Smile #240 – Say Yes to the DJ

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!  🙂

Smile #235 – Say Yes to the Officiant

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!  🙂

Smile #226 – Say Yes to DIY #2

Instead of going to the movies, we spent Saturday night in to work on another wedding project.  This time Bubble is getting his hands dirty..literally.

Photobooths have become a party essential.  What is a party without one?  It is a fun way to set the tone for the event.  Plus it would be great for those Instagram pics!  (At the time of writing, Instagram is my favorite social media.)

GEOMETRIC BACKDROP

This idea was inspired by a PopSugar article on creative wedding backdrops.  The bright colored backdrop would be a great photo backdrop.  We can even customize it with our wedding colors. Let’s test drive this idea!

Supplies:

  • Whiteboard
  • Painter’s Tape (1/2 in)
  • Paint (Tan, Wine, Blush, Navy Blue and White)
  • Paint brushes

There is no strict guidelines to this project, in fact, the only limitation is the size of the board.  Why not let Bubble have some fun with this one.  He can add his touches to the wedding decor.  With these supplies, it was up to him to design the board.  At first, he was slightly hesitant.  Afterall  arts and crafts is not exactly his strong suit.  But after showing him the sample picture, Bubble’s creative side kicked off.  He started taping and creating different shapes.  Soon, I was shut from offering any inputs.  This is his project now.

Three hours later, the final coat of paint has dried and his fingers are covered in paint.  The backdrop is finished!  I am very impressed with the final product!  Bubble did a great job with designing and painting.  The shapes are unique and the color are vibrant.

Bubble was surprise at how fun this project has turned out.  His words and I quote, ‘I never knew arts and crafts can be so fun.’  He is so impressed with his handy dandy work.  🙂

Our Saturday night was well spent. 🙂  Now that the trial is done, let’s work on the real thing!

 

Smile #225 – Say Yes to DIY #1

Blame it on Pinterest!  One of the things that was most appealing about planning a wedding is DIY wedding projects.  DIY touches are a great way to make the wedding more personable.  Even though the process can be time consuming, the results can be quite rewarding!

I definitely didn’t want to overcommit myself.  I left the bigger projects for the professional.  (Hello, Etsy!)  As for the smaller projects, I figured I’d give it a try. 🙂

MR & MRS SIGNS 

There are thousands of pins and hundreds of listings for Mr and Mrs Signs.  I wanted one that incorporated our wedding colors.

Supplies:

  • Birch wood
  • Paint (Black, French Wine, Blush)
  • Paint Brush

To start, I painted the board completed in black.  Then I used a pencil to trace out the word – Mr and Mrs and carefully painted the words with a blush color.  Trust me I made plenty of mistakes.  But nothing a little black paint can’t fix.  To give a romantic touch, I added a heart in the french wine color.  Volia!  Just need to add some ribbons and they are ready to go!

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Smile #220 – Say Yes to Wedding Favors

Now that we have selected our wedding theme, let’s get started on the rest of the planning!  🙂  Ideas are all twirling in my head.  Should we do this or that?  How about this and how about that?  Well, one thing I could narrow down is luggage tags.  It serves as name tags and guest favors.  Killing two birds with one stone!  Boo yah!

I scouted the internet for leather luggage tags.  Some vendors were priced out of our budget, some didn’t offer the color section, some didn’t offer personalization.  Finally I turned to the questionable, yet resourceful Alibaba Express to find these luggage tags.  I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too sure about this transaction.  There is a lot of mixed reviews on this site.  But the vendor on Alibaba has a lot and I mean A LOT of options.  From the shape of the luggage tag to the measurement to color selection, she offered it all!  We could customize it however we’d like.  I mean…sometimes you just gotta give a little trust!

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Despite my many many questions, she always answered my message promptly and courteously.  She even shared photos of previous samples for reference.

We changed our minds at least twice before selecting #6, a light pastel blush color instead.  We sent over the wedding logo design and she started working on the sample.  A week later, she shared with us a sample luggage tag.  The tag looks great…except one thing.  The tag looked a whole lot pink-er than we had expected.

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Back to the drawing board, we reviewed the color options again.  This time we selected a much more neutral color.

I had a lot of fun designing this tag from the logo to the color to the shape and now it is in our procession.  The finished product looks exactly how we wanted it.  🙂   Thank you so much, L for your patience with us!