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  • 80!

    Posted by Katie



    We are getting down to the wire...we are at 80 days!!  I just put in my vacation request for the  wedding, making it even more official :)  I have started having the wedding nightmares that everyone has been telling me about- wow talk about anxiety.  It is always about stupid stuff too, like I forgot to brush my hair, or the bus didn't show up.  It was nothing detrimental, but it still really makes you wake up feeling anxious, and like, holy crap, there is still so much to do.

    The Checklist:

    1. get on those counseling sessions with Father Dave.

    2. Party Bus, or no party bus...jury is still out.

    3. dress fitting

    4. Get Michael fitted for his tux, make sure the other groomsmen/ushers have gotten fitted as well.

    5. Wedding bands...figure out how to pay for wedding bands :)

    6. Groomsmen gifts...yep still figuring those out.

    7. Kid attendants gifts.

    8. hair trial.

    9. Music for the ceremony.  I still don't quite understand this one.  Do I need to find someone to be the cantor for a catholic ceremony?

    10. Readings for the ceremony...hoping Father Dave will help us with that one :)

    11. Have a meeting with the florist, dj, reception hall...

    So the next time Michael asks me what it is we have to do before the wedding, I will refer him to this blog. :)


  • Walking down the Aisle!

    Posted by Katie

    Yep, you bet your butt this is what I will be walking down the aisle in!  Had to break in these bad boys today!  I think it is one of my most favorite Christmas gifts this year!  (thanks to the in laws!)


  • Things to never say to your bridesmaids!

    Posted by Katie

    I saw these rules on theknot.com....I agree wholeheartedly with them!  Some of these are ridiculous!

    1.I'm thinking weekend in Vegas for my bachelorette!

    -seriously?  I know it sounds like an AWESOMELY fun time, but come on, how much more dough do these poor girls have to spend???

    2. My wedding, my wedding, my wedding. How are y-- wait, that reminds me of another thing...about my wedding.

    -The world doesn't revolve around you.  While you are busy planning a wedding, they are busy planning something just as important- their lives.  I feel super uncomfortable talking about my wedding because some people genuinely want to hear about it, while others are just asking to be polite.  There is a fine line between these two types of people, and it is a very hard line to read....so you know, I just blog about it :)

    3. Surprise! I just picked out your (crazy-expensive) bridesmaid dress. Now all you have to do is pay for it.

    -Again- how much do these girls gotta spend?  I think everyone realizes bridesmaid dresses aren't cheap, but I guarantee the girls will appreciate you being cost conscious when picking out the dresses, and if you let them have a say in the price, even better.

    4. Make sure you don't look too good. I don't want you upstaging me.

    -This statement just makes me sick.

    5.Let's all get tans/Botox/personal trainers before the wedding.

    -Trust me- these girls know their flaws.  They know how to be pretty.  They don't need you pointing them out.  They also know what they want to pay for and what they don't want to.  Trust that they will do everything they can to make sure they are pretty for your big day.

    6.Here's my wedding guest list of 100+; please invite them all to the shower you throw me.

    -It is not my bridesmaids jobs to pay for my third aunt to have a nice brunch. 

    7.Next six Saturdays: wedding factory at my place. Mandatory attendance, BT-dubs.

    -yes I would like one Saturday with my bridesmaids to help with stuff, heck that is kind of why I asked them to be bridesmaids, I can't do it by myself.  BUT I am only allowing myself one Saturday.

    8.I know you're a double D, but I'm loving this sheer, backless bridesmaid dress.

    - you want your bridesmaids to feel pretty, don't you?

    9. It's MY day!

    Plain and simple- stop being obnoxious!

  • Merry Christmas Everyone!

    Posted by Katie

    Merry Christmas Everyone!  Here is a picture of our presents from our homemade gift exchange! 

    Katie made coasters and cinammon butter (similar to the butter at Texas Roadhouse)

    Murphy made a bottle of Baileys for us

    Maino made the birdhouses.


    Merry Christmas!



  • Bursting with Christmas Spirit

    Posted by Katie

    People ask why I love Mariah Carey All I want for Christmas is you so much?  I can't put it in to words.  It is a fantastic song!  You can't hear it and be angry?!?!  I don't know how to put it into words, but I can say- this guy does it.  This video is a guy dancing around the mall to the song.  Everytime this song plays, this is what I want to do...this is how my heart feels :)  Merry Christmas friends!

  • Something Old...

    Posted by Katie



    (Grandpa and Me- yep, he was as funny as he was funny looking :))

    So the tradition of something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue is I guess a big deal at the wedding.  I of course have the something new as my dress...I just now have to figure out the something old, something borrowed, something blue.  My sister had a fantastic idea for my something old.  She asked if I could incorporate just one person in my wedding who couldn't be there, who would I choose?  I said my Grandpa Marx. 

     I feel awful that I can't have any of my grandparents there, but the one that bugs me the most is him.  To be honest, he was just my favorite.  He passed away when I was 16, so luckily I got 16 years of some of my favorite memories with him.  I would like to think I got my sense of humor from him.  He was the man who gave me my first sip of beer- yep, right in the middle of Chuck E Cheese because I had the hiccups.  Beer will always cure hiccups according to Al.  He instilled in me my love of sports, encouraging me to be a tomboy.  Unfortunately he was a huge Cubbies fan, but, he taught me to be passionate about my sports teams.  Every morning when we would wake up and come downstairs for breakfast he would sing the Miss America Theme song....and follow it up with Good Morning Sunshine.  He never passed up the opportunity to tell us he loved us and how important and beautiful we were.  He taught me how to ride my bike.  He taught me how to tell a joke.  Most importantly he taught me how to take a joke.

    Anyways, my sister brought up the idea of getting my Grandpa's wedding ring and putting it in my bouquet.  I LOVE this idea!  Especially because I have so much respect for this man and his marriage.  He and my Grandmother were hopelessly in love with each other until the days they died...and spent every day together letting each other know it.  If my marriage to Michael can even be a quarter of what their marriage was, I will consider our marriage a success.

    Do you have any other suggestions for the something old, borrowed and blue?

  • Tuxes

    Posted by Katie


    Well after much begging, Michael finally came with me to finalize our tuxes!  I had went a few weeks prior with one of my maids of honor to put together the look.  All he needed to do was come with me and say ok, this is what I like, you got it right, good job.  That took weeks of coercing, but he is happy with the final product.

    We headed over to DuBois and they were fantastic.  They were easy to work with, and totally helpful.  What I appreciated the most was their honest opinion.  Our colors are black and pink and I didn't want to go overboard on the pink.  I didn't want pink vests, but I am a little concerned with so much black.  I don't want it to look like a funeral.  They totally talked me into the all black, shirt included, and I am so glad we did.  It looks AWESOME!

    Another thing I loved is the number of locations.  We have groomsmen all over, and their is a DuBois in ever city we need.  It made things so much easier before we went into the store.  I had a good idea also of what I wanted after checking out their website, and it helped me and the salespeople.  So just check another item off of our wedding checklist!

  • Seating Chart

    Posted by Katie


    I have been spending a lot of my days wasting a ton of time on Pinterest.  If you don't know what it is- check it out.  Super fun!  Anyways, I have been finding a lot of fun wedding ideas on it.  I know a lot of people do a seating chart at their weddings, but to be honest with you, I don't want the hassle.  I don't want to have to try to mesh people's personalities.  I know it is a bummer when you don't really know anyone else at the wedding, but in my eyes, those are the weddings I make sure I get to early to claim my seat.  That way people intruded on "my" table, I am not intruding on "theirs." (I know, so petty, but I am being honest!)

    We are doing a seating chart for family of course, but I found this on pinterest.  We are going to have place cards, so people can save their seats, but this sign will be put amongst the middle of the place cards.

    By the way- anyone have any cute ideas for place cards?  And what are you supposed to do if you don't know the name of the guest's guest?  Do you just make a place card that says "Guest of Katie Marx?"

  • Questions, Questions, and More Questions...

    Posted by Katie

    As you can tell from reading my blog, I have a ton of questions!  So I sent some questions over to Fox World Travel and they were MORE than helpful!

    So now that I have my honeymoon booked with Fox World Travel, I realized I better start thinking about my passport!


    I had a few questions about passports, so I emailed Michele, my travel agent. She was so helpful! I sent her some questions and here are her responses:


    Q:           Do I have to update my current passport with my new married name before going on my honeymoon?


    A:            It depends. You can’t update your passport until you are actually married and have proof of a name change (i.e. marriage certificate). So, you can choose to get a new passport if you have time between your wedding and honeymoon (processing times vary depending on the time of the year: http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/processing/processing_1740.html).


    Usually, we advise brides NOT to change their passport before their honeymoon (if they are traveling relatively close to their wedding. When we book international honeymoons for couples who are leaving soon after their wedding, we typically make the bride’s reservation in her maiden name. That way, the bride does not need to update her passport until after the honeymoon.


    More information on passport name changes can be found here: http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/correcting/ChangeName/ChangeName_851.html


    Q:           What do I do if I lose my passport right before traveling?!? (Which I recently did J….but found it three weeks later.)


    A:            If you would have been unable to find your passport prior to departure, you would have to follow these steps to get a passport in a hurry: http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/hurry/hurry_831.html

    Your most efficient and fastest way to get a passport under emergency situations is to appear in person at the passport office in Chicago.  Best Advice – DON’T LOSE YOUR PASSPORT! J 


    Q:           What do I do if I lose my passport while traveling?


    A:            Before traveling, we recommend that you make two copies of the front page of your passport.  Leave one copy with somebody at home (preferably somebody who you can easily reach by telephone) and carry one copy separately from the rest of your travel documents.  If your passport is lost or stolen while traveling, you would go to the closest US Embassy or US Consulate.  If you can provide a copy of the passport, the process to obtain a passport is much faster. 


    Fox World Travel also provided me with this additional information:


    If you are changing the name on a passport due to a marriage and the passport is less than 1 year old, there is no charge.  However, if your passport is older than that, you have to renew the passport (current fee $110). Many women travel under their maiden names until their current passports expire (and I wouldn’t call them cheap…..just smart).  There is no reason that you can’t do this as long as the documents (i.e. airline tickets, electronic documents, etc.) are booked under the name on the passport that you will be using for the travel. And good news - this is not illegal. In other words, you can keep your current passport (which is under your maiden name) until it expires (as long as you always book international travel under your maiden name). But when the passport expires, you must renew it under your legal name (i.e. the name on your driver’s license).


    That really helped clear up some of my questions and concerns. This is another reason why I’m so glad that I’m working with a travel agent, rather than trying to book this on my own.

  • Scatterbrain

    Posted by Katie


    This wedding planning process has taught me I am a bit of a scatterbrain!  I like to think it is one of my "quirks."  Michael doesn't seem to agree with me.  I looked up the process of getting a marriage license and realized I didn't have my birth certificate.  No clue where that is...and first of all, does anyone know- do I have to get a marriage license from Outagamie County, or can I just pop into the Brown County Courthouse one day and get one?  I feel like people don't tell you all of the little organizatinal things you need to do before you get married!

    So when I couldn't find my birth certificate I thought hey maybe my passport will work instead.  I went to go look for my passport, and lo and behold, that has gone missing as well.  I don't know about you, but we must have a mouse or something in our apartment that insists on stealing things from me.. and only me.

    After about two or three days of tearing the apartment apart, and trying to do it discreetly so Michael wouldn't give me a stern lecture on how I need to be more organized and take more pride in my things, I found my passport! (I am sure Fox World Travel is breathing a sigh of relief as well, because I am sure they would have been the one on the receiving end of my panicked phone call as I am asking what the heck I am supposed to do about a lost passport?!?!?)

    Anyways- here is my question- can I use my passport instead of a birth certificate?  Or is it time to call the parents and see if they can fix it?  They always seem to fix everything :)  Help me out friends!

  • Wait, is that a Diet Coke?

    Posted by Katie

    Murphy was telling us a story this morning about how Coke is pulling their holiday cans this year.  Everyone knows coke and their love of the polar bears, so to go along with that, they made their coke cans white.  I made the comment that I saw the Holiday can in a cooler, and due to its color assumed it was a Diet Coke, not a Coke.  He thought this was ridiculous.  How do you confuse a silver can with a white can?  I showed him a picture.  He then said, well one says Coke, and one says Diet Coke.  Let me ask you this- you are at a holiday party and reach into a cooler of ice and soda.  Could you find yourself accidentally grabbing the Coke can instead of Diet Coke because we are so used to Diet Coke being silver?  You guys decide.  Could you easily mistake these two?

    diet coke