Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"One Fine Day, your gonna want me for your girl!"- The Chiffons

Well my Darlings I do believe we are in the midst of another Wedding Season, and my Single Adult Ward (which is known for its marriage success stories) has officially caught the Eternal Marriage Bug! I have quite a few friends getting hitched in the next few months and like it usually does when I see and hear about others planning and preparing for their weddings, my mind drifts into the ever evolving list of things I want to have happen on my special day!

I made a temple time capsule back when i was about 16 and in that capsule (that I never sealed mind you) I stuck a bunch of stuff about qualities I want in a husband and qualities I need to develop in myself, as well as what Temple I wanted to get married in, and the ever popular letter to my future spouse telling him all about me then and what I hope we will be and do when we are married blah blah blah! Any who a few years later I started ripping out pictures in bridal magazines and ideas I liked from various articles and eventually I put together a dream wedding book. Now i know what you must all be thinking . . . . how silly right?

Well not so, I think it's important i keep these things logged and filed so i don't forget, because if you do it right hopefully you only marry once and I don't want to blow what could be my only wedding.

I recently looked through my book once more and realized I'm not a big fan of a lot of my choices so I'm updating via blog, my dream wedding! Because after all this is like my journal, so my apologies to those who just became disinterested, you may stop reading now!

Here's the deal. . . . . . I know this might sound crazy, but we Latter Day Saints are not known for our crazy elaborate wedding receptions (not around here anyway), most receptions I attend involve me grabbin' some mints, eatin' some cake, congrat's to the happy Couple and away I Go! There's usually no dancing, no toast's, no Bridal party, and no dinner. It's mainly just light refreshments and the Bride and groom standing in a line thanking their guests for 2 or 3 hours.

For some people that is all fine and dandy, but for this girl who loves a good excuse to throw a party, well that plan just ain't gonna fly!

Oh and I don't just want one day, I want at least a three day weekend long event! I'm talking a Thursday night dinner the day before the wedding with our two families and closest friends, perhaps a Bachlorette party, I want to get sealed in the temple on a Friday so that day can be dedicated to my Husband and I and we can focus on the more spiritual side of what's taking place, and that way Saturday can be the day to CELEBRATE the fact that the event I've dreamt about for a long long long time has finally happened! I don't think that's asking too much! All I want is my one moment!!!!

Over the years I've come up with quite a few ideas on just how I'd like my reception to be, and I just keep coming back to my original "Las Vegas" Themed wedding plan.

Here's the thing. . . . . .

Getting married by Elvis has always been a funny idea to me, and if I was not the religion I am I might have been married already in one of those crazy chapels in Vegas, just to say I did it, and then maybe pull a Britney and get it annulled 5 minutes later! I don't know, I could have been that crazy!
But that's beside the point, for my ring ceremony before my reception I have this cheesy musical extravaganza planned out in my head with musical tributes about love and marriage officiated by none other then the King of Rock n Roll himself Mr. Presley, I may not even call it a ceremony, it could be considered a program, or a presentation, or OK even a production. I just want My husband and I to show our love for each other via song and an Elvis impersonator. Since all the serious stuff like vows and promises where made the day before, I'm assuming it would be alright to get a little secular! Does this make sense? Well it does in my head!


all I have to say is I need a wedding ring that is unique and has a lot of personality, I want something antique looking, and if it says something about vintage or filigree in the description, then I can pretty much guarantee I will like it, it doesn't even have to be full of diamonds, it could be some other kind of gemstone, all I know is, It better not be boring!


There once was a time when I wanted the biggest poofiest Princess dress I could find, but i think I've come to realize that, with this body that might not be the best idea, so I've recently come up with a new plan, here's a few pieces of what I'm looking for in the perfect gown!

I love the sweetheart neckline, I think it's really feminine and a more flattering cut
on me, this next photo obviously has way more decolletage then I would show, but the shape of the dress i love!

I absolutely love the belted look, and don't you tell me it doesn't hold a purpose, because for me anyway it creates an illusion, an illusion that I just might have a waist, I do not care about false advertising, so a belt is necessary, maybe solid, maybe sparkly, maybe a bright color! I don't know yet, but the belt is fo sho!

I could even get a little wild and wear a mid calf gown like the one pictured here, that is also up in the air, but one thing that tops my must have list is the short veil. . . this better not go out of style before I take the plunge otherwise I might die!!!! I love love love it!

One idea I clipped out of a magazine like seven years ago was wearing bright colored shoes instead of white, forget flip flops, forget sneakers, forget slippers, a fabulous pair of pumps is golden but it seems to me that people keep stealing my idea!!!!! OK well I guess it wasn't my idea, but man I hate it when people beat me to the punch! It is a fun, no?
Cute shoes are fun!

Now, Depending upon my other accessories (ie veil a
nd belt) I could go with a solid color like these. . . .

Or get crazy with some sparkly stripes!

Or anchors away with these little sailor girl shoes! I love the little anchor detail!

Or stick with my first love animal print. . . .

We will just have to see!


My man will be looking super fly in a suit like this!!! Diddy knows how to keep it classy!

The Wedding Party

Now on to my bridesmaids i used to think dressing them up to look like showgirls would be a sweet idea, but honestly how do I do that without making them wear beaded bras and headresses. . . . .I don't want "the most inconsiderate bride. . . . ever!" award,
so I created plan B

How about we go more Cocktail waitress and less showgirl! I won't make them Carry around trays with packs of smokes or bottles of scotch, but I haven't ruled out fishnets stockings! I really think a dress like this. . . . . .

Or this, would be super fab. . . .with a cute little pill box hat or some kind of feather accessory like in this picture!

Then the groomsmen channeling a little Frank Sinatra
. . . . . but

Is it Frank Sinatra "Guys and Dolls"

or Frank Sinatra Rat Pack. . . . . . This is a toughie!

The Photo Booth Guestbook
I've done some reading up and apparently you can rent old fashioned photo booths and your guests as they come in take photos in it, and out comes two strips of pictures, one for them to keep, and one for you to put in your guestbook! Is that not the coolest thing!

another brilliant wedding idea. . . .The Dollar Dance

and I think I have enough drinkers in my family to make this a profitable one.

for those that don't know the dollar dance is where the bride and groom play a few slow songs and the guests basically pay to dance with them. You get someone to hand out pins, people break out their wallets and start clipping money to the new bride and groom!

It bears repeating. . . best idea ever!

It wouldn't be my reception if we didn't have karaoke!

And yeah I want you to sing. . . so you better get the courage up!

and it wouldn't be a Vegas theme with out sequins and feathers

but maybe instead of just plain showgirls, we could work something like this out. . . . .

Come on a show girl table!!!!!!!! I dare someone to top this! I also wouldn't mind some good old fashioned funny money gambling
maybe a craps table or possibly just tables decorated to look like that stuff.
Also something I've tossed around!

Finally, as my new husband and I head off for our honeymoon
instead of rice, bubbles, marshmallows, whatever! Our guests light sparklers! I have loved this idea for almost a decade, some people have also managed to do this before me, but oh well, still love it! and look at the great photo op!

oh and the get-away car would have to be this. . . . .I mean really!

So this is my dream, maybe someday it will come true!. . . . man i better start saving now!
Do any of you have any great ideas you want to share about your secret fantasy wedding?
do tell. . . . . .
and peace out!


Katie said...

Oh, Em, I will definitely be at this shin-dig! We are going to really try to go through Moses on our trip to Washington, so if we make it I will definitely give you a call! If not, Lacey and I are planning to try to fly up for Callie's wedding . . . which means we'll need a place to stay and a friend who loves us enough to pick us up and drive us around. I guess what I'm hinting at is that we're hoping this said friend can be you, lol. Are you up for a major pity party reunion in October???

Kings said...

AWESOME! we so better be invited to your wedding!

Sara N' James said...

Holy Cow!!! This is one wedding I am NOT missing out on!!! Talk about the best ideas ever!!! The sparkler send off was my personal fav!! Anyways, I just got excited so find a husband so we can get this party started!!! Love ya girly!!!

angie said...

and hey if the wedding thing doesn't happen you can always be like me and plan a huge wedding-style party for your 40th....you better believe I got that party idea in my head already.

Ashley said...

Em you are so fun!! This would definitely be a to die for wedding package!! you are such a thinker...I could've cared less about a lot of stuff that happened at our reception so my mom did it all...haha I just wanted to be married already..

Jenifer said...

I think this blog post took longer to plan than my wedding did ;) Love the ideas, especially the rings. I want an invite!!!

Monkeys ARDently In Sinc said...

Love your ideas, it all looks like a blast - but how could it NOT be when you're involved?!
Thanx so much for takin' care of my house and pooch this week!
Be prepared for a REALLY long blog post on my part about the trip (if I ever get around to it....)

Gwen Stoker said...

Totally down with the pill box hat idea, that's rad!!! I'm planning sort of beverage fountain-ish idea ala Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's chocolate river in lieu of Bryce's recent festivities. Just an idea. Go big or go home I always say!

Alicia said...

Em, I would expect nothing less spectacular from you! You always knew how to party like it's 1999! :)

Tyson Pyle said...

radical em

Mindy said...

You definitely know how to throw a party! you should be a party planner cause while reading your blog I was thinking how fun it would be to be a guest at this party. Way cool. Seriously, you are a party planner waiting to happen.

The Three Amigos said...

WOW. This is awesome. I totally want to be there. You should call up MTV and then they can film it and then you can get payed or something sweet like that. I totally love the photo booth idea. That is so cool!!!! Good luck, and if you need help setting up, call me!

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