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Archive: March 2011

the great wedding venue hunt.

If you could get married anywhere in Boston, where would it be? I always dreamed of the Boston Public Library…

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(Courtesy of Person + Killian, Boston Public Library)

Or the State Room…

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(Courtesy of Longwood Events)

But when I got engaged, I quickly realized those were $$$ and difficult to plan on any type of budget (since there are no packages, per say). Plus, we decided getting married in a hotel would be our best choice for us since we have so many out-of-town guests and like that a hotel will take care of everything.

But we’re still going to look at Brookline’s Veronique. Because I hear it’s absolutely stunning. And it’s close to our neighborhood. And I can’t resist:

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And I think we’re finally realizing no one venue is going to have every single thing we want. And any time you spend that much money, the decision feels like the biggest one in the world. But no matter what we do, it’s going to be amazing. And hopefully still leave us some money leftover to go on a honeymoon… And buy a house some day.

Of course, we have our top venue contenders, but I won’t mention them here just yet. I get weirdly worried about disappointing people… even venue coordinators we really don’t know. But if they’re super nice and buy us dinner and are very attentive, I’ll feel so horrible turning them down. But we can, after all, only choose one spot in which to get married.

It’s funny how when we first started wedding planning, we had NO idea what things should cost, what should be included, etc. And now I feel like we’re total experts and can quickly look at a package and immediately know if it’s a good deal or crazy ridiculous or contains lots of hidden expenses. I totally get why so many people plan their own weddings and then want to be wedding planners. a) You think you know it all and b) You only got to choose 1 venue, etc. for your own wedding and you want to do more!

Venue hunting is fun… But I really just want to know where (and when) our wedding is going to be!! :)

a little wednesday wedding inspiration.

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted! And as I go through the wedding planning process, I realize I really need a spot to get down some of my inspiration. I have an inspiration book filled with my magazine finds, but as far as my online finds go, I can’t possibly print everything out. It would likely get annoying to our readers to post everything on We are not Martha. And every time I post anything wedding-related on tumblr, I lose about 3 followers.

I can safely say we have not made one single wedding decision, except for the fact that we know we want to get married to each other. Which is the most important decision, anyway. We really want to get our venue and date down before moving on to more decisions and I think we’re close. We’ve looked at a few spots in Boston and have a few more this week. I think we just need to realize that no one venue is going to have EVERYTHING we want. And that our wedding is going to be beautiful and amazing and fun no matter what. I mean, we already know that, but still. It’s a big, very expensive decision. (hold me).

My sister already declared the fact that she doesn’t want to wear a yellow dress, but if it’s this beautiful would she really turn it down?? And can someone PLEASE tell me where these dresses are from? Or where I can find some like it?

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(Courtesy of StyleMePretty)

If you know me, this will come as no surprise to you… While perusing the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, I decided to pick out my very favorite dress in the whole magazine. I found it, swooned, and then realized… It’s a dress from a Disney collection. Uh. I mean, there’s really nothing wrong with that, right? Doesn’t every girl dream of being a Disney princess? And it’s not like anybody would know. It’s not like it says Disney on the front. So, whatever, I’m using it as some wedding dress inspiration:

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(Courtesy of Alfred Angelo)

Where I can, I’m sure I’ll be scouring Etsy for some wedding finds. I love the idea of having unique touches made by real people we can support. Of course, I know nothing about how I’ll be wearing my hair for the big day. But I do know I want to wear some kind of headband. Here are a few of my Etsy faves:

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(From Lo Boheme, $155)

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(From Bridal Blooms, $59.97)

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(From Lucia Bella, $35.00)

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(From Tessa Kim, $74.00)

I love that last bride’s hair, too!!

I’m obviously a shoe girl. And though I KNOW it’s smart to wear flat, comfy shoes for your wedding, I’m not going to feel like a true bride without a pair of pretty heels. Of course, Chris isn’t super tall, so I won’t go with anything too high… And I’ll probably get a pair of pretty flats for the reception if need be. Here are some of my favorite shoes I’ve spotted thus far:

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(MaxStudio, $79.72)

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(Stuart Weitzman, $375)

For the reception:

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(Steve Madden, $79.95)

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(Calvin Klein, $83.30)

See? Isn’t wedding planning fun? Minus all the expensive, major decisions, of course! Luckily, we’re enjoying it so far and just working to to make it the best wedding possible for US. And I’m also pretty lucky my best friend is incredibly creative and artistic and I’m sure will be offering a lot of inspiration to us once we decide on a venue :)

More wedding inspiration will be coming soon!!