My Name is Kenzie, and I’m a Gift Wrap Addict

I have a confession to make. I’ve kept it hidden for a long, long time, but I must bring it out into the open.

I have an addiction to gift wrap and ribbons. It started innocently enough, one day at Papyrus. I discovered thick gift wrap. It was luxurious, it lent a crisp fold and it looked stunning when carefully wrapped around a gift.

I bought a roll of paper, figuring I’d wrap a gift with it. I used some of the paper while wrapping a birthday gift for a dear friend, and received a simple compliment, “Oh wow, this gift is almost too pretty to unwrap.”

Soon thereafter, I began to buy nicer ribbon, grosgrain, satin, even double-sided satin, in an attempt to make my lovingly purchased gifts show the care I put into them, before they were even opened.

Not long after I started investing in quality ribbons, did I notice that people really DO notice. They’d comment at birthday parties, weddings and baby showers, “Oh, that gift must be from Kenzie, it’s beautiful.”

Now, I cannot stop.

I realized today that I have a problem. In the last month, I ordered 6 sheets from a high-end store, purchased 2 more on Wednesday and then acquired another 5 rolls today. My collection is made of Snow and Graham, Wooster and Prince, Paper Source and others like them. On top of that, I’ve purchased 6 rolls of satin ribbon.

The GTB just rolled his eyes and laughingly told me that he wouldn’t have gotten serious with me if he’d known about my “sickness.”

The top photo is my rolls of gift wrap (and our cute Frenchies — Louis and Lola) — the sad thing is that 4 of those rolls are made of multiple sheets of different patterns — to save space. The bottom photo is my “collection” of ribbons, to be used on future gifts.

At least I haven’t color-coordinated them… yet.

The Perfect Wedding Clutch

I love a good purse. I seldom buy them, because I love my classic lovelies, and I can’t bear to spave (spend money on something because it is cheap, and thus, save money on the price) my money on a cheap handbag, unless it is beyond lovely.

Enter Nelle Handbags. I love these bags, they’re quirky, cute and so well made. I love stalking the blog posting to see when new bags are unleashed, and I can hardly wait for the day that Nelle Handbags are seen on the runways with some hot celebrity grasping the gorgeous silk charmeuse or ribbon material.

Sooo, here you go. Eye candy that makes my resolve (to save money) melt.

Nelle Holiday 2008Nelle Fit To Be Tied

Nelle Holiday 2008

What I love about Nelle Handbags are these things:
1. those with brooches are all different! Each bag has a different bit of vintage “bling”
2. she hand-dyes the fabrics, creating rich, delicious colors
3. Laura loves ribbons and she makes them gorgeous, from details on the Fit To Be Tied to creating an entire bag from pleated petersham ribbon.

If you’re at my wedding, I can promise that you’ll see one of these pretties on me… but which one?

A Videographer Who Doesn’t Suck

I’ve seen plenty of those wedding videos that make you yawn, with good wishes from drunken family members and the occasional secret spilled.

Because of these, I’ve sworn that I will neither need nor hire a videographer for our wedding.

I saw a video that MAY have changed my mind. This could be the most amazing wedding video company ever. And… this video actually tops some music videos I’ve seen.

Want more? Check out their site, filled with all kinds of awe-inspiring videos.

Am I dillusional, or is this amazing?

Chair Covers? And they’re cheap!

We tossed around the idea of chair covers… the GTB was hesistant ($1,000 for something people won’t even remember?!) but I went ahead and decided that we need to have them… the chairs at the reception hall we’ve chosen is too ugly. So I started searching… and came up frustrated, wanting so much to avoid ridiculous charges and fees.

There’s Festivities, which doesn’t list any prices online — blah.
Lasting Impressions has limited colors, though they say they can special order any color and their prices are decent, $1.95 for cover, sashes are $.95-$1.35)… so the prices aren’t too shabby.
Apres has a mind-boggling selection of linens, but the prices far exceed the meager amount I would spend. I guess I could beautifully cover the head table chairs, or maybe one chair at each table 😉

So… I decided to give the interwebs a shot and found Urquid Linens. If you keep thinking Urquel, like Steve Urquel, you’re not alone.

Anyway, they had a special going on — each chair cover with sash was $2. Wow. So I ordered 200 (naturally) with shipping both ways, it was around $550, which is pretty spectacular.

Their customer service is pretty excellent (Tiffany responded to all emails in no time) and they sent me samples of their available fabric, which I could keep (in case we need a spare sash, I suppose).

Another Great Photographer

Check out Federer Photography — Joe Federer covers your wedding from the beginning to end, with the help of a second photographer. His style, eye for lighting and decent prices are worth checking out.

Capture The Moment 4

The GTB and I made our first Saturday stop at 1Fine Day‘s studio in NE Minneapolis. We met with Brett who was so fun — she works as a sort of coordinator for the studio (which is under the umbrella of Serendipity Photography.

We chatted with her for a while. It’s funny, I completely followed everything she said. We got into the car and the GTB was like, “She was just throwing numbers at us! I couldn’t keep up!” He’s a brilliant man, but get two girls talking and throwing numbers around in a somewhat non-logical way and “look out!”

Anyway, we checked out some images and got a feel for what our day would look like, time-wise. It was weird, this is the only studio that offered this information.


Capture The Moment 3

We met Kristian of KOFoto on Friday night as well (wow — we are exciting! Looks like we traded the bar scene to peruse other peoples’ wedding albums).

We met at his in-home studio and were impressed off the bat. But, who wouldn’t be if they were invited into a room with some key photographs displayed on the wall *hello gorgeous 3’x4′ gloss wedding photo* as well as a comfy, contemporary couch, yummy wall colors and a 42″ tv displaying a 1000+ image slideshow. It was all very welcome and inviting.

We spoke with Kristian for over an hour about ideas, thoughts, our ceremony/reception details and ourselves.

He was so easy to talk to, and was brimming with super-memorable ideas.

Right now, he’s on our short list. We’re estimating him to meet all our needs at around $3,400 for 6 hours (his basic package starts at $2,500).

For the quality of work he does (and the care he takes in his photography), I think the price is totally fair.

The question of whether we are comfortable spending that amount (really, about 1/5 of our attempted budget — remember we are trying to do this without incurring debt, but we are realisitic) is now being mulled over.

Who knows, Kristian may be our guy. We’ll let you know 🙂

Capture The Moment 2

Phew, photographer shopping is tough work!

We began our “world tour” (as the GTB calls it) last night right after work.

We met with Gina of A Truth Be Shown.


Take A Picture, Will Ya?!

Everyone has an opinion about wedding photographers. I have friends who didn’t research theirs and now regret the fact that they were trying to save time and money, because they have crappy photos. I have friends who researched and planned and have fabulous shots.

I talked to my mom about the cost of a photographer (anywhere from $995 for the wedding to 7,500, for what we’re looking for). She cracked me up with her response, “Just put cameras on every table and use those as your wedding photos.”

Are you kidding mom? I have seen what comes out of those cameras, lots of kids making faces and photos of butts, bossoms and cut-of heads. Right.

In fact, one friend had about 20 of those cameras. After spending $150 to develop them, we found 4 decent photos. 4 photos from 480.

So, now we begin the researching of photographers. I hear that booking them a year or more out is good, if you see one you really want. And I sure as heck am not using those crappy disposable cameras, so here we go.

Why Should He Care?

Thinking of doing the invitations myself, I ordered some samples from Crane’s Letra letterpress line of papers.

I brought the little folder to the GTB and asked him how he felt about the 220# paper (which I adore). He was like “good, nice.”

Then he dug deeper into the folder and found the big boy — double paned 600# — it was like friggen carboard. “I want this,” he says.

Hmmm… so I ended up spending some time explaining to him (his eyes glazed over) why the nature of the press I use doesn’t allow me to use the super-heavy cardboard-like paper.

When I finished my speech, he was like, “Hmmm, I guess the invitations are one part of the planning that I can honestly say I don’t want to have input on, its all yours.”

So… I could do hot pink and purple invitations with kittens! LOL

Smart men know when to just let it go.

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