Archive for December, 2008

My computer has some viruses (yes more than one!) so I haven’t been able to blog. 

There are however, lots of things to talk about once I get my computer straightened out. 

Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve.  I’ve got a cough and sore throat, combined with muscle aches, so I’ll likely be bundled up on the couch watching a movie tonight.


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This is it!

Ok, so I’ve been telling you we picked a place, and a date, but I’ve been withholding the goods.  So here it is.

It’s called Chapel Dulcinea.  (click on the name to go to the website!)


It’s in Austin, Texas, in the Hill Country.


It’s a cute…elegant…unique place.  The chapel seats 12, with standing room for up to 60, if some people stand outside.


It’s got this interesting fountain at the altar.


And the best part is, it is SUPER affordable/almost free!


Anyone in Texas should think about the Chapel Dulcinea for their wedding.

Our date… Sunday, June 21, 2009.  Time… 1:00PM.

Other details to be announced.  First major decision down!

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Shoes, Shoes, Shoes!

In addition to their standing offer of “free shipping both ways”,  Zappos.com makes it easy to blog about their stuff with a code block you just cut and paste.  I was browsing and stumbled upon these beauties.

I may have to order a few pairs to try on for my wedding shoes!

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Note: You already know I blog at another wedding related site.  I published this entry and it was edited so as not to include the name of the place because of the tiny bit of negativity.  For my personal blog, I wanted to share everything about our thoughts and struggles so I have included the name of the venue here. 

You can check out the beginning of this story here.

When we got home after looking at all the places…we decided the Houston Museum of Natural Science Gem and Mineral Hall was perfect for us.  It was a reasonable price and though we had just a few questions we were ready to book it. 

I contacted one of the museum’s exclusive caterers about food and beverage (the one that is allowed to serve alcohol…we didn’t want to have to bother with booking two caterers).  Their price quote would help us make the decision of if we would rent for just the ceremony – 2 hours – or for the ceremony and reception – 4 hours.  The caterer took several days to get back to me after my initial request, but finally did and asked me for more detailed information on the reception (date, format, etc.)  I replied promptly (the same or next day) with the requested information.  I am still waiting to receive a quote.**  🙂 

I also started checking around with restaurants so I could compare prices so we could make our final decision.  (I’ll blog more about that experience a little later). 

Although we never heard back from the caterer, we really loved the Gem and Mineral Hall, and knew we could find a place for our 75 person reception/dinner, so we were ready to put our deposit down. 

I emailed our contact at the museum and asked her a few questions (about lighting, music, flash photography, service charges, and taxes).  We were interested in Friday, June 26th because that would have been 1 year to the day that Taylor proposed.  Unfortunately, that date was booked, so we got penciled in for Saturday, June 20th.  We had a date and a 3 week window to put down the deposit and sign the contract!  No problem, right?

Wrong.  I emailed her again just two days after she penciled us in to ask when she would be available for us to come sign the contract.   I didn’t get a response for two days (not a big deal) and we thought we were going to be headed to Houston the next weekend, so I emailed again to ask if she would be available on the next Monday for us to come in, since we’d be around.  I’m still waiting on a response.** 

So now, you tell me, did you have trouble securing a venue?  Did you stalk or let it go if someone didn’t return your calls?

**I’m really not waiting on a response.  It is so easy to become frustrated and stalk the person until you get in touch with them.  But we took the lack of responses as a sign that both the caterer and museum would likely treat us the same way if we were having our wedding there, so it would be better off not chancing it, even though we loved the place.  I will admit it was difficult to just start over on our search, but it ended up being for the best.

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Wedding Dress Styles

We’ve set a wedding date, and I promise to tell you more soon.  But in the mean time… I was searching for wedding dress ideas and found a few that really aren’t my style. 

All pictures from Dresses.com.

This one is Snow White:

Take Note:

Feminine Touch:

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Random Thoughts

It’s Friday, and I have taken a vacation day!  Woohoo. 

I tried to do a little Christmas shopping with very little luck.  There were about 10 billion people at the mall, not to mention, every kid in every choir from the state of Texas must have been there. 

I feel sorry for the people who work at mall eating establishments when someone cuts in line, thrusts their cup forward, and announces what beverage they were drinking.  Of course this all happens while someone else is trying to order.  I also feel sorry that this particular worker is required to say “my pleasure” to obnoxious asses like that. 

I also went to Toys R Us today.  What the heck was I thinking?

What is the point of street sweepers?  They seem to just sweep everything evenly over the whole road instead of just to the edge near the gutters.

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