Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hi, I'm a card girl

Good thing that doesn't say "call girl". Aaannnnyway! :)

A few weeks ago I realized why I'm so obsessive over invitations. I'm the kind of person that walks into Hallmark for a birthday card and I'm there for at least a half hour and tend to walk out with more than just one birthday card because I find the perfect birthday card for someone else. I'm the girl who sees a card from Papyrus and I want to cry. (I want to register for Papyrus cards just so we can look at the pretty cards we got for our bridal shower/wedding.) Cards can say exactly what you want to say even if you don't know how to say it yourself.

I've seen the invites that say nothing but so and so is getting married, if you decide to come here's where to be and what time. Boring. Not personal. Traditional. In my opinion, that's just ugly. Why would you not want to represent the feel of your wedding in the invitation to the biggest day of your life so far? It's not like you need to pay an arm and a leg for it either. My mom got an invite a year or so ago that was just so boring and said nothing that I said "well, this was a waste of money". I want people to see why my fiance and I picked the invite that we did and say wow, this is so them. This is original. This is fun. I'm not saying they need to tuck it away forever (though I would because I'm a pack rat. Not a hoarder. A pack rat. Neither sound good, do they?) but I just want them to get the feeling of what we're trying to set for our wedding: friends, family, fun, happiness, celebration, marriage and true love.


Monday, April 26, 2010


Hello my name is Jen and I'm addicted to etsy.

No, really. I am so addicted. I've scrolled through an unmentionable amount of pages for an unmentionable amount of hours looking at unique, modern, cute, pretty invitations. This. Is. Amazing! I now know that my invites are not going to be traditional, boring and cheap (looking at least, I am on a budget here!). I know I may be jumping the gun a bit here but I'm so excited that this is out there for people to be able to channel their creativity and be recognized for it! Lord knows I couldn't do that! I may have been the brownie troop's daughter but I didn't get a lot of my mom's crafty side.

I'm currently trying to stop looking at it for the day so cross your fingers. (I know you're laughing, PeachGroom...)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Last night, PeachGroom and I had our first meeting with a photographer. He was very talkative and asked many questions which was kind of cute. He even told her that I don't like cheesy shots like the wedding party jumping. (Don't get me wrong, they can look really fun.) It made me grateful that I have a groom that is at least interested in the wedding that we're having together. That's a big deal to brides and I didn't have to say anything to him! Lucky girl.

I have no idea how we're going to pick one photographer. Seeing just one photographer's work that was so amazing... How in the world am I going to look at 5 photographers work and pick one? I don't know how we're going to do it but I'm soooo excited about it!!!


Thursday, April 15, 2010


So photography is a big, huge deal to me. I mess around in photography myself which makes me hard to please when it comes to photographers. Too much flash, too much saturation, not the right filter...there's always something.

Trying to find a photographer in Chicago that's just right shouldn't be too hard, right? I thought so too. After I found vendor reviews on project wedding, that made my search a lot easier...although I have yet to get through all 34 pages of them. :)

So far though we have a meeting set up tonight and on Monday night. I'm still waiting on a response from two others but I'm really excited to see how things go. Wish me luck!


Monday, April 12, 2010

Chicago girl

So this is where I'm going to let all the ideas in my mind about my upcoming wedding come to life. Daunting a bit but right now I need to see this as writing for myself and not driving city boy groom crazy. :)

So far we have the church and reception venue booked. Both are absolutely amazing but the church is driving me a little nuts with all of their rules. No flower petals so my flower girl's job is pretty much walking down the aisle before me and looking cute. No send off because of timing issues. You'd think that a church that has had a *ton* of weddings would know how to work that out. I guess that's just what I get for being Catholic. :)

The reception venue is at a really cool place so I'm excited about that. I can't wait to dress it all up and make it ours. Our theme is Chicago because the city and us just go together. It really came to me when someone told me that city boy and I had a city romance...which totally made sense! So I'm excited to bring in elements of a city that makes me feel alive. Ideas so far for bringing that in are naming tables as street names instead of numbers and possibly using postcards of Chicago for place cards.

We decided to get married in March. Mainly because other months just didn't seem our style and bonus! It's off season. We just couldn't see getting married in June or August or January so we were between September/October and March. Knowing we couldn't wait until fall of '11, we went for winter of '11 to start our lives together sooner.

I can't wait to blog about all my ideas and see them come together.