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I had customized matchbooks made by foryourparty.com and they are out for delivery today! Woohoo! Here’s the proof they sent me. the matchbook will be ivory and the ink color is black. I’ll post a pick once I get them today. Oh, and I also purchase the supplies for our aisle runner. Starting on that tomorrow, that should be fun. LOL

So I’ve decided to take on the task of a DIY aisle runner. Fairly easy to make if you have the patience, which I do.

This will be my third DIY project to date. My first was my save the date inserts. I love how those came out. My second (which is in progress) is our wedding invitations. I’m making six a week in order to get them out in time. Fun Fun.

Here’s what I’m going to do. I was going to have one made for me, but why pay the money when I can just make it myself? Right? Right. I’m going to buy a fabric runner from A.C. Moore (with my 40% off coupon!), along with some black acrylic paint and brushes. That shouldn’t run more than $25-$30. I have to go to Kinkos first to ask them to blow up my monogram to 28″ wide. That will cost about $3. I think I’m also going to paint “…and they lived happily ever after” on the runner too. We’ll see. Anyway, once I have the monogram blown up, I can then roll out runner, place the blown up monogram underneath and start to trace with a mechanical pencil. Once traced, I’ll remove the blown up mongram from behind the runner and replace it with wax paper so the acrylic paint won’t bleed through stick to the surface. Let dry, and voila! A beautiful DIY aisle runner.

I’ll post pics once I’m done. I’m going to start on this project next weekend. I have one of my best friend’s wedding this weekend so I’ll start after that. Heeeee I can’t wait. I love crafts.

photo courtesy of http://www.chapelrunners.com

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We decided to register two weeks ago at Bed Bath & Beyond and at Macy’s. Geez, there is a lot of stuff you have to put on that registry. We spent about 3-4 hours in the actual store and then I spent the whole next day adding stuff online. Fun, but exhausting at the same time. 😉 After a few hours at the store we just couldn’t do it anymore. I love to shop and I was just done after a few hours. I couldn’t look at anymore pots and towels and dishes and on and on and on.

We still have to put our bedding on the list. There are so many options to chose from. Ahhhh! Can make a person crazy!

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I came across this really interesting article written by Ylonda Gault Caviness of Redbook Magazine. 8 Things No One Tells You About Marriage. It’s a pretty lengthy article, but a good one. Here are the 8 topics.

1. You will look at the person lying next to you and wonder, Is this it? Forever?

2. You’ll work harder than you ever imagined.

3. You will sometimes go to bed mad (and maybe even wake up madder).

4. You will go without sex — sometimes for a long time — and that’s okay.

5. Getting your way is usually not as important as finding a way to work together.

6. A great marriage doesn’t mean no conflict; it simply means a couple keeps trying to get it right.

7. You’ll realize that you can only change yourself.

8. As you face your fears and insecurities, you will find out what you’re really made of.

We went over a few of these topics at pre-cana and they really do make sense. I thought pre-cana was going to be a long boring two days, but they weren’t. We actually really related to our team counselor couple and really came away some good advice.

In my opinion this is a good read not just for engaged couples, but for couples already married too.

Happy reading! 🙂