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Wedding Planning...

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So, wedding planning in full swing. Time to rant, of course! :D I joined the wedding website The Knot for ideas and whatnot. It provided me with an enormous checklist of to-do items to make sure my special day is as perfectly perfect as possible. Some of the items on the list irritate me.

Cases in point:
- get engagement ring appraised
Alright, I understand this is for insurance purposes...but rings are highly sentimental to me, in fact, one of the rings dearest to me cost about $10. I know this is a pragmatic step, but it seems a little mercenarial to me.

The Florist checklist:
- It's wedding flower time! Set up appointments with wedding florists in the area to discuss options.
- Set up florist appointments to discuss options.
- Decide on a florist and send a deposit to reserve their services.


These three just bug me. Do you really need three checklist items for flowers? Or that could be me. I really don't care that much about flowers period. They're pretty. That's about it. ;) If I had three appointments with florists I'd go mad.

All in all, I know I'm picking at details here. And the checklist is supposed to help the bride remember little details that are important to make the day less stressful. But having sung at a lot of weddings, it seems that many weddings have changed from being a celebration of a couple's life together and more a narcissistic display of princess-dom. Read reviews of wedding dress shops in Calgary to see what I mean...man people are high-strung about weddings. I'll probably rant more about this later. And then someone should do the world a favor and kick the soapbox out from under me. ;-)

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babyjami
Jan. 27th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
florist: check out colleen at avenida florist/grower direct avenida. she used to work at the nosegay for years and years before assuming manager at avenida so she has a ton of wedding arrangement experience. grower direct is much cheaper than anywhere because as the name suggests, they get their flowers directly from the source.
also safeway and co-ops make wedding arrangements too for cheap, very nicely done.

wedding dress: the parisian, talk to phyllis, probably the cutest old lady on the planet.
keltyc
Jan. 27th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
Sweet, I'll fire her a note...and Safeway and Co-op are good options. :D Dress is bought, Mena's on Center Street, found them very nice as well. Not too bad a price, but still higher than I wanted. Ah well! :D
(Anonymous)
Jan. 27th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
Don't get me started!!
Lol. You so just beat me to this rant! In fact, I'm still probably going to write one. This industry is such a racket it's actually making me quite angry - when I let it.

The best things I've learned during this process is to do it your way and ignore the hype/marketing, and everything that doesn't matter to you. It makes things so much more fun and simple. In fact, I was given a to do list at the Bridal Fair this weekend, I read it, laughed at it, and chucked it straight in the recycling!

Also, I've been window shopping in the bridal shops/bridal websites to get ideas then hunting elsewhere for the same thing at a fraction of the price. Case in point, I tried on a beaded sash in The Parisian, loved it, went to buy it, no price. Upon enquiry: $999. That is not a typo a pretty belt cost ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!!! I choked on my shock and went home without it. A quick look on Etsy pulled up an even nicer, hand made, customisable one: $162 including shipping. I'm in the process of ordering it now! :-)

Have fun! Mich
keltyc
Jan. 27th, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't get me started!!
heh heh, I concur! You really have to ignore the hype and do it your own way...know the things that are important to you, and not to sweat the rest.

It helps me to realize that there's different personality types...there's the type that's not at ease unless every detail is thought of and planned, every eventuality sketched out with a backup plan. I'm...not like that. I prefer winging it a bit...there are so many things you can figure out on the fly (seriously, does one need to arrange the receiving line a few days before the wedding? or assume that the bridal party can form some sort of coherent line right after the ceremony). And the day's not ever going to be perfect, so might as well get a few good stories out of it. ;-)

I anticipate your rant. :D
elasticblue
Jan. 29th, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
if he got the ring new, no need to get it appraised. Just give the purchase price for insurance purposes. :) also, check your insurance; some house policies cover up to a certain value of jewelery, but may only cover theft (no 'mysterious disapearance'). definitely want to cover loss... both my mom and chetan have lost theirs...
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