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An Antique, Down-Home Wedding – Our Way

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October 2011

Old dogs learning new tricks

Most academics say that the majority of learning takes place at a very young age…like under 5.  This is also when you retain most of that learning.  This is why they recommend that if you want your child to learn a second language, start ’em early.  It isn’t like most college info that only stays trapped in your brain long enough for you to pass the final.

That being what it is, I still like to learn new things, and this wedding is the perfect excuse for it!

Lesson #1: LEARNING TO SEW AGAIN.  I have broken out the sewing machine I was afraid to run, and began just simple stitching projects on the little things…like can koozies or garters.  A few of Mr. Kuz’s work pants and shirts got thrown in there.

Lesson #2: CALLIGRAPHY.  I love working on this!  While in high school, I was continually recognized for my (very) bad handwriting.  There were times I couldn’t read what I wrote.  So study hall time was spent re-practicing my penmanship until I was satisfied that it was pretty.  I found my biggest problem was slowing down and finishing a letter.  I still catch myself writing fast and, yes, it looks very bad.  But this was a big accomplishment to me.  Now I bought a simple set online and am practicing again, but with all kinds of fun fonts!  And it fits in perfectly with the kind of wedding he are having.

Lesson #3: BOUQUET ARRANGEMENT.  When I was a kid, my grandma got into the craft fairs.  She always had he work room full of silk flowers that could be made into all kinds of crafts and arrangements.  I took many a silk arrangement to the county fair through 4-H.  Now, with our decision to go with silk flowers (mainly because we are not doing a lot of flowers, real ones are hard to get during the freeze season here, and silk are less expensive), I get to revisit my creative inner  4-H self and put together arrangements that might look like they were made for a wedding.  Most of my other projects were in baskets that sat around to collect dust (and look pretty).

Lesson #4: NUTRITION:  Ok, I’ll be completely honest here.  Like every other bride out there, I want to look my best on our wedding day.  That means to me loosing a few pounds and looking fit.  I know the actual weight number does not matter. I will be happy mostly with toning up and feeling healthy.  For the first time, I am taking my nutrition seriously.  I am going jogging in the morning, attend fitness classes several times a week, write down everything I eat,  and think about what I put into my mouth. You are what you eat!  It was hard at first, but after a couple of weeks it becomes second nature.  I am learning what it really takes a body to perform. Do you know a person has to burn 3500 calories just to loose 1 pound?  That bag of Combos doesn’t look as appetizing when you realize what you have to do to burn 3500 calories.

Lesson #5: JELLY:  One of our favors is going to be small jars of homemade jelly.  I have canned most things for years.  When I met Mr. Kuz, I was introduced to pressure canning, which I still will not do without him around. I don’t have enough experience yet to not possibly blow myself up.  But I also never made canned jelly.  I have made TONS of freezer jam, but never jelly.  We weren’t that fancy.  But jelly opened us up to a lot of new flavors…apple, peach, cider, grape, plum…anything can be made into jelly.  I did try a sample of apple…was afraid…it passed the test. YAY!

Lesson #6: TECHNOLOGY: I got to make a wedding website, I got to start-up a blog, I began using apps on my phone, I created budget spreadsheets…I was using the tools I already had in new fun ways!  Buttons I never knew existed are now part of my daily routine. 

Other lessons:  There are million other little tidbits of (useless) info I have retained while planning this wedding.  Weird facts that no one else really finds interesting, how to budget (and stick to it), the difference between quality products and cheap crap, how much family each of us really has…endless!

Any new things you are learning, for weddings or otherwise?

mmm…Cake!

Channeling Homer Simpson there.

We were not planning on having cake.  We are not cake people.  We are not sweets people. 

ICE CREAM!!

We ARE ice cream people.  Our solution was just to have a small cake (that was being given to us by a friend who makes amazing cakes) just for pictures and cake cutting.  The rest we were just going to do sheet cake and maybe some pies and torts.  And don’t forget the ice cream bar.  With lots of toppings. YAY!  And then there is always the cake and ice cream route. 

We really wanted to do ice cream cake, but that might be difficult and out of our price range for 300 people.  Maybe I’ll surprise Mr. Kuz with a little one as a groom’s cake.  Don’t tell him!  (and don’t worry, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t read this blog.)

Another thing about this cake situation, it’s crazy expensive!  I just want something that tastes good (and goes with ice cream) and looks like a wedding cake.  I stumbled across some prices at a recent wedding fair, and it was in the $1200-$1500 range for a simple cake for 300 people…that’s half our food budget…are you NUTS!

 When my parents were up visiting last weekend, my dad asked the question of our cake.   He remembered the lady that used to make all the cakes for our family when I was growing up.  She makes then right out of her house, very reasonable priced, and delicious!  Dad called her, she gave a price quote of 1/4 the usual price of wedding cakes, and dad said book us.  Long story short, my dad hijacked our cake!  But hey, as long as he wants to pay for it, more power to him.  Like I said, cake was not a top priority for us.

Our only problem not is delivery.  Alice Ketter Cakes is about 5 hours from our venue.  I have heard that her cakes can be frozen and then later thawed and assembled easily…I hope someone can follow directions and but that bad boy together when we need it! 

Now I get to go and do more internet research (also known as stalking wedding websites) to look at cake ideas!!  Such a shame I “have to” do that. 😉  I thought I was going to not be able to look at cake pictures, and since I didn’t want to see something that I can’t have, I made sure not to look at them. 

Excuse me I have to go look at cakes now!

Engagement pics=E-pic=Epic

It will be epic… Only in my mind.

Just a quick post to see who out there has good suggestions on how to get pictures taken of yourself without looking:

1. Goofy

2. Stupid

3. Posed

4. Awkward

As a testament of all these things, I will not be putting any pictures of us up…if your really curious, facebook me.

And many other ways to look bad.  I am not a person who likes to have their picture taken and neither is Mr. Kuz.  We both have very awkward smiles.  I love Mr. Kuz’s real smile that comes out when he is really laughing at something.  There is also the drunk smile that is cute…but point a camera at him and tell him to smile just gets generally scary results. 

I’m no picnic either…I can never stand right so my “good areas” are showing (I dont’ have a side, but just certain areas I like), I always looks posed and stiff, and lately I either close my eyes at the flash or I smile so hard that my eyes squint shut.  This is a practice makes perfect thing.  Me and the mirror are going to be good friends until I figure this out. 

 My idea was not to take pics of our faces, but I don’t think the family would like that one too much.  My other solution would be to get slightly tipsy before our shoot to relax a bit (and this is already planned out for the wedding day…There is no way I am going down that aisle completely sober), but our shoot is scheduled for Saturday morning…not the best way to start a day. 

Any tips?

The countdown begins!

So this weekend we passed the one year away mark!  This means a whole lot of fun is to follow in the next year!  For one thing, I can start saying our wedding date without have to add 2012 on the end.

Yup- This pretty much sums it up

It really kind of hit my that only a year from now I am going to be a married woman…I may have had a small panic attack.  There’s so much we have done already, but there is still so much to do!  The good thing is most of these to do’s involve decisions, and not a whole lot of running/shopping/DIYing.  (don’t worry, there is still plenty of that left)

My biggest shocker came from Mr. Kuz.  I love that he is so involved in this wedding and that it will truly be “ours”.  I definitely hate the term “brides day”.  It is our wedding, we are marrying each other, he will absolutely be a part of it, so it is our day!  OK, enough ranting. 

Mr. Kuz has started planning the ceremony!  This is one aspect of the wedding that I was very unsure about because I haven’t been part of or attended that many weddings.  When I just casually asked about something involving the ceremony, I got a slew of ideas and what exactly he had in mind for the ceremony.  He knew who was walking who down the aisle, what he wanted to say, what we are doing for our unity ceremony, what is happening with the parents, music, length…etc.  I was blown away…and more than happy to just go with it.  This means one many less things for me think about and plan. 

I also had someone ask me the other day (a dude) why we need centerpieces?  He suggested just put a bunch of beer in the middle of the table.  While in the midst of breaking down laughing and suggesting other brands of beer that would fit our color scheme (we may have been drinking a few of those said beers…hey! I was a good weekend to be from Sconnie!  Go Brewers, Badgers and Packers!), Mr. Kuz said it was important to him…I love this guy more everyday!  I have never before heard a guy say how much centerpieces were important to him.  Granted I came up with the centerpieces, but he helped me find the parts to put them together and suggested modifications.  Cool!

Anyone have an involved groom or do a lot more brides still have to make all the decisions?

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