Monday, September 13, 2010

Everything Happens for a Reason

So, yesterday I was stressing about my reception space, today I am giddy and jumping for joy. I found THE place. It's perfect. It easily fits over 100 people, which means we don't have to be picky anymore with the guest list, the hall just happens to already be ivory and purple, so it matches my color scheme, catering is done in house, which saves me a ton of money, theatrical lighting is available at a modest cost so we are all going to look gorgeous, I'll have plenty of room for a floor plan, no more wondering what I can scratch out. I'm psyched. I visit tomorrow, and hopefully putting down a deposit, and thus will be the end of my wedding stress. Hopefully. More on the reception venue tomorrow, once I've seen the place in person and make everything official.

In other news, now that I'm all excited for the wedding again and not worried about it falling apart in front of me, I ordered my save-the-date magnets yesterday. I really love the idea of magnets, because people can stick them right to their fridge and are less likely to lose them. They also make a nice keepsake of the wedding after the fact. I ordered them through Vista Print, they are white and purple with one of our engagement pictures on them. I'm very happy with how the proof came out, and I can't wait until they arrive in about three weeks. I've officially ordered my first piece of wedding stationary. Woot!

At the same time, in effort to save money on shipping, I also ordered 250 photo sharing cards. For those of you who may not be familiar with wedding lingo, let me explain, because I just learned about these things myself. Back in the 80's and 90's it became all the rage to put disposable cameras on the reception tables so that guests could take candid shots of the wedding. This led to multiple issues, including people stealing the cameras, pictures not coming out due to poor lighting and crappy flashes, and the cost of developing all the film in 20+ cameras. In today's world, many people have the option to take pictures digitally, be it with a camera or a cell phone. The purpose of the photo sharing card is that it gives the log-in and password to a website that people can use to upload pictures that they took of the wedding. The website is free (I used photobucket), it's free for the guests to upload pictures, and then the bride and groom can go through the uploaded pictures and print/download the ones that they like. It's a total win-win situation. Vista Print offers a variety of free customized products on their website, I took advantage of the free business cards to make my photo sharing cards. There is an advertisement for vistaprint on the back, but who stares at the back of a business card anyway?

Overall, I am feeling happy and relieved. I was so stressed about the reception situation that at one point I was actually seriously considering rescheduling the wedding for a week later. Now I get to keep my wedding date and get back to making pinwheels... Until next time!

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