Reception stuff

Also, here’s a wedding post for you!

I spent the day working on wedding things. Why? Because I didn’t want to study or do research for moving costs and budgeting. Oh yeah, we’re moving! But anyhow, I spent the day messing with the wedding.

First I was trying to find a template for mini cupcake wrappers. Um, what, Becca? This is what I’m talking about, but of course in our colors and style.

Then I was looking for cupcake tower plates, platters, and cake boards. I wasn’t sure if I’d make a true tower or just have a bunch of funky platters with tons of mini cupcakes on them. I checked etsy, ebay, Oriental Trading, Amazon, and finally did a search and found the site I’ll be buying the Styrofoam pieces from: The Baker’s Kitchen.

In the end, I decided to get a 10″ board and a 14″ board for the cupcakes and a fun plate for the 6″ cake. Assuming each cupcake will take up a 2″ block, I can fit 25 on the 10″ board and 40 on the 14″ board. Oh, there will be a 6″ wide x 4″ tall column hooking the 2 together and taking up 9 2″ spots. Yes, I am anal retentive about all this. 🙂

I also found some little orange and blue dessert plates on Oriental Trading for like $3 for 18 plates. So 2 packs will (hopefully) cover everyone!


Photo Shoot, Cupcakes, & Favors

After a few emails back and forth, I finally got to speak to Jessie this morning about our Vegas photo shoot that we won with Emeric Photography. I am ridiculously excited about it! We (and by that I mean “I”) decided on October 12th so whoever is in Vegas for the wedding can join Steve, Cathy, Dan and myself on a trip out to the Grand Canyon on the 11th. Jessie suggested a just-before-sundown shoot, around 5pm, for optimum lighting. As the professional, I’m totally deferring to her on that one! I’d given a list of places I really wanted to go for the shoot and she agreed with me on 2 of them: The Neon Boneyard and the Fremont Street Area (Google images pics). My other options are a Strip tour (hitting all the major hotels and taking pictures as we wander about) or Red Rock Canyon (but we’ll need to decide if outdoorsy is what we want). She is going to check on the pricing to do a shoot in the Neon Boneyard (facebook link) as that’s completely my first choice.

The “down side” to this is that hair and make-up can potentially take 2-3 hours. Now, I am not a make-up person and usually wear minimal to work when I even put it on. My updo from Kim’s wedding took about 30 minutes because it was very detailed and completely up. I am going to find some picture to send to Amelia C for both my hair and make-up… and of course pictures of me. I did friend her on facebook, so she’s got those hundreds of pictures to look at of us. 🙂

I emailed my wonderful bakery Thursday evening as I was thinking about our budget. I asked the price of 3 dozen regular cupcakes, 3 dozen mini cupcakes, and a 6″ cake similar to the picture but in deep blue with “Congrats Becca & Steve” written on it.

I got this back yesterday:
Cupcakes are $29 per dozen
Minis are $1 each ($12 per dozen)
6-inch cake is $20

Maybe we’ll forego the regular cupcakes and just get a ton of mini’s and the 6″ cake; or maybe a dozen regular cupcakes for throughout the week and 4-5 dozen mini’s and the 6″. What do you think?

Source: my InDesign talents!

This afternoon I started working on favor items, namely the logo for the favors.  I also order a tote bag and t-shirt from VistaPrint with the logo on it so I can see what they look like.  For both plus shipping, it cost just over $8.  Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE VistaPrint??  Ordering 1 bag per guest unit (not person) I figure it’ll break down to about $5-6 per bag.  These’ll be favor bags or welcome bags or whatever you want to call them.  I doubt I’ll do the shirts for the guests, but I wanted one! LOL  Yes, there will be a post when they arrive. 🙂

So, what d’ya think?


Wedding Update

Hi! *waves*

Here’s the latest happs in our wedding world…

Ketubah: I’ve been conversing with the very talented Amanda of SwoonOverIt over writing the text for our ketubah. Steve will be drawing the artwork. We’ve been talking about different ideas for the artwork. These days I’m thinking a mosaic/ collage of us things.. still working on it. Right now I’ve decided on 12×12 paper and found a great deal at for a 50 pack for $12.99. I’ll post examples eventually. I sent a bunch to Amanda for text placement, but I’m not really in love with the designs.  But, promise, examples soon!

Hotels: I’ve been checking out a bunch of hotels on the Strip.  It seems like the prices change so much from week to week depending on when I check. It would also appear that we’re hitting October 2010 within the next few weeks! 

Cupcakes: definitely doing the cupcake tower from Retro Bakery. My only thought now is making the tower myself instead of buying the one from them for $15. It’s just a few cake plates, cardboard or Styrofoam, that I could decorate and assemble in Vegas. Who knows?  Like I need another DIY project, right?

I totally started knitting my veil last week. I’m up to about row 27 out of like 130

Ok, I think that’s enough for know. Yes?


Cakery and my Family

I think I found a cake bakery. Well, potentially 2. Oddly enough, one of them is Albertson’s which is directly on the strip right in the middle of everything. As in, we could walk there and not pay delivery fees. The other one quoted me $75. I have to actually contact Albertson’s and see if they can remake the cake I like.

Ok, so a totally different subject: My family.

Some of you know the story about my family and our wedding. If we don’t have it in Miami, none of them can attend. If we have it in Miami, we can’t afford it. If we have it in Miami, we will not have less than 50 guests. I’m not even talking about friends; that’s my family only. They all live in south Florida.

It’s purely a financial reason that they can’t attend. But no way am I going into details here. For similar reasons, we cannot afford thousands of dollars for getting married there. Between the rabbi, the food, the tent, table, chairs, places settings, etc etc etc. I don’t care how cheap everything will be for an intimate family wedding; it’s still times a minimum of 50 people!

After much deliberation, a few date changes, and my suggestion, we chose Vegas. Jodie suggested SLVW as she and her husband used them for their wedding last year and said they did a great job. I contacted SLVW multiple times and finally worked things out. And my baby brother and his girlfriend (both of whom I adore!) will be in attendance. If I decided to walk down the proverbial aisle, he will be the one to escort me.

Our wedding will cost $399 plus $60 for the marriage license. (It’s package 2, but the price was recently increased.) When I say wedding, I mean photography, ceremony, video, flowers, limo transportation, and music. We have to pick the location for the 2 picture locations, one of which will be the ceremony location. At the moment I’m thinking our hotel room and the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. But that could easily change.

Other expenses for any location are the cake, the ketubah (which we can hopefully afford), and plane/ hotel expenses. Our total budget is $1500 for Vegas. $399 (everything) + $60 (license) + tips for photographer, limo driver and reverend are gone already. They’re fixed costs. The variable costs right now are our hotel and airfare. I’m estimating/ hoping to get us there and home, for 4 nights, for about $800. But we’ll see. Orbitz, Expedia, etc don’t even opening bookings for October 2010 until around November. Grrr.

By the way, we are exactly 1 year and 1 week away from being husband and wife!

Just thought I’d throw that out there. <3


Wedding Cake Blues

I love this cake. I love the look and feel of it. It’s simple and elegant and just perfect. (Well, without the sprig on top of it, that is.) If i were to have this cake for our wedding, it would be a lighter blue color. and with our own cake topper on it.

I’ve been in contact with a few bakeries in Las Vegas for cake quotes. Namely Retro Bakery, Amatos Bakery, Freed’s Bakery, and a few others.

My biggest problem is the word “wedding” – as soon as i mention it, prices double or even triple. Yes, the wedding industry is lucrative, but i am on a ridiculously tiny budget! With my MBA graduation in May, Steve’s beginning grad school in August (hopefully) and a move somewhere in there, we just don’t have extra money to spare. It’s getting frustrating.

I asked for grocery stores and yummy cake bakeries on Twitter and got a few names. The question will be… do I really trust ordering a cake from across the country without tasting it? And do we really need a cake? Can’t we just have dessert at a restaurant after the ceremony?