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Bling to Get Ready In and Tags for Bags

I’m combining these two crafts into one post because they are so stinking easy that I can’t justify talking about each one individually.  That said, they both deserve a mention.

First off, let me just say I’m not the robe-wearing type, not that I don’t wish I was, but it’s not my thing.  Needless to say, I won’t be getting ready for my wedding in a silky or plush robe.  But I still wanted something special and fun to wear the morning of my wedding and that’s how I stumbled upon bling’d out tank tops.

Over the years my friends and I would decorate tank tops for special occasions, such as birthdays, class trips, and later, Superbowl parties.  Tight and trashy, I always say!  (I never say that, but as I was typing this post I realized how juvenile and funny it is that I prefer tight tanks to luxurious robes. HA.)

Anyway, I knew I wanted to wear a cute white tank top that said “Bride” but I also knew I didn’t want to pay a ton of money for one, so when I found these appliqués at JoAnn’s I snapped them up and took them to MN for MOH Big Eyes to assemble.

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I wish I could say this is a really budget-friendly project, but it is not.  Each appliqué is $4.99 and each shirt was about 8-10 dollars depending on my coupons and where I bought them.  I ended up making a total of 7 getting ready shirts.  One bride tank top for myself, a Maid of Honor tank for Sister, three bridesmaid tanks, a flower girl tank, and a t-shirt for Mom Sword.

Speaking of Mom Sword, her shirt is special and does not say Mother of the Bride.  Mom Sword and I share a similar sense of humor, and her idea of being “funny” is calling herself a Queen, if I’m going to be the Princess of the wedding.  She also enjoys joking about how young she looks and how myself, MOH Big Eyes, and her look like three sisters.  Umm, yeaa.  Riiiight.  (She’s kidding but it’s a running joke in the family now.)  Luckily I found something perfect for her, but she (and everyone else) will have to wait until the wedding day to see it!

The process for applying each word was very easy.  You just have to make sure you line up the words against a straight edge and decide where you want them to lay on the “girls.”  Then you peel off the backing and stick the words directly to the fabric.

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The only tools needed are a wash cloth, an ironing board, and an iron, the ruler is optional.  Place the cloth on top of the appliqué and then use an iron to adhere the appliqué to the shirt.  Miss Sword Tip:  Leave the iron on longer than it says on the package!  The little jewels can be a bit tricky to work with.

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Slowly peel back the piece of plastic and admire your beautiful work!

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Next up, I made these adorable tags for our out-of-town guest bags and I did them all by myself!

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Sorry for the blurring!  That part says Miss Sword and Mr. Sword and the date of our wedding in fine tip black sharpie.  The “all you need is love” part is a stamp.  This was so easy.  I bought tags, the stamp, and purple ink from JoAnn’s, and I used the leftover ribbon from wedding invitations to tie the tags to our OOTG bags.

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I guess I forgot to take a picture of the tags tied on the bags but I’ll just let you visualize it instead.  Go.  And I promise to do a post on what when into our OOTG bags at some point too!

(all photos personal)

What are you getting ready in on the big day?  Anyone else make tags for their OOTG bags?

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Hen Do(s) and Don’ts

That’s right hive!  I had my very kick-ass day of fun bachelorette party this past weekend (and to be honest I’m still trying to recover)!

OH MY WORD MOH Big Eyes blew me away with an amazing day that was equal parts girly, sexy, naughty, and fun!  Not even lying, I’m pretty sure I heard the words, “this is the best bachelorette party ever and by the looks of it everyone had a total blast.

Sister Big Eyes is a teacher and came prepared with a lesson plan of sorts, and because of her easy to use Google RSVP document, everyone was able to respond “yes” or “no” to each event and stop in when they could throughout the day.  There were various activities to take part in around the city until the evening when we ended the day at my apartment with games, gifts, and treats before going out dancing.

Note her princess folder for this princess-inspired affair. So organized!

Instead of doing a lengthy recap of the day, I’m going to break it down by giving you some Hen DO’s and Hen Don’ts!! (Hen Do is the UK term for bachelorette party in case I haven’t made that clear yet.)

HEN DO

DO buy cute princess headbands from an Etsy shop to represent each lady of your amazing bridal party (which for me includes bridesmaids, honor attendants, a flower girl, girl cousin usher, and girl cousin who is carrying our remembrance flowers).  We forgot to get a photo of all 10 of them, but hopefully you can tell which princesses are represented in this picture below.  I was so impressed with MOH Big Eye’s creativity and I got even more excited when she said she plans for us to wear them again at the rehearsal dinner and other pre-wedding related activities.  I’m seriously in love with them and think they’re a subtle yet touching way to highlight the bridal party.

BM L Dawg (Snow White), Miss Sword (Cinderella), MOH Big Eyes (Belle)

HEN DON’T

DON’T start your day with anything but pampering!  I think I’ve mentioned before how I live for manicures and pedicures, but loathe getting my hair cut?  Well, MOH Big Eyes knows this and that’s why we started the day getting our nails done.  I have to give a shout out to Juko for living up to their awesome reviews and treating us all like rock stars.

Miss Sword’s mani

HEN DO

DO enjoy a lovely brunch and ignore rude waiters who fail to listen to you and provide less than adequate service even though it’s your party day.

HEN DON’T

DON’T forget to stop and take LOTS OF PICTURES!

HEN DO

DO pretend to like the makeup that the artist puts on you at Nordstrom because she really likes it, and she really wants you to like it too.  Also ask your friend to not be offended when she tells said friend that she needs to be the Kelly to your Beyoncé because it’s your bachelorette night.  Wow.

HEN DON’T

DON’T fight with your little sister, no matter how annoying she may be.

Look at those BIG EYES!

Just kidding!  We had a perfect day together.

I highly recommend doing a pre-planned day of events for your party if you A) have a lot of friends from different groups/cities/walks of life that you want to invite, and B) if you know you have a core group that will be able to be there for everything (which I did, thank you MN girls, H Bomb, and C Fri who was there in spirit due to flight complications!).

Next up, party games, penis paraphernalia, and dancing the night away!

Did you do a day-long bachelorette extravaganza?  Anyone else celebrate in Chi-town?  What do you think of the headbands?

Because I’m a nanny, that’s why.

The title of this blog post is an answer to a question.  That question is, WHY, Miss Sword, why have you watched (more than once) “Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses?”

image via Wikipedia

The answer is because I’m a nanny, that’s why.  Littlest C LOVES this movie and I have to admit it’s not that bad!  Truthfully I enjoy kid movies.  And while I’m not that into Barbie in general, if Barbie is going to pretend she is a princess and have 11 sisters, I’m GAME.

So, what if I told you I was going to include the intro music from “Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses” in my wedding processional?  What if I told you Mr. Sword has approved this as well as Mom Sword?  Would you believe it?  Because it’s all true.  I showed them this song a few months ago and was shocked that they both thought it worked for our wedding.  Just goes to show ya, it never hurts to ask!

This song just spoke to me and I’m seriously considering having my sexy kilt-wearing groomsman and my gorgeous long dress-wearing bridesmaids walk into this song.  Isn’t it pretty but also kind of dark and romantic?

I also like it because it will be a nice contrast to the bagpipes that will mark Littlest C’s entrance followed by Dad Sword and myself.

Are you having any unusual wedding processional music?  What do you think of this song?

Ooh-la-la!!

Let’s talk about panties!  Because I got a crap load of them at my shower and they’re all adorable!  It was all part of a game/poem that my hostess’ read to me.  It was so fun to open each pair as they read each stanza, and I think it was a real-crowd pleaser as well!

I LOVED the games at my shower, they were so fun but at the same time didn’t put anyone on the spot.  I thought I’d share what we did for those who are interested and those planning a shower in the near future!

The first game was on-going throughout the shower.  When you arrived you were asked to pick up two clothespins and place them somewhere on your clothes.

If you said one of the three off-limit words, someone could steal your clothespin and whoever had the most on by the end of the afternoon won a prize!  The three hot words were “wedding,” Mr. Sword’s real name, and “Chicago.”  I thought this was hysterical because my family often complains about how often I talk about Chicago while in Minnesota.  For example, someone will say, “The traffic is so bad today!”  And I’ll say, “Well, you should see the traffic we have in Chicago.  Chicago is way worse.”  Needless to say, I lost my two clothespins right away and then spent the rest of the afternoon saying Mr. Sword’s name and Chicago quite frequently!

The second game was the panty poem which has been featured on WB before by Mrs. French Bulldog and others!  I won’t write out the poem again as it’s pretty easy to find online if you search “panty poem,” but I will show you all the beautiful panties I received!  I love Victoria’s Secret underwear, do you?

Panty 1: Bridal White- First Night, Panty 2: Sexy lace panties for Honeymoon, Panty 3: Red- Valentine’s Day, Panty 4: Leopard or Purple for 1st anniversary

Panty 5: Pink and Blue for first baby, Panty 6: Sexy full cut pair for 25 years, Panty 7: Big Giant Pair (granny panties)

Here’s hoping I never fit into those!  I have a big butt already but YIKES!  At least they’re granny panties in my favorite color.  🙂

Finally, the third game we played was a concentration/memory game.  Our hostess’ split us up into three groups to make it more interactive. I’m going to write this one out because it’s not super long, and there seem to be a few variations of it online. This version was perfect for us!

Candy Match Game
Butterfingers = First Date Interaction
Hugs = Warm Embraces
Pay Day = Wedding Ring Purchase Date
Twix = Bachelor Party Pranks
Mounds = Gifts
Hot Tamales = The Bride
Sweet Tarts = The Bride and Groom
Lifesavers = The Parents
100 Grand = The Reception
Skor = The Honeymoon Night
Starburst = Groom’s Honeymoon Reverie
Baby Ruth = 9 Months After the Honeymoon

This game was amazing because when you matched a set, you got a full-sized version of the corresponding candy bar. I LOVE sweets and luckily for me I had bridal luck on my side as I kept winning candy bar after candy bar. I tried to give a few away so I didn’t end up eating them all thankfully!

The below photos are courtesy of Meagan Maue.

Ok, I promise I’m done talking about my shower!  I’ll be back to regular wedding planning stuff next week.

First up, I was able to check out the Cinderella shoe line at DSW so I’ll fill you in on whether or not those shoes were fit for this princess!

(all photos personal unless otherwise noted)

What games did you do at your shower?  Did you get panties or candy bars like me?  Did you experience any “bridal luck?”

Every princess needs one of these

We all know I have a tendency to talk about the more controversial topics of wedding planning here on the hive (because that stuff is as equally important as shoes, invites, and budgets), but today I want to talk about something that is sure to appeal to the masses.

BUT FIRST:

I want to use this post to talk about something pertaining to the top of my bridal look:

My wedding tiara.  Is there a sweeter, softer phrase that was ever uttered?  🙂

Now, as I sit in a Starbucks wearing my purple rockstar jeans and blogging in one of the biggest hipster areas in all of Chicago, I have to laugh at myself. (haha)  I’m sitting here feeling relatively artistic and cool (you can judge me if you want), but at the same time thinking how wearing a tiara at my wedding seems a bit juvenile and dated.  Since I tend to be one big contradiction in all areas of my life I’m not really bothered if wearing a crown at my wedding is not considered hip, I’m just finding it comical.  I’ll be 29 when I wed, not 10!  But myself and my six-year-old flower girl will be wearing complimenting tiaras and we are going to look SO GOOD that it won’t matter.

While a tiara may not be as artsy as the birdcage or as fresh looking as a beautiful hair clip or headband, it seems like the perfect choice for our highland fairy tale wedding and my princess-themed bridal look.

My tiara was a gift from Auntie B back in June.  We found it the same week I was shopping for my wedding dress and it just seemed like fate!  Plus, we got a fantastic deal on it because the lady who owned the boutique was going out of business.

So I have my tiara, but that doesn’t mean I’m going veil-less.  In fact, I’d like to wear both the tiara and a veil on my wedding day but I’m a bit unsure of how to proceed.  For starters, I’d like to point out that I don’t plan on purchasing a veil because they seem to be one of the most over-priced pieces of all bridal garb.  Unfortunately, they also seem to be one of those wedding necessities in my mind.  MOH/Sister Big Eyes is DIYing a veil with her future mother-in-law and one of our original thoughts was that we could wear the same one.  But after thinking about it I decided if she was making the veil she should wear it first (I don’t want the responsibility of making sure nothing happens to it!), and then there’s the issue of her dress being white and mine being ivory, so eventually that idea was scrapped.

So what’s a princess bride to do?  Well, once she figures out what she wants she will be borrowing one (hopefully from a fellow bee).  Something borrowed?  CHECK.

What I do know is my ideal look.  I want a simple tulle veil, with no added lace or beading or crystals or pearls.  I think the tiara would be complimented best by a simpler veil.

What I don’t know is how long it should be!  I’m absolutely uninterested and uninspired about veil length to be honest.  The shoulder, elbow, and fingertip lengths are what I’m leaning towards but I’m not drawn to anything in particular.

So I’d love some help on this Hive, please vote for your favorite veil length based on the fact that you’ve seen my tiara (in all it’s beauty), and knowing that my gown is a fit-n-flare (named Evie) who I would describe as both sexy AND princess-like.  🙂

Poll:  Which veil length should Miss Sword go for?

A) A shorter veil would look best with the tiara!  Go with shoulder length.

B) Elbow length is ideal in my opinion, it hits at the right spot.

C)  Fingertip length will flow the best, longer looks more elegant.

D) I have no clue Miss Sword, you’re wearing a tiara and it’s weird, but I still like you.  🙂

(all photos personal unless otherwise noted)

Is anyone else sporting a tiara on their Big Day?  What are your thoughts on veils?  I’m also wondering where I should place my veil, directly behind the tiara or lower on my head like Mom Sword prefers?  🙂

Will you be my… (princess)?

I MADE SOMETHING!!  I was crafty and creative (shocking I know) and I made all of the women in my bridal party a personalized note to invite them to participate in my wedding.

Not only did I ask them to take part in some aspect of the wedding but I also gave each girl their own princess name/identity.  I used the classic Disney princesses for inspiration and told each girl why I felt she best fit with that princess.  Yes, I’m a HUGE dork, but I had a blast bringing the princess theme to my ladies as well!

My ladies include:

4 bridesmaids: Sister/MOH Big Eyes, BFF L Dawg, Cousin Jo, and Mr. Sword’s wee sister, four ladies who are truly special to me in so many ways and will make me the happiest girl when they stand next to me on the Big Day.

2 honor attendants: Besties H and C, who both know me better than I know myself sometimes, whom I’m blessed to have as friends, and whom I can’t wait to have near me on at the wedding.

1 flower girl: Also known as my nanny girl, a child I’ve loved since I first laid eyes on her when she was 11 months old, and who will probably make me cry when I see her walking down the aisle.

1 usher: (because I’m having kid ushers!) Better known as Cousin Dancer, who is adorable, a treasured part of my family, and perfect for the role of telling adults where to sit!

1 remembrance flower carrier: My lovely and adventurous Cousin Z will be walking memorial flowers down the aisle to remember those who have passed away and can’t be with us on the wedding day (but I think I need a better title for her!)

So, in true DIY fashion, I took pictures as I made my cards, and let me tell you, it was very difficult!  I mean, do you DIY brides normally photograph things yourself or do you have someone helping you?

I went to an Archiver’s in MN with Mom Sword during one trip home and the total cost of the project was about 30 dollars.  But I had a DIY Fail because I did not use a single coupon!  (Doesn’t it always seem like the best wedding project supplies are bought with coupons?)  Here are some step by step pictures of my crafting:

(I’m pretty sure my intricate simple steps are self-explanatory or I’d explain further.)

On the back of the card I glued a list called the “Princess Profile” so that the other girls could see who everyone else was, and I hope that either myself or MOH Big Eyes can use the princess profile in other gifts or cards as the year of the wedding progresses.

I gave myself the Cinderella princess because she has blonde hair her dreams came true just like mine!  MOH Big Eyes and Flower Girl nanny girl both got Belle, because not only do they look-alike (more than I look like Sister), but they also have a really special bond from years of hanging out when Sister would visit Chicago.  🙂

So that’s my BIG craft!  How did I do?  How did you ask your ladies to be in your bridal party?  Is anyone else having honor or personal attendants?  I feel like it’s not very common and not many people get the reasoning behind it!

Saying “no thank you” to some lovely dresses

The time has come for dress photos!!  Yay!!  I’m so excited to share a few of them with the Hive right now, the thing is, after much contemplation I’ve decided not to share THE dress before the wedding.  It was a tough decision but in the end I want all my guests to be surprised as well as everyone else!  Plus I’m so in love with her that I want to keep her my little secret for as long as I can!

There were tons of beautiful dresses that I did not choose and I will share some of those now.  I’ll also give some hints on what my dress looks like and reveal the designer at the end so hang tight!

OK HE SHOULD BE GONE BY NOW.

So… my vision for the Big Day was a fit-n-flare with hints of princess (obviously) and romance.  I wanted something tight and sexy that still felt whimsical and right out of a fairy tale.  It sounded easy enough when I started out but I quickly found that most fit-n-flares come with tons of beading, and I didn’t really want beading, or lace for that matter.  Nothing against beading or lace, but I felt like I needed an understated dress that still had the power to WOW.

Here are some of the fit-n-flare candidates:

And then there were the ball gowns… Sigh, the ball gowns.  I loved them!  They fit the theme of our fairy tale wedding so well and truth be told I almost convinced myself to buy one (of course I don’t have a picture of that one because it was the one place where photos weren’t allowed) but in the end I’m so happy I waited just a bit longer so I could find my dream dress.

Please excuse all awkward and/or chubby photos, not all of the dresses fit 100% correctly.  Did you have a favorite style between the ball gowns and fit-n-flares?

Here are my wedding dress stats:

I went to a total of 6 different bridal salons (one in Chicago, the rest in the Twin Cities), and I found my dress at store number 5, only two days before we were leaving Minnesota on wedding planning trip number two.

Designer is Morie Lee.

Style is to die for fit-n-flare.

Neckline is a slight sweetheart that I plan to dip even further.  (It actually got comical after one consultant told me, “Yes, I get it, we can dip the neckline even lower, all of them can be made lower!”  And so it became a running joke.)

Price is under $1,000… by a little bit.

How it happened:

I don’t think my search was particularly long, it was just that being a long-distance bride I knew my time was limited if I wanted a dress ordered in time to have all my fittings take place  in Minnesota.  I can’t just show up when my dress arrives at the salon, instead I have to make well-planned trips up north that coincide with other wedding related tasks or I’d be there every other weekend!  I know it will be awhile before I see my dress in person and I plan to wait patiently, or as patiently as possible.   Until she arrives I will think of her often and attempt to give her a name… the designer just uses numbers and I really think something so pretty deserves a special name.  How does Evie sound?  I’m leaning towards naming her Evie.

One last thing:

Like other brides, I had the same “I just know this is it” moment when I put on the winning dress.  I know it’s a different experience for everyone, but I usually get strong gut feelings when I know something is right so I was expecting one to occur during my dress search.  I knew from the second I put her on that this was it, but I didn’t say it out loud until about 40 minutes later when I tried her on again.  Everyone else could tell by my face that we had found my dress, but I didn’t want to rush the moment, I wanted to make sure I was still thinking about her when I took her off and when I was in other dresses, and I totally was!!  I even had tears hiding behind my eyes and I was urging them to fall!!  It took a little coaxing but once I saw Mom Sword crying, the tears just started flowing.  I was lucky enough to have Mom Sword, Auntie B, MOH Big Eyes, and BM L Dawg there when I found HER.  It was magical!

(all photos personal)

Did you know when you’d found “the one”?  Did you almost convince yourself to go with a completely different style than you had originally wanted?