wedding // couple customization.

a major part of wedding planning these days is customization. not only do you have to make a never-ending amount of decision, but you also have to decide where + how to customize your wedding.

how will it scream YOU as a couple. and where will it scream it. the cake? the decor? the invitations?

I know what makes [J] & I “us”, but when it came to turning the “us” into wedding decor ..I was stumped.

so I created a mood couple’s board.

filled with all of things that make us who we are, as a couple. and what our closest friends + family would associate with us. it has & will serve as a guide to help me make customized wedding decisions.

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what is the best item you’ve seen customized at a wedding? where is customization essential?

I can’t wait to see how this our wedding comes together. and all I have to say is, I hope the Dominican Republic has iced coffee.

happy wednesday.

bridal show overload.

since the day I met [J], I knew. but after he willingly attended TWO bridal shows with me yesterday, there’s no doubt in my mind ..he’s a keeper. as a bride-to-be, those events are extremely overwhelming. with vendors basically reminding you, you’re way behind in the planning process. I can’t imagine what [J] thought.

thus far, we have made every wedding-related decision as a team. besides my wedding dress, of course. I can’t help but feel so grateful that [J] & I are building our dream wedding together. down to the tiniest of details.

our goal at the bridal shows was to meet a few potential photographers to shoot our engagement session. and to explore venues for our iowa reception, which will take place when we return from our wedding in the dominican republic. I’m looking forward to all of it. but I must say I definitely underestimated the amount of decisions I’d have to make.

bridal show overload //

bridal show overload //

bridal show overload //

bridal show overload //

bridal show overload //

bridal show overload //

bridal show overload //

bridal show overload //

in other exciting, wedding-related news ..I picked up my wedding dress this morning. it is now in my possession. and thankfully just looking at it is providing me with enough motivation to get my butt to the gym. a little under nine months to go.

happy monday!

[ps: I apologize for the delay in today’s post. I’m experiencing some technical difficulties, aka [J]’s not around to help me operate the computer].

wedding: welcome bags.

wedding wednesday //

the other day [J] & I were at T.J maxx, browsing their holiday selection. as we were checking out, the sales associate struck up a conversation with us. “are you married?” no we’re engaged. “when’s the big day?” october 2014. “exciting, where?” in the dominican republic. “how many guests?” we invited 100. “are you paying for all of their flights?” if we were, do you think we’d be shopping at T.J maxx?????

[*editor’s note: ok, so I didn’t say the last part. but I definitely thought it].

although [J] & I would absolutely love to fly each of our guests to the dominican, we don’t quite have the means to do so. but this is something we did take into account when we were selecting a destination. we wanted something affordable. and we wanted all-inclusive. so once our guests arrive, they can eat + drink to their hearts desire. right on the beach. with more than enough activities to keep everyone happy.

we know we’re asking a lot of our guests. but really, what wedding doesn’t? [I’ll discuss that topic next week]. so creating a heartfelt welcome bag is a must.

welcome bags //

1 // canvas tote.

2 // drink koozie.

3 // tylenol go packsfor the rough mornings.

4 // lip balm + spf.

5 // paper fan.

6 // sunglasses.

7 // coconut lime breeze body lotion.

8 // swedish fish.

9 // spf 50 sunscreen

10 // pirate’s bootyfor the late-night munchies.

happy wedding wednesday.