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I'm a 23 year old Business Systems Analyst planning a DIY-heavy wedding to the love of my life on 9 . 10 . 11. Other then wedding planning, I spend most of my time trying to stay in shape or playing with my 3 dogs...Gabby, Dudley, and Tyson. I hate cleaning and almost never go a day without wearing something purple, and I hope you can keep up with my ADD blogging style!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

you know you are a dedicated Blogger when...

You wake up from surgery and wanna let your readers know you're ok!

Well, I'm awake, have tubes in both ears, and don't wanna throw up! So, in my mind that's a success. Now I'm just ready to go get some food!

Everyone wish me a smooth and easy recovery!
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Weddingbee Notecard Swap!

For those of you who found my blog through Weddingbee (which I'm pretty sure is everyone, haha) you probably know that right now there's a "Weddingbee Notecard Swap".  Well, last night I made my "notecards" for my swap partners, and I just had to show them off!  They are completely random, but quite adorable, and I had a blast making them!!!  Anyway, here they are...

The whole package:

The biggest card:

The Medium sized  card (why yes, that is a hippo.  Why, you ask?  Because it's effing adorable, that's why):

And the littlest card:

And because I just can't help myself, and I know how exciting it is to receive random stuff in the mail, I also got them some candy and a spring-themed pencil.  So this is what each of my partners will receive:

You should totally be jealous of them!  Haha, what do you think?  Are you participating in the swap?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Prepare yourself for some whining...

::pout:: I have to have surgery. 

And what's even worse than that, it's stupid surgery!  It's a surgery that most of the time is for toddlers!  I have to have tubes put in my ears...

Apparently I have "malfunctioning Eustachian tubes" which means my ears pop constantly.  To be quite honest I didn't realize that your ears weren't supposed to pop as often as mine do until the ear doctor told me so when I went in to see if he could fix my constant ear infections/pain in general.  Apparently they hurt so bad because the pressure is just never regulated properly, which is also why they pop constantly (seriously, every time I yawn, my ears pop...go in an elevator, my ears pop...go in the express elevator at work and my ears pop so bad sometimes I want to cry...drive up a hill, my ears pop...drive down a hill, my ears pop...sneeze, my ears pop...I think you get the point).

And I guess usually when an adult gets tubes put in their ears they stay awake for it.  As in you just lie still as someone cuts a hole in your ear drum.  Fun fact about me, I have anxiety.  My anxiety goes through the roof when it comes to my ears.  I jump when the doctor is looking in my ear and does the little air-blowy thing in order to be able to see better.  The doctor straight up told me he didn't trust me to be able to lie still (which would be bad) and so I need to get anesthesia.  Anesthesia makes me nauseous.

So, I have to get my stupid toddler surgery, and I'll probably be throwing up for a few hours afterwards because anesthesia and I don't get along, and I'm just pissy about the whole thing.  And if this doesn't fix my ears, I'm gonna be pissed!  And this is all happening Thursday.

I have forbidden myself from watching youtube videos of tubes being put in someones ears (because I usually can't help but freak the crap out of myself before having any medical procedure) but in case you're wondering, here's a little picture (although the liquid draining thing is just the common reason for toddlers to need tubes, I don't have a liquid draining problem, just a pressure regulation problem):
Wish me luck...if you had tubes put in your ears as an adult and you have any in site as to what it's going to feel like after the fact you would be my new best friend!

Updates on Bridesmaid Dresses!

So, my sisters gave me the go ahead to order the absolutely gorgeous Bill Levkoff dress!  But, I changed my color selection...you can read/see it on my post for Weddzilla from yesterday!

Sorry I posted the link a day late...

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fitness Recap Friday!!!

And I wasn't completely lazy this week!!!!

As you may recall, last Friday I got the TurboFire Workout Program, and Saturday I did my first workout!  I really liked it!  It was fun, pushed me to my limits, and it definitely made me sweat.  Now, if I was following the program 100% I should have worked out again on Sunday, but I didn't.  You see, under this program, which is 20 weeks long, you are supposed to work out 6 times a week (except for the 2 "recovery weeks" where you only have to workout 5 times).  That is not realistic for me.  Not only do I not have the time, but I'm pretty sure my joints would start a revolt and wouldn't work for me anymore and I'd basically be paralyzed.  Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but still...My joints creek and pop enough, I don't want to test their limits.

So, Sunday I didn't workout, but Monday I did day 2 of Turbo Fire (HIIT 15 Stretch 10).  Good golly was that an intense 15 minutes!!!  Fun fact: your shins are the last part of your body to start sweating.  Crazy fact:  my shins were sweating about 10 minutes into that workout...I don't think my shins have ever started to sweat in that time frame before! 

Then Tuesday I didn't workout, but Wednesday I did my second round of Fire 30 Stretch 10 - and I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time!  It's upbeat and not too repetitive, and honestly I just enjoy doing it.

And yesterday I didn't workout, but I'm hoping to get myself to tonight.  I think my plan is to follow the order in which the program lays out the workouts, just adding more "rest days" then it actually lays out for you.  What do you think?  Do you think it's feasible to commit to working out 6 days a week?  Because honestly, I don't!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dance Dance!

So, I started dancing when I was 3 years old and continued taking lessons until I graduated high school when I was 18.  I even took a few community classes throughout college.  Needless to say, I'm pretty good with choreography.  Bryan, on the other hand, basically has two left feet.  I think the idea of our first dance, where everyone will be watching him dance kind of freaks him out.  And the idea of just swaying back and forth together makes me want to vomit.  So he has agreed to take dance lessons with me!

I know he doesn't really want to take dance lessons, but a) it will make him feel more comfortable the day of and b) he knows I will love every minute of it (he's such a sweatheart).  And the other day I stumbled upon a ballroom dance studio in Pittsburgh that I think will be perfect for us:
They will even help us with song selection!!!!  I don't know when we'll do this (probably sometime this summer) but I'm extremely excited to have found somewhere that does couples lessons specifically for weddings!!!

Will you be taking dance lessons with your future hubby before the big day?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

DIY Pocketfold - How To!

It's Weddzilla Wednesday so you can find my instructions on how to make DIY pocketfolds with 8.5" x 11" paper (rather than the more expensive alternative of 11" x17" paper) in my post: DIY Bride's Guide To Pocketfold Invitations!

But, just to give you the incentive to go check out my post (and hopefully leave comments...I feel like I never get many comments over on Weddzilla ::tear::), here's what mine look like:

Completely Shameless...

You may have already noticed, but there has been a new addition to the sidebar of my blog (look directly to the left of what you're reading right now).  And you may say, "What are those little zebra print squares???"  Well, I'll tell you...they are listings in my Etsy shop.

Yes, I opened an Etsy shop, and yes, by completely shameless (the title of this post) I'm meant I am going to be completely shameless and plug my Etsy shop in my blog.  Hey, it's my blog, I can do what I want!

I officially started it last Thursday!  The zebra print blocks have some basic info on different products that I could custom make for people.  Within the actual listings some have more pictures and others don't (yet).  And I've had 2 sales already!  Woot, woot!

Now, you may be saying to yourself, "Mandamack, if you've already had sales, why are you shamelessly plugging your shop on your blog?"  Well that's because, obviously, I would like to have more sales, haha.  Not necessarily from you specifically, but maybe your friends, family, your blog readers.  Don't get me wrong, I would love to help personalize each of my readers' weddings/other events (if you're planning a baby shower I would love you forever if you ordered something from me - one of my BMs just had a baby and I keep making her cards because all the baby related stuff in scrapbooking/papercrafting is so effing adorable) but I understand my niche may not be everyone's cup of tea.

Also, I would love if you would review my shop for me.  How are my descriptions/titles/etc?  Should I add more listings?  Any advice you have for me would be greatly appreciated!  And, if you leave advice/reviews for my shop here on my blog and decide that you would like to order something from me I'll even give you 10% off your first purchase.  Considering I'm keeping my prices pretty low to begin with, 10% off is huge!

Thank you for putting up with my little personal publicity stunt, and seriously you would totally earn a gold star in my book if you would review my shop... Amanda Glenn Designs, Etc.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I'm the first to admit that I'm a Cricut addict, and it can be quite the expensive addiction!  I like Cartridges; I have no desire to purchase Sure Cuts A Lot (and void my warrantee) and "design my own" stuff to cut out.  The cartridges that have a lot of functions are just fun to me!  They're also effing expensive!

Well they were effing expensive until I discovered cricutmachine.com!  This site isn't run by Provocraft, but the stuff they send you is legit, but just amazingly priced!  I don't know how they pull it off, but they do, and I've never spent more than $20 on a cartridge from them!

AAAAAND today they're having a huge sale!!!!

Needless to say I just browsed through the site and ended up purchasing 4 new cartridges (Sweet Treats, Heritage, Graphically Speaking, and Ashlyn’s Alphabet) as well as a Yourstory Bundle (which included a 12” Yourstory book binder/laminator, 12 9”x 11.5” laminating pouches, 12 4.5”x6.5” laminating pouches, 1 paper trimmer, 2 8.5”x11” binders, 1 8x8 binder, 1 4x6 binder, and 1 12x12 binder) for less than $140 INCLUDING SHIPPING!!!!!!!!  That's insanity!

I can’t wait to get my new crafting toys!!!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Wedding Wish Tags Are Finally Complete!

And you can read all about them (and see them) in my post for Weddzilla!

Happy Monday All!

My First Stab at Glass Etching!

So, I recently found out I could use my Cricut to cut a stencil out of vinyl and then stick it to any piece of glass and use this special "etching cream" (aka acid) to etch my design on the glass!  Obviously, I was dying to try it out.

Things you will need:
Ok, so you don't need a Gypsy, but I found it incredibly useful.  And I used Armor Etch cream, which worked really well!

The glass product that I was going to use were some stemless wine glasses that I found at Marshall's on the cheap.  But Bryan and I rarely ever drink wine, so making them for us would have been quite a waste.  Instead, I decided to make them for his parents!

First I created a design using my Gypsy that revolved around their last initial (N):
Then I cut the vinyl (I'm pretty sure I had my blade at 5 - a regular blade, not deep cut - and the pressure at high):
Then I discovered that I could hold the glass perfectly with my feet:

And I put on my stencil:
And then I dabbled on the etching cream (don't paint it on, because you might get some of the cream under the stencil and that would suck).  Beware to not touch the etching cream - it is a highly abbrasive acid based cream (duh, it etches glass) and you don't want to get it on your skin!!!

Make sure the area is generously covered with the cream.  If it isn't it turns out pretty crappy.

Then I did this to the other three glasses:

And I waited!  From what I've read online, 10 to 15 minutes is more than enough time to let the cream do it's thing.  While I waited, Charles enjoyed having crafting supplies out because that means there are open boxes for him to chill in:

When enough time had passed, I brought the first one into our laundry room and washed off the cream, removed the stencil, and dried it off.  I'm not gonna lie, the first one kind of sucked, so I went and added more cream to the other 3 and waited some more before cleaning them off.  But they turned out great!!!

I'm very excited about this!  I think (after some more practice) I'll be personally designing and etching our toasting flutes for the wedding!

And it just so happened that yesterday Bridesmaid Shannon gave birth to her second son, and I had purchased a glass frame from Marshall's.  When her husband sent me a text with a picture of the precious little guy I decided to make them a frame.  This picture sucks, but I love how it turned out!  And I can't wait to go give it to them later today when I visit them at the hospital! (It says his full name on the top, and on the bottom it says his birthday with a rattle on either side):

What do you think?  Personally, I think with some practice this could be the perfect all occasion gift to give!  Happy Birthday...here's this mirror that I made specially for you.  Congrats on getting married, here are these hand-crafted glasses.  Merry Christmas, enjoy this personalized glass bakeware...the possibilities are endless!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Turbo Fire

I just finished my first Turbo Fire workout and I LOVED it...I also came close to throwing up (but in a good way). More on that next Fitness Recap Friday though!
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Friday, March 18, 2011

Fitness Recap Friday!!!

And I actually have something to recap!  But first, a little note from Skinny Bitch (this was my calendar page yesterday):
It's almost like she knew I've been lazy lately...

But like I said, I have something to recap, which is much better than last week!

Sunday - I did all five segments of "10 Minute Solutions: Knockout Body"

I really don't think I need to talk about this one anymore than I already have, haha.  I just love it.  And since I've been so lazy recently (I still can't believe I didn't workout at all last week) it really kicked my ass!  My shoulders were throbbing on Monday.

Wednesday - I did 30 minutes of "10 Minute Solutions: Pilates Perfect Body."

I did the all over section, the belly section, and the stretch section.  Nothing crazy, but I felt good about it afterwards!

And that's it.  I know, big fat let down...but I have exciting news! 

On Sunday I decided to bite the bullet and invest in something a little more hardcore than your average workout DVD.  I ordered "Turbo Fire" and I'm super excited to say that it should be arriving today or tomorrow.  I'm not going to do the whole "program" (meaning you only do turbofire workouts, it just outlines which one to do on which days) but I think it will be nice to have a really challenging workout available to push myself with.  I'll be sure to review the heck out of the program to help anyone who is considering "taking the plunge" with a more expensive at-home workout!

How was your week?  Any advice or words of motivation to get my butt back on track?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Don't Forget to Save Our Date!

Happy Hump Day all!

Seeing as it's Weddzilla Wednesday, you can read all about my DIY Save the Dates here!

Until next time...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My New Favorite Crafting Toy!

So, in case you couldn't tell by my cardbox project, I got my cricut back and it is up and running perfectly!  And I also happened to have purchased a Gypsy a couple weeks ago!  In case you don't know what that is...

At a party? On the road? Just thought of a new design idea and you're away from home? Pull out your Cricut Gypsy and design away! And when you're ready to cut your projects, simply connect to your Cricut and press a button. It's that easy! Gypsy, the handheld design studio for Cricut, lets you escape and design anywhere. Gypsy stores Cricut cartridges and offers a wealth of design features you know and love - all in the palm of your hand. Gypsy works with existing Cricut machines - just connect and cut! Design anywhere with the Gypsy. Gypsy includes 2 Exclusive Pre-Loaded Cartridges: * Gypsy Font Cartridge * Gypsy Wanderings Cartridge The Cricut Gypsy is updated by connecting it to a PC or a MAC with an Internet connection. What's included: * 1 Cricut Gypsy * 1 Instruction Booklet * 1 Gypsy Case * 1 AC Power Cord * 1 USB Cable * 1 Cartridge Transfer Cable

I don't just love it because it is a portable Cricut design studio, I like the added features it comes with!  First of all, the two cartridges it comes with are awesome.  The Gypsy font cartridge is gorgeous, and the gypsy wanderings cartridge is a great "sampler" type cartridge.  But what I love about it is that I can create projects with multiple layers and multiple cartridges at once.  I made my Thank You tag for the top of my cardbox by messing with the layers of the Lacy Labels cartridge.  And you can "weld" images together so they cut as one piece (most useful for cutting out words, then you don't have to glue down each letter individually).

I'm officially obsessed.  And, it'll make traveling with my cricut a million times easier.  For instance, Bryan really wants to go visit his Grandma and work on a wedding project with her (because she has expressed and interest in doing so).  Now I don't need to lug all my cartridges with me because they're all loaded on my gypsy!  So much easier!

Bottom line, yes it was a significant purchase (these things are not cheap) but I'm glad I got it.  I even play around with different designs while I'm on my way to and from work.  How else could you say you are able to work on wedding projects on your commute?  So, if you are a cricut addict like myself and you're looking to splurge on a new toy, I totally recommend it.

And I know there were some bad reviews for it.  But I have got to say I haven't had any issues with mine so far.  And beyond that, Provocraft really does stand behind their products.  Take my cricut for example...I bought it on ebay and they still followed through with their warranty and paid for me to ship it to them, paid to ship it back, and now it is in perfect working order.  So I know if I ever have a serious issue with my Gypsy they'll fix it!

And now some personal photos of my new favorite toy (I got the silicone case from Overstock):
So pretty...
The "Cricut Application" - you can create a new project, open a saved on, open a saved one as a template to start a new one, update your cricut, delete a saved file, or link a cartridge to the gypsy.
This is the mat view.  Along the right are all the functions, and you can zoom in using button that are to the left of the screen (not shown in this picture)
This is the keypad view.  You can browse through all cricut cartridges or just the ones you have linked, and if you hover over an image it gets bigger so you can see it better.  Also, when you click the different functions (shift, shadow, layer, etc.) it actually changes the whole keypad to show what you are selecting - no more flipping through the little books that come with the cartridges!
Have you gotten any new crafting toys that you love lately?

Monday, March 14, 2011

DIY Cardbox!!!

So, I basically spent my entire day yesterday making the cardbox for our wedding.  Seeing as it is "Weddzilla Monday," you can read all about it here: March Project: DIY Cardbox...Check!

Most Productive Weekend - EVER!

Seriously, whoever said weekends are a time for relaxing was lying.  But I don't mind, I love being productive!  And this weekend I got so much done...


7am - woke up
          made Bryan breakfast
          got ready for the day
9 am - went to weight watchers
           went to Marshalls (and got more cylinder vases)
            went home
11 am - went to lunch with Bryan
             went to the movies and saw The Adjustment Bureau (a little disappointed, not gonna lie)
             got cat food and new collars for the cats
            Made our first registry at Macys!!!!
This is Bryan pretending to be excited to be going to create
a registry, hahahaha
6 pm - Got home, ate leftovers
            crashed on the couch for the evening

8 am - Got up
           Loaded all my cartridges on my new Gypsy
           Made breakfast
10 am - Started making the cardbox
             Bryan made me lunch at some point
6 pm - Finished cardbox (yes it took that long)
Isn't it pretty?  More on that later!
6 pm - Started doing laundry
            Worked out for 50 minutes (woohoo!)
            Ate dinner
715 - Took a shower
745 - Continued laundry
8 pm - Watched Amazing Race while finishing my 4th load of laundry!!!!!
9 pm - Done with laundry, passed out on the couch!

Seriously, the most productive weekend ever!  And can I just say that creating a registry is slightly exhausting???  But I'm glad to have gotten that all done!

Did you get to cross anything off your to-do list this weekend?

Friday, March 11, 2011

Prepping for DIY Weekend!

So...it should be fitness recap Friday, but I didn't workout at all!!!!  I was too busy picking up my wedding dress and then being sick with some sort of stomach bug!  So instead, I'm going to talk about my DIY plans for this weekend!

You'll notice on my March Calendar, this weekend I plan on making my card box!  I already have the round boxes as well as the fabric I plan on covering them with, but I thought I would show off some of my inspiration pictures (that I found on Etsy)...
So, obviously mine will be round (since everything at my wedding is going to be round), and I'll also be doing a 3 tier box, although the boxes aren't that big, so it won't be massive.  The fabric that I've purchased is purple an satin-y, and I might put a second fabric on the covers of the boxes that is sheer but with a sparkly, swirly design on it.

The first inspiration picture is a little too much for my taste, but it was purple and round so I liked it, haha.  I also want the opening for the cards to be on the top like it is on that one.

If the second picture was round I would adore it!  I like the small accent of flowers and the ribbon that makes it look more like a present than a cake.

The third one I really like that there are more than one color of flowers.  I really like the rhinestones as well, but I think that would be too much for what I plan on doing, especially if I use the second fabric.

And the third one is super simple, but I like the personalization that is on the top of it.

So basically, I'm going to incorporate all the elements of each one that I like!

A few weeks ago Leana, author of The Engineer + The Geek Tie the Knot, posted this amazing hair flower tutorial, and I might just have to make a few of these to put on my card box (and probably in my hair as well, haha).  Look how gorgeous this thing turned out:
I think I'll only do one of those as a "focal point" and then a few simpler ones around it on the bottom tier (much like the second inspiration picture).  Maybe do that one in a gold color and the smaller ones in shades of purple, or that one in a pale purple and the others in gold...I don't know yet!  We'll have to see what kinds of fabric I can get my hands on between now and Sunday!

What do you think?  Is my card box going to end up having too much going on if I try to blend my inspirations together?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

First Planning Meeting with the Caterer!!!

So, if you remember from my March Calendar, yesterday fi and I met with our caterer, Rania Harris, to do our menu selection.  Now, Rania isn't any ordinary caterer, she's what I'll call a caterer on steroids.  Because she also works directly with the rental company to plan basically everything with you.  So, when I say 'menu selection' I actually mean 'preliminary menu selection as well as deciding all of our rentals because she actually has examples of everything in her office' haha.

So, fi and I got there a little early, and she actually does "gourmet take-out" so she has a little diner like area and we got to hang out in there while we waited.
Cute little place, right?
The Fiance - he hates having his picture taken!
The happy couple!
Then, once she was ready for us, we got to go back to her office to start discussing details.  She is such a caterer on steroids that she basically has a showroom in her office:
Table Settings Anyone?
We started with linens.  Rania and I basically gabbed back and forth while Bryan looked slightly confused and we finally decided on having all the tables in the reception room will be eggplant (except for the cake table which will be lilac) with lilac napkins.  Then in the lobby (which is where cocktails will be held) the bar, escort table, and gift table will be cardinal, and all the "cocktail tables" will be eggplant.

Choosing place settings was actually a lot easier than deciding which linen will go where.  We decided on the following:

This silverware only with normal length handles
And all of our glasses will just be the least expensive option.  But it just so happened we could get fancy martini glasses for the same price as basic martini glasses, so our martini glasses will have a purple stem:

And then it was finally time to actually talk about food.  We went over all our different options and settled on the following:
Passed Hors D’oeuvers:
-Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Crostini
-Vegetarian Spring Roll Halves w/ Chinese plum sauce
-Sesame Beef in Fillo
-Tequila Shrimp skewers with texas red sauce wrapped in bacon
-Chorizo Pastry puffs
-Baby Bella Mushrooms stuffed with crab

First Course:
Mixed Greens with Seasonal Fruits #1
Salad with blackberries-strawberries-raspberries-red Bermuda onion-roasted walnuts-gorgonzola cheese with a balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing

Entrée Options:
-Grilled Filet Mignon with sauce Au Poivre
Filet served on a smashed potato cake with Boursin cheese and asparagus

-Grilled Lemon and Olive Oil Marinated Salmon Filet
Topped with fresh tomato, basil, red Bermuda onion, caper and organic olive oil relish served with roasted asparagus with lemon confit and sweet onion risotto cake

-Spinach and Asiago Ravioli
Finished with a light cream sauce infused with fresh spinach and roasted red peppers and freshly grated Parmigiano

-Kids 12&under
Mixed fruit bowl for first course.  Chicken fingers served with French fries and carrots with ranch dipping sauce.

Cake layers:
Yellow cake/fudge filling/chocolate cake/raspberry filling/yellow cake

We get to go back at the end of the month to try everything and decide if that is 100% what we want.  All I know is it sounds freakin' delicious!

She also works with a liquor distributor who (for whatever reason, I don't know why) is required by law to sell hard liquor and beer at cost, but can up charge for wine.  He'll purchase everything, deliver it, and we don't have to pay for it until afterwards because he'll take back any un-opened bottles.  Sounds amazing to me!

And our 2 and a half hour long meeting ended with her explaining a bunch of worksheets that she was going to send to me including:

The Meal Choice Seating List -
so waiters know where to bring which dish

A Vendor List - so she can hunt people down if they aren't
 doing what they should be doing the day of
Bridal Checklist - so she knows everything is being used
that should be the day of!
And we should be getting a CAD image of how the space will be set up sometime soon!

Basically, Rania is freaking awesome, and although it was a long meeting, it was also super productive!  And we're going back March 30th (have to update my March Calendar!!!) to do a tasting...yummmm!  Oh, and everything worked out right within our budget!!!  HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN!?!?!?!  And that is under the assumption that most people will order the fillet and it is including all the servers!  Best wedding-related meeting ever.  If you're getting married in the Pittsburgh area, I 100% recommend using Rania, she's just so damn helpful!

How did your meetings with your caterer go?

Apart from the Personal Photos, images taken from All Occasions Party Rentals

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Not what I was expecting...

I had my first event planner class last night and I'm a little disappointed, to be quite honest.  I don't know what I was expecting for the first class, but that wasn't it.  A lot of it was just discussion on "are you really ready to open your own business" and I know that I am.  Especially since I wouldn't be doing this for my primary income, just a side job, there wouldn't even be that much risk involved.

On a slightly related note, I think I came up with a name for my little event planning company and I wanted to bounce it off you guys.  First of all, a little background.  I plan on offering full planning as well as day of coordination services and everything in between.  My "niche" so to speak will be completely custom weddings, whether I'm doing the customizing (full planning) or they are and they just want me to execute it the day of. 

Well, the name I came up with is "Glenn Events."  Glenn is my father's name, and is also my middle name.  I love it.  Not to mention, Glenn Events just kind of rolls nicely off the tongue.  My tag line would be "Nothing compares to a Glenn Event, because no one compares to you."  Fi worries that people will assume "Glenn" is the owner of the company, and that Glenn is also a man (apparently he's never heard of Glenn Close, haha) and anyone who wouldn't want a male planner would cross me off the list right away just because of the name of the company.

So, what do you think?  Please be honest...I can totally handle it if you think it is a horrible name!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

My New Favorite Wedding Planning Website!

It is actually from the Weather Channel!  They have a whole section of their site dedicated to wedding planning, and you can find it here!

First there is an overview that shows the current weather conditions plus any information that is already known about your wedding day:

Then you have the typical weather for the whole month of your wedding as well as average highs and lows for your wedding day:

And you have the past weather for your exact wedding day:

September 10 looks pretty good to me!  And you can also add other dates as wedding events to see what the weather may be on those days (engagement parties, showers, etc.)

Seriously, this might be my new favorite planning site...and I already know I'll be compulsively checking it starting September 1st, haha!

Have you found any awesome sites that have helped your planning in unexpected places?