i’ve decided that the radio silence has gone on long enough without at least giving a little update of where i’ve been. we’re TWENTY FOUR DAYS away from the wedding and between 24/7 wedding tasks and actual work, it’s all just been too much for me to be able to blog right now. there have been very few days where i’m not checking something off or making something, so i will have plenty of DIY posts when i can get that together. but here’s an update on where we are with this thing.
INVITES after two proofs and a lot of back and forth, we finally were happy with the invites we designed, which i will share soon. after spending two days hand addressing every envelope, we felt so good and so much relief. but then shit got real like right away.
THE WEEKEND while we have all our vendors ready to go, i’ve also been planning our rehearsal dinner and welcome drinks at my favorite palm springs restaurant. it’s been a little stressful choosing two menus, but i’m excited for the party. and i think i finally just found my dress for it maybe.
ATTIRE we’ve gotten gid’s suit and it’s at the tailor now! all of the bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids and flower girl have their dresses (i went with mismatched) and the groomsmen got some matching grey suits downtown that hopefully don’t look as cheap as they are. i’m not totally decided on my accessories yet but i think i’m close (going very simple with it, of course.) i have some simple sandals, a fancy bracelet and possibly a gold flower crown. and my final dress fitting is next week, EEEK.
MY BACHELORETTE PARTY my friends threw me a super fun girls weekend in palm springs at this amazing house they rented. we stayed in the pool gossiping, drinking a ton, we had matching heart sunglasses, we played a custom jeopardy game, painted our nails. this was by far the best part of the wedding for me so far.
DECOR my parents have been working with the same carpenter for over ten years now – so he offered to build our chuppah as our wedding gift! i am so excited to see it, it’s something my stepdad designed and will be all blonde wood like i like. we’ve picked out all of our rentals and i am feeling very good that we were able to get a cool modern look despite using any hipster-y rental companies. well let’s hope so. i have a couple of mexican blankets we’re going to toss around to try to decorate — and i have purchased a couple of kilim runner rugs on ebay for our aisle.
FLOWERS florists are so expensive, so for some reason – i hired mine to just do my bouquet and a couple of flower crowns, and then i enlisted the help of my stepdad to do the rest. well it’s been pretty stressful, we have a huge venue space with a lot of need for filling. we’ve taken multiple trips to the flower mart and picked our favorites and then gone back when we found out they wouldn’t last in the heat. we’re keeping it simple and going to use a lot of cacti and succulents and just a few flowers thrown in for color and warmth.
BOOZE we went to costco and bought a bunch of wine to sample, brought them home and had a tasting and have picked our wines. now we just have to buy it, along with vodka, beer, champagne. ugh. we’re just sticking with wine, beer and a speciality cocktail which we’re basing off of our favorite at the ace palm springs.
GETTING PRETTY i also decided to have my maid of honor do my makeup for the day. we went to sephora and picked out everything and i’m feeling very good about the makeup! i’ve also been exercising three times a week which has made blogging even more not possible. i’ve never been one for exercise, but barre is actually kinda fun and really hard – but by the time i get home and am showered it feels like i start my day so late. but i think my bod is looking good so that’s what matters. we’re also whitening our teeth. i had this plan 5 months ago that i would be getting bi-weekly facials, eyelash extensions, highlights, spray tan… i’ve done none of that. i guess i’ll try to exfoliate before the wedding as much as i can.
MAKING WHAT FEELS LIKE EVERYTHING so far, we’ve made all of our dinner napkins. they’re linen. we’ve painted almost all of the signs that will be scattered around. we’re spray painting hundreds of candles and bottles for the tables. we’ve designed and printed our programs and menus. we turned those programs into fans. we’ve hand painted 300+ rocks for scattering. my best advice for making this much is to enlist your friends and family for assembly lines. my mom, cousin and i made 135 napkins in like 2 hours.
still on the list : we’re making a flower girl basket, hanging plant holders, dessert signs, a photo booth background, and probably a lot more than i’m remembering right now.
WELCOME BAGS you may remember i was debating whether or not i needed these, but all of my female relatives say YES. so instead of a wedding favor, we’re going to offer people a succulent from the table and have a bag waiting for them at the hotel full of a couple nice things and some snacks. we tried to keep the cost low so i skipped the sunglasses i was planning on putting in and subbed out for wholesale playing cards and advil. i’ll ALSO do a post on the wedding bag once we compile them. promise.
ADVICE i really thought making everything would be a blast, but it’s a lot. A LOT A LOT. and while we’re finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel now, in retrospect there are a lot of choices i would change. honestly, i would probably just elope in the caribbean. but i’m feeling very positive that we will get everything together and it will be my favorite day ever. but i’m also just really looking forward to laying on the beach in tulum and not making shit. i’m on DIY overload and sorry you guys aren’t getting to experience it. but i promise to get my act together and post them at some point. i do kinda miss this. a teeny tiny bit.
We did literally everything too, towards the end we were wishing we had eloped as well!
Don’t worry you will have a great time!! We did hire party staffers to pass food and help clean up, it was totally worth it! Can’t wait to see pics of your invites!
Wow, you are making ME want to elope! I hope the stress subsides and you are able to enjoy your wedding! I’m sure it’s going to look amazing and will all be worth it when it comes together. And please ignore my email, I completely underestimated (stupidly) how very busy you are. You’ll get there!
P.S. LOVE the painted rocks! Can’t wait to see the chuppah, sounds amazing!
My goodness, you really have your work cut out for you!!! Good luck with it all, it will all be worth it 🙂
Oh Jesus lady, you’ve been busy! I’ve loved reading your little updates on your big day’s progress. You’re almost there! I’d love to know where you’ve printed your menus and whatnot. I’ve been on the hunt for a quality one for months.
I got married last year and did 80% of it DIY. It was so much work and so consuming, but I will say that it feels good to know that I did exactly what I wanted. The wedding was personal and special because of all that hard work to make it so. Congrats on your day. Enjoy every minute.
Congratulations!!!! Just remember to enjoy your day. It will go by so fast.
You should post the recipe for the specialty cocktail you’re serving! obviously, whenever you have time!
oh my goodness! The details sound really amazing, I just started this DIY wedding adventure and you’ve partially inspired and partially scared me 😉 Excited to see the chuppah and kilim aisle- sounds beautiful! good luck with it all, excited to see the photos!
All the DIY sounds intense! Soon enough it will be finished and you will have a great party (and honeymoon!) to enjoy. Best of Luck! I look forward to seeing the finished product eventually!
That is a lot of work! Seems like it’s going to be a very fun wedding though! Can’t wait to see all of the upcoming blog posts. Your bachelorette party looked like a blast.
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I so love reading this. Having been in a very similar position last year, I can assure you that it WILL pay off. All the hard work and stress and wanting to shoot yourself for thinking that a DIY wedding was a good idea (or maybe that was just me? ;)) will melt away when the big day arrives and you’re surrounded by all your loved ones, and most importantly, your HUSBAND. Hang in there, girl! So much happiness ahead 🙂
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Any update on your wedding welcome bags? Would love to know!
What would you say is a good price for the runner rugs on ebay? There seems like a wide range of pricing, wondering what your opinion is! Thank you!