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  • Broken er no?

    Posted by Katie

    Well it is officially- we have no room in our apartment.  We are being overrun by wedding presents.  Granted it is a pretty awesome problem to have....but I may have broken some toes on one gift.  The same gift that my husband jammed his knee on a day later :)  Anyways, long story short- I woke up in the middle of the night to rain.  I thought I left my window open.  I ran to the front door with the lights off, as I was running, this picnic table got in my way.  Pain ensued.  I am now limping and can barely put a shoe on.  After doing some online research I self diagnosed they are broken.  Maino doesn't believe me.  I also learned that their is nothing you can do for broken toes...just tape those bad boys together and wince through it.  So Maino wanted you guys to weigh in.  Broken, er no?

     

    the broken toe..(s) FYI- I am not spreading my toes.  This is now how they sit.bh

    the healthy foot above- just so you can compare. 

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    and finally- the culprit.  The reason I broke my toe.  I had many choice names for it when it happened.

  • Paperwork

    Posted by Katie

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    Sooo the process of my name change is done...I think.  The amount of paperwork they have you do to change your name is kind of ridiculous.  I just remember doing it and thinking the entire time this is some sick joke, right?  I mean really, why don't the men have to do this?  Let's be honest- it is the women who do most of the wedding planning, so when the wedding was over I was able to breathe a sigh of relief thinking, wow my life will not be ever consumed with running errands and doing putzy things.  Oh wait, then I had to go sit at the DMV all afternoon.  Or run for the third time in a month to the courthouse to pick up copies of our marriage license.  Or spend an afternoon in the social security office to get a new social security card.  Although I think my personal favorite was dealing with the insurance companies while trying to get on my husbands insurance plan.  I had asked Murphy, if you have a normal job how do you do this stuff?  Luckily I have the luxury of having my afternoons off, which meant I didn't have an issue dealing with the government offices being closed, but seriously if you work a 9-5 job, how do you accomplish this without having to take a vacation day???  Next step- banking.  The emails asking if we have cashed the wedding checks have begun to pile up.  Something people don't seem to remember is you can't cash these checks until the name change is complete considering they are made out to you in your new name.  Aaaand since my husband is one of these people who works a normal hour job, being able to head to the bank together within its hours of business is a task all on its own.  So new brides word to the wise.  Open a bank account together before the wedding.  So you can send one of you to cash the checks!  Oh yeah, and guests- I know the nostalgia of writing out a check to the bride in her new name is super fun and cute (and I loved seeing it) but if you would like it cashed at a decent time, write the check to the groom, or in the brides maiden name.  Just a few words of advice :)

  • Another money saver!

    Posted by Katie

    I have had a lot of people asking me about my cake!  Well here is a little tidbit on a money saver.  I found this quite idea to to do cupcakes, but have the cupcakes look like flowers.  We put the cupcakes in a flower pot and it served as the cake AND the centerpieces...saves us another few hundred bucks!  Anyways we got to have a bunch of different flavors in the bouquet of cupcakes (flavors like creamsicle, red velvet, almond, etc) AND they were the hit of the night!  Everyone was talking about them!  They turned out so cute and tasted FANTASTIC!  Here are some pics, but seriously the pictures do not do them justice!  Our cake lady, Sugar Mama, was amazing!!!!  Email me if you would like her info!

     

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  • Unsolicited Wedding Advice....

    Posted by Katie

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    When I had originally started this blog, I thought wow, how great, I will have a diary of what the wedding planning process was like.  Little did I know you guys would end up helping me plan my wedding!  And I am so thankful for that!  I got so many great tips from you guys!  So I decided I want to help pay it forward.  A week after my wedding my sister asked me if I could go back and change anything about the day would I?  I said yes, but only to two things.

    One I would have changed the time of my hair appointment.  I did something that one of my bridesmaids did at her wedding.  Instead of having all of my girls go out to a salon, I brought the salon to us.  Thankfully the girl who does my hair has become a very good friend of mine and agreed to do this.  She brought a friend with her and they knocked on my door at 8:30 am ready to get us all prettied up.  She had originally suggested 8 am.  I said no, one of the reasons I wanted to do it the way we did it was so no one would have to get up super early.  So that people could just come in in their pajamas, grab a mimosa, listen to my Justin Bieber wedding day mix and chat.  Well- that 30 extra minutes would have been a huge help.  It would have prevented the hotel room calling us every 15 minutes starting at 11 asking when we were going to be out of the room.  It would have accounted for the 15 minutes we spent convinving my 3 year old niece that my friend Erin also does all of the Disney princesses hair so she shouldn't be scared of a curling iron.  I would not have had to stress out every time it was someone elses turn to get their hair done and a bridesmaid was missing.  Essentially it was the only thing on the day of the wedding that stressed me out.  It was also the only time I let it show. 

    The other thing I would have changed was the time of the wedding.  We had a 3 oclock wedding.  The reason we did a late wedding is because we had a Friday wedding and we wanted to give people the opportunity to come to the ceremony, and we thought hey if they only have to leave work an hour or two early it would be more likely they would come.  Well- the church was packed!  It made me realize you know what this church is jammed with people who love us.  These people would still be here if the ceremony was at 2 or 3...and if we would have had that extra hour I wouldn't have rushed the pictures.  I was so worried about having my wedding party sitting around bored that I was like ok lets get these pictures done...because of this it made the whole afternoon seem rushed. 

    Other than that I don't see myself changing much.  And if those are my only two things- WOW.  I am lucky!  And again a lot of it is thanks to you..I also wanted to pass on some more advice.  I received an email from a friend this morning about wedding photographers.  She wanted to know if what I paid was comprable to what she was getting quoted.  Here was my advice to her...

    Wedding photographer was one of the hardest things I had to figure out.  I knew who I wanted and what I wanted, I just didn't want to pay that amount.  When you only plan a wedding once, it is hard to compare prices.  I could talk to my friends and sisters, but unless they were married in the last year- the prices are soo different...and trust me when you see that price it is going to shock you.  I kept going back and forth because I knew the photographer I was picking was giving me a heck of a deal, but in hindsight I was thinking, ok how many pictures are we actually going to put up on the wall- 2, 3 tops?  And once we have kids, will those pictures get taken down to be replaced by them?  My sister in law did give me a piece of advice, if she could do her wedding all over again, that is the one thing she would have spent more money on.  Her photographer.  So I weighed the pros and cons, and booked who I wanted.  Let me tell you- I am so glad I did.  Our pictures turned out phenomonal...and I haven't even seen all of them yet.  My suggestion to her was do your research.  When you start looking up prices and checking out the websites you will be able to pinpoint why some photographers are so cheap and some are so expensive.  You will also see that some are ridiculously expensive and the price you have been quoted is actually quite reasonable.  I think my favorite part about our photographer is she is someone I am hoping to photograph us throughout our entire journey.  She did our engagement pictures, she did our wedding pictures, and I want her to do our family pictures when we accomplish that next step.  To think that the same person will be documenting such important parts in your life, and you want them to be a part of that, is a major compliment. 

    So now I open it to you guys...do you have any other questions about the wedding planning process?  FYI- I was a cheapo bride.  So bring it :)

  • Wedding Bell Blues

    Posted by Katie

    Well...I knew this was gonna happen, but it isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.  It is funny, you spend an entire year of your life worrying and planning one day and then it is gone!  You get home, unwrap the gifts, look at each other and think now what?  It is funny, I don't like going on facebook to look at pictures or videos of the day because I have this image in my head of how things were that day, and I don't want anyone or anything to tell my differently.  A friend of mine posted a video of our last dance and it is not at all what I thought it was.  I remember thinking it was soo cool.  And when you watch the video it was like oh well, that was nice.

    It also seems like now that the wedding is done, here comes the not so fun stuff.  To be honest with you opening the gifts was incredibly overwhelming.  I think it was because I knew for every gift that was opened, I have to keep track of it until the thank you is sent.  By they way, how long do I have for thank yous?  I have been anxious because I really want to get started on them, but I wanted to use some wedding pictures in the thank yous, so just have to wait to get those back from the photographer.  Is it rude that I haven't started on them yet?  Everytime I see someone from the wedding I feel like I need to explain why they haven't received their thank you yet.

    And on to the next detail.  Name change.  I don't even know where to start?!?!?!  Will I recieve my marriage license in the mail, or do I go and ask for a copy?  And once I get it, then what?  I tried to look online and I found a kit you could buy...and that I thought was ridiculous.  So I will continue my search.  While I am here, here is a picture from the big day.  Our photographer was fantastic!!!  Hope you guys like it!

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  • The Honeymooners

    Posted by Katie

    So I know what some of you are thinking, what the heck, I thought Katie said she was heading the Dells for her honeymoon...well nope, not the case.  I had to keep a secret forever and I surprised my husband with a honeymoon to Mexico.  Thank you so much Fox World travel- I couldn't have done this without you!  Michael was shocked!  It was perfect!!!

     

    Here is how I pulled it off..

     

     I secretly ran over to Fox World Travel one day while Diesel was at work to go over what I was looking for in a honeymoon, budget, etc. with mytravel agent Michelle.  We opted for a nice 4 star, active resort.  I went All-Inclusive OF COURSE and decided on Riviera Maya.  They seemed to have the most nonstop flight options from Milwaukee to Cancun and its Fox World Travel’s most popular destination, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong.

     

    I knew it was spring break season, but I really didn’t want to break the bank after all we forked out for the wedding.  But I also knew we wanted something memorable and worth the value we were going to spend.  Since I actually booked early enough last summer (yes I’ve been in holding in this secret that long!), Michelle worked her magic and we ended up comparing companies and found us a great deal even in peak spring break season at the Iberostar Paraiso Beach Resort.  We booked a Funjet Vacations package that includes everything.  The hotel room, nonstop flights, and even the transfers are taken care of when we get into Cancun.  While the Iberostar is not a couple’s only resort, we knew we couldn’t go wrong.  Iberostars are popular and this resort complex is HUGE with a few different resorts all in the area.  We’re talking a ton of swimming pools, two swim-up bars, a large beach (with a bar right out there), buffets, restaurants, junior suites, a star wars themed disco… you can’t go wrong!  Did I mention it’s all the food and drinks you want - PURE BLISS!  Michelle did mention that there are golf carts to take you back and forth throughout the resort, but I’m thinking that after a trip to the buffet and few Mai Tais and Miami Vices, I’ll welcome the walk!

    The trip was fantastic!!!  We did swimming with the dolphins, went into town, ate until we couldn't eat anymore!!!  I will start posting pictures soon :)  I can't wait to show you the dolphin swim pictures!

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    Greetings from the Beautiful Riviera Maya from the Schurks!

     

  • We are back!

    Posted by Katie

    So I know what some of you are thinking, what the heck, I thought Katie said she was heading the Dells for her honeymoon...well nope, not the case.  I had to keep a secret forever and I surprised my husband with a honeymoon to Mexico.  Thank you so much Fox World travel- I couldn't have done this without you!  Michael was shocked!  It was perfect!!!

     

    Here is how I pulled it off..

     

     I secretly ran over to Fox World Travel one day while Diesel was at work to go over what I was looking for in a honeymoon, budget, etc. with mytravel agent Michelle.  We opted for a nice 4 star, active resort.  I went All-Inclusive OF COURSE and decided on Riviera Maya.  They seemed to have the most nonstop flight options from Milwaukee to Cancun and its Fox World Travel’s most popular destination, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong.

     

    I knew it was spring break season, but I really didn’t want to break the bank after all we forked out for the wedding.  But I also knew we wanted something memorable and worth the value we were going to spend.  Since I actually booked early enough last summer (yes I’ve been in holding in this secret that long!), Michelle worked her magic and we ended up comparing companies and found us a great deal even in peak spring break season at the Iberostar Paraiso Beach Resort.  We booked a Funjet Vacations package that includes everything.  The hotel room, nonstop flights, and even the transfers are taken care of when we get into Cancun.  While the Iberostar is not a couple’s only resort, we knew we couldn’t go wrong.  Iberostars are popular and this resort complex is HUGE with a few different resorts all in the area.  We’re talking a ton of swimming pools, two swim-up bars, a large beach (with a bar right out there), buffets, restaurants, junior suites, a star wars themed disco… you can’t go wrong!  Did I mention it’s all the food and drinks you want - PURE BLISS!  Michelle did mention that there are golf carts to take you back and forth throughout the resort, but I’m thinking that after a trip to the buffet and few Mai Tais and Miami Vices, I’ll welcome the walk!

    The trip was fantastic!!!  We did swimming with the dolphins, went into town, ate until we couldn't eat anymore!!!  I will start posting pictures soon :)  I can't wait to show you the dolphin swim pictures!

    beach

    Greetings from the Beautiful Riviera Maya from the Schurks!

     

  • 3 days!

    Posted by Katie

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    3 days and their are so many things I feel like we still have to do, but yet we get home at night and say, now what?  It is frustrating!

    I have been having last minute nerves, but NOTHING to do with the actual marriage.  I am concerned about the day.  It is so ridiculous.  I have had stomachaces over it, and sleep just doesn't seem to be an option for the last few days.

    I get worried about timing...will everyone be on time?  Will anyone actually dance at our wedding?  Will the food be good?  Did we order too much beer?  Did we not order enough beer?  Is everyone going to show up, or are 30 people going to bail at the last minute, after the meals were already paid for?  It is things that I can not control, and I think that is why I am so anxious! 

    Once I make it to Thursday and I am getting my pedicure I will be good to go! 

  • A sign of Good Luck?

    Posted by Katie

    Our good buddy Pete Petoniak of Fox 11 made this for me yesterday and will be updating it.  How awesome is he?  This is so sweet!

    As for the rain I am ok with it :)  Supposedly showers bring good luck, (whatever) and I am kinda hoping for a really cute photo opportunity with umbrellas.

    Thanks again Pete- you are the best!

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  • Lightning Jones!

    Posted by Katie

    Tamika Jones (you know, James Jones wife) texted me this picture of Little James, who we like to call Lightning.  How adorable is he???  He is getting so big!!!  Don't you just want to squish his cheeks???

                                                lightning

  • Marriage License

    Posted by Katie

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    Well we did it!  We went and got our marriage last night...it is getting so much closer.  I can not believe it is only 10 days away!  Yowza!

    Here are some tips for getting your license. 

    1. Do your research.  You can find everything you need to know online.  Every county has different criteria.  Every county charges differently.

    2. Have everything required AND more.  If they want one utility bill...bring three.  You do not want to risk having to go back home.  It is a pain in the butt.  Michael had to get out of work early to do this- we couldn't risk having to go back.

    3. Check the hours.  Outagamie County Courthouse is open until 4:30 pm, but stop processing marriage licenses at 4:00 pm.  Again, we would have been up a creek if we hadn't looked this up, especially since we were cutting it close by walking in at 3:55 pm. :)

    4. Cash or check only.  They do not take credit cards.  They do not take debit cards.  No exceptions.

    5.  Get it at least a week in advance-if not they will charge you an additional fee.  With the amount of money you are shelling out for the wedding, the littlest bit helps!

  • Really Maino?

    Posted by Katie

    Add this woman on to the list that Maino thinks is incredibly good looking.  This is Lisa Robin Kelly.  She played Laurie Foreman on That 70's Show.  Obviously she has had a succesful post career after the show was canceled.

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