Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Write their name on an index card and assign them to a table (by putting them in their respective container/envelope). Perhaps, write their name on the outside of the envelope so you can quickly see who else is at the table. When the reply date has arrived, you can lay out the index cards according to each table and see how they match up. You can make any necessary adjustments at the time. If you do it a little bit at a time, it will cut down on the size of your headache, hopefully.
PS Mom - I have a feeling you have figured out the comment thing. So come out, come out wherever you are! Chime in girl!
I was inspired to write a post regarding assigned seating after reading a series of comments over at Elizabeth Anne Designs. (BTW, they are doing some truly fabulous inspiration boards). Yes, I did comment already, but I still have more to say. There seems to be a split down the middle as to whether you should have assigned seating at a wedding. I will preface this post by first saying that its your wedding and as most people will tell you, you should do what you want. After all, you and your future hubby know your guests better than anyone and of course know what they would be comfortable with. Furthermore, the reason for etiquette is to make your guests more comfortable, so starting with that premise, I think either would be fine, depending on your wedding.
That being said, my personal opinion is that assigned seating is the way to go. I think there are times when you don't need assigned seating. For example, a reception that is a cocktail reception or a very small reception. In those circumstances, seating is generally not a problem.
If you are having a traditional sit-down dinner and a medium to large reception, I think you should have assigned seating. There are several reasons for this, first, it is helpful to the servers at your reception. Guests usually indicate what they are having and assigned seating makes it easier to identify "who gets what." Second, guests will be seated more quickly thus dinner will be served more quickly and then you can party more quickly :) I consulted Peggy Post in her Wedding Etiquette book to see what she had to say on the subject. While she never says, "you must have assigned seating," she does say "at a traditional sit-down dinner or luncheon, guests are usually assigned places at dining tables and are served by waitstaff."
Now, on to assigned seating at a buffet or food station wedding . . . At our wedding, we will be having stations set up throughout the room, so it will be a buffet-type reception. Although I did not consult my general Emily Post Etiquette book (its at my parents house along with 100 other books - sorry Mom :), I did look this up in Wedding Etiquette. Again, Peggy doesn't say that you must do one or the other, instead she says "guests sit at dining tables, which may or may not have assigned places."
I know that old etiquette dictates that at a buffet-type reception, there shouldn't be assigned seating. However, I disagree with this. I personally feel that assigned seating saves your guests from a lot of akward "is this seat taken" or "may I sit here" or "can we move chairs over so our friends can join us." Isn't that the whole point of etiquette? To save your guests from those akward situations? I personally feel like "looking for a place to sit" is reminiscent of middle school lunch tables, at least for this bride.
I realize that some or many of you will disagree with me, so feel free to chime in! There's no view-point discrimination on this blog :)
P.S. Again, this is just my personal opinion. Whatever you did/will do at your wedding is/was up to you.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
(shrimp and grits - not sure if we will be having this yet, but it was one of the ideas)
Monday, March 24, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Happy Easter everyone! I am off to hang out with family and my cute Fiance. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. We have lots of Easter plans. Friday we will go to church and then dye eggs, Saturday we are going to church for the Easter vigil, then Sunday we will have an Easter egg hunt and a nice Easter brunch.
I am also meeting with my caterer tomorrow morning. I haven't met her. She did my sister's wedding, but that is all a blur to me. Tomorrow night I am meeting with a make-up person to do a trial run for the big day. Saturday morning - the florist. So on top of the Easter stuff, I will be doing quite a bit of wedding planning too :) I am excited.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
After many thursday nights of "okay baby, I have to go, my show is starting." I decided to find out what all the fuss was about. I was not a believer in this show. I found it highly unlikely that there could be four seasons of an hour long show about people being stranded on an island. I was wrong.
This past weekend, Fiance brought Season 1. Before he came, he asked "are you sure you don't want me to bring Season 2, too?" I naively replied, "no, I just want to try Season 1, I don't even know if I will like it, I don't really like Survivor-type shows." A little chuckle and "okay, but by Monday you will be begging me to mail you Season 2."
Well, while I was trying to get better this weekend, I burned through all of Season 1. I am addicted to this show and luckily, its available in full length episodes online. Yesterday as I was waiting two hours to see a doctor, I called Fiance while I was in the exam room to talk (okay complain).* He replied "baby, are you sure you're not upset because Jack isn't your doctor?" Hmmmm . . . . maybe? (just kidding Fiance - I heart you ;). I was laughing a little too loud.
In conclusion, you know are you addicted to Lost when . . . you are going home for lunch just so can watch 20 minutes of the next show.
*not while the doctor was in there
Monday, March 17, 2008
I hope everyone has a wonderful day! I'm sure you are all wearing preppy green outfits. I had a good weekend, but I was feeling a little under the weather. I'm better now. I made my Easter sugar cookies yesterday. I will have to try and take some pictures and post them.
Fiance came to visit this weekend. We both have amazing families, but its nice to have time alone together too. We tried a restaurant down the street from me for dinner. It was okay, but I don't know that we will go back.
Friday, March 14, 2008
I love these little totes from Williams Sonoma. When I was little we each had our own Easter basket. The "Easter Bunny" would then hide it. I swear my parents came up with the weirdest places. My mom definitely played "hot & cold" every Easter!
Aren't these sugar cookies adorable? I think I might bake some cookies for Easter this Sunday. These are great for inspiration. I make sugar cookies from scratch . . . the icing is my favorite part.
I like these little toys for the munchkins! Although I don't know if the whistle would be a good idea for my 2 1/2 year old nephew . . . I can hear myself now, "okay, give the whistle to Aunt Sissy."
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I love this movie! I must have watched it at least 100 times but I still love it every time I watch it. I stayed up too late because it was on USA and I just had to watch the ending . . . I'm sure most of you have seen it, but if you haven't - you have to watch it!
Reese is adorable too. I can't wait to see Penelope :)
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
We will have the actual rehearsal at the church (obviously) and then we are having our rehearsal dinner at a baseball stadium (not this one though). Fiance loves baseball, so we thought it was fitting. Its going to be a very casual event. I think it will be a nice time for everyone to relax and visit with relatives.
I have been trying to come up with ideas to go with our baseball theme. I think it would be very cute to have invitations that are printed like tickets to a game. I also think a fun centerpiece would be a plastic popcorn bucket with crackerjacks, peanuts and other baseball type items.
Since our extended families have never met, I kind of want to have some type of nametag - but I am not sure about this.
Feel free to chime in if you have any ideas or suggestions!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, my parents had a little brunch for our families and to celebrate Fiance's actual birthday. It was nice and again, the food was amazing. My mom made this wonderful dish with asparagus wrapped in ham and then a cheese sauce over it. We also had some of the other standard brunch fare: quiche, fruit, coffee cake . . . mimosas :)
I also finished this book last night. It took me a really long time to read it. I didn't like it so much, but I feel guilty if I don't finish a book that I have started, so I made myself read it. I bought it because it had all good reviews on amazon. However, the book ended up being kind of depressing and then it was happy for the last chapter. I like to be entertained and amused while reading, so I guess it just wasn't my kind of book.
Friday, March 7, 2008
(love this cake)
Happy Friday everyone! Don't forget about Daylight savings - I hate setting my clock an hour ahead (and losing an hour of sleep), but I am happy that the days will be longer :)
I am headed out of town this weekend. Sunday is Fiance's birthday, so we will be celebrating. My future in-laws are visiting too. I need to pick up a little something for Fiance. I'll be back on Monday!
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
This is a question for all of you newlyweds, married gals, girls about to be married, former bridesmaids, maids of honor, mothers of the bride, etc. . . . is there anything you or your friend/sister/daughter just forgot about? Was there anything that you didn't find on a list and had to race at the last minute? Or perhaps you thought of it after the wedding?
I don't know if its just my personality, but I want to make sure that I have everything covered. So please chime in if you have any suggestions. Don't be shy now :)
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
(courtesty of the knot)
I love this wedding reception. My colors for the wedding are going to be pink, green, and brown. I think this reception is a lovely way to incorporate all of those colors. The reception site in this picture looks similar to where we will be having our reception. I haven't decided on how the room will be set up, but I like this one!