Friday, March 18, 2011

I Love the Word "Free"

The past couple of days I've been looking at wedding pictures and somehow I came across free templates - who knew such wonderful things existed! So now that I've literally looked at every free template and DIY idea on Martha Stewart (as well as every other wedding site out there), I've come up with my favorites. Thought I would share them with you so that A. you could see the wedding progress and B. you could get ideas incase your planning a wedding as well (I know there are a few of you out there)!

Save The Dates:
We're printing ours from VistaPrint! It's a printing site that allows you to do pretty much everything so we're going to make our save the dates on there. If those turn out great, then we're going to look into doing invites as well! We figure the save the dates will be free based on a postcard deal they have going on. As the title says, I love "free".

How are these for cute!

Since our relationship has been based primarily (basically ALL) on distance, I thought these would be perfect. They aren't 100%  for sure, depending on how the VistaPrint thing goes, but they're definitely in the running!

Center Pieces:
We're trying to save as much money as possibly by limiting the amount of flowers. I came across this DIY idea and think it might just do!

The idea is to have one of these at each round table (we'll need about 20-22) and then have a wine bottle with the table number as the wine label. Another thing that is great about this centerpiece is that any flower can replace the rose on top!

Dinner Menu (if we make one)
I'm not sure if these are a complete waste of time or not, but when I saw this template I made sure to save it in my favorites just in case. 

I have lots more ideas, but fingers are hurting from typing so much. What do you all think?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Prayers Please

For the past week I've been having pain in both of my ovaries. It's not something I've ever felt before and I knew something was off. I took a couple of pregnancy tests to make sure that I wasn't pregnant and both have been negative. I'm now on my period, but the pain is getting worse and I can actually now feel both of my ovaries through my skin (they're swollen).

After talking with a nurse she explained that I should go into the doctor to check for cysts and other problems that could cause issues with ovaries. I have an appointment today and am really hoping for all of your prayers. My family and I don't have much for medical insurance and if they have to remove anything by doing surgery its going to place a major burden on my family. I'm praying this is nothing major and can be fixed with an anti-biotic.

Just please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Watching Money Fly By

I never had any idea how much money weddings can cost. We're trying to make this a nice wedding while keeping a low budget in mind. We were orginally shooting for $5000, but I think we said goodbye to that budget. I'm having a really hard time with this though. My parents are taking the financial burden because it has basically been placed right in their laps. With the job that I have and being in school still, I can't chip in as much. With my photography starting up, I will be putting all of the money into our wedding. I wish I could put it into better gear and lenses like orginally planned, but helping my family financially is my first priority. As for Mister, he has his own financial things that he needs to take care of.

Maybe I'm just stressed out. We have been doing a lot of planning lately so all of the numbers are just being thrown up in my face. I think we're just going to have to go through the check list again and see where money can be saved.

I think I just realized why people don't like planning weddings. Good thing this is only being done once twice*!

*note: small ceremony before he leaves, bigger wedding with everyone we love and care about when he comes home.
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