love is not a whim. love is not a flower that fades with a few fleeting years

…yesterday was just one of those days, but I will get to that later; let me catch you up on what has been going on.

On Wednesday Ryan and I decided to do some wedding activities since that was the only day he was off this entire week. We decided to go down to Loris, South Carolina to Carolina Tents and Events to look at tables and chairs for our wedding. I had called several months ago inquiring about what kind of tables they had and was informed they had farm tables. I finally was able to see these farm tables and they were just like everything I had be imagining in my mind. Here’s a picture of the one they had on display in the showroom with the padded chairs. image

 

I love that the table itself is beautiful and I now do not need to cover them with linens, I think they will look great with just table runners and decorations (which saves money… kinda). The tables may be beautiful… but they are also $40 a piece to rent… and we need 19! The chairs are $4 a piece, which isn’t bad at all. I doubt everyone that we are inviting will come, but I would rather put down a down payment for more tables than I need then readjust the amounts when RSVP’s are in. These tables are well worth the money… in my opinion anyway and as my future husband says, “as long as you’re happy baby” (what a good man right?!?!). We are going to look around and see if we can find a better deal… but so far it has been a bust!

After leaving Loris we drove a little farther south to Conway, South Carolina to look for local caterers. We stopped at this little dive called Dilly Beans and I left my information for the owner to get back to me about catering. I have to say, I would love to go back there and eat. There is only enough seating for like 14 people in the entire place but it has so much character! After leaving there we went to a place called Coppers Restaurant to meet with their owner about catering too. We really wanted to stop at this place because we ate there when we initially went to look at our wedding venue and we both loved the food.  We sat down with the owner and talked about our wedding and what kind of food we wanted. Our wedding planner is going down there in two weeks to meet with her to go over the budget and whatever it is they’ll talk about!

We are hopefully going to go talk to our florist in the next few weeks so we can gauge what we can get for our budgets. My parents are paying for the ceremony and reception flowers and Ryan and I are paying for the bouquets, corsages, and boutineers. I would like to know what it is we need to start saving for and what deposits we need to put down and when… plus the flowers I want may be way out of my budget and I need time to find replacements!

Now… on to the excitement from today. Well Thursday was payday for me so I placed the order for our stamps so we can get our Save the Dates in the mail soon. I also have been making labels with our guests names and addresses in Adobe InDesign using an Avery label template. So here is where the problems begin… I can only use a certain kind of label paper. It has to be the one that will correspond to the template that I used. So on Thursday I searched the web to find these EXACT labels that I need; not only did I find them but I thought I ordered them. I received my labels in the mail today and they were not right! I ordered them from Office Depot online, so I assumed I could take them back to the store… wrong. I was told that I would have to call to get a return label then send it back, sounds easy right? Well I called… and they will not send me a return address, instead they told me to keep the labels and they would PARTIALLY refund my money. Out of the $27.33 I paid I only get “refunded” $16 and some change. Then I had to turn around and order the right labels again… so I ended up paying $36.93 for labels. Completely ridiculous!

Also I think you all need to see what our dining room table looks like… it is packed full of wedding stuff! This is what brides have to look forward to. Wedding stuff ends up taking over your entire house. We have stuff EVERYWHERE!image

This is up under the big flat box! My aunt found all of these while out at yard sales. I am hoping she can find me 3 more boxes just like these so we can use these as drinking glasses at the wedding and people can just take them home with them. True southern style!image

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Here are my wedding shoes. Ryan bought them for me two years ago not knowing the reason I liked them is because I wanted to wear them at my wedding. They have never been on any flooring other than inside our house! I cannot WAIT to finally wear these things! image

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The first picture is the one I took in the mall to send to Ryan. The second one I took just a few hours ago. I plan on pairing them with my dress next week for the first time!! 🙂

I said in a previous post about our monogram southern guestbook… well here it is. All we have to do is paint it and distress it a little. image

 

I couldn’t be happier with it. I think it is going to look great at our wedding and even better hanging in our home for the rest of our lives.

Well it’s Friday night and most women my age would be out and about but I am all snuggled up on the couch watching TV with my sweet Georgia pup. Ryan is working all weekend, I normally don’t do a whole lot while he’s gone. I also usually stay up late so I can snuggle and nap with him when he comes home in the morning. Nights like these make me miss living at home with my parents… but one day he will have a 9-5 day job and all of this will have been well worth it! I have been doing productive stuff tonight though; I am washing clothes and I have made a spreadsheet of our wedding budget to keep everything on track.image

 

I have my quoted prices from my wedding planner, what we actually paid, and the difference. I also made a section to list what we paid and when, and a section to keep up with exactly what Ryan and I have paid for and the amounts. I just want us to know what all we have spent and where it has gone. I really wish we could buy everything we need within my budget… but I am already over not including what Ryan and I have paid for! Oh well… this only happens right?

Only 272 more days until I can call myself Mrs. Green. It honestly cannot come soon enough. I cannot wait to be married to my best friend in the entire world. He loves me at my worst and adores me at my silliest. He makes me smile like no else has ever been able to and giggle like a child all the time. I always feel like the luckiest woman in the world to be worthy of his unwavering love for me.  Our wedding day is going to be magical and I know it will end up being everything I have dreamed of, simply because I am marrying a man better than my mind could have ever imagined.

Goodnight.

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