SAVE-THE-DATES + WEDDING PLANNING SNAFUS… | By Jessica, Real Bride Bloggista

Happy Thursday, amazefaces!  Jessica our Real Bride Bloggista is bizzack, and with some pretty insane wedding drama going on.  In fact – Jess I’ve gotta tell them – her original title for this piece, was “Jessica’s wedding eats doo doo,” SOOOOOO you get the drift.  But her good news is, she’s sharing her totally killer save-the-dates with us today!   I’m excited for you to see them.  SO. UNIQUE.  Ok, take it away, Jess…   

Oh hey there! Soooo…..lots of things happening, lots of exciting, fun things! My save the dates went out, the only good way to spread “STD”‘s, more on that in a bit. But perhaps the most exciting thing of all….. I no longer have a reception space! YAH! GREAT! SUPER! UGHHHHH! I know, sh*t. I’m actually not freaking out too much, not just yet anyway. I may however have to send out “change the dates”, good thing I work for a stationery company.

We had a plan, a seemingly great plan. Maggie, a great lil gal from Maggpie Vintage Rentals, and I had been plotting a super spectacular industrial chic hoedown. She was set to move her first rate vintage goods into a first rate vintage space, a former dress factory being revamped on the main street of town no less. Since I was planning on utilizing the majority of her collection anyways, we hatched a plan, why not come to her! It was perfect, a little too perfect apparently. Things were looking good at first…. bathrooms were being added, floors were being refinished, dreams were being hatched. But as anyone who’s done any sort of “renovations” to a dilapidated building can tell you….. things don’t always go as planned. Long story short, I couldn’t get any guarantees the space would be ready in time and that just wasn’t going to work. So now Maggie’s stuff and my reception are temporarily homeless. No biggie though….. I just have to find another amazingly cool industrial vintage space to party in, oh wait. F*ck. Well, I do live in a former booming “coal town” littered with ghosts of the era along our main streets and river. Mostly aging old estates, abandoned factories and one notable crumbling hotel that JFK once stayed in. We could just burst into any one of those beauties and “squat” the reception?! That could be fun, no? Maybe not.

I do have a few, more civil, options to consider. There’s an old Victorian house with a lovely wrap around porch, a room in an historic Masonic Temple thats now a cultural center, and my fall back…. an auction hall. Now the auction hall is big and free, and even a bit old and industrial….. but not exactly in the way I had envisioned. Although I’d imagine filling it with vintage loveliness would improve things immensely. The Victorian house is nice, in fact my Aunt and Uncle got hitched there some years ago and it was down right pleasing. However…… it is a house which means choppy and a bit smallish. As for the Masonic Temple, Its a very interesting building as you can imagine with loads of potential but I’ve yet to see the rooms in question, so more on that later I’m sure.

So here lay my crushed dreams of majestic pressed tin ceilings, slat wood flooring and turn of the century magic . RIP warehouse chic :(

And now the good news…………… my save-da-dates are raaahhhaddddical!!!! As I mentioned in the previous post I work for a toppity notchity stationery company by the name of Momental Designs, you can get familiar here. I let Kristy, the artist behind Momental (maah boss), have free reign to make some paper goods awesomeness. She didn’t disappoint. Taking rustic elements and my fondness for insect specimens she created an eclectic mix of rough cut wood and soft water color brush strokes. Feast your eyes……………………………….

The pattern was created from sketched beetles and moths, then a splash of water colors making each one a lil special :) Can you feel the special? The middle layer is an actual chunk of wood, which added a nice 3D effect, and can also double as a commemorative coaster. Better act now………… I have a feeling these things are going to be super collectable.

Now lets all just say a little prayer so that I don’t have to change the date. If anyone in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre PA area wants to let us use their living room for our reception space, that’d be cool…. thanks.

What was your wedding planning snafu?  And what are some of the craziest snafus you’ve heard?

xoxoxo, Jessica

Alison here again!  Jessica is one of our fabulous Real Bride Bloggistas, and she’s planning her Fall 2012 vintage wedding.  Jessica is the coolest, and if you dig her half as much as I do, you can also check her out over at The SoupChic on Facebook.

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  1. Wendy {Weswen Design} on April 5, 2012

    LOVE the STDs! Designer here, so of course I think they are gorgeous!

    And this wasn’t my wedding snafu, but just a crazy planning story: Several years ago, I was asked to be the MOH in my best friend’s wedding. It was a destination wedding in the Caribbean. Not even two weeks before the wedding day, I received an email (yep, no phone call or anything!) from my her saying she didn’t think I had the money to go to her wedding. All because I asked her if we were going to get pedicures before the wedding day, or if I should get my toes cute and prepped prior to my departure. Believe it or not, she took it upon herself to cancel my airline flight, my hotel reservation AND left this all in an email exclaiming she “hoped this didn’t ruin our friendship” OH, and I had just broken up with my boyfriend of nearly six years, and the icing on the cake was when she said she “wished we never broke up so I wouldn’t be at her wedding alone and she would have to worry about entertaining me” … some best friend. Oh yeah, and it DID ruin our friendship!

  2. Nicole on April 5, 2012

    ok heres our wedding snaffu. we had our reception at an art gallery/art space where artists create and display their work. the main gallery was where the band and the dancing and tables were and in the expansive hallway was the food and bar and cocktail tables and guest book. in my mind it sounded amazing. and i would fill it with lanterns and lights. when we picked it they said that the art in the gallery would change before our wedding date but they couldn’t tell us which exact pieces would be in there… you see where this is going… 2 days before the wedding we head to the reception site to drop off decor and such and the art has changed… to giant paintings of headless women in white dresses over flames. i do not lie. burning brides basically. it was the WORST. i briefly panicked and probably cried and then immediately called the chair rental company and was able to rent many many feet of black pipe and drape to cover all of the gallery walls. believe me it was not what i had in mind when we booked an art gallery but i couldn’t imagine being introduced to our reception and being overshadowed by the headless burning women on canvases of over 4 feet tall. crazy town.

  3. Kirsten on April 5, 2012

    We had a very small wedding so we had to find a place for the dinner. It’s actually very hard to find a private/semi-private space for just 20 people. We found a wonderful restaurant with a private room. We set the menu and all was good. Then I get an email – email seriously??? that due to the bad economy they had to close. For the love of pete. A month before the wedding we did end up finding an even better location, but man the stress was not worth it.

    Then I didn’t want to carry flowers but my sister and mom insisted on it (I had to pick my battles!). So I chose flowers. The florist my sister chose couldn’t get those flowers so they chose something else. I told her I could get the flowers from another florist but she didn’t want to offend her florist by pulling out, so we went with her florist and her flowers. SERIOUSLY?? I didn’t want flowers, you made me care and choose flowers and then you’re more concerned with your florists feelings than me getting the flowers I want at my wedding??? Yep, sounds about right.

    Another one was we had a large reception a few months after the wedding (another compromise to please my mom). The caterer we chose ended up being sued by the feds for hiring illegals. Fortunately the case didn’t go to court until after our reception, but again, stress I didn’t need!

    Shall I go on?!! LOL

  4. Alexis on April 5, 2012

    Check out Friedman Farms in Dallas, PA. It is a barn, so you may not be into the farm-esque feel but their weddings are gorgeous.

    Please do not break into the Hotel Sterling. Gross.

    The Lands at Hillside Farms has just renovated their onsite mansion and I know they hold weddings there.

    Are you from Wilkes-Barre? (I currently live in WB.)

  5. Alexis on April 5, 2012

    Ignore my previous comment. Obviously you live in the WB/S area, you’re the soupchic!! I used to stop by your stand at the Farmer’s Market when I worked downtown. Sooo good!

    Oh, and add the Stegmaier Mansion to my list of suggestions.

  6. Lena on April 5, 2012

    I think I mentioned a drink after your first post. I’m extending the offer again–in a big way. Keeping my fingers crossed that those beautiful save the dates don’t need an addendum!

  7. jessica on April 5, 2012

    Oh man guys………. I guess we have our problems huh?

    @Alexis Thanks for the kind words! btw, I’m at the Dallas market on Saturdays, just sayin :) Great suggestions, I would love to get down with any of them, however I have a non-existant budget. I looked into the barn and Hillside but to $$$$$, and I just called the Stegmaier Mansion and their max is 65-70 people, and I’m around 100, so boo. Keep um coming though!

    @Lena I think I’ll take you up on that now :)

  8. Pam@over50feeling40 on April 6, 2012

    All weddings have drama…it comes with the territory..unfortunately…

  9. La Bella Planners on April 10, 2012

    Hi Jessica,

    If you were already planning on bringing everything in with your vintage vendor…. what about an old castle type of venue? We had a client a couple of months ago who was interested in old castles and a barn house in PA and we did a ton of research.

    Just an idea…..hope it works out! :)

  10. Peacock wedding invitation on April 17, 2012

    That is just too bad. I just want to say that those save the date cards are awesome! Unique, eye-catching and out of the box. I love looking at different designs and that is just one great piece of save the date card. By the way, I’d go with the Victorian house. Hope it works out for you. Cheers!

  11. trisha on May 2, 2012

    My wedding snafu? How about the presidential summit (all the presidents/ world leaders of the world) getting together and ruining our honeymoon and hopefully not our wedding too? Apparently Obama is staying at the hotel we are getting married at and while he won’t be arriving till the day we now have to leave, secret service will be in full effect for our entire wedding!

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