And the winner of the date night indie flick is:
Please e-mail me with your address, so I can ship your film post haste. It's delectable!
Happy Monday, Everyone...
I came up with another idea, which I am now doing for all the folks that are contributing their talents. So, I wanted to share. :-) I decided to get copies of, by to each of the friends that are giving of their talents to help our wedding be lower in cost and more personal. We plan to write individual notes to each person inside the book and I will also be giving them a small that comes from a much larger aloe plant that was my great grandmother's. The book is one of my favorite children's books, I work with kids, and the plant is tied to our family and a connection to our history, so I felt it was a great way to give a personal and meaningful gift on a budget.So sweet! I love the idea of giving a meaningful book and inscribing it with a message. I also love the idea of giving a piece of a regenerating plant. I even think these could work as gifts by themselves. So thoughtful!
"A young Hong Kong rebel finds inner peace and a sense of purpose with a group of Zen musicians in the hills of Taiwan in "The Drummer," an entertaining blend of genre elements and spiritual content that plays much better than it sounds on paper."--Derek Elly, Variety
To my traveling friends: Just learned about this new, well-reviewed free service called Trip It. Basically, after you make reservations -- plane, car, hotel, et cetera -- you forward those e.mail messages to TripIt.
It then automatically creates a stunningly beautiful itinerary grouping all of that information and adding directions, weather, maps, and more, all organized by day. It even adds all kinds of great contextual links, like buttons to check in to your flights:
All with no work! You can send that to friends, or link it to Outlook/Google Calendar, and there's an iPhone app and a mobile interface (http://m.tripit.com) to access your itineraries, too.
I just tried it for my upcoming L.A. trip and love it already.
It’s funny how friends tend to get married in clusters. While Matt and I were engaged, for example, we went to four weddings in the span of four months. It was fun to be able to compare wedding planning notes with our good friends during the process.
Camella was the first in the group to get married. She called to let us know she and Kevin were tying the knot. Then she sent out a more formal (but still very casual) engagement announcement. It featured a photo of the happy couple in a gorilla costume and a French maid’s outfit—with an accordion. The postcard read: “We don’t yet know where or when, but we know to whom.”
Although we loved their announcement and kept it posted on our fridge for several months, Matt and I decided to take a more budget- and eco-friendly route. We simply called our family and closest friends and e-mailed everyone else. We did attach a cute picture of ourselves dressed up for Halloween (me as a picnic and Matt in a child’s dinosaur costume), but we decided not to turn the engagement process into a big deal. With the Save-the-Dates and formal invitations on the horizon, we figured we would conserve our energy for bigger projects to come.
My fiancé and I got engaged on Valentine’s Day '09 and our wedding is in two weeks. The past six months have been a whirlwind of ups and downs. I’ve learned so much about how commercialized weddings are. I’ve also learned a lot about myself, my fiancé, and our families.
I found your blog in June when I was freaking out about how we were going to pay for a wedding and googled “ on a budget”. Since then I’ve read your entire blog and am a different person because of it. I realize I’m not crazy for not wanting to throw a bouquet. I’m not crazy for not wanting to sit at a head table and have everyone watch me eat. I’m not crazy for not wanting to cut cake and have people take pictures. I’m not crazy for not wanting to wear a frilly poofy scratchy dress that costs as much as my car. I’m not crazy for not wanting to be center of attention and have everyone treat me like I’m royalty. I’m not crazy for not wanting my fiancé's mom to invite 30 of her friends that she hasn’t seen in 20 years and we have never met. I’m not crazy for wanting to invest in a down payment on a house that we can live in forever than a wedding for one day.
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