Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Test Driving Some Flowers

Wedding planning is A LOT of work. Our save the dates have been a long time coming!

Went to the SF Flower Market on Saturday to test drive some flowers. I just don't find it worth hundreds of dollars on flowers...I'd rather spend it on alcohol so at least people can enjoy it! Even at Costco...which is suppose to be much cheaper than a florist, it's still $150 for a boutonnière and $700 for an entire set! Entire set being bride, bridesmaid bouquet, flower girl flowers. It's $700! And $150 for a boutonnière? It's one flower! How hard can it be to put together a bunch of flowers? Hundreds of dollars? Really? Who's going to notice anyways? Good thing my venue is pretty green and doesn't really need that much for flowers.

So my attempt to save a little bit of money, since all the other costs is just spiraling out of control...I thought I might attempt to put some flowers together myself. Of course I wanted to try this out in advance just in case it's a bad idea.

 Amelia: "You can totally get these flowers for your wedding!"

Looks like some other people are checking out the goods.

Ranunculus in season! These are growing on a rose, but not.

Oh manzanita branches...if Autumn and I knew before you were available to be would have saved us tramping around the woods for friend's wedding.

Branches! Woot! Looks like I won't have to order these online to implement my centerpiece masterplan...

Results thus far? A succulent, cymbidium orchid, and a bucket of chrysantheums, dalhias, ranunculus waiting for some attention.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tuxes vs. Suits

During the time I was working on my video editing projects (i.e. obsessively spending hours of research online, good thing I've sufficiently filled my brain with enough information), I pondered, do I want suits or tuxedos? And what was the difference anyway?

As far as my attention could hold, the only real big differences were that tuxedos had silk lapels (that collar thing on the front of the jacket) and silk things on the side of the pants. Not that much of a difference. 

Since Air and I had a black tie (I had to research what this was too) wedding to attending over the winter holidays, that was going to be something like $100-125 to rent one. Why not put that money to maybe buying something since he would have to wear one again for the wedding anyways?

Well, at least I started to do some price comparison.

The Calvin Klein tuxedo looked like pretty standard fare at Men's was priced $500 with $100 (I also saw it at 50% off another time). At Macy's also $500, but on sale (which happens often at Macy's, plus they also always have 20% off coupons) for $320. had all sorts of less expensive tuxedos.

So, next question, what's the difference between a more expensive tuxedo and less expensive tuxedo?

Internet says, department store tuxedos are of super 100s-110s thread count. Not that great. Go to 180s and you might as well buy a car. Decent tuxedos will be in the 140s-150s. Apparently Italians wear nice suits so often, it's not a big cost since everyone is wearing one. And if you can get those tailor made suits in somewear like Thailand, you're getting a super good deal since they are actually using really nice fabric.

If you can't make it over to Thailand, you can even find US middlemen to take your measurements and get them made overseas.

The route we went? Bought a made in Italy 140s-150s tuxedo from for $160 and had it tailored by third generation Italian tailor Giovanni Vitarelli in the Bay Area for about another $150. Air loves it since it's tailored to his fit. Plus he has a tuxedo he can use for years and year (men and their clothes :P) Although who knows when we'll go to another black tie event.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Color Me Mine

I luv, luv, LUVVVV color. Heck, sometimes I'm like a rainbow, especially after working out or playing sports...with the pink and purple stripped Cheshire cat socks, lime green sweatshirt, plum jacket, lemon yellow tee shirt, turquoise shorts and bright orange gym bag. Couple that with an art studio background.

Color evokes mood, time and era, creates atmosphere, emotion, personality. It's what ties the whole look of a wedding together. And up until now I was a bit frantic about my wedding colors. Even though I've been planning and researching since September/October, I just wasn't sure what I was going to go with. The whole wedding planning business...asking you what your wedding colors are going to be is one of the first questions everyone asks you about!

I hoard information and stocked up a nice stack of bridal mags...but they're mostly stocked full of pictures of dresses...dresses??!? Come on! Who cares about dresses! I need ideas for COLORS!! Some exceptions or places for good ideas - Martha Stewart Weddings and Your Wedding Day magazine (low on ads!). Seriously, check out this eye candy:

Not that most of us would put on a wedding of this caliber...but how could you not get inspired?

Color - the flowers, the table linens and decor, invitations, the dresses. Red and green are my top favorite colors...a wedding can be red and green without looking like Christmas right? I think so. A rich, wine red, with a moss/sage green along with a neutral like ivory and metallic color...bronze, copper, gold.

See, look, I'm not the only one with this idea.

elegant bride fall 2009

crate and barrel

Ok, yeah these Crate and Barrel things are from Christmas decor. But just because it's red and green doesn't have to mean it's Christmas!

And sage green is a pretty darn amazing color. 

And what about other choices?

This inspirations boards from the - a whole blog with just color inspiration boards have such richness...

 I was digging these teals...or what if I went with peacock blues and emerald greens...

And though I'm not such a pink's so versatile and great for a wedding!

What to choose? What to choose?