoop skirts and corsets, hoop skirts and corsets…

Then we are going to the place where dreams come true, Ikea.

Sunday, day of rest? Not a chance! We are all headed to Mineral City, Ohio to visit Country Cottage & Gardens. From what I can tell on the website, it looks so adorable. But, their pictures could be strategic.  Sneaky.  I like CC & G; they have a reception site combo. They have a cheap site fee and they do the catering.  The catering is probably where they make their money though. The food looks tasty, but they could be strategic. Sneaky.

Next week, I will have reviews and pictures of the locations and a report back from The Winner. Cody has to work the whole weekend, I have to take super notes. Wish me luck.