wedding centerpieces

reading about other bloggers’ recent weddings and planning for upcoming weddings has made me think back to my own wedding. when i was planning my wedding, i wanted to come up with something creative for the centerpieces at my reception. i wanted something pretty but not too fancy since our reception was a casual, outdoor event. my cousin got married a year before me, and she used pots of grass as her wedding table decorations. she is very big on the environment and “thinking green”, so it was a great choice for her. when her parents came out to visit after the wedding they brought pictures, and even though grass wouldn’t have been my first choice it ended up looking nice.

i looked at numerous wedding centerpiece ideas, and i didn’t really know what i wanted until joe and i traveled to south carolina to visit his grandmother and, at one of the many dollar stores in her small town, we found wedding cake candles. i immediately knew i wanted to include those in my centerpieces. we had nana stock up on them, and she sent us more than enough for centerpieces at all of our tables. i wanted them in some kind of container, but i really didn’t have any brilliant ideas. so, when my sister (and matron of honor) wanted to do them, i was more than happy to hand them off to her. and, since she lives in north carolina, it was nice to have her involved as much as possible. here is what she made:

wedding centerpiece

that is a bad picture of them. they turned out great and were really pretty. i loved them. our guests loved them, and they looked very pretty in the courtyard of the historic courthouse where we got married. what did you have as the centerpiece at your wedding? if you’re planning your wedding, what do you want to use for you centerpiece?

3 days to go

joe and i are going out tonight to celebrate our last night alone together before the wedding. we’re going to the mall to get the kate spade purse i’ve been wanting (yay!), and then out to eat, probably at either olive garden or chilis. yum. 🙂

this morning, i’m off to the spa. i’m getting a french manicure and pedicure, and my usual facial waxings. woo hoo. i’d like to get a massage and maybe a facial after the wedding. i just don’t have time for that now.

last night, joe interviewed san francisco giants coach felipe alou. he was as giddy as a little boy when he called me afterward, gushing about how great alou is. i asked if he saw barry bonds. “i sat right next to him,” he said. he spent about an hour and a half just hanging out in the giants’ clubhouse before the interview, which i bet was just so exciting for an avid baseball fan like him. i was excited for him. and a little jealous…when i interviewed cal ripken jr., i didn’t get to go in the clubhouse! 😉

now i’m off to pack, pack, pack and clean out my dining room so the boys can bring my china cabinet in tomorrow. yippee! now i can put *all* my dishes in there and use my meager cabinet space for glasses.

4 days to go

i figured by this point i would be able to relax and enjoy the last few days before the wedding. i think this is the busiest i’ve been. it’s amazing how many little things you don’t really think about. i need to figure out which prescriptions i need to take with me and get refills, clean out the refridgerator and freezer, pack, do laundry, pack cat toys, get a list of songs we want at the reception to the dj, make the timeline for the wedding day for our attendants, confirm our hotel and flight reservations, etc. it seems like i’m always adding something to my neverending to-do list.

i think joe has it right. we’ll be excited when we’re on the plane heading to boston. 🙂

5 days to go

the more days that go by, the more excited i get. it really feels real now. my grandma flew in from california last night. the guests are starting to arrive! hehe.

joe and i are thinking about going out thursday night to celebrate our last night alone before the wedding. we’ll see.

the wedding dreams are starting in full force now. two nights ago i dreamt that it was the wedding day and my parents didn’t have a dress or tux, so they sent me and joe out to buy them. last night i dreamt that it was noon on my wedding day, when i’m supposed to arrive at the chapel, and i had forgotten to go to my hair, nail and waxing appointments! i can’t wait to see what i dream tonight. 🙂

6 days to go

next week at this time, joe and i will be preparing to board our plane to boston. it’s so weird to know that this is my last monday as a single woman. weird but exciting. i may blog about the bachelorette party later. some things happened that really upset me (mainly my soon-to-be sister-in-law telling me i’m not good enough for joe and she doesn’t want him marrying me), so i may tell you all about the night when i feel more up to it. right now i’m trying to get my excitement back for this weekend.


joe and i had our upcoming wedding blessed last night at his synagogue. it’s a tradition i really like. the rabbi asked god to bless and watch over our marriage. it was very short, and then he said, “he’s going to sing to you now,” while looking at joe. i started to laugh because joe can’t sing, but it turns out the rabbi was talking about the cantorial soloist. he played a very upbeat song on his guitar while the rabbi, joe and i took turns linking arms and dancing around the bima (platform) in circles and the congregation sang “mazel tov”. i forgot that was part of the blessing, and even though i am shy and was very nervous being in front of a synagogue full of people i don’t know, i tried to let loose and have fun. i *thought* i was letting loose and having fun. however, the term rigormortis was used afterward to describe my performance. how rude.

before the service began, the rabbi announced that there were two b’nai mitzvahs this weekend, a wedding blessing and a conversion. instantly, my twin brothers turned to me at the same time and said, “are you converting?” after the service, the first thing my parents said, jokingly of course, was, “we thought that was some sort of hint or something.” right after that, joe’s dad walked over to them and said, “don’t worry, that wasn’t a hint!” i thought it was hilarious that me converting was the first thing everyone thought of.

after services we (as in me, joe, my parents, joe’s parents, nana, dave, rachel, dave’s parents and rachel’s friend gabe) headed to la madeline for dessert and socializing. my parents had so much fun talking to dave’s parents because, as it turns out, they are from maryland too and dave actually was born in the same hospital as my brothers and i. small world. joe and i also received presents from some of nana’s friends: an expandable hot plate decorated with grapes, and the sugar bowl and creamer for our china collection.

tonight, the celebration continues with the bachelor and bachelorette parties. the girls are headed out for dinner and a night of dancing and partying at a country club. i don’t know *what* the boys have planned. i just hope jon and dave keep in mind that joe is getting married in eight days, and we’d really like for it to occur (if you know what i mean).