Saturday, May 29, 2010

What's everybody (i.e. flowergirls) wearing?

After finally getting the bridesmaid dresses on order it was on to thinking about what everyone else was going to wear. I checked in with my mom over Mother's day weekend - she's going to look around at the department store. Whew, no need for 'mother of the bride' dresses with Count Dracula capes that also need to be ordered 4 months in advance.

Vah! My cap and collar are so lovely! Vah!

Ok so flower girls. My hard requirement was that they would not be princesses. Kids are sooooo spoiled these days, when they get married they can be the princess if they want - ok...but as little girls they should not be the princesses of the weddings. At least at my wedding they won't.

Really? Really?

I was thinking just to get your standard flower girl dress, stick some color sashes on them, and done! So easy and cute right? And inexpensive!


(Cute & Inexpensive! Too bad there were only sizes left for babies at Macy's online.)


But wait a minute, wrong! These dresses at the bridal stores are just as much or even MORE than a bridesmaid dress! Um, there's no justification to spending $200 on a dress for a little girl. Well maybe she can wear it again after the wedding :P

There must be a cheaper way online.

So I began searching.

And they all looked the same. And I realized that they were kinda boring. So I decided they needed just a little something different. Just a little. So I looked some more. I liked the look of ruffles. And full dresses that flare out a little on little girls are cute too. And I looked for dresses that were not flowergirl dresses, but party and holiday dresses and the like.

Can you tell what our colors will be? :)

Ya. A lot of dresses. This is where Air comes in since I could go with so many things.

"No. No. That's ok. Gah! NO! She's like the Exorcist child!"

"I like that one."

Flowergirl dresses - done!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

wanted: motif or theme

At work, we had this leadership training class where we got to take a strength aptitude test called Strengths Finder 2.0. Basically the premise is people should spend time utilizing and building their strengths, rather than trying to improve their weaknesses to a level which may be at best mediocre.

My strength themes ended up being:
Restorative
Individualization
Input
Deliberative
Relator

There's two that I find resonate quite strongly in my approach to wedding planning (and shopping):

Input
People who are especially talented in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.


Deliberative
People who are especially talented in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate the obstacles.

my stack of wedding magazines & related stuff. 
ok apples to apples and baking illustrated not so much wedding related.

So this pretty much goes with my having to research and evaluate all my options for everything before making a decision. Like the ring. And the venue. And the photographer. And the dresses. And on and on.

When I had just started, I stuffed my eyeballs full of wedding inspiration from sites like weddingbee.com, Vintage Glam Weddings (now ruffledblog.com), greenweddingshoes.comsnippetandink.blogspot.comtheperfectpalette.blogspot.com.

So now, I'm at the 4-5 month checkpoint for ordering invitations. I need ideas! And a motif! Or a theme! Weddings can pull off some pretty awesome themes, like vintage French or pink butterflies or whatnot. When else can you legitimately have a fancy party with a theme? Having something that pulls everything together...yeah that's the ticket.

Thought it would be nice to have something related to my Chinese heritage. So I need some books for ideas! Oh my. Ended up with 4 books from Amazon on Chinese symbols and art motifs. 



Adding these to my visual library (art studio major here) wouldn't hurt right? I haven't even touch into my adventures of research into letterpress yet. Where are some good places to get some inspiration?


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

testing, testing, 1-2-3

So...what happened to those flowers I bought at the SF Flower Mart?

Well...


They sat in a bucket for a week. 


Then I unwrapped them and found a disintegrated mess of the ranunculus. Dahlias and chrysanthemums still going strong! (mostly). The 'filler' green thing not so much, although there were a few salvageable pieces.

After watching a few videos on the internets on how to make a bouquet (also the place I looked for how to apply make up and style hair i.e. how to be a girl) and 10-15 minutes later I had a bouquet.


Not too shabby me thinks.


Just need to hold it at the right angle to have it look evenly round. 


Of course, I could have a put a little more effort to make it so...but since this was just a test, I didn't put that much effort into it. It was pretty easy. Definitely do-able, but the wedding would require 5 bouquets for moi and the 4 bridesmaids. Then boutonni√®res for the groom and 4 groomsmen. I was planning to take the Friday off...no one will be around, so I could do the bouquets. What else would there be to do, since everything will so well planned and organized? Hmmm hmmm?

They definitely would last until Sunday. Since the bouquet sat in the vase for another 2 weeks. Chrysanthemums rule for staying power!

The cymbidium orchids for the test boutonni√®res? Well since we bought a whole live plant, I've got time for testing.