Gifts, Guestbook, and a huGe check

We received another gift!  This wedding is starting to get close!  My cousin, Emily (who is getting married in July), gave us a cheeseboard!

Now I can think of her when I cut the cheese!

Oh yeah, I totally wrote that in a wedding card to my friend, Kirsten.  She laughed!

And speaking of wedding gifts, remember when Linda gave us plates to enjoy a romantic dinner on? We used them the other night!  I know that you are not supposed to use your wedding gifts until after the wedding, but she purposefully gave them to use to enjoy.  So I picked up some chicken and mozzarella ravioli at BJ’s and enjoyed a quick, tasty dinner.


I bulked mine up with some greenery.  Matt didn’t want any!

I also received our guestbook from Shutterfly.  Along with our free Christmas cards, I received a 20% off photobook.  I took advantage and made a photo guest book. It is a 12×12 book with 20 pages (and 126 lines for people to sign).  I’m pretty excited about it.


What do you think?

And finally a HUGE CHECK!  WE BOOKED OUR HONEYMOON!!  We will be going to Hawaii (Oahu and Maui).  At first we tried booking through Expedia, but we found better deals on the hotel and airline websites.  It actually saved us $3500 from the original (INCREDIBLY EXPENSIVE) package presented through Expedia.    We are so excited, because we are staying at amazing places and hopefully seeing incredible scenery for a full 11 days!

Have you ever been to Hawaii?  What are your recommendations for activities?

And finally, randomness.  So I’d like to wear white to our pre-wedding festivities, because, I mean, when else can I do that?  But I didn’t want to buy a bunch of white clothes.  Luckily, I remembered that I had a white dress from my high school graduation.  After digging through a “play clothes” box full of old dance costumes, I found it!


IT STILL FITS! I guess when I’m feeling down about myself, I should remember that I haven’t changed shape TOO much since high school.  Actually, I’m only about 10-15 lbs more than high school, and my chest size hasn’t really changed.  It’s my waist that changes.

Anyway, guess what else was in the “play clothes” box?


MY GRAETER’S APRON! (That’s where I worked in high school.) I’m not sure if I was supposed to turn it back in, but whatever!

So I had a great, productive wedding weekend!

Posted on January 9, 2011, in Wedding. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Love the guest book – looks great! I didn’t know you worked out Graeters. How fun is that?!? Ice cream is the thing I miss most since finding out I’m lactose intolerant. Black raspberry chip was my favorite!

  2. Yay! You got it. You can start using that too. Tell me how you like it because I put the same thing on my registry. And wow, I didn’t even think of that joke. Haha.

  3. Graeter’s Apron= Hilarious!!! Does it still smell like ice cream? I still have sone Graeter’s t-shirts that I work out in.

    Your guest book is a great idea! I love it! That’s wonderful that you were able to save so much money on your honeymoon. I’ve been to Honolulu, Hawaii. We went to Pearl Harbor, toured a submarine, went to the beach, etc. Definitely go to the North Shore for interesting restaurants and the Snow Cone place in a red building. Be sure to buy some Hawaiian Host Chocolates! My dad’s cousin’s husband works for that company! :-) Have fuN!

    • I sniffed it, and I think it does. I had to explain to Matt that we constantly smelled like sour milk.

      Those are great suggestions! Someone else has already mentioned the snow cone place on the North Shore. Pearl Harbor is 100% on our itinerary. It’s probably the whole reason to go to Oahu.

  4. Oh wow that white dress is wicked cute and looks great on you!

    Your guest book looks awesome as well!

  5. Love the guest book!

    I have been to Hawai’i. But I was 4 mos old. So I have no recommendations, BUT I have some very cute photos of myself with tropical flowers in my hair. :P

    And that dress is super cute!

  6. Graeters is one of the things I miss most since moving from Ohio. That’s why I was thrilled to find that my local grocery store is now stocking it… Although I haven’t yet shelled out the $5 for a half pint.

    So, my name is Emily and I’m getting married in July. Are we secretly cousins?

  7. That guestbook is a fantastic idea! I love it!

    We went to Maui when I was 16 … the surfing lessons, Road to Hana (or something like that), and sunrise on the volcano (Holly-a-cala is how it’s pronounced, no clue how to spell it!) were my favorites :)

    And omigod I LOVE your graduation dress! Mine was so ugly (someone happily posted it on facebook a couple years ago) but I love yours! Awesome find! :)

  8. For some reason I just clicked on your blog! I saw this posting and now know why! You still rock that amazingly sexy Graeter’s apron!

  9. hi! i just saw your comment on MealsAndMiles about your Cincinnati wedding – it looks like you planned from afar too! I’m in Denver and getting married in August in Cincinnati – I’m digging your wedding tab! We’re going to do cupcakes too – so much easier (and cheaper!!) than ‘real’ cake. I also love your guestbook idea – did you use photos from your engagement shoot?

    anyway, just wanted to say hi!

    • Thanks! I’ll have to go check out your blog. Do you have wedding plans on it? Let me know if you have any questions? I loved wedding planning.

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