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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding food test on: February 13, 2008 10:05:28 PM
What I'm making right now is technically a treat for tomorrow (and all us coupley peoples should know what tomorrow is!) but I'm doubling it as a test for the wedding. I can't stand to make stuff for the first time, not knowing how it will turn out.
Chocolate covered STRAWBERRIES, CHERRIES, and BLUEBERRIES!!! I have never heard of choc covered blueberries, so one of the reasons I'm testing those is to see if they taste any good. Problem is, I HATE blueberries. My whole family hates them. My fiance is the only one who likes them and he's asleep and I don't want him to taste them til tomorrow anyways. Edit: the chocolate looked done so I had my sister try it and she said it was pretty good... Then I tried it and I liked it too, despite not liking blueberries.  Also, I had to use canned maraschino (?) cherries because the regular ones at Walmart tonight were all wrinkled and black. I stuck a toothpick in each berry (or drupe,) dipped it into a mixture of approximately 16oz of melted milk chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of shortening, stabbed it into a brick of styrofoam, and left the whole thing in the fridge for 1530 minutes.
The next step will be to arrange on a serving platter or something, drizzle white chocolate onto all the little goodies and then yum yum eat.
I'll post pics of the drizzling process and the finished product when I finish.

View of the whole block... I will definately need more blocks if I decide to do this for the wedding.
They look really sloppy cuz I accidentally tipped it against the paper towel. Sad.
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Tour of our location. Inside needs sprucing up - any ideas? on: February 01, 2008 08:19:34 PM
Warning: This post has lots of explanations like "this is the _____" when it's obvious what it is. Bear with me.
So we FINALLY booked our location, after being engaged for a whopping 13 months! It was way cheaper than I expected. The depost was 200 bucks and the lady was like "You have a balance of 175" and I was like "...Are those taxes?" We booked it from 3-10, and the actual wedding will take place at 6. That gives us 3 hours to get it ready, and maybe like 1-2 hours to take everything down. Anyways.
It's at a place called Evelyn Kennedy Civic Center in LP, TX. Here's my impression of an artsyfartsy picture...Is not so good. (Which is one of the reasons I won't be the photographer hah)

It looks okay outside, but it could probably use some sprucing up. I don't think we can do much outside though. I couldn't take very good pictures because it was so bright outside, but here's two.

I'm hoping to make or buy some "wedding graffiti" that we can easily put on and remove from the doors/walls. It will either be our monogram or our names or something. Maybe I could buy some more material in our colors and hang it from the front doors/windows like curtains. I don't like how you can see the "all you need is love" thing from there... It doesn't seem like it would be all that great for pictures, although I don't think there will be THAT many outside. Plus, I'm wondering how that would work if it was outside and the photog used a flash. 

This is the foyer... Hopefully I can take down or cover the "all you need is love" this cuz I'm sure it will be different (and possibly more lame?) in October. If we can't take it down, I'll try to cover it with material or pictures of us. The door on that wall will be closed and locked on the day of the wedding (the room inside is just a little game room that we won't need.)
From there, you can either take a left or a right. To the left are the bathrooms.
There is a not-quite-full-length mirror right outside the women's bathroom and a water fountain. I peeked inside the women's bathroom and it's kinda dark and ...icky, but clean. It only has two stalls and it's got a somewhat large area behind where I stood to took the photo that has NOTHING. I just couldn't brind myself to go inside the men's bathroom so I don't know what it looks like haha.
From the bathroom, if you pass the foyer (it's really small) you'll go into the big room. The ballroom? This is the view if you are still somewhat in the foyer but not quite. The big black area is the stage. Der. I'm wondering if we should put some kind of decorations on the fabric covering the areas behind and under the stage (because actually changing the fabric would require WAAAAY too much material) but I have no idea what. I'd also like to either get some wedding graffiti for the stage or cover it with some material like a "walkway". I can't think of what it's called but where you walk down the aisle to get there... Arg I suck at explanations. I didn't remember to take a picture of the whole area behind the curtain, but it's not very large and it's where the chairs are currently stored. I counted to make sure there were at least 50, and after 50 I lost count hah. This is what the chairs look like. (The chairs I was talking about in the craftalong thread were apparently just extra in case we needed them.) There are two mid-size speakers hanging from the ceiling near the stage, and a sound system behind the curtain that is locked, but we will supposedly be allowed access to on the day of the wedding. This shows the speakers and how the ceiling is (the perimeter is lower than the middle of the ceiling) . I didn't get a picture of this, but there's a big bubbling spot of paint on the ceiling of the stage, a little to the right of this picture; I'd like to cover it if possible. Past the "ballroom" there is a full kitchen that we will have complete access to
  and when it is not needed, a sliding door can close to hide it. It's kinda ugly and that means I don't have to worry about making it pretty.

Any suggestions or ideas you guys and gals have to making this place look better are completely welcomed.
Also, in the contract it says we're not allowed to use nails, staples, or anything that will take the paint off or damage anything. How will I hang material??

13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Photographer's help (amateur or pro) needed! Picture included on: December 31, 2007 11:04:03 PM
<edited! better pictures further down on first page>
I had an idea for a picture that turned out pretty well, but there was a problem.
I put a bible under direct light right above, and opened the bible to 1 corinthians 13 (speaks of love... i had another one about marriage but i didn't want that one pictured) and placed my ring straight up between the two pages so that the resulting shadow would make the shape of a heart.
ALLLL of that worked, but the words on the pages are blurry and the diamonds on my ring made it blurry too Sad I was wondering if anybody knows a way that I can prevent the blurryness next time, or even if there's an easy way in photoshop to fix it. Any help would be great!

Oh yeah, I don't know if this is vital info, but I have a Kodak EasyShare CD33 and absolutely no professional equipment. Sad Any suggestions for not-crazy-expensive equipment I could buy to help my problem would be great too. Thanks!
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Yacht wedding on: December 30, 2007 01:19:59 PM
I was wondering if anyone here had their wedding on a yacht/boat AND if anyone knows if there are any special websites where people can commission yacht owners for use of their boat for a wedding. I've googled "yacht wedding" but didn't find much that I liked the prices/packages.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Ringbearers' pillows (pics plus opinions wanted) on: October 09, 2007 12:43:10 AM
We still haven't quite decided if we're going to have a ring bearer, but if we do, we'll actually have two. My fiance has three nephews, and the oldest two are twins (the youngest one can't even crawl yet hah) so it doesn't seem fair to just choose one of them. Anyways, I've made two pillows that are basically the same (one might be a little more stuffed than the other, and one of the blue parts is uneven on one of them) but I'm not sure which way I like them more.

The one on the right is just tied with a string to get the effect. Should I have the final pillows be rouched or whatever like that, or straight across like the one on the left? Also, I was going to try to find a large pearl button to attach...should I still use a button or does it look ok without?
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / 2 different versions of my bouquet - which one's better? on: September 26, 2007 03:47:56 PM
I made a bouquet earlier, but I didn't like it as much as I felt I should, so I left it small and decided that would be my MOH's bouquet. I made another one (twice haha) and showed my sister, and she said she felt it was too similar to the MOH bouquet (it was just much bigger than the MOH bouquet.) Soooo I added some pink lilies to the outside and the middle.
I'm not sure which one I like, but the more I look, the more I like one than the other. Which one do you guys like more? I realize the pink lilies one is kinda squished, which I will fix if that's the one I decide on using.

17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding in a gazebo...? on: September 05, 2007 01:57:04 PM
Wow, I've been crafting up a storm lately! Unfortunately, none of them have been wedding related so since I don't stray from the wedding board much, I didn't post any on here. Anyhoodles.
My friend tooks some pictures of her friend the other day

and I thought the gazebo was really pretty... Pretty enough to have a wedding perhaps. (Upon closer inspection, I noticed a trailer in the background, so I don't think this will be where we'll have the wedding.) Just in case, what are the "rules" for having your wedding in a gazebo? Is it just the bride and groom, minister, and wedding party who stands in the gazebo? Is it everybody you can fit in comfortably? It seems most logical that just the bridal party would be in there but I dunno *shrugs*
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Unity Candles + Sand? on: August 12, 2007 05:57:13 PM
So I bought some vases that I thought might work to stick some candles in; I don't really like a lot of the storebought ones (especially the prices.)
What do you guys think of these?

I figured we could fill them with two to four colors of sand and then stick some candles in. If we go with that idea, the colors we'd definately use is the raspberry and teal, and possibly one of the other pinks and one of the other blues. Opinions needed!
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Tux and Dress favor boxes on: August 03, 2007 05:23:56 PM
Oh goodness! I raided Dollar Tree's wedding aisle today, and guess what I found...
If you take a hint from the subject... tux and wedding dress favor boxes! I saw these a million years ago in a wedding mag and yearned for them, but didn't want to pay what they wanted for them. I figured I could devise some way to make them myself for cheaper, and then basically forgot about them. Then today, I saw them at Dollar Tree and snatched up 60 of them for 6 bucks! How exciting is that?!
Moral of the story - buy lots of crap at Dollar Tree for a cheap wedding!
For those of you who don't know what I mean - here

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Making sunglasses darker on: July 17, 2007 09:02:36 PM
I have 3 or 4 pairs of sunglasses I really love, except for one thing - they're all too light.
I'm trying to figure out an inexpensive way to darken them. I've thought of permanent marker (not see-through,) window tint for cars (can only get in big sheets, and so all the leftover gets thrown out. Also, the kind I got had to have some kind of adhesive that wasn't included.) I wonder if there are any chemicals that I could buy to do it.
Anyhoo... any suggestions? I may just end up going back to the window tint.
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