45 days to go: Hotel Accomodations for Guests

...yes, yes... only about 7 weeks left until my wedding. I apoligize for not blogging here as much anymore, but the truth is that I hadn't been doing anything wedding related for a while. Planning is interesting... there's so much to do in the beginning...things kind of cool down...and then there's a mad dash at the end - I'm now at that mad dash!

One thing that is great about living in South Florida is that you don't have to go far to find a great venue - our venue is about 10-20 minutes away depending on traffic. With out of town guests coming from Jamaica and New York we had to find hotel accomodations nearby. Today we secured rooms at the Sheraton Suites which is a two minutes drive from the venue. I'm so excited about this and I know the guests will be too - here are the reasons why I chose this hotel:

* The hotel is a 2 minutes drive from the venue

* They provide a shuttle from the hotel that takes the guests to and from the venue

* It's in walking distance from resturants and a mall
*we got a sick deal on the price
*the price is 10x's worth it because they're suites, not just regular hotel rooms
***(this is what I'm most excited about)*** The one thing that I didn't like about my venue is that there is no alternate area in case it rains (I'm having an outdoor ceremony) I would have to go into the reception room which would be set up for dinner (who wants that)...I asked the Sheraton if it's possible for me to have a ballroom for the ceremony in case it rains and they said "yes"! The ballrooms are gorgeous, so rain or shine, my ceremony will be perfect!
Fiance and his groomsmen will be getting ready at the hotel...
The girls will be getting ready at my house...
...although the rooms are suites, 15 women and 2 babies getting ready in there would be torture. At my moms house we have more than enough room to spread out and have our own space.
In other life changing news, the fiance and I will be moving back home to New York sometime after the wedding. I will be leaving either November (right after the wedding) or December. He on the other hand will be leaving this weekend...I'll be spending my last few weeks of being engaged without him...which I'm extremly sad about. I'm not looking forward to sleeping by myself and not having him here to kiss me or give me a hug when I need it, but I know that it'll be worth it.
photo credit: Punam Bean

69 days to go: nightmares, flowers & planners

How many of you brides to be out there have had atleast one nightmare about your wedding?

...so I hear this normal - which makes me feel better because I've had 2 of them! Both of them had the same underline problem - they day was out of control, unorganized and chaotic. In my last nightmare (a couple nights ago) it was the day of the wedding and no one knew what was going on. We didn't know if vendors had been paid, or if they were even confirmed - it was ridiculous!

A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting with a few Day of Coordinators and we found one in particular that we really clicked with. However, at the time I was in my last few weeks of college and wasn't able to contribute a lot financially to the wedding. Luckily, I'm now employed full time which is taking some of the pressure off my fiance, so I figured I'd put some of the extra money towards this service.

I invited her over to my house to visit our little workshop so that she could see all the DIY projects that Team J.Bride has been up to...
Invitations have been sent out and at present time we have 60 confirmed guests out of the 100 that we invited. We budgeted for 80 so we're doing pretty good right now, lol.
...here's a centerpiece that we were messing around with - of course it will be more refined and put together but we just wanted to give her an idea of what we're trying to do...

What I'm most excited about are my bridesmaids bouquets...
My aunt made these for my 10 girls and I have to tell you that pictures don't do them any justice - they're gorgeous...




How are your wedding plans coming along?
My bouquet is being done by a florist as well as a few other things - but full bouquets and boutenierres for a large bridal party is way more than I can afford so we chose to go artificial. Of course we didn't want them to look super cheap or anything so we found the best that we could find at a wholesaler in Miami. I love that we're able to do these and store them until the day of.

Needless to say, it's all coming together quite nice and I can't wait to walk down the aisle. The funny thing is that this time last year, I wasn't even sure I was going to be able to afford a wedding...but somehow everything is getting paid and now here we are just over 2 months away from the big day.

i caught the fever...

Do you know what I think about when I'm at work standing on my feet for 8 hours a day? I think about how much I'd rather be at home with my fiance and our make believe/future baby that hasn't been conceived yet (lol)...

I think I'm catching baby fever from my fiance (lol)...he has it bad and it's contagious...

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