happy go lucky wedding

How the Economy Benefited By My Spendy Ways, the Fro Yo Story
November 30, 2009, 9:22 pm
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So next year on Black Friday (and probably Cyber Monday), please take away my credit card. 

I blame my recent spending on the stock market, and not because the economy sucks, but rather because it was open.  See, Mr. Fro Yo is the frugal one in this relationship, and he had to work on Black Friday because the stock market was actually open the day after Thanksgiving.  I didn’t have my sounding board nearby to tell me to shut off the laptop.  So you ready to see my purchases?

Let’s start with a gift for the wedding party.  Pottery Barn was having a sale on monogrammed items (free monogramming!), and so I thought, “Hey, this will make a great gift for the guys!” 


Only Mr. Fro Yo didn’t think all his groomsmen would like it, so I just got it for a few of them. 

And then, a friend of mine was recently engaged, so I thought I needed to do something to commemorate her engagement and her new (almost) last name, so I got her some personalized soap:


Oh and some wedding decor?  Why not these adorable Bubble Balls, though I’m not entirely sure I know how I will use them.  They were cheap and I figured they would look great around our house after the wedding too:


And then best of all…I got my wedding ring!!  I felt bad because I didn’t ask Mr. Fro Yo if it was OK that I was buying my ring without showing him, but I figured he would be SO proud of the amazing deal I got, that he wouldn’t even care that I bought it without asking.  Usually this is a dangerous thought, but this time I was actually right!  This ring was normally $800, and I got it for less than $200!!  Right within our budget AND the perfect ring! 


So, did you go crazy on Black Friday and Cyber Monday too?  What were the best deals you found?


Wedding Project: Success
November 29, 2009, 6:52 pm
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You thought I was going to say FAIL, right?  Normally I would have to say that, but this is one that I’m really proud of. 

So, remember when I decided that I wanted to assign seating and discovered these great name card holders?  Well, as cute as I thought they were, I thought we could make them.  So we headed to the woods and collected a very large fallen branch and Mr. Fro Yo got to work (sidenote: I felt like a complete tool carrying this gigantic piece of wood around and came up with a firewood story just in case anyone asked, no one did, but I swear there were some stares and I almost blurted it out anyway):

And we got one of these:

And then we made this!:

(please excuse the martin and osa card, I just wanted to use something to see the full effect)

This project was SO simple and cheap, minus all the sawing, which will require us to borrow an electric saw.  This entire project cost $4.  That’s it!  Here are the supplies we used:

  • Steel Wire
  • Nails to make the hole where the wire would go
  • Hammer to get the nails to make the hole
  • Wire cutter to get the wire the right size
  • and TONS of wood

So what do you think?  What wedding projects have you been really proud of?

Ring…for now?
November 23, 2009, 9:49 pm
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So the budget for our wedding bands is pretty miniscule, as in $350-$400 combined.  We found one that will fit in that budget for Mr. Fro Yo, but we’re still searching for mine. 

Here’s what I want:


And here’s what I can afford:


Both beautiful, but the first one is more my style.  And really what girl doesn’t like a little bling on her ring?  So, I jokingly commented that maybe we should just get a ring for me that was a “for now” ring, and then we could upgrade, or swap it out for a different one when our budget was a little more forgiving.  And as we thought about that, we didn’t think it was such a bad idea. 

But just to be sure that I couldn’t find a ring in my budget, I started searching all the bargain places like eBay, Amazon, Bluenile, and Overstock.  Surprisingly, Amazon had a large selection, but I don’t know that any of them was the one.  So we’re still considering the “for now” ring, but haven’t decided on what we should do yet. 

What do you think? Is it wrong to get married with one ring and then trade it in for a new ring?

November 19, 2009, 9:22 pm
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I am so excited to write this post, and for the last several months I didn’t know if this post was possible.  You see, I fell in love with videography, and more specifically Super 8 videography.  But with our increasingly overwhelming wedding costs, I was worried that it was something that we just couldn’t incorporate into the budget. 

However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I just had to make it happen.  The moments that I will share with my family, friends, and Mr. Fro Yo that day need to be captured, and with more than just photography.  Also, I’ve heard so often that people really regret not having video of their wedding.  I can already imagine us watching it with our kids years down the road and reliving all those wonderful memories.

Enter Vanessa McKellar.  Now, this girl is talented.  I watched her videos and cried.  I don’t even know these people, and I cried.  I’m serious.  Plus, she is so sweet and wonderful to work with.  And best of all?  She posted about weddingbee and how awesome it is!

So ready to see one of my favorite videos?

Erika & Phil in Super 8 from Vanessa McKellar Productions.com on Vimeo. (just click on the erika & phil link, wordpress hates vimeo, apparently)

Did you love it, like me?

So what am I doing for videography?  Some regular video and a little mix of Super 8!  You have no idea how excited I am!!

Did your videography love get incorporated into your wedding too?

ban.do, my savior
November 17, 2009, 9:57 pm
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I’m still having a hard time making up my mind about the type of headpiece I want to wear. No, not the veil, the hair flower vs. the headband.  I was partially going to make my decision based on budget.  Which meant that the hair flower was going to win, because I couldn’t find a headband I loved for under $100.  And $100 for a headband just can’t happen in this Fro Yo’s budget. 

Well, apparently the bridal gods heard me because ban.do created an entire new line called heart dedicated to brides like me on a budget. None of the pieces in this collection are over $50.  So you ready to see what they have?

Now, I’m not bold enough to rock the headband like these ladies are, I’ll just wear it prim and proper like Blair Waldorf would. 

So which one is your favorite?

Tree Card Holder
November 16, 2009, 9:12 pm
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So remember when I needed inspiration for what to make my card holder out of?  And then you all inspired me and led me to the one?  Well, I took everyone’s advice and did an alchemy request on etsy. Four people answered my bid and I chose one, Petal Products.  So Petal Products doesn’t normally make tree card holders, nor does she make anything tree or wood related, BUT she was sweet, confident, and lived in a heavily wooded area, so I took a chance.  Best decision ever. 

This was my first alchemy request, so I was nervous and not at all acclimated to the process, but it couldn’t have been easier.  So, you ready to see it?

Here it is, in all its tree stump glory:

I LOVE it!  It’s everything that I wanted.  And, I seriously want to give a shout out to Cynthia of Petal Products.  She was amazing to work with– very responsive and even sent me picture and email updates throughout the process.  I know she worked so hard on this, and it definitely shows.  She even did a little congratulatory note on the inside of the tree for us:

So have you done any alchemy requests?  What was your experience like?

Dual Roles
November 15, 2009, 9:52 pm
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Is anyone planning their wedding and also a bridesmaid in another wedding? 



I’m currently carrying out dual roles, and it has been great! It makes me feel like a good bridesmaid because while I’m searching for inspiration for my wedding, I’m also searching for inspiration for my friend Ashley’s wedding.  See, she’s getting married next fall, and a fall wedding sounds amazing to me.  Now, I’m excited about my spring wedding, but there is something about the fall that I just love.  It allows me to live vicariously through all the design elements that she is able to incorporate into her wedding. 

Also, we can share stories and feelings with one another that maybe other people wouldn’t get because they aren’t in the midst of planning, facing budget dilemmas, or vendor frustration.  And let’s be honest, other non-brides usually just don’t care as much, and I feel guilty venting, but with Ashley?  I know she’ll get what I’m saying. Also, I hope that I might be able to help her avoid things I wish I had avoided, or share information with her that I wish I knew. 

I also hear that many people go through post wedding depression.  I’m hoping that I will be able to avoid that at least partially because I will have another, wonderful wedding to look forward to.

So anyone else carrying out dual roles?  What has it been like for you?