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:




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.


Hello and Welcome to the AKGolducci Blog!

My plan is to use this space to share details, stories and ideas for our wedding. I hope to share how our planning is going and what kind of decisions we are making for our big day!

Our first few decisions have been made. We have set the date for June 16, 2012. I was able to convince Alex that Minnesota would be a great place for our wedding and have promised that June in Minnesota will provide at least decent weather (but hopefully it will turn out to be much nicer than decent!)

When we started talking about what kind of setting we wanted for our day, Alex shared that he wanted some sort of beach or water scene. Well, lucky for us, Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes! I convinced him to check out Como Lake in St. Paul and we both fell in love with the location on our first visit. We plan to have our ceremony at Black Bear Crossing on the Lake (aka Como Pavilion) and will host our reception just a few minutes away at the Como Zoo and Conservatory.

We have started to research a few other options including; photographers, DJ’s, and officiants. I hope to have some more info on some of those choices soon!