Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Big Day: Checklist Update


It’s Friday.

I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.

I’m heading to Indianapolis this weekend to spend time with Alicia and Andrea, my two besties.

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Alicia, Andrea and Me

I’ve been feeling semi-unproductive on wedding planning stuff this week, so I figured it will help ease my mind if I wrote down what I’ve accomplished so far and what I still need to do these last few days in September and the month of October.

To break up all the text, I’m adding photos I’ve pinned recently on my Wedding board.

Accomplished So Far:

Colors/”Theme” – Decided. (More on that here – it has changed just slightly, but overall, this is dead on)

Portrait/Invitation Element – Ordered (I share that here.)

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Venue and Church – Booked. (I wrote about those here.)

Hotel Block – Booked. (But I still need to check in and add more rooms since they’ll only let you do 25 at a time and I think I will need 35+.)

Priest – Booked. (Aaron and I have started to go to a church within walking distance from my house. The priest there will reside over our ceremony.)

Catering – Booked. (We hired a company called FreshTable and I am super excited. We go for our tasting on October 10.)

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I will admit… this is pretty.

DJ – Booked.

Ceremony Musician – Booked.

Wedding Dress – Booked. (More on that here and here.)

Photographer – Booked. (I wrote a post on that here.)

Make-up for Bridesmaids/Mothers – Booked.

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Bridesmaid Dresses – Ordered. (That happened just two days ago! It’s a bit of a risk because they are from online and no one has tried them on, but I’ll bring them with me this weekend to see if we like them. If not, it should be an easy return. Knock on wood.)

Wedding Website – Started but still needs a lot of work. You can preview it here:

Table Decor – I’ve started to collect/buy all the materials needed to create the centerpieces for each table.

Guest List – This is finalized but I have a few addresses I still need to collect.

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Dessert/Cake – We are meeting with our lovely vendor (who just happen to be our friends) for drinks and tastings on November 3. I want to make the actual cake myself, a small one for Aaron and I, but I will need help creating cake/cupcakes for the guests.

Groomsmen Attire – We went to Men’s Wearhouse to ask some questions. They were super helpful but told us to come back in March when they get Spring apparel back in the store. Aaron wants grey suits for himself and groomsmen but if they are too pricey then he will do the Black by Vera Wang (the affordable stuff) tuxes in gray with the gray vest.

Registry – We put a good dent on our registries. We have lists at Amazon, Crate & Barrel, Macy’s and Design Public. I’m iffy on Design Public. I might do a local option instead. For 250 people, they told us to have 450+ items total and we are probably 40% there. Registering is a weird thing…

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To Complete in September/October:

Save the Dates – We (Aaron) are designing and printing these ourselves. They will probably just be postcards. We plan to get them in homes the first week of November, right before the holiday storm.

Bridesmaid Dresses – If the ordered dresses don’t work, we need to find ones that do.

Priest/Catholic Stuff – Send priest information to the church

Flowers – Meet with florist to talk flowers (I tried to call earlier and she told me to wait until I had my bridesmaid dresses)

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Shuttle – Book shuttle service and finalize pick-up/drop-off details

Rentals – I need to order chairs, tablecloths and the outdoor veranda tent (my venue is providing tables, thank god)

Hair – Book wedding day hair appointment for bridesmaids and mothers while I am there getting my hair colored

Rehearsal Dinner – Begin to plan with Aaron’s parents

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Website – Finalize all information before sending out the Save the Dates

Diet & Exercise – This begins full force. I have been working on my arms since the night I was engaged but I need to step it up on cardio and eating more clean. I will say – there is extreme pressure to be “wedding ready.”

Phew. That’s a lot of words and not a lot of photos.

What are y’all doing this weekend???

Any advice for me on wedding planning? What am I missing 6-7 months out??

xo, emily


All photo sources can be found via my Pinterest wedding board.





Topshop at Nordstrom

This is probably old news to a lot of you, but Topshop is now at Nordstrom! Topshop has always been the store people visit while in NYC or traveling for work, but now Topshop clothes will be at Nordstrom nationwide.

I’ve been trying to do a better job at “dressing up” and by dressing up I mean not choosing the most comfiest outfit in my closet day after day. I often pick the comfy, worn-in stuff versus the more “stylish” stuff I own. I have been slowly adding nice pieces in and forcing myself to think twice about what I’m wearing. It’s definitely a work in progress.

Here are some of the clothes I’ve been drooling over from the line.

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Lionel Studden Denim Shirt

Bib Front Shirt

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Dip Dye Cutout Plaid Shirt

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Faux Leather Shorts

Skull Sweater

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Embellished Collar Peplum Top

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Kristin High Waist Skinny Jean

I have to admit. I giggle thinking about these “rocker” clothes set up at Nordstrom, with the piano music and marble tiles.

Is there a line that’s captured your attention?

Is anyone suddenly obsessed with peter pan collars? Really? ME too!

I’m a sucker for trends. :)

xo, emily

Sponsored Post: Kmart’s Big Layaway Giveaway

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The holiday season is right around the corner, folks. Isn’t that crazy? It seems like just yesterday I was brushing off the sand from the beach and now I’m searching for sweaters and boots.

I try to plan ahead for holiday gift spending as much as I can. I figure that by spacing out my purchases or saving a little bit of money each paycheck especially for gifts will make the week or two before Christmas that much less stressful. It’s not always doable, but it does work when I’m able to stick with it.

Everyone knows Kmart has a great and free layaway program so that you can start planning your holiday gifts early, but I don’t think it’s utilized as much as it could be. Kmart carries nearly the same stuff as everyone else (think Walmart, Best Buy and Toys R Us), plus they’ve got a great layaway program to help you keep your spending low and spaced out across weeks.

I’m serious though… no one else does layaway like Kmart:

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To help raise awareness of their layaway program, Kmart just launched the Kmart’s Big Layaway Giveaway. What does that mean? Welp, they are prepping for the holidays just like us. There is one layaway giveaway per store per week every week (that is a ton of giveaways) now through 11/17/12. All you do is place the things you’ve been stalking/checking out/eyeing on layaway to enter for a chance to win great prizes.

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Here are a couple of things I’ve had my eye on at Kmart.

(Above) This metal bed would look so good in my guest bedroom against my white walls.

(Above) Bloggers should not live without printers and I’ve been living without one for years. It’s frustrating. A printer is definitely on my layaway list!

(Above) With a wedding come up in the spring, I’d love a treadmill to avoid hitting the gym. Layaway would make this purchase that much less painful.

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