A month and a half away from the big day. It’s been quite some time since I last posted but this will give everyone an idea what has been planned so far…
So far, not much has been done about food other than having a list of what I want to make and the ingredients I’ll need. I did watch the sales and bought some chicken breasts (with skin and bone) for $1.99/lb. We boiled about 12 of them and then I removed the skin and bones and froze the meat. I saved the broth from it and froze it as well as I will use it for the soup I’ll be making for the wedding. I’m going to start making as much as I can ahead of time. It will be that much less to do when wedding week comes.
Butter is on sale this week for $3 so I’ll buy some and freeze it for use in the sandwiches. I bought Ritz and Vegetable Thins when they came on sale a couple of weeks ago for $2/box and mayo. I’ve been collecting things and storing them for the big day.
I’ll be watching for ham to come on sale soon to do the same thing. Other items I’ll hold out for are cheese (for the deli platters I’m making and flour (I’m making the bread for the sandwiches). Of course if there’s anything else on sale that I need and I can store it for another month, I’ll get it.
The wedding dress is now too big for me which I kind of figured would happen with my weight loss. I’ll have to meet with my seamstress soon! I will buy the shoes either this weekend or throughout the week. I’ve decided to go with white sandals. They’re much easier on my feet and I find sandals comfortable.
Hair/Nails/ Make up
I went to the hair dresser and she gave me some tips to achieve the hair style I want. I plan on doing my own. I also got my hair dyed (ombré – red to blonde). If you plan on doing your hair, your hair dresser (if she’s good) will be a huge help to you!
I bought a fake nail kit and plan on trying it this weekend. I’ll report on how good the experience was and the quality of the product.
Make up trials will start this week. I shouldn’t have much problem with that since I was trained as a cosmetician/make up artist years ago. One tip that I will give everyone right now. If you plan on giving your skin a new skin care regime or try a different foundation, etc., don’t wait until a week or two before the wedding. Do it early on to make sure there are no breakouts or any other unexpected results. Also apply quite a few times since allergies develop after repeated use. This will avoid any unnecessary stress 🙂
I highly suggest having your own wine made for the wedding. In May, we went to Defalco’s in Ottawa and had a batch of wine made. What I opted for was White Zinfandel. They told us it would be more like a cooler without the carbonation. I can no longer have carbonated drinks since I had my weight loss surgery (VSG) in March so this option seemed very appealing to me.
We bottled it June 24 and got 28 full bottles and a partial bottle (about 3/4). We were able to drink it right away. It doesn’t need time to age in order to drink it, although it’s supposed to get better with age. It will have aged sufficiently by August 15th. If you want a more traditional wine, please make it earlier because apparently it really does need to age! 😉
Last Friday, we decided to open the partial bottle and give it a try. I like it! Mmmmmm very fruity and sweet 🙂 I’m looking forward to finding out what it will be like in August. They come with the little shrink wrap tops and I was able to put them on using a blow dryer. I bought customizable labels for it, printed out how I wanted them to look and stuck them on. In the end, it will cost about $5 for each bottle of wine!
I remember when my cousin Lorraine was getting married back in the 80’s, a bunch of us sitting around a table assembling party favours for her wedding. I did something similar.
I bought plastic shot glasses at Dollar Tree (20 for $1.25). I bought a roll of tulle at Walmart (I forget how much it was but it wasn’t that expensive and there’s a lot in the roll). I bought 50 white shipping tags at Staples for under $5. I had some Avery labels (10 per sheet) and played around in Word in order to print on the lables. The printed text is “Elaine & Brad August 15, 2015” and I changed the direction on the label so it was going upwards; this way I could get it 3 times on one label. Then I cut the label to give me 3 “Elaine & Brad…” and stuck each one on its own shipping tag.
I went to Bulk Barn and bought silver cola balls, small “power mints” which are like Scotch mints but smaller and a little stronger, and red cherry jelly beans. I mixed all the candy together and started filling my shot glasses. I placed 2 crossed strips of tulle over the top, tightened the tulle to kind of pull it together on the bottom of the shot glass and twisted it. I tied it off, put multiple strands of red and white ribbon on it making sure to have a strand of ribbon go through one of my shipping tags. I tied the ribbon strands together and then curled the ribbons with scissors.
They’re cute! The look like little bells. 🙂
As I mentioned before, we are planning to have the wedding at the farm. It’s beautiful and it’s no charge 🙂 Brad worked very hard getting all the flowers we bought in. They’re growing well and it should look lovely! This is the first year that I’ve been able to help as far as the grounds are concerned since I’ve lost so much weight.
I bought a grass trimmer at Lowe’s a few weeks ago and have cleared all the weeds and grass that was thickly growing on the road side of the fence. There is a lot of fence! I managed to get it all cut down spread out over a couple of weekends. That first weekend was a killer, my arms were sore for days! But it’s done and if it keep at it regularly, it won’t be a big job again.
Plan B Venue
In the spring at the farm, the water table was low and we had no water. Well, we had a bit but it was murky. I’m a little worried about that happening for the wedding because the water tables are low again. I also was starting to worry about other uncontrollable scenarios that could play out. What if there was a power outage? What if there were unforeseen plumbing problems? A whole list of things that could go wrong at the farm. It forced me to consider a venue in case something happened that the farm couldn’t be used.
I contacted the church I used to go to when I was a kid. I found out that I could rent the basement of the church (it has all the tables and chairs, etc.; even dishes if I need them) for $100 and it was still available! It turns out that if I don’t use it but just want to hold it as a plan B, it’s only going to be $25! Wow! I jumped on that 🙂 So now I have a back up venue. $25 is definitely worth all the peace of mind it gives me!
I went through a ton of music that I have and have a collection that I want to have played specifically for the wedding. As it turns out, there’s a port on my Pioneer audio receiver that I can hook my mp3 player to. I haven’t tried yet, but I think I can hook my laptop’s headphone jack to the “in” on the receiver and play songs directly from my laptop. I’ll be trying it this week sometime. If it doesn’t work, I can use my mp3 player, but I think it will work 🙂
Sharon almost has the bridesmaid dresses done. They’re very nice! She’s throwing a bridal shower for me on Sunday. Although my sister’s not in the wedding party since she won’t be at the wedding, she’ll be having a mixed pre-wedding celebration for us at the end of the month.
Wendy won’t be in from Calgary until about a day before the wedding.
Yesterday at work, a friend of mine was asking me if I had a photographer lined up for the wedding. I said, “No, they’re too expensive so I’m doing it myself.” She agreed that they were expensive and then she said something that almost knocked me over! She told me that she has a Nikon DSLR camera and that she would take my pictures as a gift to me! Wow! She’s done 3 other weddings and she gets some good shots. That was so nice of her. I took her up on her generous offer and now I don’t have to take my own pictures 🙂
The day before that, my cousin emailed me on Facebook and said that her significant other was offering to record the wedding on video for me! Wow, no charge either, it’s a gift! I’ve been blown away this week 🙂 I’ll still have the camcorder going for the live YouTube feed though.
I’ve finished making the necklace I want to wear for the wedding. It’s quite nice! It’s made of white shell beads, red fossil beads, silver seed beads, and small round silver beads. It’s got the red and white theme but the silver gives it a little bling 🙂
I made a necklace and matching bracelet of red plastic beads, white howlite beads, and white seed beads for Brad’s 14 year old daughter who’ll be attending. I hope she’ll like it; it’s similar to mine as far as the technique that was used, but looks quite a bit different than mine.
I’ll be making jewelry for the bridesmaids as well; I’ll be starting that this coming week and making myself a matching bracelet and earrings. I’m also going to make a headband for myself using a brooch that belonged to my grandmother (father’s mother). It’s both old (but pretty!) and blue. I think it will be quite beautiful.
I bought a blank invitation kit at Michael’s. I found the grey ribbon a bit boring so I cut my own red ribbon an used it for half of them. I used red font to give it a splash over colour. They turned out quite nice! If I sent 2 separate invitations to 2 people at the same address, I sent one with red ribbon and the other in grey so they had distinctive invitations 🙂