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Her Tassel

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The Graduate

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In my head I have been having a debate about having a rehearsal on the Friday night before the Saturday wedding. The day before the wedding will be busy I am SURE. Friday we will be at Mom’s house almost all day. The rental people will arrive and set up the tents. Then Mr. B & Dad (hopefully my brothers and uncle too) will need to start running the lighting (more on that later).

While the guys are doing the hot work outside, the ladies will be inside prepping food. It will mainly be the veggie prep at this point that will need done. It is still a lot of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, limes, ect to cut up. One thing Mr. B doesn’t want is for the food to run out.

Once the lighting and food prep is done there will be other decor that can be set up on Friday night. Obviously we will not be setting the tables, but things like the vines in the tent and the shepherd hooks lining the walkway can be done. We will also be setting up the chairs in the ceremony area Friday night (is case we decide it needs moved because of space restrictions.

Hopefully the majority of the work will be done while my two kids are at school. The time to have the rehearsal would be that Friday evening, but really it is only Mr. B the kids and I, there is no other bridal party. There would be no reason for a dinner either. We don’t have that many out of town guests, and the few that there will be are gonna be helping at the house anyway. Dad has to BBQ the meat so I am sure we will have a BBQ dinner as well. Can that really be called a rehearsal and a rehearsal dinner??

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To the rescue!

When I wrote about wanting to provide program fans for our guests I immediately went into research mode. I have seen them on various inspiration boards and other wedding blogs, but I had not seen a DIY tutorial or template. I found a few sites that would make them for you at about $3 a pop (thank you very much, I don’t think so!)

In my DIY searching I did find a word/pdf document but the thought of cutting about 150 petals by hand was NOT appealing. (here is one link)

I even emailed my wedding invitation guru, Lisa, to see if the cricut had a cartridge that could help (she didn’t know of one, so if you out there do please let me know)

Then I stumbled onto the best find (IMO) DIY kits with the petals pre-perforated onto the sheets, ready for printing and assembly.

They are a new product (just released this month). I am going to be placing an order for a sample from Custom Programs so that I can try them out. I think with our estimated guest list I can order just one pack of paper to make all my fans.

Have you stumbled upon any new products to help with your DIY projects?

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How to beat the heat

Mr B and I will be getting married in September after Labor Day. Now in most parts of the country the weather will cooling down. Here in Arizona it won’t be “OMG am I melting?” hot but it will still be about 100 degrees. Hopefully we won’t have any humidity, so it will be a nice dry heat (yes there IS a difference.)

According to weather.com this is the typical weather for our area the past 30 years:

Typical Weather for September 12
Here are average weather conditions for the day of your wedding:
Average High Temp:102°F Record High Temp:114°F (1971)
Average Low Temp: 77°F Record Low Temp: 58°F (1930)

So how do we intended to beat the heat?
We will avoid the majority of the heat by having an evening wedding. The sunset should be at about 6:45pm so we are planning a 6pm ceremony time so we still have sun for pictures. Once the sun sets the temp will start to drop (fingers crossed).

I am planning a few things to help our guests be more comfortable before our outdoor ceremony as well. Mr. B wants the bar to be open, but that isn’t gonna happen LOL. Instead I plan to ice a bunch of water bottles with custom labels, like the ones I did for the baby shower. I did 2 cases of water in one evening. It shouldn’t take too much longer to get 4 cases done.

I am also planning to have the programs open like fans:

I want to find out if I can cut the shapes on a Cricut. That would sure make the cutting go faster!

Last but not least, to keep our guests from having to wait around in the heat for us to take pictures, Mr B and I will be doing a “First Look” and getting most of the pictures out of the way before the ceremony.

Hopefully these little touches will help our guests be as comfortable as possible.

How do you plan to make your guests more comfortable with the weather at your wedding?

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