Everything is done except the finishing touches on my dress. Probably very few if any blog updates until we get back and post pictures.
Knoxville friends and family, be on the look out for an evite from the Boss Lady for our "Welcome Home, You got Married" party.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Everything is done except the finishing touches on my dress. Probably very few if any blog updates until we get back and post pictures.
After months of anticipation that I would get a glimpse of an onboard wedding they are finally going to show one. Oh, but it will be too late for me since it will be mine.
I hope other bride to be Eurodam Blog stalkers are out there watching.
If you haven't been keeping up with the blog you really should check out the latest feature The Captain's Log. It would make Krissy squeamish since he talked about winds and force and stabilizers, but I find it very appealing to my scientific mind.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
It's not stellar but not bad by a long shot. I would say if anything this is an honest review. Two main points: there is no wall dividing the Explorations Cafe and the Crows Nest. I assume this means the Cafe is also closed during our ceremony. Also, they have added drawers under the bed for more storage which is good. There is always plenty of closet space but it hard to store underwear on a shelf.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
is technically me. But today I have been working with Brenna. She is the Onboard Event Services Coordinator for the Eurodam.
Today we scheduled the Pool Fiesta Party for our group. We are also currently working on group seating for the 5 star Pinnacle Grill for our final evening aboard.
The bad news I have is that the only shore excursion that Krissy actually wanted to do, the Bacardi Rum Factory tour, is not operating because January 6th is a Puerto Rican national holiday. I am going to make it up to her by buying her all the rum drinks she can handle on that day.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
I am a little shocked that he didn't pick just plain, but the line on this ring really suites him.
Now ignore the engagement ring. My band looks like this. It fits against the curve of my e-ring and will be set with all Sapphires.
One final picture. Here is an updated picture of the Crow's Nest where our ceremony will take place.
I don't really know how the furniture arranging will work. I assume they will use the smaller chairs (in the background at the table) to arrange ceremony seating and then just leave the usual lounge set up for the reception. I love that it is going to be cozy couches and chairs at the reception.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
My mom will tell you that my hair is my best feature. As an immodest child I had no problem telling everyone that I had move star hair like Julia Roberts. It is thick and luxurious. As an adult I wear it up in a clip almost everyday.
Chillaxing and dancing. That is how it goes sometimes. Things are sort of at a stand still.
Here is a brief recap of recent events.
1. We booked The Ft. Lauderdale Grande Hotel and Yacht Club for the night before the cruise. My dad was kind enough to spring for the rooms for everyone involved in the wedding. This is good news for my MOH and ring bearer's parents.
2. Oh, I got a ring bearer. Will take picture of his super cute birds nest that the rings will come down the aisle on.
3. Picked out wedding bands. They won't let me take a pic until we pay which I will do on Saturday.
4. My mom got a ridiculously hot dress. They didn't have petite so she has to shorten it.
5. The mother of the groom wants to get her hair done so I put the groom in charge of that appointment.
This means he has two jobs now. The hair appt. details and keeping the google spreadsheet of guest details up to date.
Oh, let's talk about my hair.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
signature platters by Serendipity Crafts. Chris and my mom took a vote and chose this design. I ordered it in Navy. Each plates comes with a special pen and after guests sign you bake it in the oven and then you can actually use it. I am sure I will just hang ours on the wall.
Actually, things at work have been crazy. I keep thinking that I will blog from my iPhone but that tiny keyboard is hard to type on.
ALL THE GUESTS ARE BOOKED ON THE CRUISE! Now I just have to get everyone to fill out my google form so I can turn my guest information in.
The dress is coming along. My mom picked out a ridiculously gorgeous dress. My girls are planning my night of debauchery. Yay! Things are happening.
Update- Things are not ahppening. We are at a stand still as far as wedding things go. I should have more dress posts and other posts in the coming weeks but it is going to be slow.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Twistie over at Manolo for the Brides posted some tips on how to be a good guest. I think that is helpful for anybody because generally we are guests more often than we are brides.
- Please, please, please RSVP!
- If at all possible, send your wedding gift before the wedding.
- Remember that the registry list is a helpful suggestion, not an order.
- Arrive in good time looking like you belong.
- Get into the spirit of the party.
- Thank your hosts.
#2 is doubly so for us because the cruise line requests that gifts are not brought on board. You also shouldn't fly with wrapped gifts.
For Twistie's explanation of why these are good rules, read the whole post here.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
This isn't the first group trip I have put together. One of the hardest things was getting every one's name and birth date correct. In the case of our wedding group, I also need to collect immigration information such as passport number, emergency contact, etc. I thought I was going to have to send out a form for everyone to return then hassle them about getting it to me on time. What if I couldn't read the handwriting?
Well, to make things easier I used Google Documents. You set up a spreadsheet with all the headers and Google creates a form and e-mail it out. As guest fill in the blanks and hit submit the spreadsheet auto-populates. No laborious typing.
I am so excited I found this new feature. It is going to very useful for a lot of reasons.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
~Chris knows that he is not allowed to read this blog so don't worry.
As much time as I have spent accessorizing myself it is time to accessorize the groom. First his tie. I found this awesome tie on etsy from seller toybreaker. I think it fits a mechanical engineer perfectly.
Here is a small detail. Can you tell that the printing is actually pretty low so it may not show at all which is fine.
And what about this tie for the dads and maybe Chris's witness? I think the ship motif makes a good commemorative tie and it is not lame.
I haven't decided on the cuff links I am going to order Chris as his gift. What do you think? (leave a comment).
I tagged myself from Marmadaisy to do this meme.
What were you doing ten years ago?
I had just graduated high school and I was working at Pet Food Center and running around with friends until all hours of the night. I wish I had known then how much I should be cherishing those care free times.
5 things on my "to do" list today
1. Reschedule dentist
2. Clean my fishes tank - I am a bad mom
3. Harass people into RSVPing for my wedding - it is a constant battle
4. Get my measurements for our new costume order
5. Get groceries for tomorrow's cook out
Things I would do if I were a billionaire.
I would quit my job and open up a shop of whatevers like crafts and whimsy things. I would set up my retirement fund, kids college fund, buy a batch in NZ and then donate a lot of it to the Best Friends Animal Society to help save some kitties. I would probably also get a Llama so everyone knows I have been serious about saying that if I had the money I would get a Llama.
Places I have lived
Snacks I like
All snacks, I prefer very sweet or very salty
People I want to know more about
The people I work with and dance with. I think there are great things about them that I don't know.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Doing favors for a DW is hard. You can't really bring lots of edible things on a hot plane (or in my parents hot car where my luggage will be riding). So I am doing several small favors along the way.
It's no secret I love etsy. Why not get something handmade and promote small businesses. Everyone gets gifts from etsy from now on. So yesterday I ordered 20 of these awesome luggage tags.
I need to collect personal info from all our guests to put together the immigration sheets. This includes passport number and place of birth, etc. I am going to make an easy fill in the blank sheet and mail it out with one of these awesome tags. Everyone will have something bright to spot their bags. I think it is cool way to say thanks for coming to our wedding and thanks for being patient and letting me collect enough personal info to take over your identity.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Here is a side view of the rooms. Ours are on the first, second and third floors from the top.
Friday, June 13, 2008
So, I have been anxious that nothing is going on with the wedding. Waiting for RSVPs, waiting for my next session with Jillian, waiting for a final count so I can order favors, waiting, waiting, waiting.
Well, today my very best friend from high school RSVP'd. How exciting! This mean Anna and Krissy my two closest friends from anytime in my life will be there.
Friday, June 6, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
This post from the Pink Book Blog got me thinking about transportation. Why rent a Hummer-limo or a party bus that uses a ton of gas? You can ride away on bikes or arrive in a horse drawn carriage. Then I saw an awesome ad in Metropulse giving me just the information I needed to get out there to Knoxville brides. Check out www.knoxvillegreencar.com.
Now Chris and I do get a ride from our hotel to the ship. This is provided by Royal Ocean Events and I have no idea what kind of transport it will be. I think when I make more arrangements I will be sure and ask if they have a greener option.
Okay, I am a picture posting slacker. I have fabric and trim. I also have shoes, fondation garments, everything I need for my next meeting with Jillian. I have an appointment on Sunday at which point I am going to pay my deposit. Yay! I will totally add a picture to this post by then.
Monday, June 2, 2008
If you are expenting a post about how much I loved the movie then move on. I didn't see it. I don't want to. I liked the show but I have moved on to other shows and will spend my $8.50 on a mixed drink with my own girl friends.
Anyway, my bff Krissy did call to inform me that Carrie wears blue shoes in her wedding. You can see by the post date that I didn't rip the movie off, and if it becomes cliche by the time I get married then I won't care. My shoes are awesome cliche or not - and I still haven't decided between the two.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I am not a shoes person. I am a bag person. This is because I have oddly shaped feet. They are flat but wider st the toe than the middle. The left is an 8 1/2 the right is a 9 1/2. I was not uber-excited about my wedding shoes until I browsed around and found the new trend of wearing colored shoes. I think a splash of color is just what my ensemble needs.
I found 2 pair. One is exactly what I imagined, the other looks like shoes I would actually wear. They are both from Zappos.com and they have free shipping both ways so I thought, why not?
These are the shoes I dreamed of. Wouldn't I look very Marilyn in these babies with a short dress? These look more like my actual style. I prefer strappy and I think the little rhinestones are a nice touch.
Now I have to wait see which ones look best on and with my dress - and if either even fit. The Zappos returns department and I may become good friends.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
So my trip to Baer was a success. I think. I only found 2 fabrics in the whole place that I liked and they were both on clearence so what did I do? I bought the whole bolt of each. One is low luster, the other is a sheer. I am not very good at deciding. (I will post a great picture of Chris walking down Market Street carrying the sheer on a home decor roll later).
Monday, May 19, 2008
I had my meeting with Jillian (my dress designer) yesterday. We talked about design, fabric, etc. Looking at my inspiration board below. We are goign with a funky strap like the braid, a trimmed waist, empire waist and tea length.
Chris and I are going out of town Memorial Day week-end and luckily there is a big warehouse style fabric store that sells online. I am going to go buy some samples to bring back and then we can order the yardage online when we find out what we need. I also hope to find some trim or an applique for the waist. Jilliam can hand bead it but that would go WAY over my budget. My original dress budget was $500. I want to stick to that plus the cost of fabric. The thing about working with an artist is I can't get a flat quote because she will design it as we go along. You are assured that I will nag her along the way - "So if we add this how much does it add to my price?" Having seen some of her more complex designs I know I can keep it in budget if I don't go off into fairytale princess land once we get started.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Miss Peacock had this great post about bridal showers over on WeddingBee.
Since Chris and I have already set up house we don't need much. We really only registered because we know some people like to buy off a registry. We were only going to register on Amazon.com but we realized some people like to actually go to a store so we registered at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Both registries are small but we feel okay about that since we only expect about 20 guests. I expect that most registry purchases will actually come from the shower my co-workers will throw.
Now ettiquette says you should only invite people who are invited to your wedding when you have a shower but when you have a destination wedding this goes out the window. Most destination weddings are small and your friends who are not invited still want to celebrate. My bellydance girlfriends want to have a shower, my aunt wants to have a shower back home (Owensboro, KY) and I know we will have a shower at work.
I like the ideas on Miss Peacock's post about theme showers that vere off of the registry. Chris and I a have a Wii, a DS and we love board games so I think a fun and games shower would be cool. It can have pricey presents like Wii games and not so pricey presents like simple board games and puzzles. - When it snows I do lots of puzzles. I also have my eye on those table topics games where you draw the card about what you should talk about.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
With Chris's parents being in New Zealand, it was hard to imagine a wedding were we would all
the bell that may not exist
Chris often asks what our plans are for the next few weeks. He knows that I will have plans that far in advance and that he was not listening when I told him what they were. On one occasion, after I rattled off which days were what and which days were free, he suggested we go out to eat on that Monday.
Both of us had recently suggested going to our favorite Indian Restaurant but the other wasn't that hungry or some other reason not too. I decided what a great time to go. Chris said no he really wanted to eat on the Square. We should go to the new Thai place. I admit I thought this was odd for the following reasons:
I always drag Chris downtown on a weeknight and it is an hour from where he works.
He really had wanted to go to Sitar for a while.
He knows I am worn out of every restaurant on the Square (it is less than 20 yards from my work).
I agreed and he came to meet me in my office after work. As we walked out the back to Koi, he paused near the bell and said this is where we met. I got nervous and started rambling about how I still can't believe I hadn't noticed it and why is it here, there is no plaque....
Chris took my hand and something about being together, and love -FOCUS, FOCUS on what he is saying I kept telling myself - but my heart was pounding and my eyes were shifting and I felt all weird. He ended with something about wanting to marry me. I stared at him blankly and he stared back.
Finally I spoke, "Was there a question in there?"
"Jen Clark, will you marry me?"
And then I called everyone I know in the phone.
He had actually called my mom and asked permission so she already knew. And she couldn't keep her mouth shut! When I called my Grandma Bertie her response was, "I know. Me and your momma already did a happy dance in the kitchen."
I met Chris at the bell. I was early (surprise!) and was walking around talking on the phone when I saw him go by. I scoped him out for a minute and then went up to say hello.
We went to eat at The Brewery. Dinner was good and we had a nice time talking. We got done and went upstairs to where the band was going to be. The Brewery staff was serving wine and beer so we got a drink and sat down to talk. We talked about things to do in and around Knoxville. We both wanted to go to Nama which had just opened. Chris was on a quest to find his favorite beer and I suggested The Beer Seller which was still open then. We talked about all kinds of places that we should go. Then the opening band came on...
It was horrible! We both cringed but kept saying that Jolie Holland would be much better. Well, she wasn't. It's funny because when Springtime Will Kill You came out; I heard it on the radio and loved it. I was shocked to find out it was Jolie Holland - the woman who ruined my first date. Maybe my tastes have changed since then. Anyway, we are both not enjoying the music so Chris says, "You want to get out of here." He didn't say it in a sleazy "back to my place way." I figured we would walk over to Preservation Pub and have a drink and chat some more. I agreed.
We got back downstairs and Chris asked me where I parked. I assumed he didn't want us to head off downtown in the opposite direction. I told him I was in the State Street garage. He said, "I'll walk you to your car." My mind was racing. "Is our date over?!?” I was thinking.
We got to my car and he opened my door. I waited for the awkward "I like you but we just met" hug and instead....
"See ya!” he says. And he waves his hand and walks away.
I called my girlfriend to say that not only was the date awful but he didn't even have the decency to pretend he was going to call me again.
He called the next day. We averaged 1 date every 4 days for the next 2 months. After that it just gets blurry.
We met on match.com. I always point out that I was kind of joking about it, and Chris really wanted to meet someone. I wasn't go to pay any money for it so I signed up for a 3 day free trial and *winked* at every guy I liked.
Chris responded. We e-mailed for a month about movies, vacations, whatever. I was convinced that ours was an e-friendship. His cousin came to visit so he said he would be offline for a few days. Then he e-mailed me a photo of a concert flyer and said his cousin recommends the band and did I want to go.
The show was in the Woodruff Building and we made plans to meet on Market Square. He asked me to meet him by the big bell opposite the stage at 6pm. I had been to market square many times and did not recall ever seeing a bell. I questioned him as to if this was a prank. He assured me that it was not.
I still have the note I jotted on a piece of kappa stationary.
opposite the stage
bell that may not exist