Archive for July, 2011


People keep saying that the photographer is the most important decision that you will make for your wedding because your pictures will last a lifetime. Well, I agree that we want nice pictures, but does it have to cost so much? After looking at a few dozen photographer’s websites, I realized that I didn’t need my eyes checked, everyone’s prices really are ridiculous.

Another issue that I was running into was the amount of time that photographers agreed to for their package price. It seemed like many of them only gave a 5 hour time block. 5 hours would be plenty of time, if you were only taking the pictures. But, you have to consider all of the locations and events during the day that you want captured. There is the getting ready, bridal party shots at a few locations, the ceremony, family pictures and the reception! It really is a whole day affair.

I think I have found a reasonably priced photographer with all of the package amenities that we want. His price is actually for an 8 hour block! ¬†Hopefully we can meet with him during our next trip to Minnesota and make our final decision. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he has a strong portfolio and meshes with our personalities, I don’t want to have to bother to research more people and meet with them.

Here is his website:



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It looks like we have gotten through the early stages of our first decisions. I was at a used bookstore on my lunch break and picked up a book with DIY wedding invitation ideas. I had a good time browsing through the book, but most of my time was spent wondering why anyone would choose a fish themed for their invitations. I understand if you are doing a wedding near the water, but have a blue theme or boats or water, not actual fish.

Anyway, I found a style that seemed unique enough without being crazy. It’s a vertical, tri-fold invite. The folded sides will each be cut into 2 half circles and overlap each other when folded. We should be able to print the main information and attach that to the middle section so it is the first thing that you see when you open up the invite. For the rsvp card and other to-be-included information, my thought right now is to creat some sort of pocket either inside one of the flaps or on the back of the invite to nestle everything in.

We have chosen pink and gold for our wedding colors. We are both open to the invitations being gold, but I want to see what shade options are in the paper world before committing to that.

The plan is to make these invitations ourselves. By that, I mean myself, my mom and sisters. Both of my sisters that are married had homemade invitations, so I know it is do-able.

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