Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Clothes and Accesories Redux

I had my first fitting on Sunday and "Wow!". Even though it is only the pattern and made out of muslin, I am in love. Jillian made one strap and 1/2 the top out of satin to see how it lays. It looks stellar. She took my trim and cut around so the individual pieces can be laid in a different pattern, Then she put light blue crystals in with the gold. Since my trim is gold (and isn't it one of my colors) I had to go with a new necklace.

This one is from etsy seller Timelesstrinkets.
Jillian is going to try and incorporate some seed pearls into the trim too.
Since now we have gold, pearls and crystals - the shoes were just too much. I sent them back. Yay! for Zappos free shipping. I am now on the hunt for light blue strappy sandal.
I ordered the men's ties. Chris and his best man get the Victorian Gears tie in navy on baby blue and the dads get the Cliipership tie in white on navy.
I went with the lego cuff links and got these; baby blue which I hope to match the tie. From etsy seller cufflinks.
I know we are going with blues allover the spectrum but usually when you have enough shades they all come together as complimentary.
I still haven't decided if I should get the mom's something since the dads get ties. The parents as couples will get a traditional parents gift.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest (sing it!)

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.

  1. Please, please, please RSVP!
  2. If at all possible, send your wedding gift before the wedding.
  3. Remember that the registry list is a helpful suggestion, not an order.
  4. Arrive in good time looking like you belong.
  5. Get into the spirit of the party.
  6. 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

Google Documents will do it for you

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.