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What could be worth the wait?  Music.

Here is my playlist from the reception.  I had an ipod  “D-J”.  He did a good job.  He was hooked up to the docking station and media center at the suite (Mandalay Bay Vista Suite) and the sound was fabulous.



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Less Than A Month To Go

27 days to be exact.  That’s all.  Just had to share the countdown.


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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:


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

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


White rose flower lights from PlumParty.com

Other Inspirations:

Armani Rose Skirt

Armani Floral Silk Skirt – Neiman Marcus


Lucite Rose Cuff from JacarandaStyle.com


Rose necklace with Citrine drops from HelloEmeralds.com


Cocktail hat from UrbanOutfitters.com

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One Dress down – two to go (I hope).

Background: So, I started out with 4 gals in my wedding party and now I am down to a definite two, possible three, total. You see my matron of Honor, or Lady of Honor (which I am leaning more towards as her title) , is attending school in Houston to be a CRNA. She graduates in December (yay!) and she starts working in January. She is going to the the U.S. Virgin Islands either in January or April (I forgot) and so she is not sure if she will be able to take off for my wedding, which unfortunately for some, is on a weekday. I’m praying for the best but I will be fine if she can’t make it. I want her there and I know she would want to be there and that makes me feel ok about the whole situation.

Moving on: I was originally leaning towards brown dresses for my ladies but thought they came off looking too fallish. Then, gold seemed to be my color of choice but it didn’t provide enough umph or contrast with my dress. I am adamant about my girls wearing different styles. I just want the whole affair to be styled in a very modern way and I don’t want matchy, stiff satin, formal dresses.

So to make things easier for us all, I decided that black cocktail dresses with gold accents would work and look great. The first dress I found is for my BM, Kelly and I knew it would look amazing on her:

Nicole Miller BM dress

It is a Nicole Miller Silk and Lace bubble Dress with Gold Lining. I originally found it on Neiman’s website in the LastCall Clearance section for a great price but by the time I went to purchase it, it was sold out. Which, is actually a good thing because all they had was a size 6. Although Kelly is like a 4/6 in real life, in Nicole Miller’s world, she’s more like an 8. I know this because I found the dress at SmartBargains (Thank the Good Lord) in a size 10 for like $70 plus shipping. It arrived quickly and I took it over to Kelly for her to try it on immediately. It is so fabulous and will look so great with my dress. She needs it taken in a bit but it fits pretty well. So happy!

Now, I need to find two more (hope, hope) dresses for my other ladies. Here are some ideas:

velvet torch dress

This a a cute Silk Dupioni Dress from Velvet Torch at Nordstrom. I would add a gold sash and it would fit in with style.

Other cute dresses from Nordstrom:




I can’t wait to see what my other gals decide to go with. Sure, I’ll have some input but ultimately they have to like it and feel comfortable wearing it.

I also let them know that shoes and jewelry will be gold. I am buying them earrings as a surprise, which I am am very excited about and will blog about in a later post.

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There is a great post over on the Knot’s Las Vegas msg boards about the perils of a DW guest list:

Vent: Frustrated for FI, long

I’m going through something similar in that my Maid of Honor will not be attending, and thus will no longer be my Maid of Honor.  It’s disappointing and unfortunate but understandable.  Not everyone will be able to attend a destination wedding. and our wedding is not necessarily a priority for others.  One reason we chose Vegas was because it is typically affordable (FH’s favorite wedding topic – affordability.  lol!) but our wedding date also causes some issues as it is on a weekday.  On the upside, less guests mean a cheaper reception and less money for us to spend!

I hope that guests feel honored that we invited them to our wedding regardless of if they cannot attend.  People get so persnickety about weddings and I say lighten up.  I’m going to have fun regardless.  I’m going to enjoy the day and look forward to a meaningful and blessed life with my FH.

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I completed and sent off my Bridesmaids’ newsletters today. Thank goodness. I love the idea but it was a fair amount of work. I hope my Bridesmaids appreciate the information in that format. Two out of four of them live away – one in Austin and the other in Phoenix – so email is my preferred method of communication.

Mister, don’t look – even though I’m only showing thumbnails, there is a pic of my dress!








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I used the Vintage Template in Publisher and just changed the colors to suit my scheme. I really like how they turned out and I will keep a copy for myself for the wedding planning scrapbook I plan on making.  If you want to see the full size files, email me @ ccfrench78 at msn dot com.

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Vegas, Here We Come!

We booked our wedding day and stay at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. I feel like a giant gorilla has been lifted off my back. King Kong ain’t got sh*t on me! I am so excited.

I love the chapel. It is so gorge! I love how modern yet classic it is. The rooms have been remodeled and I love the decor. They match my wedding colors. Speaking of, I’ve had to modify my colors and style a bit due to the time of the year – now February (yup, even closer!) and venue. So here is my new inspiration board:


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