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Long weekends are so hard-core-crazy-rock-n-roll. I love them, LOVE THEM! It was such a wonderful weekend on so many levels.

On Saturday, The Candyman and I went to our reception venue, Mere Bulles, and met with Carlin regarding a lot of little details for the reception. Since I'm bringing in a ton of stuff, I wanted to make sure it gets put where I want it all to go!

I took a few things into Mere Bulles with me and had asked Carlin to have our linens set up for me to play with. I did and it just looks so super-fab, I can't even tell you. I took in my chargers, my bud vases and a mock-up of my favor box. We even swung by the Harris Teeter and picked up some ivory flowers to put in the bud vases, just to get a good visual! I'd share pics, but you know what? I want to keep this one secret! You're just going to have to wait until I do recaps to see it all! ;) I will show you this picture of the flowers though. I put them all in an arrangement when we got home. They looked so pretty in the morning sunshine, I snapped a quick picture!

Saturday night The Candyman and I had a date night out at PM on Belmont. It's a happy medium for us - I can get sushi and he can get a burger! Yum! It was great because we had one of those kinds of really meaningful discussions that make you a better, stronger couple. You know what I mean?

Sunday we did nothing. And I mean nothing. I think the most productive part of our day was the nap we took all snuggled up on the couch. Well, I guess that's not totally true. We did wander out for sustenance and I did put all the favor boxes together. Let me tell you how much I hated doing this. Why? Because it involves tying bows. I hate tying bows. Hate. I just can't get bows to look right - ever. I have a feeling it might have something to do with the fact that I'm left-handed and learned to tie my shoes from another left-handed person who was taught by a right-handed person. My bows always look like crap. So, I spent way too long tying and retying the stupid bows.

Here are all the boxes I put together a long time ago- back around Easter. They have been sitting in the attic, waiting....

Remember all the thank you tags I printed and punched out? No? You can read about it here. I took all of those and punched a hole in them to thread the ribbon through.

Then I set to tying, retying, tying, retying all the damn bows. Why? Because I am a freaky, OCD perfectionist, that's why! Don't judge. So, you might be wondering to yourself, "Why is The Thirty-Something Bride tying all these bows around boxes with nothing in them?" Well, I'll tell you why. Because when it comes time to pack these suckers, all we'll have to do is slide the ribbon off, stuff the boxes and slide the ribbon back on. I think that would be much easier then trying to tie a bazillion bows the way I want them the day before the wedding, no? That way we can get a nice assembly line going of moms and cousins and aunts and stuff a bunch of boxes and be done!! I really do not want to stress about stuff like bows two days before the wedding. That would be mega-lame of me.


It's a sea of boxes!



It's a sea of bows!



I can't believe that The Big Show is only 33 days away! I've got most of the tasks and projects done, I just need to finish things up - like place cards (can't do it until all the RSVP's come in) and table numbers (again, RSVP's for the final numbers). I feel like I'm just humming along. Stress is at a minimum right now. Although, I did dream I was fired last night. Maybe that was the sign for me NOT to buy the expensive dress from RueLaLa. Hmmm.....

P.S. As I was finishing this post up on my lunch break, the office manager came in and asked me if I was available to go to Minnesota the week of October 5th. Um, hello? Getting married that weekend folks, no can do. Keep your fingers crossed that the sadistic powers that be don't actually make me do this.


Reader Comments (9)

Ohh they look lovely!

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole-Lynn

Your wedding is going to be GORGEOUS!

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

First of all, for someone who "can't get the bows to look right," your bows look pretty freaking awesome! Love the favor boxes! So very pretty.

And no worries, I'll definitely keep my fingers crossed that you don't have to travel during your wedding week! That should seriously be illegal. For reals! :)

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Kriss

Oh they are wonderful.

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranna and the ring

LOVE your boxes, they looks so great!!!

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMy Dream Ring

Ooooh, they look SO good! I'm with you on tying the bows beforehand. Why stress out later?! Great job.

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Professional Bridesmaid

In Spain (where my sister-in-law is from), people (or maybe just women) are MANDATED to take several weeks off work before they get married. My SIL is a high-powered corporate lawyer, loves her work, and saw no reason to take time off - but her boss INSISTED, because it's mandatory. Should be the same in the US! I hope you don't have to go to Minnesota - ridiculous!

September 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOne Barefoot Bride

Yes to bows. No to Minnesota:(

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFlo

All I can say is, thank God you're crafty and organized. :)

September 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTabitha

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