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Wedding Recap: OOT Bags

So I think I alluded to it here, but the week before the wedding was absolutely insane.  I thought that I would have all of this time, but I seriously didn’t even have time to eat.

Monday: final meeting with reception venue (Paul Brown Stadium), visit with my brothers and 4 week old nephew, shopping with my mom, and dinner with my maid of honor, Kathleen, who was also hosting me for the week.

Tuesday: removal of excess hair, 1.5 hours with my stepmom’s brother (an Allstate agent) regarding insurance for the wedding, visiting my dad at school, hair trial with my mom (who was battling a stomach issue and went home), KROGER (!) shopping trip, wrote my personal evaluation for work, made 4 batches of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, Kathleen and I put together the wedding programs

Wednesday: redid the seating chart, made another batch of cookies, put together the out-of-town (OOT) bags with my mom, FINALLY MADE IT TO THE GYM, saw Bridesmaids with Sarah,  Beckey, and Kathleen.  MATT CAME TO TOWN!!

Thursday: got Matt’s tux, picked up our Marriage License, went to the Reds game (they lost!), picked up Matt’s college roommate (Matt) from the airport, put together our table numbers and table cards along with Matt’s sisters, all while having a BBQ with Kathleen, Mellissa, Matt, Matt, Diana, and Amber

Friday: final marriage counseling session, picked up wrapping things for the wedding party presents, packed the car and moved into the hotel, wrapped presents, manicures with Matron of Honor, Amy, and finally REHEARSAL!

AHHH!  If you read that, good for you!  Seriously it was absolutely insane!! I think that I lost a good 4 pounds that week, since I basically just didn’t eat.  I’d get to dinner time and realize the only that I’d eaten was a banana and two cookies.

So now for what you REALLY care about:  THE OOT BAGS!

The out-of-town goodie bags are new thing.  They are given to your friends and family when they check into your hotel as a WELCOME! goody bag.

For the boxes, I used the 9x6x6 white gable boxes from Box and Wrap.  Inside the boxes were some combination of the following:

  • Grippos potato chips
  • Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Granola bar
  • Hershey’s miniatures and Reese’s cups (blue and pink from the Easter collection!)
  • Cincinnati Brochures
  • A welcome brochure
  • Mini bottles of water


Our brochure included the schedule for the weekend, directions to the church from the hotel, directions to the reception, parking information, suggestions of things to do in Cincinnati, and some great restaurant recommendations.  I created the trifold brochure using Publisher.



The water bottles had these cute labels that I made using a few inspirations that I found online.

waterbottlelabel copy

I printed them onto 8 x 2 Rectangle ULTRA Water-Resistant White Vinyl Inkjet Label Sheet purchased from and put onto 8 oz waterbottles.

It took my mom and I a good two hours to put these OOT boxes together.  I can’t remember any more how many there were, but I think it was about 60.



We used ribbon and circle labels with the A+M circle shown above printed on them.  (YAY VISTAPRINT!).  After the first set refused to stay together very well, we also used some leftover gluestrips to make a better bond.

After we finished, we called the front desk of the Hilton Netherland (this was all done in my mom’s room at the Netherland, why transport them already assembled?), and they sent up a bell hop to take them down to the front desk for distribution.  I hope that our guests enjoyed them!  I sure enjoyed a cookie or two the morning of the wedding.


Photographer, Nathan Peel, has put up a preview of the wedding pictures.  Here’s one of my faves:



Sadie, Sadie, Married Lady!

I cannot believe how smoothly the wedding went.  Seriously, there were no serious hitches.  It was a beautiful day and I’m officially Mrs. T!!  (I pity the fool!)

Here are a few snapshots from the day that I’ve stolen from friends.  I’ll be back with a few recaps and perhaps a few updates while I sit on the plane for 8 hours.



What Have I Been Up To?

I’m getting married tomorrow!  SAY WHAT!?!

Here’s what I’ve been up to for the past two weeks (or more):

I made these pins using Martha Stewart’s directions.

I attempted to whiten my teeth.

Can you tell?

My mom and I assigned seats for the guests using plates and post-its (which we then re-did earlier this week after learning that our set up wouldn’t work!):

Matt packed up the dog for her 11 day stay at day care.

I packed up my car (did I mention that I bought a new car!?!) and drove 14 hours from Boston to Cincinnati.

Then I’ve been much busier than I anticipated this past week!  I would like to add some more posts for next week, but we shall see.


(P.S.  The weather is looking better.)


Well, we have 9 days left.  SERIOUSLY!  That means that we are officially in the 10 day forecast.

Perhaps I shouldn’t have looked.

Apparently we are bringing Boston weather down to Cincinnati.  YUCK!  Here’s hoping the weather people are WRONG!!!  I should ask my bridesmaid, Brooke.  She’s a meteorologist.  She correctly predicted Hurricane Katrina and the tornadoes in Alabama.

Anyway, I have some other fun wedding projects to tell y’all about.  I just need to find the time.  Happy Thursday!

Chicago Bachelorette, Part 3

Oh hai!  Sorry, crazy busy at work and umm, oh yeah, I’m getting married in 11 days!

So after we took our architecture tour of Chicago, we all returned to Amy’s loft to get ready to go out.

What night in Chicago doesn’t start out with Giordano’s?


Mmmm, cheesy deep dish Chicago pizza!


We all determined that sausage and peppers are the key to the perfect deep dish pizza.

Amy had decorated the apartment with pink and black.


The theme of the night was pink, black, and PROHIBITION!  We all added prohibition style accessories.


We also opened some presents, so I added some accessories like a veil with, ummm, yeah, THOSE things, and a garter.


We spent most of the night at Howl at the Moon dueling piano bar.  Jen had gone earlier and snagged a table, so we had an anchor for the night.  Much debauchery and girly gossip ensued.


Also, I must show you our obsession with making the word “WOW” with our hands and mouths.



Jan went against the grain and made the word “MOO”.

There was also an incident at the piano bar involving people paying to have them play “Hail to the Victors”.  (That is the Michigan fight song).  I mean seriously, we are within two hours of Illinois, Notre Dame, and my alma mater, PURDUE!  We had to remedy the situation.  Amy, my Matron of Honor and Ohio State graduate, also got in on some “Hang On Sloopy” action.


It was not well received by Kelley (the Ole Miss grad) and Brooke (another Purdue alum).

We also spent some time admiring our muscles.


And Sarah was complimented on her dancing by the women at the table next to us.


Our final stop of the night was at a drag show.  At this point, I’d had a few too many, and was deeply verbally disappointed in the drag show.  They were just dressed up men lip-synching and not even dancing.  BOO!  Oh well.  It was a great night and I had an amazing time.  The best part was enjoying a night with all of my girls from all of the stages of my life and who thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company.  The wedding will be even better!

Thanks, Ladies! (and thanks to Beckey for most of these pictures.  I did not trust myself to have my camera with me.)

Chicago Bachelorette Part 2

Saturday, the day of the bachelorette party, actually started with a run.  My Maid of Honor is currently training for a half marathon.  She had to get in a four mile run.  I decided to also bring running stuff and leave the house with her.  She took off and I actually did a bunch of run/walks.  My runs were about 5 minutes long, and the walks were about 3 minutes long.  I actually went out for about 45 minutes and just loved running around the loop!  It was so great!

Our activity for the afternoon was perfect for me and some of the attendees as structural engineers and architects:  an architectural cruise of Chicago!  It was an absolutely gorgeous day.  Even the haze burned off during our cruise:


In case you don’t recognize that building, we started from Navy Pier.


Everyone had a great time:


There were a few fun sights along the way:


What is that?  The Boeing Building (the one with the truss)?  No!  It’s the River Center!  That’s the building where my old work was!  Funny story, my friend’s husband now works in the building at a totally different company!


We also spotted a bunch of brides, grooms, and wedding parties! 

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.  Especially if you are a structural engineer and have read books such as “Why Buildings Stand Up” or the sequel “Why Buildings Fall Down”.  Seriously it tells you all about the structural system of buildings like the Sears Tower.  Our guide was amazing!  Sigh . . . I love Chicago.

Chicago Bachelorette, Part 1

Finally, I have the pictures to write up my Chicago Bachelorette party.  It was AWESOME!!  When my matron of honor, Amy, first suggested having my bachelorette in Chicago, I thought that it would be absolutely perfect.  I lived in Chicago for two semesters while in college.  I absolutely love this city!  It is so clean and easy to get around and people are so friendly.  Sigh . . . Matt won’t let me move to Chicago.  Something about the cold and the snow . . .

Anyway, it also helps that my matron of honor currently lives in Chicago; two of my bridesmaids grew up in Chicago; another’s dad lives in Chicago; several friends live there; and the rest of my friends live in a close driving distance.

Friday night, I flew in around 7pm (at first I was mixed up, because I input my flight times in local times in Outlook, but they were given to me in Eastern time . . . yeah, I got in an hour earlier than I had thought I would).   Kathleen, Sarah, and Beckey were waiting on me in the cell phone lot.  Well, after waiting and listening to the radio for 40 minutes, Sarah’s car wouldn’t start.  So I hung out in baggage claim while they called AAA.  That is actually just a tip of the iceburg for the adventures that these three got into while driving from Cincinnati to Chicago.  There was also an incident involving Kathleen putting her coins for the toll in the change slot.  You know the slot that gives you change . . . yeah . . . my friends had fun!

After that whole mess, we finally made it to Amy’s apartment in the West Loop.  Luckily for us, the West Loop is right next to Greek town.  So we just walked a few blocks down and found some great food.  Walking through Greek town was a bit nostaglic for me.  I used to walk from my office to dance class at Hubbard Street right through Greek town.  I loved seeing all of the buildings with the businesses written in Greek.  Being Greek in college, and an Engineer, I would always try to see if I could make out what the word was saying.  What do you think this is?


(I’ll give you a hint . . . )

Anyway, we started our meal with some flaming cheese:


I actually ordered vegetarian moussaka for my entrée.  It was DELICIOUS!


Here’s a bunch of pictures of the rest of the food.  Don’t ask me what it all was.  Most of it was absolutely fabulous!


After we were sufficiently stuffed (and it was like midnight!), we returned to Amy’s loft.  We went up to her roof deck to see the fabulous view of downtown Chicago.


Okay, so it was kind of foggy and night time.  But it was still pretty awesome!  The fog around the Sears Tower reminded me of when I lived downtown at Roosevelt University.  The view from my window was the Sears Tower, but I often couldn’t see it due to the fog.  Even though it was only a few blocks away.  It was always so crazy to me!

So that is the first night.

Next up . . . what else would an engineer want to do in Chicago? (guesses?)

Bridal Shower in Tennessee!

Finally, I’ll update with the bridal shower in Tennessee.  We went down there a few weeks ago.  My mom joined us, so that she could also meet Matt’s extended family and friends.  The first shower (yup first) was for the extended family at Matt’s parents house.  First we ate:


Then time to open presents.  At this shower, I had to answer a question, which wasn’t necessarily trivia, just a chance for the family to get to know me.


The funniest part was when a card was mixed up with a different package.  At first I dismissed the papers with the card.  Then I figured out what the papers in the card were actually telling me.


This was sitting on our porch at home!  A quick phone call to my friend Emily and it was safe at their house awaiting our return!

It was a great time.  Here’s a picture of me and the immediate family.


The second shower was on Sunday at Matt’s church.  It was crazy!!  It’s a southern thing to have a church shower.  Luckily, Matt’s name was also on the shower, so guess who got to open presents with me!


There were so many people. 


And I think that our dishes were DECIMATED!


Best part about the two showers!  New ribbon bouquets!!!!


I cannot believe the generosity of Matt’s family and friends!!  We are truly blessed!!

The Honour of Your Presence

is requested at the reveal of the INVITES!!  Now that most of them should be delivered (aside from the two going to Europe that just went out Saturday, did I mention that we have TWO people coming from Europe!?!)

Holy cow, did these things take FOR-EVER!  So I bought pocketfolds at Cards and Pockets back in June during their sidewalk sale.  I then started to design them using photoshop.  I used glue dots, lots and lots of glue dots to put together the invitation, mat, and pocket fold.  The aftermath of my gluing:


Finally after confirming dates, times, proofreading, etc.  I sent my pieces to be printed by Cards and Pockets.  I could have saved money by printing them myself, but with 175 to print and cut in the correct sizes, I decided to outsource.  Bonnie at the print shop of C&P was great to work with!  I’d highly recommend it to anyone!

After stuffing them two weeks ago, my mom and I finally put the finishing touches on them and stuffed the envelopes last weekend.


Matt joined in to help me to double check the addresses, stamp them, and lick the envelopes.


I just hope he isn’t poisoned from the glue and dies! (Seinfeld?  Anyone?  Anyone?)

We then made our way down to the mailbox Sunday night!


So do you want to see what they look like?

We have a “Sparkling Sapphire” pocket fold, with a metallic fuschia mat, and all of the white is metallic crystal.  I designed them all using Photoshop.  I got the little swirl from weddingclipart (I think).  You get two free downloads.  The script is Champignon and the print is Centabel Book (both from dafont).

There are five inserts (although you can only see four):

Reception card

Response Card

Accommodations (with Additional Information on the other side)

Directions to Ceremony

Directions to Reception (with the parking pass on the other side)


I’m pretty proud of my maps!  Dude, they were so hard to make in photoshop.  I have become a bit of a photoshop pro.

The close the pocketfolder, I used a blue ribbon and a metallic fuschia piece of card stock to write the names of those invited.


I had wanted to tie the ribbon, but we had some thickness issues.  The post office requires a maximum thickness of 1/4” for letters.  I measured the thickness at work using calipers, and it just barely made it.  So I squished them all with books before they went into the mailbox!

Since they fit the USPS requirements, the invitations only cost $0.61 to mail!  (Since they were just under 2oz).  WOO HOO!

Final cost of the invites: ~$5.50 each not including postage and the 30 hours of my time (and at my usual billing rate, that’s about $3,000).  We sent out 163 invitations, and actually ran out of envelopes.  So NO MORE!  As my mom said “These are the wedding guests.  There are no more.”

Other miscellaneous things (that I can’t show):  we used a blue envelope for the RSVP.  We then purchased a stamp and stamped the return address with white ink.  The return address on the back flap of the invite envelope was embossed.  Both the embosser and the stamp were purchased from acorn.  I used a white paint pen to address the envelopes.  The envelope paper isn’t very  porous, so the addresses streaked a bit through the USPS mail machine.  But whatever!  THEY’RE GONE!  And we received our first RSVP’s today!



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