Florists, invites, and mother-of-the-bride dresses

With the summer off, you'd think I would have lots of time to just do nothing all day, but I've actually been pretty busy with wedding stuff. These past few days I've been busy addressing invitations and hammering out last minute details of the guest list. I thought the invites would take me about a day, but the project is more involved than I initially had planned. It seems lots of people have moved, people have last minute additions, and printing the return addresses gets time consuming! Seeing all of these names in print makes the list seem so long and overwhelming, but I think I'm going to get it wrapped up soon.

I've also been busy getting flowers for the wedding set up. Being on a fairly tight budget, I knew I wanted to go with carnations. While they get a bad rap, I felt that if I had bridesmaid bouquets of all carnations, it wouldn't be too horrible. I thought these pictures were inspiring. I have raspberry colored bridesmaid dresses, and then the bridesmaid bouquets will be a light pink.

*Pictures via the Weddingbee

Anyways, armed with my idea we met with the florist. I was dreading this appointment, because I know that flowers are really a waste and exorbitantly priced. Keeping the flowers to carnations (and having the florist do only bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres) means that the florist bill will stay reasonable (reasonable being relative). I am just excited that we have the flowers ordered and done with. With that success, my mom and I attempted to leave the city and head home. However, road construction had us on a different path, so my mom suggested we go to the mall and check out mother-of-the-bride dresses. We went to Macy's and my mom found two dresses! One for the rehearsal dinner and one for the wedding. We've both been looking for a dress for her, but hadn't had any luck. I was really excited that we found two outfits that look really elegant and appropriate for her! So it seems like things are coming together.

An exciting start to summer!

So, with the end of school came two summer highlights. First up was my trip to Disney World. My brother popped the question to his gf! My sister and I flew down specifically for that, and I'm so glad that we did. I think they're thinking of a January wedding,so that will keep my mom busy!

Then my sister and I flew back to VA, and I drove up to visit the boy and to leave to NYC with him the next day. Ever since I heard about this trip, I had been excited. I wasn't disappointed. We took the train up from D.C., and it was a really easy trip. Then we checked in to our hotel. I think it's probably the nicest hotel I've ever stayed at. We ate lunch there, which was super exciting. I ordered risotto of parsley(which I had never was just the only veggie friendly option) and it was really delicious! The boy and I also split dessert. (The wedding diet and exercise plan is temporarily on hold until July.)

I didn't really take any pictures, because I was trying to keep not to look too mesmerized by everything around me! Sad to say, I thought taking the cab from the train station to the hotel was interesting. After lunch, the boy had training so I walked up Fifth Avenue and explored the city a bit. Then came the true highlight of the trip: the event hosted by the boy's firm at the MoMA. I was super nervous, because I was definitely out of my element. However, everyone was very nice and I really enjoyed the event and meeting the people he works with. We got to walk around the museum and I was able to see lots of Picasso, "Starry Night" and others. I really liked seeing the works in real life; it's much better than just looking at it in a book. I didn't realize how much I would enjoy the museum. We had a great evening and then took the 8 am train back this morning. I was just so happy that I was able to attend, because it really interesting and fun, and I had a great time being with the boy! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Last Day of School!

This year is a lot different from last year. Last year it was just a huge relief to be finished. I was giddy at the thought of leaving the school and no longer being separated from the boy. I felt exhausted and a little sad. Now I am happy about summer; I'll miss my students, but I know I'll see them next year. I'll be teaching many of them again, so it's not really a final goodbye. I'm looking forward to summer days of sleeping in, reading, obsessing about wedding stuff, traveling wherever I feel like when I feel like it.

June is going to be busy! I'm going to visit the boy for a day, then go to my parents' house to take care of my gma, then fly to Orlando for a quick family vacation (where my brother is going to propose!), and then back to VA and a quick trip to NYC with the boy for his work. And then the last weekend in June, I'm going to visit a friend for the day! June will fly by, and I'm looking forward to a leisurely July!

Image via We Heart It

Weekend recap and a shower update

So this weekend was graduation for my high school, then I drove up to NoVa to buy my bridesmaid dress for my friend's wedding. Fortunately, my friend decided that yes indeed, she wanted us to wear the dark purple dresses instead of orange. Thank goodness is all that I can say to that! Another friend (and also bridesmaid) met up with us, and then the three of us went to Starbucks. A few hours later, I trekked up into D.C. on the metro and hung out with the boy.

I'm slowly getting the shower for my friend figured out. Part of the problem is the bridesmaids aren't really friends and are having a hard time communicating. Also, my friend wants the whole thing to be a suprise, but she has high expectations. So therein lies the problem. The good news is that her sister has come up with a good theme for the shower, I think. We're going with purple as the main color and then a Parisian theme. I think it's perfect and we could do it pretty tastefully and economically too. I'm thinking bread, cheese, wine, macaroons....

The bad news is it seems that she wants a pretty elaborate bachelorette party. Believe it or not, but I actually am more stressed out about her bridal shower/bachelorette party then I am about my own wedding.

On bridal showers and their expense

So as I've mentioned, my friend is getting married and I get to be a bridesmaid in her wedding. Last night, I got a fractured email discussing our different options for the bridal shower. I feel kind of confused, because she just sent a list of three places with very few details. She did tell me this. All of them are in Northern Virginia, cost about 20 dollars a person, plus alcohol, plus a site fee. One of them has a location fee of $500! I know the guest list is going to be huge, because she has a big family, and they all have to be invited. Not to be tacky, but the money is a deal. We're spending almost as much on the shower as I'm spending on my own wedding reception. The crazy thing is the sister is also really tight for money, and so are the rest of the bridesmaids. I feel like there has to be a more economical way to have a nice shower for her. Does anybody have any suggestions?

All moved in...

until August that is! My stuff is all at the boy's, his room is clear, and I can get to my clothes for the next six days of work. After that I'm hitting the road!

I seriously couldn't have done it without my sister. She came on Friday, and really moved my stuff. My brother, his gf, and the boy came on Saturday morning, but by that point, there was only the big furniture. So I'm hoping to spend this weekend organizing a little bit and making it through the last full week of school.

I like to move it, move it, move it!

I'm moving! Not terribly far, but I still have to move all of my junk. I've been moving a carload every night (but my beetle can't hold but so much!). It's exciting to think that once I've moved I only have a week and a half left of school. I'm moving into the boy's apartment, since he is in D.C. for the summer. Then in August we're going to move into our own apartment. So there is lots of moving around!

In other news, my sister bought me bachelorette invites. I love them. As you can see, the paper products are really the only things I care about. I think we're going to go wine tasting (cheap and fun), and these will be upbeat and fun (but still a play on the pink and blue theme).