Sometimes these photographs and things are little reminders to myself, but basically more of a collection of my own thoughts from the last couple of months.
HOT NEWS! My lovely fiancé and I finally decided on our venue and as of today, have signed the contract! It’s all very exciting and stressful and expensive and perfect all at the same time. I’m starting to realize that’s what most of wedding planning is: exciting, stressful, expensive, and perfect.
I know you were on the edge of your seat after the last post about venue hunting and so without further ado; we have obviously decided to get married in Yosemite National Park because how could we pass on that? We are both avid hikers, climbers, and travelers so choosing to get married in a National Park was like hitting the jackpot.
Here are three things we considered when finally choosing our wedding venue:
I’ve been noticing this trend come up a few times in the last couple of months that revolve heavily around relationships, question asking, and exes! When I saw this one come up about two exes asking each other questions they always wanted to ask post-breakup, I actually thought of passing it up, but curiosity got the better of me. The first question that Ali comes out with is “Why did you cheat on me so many times?” which means that “The And” project is REALLY not afraid to just get into it. I actually enjoyed watching both parts and found myself getting just a teensy bit emotional because this kind of thing isn’t something that you can make up. It’s very real and raw and even though it has been two years later, those emotions and feelings are still there – true for most breakups.
I thought we were going to miss it! I was very very close to just closing my laptop and heading off to bed, but it doesn’t feel right to do that when you haven’t watched a single wedding video all week long and today is that day when you’re supposed to post one. And Jennie and Ashley are waiting ;) Aren’t you, girls?
Well, I have something to say about this wedding video. I don’t like this song. And I almost wanted to pass over it because of that, but then I reconsidered because I found another cheesy detail that I also thought that I would dislike, but then came to love – the fact that this couple had a red carpet at their wedding. However, when the bride and the groom are scriptwriters working in television and having their wedding take place on the CBS Studios Backlot, they can pretty much get away with anything. Really though, the details looked so good that I didn’t have a bad thing to say about it by the end of the video. In fact, I thought their reception set-up was absolute perfection. Need further proof?
We hope you enjoy Lauren and Andy’s wedding details and video as much as we did! See the rest at Green Wedding Shoes!
There was just too much quirkiness in this video that made me have to share this with you all today. Actually though, we’re behind on watching wedding videos! I didn’t watch any last week which meant I had two weeks worth to catch up on (in reality that’s not a whole lot since not every post comes with a wedding video) I was kind of captivated by this one at the start because doesn’t it just look like so much fun? I also think that the details from the post of the couple’s wedding were super sweet – the home flags that they incorporated into their photos to the black bridesmaid dresses from ASOS. Also we forgot to mention, it’s a Washington wedding! YAY!
Bonus: Now, not all of our wedding videos get to have this, but we also happen to have their proposal story and photos from Green Wedding Shoes too. Enjoy! This is our gift back since we missed last week. Sorry!
To view Anje and Alex’s wedding on Green Wedding Shoes, click here!
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When I was in college and writing on Yow Yow! late at night after doing all of my homework or sometimes just giving up on homework, I always wanted to try and end my night of blog posts with a funny video. Tonight, this video is that for us.
This kid crying is not funny. This kid crying is not funny. But it is, I can’t help myself!
Poor kid. The first day is always hard, but I promise… it gets better.
This University of Alabama Alpha Phi’s bid video is sparking up some controversy this week for playing into every kind of stereotype associated with sororities. There’s also a lot of criticism that the video is too blonde, too white, and too skinny. I mean the criticisms aren’t wrong, but we should address something else here – that this entire video is absolutely ridiculous. What’s with the music? Why are so many kisses being blown? I felt so silly watching this, but it was such a trainwreck that I had to keep watching to see what would happen next! The original video has since been taken down by the sorority, but as most of us know… things that get uploaded to the internet don’t die. Like this video.
Eric and I have been engaged for almost four months. Four months is a long time, some people plan an entire wedding in four months (which by the way is nuts, don’t do that.) And you know what we’ve done in four months? Not a whole lot. We’ve spent two weekends looking at venues and have come up with no venue and therefore no date. For us, choosing a date and finding a venue come hand-in-hand. We didn’t want to be stunted by this “must have” date to then find a perfect venue without any availability. We did narrow down the months we liked the most and therefore are open to any weekends in April and September 2016. The problem is that now April seems impossible as time continues to fly by and we haven’t gotten that much closer to finding our perfect venue.
About all Eric and I knew going into venue scouting was that we like the idea of having a venue that represents us – meaning outdoors. Eric and I have spent our last 6 years together hiking various mountain ranges, summiting peaks, biking around cities, running through parks, and bouldering and so for us, emphasizing the outdoors is key. Getting married in Northern California is both perfect and stressful because we literally have TOO MANY options. I know, I know, that sounds ridiculous, and please feel free to play me the world’s smallest violin for this sob story, but it’s true. There are hundreds of wedding venues if you keep an open mind and aren’t exactly sure what you want and this becomes overwhelming quickly.
Traditionally, wedding videos come at the end of a featured wedding post. Let me walk you through what I see – you’re sitting where I’m sitting, you’re going through a wedding blog and you’re drawn in by the first photo. As you scroll down, you start to see photographs of the dreamy wedding gown, the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids, the alter set up, the tables of the reception, the bride and groom having their first look or their first touch, the reception, the dance floor and the party. Everything starts to pull you in even more so that by the end of the feature, you’ve fallen in love with so many of the details that you just HOPE that there’s a wedding video at the end to tie it all in together. I would say 80% of the time the weddings featured that I seem to love don’t include a video. However, today we got lucky.
There is an extremely sweet story tied to this wedding feaure so please go ahead and read the whole thing here at Green Wedding Shoes.
These past few weeks have been a complete blur for me – so much of a blur that we’ve skipped Wedding Mondays for almost three weeks! The more I watch wedding videos the more picky I have started to become. It’s almost amazing to me now that I can watch 7 seconds of a video and stop it without watching the rest. That’s not something that was the norm for me. Way back when, I would watch each video from start to finish because I just had a lot of hope that a) wedding videos could turn it around a minute in and b) that it’s not about the video, that it’s still about the love. What are these words I am spewing? I don’t even know. It has been a long day and I’m doing something that I normally would’ve done on a Sunday. Tonight, I really needed a win though. I needed to see a good wedding video and I’m not sure what I was looking for, but this was beautiful and that’s enough for me. It’s a good way to end today.
To view the entire feature (and trust me – you’re going to want to!) visit Style Me Pretty.
Warning: some of this language is not safe for work. Mom and Dad, you’re not going to want to watch this.
Creating a wedding budget is simultaneously one of the most important, stressful, and challenging aspects of a wedding. Lucky for us, we have a wedding planner to help us get organized. But even before our wedding planner was involved, we sat down and discussed our budget together and with our families. I thought it would be helpful, since talking about a budget is such a dull topic, to make this blog into a sort of handy list. So let’s dive into some things we considered in creating our budget for our wedding.
First thing’s first, who is financing this wedding? Traditionally, the bride’s family funds the wedding entirely with the groom’s family covering the rehearsal dinner/Friday evening events. Now that we’re in 2015, this isn’t as much of a given as it used to be and nor should it be. Besides the obvious sexism ingrained in the bride’s family covering all the costs, it is just not realistic for a lot of families to finance a wedding anymore. Have you seen the cost of a caterer? For my fiance and I, we have decided to finance a majority of the wedding ourselves, but our families are kindly pitching in as well. Knowing what they can contribute from the beginning gave us a framework for our overall budget. A good way to approach this is to have conversations with both of your families separately and simply let them know that if they want to help financially, it’s much appreciated, but by no means should they feel obligated to do so.
By no means should anyone, ever, under any circumstances, go into debt to have a wedding. I mean, come on people. Weddings are getting out of hand as it is and you want to go in debt for one? Buy a house for Pete’s sake! Keep in mind that you are entering into a marriage and don’t lose sight of the overall meaning of a wedding. Also remember that no one is going to pay any attention to your centerpieces. At the end of the day all that matters is that you and your partner have declared your love and lifelong commitment to each other in front of all of your closest friends and family. Not to mention have the party of a lifetime afterwards. I don’t know about you, but I’ve thrown pretty great parties with some simple decorations and some good whiskey and ginger beer.
Wow, NY Magazine is making a huge statement with this cover and it is incredible. So far, 46 women have come forward about being assaulted by Bill Cosby. The cover features the 35 women that are okay being photographed and interviewed for the article. Bill Cosby’s show came out before I was born and had its final season when I was just two years old so I didn’t have any strong ties to him or the sitcom at all, but until this story came out, I do know that a lot of people really adored Bill Cosby. It’s actually quite sad that this has happened though, but very empowering for these women to stand up and have a voice about the matter. It’s such a takedown on Bill Cosby, but this is the right thing to do.