wedding deets.

by Janetha on February 22, 2010

in meals,moves

love pies! how was your monday? if it was less than rad, not to worry, you don’t have to endure another one for six more days. high five.

thank you for all the input regarding what pages you would like to see me add on my blog. majority rules and a FAQ page will probably be coming first.

SO.. in order for that to happen.. i would like to compile some Qs from my readers. i already have a few that i am asked on a daily basis, but i could use a few more to really make the page worthwhile, ja know? okay, thanks.

i would do a tally of what green veggies you guys like best, but my computer has less than half its battery life right now and i left the charger at marshall’s, so this has got to be snappy. snap snap, you all love broccoli, moving on.

meals

meal 1: eggbeaters & oats & coffee

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i doused the oats in cinnamon after the photo. and while we are on the subject of dousing, i also did a number on my eggbeaters with the bottle of cholula:

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the gal who waits on us every monday at our weekly sales meeting meal noticed my new bling on my finger and asked if i had always been engaged. while i wanted to come back with a catty remark like, “yeah, since i was nine,” i refrained and told her about the recent proposal.

she was ecstatic and brought me a nutella filled crepe smothered in real whipped cream and berries:

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gee, thanks, i think i gained 18 lbs just looking at that thing.

i LOVE crepes, but to be honest, i don’t love chocolate on crepes or in pancakes or anything of the like.. so i passed. i did have one bite of the un-chocolate-stuffed end. it’s the thought that counts! that was so nice of her.

am i a loser that i preferred my eggbeaters and oatmeal? no way dude. i am a winner.

meal 2: hot turkey & cheddar & hummus wrap

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this was a flat out stuffed with smoked turkey, classic sabra, tillamook cheddar~ all heated up in the microwave and then topped with some lettuce before rolling up and devouring.

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‘twas delish.

moves

today was a cardio day for me. i will have to type up my new workout outline soon so y’all can see what i am up to in order to prep for the wedding. but for now, i will just show you today’s workout:

5 mile/50 minute treadmill interval workout

minute # speed (MPH) incline
0-1 4.0 0
1-2 4.5 0
2-3 5.0 0
3-4 5.5 0
4-5 6.0 0
5-6 6.5 0
6-7 7.0 0
7-8 7.5 0
8-9 8.0 0
9-10 8.5 0
10-20 repeat minutes 0-10 0
20-30 repeat minutes 0-10 0
30-40 repeat minutes 0-10 0
40-45 4.0 (jog) NOT HOLDING ON 15
45-50 6.0 0

i cooled down for 5 minutes with a 3.0 walk/0 incline.

total time: 55 minutes, total distance: 5.2 miles, max HR: 178, ave HR: 146, calories burned: 425

this workout kicked some treadmill butt. sure, i averaged a 10 minute mile which is pretty slow, but because i ran intervals the whole time, my heart rate was all over the place. this is optimal for fat loss~ which i am aiming for.

actually, you may be surprised to hear that my highest HR was during the 4.0 MPH jog at a 15 incline. that was amazing. it was a real challenge not to hold onto the side bars for support during the last part of the 5 minutes!

if you are bored with treadmills then give this one a try, it is nice because you change your speed each minute so it keeps you somewhat entertained :)

OH and i am right on track for my mileage goal~ i’ve finally updated the page here.

meals

meal 3: green monsterrrrr.

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  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • handful blueberries
  • ice
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • spinachhh

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YUM.

and now i am typing this. dinner will most likely be a cheetahs and chicken fingers and fifth meal will probs be chobani :)

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WEDDING STUFF!

so, you guys will probably be hearing me ramble a LOT about wedding stuff over the course of the next 144 days, 23 hours and 13 minutes. yeah, i have a countdown feature on my phone and i plugged in “the big day”.

are you saying “whaaaaaa?” to the short amount of time 144 days calculats out to? yeah, a little over twenty weeks. yep, just under five months.

i am getting married on july 17th. of this year.

after i mentioned that our date was a popular one, some of you thought i was getting married on 10-10-10 or 9-10-11 or 8-9-10… all really fabulous dates which i ADORE because i am a total numbers geek. yes, i immediately first checked out 8-9-10 only to find that it landed on a monday. bummer.

we picked 7-17-10 for a few reasons. here they are:

  • we want to buy a house before the $8000 tax credit deadline (which they will most likely extend, but you never know) and in order to do this, we have to close on a house by july 1. we can’t live in said house that we buy until after we are married (call me old fashioned) and so the sooner we get married, the sooner we can live in said house. which we are currently hunting for, but that is a whole other story.
  • we want to get married and go on our honeymoon before school starts. both marshall and i will be going back to school this fall and so if we were to marry in august, september, october.. we would have to miss class to go on a honeymoon and that is never fun. i already hate playing makeup/catchup at work after a vacation~ i don’t need to pile school catchup on top of that.
  • july 17th is national peach ice cream day. yes, this played a vital role in our decision. it was either the 17th or july 31st~ national raspberry cake day. both are great, but ice cream trumps cake every day of the year. and marshall and i LOOOVE peaches.
  • the final deciding factor in us picking 7-17-10 is the number significance. can you see it? i will let you figure that one out. and that is also the reason that a lot of places were already booked. who knew there were so many number geeks out there? i am not alone.  but i do believe they were not picking the date based on the national food holiday.. i think i may be alone on that one. what can i say, i am a foodie.

so there you have it. that is the date and it is set and IT IS SOON.

i know lots of people have long engagements, but marshall and i are excited to finally get married. our 3rd year dating anniversary is in july so we have done the “four seasons” plan a few times over. oh, in case you aren’t sure what that is, it has always been a rule that you have to date someone for all four seasons to make sure you can handle them year round before marrying them ;)

plus, we live 40 miles apart right now so the sooner we get hitched, the sooner i can stop commuting to and from his house. I CAN’T WAIT. yay!

okay, so that is that! as i mentioned in my last post, we found a venue for our ceremony and wedding on saturday and we went ahead and booked it. so exciting! now it is official and i can start looking for my dress.

but, of course, i am a food-crazed maniac and have several catering consultation appointments set and have not even set a single dress appointment. priorities, people.

one thing we have booked in addition to the location is a photo booth. i was never one of those girls who dreamed about her wedding and what it would be like, but there were always TWO things i knew i had to have at my wedding:

  • a photo booth
  • vanilla bean ice cream

i know, pretty high maintenance, right?

other than that, the plans are still in the works. i was going to ask a few questions to those of you who are married and have gone through the whole wedding process, so please answer those questions at the end. pllllease. please. thanks.

as far as getting in shape for the wedding goes.. well, i am happy that i don’t have much to do aside from some toning up.  it makes me happy that i have been working hard at getting in shape prior to even knowing i would be having a wedding this year.

crazy how that works. i honestly had not one tiny thought that i would get married this year.

anyway… i do want to do some surrrious toning, mainly on my upper body. my arms and back are going to get some one-on-one time in these next 20 weeks.  i will be coming up with a game plan and, of course, will devote a page to the plan much like i did with my jamaican me bikini ready plan.

my mom, sister in law and i are going to go get our body fat tested to see where we are right now, and then our goal is to improve that number before the wedding. i think this is a great way to keep my maintaining in check and keep myself from gaining any weight.

anyway~ i think that is enough wedding rambling for one post. i will leave you with a couple smoothie stache photos that i received while i was in jamaica and totally forgot to post! i am working on cleaning out my email inbox and came across these ones~

danica!

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ariffa!

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you ladies could be smoothie cover girls.

oh and a certain someone wanted to see more of these two, so here you go!IMG_5452

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they love each other so much!

okay~ my computer is about to DIE so i better hit publish! talk to you all tomorrow!

Qs~

1. what question would you like me to answer on my upcoming FAQ page? okay, not really a question for you.. more for me.. ready, go!

2. if you are married.. can you tell me approximately how much you spent on a) photography b) food and c) invitations?  i am trying to get a feel of what dollar amount is average. most photographers i have looked at are between $2000-$3000 and i want to know what is standard. also, food has priced out around $4000-$5000 and i haven’t even looked into invitations yet. i want to hire quality people but i don’t want to get royally screwed when it comes to $$$~ so if you have any input on what an average price for a, b and c are i would REALLY appreciate it! mwah!

wow, both of those questions sure were selfish, weren’t they? how about a bonus one to make it less self-centered, i feel weird.

3. what is your favorite thing to put inside of a crepe? i am more a fan of savory crepes~ think cheese, meat, veggies! yum! mushroom and cheddar is a pretty stellar stuffing.

thanks in advance for your input!!

xo. janetha b.

edited to add: right when i hit publish, my laptop died. grumble. i had to drive to my office to get my extra charger. it took a long time and it was creepy to go to my office so late at night. that is bloggie dedication right there, folks ;)

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steph February 23, 2010 at 9:23 am

I’ve only been reading your blog for about 2 months but I love it! Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. I am married and the best advice I can give you is to ask for recommendations! I planned our wedding in about 9 month, which I thought was fast! Ask the place where you booked the ceremony for photography recommendations. They will have worked with several companies so they’re some of the best people to ask. My company also supplied two photographers. One was specifically assigned to the tradional wedding poses and the other concentrated on the photojournalistic style pictures. Also, find a photographer that will sell you CDs of your photos with the rights to print your own. We got a traditional wedding album and bought the CD. We printed all our family’s photo requests for much cheaper than you pay the photographer. Ask photographers for recommendations on flowers. They’ve photographed several florists and can spot the good, the bad, and the ugly! Don’t spend a fortune on the invitation. While it will set the tone of the wedding, most people will throw it away after your big day. And consider the weight of the invitation when picking it out. Extra postage sucks! As a foodie, this goes without saying – spend the most on food. People will remember the food and drinks in the future – they won’t remember how glamorous your centerpiece was – only you will remember that. I think you’re on the right track on the budgets. You might want to up the food budget some though – depending on the number of guests. Good luck!

Whit February 23, 2010 at 9:34 am

I answered the photog question on fb, but seriously the girl is like good. e-mail me if you want for her info. since my sister has been planning a wedding and we live in the same house i feel like i have too. it has been a huge deal. and most of it has been done in like two months, so you so CAN do it. but if you are having bridesmaids, GET THEIR DRESSES, because that is THE WORST. we ordered ours off j crew and they are super cute. holly recommended. I like that we did that instead of the bridal shop, because sometimes the bridal shop tries to make it fuddy duddy. as for invitations, my sis got her invitations off of 123print.com and they are super cute and reasonable.

the main thing to spend the money on is food [and my mom is doing the food to save money in my sis’s situation] and pictures. you will treasure those pictures forever, so make sure you love your photog and her previous work.

congrats girl!!! it will be an awesome wedding no matter what and you will make gorg bride. sorry for the novel of a comment. but it was due. i have not commented in a while and i was mia this weekend from blog land.

Kate February 23, 2010 at 9:45 am

Hi Janetha,
I blog stalk you (my friend Lainie had a food blog for a bit and I found yours through hers, and now I am obsessed; my husband always says who is that person you are reading about; he doesn’t get it).
We got married last September and had just over 150 at our wedding. Total budget was $20K.
We spent $1800 on photography. I think $5K is bogus. As with anything, it just takes time to find someone you like that does quality work. Even check out Craiglist for people. What I thought was most important in finding a photog was seeing their portfolio, and seeing if your personalities mesh. Besides Marhsall, the photog will be the person you are with the most that day, so you want to make sure you two vibe.
We spent $50/pp on food. So that was $7500 on food. We did open bar for wine and beer and that added up to about $2K. We did a pretty relaxed, but sit-down dinner. But you can get creative (since you are a foodie and all) and go with an all appetizer reception, a tasting dinner, etc.
I did invitations myself since I am pretty picky about this stuff (not sure why). I got all my stuff through http://www.cardsandpockets.com and then my MIL (mother in law- you will learn all these crazy acronyms) helped me design and print them. It was fun, but there are lots of websites for inexpensive ones. This is something that I think can get way out of hand with some people. One friend spent $5 per invite, and invited over 400 people, that is insane, right?
I second someone’s earlier comment about checking out theknot.com. Great forums to discuss thoughts and worries and all that jazz. Also, check out http://www.weddingwire.com. Its a great site where past brides rate their vendors, so you can see from the source who is good and who is not. Good luck and congrats!

elise February 23, 2010 at 9:50 am

holy CRAP thats soon!!!! good luck girly. im in the thick of it now, and its way more work than i thought it was going to be. i have no doubt it will be fabulous no matter the date :)

Beth February 23, 2010 at 10:00 am

LMAO!!!!!!!!!!! hahahah. Why would she bring a girl who orders oats and egg beaters each week a chocolate stuffed crepe?!?!?! That just made my day! haha

lisaou11 February 23, 2010 at 10:36 am

Hey, you mentioned a while ago you were going to be doing an interview that the girl who won a BFL Challenge? Is that still on…I’d love to see it!

That crepe looks delish, but might be a bit much for the morning!

Kristy February 23, 2010 at 10:40 am

You should check out rltphotography.com, he was our wedding photographer and did an amazing job. His prices are much cheaper than anywhere else we looked but didn’t have to sacrifice quality. You also get all rights to your pictures and can have them printed anywhere of your choosing.

Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) February 23, 2010 at 10:43 am

How sweet of that waitress!

I love savoury crepes, but my alltime faves are filled with nutella + banana!!

Not married (yet), wish I could help!

And… FAQ’s:
-Favourite quick meal? Favourite BFL meal? Anything you missed while doing BFL?
-Top favourite moves?
And, un food related…
-Personal style/Favourite clothing brand(s)?

Carbzilla February 23, 2010 at 10:54 am

I will try to PM you numbers later tonight. Our wedding place was all-inclusive so I probably won’t be able to pull out the food but I haven’t looked at “THE BOOK” in a long time. Our band and photographer were both expensive but worth every penny.

Our anniversary is 10-10. Don’t even have anything special planned this year as we’re traveling almost every other month. We’ll probably celebrate it when we’re in Hawaii in Sept.

Good for you guys and school – I’m doing that now, as you know, and I’m wiped but it’s so worth it!

naturalnonsense February 23, 2010 at 11:09 am

You talk about your wedding as much as you want, girl! I absolutly love weddings, and it’s your big day – why shouldn’t you?? PS – my birthday is July 18th so I’m all over that date :-) Yeah it may be soon, but I’ve never been one for a very long engagement. I’d rather just have a smaller wedding without a lot of fuss and have less to plan. I think the photo booth is brilliant! Such a cute idea. Oh, and my favorite crepe toppings have to be nutella, nuts, and berries. I’m about the sweet ones! Have an awesome week!

Jenna February 23, 2010 at 11:16 am

yeyyy for all the wedding planning!
i am getting so excited for you :)
jenna

mayapamela February 23, 2010 at 11:27 am

You are SOOO dedicated to the blog! Gah! You’re a beast. I have no input on the wedding planning, except that I think great photography {and great food of course!} are priorities, at least in my book. Love the wedding date 7+10-10! A photo booth would be awesome at a reception.

I love nutella crepes. I’ve also put pudding in crepes, which I love because I love anything custard.

caronae February 23, 2010 at 11:47 am

Wow, crepe lady was so nice! I like pretty much anything in crepes. Awesome to hear about all your wedding deets. I’m sure it will be everything you wished for and more:)

Ashley February 23, 2010 at 11:48 am

Check out Etsy for all things wedding.

I’ve had my invitations picked out on there for erhm.. a while.

It’s never to early to start planning right?

:)

Therese February 23, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Holy bananas that is a short time to plan, but I totally get your reasoning. I remember just wishing the wedding were just over and done with (we were engaged for like 14 months?) because it got to be so stressful!

I’m not sure on exact dollar amounts but we printed our own invitations to save $. It was time consuming but worth it. The photographer was a bit pricier because to me people will forget the centerpieces and whatnot but you want your pictures to last a lifetime. I also spent a pretty penny on my dress (which I slightly regret) but I did LOVE it. So bottom line you need to figure out what things are most important to you and what you can skrimp on. To me the people just toss the invites anyway so why spend a hunk of money there.

bre February 23, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Yay. Yay. Yay.

Your wedding is so soon! Good luck girl! finding a house or planning a wedding? I don’t know what’s harder? And I can’t help you either way. So there!

I guess I could help you out with some faqs…

Have you always had a passion for eating clean and working out?

What’s your favorite place to shop for food?

Whats your biggest challenge with eating clean and how do you deal with it?

Are you going to have peach ice cream at the wedding?

On the crepe situation you would think she would have surprised you with more eggs and oats NOT sugary crepes!? Yes please, though I make a point not to eat pancakes, waffles, and doughnuts when I come here, crepes are perfect!

The only crepe I remember eating is one from France in Epcot. That’s where I get my watered down culture! I wonder how savory tastes?

I thought Penelope was going to get bigger but she stayed the perfect size sooooo cute!

Meg @ Be fit Be Full February 23, 2010 at 12:23 pm

You are so smart to have a shorter engagement! Mine lasted 15 months (who proposes in January??) and it dragged on and on. I spent about $1,800 on photography (rates are now $4K for the same person) but the guy I used had just gotten into wedding photography after being a photojournalist for years. I also made my own invitations – so this helped save some $$ but you need to have a lot of patience. Gosh, I don’t remember the cost of food because everything was one big package (venue, food, cake, alcohol, etc), and I don’t remember what it broke down to. Good luck! Wedding planning is so FUN.

Susan February 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm

7-17-10… 7+10=17, right? Regardless, I am a fan of the shorter engagement and I think all of your plans suit you perfectly!!! Food becomes before dress though, always ;) That’s so nice of the server to bring you a crepe!! But seriously, don’t your bosses get sick of that place? I mean, Utah has GOT to have more breakfast joints :P Fave crepe filling is smoked salmon. I get it at a restaurant in my hometown and it’s soooo good. Oh, and that treadmill workout? LOVE it! I can run sprints on a 0% incline and only hit a moderate heart rate, the second I add some incline I die.

Heart ya JBsoontobeJG!

Sarah February 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm

JANETHA MY LOVE!

I’m so sorry I have been so MIA on your blog! Have no fear though–I have most def. been reading.

I am SO EXCITED and happy for you on your engagement!!!! I dream about my non existent wedding and proposal all the time and now I am living vicariously through you :)

Keep up those moves girl! You already look KILLER, and I have no doubt you will WOW everyone in your wedding dress.

Oh, and what kind of food are you looking at?!?! I always think about the food for my wedding.

katecooks February 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm

mmm i love sweet crepes! simple nutella was my favorite, esp when it’s made right in front of you! bananas and strawberries make a nice addition :)

as far as wedding plans, no experience but i do read a lot of bridal mags for work…it seems like it would be easy to get overwhelmed! i would stop, look at magazines and sites for inspiration, go somewhere that you know you can get a lot of thinking done, and then just really mull over what you want your wedding to look like overall. i feel like the most common mistake is just putting together pieces here and there and then you end up spending much more money!! so exciting!

one healthy apple February 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Congrats on your planning! I’m sure you’ll have a great time and I love your high maintenance ice cream and photo booth demands!

I think one thing to note is prices vary like crazy depending on what state/area you live in. I got married in San Francisco, so I paid the crazy prices!

We did go with a bargain photographer at $2,500 or so and we got lucky and liked the results. Our food came with the reception, and it’s at least $100 per person in our area, depending on the type of food, and of course, the quantity of people.

Tamizn February 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm

You must be so excited its all happening for you!

I would like to know – What is your advice on loosing the pounds in the quickest healthest way?

Dawn (HealthySDLiving) February 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I’m so excited to hear all of your wedding plans! :)
And crepes….love them with chocolate, without….just love em!

danica February 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Yeah!! I LOVE that you all picked your day and are getting married this year. I totally expected your date to have some sort of meaning with numbers and all – seriously, if it didn’t I’d be surprised.

Hopefully they extend the house credit again – that would be awesome for you all!

I can’t wait to hear all about the details.

Our wedding ~ Well, we cheated ~ we wanted to spend the $$ on vacationing/life versus having a one time huge @$$ expense. This is why we got married in Anguilla ~ it was the BEST DECISION I think we ever made, although I did miss my mom/sis being there. But, the entire thing including the photographer & our pictures, location, minister, etc – you name it was less than $2K :D You cannot beat that, huh? We used a wedding planner and she coordinated everything for us (oh yea, that included our license fees, plus her costs for doing it all).

My dad is a professional photographer and could possibly hook you up with a deal if you want (www.robertsherwoodphotography.com) – he does an AMAZING job.

Not sure if any of that helps you at all.

Love ya ~ can’t wait to hear all about it!

Danica

Andrea@WellnessNotes February 23, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I love countdowns!!! 144 days, well I guess 143 days today, is soon! I’m so excited for you!

We had a really low-key wedding, so I’m not much help when it comes to $$$… We did splurge a bit on the honeymoon however… ;)

I love savory crepes, too. Cheese is the best! :)

Errign February 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm

First of all, totally have not congratulated you on your engagement..mostly because I am super lame & school is eating my soul. So, congrats!

Also, SUPER jealous that you are having a photo booth at your wedding. Best.idea.ever.

As for crepes, I pretty much like ’em with anything. They are delish!

ari February 23, 2010 at 5:50 pm

my FAQ (i just want you to know that first i typed FAT and then FAG. idk.) is about toning up. i want to tone up and i’m curious as to how to go about doing that. should i do less cardio? obviously more strength and probably eating more protein, but i do love my cardio calorie burn. i’m not sure if i want to give up my 40 minutes, 6 days/week, but if that’s the only way then i guess i’ll have to! thanks girl and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! so jealous over hurr.

simplyshaka February 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Thanks so much for the pictures of the babies!! Oh to snuggle and lie around all day-that’s the life!

I love that you are planning your wedding for natl peach ice cream day! That is just so cute. I am secretly hoping you will play The Joker by Steve Miller Band and smile when he says “I really like your peaches, wanna shake your tree” lol

I would like to hear about the game plan for toning up the upper bod for the wedding and of course the planning (along with everything else as well) but I have a feeling this will be a unique wedding celebration! I have never heard of the four seasons thing but that definitely makes sense.

Crepes wise, I’m boring and have only had fruit. I would imagine any kind of crepe would sit good with me.

Jenny February 23, 2010 at 6:54 pm

July 17th?! sounds good, I’ll clear my sched ;) I kid I kid .. but wowza, that’s soon! I am a firm believer in short engagements — when you find the one you love, why wait?!

Karla February 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm

You’re too cute!! I’m soo excited for your wedding!! I love weddings! I’m ridiculous and have mine planned on a word doc (photos of dresses, invitation, decor, table settings, cakes, etc.) for when the time comes (not for a LONG time!). I’m ridiculously obsessed with weddings!!

Sweet Cheeks February 23, 2010 at 7:22 pm

SO EXCITED about your wedding!

I like savory crepes all they way!

Whole Body Love February 23, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I am so excited for you !!! Our wedding would have been at the Hilton and the reception with food and alcohol was about $4,000 , the DJ $250, my dress(I am still saving it) was $999.99 … then I found out I was pregolicious and our priorities changed since I could get fin aid to go back to school if we waited to get married. So, we are still living in sin 4 years later ;)

Cathy February 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm

We only paid $800 for photography cause our photographer was just getting started. Check out local colleges photo students. You can save lots. Our wedding venue included the food, so I can’t really break that down. Do they have a David’s Bridal by you? They do a $100 sale twice a year and I scored my dress at one of them. You can usually find places that do combo packs. My sis used a place that did the DJing, Photo and Video and they were great. Do you know where you’re getting married?

Leigh February 23, 2010 at 9:23 pm

While I’m not married, I’ve been in several wedding parties over the past two years. In watching & assisting most my friends, I’ve learned that wedding costs can get out of hand very quickly if you let them. Definitely choose a photographer who gives you the rights to the pictures…. they’ve all told me this.

I love sweet crepes. My all-time favourite crepe is banana and dark chocolate, but it’s slowly being replaced by a family recipe of cottage cheese, fresh peaches, cinnamon and a touch of sugar (if necessary)… delish!!

Marthab February 23, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Next time you get a chocolate crepe, you just pop that puppy in the mail and I’ll handle the rest for ya!

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine February 23, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Ahh I’m super behind on my Greader, but I love the wedding deets! I’ll have to tell my big bro he’s getting married on national raspberry cake day. I’m with you on all the reasons…the sooner, the better!

Emily (The Experimentarian) February 24, 2010 at 6:15 am

hey Jb! miss you! I spent about $5000 total on my wedding. I am the maximum bargain shopper and i did a lot of the stuff myself, so I’m not sure if that’s a realistic number. One place I would recommend for flowers though is Highland Flowers (I’m pretty sure that’s what they’re called). It looks SO ghetto, but my flowers were beautiful, and the total for my bouquet, toss bouquet, three bridesmaid’s bouquets, three corsages, five boutonnieres and 100 extra roses was…$286!!! Seriously. I designed my invites myself and used a local printer. they came out great in the end, but it was a ton of extra hassle and time that you probably could use on other things. I love talking weddings! xoxo

carolinebee February 24, 2010 at 6:26 am

Janetha, i’ve been crazy swamped- but I wanted to say HUGE HUGE congrats!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so happy for u two, that is soo amazing and I’m so glad u are able to share it w/all your bloggie friends :D YAY!!
I agree on the crepe situation- i looveee the sweet ones, but at 9 am or whatever I am not really down!

Mara @ What's for Dinner? February 24, 2010 at 8:07 pm

TOTALLY just saw this…our wedding this past fall:
Photography: $1700 (i can send you the link to the photos if you want)
FLowers: $800
Invites: $500 (a friend made them all by hand)
Food: $10,200 and included open bar

Lara (Thinspired) February 26, 2010 at 12:32 am

That is my favorite smoothie combination. Ever.

I didn’t realize you were still accepting smoothie stache photos! Can I send you one still this weekend?!

I am married, but I didn’t have a big wedding, so my answers really wouldn’t help :( But how exciting that your big day is coming up so soon! YAYAY! One tip I read all over the place before I got hitched was to spend as much of your budget as you can on photography. They say you won’t regret it, and I have to admit, I wish I would have spent more on mine.

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