Monthly Archives: September 2010

the world of paper.


I fear I have been missing out! 

I took a trip to Eckersley’s Art & Craft today to buy paper for the guest name / thank you tags for our bonfavs. Wow! I was completely unaware of how much awesome paper is available, and how beautiful it is – so many designs, textures, thicknesses… I now see the appeal of DIY-ing gorgeous wedding invitations; and not just the invitations, but a complete stationary set. Since we were going for simple, plain invitations, it didn’t even occur to me to enter the world of beautiful papers or the endless options available! This stuff got me super excited! 😀 

Ah well. It’s too late for any wistful thinking! 

I got some nice, but plain, ‘bier paper” (love the name) for the bonfav notes (Eckersley’s has 20% off loose paper sheets at the moment – get in there!)… 


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leaf your thumbprint.

I love these thumbprint trees as an alternative to the standard guestbook. I think it will look lovely in its frame, hung on the wall.

image from style me pretty

You can find these on Etsy, but they can be expensive and also we’re running out of time. The Groom is going to design and print the tree – I just need to get a frame, ink and something for guests to clean their fingers with! A container of Wet Ones isn’t pretty… Hmm. Any suggestions?

kikki-K has a great option for standard guestbooks – the ‘Klassisk’ Guest Book Questions. I love questions; I think it would be fun, and easy, to fill in!

kikki-K 'Klassisk' Guest Book

Would it be overkill to have both guestbooks?? Maybe the tree can be set up on a table with the birdcage, and the kikki-K book could float around the reception…


Filed under Etsy, Reception

all you need is love.

And an iPhone 4.

After many, many months of waiting for my phone contract to finish, and weeks of nagging asking the Groom to contact our phone provider (the account is under his name, so they won’t talk to me), I came home last night to find a brand new iPhone sitting on my bedside table! I screamed, and couldn’t stop grinning the biggest grin I’ve ever grinned.

I love him.

In other news, things are getting done.

  • I picked up my wedding ring today – it’s perfect
  • The Groom’s ring has been shipped by the Etsy seller and should arrive in a week or 2
  • We’ve paid off a few invoices – it’s so good seeing the “remaining” column in the budget spreadsheet decreasing!
  • We had our 4th dance lesson last night – we really need to practice
  • My bridesmaids and I are having hair trials tonight – a friend is doing our hair
  • We’re going to Ikea this Sunday to buy our centrepiece pots
  • Our reception schedule and seating plans are almost finalised
  • The first draft of our ceremony is done

Happy Friday everyone! 😀


Filed under Musings

pearly whites.

I had my teeth whitened on Monday. It is something I have wanted to do for years. It is also something I wanted to do before our wedding. Why? I always wish my teeth were whiter when I see photos of myself, and I didn’t want to feel that way with the wedding photos. I am comfortable admitting this level of vanity 😉

SO! I got Zoom3 whitening at The Smile Shop. I am SO happy I did it. It’s definitely not a budget item, but it was worth it for me.

The process itself was painless, just tedious. First they took a mould of my teeth to make the mouth trays (for the extra whitening gel), then I settled in for 4 x 12-minute sessions of the Zoom gel & light.

I looked like this - minus the red jumpsuit

The results? As I said I’m very happy I did it, and they look natural – not freakishly white. I’m going to use the trays and gel at home for the next week to whiten them a bit more. Here is my “before and after” (my before shot looks a lot yellower than I remember – yuck, must have been the lighting…).

before and after


Filed under Beauty, Budget

hide and sleek.

I wasn’t planning on needing to wear Spanx under my wedding dress. Especially now that I’m upping the exercise, and decreasing the wine, in the last few weeks before the wedding!

But I think I might get myself some of these sexy undergarments, just in case. It might just help hide my food bump on the night 😉


Filed under Attire, Beauty

my bridesmaids.

I just wanted to give a shout-out to my awesome bridesmaids. I love them. I have 5 of my best friends supporting me along the way. I feel so lucky to have friends like these! They have all been there for me when I’ve needed it, and I feel honoured to have them play such a big part in our wedding, standing by my side when I marry the Groom… Vanessa, Alexis, Pamela, Leah, and especially my Super MOH, Amanda. Naw. 

there is one missing!

On the other hand, dressing my dearest friends has been one of the most stressful parts of the planning process! The stress has been caused mostly by myself though (my BMs have been fantastic). 

I originally wanted cobalt blue dresses in different styles for each. Then I changed the ‘wedding theme’ from ‘peacock feathers’ to ‘garden, spring, neutrals’. So we chose pale champagne pink dresses (all in the same style). I thought light silver peep toe shoes would work best. They didn’t. So we chose cream slingbacks with a wooden platform and heel. 

Thank God for my bridesmaids, because I am so bad at visualising and accessorising! 

A lot of my stress could have been avoided if Forever New transferred between their stores. Instead we will have travelled to their stores across Sydney to buy the various sizes, both in dresses and shoes – Macarthur,  Pagewood, Ryde, Warringah… 

My stress is now over though. No more whingeing or panicking. It is all sorted, and I’m so happy with the dresses and shoes. Big tick! I have my bridesmaids to thank for that. 

ta-da! bridesmaids dressed by forever new.

Has anyone else caused themselves unnecessary stress during their planning, or been stressed from suppliers?


Filed under Attire

the white picket fence.

I often hear people say things like “50% of marriages end in divorce!” or “don’t do it!”.

I’m not listening to those people.

I can be quite optimistic*, with fairytale visions of our house with a ‘white picket fence’, the scent of freshly baked cookies drifting from the oven, flowers from the garden in a vase on the table, and many, many years later,  a golden wedding anniversary.

I know the stats – the ABS says divorces are decreasing, but there were still 47,209 granted in 2008. I’m going to do all I can to have a long and successful marriage (i.e. this will be my only one)!

So what makes a lasting marriage?? Other than love, of course. I believe some of the key factors in any great relationship are: commitment, honesty, trust, communication, common interests, having fun together, having fun without each other, and regular ‘date nights’ (even once a month).

So if we keep making an effort (and by effort I don’t mean it’s difficult or unpleasant) in those areas, especially communication, then surely we will “cherish each other for as long as we both shall live”? That’s my hope anyway.

*Other words could be naive, old fashioned, living in a fantasy land, ridiculous


Filed under Musings

fifty-one days.

With only 51 days, or 7 weeks, until the wedding, I feel a strong need to focus my wedding-drained brain, and tackle our ‘to do list’ a week or 2 at a time. 7 weeks is quite a long time really, so I’m not stressing, but we need to keep ticking the boxes. September is probably the busiest month of the year for us, mostly due to birthdays (the Groom and his 3 siblings are all born in September, plus my uncle and a couple of friends!). Unfortunately the to-do list won’t complete itself, so we must find time over the next couple of weeks!

To keep myself on track, here is our list:

Completed this week:

  • Ordered bubbles, sparklers and tealight candles – all were delivered this week
  • First draft of the reception seating plan
  • All RSVPs received
  • 3rd dance lesson, routine finished!

To do (2 weeks):

  • Order / buy suits for the Groom and groomsmen – the original suits from 10 weeks ago are canned, apparently it’s not that easy (I knew it), and we need to find lighter grey suits ASAP, like, yesterday – the Groom and Best Man are looking tomorrow
  • Buy hair combs to make veil, and organza for hair flowers – the alterations lady / dressmaker is making these
  • Find shoes for bridesmaids – looking on Sunday
  • Have bridesmaids try on dresses again and take to alterations lady if needed – weekend of the 25th
  • Pick up my wedding ring
  • Cut out 104 circles of calico for the bonfav lids
  • Renew the Groom’s passport
  • Practise our cha-cha-cha! 😀
  • Arrange an introduction with the cat sitter and our cats – we’ve got a cat sitter to look after our 2 cats in our home while we’re in the Hunter for 4 days 😀

Satine & Isis

Phew! Ok, that feels better – it’s all manageable, and on track! Apart from the suits. Which are way overdue. But that will be sorted in the next week at the latest *threatening voice*.


Filed under Musings

nom nom nom.

Wow, what a beautiful weekend we had! I’m so in love with the Hunter Valley.

It was our last trip to Wine Country before the wedding – we finalised our Notice of Intended Marriage form (yay!), had an amazing, relaxing couple’s massage at The Golden Door Elysia (an early wedding gift!), sampled some excellent beers on the brewery tour at Potters Brewery, tasted a little bit of wine and cheese, and, of course, we had our much anticipated menu tasting!

The Groom and I were extremely impressed with the food and the matching wines, and with the service. We were in heaven. We’re so excited to share this dining experience with our family and friends – choosing this venue might have made our budget multiply (just a bit), but after this tasting I have no regrets.

Another thing we loved was how professional Megan (who owns Muse with her husband and Chef Troy) and her team were. I tend to be a control freak, and I had prepared myself to be asking a million questions about the details of the set up of the ceremony and reception, but once we spoke to Megan I didn’t even need to ask. I felt so at ease, and I really think I won’t need to worry about any of those details on the day! We just drop off the centrepieces, place cards, bonfavs etc on the Friday rehearsal and it will all be set up on the day. I didn’t know it would be this easy! I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders.

The only thing we spoke about changing was the lentil and speck component of the duck main, which seemed a little dry paired with the duck. We love lentils, but we’re not sure if everyone else will. Megan suggested adding Chinese cabbage… Thoughts? Do you love a lentil? 😀


Filed under Reception

tell ‘im he’s dreaming.

I’ve been having wedding dreams for a little while now. Dreams where things go wrong. They might even be classed as mild nightmares. They have all been ridiculous things, like guests not showing up, or leaving before the reception. Maybe my brain is simply overloaded with the constant thinking of wedding-related things (I am enjoying it though!).

My latest dream last night was that it was 30 minutes before the wedding and we realised none of us had our hair done, my veil and hair flowers hadn’t been made, and all I had was a piece of brown veil fabric which we had to try and work with! Ridiculous, I know.

To prevent the future my dream showed me, I just went and bought my ivory veil fabric ($5.99 per metre from Lincraft – another budget win!). My alterations lady is making me a birdcage veil, and some organza flowers for my hair to match my dress shoulder strap.

These are some of my favourite birdcage-veil inspirations…

We’ve got our menu tasting tomorrow – it’s going to be a fantastic weekend in the Hunter Valley, I can’t wait!


Filed under Attire, Budget, Musings