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!

What you got there is a…

RECEPTION SITE. It’s 100% official. Saturday, we put down a deposit on Country Cottages & Gardens. Woohoo! Now for the next 710 days until the wedding, we will need everyone to rally good thoughts for wonderful weather on our wedding day (don’t be the weak link, do your part). And yes, I do have a countdown on my phone and every night I tell Cody the current count. Needless to say, we still have awhile.

In the mean time, here are some things we like:

Photos from ruffledblog.com. Awesome site.

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The Reception Site

After an extreme weekend of reception venue viewing, Cody and I have decided on a location! Oh, boy is this exciting. On May 4th, 2013, Cody and I will be getting married at Country Cottages and Gardens in Mineral City, Ohio. Before we get to the good stuff, let’s first discuss the other candidates.

Friday, mom and I visited Quaker Square in Akron, Ohio. Quaker Square has a huge ballroom with impressive chandeliers and tall ceilings. It was a little too massive and impersonal for our taste. The site does have some great photo locations. We did get to go into one of the hotel rooms. They are all round! Like my Aunt Jill said, the rooms do have a weird echo. Overall: boring and typical.

Then Saturday, we went to Tara, A Country Inn in Pennsylvania. Tara is beautiful and unique, but not for us. They have two locations for large parties, a tent outside in the garden and the Old South Armory, a large room inside of the house. We first saw the tent, very nice. The good part comes when we go to the Armory. I walk into the Armory and every (EVERY) wall is covered with “the largest collection of Civil War guns in America.” I should have thought something when they said “Armory”. I say to our tour guide, “You have quite an impressive gun collection; can we cover them up?” Yeah, that was a big fat no way. Overall: unique, pretty and totally hilarious.

Let’s go back to the good part, County Cottages and Gardens. The estate has a large estate house and then smaller cottages surrounding the main house. My close family and friend will be able to stay in the surrounding cottages, making it a very wedding weekend. They also have a boathouse and pool house as well. In the center of the property is a large pond; we would be getting married right in front of it. As for the reception, we would walk over to the property’s massive deck! The desk comes with a super sweet bar and outdoor grill. The staff chef would be outside cooking everyone’s meal, think hibachi. We will be able to see and smell our tasty meal. Best of all, the estate comes with a full staff, a stress free day! The whole property gives off an easy/not-so-stuffy vibe. As for the price, let’s just say, you get a wallop of a bang for your tiny little buck. Overall: Perfect.Related articles

Extreme Wedding Weekend

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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.

A Groom’s Suggestions

If Cody had control of the decor at our wedding, it would be a fishing wedding extravaganza.  It would include Coleman lanterns, fishing poles at each table and bowls with fish that are just asking to be caught. Well, I said no. I did say yes to the lanterns, but not to the Coleman. His love for fishing has no place in our wedding. That being said, my love for pandas and Special Agent Dale Cooper also doesn’t have any place at our wedding. Why? I will tell you. One, I can’t get a panda at the wedding. And two, Special Agent Dale Cooper went crazy in the last episode of Twin Peaks; he won’t be making any appearance anytime soon. But Jess, no fish!? I don’t want to acquire 20 goldfish after our reception.

Cody said that he wanted to invite Jamie and Adam from Mythbusters. And…I said no. I guess I am not any fun. Why in the world would I want to have Jamie and Adam from Mythbusters to our wedding? No one would want to have pictures taken with us; they would want one with the mythbusting duo.  I would like all the attention on us please!

Cody then asked if instead of a suit, he would rather wear a strormstrooper uniform. His requests were getting ridiculous at this point.

I did say yes to one suggestion from Cody. He would like a groom’s cake. He has free-range with that thing. He can put Jamie and Adam, Star Wars or fishing poles on it, I don’t care. Let’s see what he comes up with.

Oh, got some prices for Botzum. Let’s just say it’s a lot of money for just a barn. Cody and I will keep looking. We are off to look at Tara-A Country Inn and The Yellow Butterfly Winery. 

Haunted by Mason Jars

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From the start of all this planning, I’ve had the idea of mason jars as centerpieces at the reception. The mason jars would hold a large assortment of wildflowers. I’ve seen a lot of wedding use the jars as vases. I thought it was kind of neat, taking something that you typically wouldn’t see and place it in the center of our tables. I’ve seen other variations on the mason jars. Mason jars used as cups (cute, but a little too country for me) or lanterns (I could do that, it’s cute and cheap!).  Every single time I’ve brought up the idea of mason jars as vases my mother has cringed. I didn’t really take notice of it. Finally after weeks of mason jar talk, she finally spoke up, “I hate the mason jars, they remind me of your father and his obsession with everything country.” I laughed and said, “Okay, no mason jars.”

One of my dear friends, who will be married very soon, told me how she always felt like she need to please her family when it came to her wedding. She was always trying to incorporate her family’s ideas into her wedding. She said it was trying and quiet difficult. That was her first warning to me after I told her of my engagement. I wasn’t worried then or now about this warning. My family is pretty easygoing when it comes to these matters, but I do try to please my mother with things. It’s just because I like her.

When confronted with these issues, I think it is best to communicate your feelings and ideas. I being a communication major, I believe communication is the key to solving all problems, wedding or not.

Rather than a Momzilla, I would prefer a Mom-Kong.

Back from Botzum

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Saturday, Cody, my mother and I visited Botzum Farmstead in Akron, Ohio. If you are looking for a site with character and sheer beauty, Botzum is for you. It has just about every outdoorsy element you could ask for: woods, water, grass, animals.

Looking out from the barn, there is a huge green lawn with a nice wooden fence running through it, a perfect backdrop for your any wedding photos. To the side of the barn, is a set of nice restrooms with easy access for your guests. On the other side, they have a really nice sized fire pit. It is a great addition to the barn and would be just another exciting feature for the wedding to have. The barn also has a covered deck attached to the front of it. Inside of the barn, it had rich dark wooden beams and huge wooden doors and windows. It is quite airy and really brings the outside in.

Cody and I absolutely loved the place. We have one more location to look at and then we should be able to make a decision. The only drawback for Botzum is our weather concern. Yes, it is technically inside, but the elements can still reach us. Also, the parking is all in a field. That could be worrisome for our older guest. We will have to think about it, but we are in love….again.

I am sure you are just dying to know what is this other mysterious location is. Well, you’re in luck because I will tell you. We are going to make a quick visit to see the brand new, Yellow Butterfly Winery. As they say on their website, “Ohio’s Newest Winery.” Well congrats; you won’t be able to use that tag line for long. We (mainly me) are every excited to see what is inside of that big yellow barn! They are opening in the beginning of May and they have already started to have requests for weddings. Well, maybe ours will be there too. You never know.

As you can tell, Cody and I are looking for a nice barn for our wedding. Let’s just get something straight. This wedding isn’t going to be a country wedding. We are thinking more vintage and earthy not cowboy boots.