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Save the Date Design

14 Jan

Now that I have a moment to breathe after everything that came along with this time frame, I thought I would post something that I realized I never posted about way back when – our Save the Date card!

You may remember when I created a Save the Date card for my bridesmaids, but shortly thereafter, I put one together for all wedding guests to mark their calendars! Typically Save the Date cards go out about 6 months ahead of time. However, with our engagement photo shoot in October, ours went out a bit delayed, but I think it was well worth it for some amazing photos from one of my dearest friends!

Check out how our Save the Date design turned out. Considering I made it as a random tester one night on Powerpoint, I am pretty impressed!



In case you’re interested in printing your own Save the Date cards, try out VistaPrint! They allow you to upload your own image and it is significantly cheaper than ordering them through other websites! I just printed them as postcards, added a little postcard stamp and off they went!

What have been neat Save the Date cards you have seen? I’d love to see!


The First Bridal Shower!

6 Dec

A couple weekends ago, my sweet (recently engaged) friend threw me a bridal shower with her mom and it was absolutely so fun. I really have realized now why people call them showers… because you just feel like you are being showered with love. I am so blessed and grateful for such amazing friends and family in my life!

Since she and another Hartford roommate just got engaged (!!! yes – half of Hartford is officially engaged!), I am taking notes on throwing bridal showers for them. It should be quite fun to host them in the new house once it’s up and running. Beth and her mom did an awesome job with the shower! Here’s a little recap:

A fun bridal shower game idea:

Bride JeopardyBeth asked me a series of questions ahead of time and split the party into teams. The teams were divided evenly to make sure that people from the high school years and college years where distributed well. Questions included everything from: “What is Locher’s favorite Pandora station?” to: “How long were Chip and Locher dating before they got engaged?” (“King of Anything” radio and a little over two years, by the way…)

The team who answered the most correct won a sweet little Starbucks prize! Yum! Plus, Beth was the perfect Alex Trebek.

Beth also asked me for photos ahead of time to put on a decorated cork board for all to see. Let’s just say that someone thought my eighth grade picture was my senior portrait… they could only see a difference in the bushiness of my eyebrows… ek.

Finally, we ate a delicious lunch and opened gifts! We got some pretty awesome things, including this incredible handmade burlap wreath that I’ve been eyeing from here!

Don’t you think that will just look perfect with the DIY Christmas Doormat? I can’t wait to hang it in only a couple weeks!

What is your favorite thing about wedding showers? Do you have any fun games to suggest? I’ve got to start planning for the friends!

Rehearsal Dinner Planning

18 Sep

About a week ago we hit the six month mark for the wedding. Six months! I can’t wait! Although six months usually means that the save the dates are being sent, we haven’t quite gotten there.

One of my close friends, Jessica, will be taking our engagement photos in early October, so we will work on those in the next month or so. Instead, we have been working on other details of the wedding and, particularly, the rehearsal dinner.

Well, let me rephrase that: Chip’s mom has been working on the rehearsal dinner. In fact, she wants it to be a complete surprise, so I’m pretty excited to see what she has been scheming up.

Now, if you know me at all, you know that I love to plan anything and everything. Therefore, it’s a little out of the ordinary for me to only know a couple things about the night, like:

1. It’s Spanish themed – since we met in Spain on our study abroad trip

2. It is at Chip’s house in Duluth

However, at home this weekend, Chip’s mom mentioned she has been having the hardest time finding an invite design for the dinner. Naturally, I stepped in. (Hey, it was my one chance to be involved!) She ultimately was thrilled because┬áthis is what we came up with:

A flamenco dancer and guitar player. Both were scanned from a ceramic tile that Chip and I picked out for his mom in Spain.

Then I did some serious surgery (aka cutting very carefully) to create our very own Spanish themed invite.

Blacked out area is where the address will be...

I was so proud of the fact that I made this in Powerpoint in about an hour. Yes, Powerpoint. Also, I felt super nostalgic when I realized that the “&” symbol on the invite reminds me of this:

This is Sevilla’s symbol to say that “Sevilla has not left me.” It’s definitely true, considering it subconsciously came back in our Spanish themed rehearsal dinner invite!

Now that I have had my fill of helping plan the night, I can’t wait to see what it all looks like in the end!

So, what have you seen done for a rehearsal dinner in the past?

The Carl House

14 Aug

As I promised in this post, I would introduce you to our wedding venue shortly. Since we were limited on options for dates, we were also limited on options for venues. People always say that after you have the date set, all wedding planning gets easier from there.

I think that should be re-phrased to: after you find a wedding venue that is available and affordable on your set date, all wedding planning gets easier from there. We may have had a little bit of stress during the first couple weeks, but all is well now!

Fortunately for us, after countless hours of searching, my future sister-in-law found the perfect venue!

Requirements for the venue: have an indoor option, big enough to fit our guest list, great photo opportunities, allow us to get creative with decor, be close to a city important to us and most importantly: fit in our budget. Also, it immediately got plus 4 points if the ceremony and reception could be held in the same venue. Convenience.

While Chip and I were at the beach with my family, I got a very excited phone call from Chip’s mom about a venue in… wait for it… Auburn, GA. Now I know what all of you bulldog fans are thinking… Auburn? Really? I hope I’m not invited to that wedding… But don’t worry, it’s actually in the perfect location – about half way between Athens and Lawrenceville, and has nothing to do with Auburn University. Phew.

The Carl House is a home built in the early 1900s as an ornamental plant nursery and now serves as a beautiful event facility – and the site for our wedding!

As far as our venue requirements go, the Carl House matched perfectly. We are thrilled to find that they have a massive ballroom available for the ceremony and the reception, as well as an outdoor area for the ceremony. We are allowed to switch the location of the ceremony 3 hours ahead of time! So let’s say our lovely March 10th decides to be 75 degrees and sunny, then we’ll be saying our vows under the stars.

With endless locations for gorgeous photos, I know our photographers (TBA soon!) will swoon. I sure did when I saw everything from the gazebo, to the old brick wall covered in vines. Oh, and don’t forget the gorgeous double staircase in the ballroom.

Plus, don’t be surprised if I’m lounging in this bathroom in the bride’s suite prior to the ceremony:

Our hope is that no one books a wedding on the morning of March 10th so the girls can get ready at the Carl House, as well. I’m a lucky girl that my main hair stylist since the age of 15 has been my sister, so she will be the one making me look my best on the big day. Thanks, sis.

Oddly enough, one of my favorite tidbits about this venue is the ceiling in the ballroom. Not sure why, but I just love the old hammered tin look.

Finally, the location suits our needs so well. It’s only about a 30-minute drive from the Classic City and a 20-minute drive from Lawrenceville – two places that really mean a lot to us! Athens is our home, while Lawrenceville is close to our hometowns (Duluth and Alpharetta).

While we originally thought about having the wedding actually in Athens, we couldn’t find an available place that had lots of space inside. The Carl House is an easy drive down 316 for both our Athens friends and our hometown folk. Plus, it’s only about 15 minutes from the Mall of Georgia and Chateau Elan for out-of-town guests. Lots of options for fun and entertainment for anyone who needs it!

We couldn’t be more excited to keep planning with the Carl House team and start brainstorming photo options for our photographers. I’ll be announcing them soon, so stay tuned!

So, what helped make your venue decision or how do you envision the location for your big day? Outside/inside? Hometown/destination? The options are endless.

Save the Date

9 Aug

When you first get engaged it seems as though there is a list a mile long of everything you must do, should do, could do and won’t do.

There’s the ring. Check.

The wedding magazines. Check.

The excited calling of the family and friends. Check.

And then comes the planning.

I have always loved planning events. Whether it be a party for friends or an event at Chick-fil-A, I truly enjoy everything that goes into event planning. When it comes to a girl’s wedding, the biggest day of her life, it’s pretty much the ultimate treat to put together.

When it came to my wedding in particular, Chip and I had a pretty exact date in mind for the big day. March 10, 2012.

You probably are wondering, “Why March 10? Isn’t that about the most unpredictable day of weather in Georgia during the entire year?” Well, folks, it sure is, and it just so happens to be the same day that starts the med school spring break. There are such limited options for a week off in med school (the first summer (which just ended), spring break and Christmas break). After weighing our options, spring break definitely was the best.

A few years ago on March 10 it was beautiful and warm and two years ago it was snowing. Whether we get the rain, snow or sun, I’m prepared for all three. In fact, I am even embracing (and dare I say, loving) this idea if it rains:

Regardless, I’ve got the perfect remedy to a tough weather situation: a venue with an indoor and outdoor option!

Check back for updates on where our March 10th “all-weather-is-welcome” wedding will be!

Did you have wedding planning weather woes? How did you deal?

Side note: we are still praying for 75 and sunny all day long.