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The color purple

10 Jan

Why purple?  A few people asked me how I came to select this as my primary wedding color when I don’t normally wear much purple, or even show much preference for purple over other colors in general.  I was thinking about what people do with their favorite color – paint their bedroom, decorate their home, buy a bedspread, wear clothes that color – and I really haven’t done that at all with purple.  (I have been wearing more purple ever since I picked it for the wedding though!)

I decided the reason I liked purple so much was that it was warmer than blue but not quite as girly as pink!   Plus, it helps that two of my best friends getting married before me in 2011 are doing blue, so I knew I didn’t want to be the 3rd blue wedding of the year! (;

Here are some fun facts about purple from the web:

  • In human color psychology, purple is associated with royalty and nobility
  • It was Color of the Year in 2008!  (Who knew??) Pantone has selected the color Blue Iris (PANTONE 18-3943) as the 2008 Color of the Year telling us: “Combining the stable and calming aspects of blue with the mystical and spiritual qualities of purple, Blue Iris satisfies the need for reassurance in a complex world, while adding a hint of mystery and excitement.”
  • Famous Purple lover –  Cleopatra
  • The Purple Heart is a U.S. Military decoration given to soldiers wounded in battle.
  • In Feng Shui the color purple is a very strong, high vibration color, the color of connection to the spiritual realms (7th chakra.) (http://fengshui.about.com/od/fengshuicures/qt/colorpurple.htm)
  • An international Purple Day was held on March 26, 2009 to raise awareness and educate people about epilepsy
  • The Purple Cow Poem: I never saw a purple cow
    I never hope to see one;
    But I can tell you, anyhow,
    I’d rather see than be one!
  • Purple Planet = Jupiter.
  • Purple month = February
  • Purple stone = February birthdays = Amethyst

Now you know more than you ever dreamed about Purple!

purple cow enjoying a lovely day in the grassy field

purple cow enjoying a lovely day in the grassy field


27 dresses…

3 Sep Strapless with side ruffle

In my estimation, a bridesmaid dress is probably the number one factor in bridesmaid happiness.  There are few other factors that can make your closest friends dread going out in public, feel self conscious, or just plain resentful.  The next worse thing would have to be a BrideZilla; closely followed by those shoes the bride thoughtfully bought while on they were on sale at Target, which unfortunately lead to sore, miserable feet.

I think my plan will be to allow the girls to pick their own style (within a few selected styles) and their own shade of purple (ranging from light to dark) so that each can hopefully feel really good about what they’re wearing.

I was disappointed AND relieved today to read that I’ve managed to select 2 of the biggest bridesmaid trends this year: varying shades of a same color dress, and purple.  I was disappointed because I thought my idea was so clever (although, it did originate from another bride’s wedding featured in The Knot, Ohio – should have known) and relieved because half the time I wonder if my ideas are too old fashioned.  Whew!  I might be unoriginal, but at least we’ll be in style (:

Although I’m giving choices, I’ll obviously need to pick a few styles.  Here are a few dress styles (NOT COLORS) that I think are cute – pics below.

Interesting neck dress

Interesting neck dress (remove the flower)

cute basic dress

Cute basic dress

Violet dress

Strapless dress

Strapless with side ruffle

Sassy strapless with side ruffle

Strapless with pockets and wide skirt

Strapless with pockets

Centerpiece floral ideas

19 Jul
assorted flower centerpiece

varying shades of purple centerpiece

Purple and black centerpiece

Purple and black centerpieces with tall candle holders

Centerpiece with roses

Floral centerpiece with colored roses

I like, I like

19 Jul

Bouquets I like

Purple bouquet with roses

various purple flowers

bouquet with several different flowers and shades of purple

White and Purple bouquet

White and purple bridal bouquet

bouquet with purple calla lilies

Bouquet with purple calla lilies


8 Jul

Update on the overall checklist:

[updated: 8/24/10]

Church > Done. St Francis De Sales

Reception site > Done. Kenwood Country Club

Florist > Done. The Tulip Tree

Dress & Veil > Done.  European Bridal.

Photographer > Done. Neysa Ruhl Photography.

Hotel block > Done.  Hampton Suites.

Engagement photographer and location > Done. Paris/Mark Elias; Cincy/Neysa Ruhl

Day Of planner > Done.  Friend from work with experience.

Something Borrowed > Done.  Borrowing Mom’s necklace/earrings & brooch

1. Cake > TBD

2. Bridesmaid dresses > TBD, dress trying on days in August with Kelli, Jenny & Tara

3. Floral arrangments (centerpieces, bouquets, etc) > TBD, need to set meeting with Tulip Tree

3. Rehearsal dinner > In Progress (Drew is in charge)

4. Honeymoon > ! Avoid places with hurricanes.

6. Wedding bands > TBD

7. Groom attire > TBD

8. Invitations > TBD (Drew claims to want involvement in this activity)

9. Transportation > TBD (Drew is in charge)

10. DJ > TBD (Drew is in charge)

11. Decorations > TBD

  • (30) 5×7 pictures of cars with titles for tables
  • Purple napkins (Need to confirm they are no add’t cost with KCC)
  • Purple votives > Done (90)
  • Vases
  • Tea lights

12. Fitting/dress alterations/dry clean

13. Hair appointment/practice do > TBD

14. Makeup booked > TBD

15. Hair Accessories/Jewelry > In Progress.  Going to borrow Mom’s necklace and earrings.  Bridal hair piece in the works for DIY project.

16. Wedding shoes > TBD.  Not allowed to have shoes with stones in case they catch on dress – per Mom.

17. Registry > TBD > at Crate, BBB, Target (?), Home Depot

18. Something Blue?

19. Bridesmaid/Groomsmen gifts

20. OOTowner gift bags, maps, etc

21. Programs, name cards

22. Wedding certificate

23. Church classes

24. Ceremony readings picked

25. Ceremony music

26. Cocktail hour music

27. Photobooth