Leigha | College Graduate | 20-something | Heterosexual | Traveler | Chinese~American, more specifically a North Carolinan | Quarter-Southerner | Shortie | Movie enthusiast | Sister | Chocolate Addict | Candy Lover | Mini Shopaholic |
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Let me preface this post by stating I love DIYs. I can spend hours transforming an ordinary piece of printer paper into a beautiful swan or finding new purpose for regular household items. This creative outlet breaks up the monotony of ‘adulting’ life. Plus the sense of accomplishment I feel when the final product completes is priceless.
Over the course of wedding planning, I have pinned too many ideas to incorporate in our wedding. Little by little, my DIY project list grew and grew. There are just so many unique ideas out there and one wedding is not enough to have it all! Jk Jk!
Why keep the fun to myself when I can get all the I Do Crew to join in! Calling all the ladies!
The ladies gathered around on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. The house was divided into different work stations based on the craft medium – paper, paint and spray paint. Lil Sis spent most of the day out at the spray paint station. EC focused her time at the paint station. JB joined later at the paper table. I am basically the busboy, running in and out getting all the supplies for everyone. I was getting my steps in for the day.
Thanks to these ladies, my giant list of DIYs crossed off one by one. They are the greatest helpers!
To avoid giving away all the surprises, no finished product photos will be posted until after the wedding. But everything turned out perfectly. It is so exciting to see my vision slowly comes to life!
To add on to the fun, EC surprised us with a touch of her own. She bought a Pig Cake to the party. It was decorate with the Chinese characters meaning goodbye single life. Only my best friend could ever think of this. Our pig feud will never ends!
Agree or disagree, cake is THE reason why people come to weddings. It is the focal point of the wedding, aside from the bride, of course. (Sorry not sorry, grooms) Cake cutting is a classic wedding moment, up there with the first kiss and first dance.
What could be better than sitting down with a cake consultant and sample different cake flavors. It is basically a dream comes true. Bubble can attest to that.
This past weekend, Bubble and I scheduled a cake consultation and tasting at Publix Bakery. Publix offers an incredible number of flavors and varieties.
We can customize any type of cake with any type of icing and any fillings. The combination is endless! We asked to sample three flavors – Marble with a raspberry filling and buttercream icing, vanilla cake with lemon icing and buttercream icing, and red velvet cake with cream cheese filling and cream cheese icing.
Wow oh wow, we had not expect them to actually bake us a cake of each flavor. We thought it would be a slice or small bite size. Oh no no no, it was a full 8in cake. And Publix accidentally made an extra cake. This one is red velvet with raspberry fillings and cream cheese icing. Our pants are getting tighter as we speak.
Our consultant, Laura, served us a slice of each cake. Bubble thought the red velvet was very smooth. I liked the tartness from the lemon icing. After sampling all the flavors, Bubble and I both agreed marble with a raspberry filling and buttercream icing is the best. The frosting was not overwhelmingly sweet and it complemented the marble well. Plus the chocolate and vanilla twirl looked gorgeous on the plate.
We flipped through Publix’s catalogue of cakes. All the cakes look way too pretty to consume. Laura explained the cake can be decorated to match our wedding colors and we can also bring in designs from Pinterest.
When we started to discuss the cost, to our surprise, wedding cake doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Well, at least at Publix. I had read that wedding cake can cost some serious dough. Publix’s cakes are fairly priced. As a way of cutting down cost, Laura suggested the option of having a nice cake for photo purpose and supplement with a sheet cake.
Overall, this was a tasty learning experience. We get to eat and learn about cakes. It can’t get better than that. We thank Laura for her time and she helped packed up all four cakes. We have a quite a bit of designing to do, but the imminent task is …how to get rid of all these cakes!
We have been putting off finding a DJ, the very last necessary vendor to complete our wedding pros team. There is such high pressure on finding the right vendor. Depending on the DJ, our guests will either be on the dance floor all night or our wedding would go down as the worst wedding of the year.
Phew! Thanks to Weddingwire, The Knot and Thumbstack, the search went pretty smoothly. It went so well that we have more candidates than we could hire. Poor Bubble, he spent hours after work interviewing each one.
After some serious thoughts, and I mean serious thoughts, we came to the decision of hiring Mr. DJ Bones!
DJ Bones was very friendly on the phone and in person. His package offered everything plus more than we wanted. His years of experience rest assured us that he will be doing a grand job at our wedding. All we hope now is people are ready to danceeeee! 🙂
Next on our checklist is finding an officiant. Guess a wedding wouldn’t be official if the officiant is absent from the ceremony, huh. Gonna need someone to cue the now you may kiss the bride line.
This was slightly tricky since Bubble and I are not a member of any church or associated with any religious service. Typically, a preacher or priest would solemnize the marriage ceremony. But for us, who do we choose?
We decided we want a non denominational, non religious officiant to celebrate with us. Even with that requirement, there are a lot of officiants out there, trust me, I have pretty much googled every possible person available in North Carolina. I received quotes from $100 t0 $1000. Of course that is based on varying levels of service, but that is one wide price range. I shortlisted officiants down to five potential candidates.
From here, Bubble took on the interviewing process. It was fun pretending to be Bubble’s secretary and filled his agenda with officiant appointments. Even when I am not the most punctual secretary…I accidentally cut his dinner short because I confirmed the appointment is at 6:30pm when the appointment clearly says 6pm. Oops! He chatted with each officiant, went through a list of questions and noted down the pros and cons of each one.
One special lady shined above all and we are excited to be writing our vows and drafting our ceremony with…**drumroll**…Ceremonies by Ms. Daphne!
We love her enthusiasm for weddings. Her professional experience in the industry relieves us of stress. We are excited to tell her our love story! 🙂