weekend of productivity, III

Now where did I leave off… ah yes. Spending lots of money at the Paper Source. After that we headed to my favorite Old Town eatery for some Saturday brunch. I had the Scottish eggs, E had the fritatta, and A had the crabcake sandwich. All highly recommended. </shameless plug>

Then the ladies and I went our separate ways. My afternoon was equally productive, though not in entirely wedding-related ways, unless you count a massive grocery shopping trip wedding related. Which, tangentially, it is, since is provided sustenence for J and me. And without us, well, no wedding.

Sunday I attacked my wedding storage office with a vengance. You are thankful that I am not providing a before picture because it. was. horrendous. In addition to the fact that I have literally been arbitrarily tossing all wedding-related purchases and deliveries in to the room with neither rhyme nor reason, it was also full of “storage” from when I moved in. Yes, I know that was December. Deal. You know all those enormous tupperware containers you have of old high school papers and swim meet ribbons from 1993? Yeah, that’s what was in there.  So. I took my ham-and-cheese omlette fed self (thanks babe!) and a large garbage can and went to work.

In the end, I have several empty drawers, one empty tupperware container thingy, a wedding CORNER, and took out three large garbage cans of remnants from the 1980s. And 1990s. And early 2000s. Faretheewell, childhood.

Clean office!

The Wedding Corner

In return, I have a functional working space. And after October 23rd, when The Wedding Corner is cleared out, it might even look uncluttered a little less cluttered!

Yes, I am writing this from the couch in the den. Why do you ask?

weekend of productivity, II

After our completely successful bridemaids dress retrieval, we drove down the street to Paper Source, in Old Town, to find something to line the invitation envelopes with. My understanding from the DIY bride blogs I read is that this is a fairly simple DIY undertaking. Since I am crafting impaired, I figure it is something I can do that will be a nice touch. My mother thinks I’m crazy, but. She is the one who jumped up and down about putting the “u” in honor on the invitation. At least I know what country we’re in.

BM K is quite popular and had other appointments Saturday afternoon, so she took her leave of us, and BMs A and E joined me on our craft materials expedition. Now. You are putting three 20-something ladies each with various levels of design background in a high end paper and stationery store. I do not need to tell you that this was neither a brief nor inexpensive excursion. Hooooowever we did end up with some BEE-YOO-TEE-FUL paper with which to line the envelopes. It’s a green and gold metallic brocade pattern, not unlike this one from the Paper Source website. It may even be the exact same pattern, but in person it’s a little more muted. Also we bought big sheets of it. Heck if I’m shelling out for precut envelope liners. That’s what exacto knives are for!


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While we were there, I also took the opportunity to select some ribbon for the place cards that we’re making. The purpose of the ribbon will become clear to you at a later date (presuming you care) but for now, you may gaze upon the lovely colors I picked.

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Also, because I am not completely insane, I snagged an envelope liner template kit.

Sure, I probably could have sized them myself but… you cannot put a price on sanity, my friends. More of the weekend of productivity, coming soon.

95 days!

oh yeah … and we passed the 100 day mark sometime last week! it’s alllll downhill from here, kids.

weekend of productivity

…until about 9:00 Sunday night, when it came to a grinding halt. but, we’ll start with the beginning!

On Friday night BM E came over and we went to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. O. M. G. Love me some Harry Potter. Everything about the books (and movies) is just so transportive and whimsical. It’s such a complete break from reality for a few hours into this believable, wonderful magical world. Yes, I agree that there were aspects of the book that should definitely have been more at the forefront of the movie… and some of the snogging could have been on the cutting room floor. But overall I was enchanted. It probably helps that I haven’t read the book since it was released in… 2005? So my memory on the details is not so keen. And I still believe that Alan Rickman as Snape is one of the most brilliant casting choices in modern cinematic history, up there with DDL as Daniel Plainview (I! DRINK! YOUR! MILKSHAAAKE!)

Anyway. On with my weekend. On Saturday morning we met two of the other BMs, K and A, at the bridal salon to pick up the bridesmaids dresses! Yes, they are in! And the not-so-helpful folks at the salon didn’t bother letting us know until I called to inquire about their whereabouts. But, neither here nor there. We have the dresses! Unfortunately, my sister/MOH was unable to make the trip up, so I picked up her dress. Therefore, we sadly do no have a photograph of her in her dress. But not to fear – she will be in town NEXT weekend for my FIRST SHOWER! And I will force her to do a fashion show at that time.

The dresses are absolutely gorgeous – the color is exactly what I wanted, and all of the ladies look fabulous in it and love their dress choices. A few minor alterations are needed for each, but thankfully nothing drastic. (BMs K and A need to have their dresses cut from floor length to tea length) Without futher ado, I present… the lovely bridesmaids:

BM K, lucky enough to have me take both front and rear photos, because she has an oh-so-lovely bow on the back of her dress!

BM E, it’s unfortunate you can’t see her face because she was SO happy about her dress. (She’s actually going to be wearing it again, for another wedding!)

And lastly, completing my trio of v-necked bridesmaids, BM A

I think this post has gotten long enough… you’ll just have to wait for the next one to find out what ELSE I did on my oh-so productive weekend… and the bummer ending!

the list

You know which one I’m talking about, brides. The dreaded list. No, not the guest list (though I’ve had my share of nightmares about that, too). I’m talking about the TO DO LIST. The one that mysteriously multiplies over night, and adds two items for each one you cross off.

When I first started planning, everything I had to do was BIG. Set a date. Find a venue. Buy a dress. The generic version of The List on The Knot served me quite well for these tasks. And since I’m a “big picture” type of girl, it was easy for me to remember them. Need cake. Need flowers.

But now. Well, we’re in the weeds, kids. And I am NOT a details type of girl. Florist? Check. What types of greenery specifically should we put in the centerpieces? Ummm. (Answer: I don’t care, as long as it’s green.) My feeling is, as long as we have an officiant, a marriage license, a bride, a groom, and our families… everything else can just fall into place of its own accord.

So, I would like to share with you, my fellow detail-deficient and type A brides alike, my little secret for not losing my mind. J showed me this a few years ago when I was in grad school, at the end of a semester when I was up to my eyes in work, and it is a life saver. Or a sanity saver at least.


This website allows you to categorize and make lists of things you need to do, people to call, shopping lists, errands, you name it. And the best thing is, you can share lists with other users! So, I have a list of wedding things that I personally need to take care of, but I also have one that J needs to be involved with. So we can both update (and add to… sigh) that list. You can even sign up for an RSS feed to let you know when a list has been updated. You can make lists to share with your bridesmaids, or your parents, anyone involved in helping you with the wedding. And I don’t need to mention how many other situations this is brilliant for. Besides school and wedding, I’ve made shopping lists, moving lists, gift lists (it’s fantastic at the holidays).

What lists do you need to make?

hi, my name is kate

…and I’m an Etsy addict. It’s gotten to the point where J doesn’t even ask me what’s in the boxes that get delivered anymore, he just leaves them on my desk. Most of the stuff I order is small, so our mailbox often has a bulky envelope or little wrapped box in it. The problem with Etsy is that it caters to all of my shopping weaknesses – crafts, accessories, supporting independent businesses and artists (particularly women), easy online ordering, and customization. Combined with the fact that I’m in the midst of planning a wedding, and thus have a need for lots of cute small crafty things… it’s just a big recipe for trouble.

Take for instance, my wedding day earrings. No, I can’t show them to you, because I don’t know which of the FOUR PAIRS I’ve purchased off of Etsy I’m actually going to wear.

But I CAN show you all four. 🙂


This pair is the original set that I bought when I bought my necklace. They are beautiful and simple, and I got them because I wanted something that would let the necklace stand out. Unfortunately when I tried them on with everything… you didn’t even notice them.

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These two pairs are vintage clip-on earrings. I love them because my earring holes are really really sensitive, and wearing one of these would eliminate the chance that I’d infect them. I haven’t tried them on with the dress and my hair up yet, though, so I’m not sure if they’ll be too heavy around my face.


This is a handmade pair with vintage elements (on the bottom). They look really nice with the vintage element on my necklace. The rhinestones on one of the elements are a little askew, but I actually think that gives them some interest. (And, by extention, would give ME some interest!)

Which pair do you think I should wear? Or should I go back to Etsy for some further earring shopping? Have you been indecisive about any wedding day accouterments?

i’m not even going to bother…

…making excuses for my blogging laziness. Yes, I know, it’s been two months since I posted. I’m sorry. ::Hangs head in shame::

To get me back in blogging mode, I’m stealing a meme off of a fun new blog I found, Ashley’s Antics. Ashley is another DC area wedding blogger getting married in October! I’m not going to tag anyone, but feel free to steal it and play along!

So, here we go.

Kate & J

1. What are your middle names? Frances & Daniel

2. How long have you been together? Started dating in September 2006

3. How long did you know each other before you started dating? A few weeks

4. Who asked whom out? He asked me out, but I made the plans!

5. How old are each of you? 27 & 32 (I’ll be 28 by the wedding)

6. Whose siblings do you see the most? Hmmm… we see all of our siblings pretty regularly, every few weeks.

7. Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple? J being unemployed sucks.

8. Did you go to the same school? Nope

9. Who is smarter? I’d like to think we’re both pretty smart, in different ways. He’s really good at building things and understanding how things work together. I’m more academic and logical.

10. Who is the most sensitive? I am definitely. He’s pretty sensitive too.

11. Where do you eat out most as a couple? We like ethnic food a lot – Indian, Middle Eastern, Thai… or BBQ. And there’s a little hole in the wall diner about 20 minutes away that we love for brunch on weekends.

12. Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple? Costa Rica!

13. Who has the craziest exes? Neither of us has particularly crazy exes.

14. Who has the worst temper? He does. But we can both be pretty hot-headed, especially if we’re hungry!

15. Who does the cooking? Usually it’s about 50/50, but he’s been doing most of it lately, since I have to stay off my bum ankle. (That’s a story for another post).

16. Who is the neat-freak? Him, definitely. He’s been a good influence though. I’m definitely not as messy as I used to be. But he’s still neater.

17. Who is more stubborn? We are both very stubborn. Usually about really dumb things. This is also worse when we’re hungry.

18. Who hogs the bed? He says I do, but that’s only because he comes to bed so late! Obviously I’m going to spread out if I’m sleeping there for three hours alone…

19. Who wakes up earlier? I do during the week, he usually does on weekends.

20. Where was your first date? Meriweather Post Pavillion for Jon Stewart stand-up

21. Who is more jealous? Neither of us is really jealous. Sometimes I get grumpy if I think he’s not spending enough time with me.

22. How long did it take to get serious? After 8 or 9 months we knew we had something good.

23. Who eats more? He does, a lot. The man has the metabolism of a… something with a really fast metabolism. Drives me nuts.

24. Who’s better with the computer? He’s a software developer, so it’s no contest. I can hold my own though.

25. Who drives when you are together? Neither of us particularly likes to drive, so we take turns. He drives more though, because he prefers his car and his car is automatic, which I don’t do.

…aaaaand we’re back! It’s supposed to be 95 in DC tomorrow, so I’ll stay inside with the AC and catch all you nice folks up on what’s been going on with the wedding and other news recently. I hope you haven’t forgotten me!