First wedding-related post!

Andrew is in Charlotte, North Carolina on a last minute trip for work, so he still has yet to make his debut as an author on the blog. But with Andrew away, that just means I have more time to crank out a good post (mainly because I’m bored and the silence around here is already killing me).

I am so sick of all this house stuff, so I’m going to switch gears now and make a post about the wedding! We’ve got big DIY dreams for our house, but that won’t be our first time dabbling in do-it-yourself projects. The entire wedding planning process has been filled with DIY goodness. First of all, we did all the research and booked everything ourselves – no wedding planner(s). Our venue is The Smithville Inn. It’s an awesome restaurant in a little historic village near Atlantic City.

Historic Smithville Inn

Smithville Village

This pretty much sums the place up…

Smithville Village

Here’s the actual Inn all done up for a wedding…

Smithville Inn Wedding

The wedding date is September 30, 2011. Save-the-dates were sent out in March and the invitations were just sent out at the end of June. We’re well on our way. We had our good friend Matt LaRoche take our engagement photos for the save-the-date, so that was FREE! To create and print the save-the-dates thru Walgreens it cost about $40.00. We found some great invitations at Michael’s that we could make and print ourselves. We also got place cards and table numbers to match. For all of that, we only paid about $100.00 because it was all on sale. If you do some research online, you’ll find out that ordering custom invitations can cost almost $2.00 per person (or more)! At about 115 guests, the invitations alone would have cost over $200.00. I’d say we did a pretty good job. Here’s the save-the-date and a little glimpse of the invitation:

Save the Date

Wedding Invitation

Now that all the invitations have been sent, we’re starting to organize our tables. Another little DIY trick for you…we cut some little circles out of paper and got some little sticky tags to write names on. We created a sticky tag for each guest and started placing them around the tables. Now we can drive ourselves crazy, arranging and re-arranging the tables just by moving the sticky tabs around. Here’s a picture so you know exactly what I’m talking about:

Wedding Tables

Our tables look a little lop-sided, but we’re still in the process of receiving responses from guests, so we’ll have a little more re-arranging to do before we lock this setup off.

I swore this was a total wedding post, but just to keep everyone in the loop with what’s going on with the house – we’re sick of lawyers. Our attorney’s paralegal caused some issues for us and basically got the sellers p.o.’ed. Our realtor stepped in, made everything nicey nicey, and now the sellers have completed even more work than requested on the house! We’re also looking at having an earlier closing date. We could be in the house as early as August 12th at this point! We already started picking paint colors. Sneak peek! …

Paint Colors