Posts Tagged ‘Wedding Planning’

If my wedding were a cheesy romantic comedy, then right now Stevie Wonder would be singing as a montage rolled: of my fiance and I assembling, licking and stamping all 130 of our invites,  of me walking in the summer heat over to the post office, of me hand canceling each envelope as the line behind me grows (yes, they let me do that. It was awesome), and finally ending with me mailing  an invitation addressed to the Honorable Barack Obama (it wouldn’t really fit in with the PLOT of my wedding movie, but it would match the song perfectly!)

But my wedding is not a romantic comedy,  and in the end we decided not to invite Barack and Michelle Obama to our wedding. Even though I do love our President, I feel that he and his staff have better things to do than come to a humble farm wedding in the Midwest. Still, this is a real thing. Apparently a lot of brides invite the president to their wedding, and whenever possible the “president” (i.e. some lowly intern who works for him) sends a letter of congratulations.

And that is pretty freakin’ cool, and probably worth the price of the invitation. So, maybe we will invite them after all… but only if enough of our A-list declines 🙂

Did you invite the president to your wedding?


Just realized that I left HALF the invites at home when I went to the post office earlier. D’OH!

I guess the montage continues…


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I’ve been sicky sicky bum bum all week. Like woah. I don’t get sick often, I can’t remember the last time I even had a cold. But I guess my number was up. Yesterday I was so miserable that even ice-cream (!!) couldn’t cheer me up.

That’s a pretty bad sign

(okay, yes I know you’re supposed to avoid dairy when you’re sick. But ICE CREAM!?).

Anyway, I was so sick that even minor wedding tasks, like putting stamps on rsvp cards, was formidable. But, just when I thought all was lost, there was a knock on the door and a delivery man dropped off a very large box addressed to ME (and also to my Mr. but mostly to me). And do you know what it was? It was our very first wedding gift! Hallelujah! I’m not sure how they found our registry since we haven’t even sent out the invites yet, but our family friends from California sent us one of my most coveted items!

A Cuisin<3

Seriously, I have ALWAYS wanted one of these. Receiving this gift totally turned my whole day around. But now I want to use it! What should I make?

I know, I know, I have a lifetime to use my cuisinheart, but I have this (admittedly ambitious) idea that I am going to take pictures of us using each of our wedding gifts and somehow include the picture in the thank you note to each person. Some gifts will lend themselves to this more naturally than others.

“Dear George, Thanks so much for the washcloths. As you can see we really enjoy using them to wash our faces!”


or worse…  “Dear Aunt Louise, thank you so much for the towels, look we’re using them to dry off after enjoying a shower…together…”

awkward sauce

So I don’t know if we’ll follow through on this threat for every gift, but a Cuisinheart lends itself nicely to this idea. So the only question is: what to make?

What is your favorite use for your food processor?

Also of imminent importance: thank you notecards. I need help here as well (I know I’m super needy tonight, but I’ve been sick. Help a sister out!)

What are the cutest, funniest, nicest thank you cards you’ve come across on the expansive storefront also known as the World Wide Web?

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A while back, I started explaining some of the many Jewish traditions and ceremonies associated with weddings. When I say many, I mean MANY. I’ve also suggested that my honey and I are planning a “New Jewish Wedding,” by which I mean we are keeping the traditions we like, and saying sianara to the rest! One tradition that is somewhat controversial in American weddings, but that we’re deciding to keep is the veiling ceremony, the Bedeken.

The veiling ceremony is a Jewish tradition because, in biblical times poor Jacob was tricked into marrying Leah, even though he had toiled for SEVEN years to marry her sister, Rachel (Imagine Rachel Green from FRIENDS). Jacob ended up marrying the wrong sister, all because the bride was wearing a veil and Jacob didn’t know it was actually Leah (imagine Liz Lemon from 30 Rock. Still hot, but a little older, and a little nerdier than sister Rachel).


In modern times, the groom meets up with the bride just prior to the wedding for a veiling ceremony, so that he acknowledges that this is the woman he intends to marry. But, this doesn’t quite jibe with modern American traditions. In order to have a veiling ceremony, you have to see your groom (or bride) before the wedding! Luckily, the new trend of having a “First Look” makes this a little easier.

And that is exactly what we intend to do. W day, we’ll get all gussied up in the morning, potentially engage in several other Jewish wedding traditions (that I’ll describe later), have a first look, take some photos, have some fun and eventually reconvene together with witnesses and the rabbi to sign the Ketubah and have the Bedeken.

Of course, there is the lingering complication that my veil doesn’t have a blusher, so my groom can’t ACTUALLY veil me… but I’ll find a way to tackle that conundrum. Any ideas, ladies??

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No beating around the bush tonight. Let’s get to the meat of it: my invitations arrived in the mail today, and they are BEYOND gorgeous. Yes we paid out the nose for hand painted invites. When I paid last week, I couldn’t imagine what could be worth all this moolah. Turns out, our invitations were worth it.

sorry in advance for all the blurred out bits. I just don’t want any stalkers

(Our budget was blown on invites, we don’t have room for wedding crashers!!)

(All the pieces peeking out from their adorable folder)

<3 <3 <3(The piece at the top is the back of the RSVP card… I hope super cute RSVP cards don’t keep people from returning them! They get to keep the invite)

AHhhhhhhhhhh I’m so excited!! I want to mail them right this minute. Sadly, the envelopes are all at the calligraphers. It’s just as well, the wedding is still 3.5 months away (SO EXCITED).

I’m pretty sure that I am more excited about my invites than I am about the dress.

What detail are you most excited about for your wedding?

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I just finished watching last night’s season finale of Brother’s and Sisters.

Alright, alright, I didn’t so much watch it as cry through it. And yes, I know this was a particularly sad episode, but I’ve cried through the last three or four, and pretty much every single Grey’s since November. As my honey puts it, I’m a softie. But it’s not just the crying. I’m a hormonal mess. I crave ice cream all the time, in fact I’m eating it right now, and considering seconds (who am I kidding, thirds). My pores are the size of colorado, despite thorough exfoliating, and I can’t go 3 hours without food (preferably ice cream) or I’ll bite your head off (by you, I mean my fiance).

angsty shot

So what gives? If I didn’t know any better I’d think I was pregnant (stop hyperventilating, Mom. I’m NOT pregnant). I think it is the wedding planning. All this ooey gooey mush tugs at my heart strings. It’s like I AM pregnant, with a wedding!!

What do you think?

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I’ve spent a lot of time telling you about all the things I plan to do at the wedding. But there are SO many traditions and new trends associated with weddings, and while I’m sure they are right for some people, some of them just aren’t for us. So here is a list of 5 wedding trenditions that we will NOT be doing:

1) Writing our own vows. Hopefully we’ll say something nice and meaningful to each other at some point that day; perhaps during the yichud? (Explanation of that Jewish tradition forthcoming. But for now, check out wikipedia) Personally, I would have no problem with writing vows. My mister, however, hates being the center of attention. I think the wedding day will be torture enough without making him say something heartfelt in front of everyone we know.

2) Tuxes for the men. Our wedding is on a FARM for goodness sake. It’s silly enough that they’re wearing suits with all the goats and horses. Plus my man would rather spend the extremely limited groom’s budget (I may have funneled some of it into my dress budget) on a suit he can wear a lot, than on a tux rental.

3) Finely manicured floral arrangements.

Like I said, we’re getting married on a farm. Natural is the name of the game. My mom and I are planning to go to the farmers market the day before the wedding and purchase fresh local flowers and produce (pomegranates!!) to use in bouquets and centerpieces on the day of. Again, it’s just what works best for us.

4) Leaving for our honeymoon right after the wedding. We’re getting married in early September, and both have to go back to school two days after the wedding. We’re planning a honeymoon, but it won’t be until January. I’m hoping we can take a long weekend in September and have a “staycation” in a nice hotel on South Beach, we’ll see.

5) Not seeing each other before the ceremony. As part of a Jewish wedding, we will sign the ketubah before the ceremony. We will also have a veiling ceremony, where my mister “veils me” to ensure that he is marrying the right woman.

(I just hope Ursula doesn’t show up in my likeness and ruin the whole thing.)

So, we’re following the trend (if not American tradition) and having a first look.

What wedding trends or traditions have you decided to buck in the course of  your wedding planning?

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In honor of mother’s day, I thought I would do a short post on how I am honoring my mother and other important woman on my wedding day.

My mom is a crafty woman. She has made quilts for me and each of my sisters and cousins when we graduated high school and went off to  college.  Here’s a picture of me with my mom, and then with my quilt from my first day of college.

laughing and crying, you know it's the same release

with quiltFor my wedding, my mom has kindly offered to make the chuppah cover, a piece of fabric that will cover this trellis during our wedding ceremony

A chuppah is a Jewish tradition that, like the kippot men wear, also serves as a reminder of the presence of G-d.

ChuppahIn addition to having my mom make the chuppah, in order to personalize it, my mother has asked important women in my life (my grandmothers, Eli’s mother and step-mother) to contribute a small piece of fabric from their own wedding. Additionally, my mom has a button from her grandmother’s dress. My mom plans to incorporate all of these pieces into the chuppah in some way. I haven’t seen anything except a basic sketch, but just thinking about the completed work makes me well up! I will have many women standing beside me and looking down on me during my ceremony, and I can’t think of a better way to honor all these wonderful women who have done so much for my honey and I in our lives.


I love you, mom!

How will you honor important loved ones on your wedding day?

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