Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Fancy

Choosing a wedding dress is a lot like choosing a husband. You search and search and search, sometimes online, you try a bunch on, reconsider a few and eventually decide on the one that couldn't be any more perfect for you.
Well people, I bought my wedding dress this weekend. I found the one. It is ordered and paid for thanks to Momma Deb. I won’t show you or tell you what I ended up getting, I’m going to try to keep that a surprise for the next 10 months, but I will let you know that it is very fun and very unique. I just want to hurry up and get it and show everyone, but luckily so I don’t spill the beans, I won’t have it until about October. I will show you some pictures of the contenders though, the ones that eventually lost out to the THE ONE.
I went to a few different stores before I found the dress that I wanted. Our first trip was to David’s Bridal. I always heard horror stories about how terrible David’s is. It wasn't completely terrible, but I wasn't super impressed either. The sales girl was just kind of blah. I kept asking for something different and she kept pulling the same type of dresses. Here are a couple that I liked from there. (Ignore the ridiculous look on my face in all of these photos.)



The sales girl got a little pushy towards the end of my appointment, which made me really not want to buy a dress that day.

My next stop was to a bridal outlet store. The atmosphere here was a little different. You were pretty much on your own to pull dresses and tried them on. The sales ladies helped a little bit, but I was completely on my own to get into and out of dresses, which if you've ever tried on a wedding dress, is sometimes very hard. Although I did find a serious contender here, I didn't end up buying. I am probably going to make a trip back for a veil that I really liked.



My third and final stop was at the Alfredo Angelo store in Lincoln. This was the store I was holding out for. They had exactly what I was looking for, I pretty much just needed to try it on first. Although the sales girl didn't have much for a personality, she was very helpful in the dressing room making sure that all the dresses looked presentable and were clipped, zipped and pinned before I showed anyone. That definitely helped the experience instead of me just walking out in a dress that didn't fit and wasn't zipped/laced up. After trying on what I wanted with a few adjustments and additions, I walked out of there having purchased my dress. But, you won't get to see that until I'm walking down the aisle. :)


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

White Wedding

So far, the easiest part of planning our wedding has been choosing the venue. Eric and I both work at facilities that host weddings frequently, so it was obviously going to be one of those two places. There were pros and cons to each location. 

The building that Eric works in and runs is actually an old auditorium. It has various uses in its many years. Back in the day it used to hold concerts, the circus and other events. Now it has basketball and volleyball courts, a rock wall and hosts roller derby bouts every once in awhile. So if you’re picturing it in your head, it’s not the most glamorous setting for a wedding. The good thing about it is that we would be able to bring in any caterer that we wanted, which would save us a little bit of money.

On the other end of the spectrum, is my place of employment. One a scale of 1 to 10 of classy establishments, it’s pretty close to a 10. Although don’t let it fool you, because we do hold some pretty crazy events that aren't so classy, including dog shows and gamer conventions. (We really just do it all.) The only con if we chose to use my location is that we would have to use our catering. The food itself is not an issue. The food is pretty much the bomb.com.  It is however on the pricey side.

We eventually decided to choose my location. J The cost of the actual location was not an issue for us. We are very fortunate in that we wouldn't have to pay a rental fee for either place. So it really just boiled down to the location and the look of the place. Since we don’t have to pay for rental, it gives us a little more money to spend on food and beverages. The other bonus, is that my location also has a venue for us to have our actually ceremony since we’re not doing a church wedding. (That’s a story for another day). And I might be a little bit biased, but it’s one of the most beautiful locations in the Sioux City area. I've posted some eye candy for you below. I don't have any pictures of the inside of the reception area because we just remodeled! (Our owner likes to spend a lot of money on us.)


So tell me, was it easy for you guys to decide on a location for your ceremony and/or reception? What were some of the pros and cons you had?
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Up those stairs near the fountain is where (hopefully, weather permitting) is where our ceremony will be.
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Sunday, June 1, 2014

It's my life.

Hello everyone!!!! I know it's been a few months since you've heard from me. And no, I haven't fallen off the face of the Earth! With wedding planning going in full force, I'm going to try to get better at this blogging stuff so I can keep you all in the loop and kind of document the journey of wedding plan. So, sorry not sorry if you don't like wedding shit. Deal with it. Before I get into any wedding stuff though, I'm going to fill you all in on what's been going on in my life over the past few months.

 Eric used his first hashtag at the Nebraska Spring Game. #GoBigRed

 I bought my wedding shoes. Obviously that's the most important part of the wedding.

 I ate a lot of Easter candy. My favorite. (Also, shameless ring photo.)

 I went to my dear friend Mallory's bachelorette party.

 The vet told us that Morgan is overweight. (Yes, that's whipped cream.)

 We visited the beautiful state of Michigan. I'm definitely smitten with the mitten.

 I went blonde and love it.

They now sell Baja Blast in stores. I no longer need to go to Taco Bell to fulfill my addiction.

So that's just a little hint of what has been going on in my life over the past few months of my blogging hiatus. Not a whole lot happened obviously, but there is definitely a lot more in store over the next 11ish months with all the wedding planning I'll be doing. Stay tuned!