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Dallas Bridal Event

Ooh La La…this looks exciting!

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Flora for Dummies

My floral package plans are due soon and while I know exactly what I want, I still have a BM that may not be able to attend my wedding so I’m waiting on her…

However, for those brides who may be on the fence about bouquet ideas and floral designs in general, I found a neat little article on dummies.com, to assist with wedding planning.

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I am having a 9 ivory rose round bouquet with black, brown and gold ribbon.  Sounds out there but it will look great.  Guess you have to wait and see.  My BM’s will have 3 ivory rose poseys with gold ribbon.  The bouts will be ivory roses and the corsages will be ivory roses.  Pretty simple.  Minimal greenery and NO baby’s breath!

I’m not a bride that thinks flowers are very important but of course, I want them to look nice and cohesive.  I can’t wait to see the end result myself.

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As I have mentioned before, our theme is French (more implied than literal, however I am spelling out and using several French words on our paperie and some food will have French elements) and our motif is a rose. I don’t think I am going overboard with coordinating elements to fit the them but I am trying to tie a lot of things together, like my Bridesmaids’ gifts (they aren’t into blogs so I’m safe writing about it).

I am planning on purchasing these:RoseSkull from Charmed&Dangerous . I emailed them and they are going to let me but them with only roses. How awesome is that??!!!

I bought these lovely gifts for them over the weekend for my BMs and my two HouseParty ladies:

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Kiehl’s FrenchRosewater (parfait!) and Lip Balm in various shades.

I think I will decorate the bar of the hotel suite with these lovelies:

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White rose flower lights from PlumParty.com

Other Inspirations:

Armani Rose Skirt

Armani Floral Silk Skirt – Neiman Marcus

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Lucite Rose Cuff from JacarandaStyle.com

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Rose necklace with Citrine drops from HelloEmeralds.com

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Cocktail hat from UrbanOutfitters.com

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DIY Veil

For the longest time, I thought I would buy my veil via veilshop.com. But something kept me from pushing the “check out” button. I would go to the site at least once a week for the past three months. I ordered swatches and saw that the light gold tulle was THE perfect color choice. I thought I had it figured out. Why, why couldn’t I just buy the darn veil. It was the price. The veil I wanted would have been $47.

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That is actually a phenomenal price for a veil. David’s Bridal veils are as much as their dresses coming in at over $100. Ridiculous!

I still could not justify spending more on my veil than my gorgeous couture wedding gown. Yes, the price of my gown is do to my good fortune of having a mother who was privy to an unreal Neiman’s sample sale but still – I just couldn’t spend more on the veil. So, I finally decided to just make my own. I looked up DIY veils and came across this helpful page: Single Layer Veil

So, I hopped on over to JoAnn’s to attack the tulle section and found the most amazing gold sparkle tulle. At first, I was a bit concerned about the sparkly nature of the tulle but as they did not have any other matte finished gold tulle, I pulled the trigger. When I got the fabric home, I put it up to my dress and breathed a huge sigh of relief. It was perfect.

I spent a whopping $10.19 on the tulle and the comb. The tulle was $1.99/yard and I bought two yards. I had a 40% off coupon. Told you I was thrifty! The comb was $6.99. I should have used my coupon on the comb but I had already used it when they cut the tulle. Oh well. $10.19 is a great price for everything. I had ivory thread at home so I was good to go.

Here are some pics of the process of making my veil:

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Sorry about not having a full length picture of it. I couldn’t take one that didn’t show my messy house. 🙂

So there you have it. Easy as pie. The only drawback is that finishing the edge with the overlock stitch took forever. I love the way it turned out. I tried it on with my dress and my jewelry and when I looked in the mirror, I got butterflies. I think I’m ready to get married, y’all!

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I’m a Fox

No – I don’t mean that I’m super hot. I’m actually comparing myself to the fox of the ancient Greek Parable by Archilochus. Here is some background.

I was doing an internet search for marriage advice and came across several sites that mentioned this parable. It goes like this, “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” An essay by Isaiah Berlin breaks it down even further. Berlin states, “There exists a great chasm between those, on one side, who relate everything to a single central vision… and, on the other side, those who pursue many ends, often unrelated and even contradictory… The first kind of intellectual and artistic personality belongs to the hedgehogs, the second to the foxes.” I get it and I think I’m a fox. FH is more of a hedgehog.

Marriage Coach Mort Fertel explains, “Hedgehogs are not simpleminded. On the contrary, their understanding of the world is so profound that they’re able to identify the most fundamental elements. You know, simple but not simplistic.” I do not think in simple terms. I’m constantly worried about this and that. I try to set goals but as soon as I do, I think of another goal I have to set in order to reach the first one, and so on. I often feel better when I pray and realize, “it’s not that complicated”.  FH is so laid back and chill. I’m a bit jealous of that aspect of his personality. I think being with him will certainly help me think more like a hedgehog, which I agree is a less stressful way to get through life and should definitely help with marriage issues or problems that arise.

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