The Event of Awesomeness

aka Alex & Jeremy’s wedding/party

Half a checkmark 27 October 2008

Filed under: Lodging — Palila @ 20:20

Since I had a meeting today in the building next door, I stopped at the Holiday Inn, the closest (and only) hotel in downtown Decatur proper and got the process started for reserving a block of rooms! The Sales Manager, Connie, was very friendly and helpful and pointed out many of the great things about this particular hotel, including a free shuttle within 5 miles of the hotel. (Mary Gay House is 0.5 miles away.) She also showed me the pool, fitness room, and we looked at a king-bed room, which was nicely-sized. She also mentioned that the hotel would undergo some minor rennovations at the end of this year.

Some benefits to this hotel (besides the shuttle, so nobody staying there has to drive either direction to the MGH):

  • Zip Car station just outside the door
  • Next to an Emory Healthcare Clinic
  • Almost across the street from Crescent Moon (an awesome breakfast place. The in-hotel buffet breakfast is not included with the room, but you can get a coffee and a The Heap [eggs, potatoes, bacon and cheese in a skillet], arguably one of the best hangover breakfasts evar, for less at Crescent Moon. Half a The Heap is more than enough for me, and enough for Jeremy.)
  • Has a bar in-hotel that opens at 5pm
  • Pool! Not only does the hotel have its own pool, but a Decatur City pool is between the hotel and MGH.
  • On the same block as several restaurants, like Ted’s Montana Grill
  • That 5-mile shuttle will get you to a bunch of places, like Fernbank Museum!

So, once the contract stuff is signed and faxed (really, mostly, confirmation of dates and names), the Bowers-Schoen block will be available!


Update for this week 24 October 2008

Filed under: Planning update — Palila @ 12:07

This week, we haven’t done much. It was more of a “get ready to do things” week than an “actually do things” kind of week. I did get some paper samples ordered for the invite printing paper, which I will carry down to Paper Source in the next few weeks and compare the sample colors to the PS colors. And, hopefully, we’ll be able to narrow down the choices even more after seeing the colors in person.

Also started setting up a meeting with a caterer and started putting together a centerpiece concept. Mostly, we’ve been focused on running and getting our upstairs bathroom painted and put back together.


Colors and Papers 17 October 2008

Filed under: Questions,Wedding thoughts — Palila @ 12:04
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We’ve been thinking about wedding colors recently. The Mary Gay House is pink. Pink. The bottom part of the room is gray. So, we’ve narrowed down our colors to: not pastel and green. I think that green’s an easy choice to incorporate, especially if we go with herb centerpieces, and it goes well with Pink and gray. Other than green, we’re pretty much undecided, as long as it’s not a pastel color. Team Wedding will be wearing flattering, non-matching attire (more on that later), so we’re not too concerned with trying to tie colors in there. And that brings me to paper.

We’ve been thinking about invitations recently, too. Part of it’s because we’re going to need to figure out envelopes for Save-The-Date type cards soon, and part of it’s because we’ve made appointments to meet with the vendors (or wedding elves) that we need to book soon, but those aren’t until next month, and we’re researching now while we have some time, so we have lots of options over which to be indecisive later. We’re planning on doing some kind of label-y thing on the envelope, to make writing addresses easier, so that can be a dark color. The invite itself will be two layers, with the words printed on a smaller card that’s affixed to a larger one, so that larger invite card can also be a darker color (and match a darker envelope?) To complicate things, the “inner envelopes” we’d like to use don’t come in the full range of PS’s colors, like the envelopes and flat cards do, so we’re also thinking of having two colors in the invite enclosure-y type things, but this piece should probably be a lighter color, so we can write on it without having to attach some kind of label, but having a darker color isn’t bad. And finally, we want to have an rsvp postcard, so that flat card needs to be a light, non-stardream color, so your writing is easy to read and ink doens’t smear.

We’re kind of hoping to make some mock-ups made in the next month, so we can focus on wording and information, work on the printing ink colors and print them all, get these puppies assembled at leisure and get them out the door on time. And almost like they want to help, Paper Source just opened a new store in the ATL! (It’s like they know that we’ll have some of the “oh, I messed up and need two more cards!” panics, and they’d like to prevent that.) So, we’ve been looking at their paper colors online, and trying to pick some colors out of that before we head down to browse the shop (we’re waiting until after this weekend’s Grand Opening, to avoid some crowds). Turns out, we disagree on colors. I like Moss, he likes Curry. I like Leaf, he’s all over Chocolate. We do agree that we both like Night.

So, I’ve got some options figured up, keeping in mind that we’re printing the invite words on a light, off-white paper and affixing another card:

  1. Chocolate envelope and invite backing, Leaf enclosure and rsvpostcard.
  2. Night envelope and invite backing, Curry enclosure and rsvpostcard. (Go Bucs!)
  3. Eco-white or Soft White enclosure (sw) and rsvpostard (sw), Leaf envelope and invite backing.
  4. Moss envelope and invite backing, Curry enclosure and rsvpostcard.
  5. Night envelope and invite backing, Leaf enclosure and rsvpostcard.
  6. Chocolate enclosure and invite backing, Moss envelope and rsvp (crazy option!)
  7. Something else

What do you like? Any other combinations we should consider?


Atlanta People 10 October 2008

Filed under: To do in Atlanta — Palila @ 11:41

Some of the history-making people in and around and from the ATL.


Uhh, what? 9 October 2008

Filed under: Wedding thoughts — Palila @ 21:44

So, I was reading up on cultural wedding traditions and views on Wikipedia, and got a little confused when I read the “Jewish views on marriage” page.

How does 'Sydney is Asian' relate to the Jewish view of marriage?

How does "Sydney is asian" relate to the Jewish view of marriage?


Cosmetic upgrade 7 October 2008

Filed under: NWR,Stories about us — Palila @ 21:55
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Only a few years overdue, Jeremy has a big announcement about his appearance.


Ideas 4 October 2008

Filed under: Wedding thoughts — Palila @ 21:00

I watched “America’s Trashiest Weddings” on Fox Reality tonight (switching to UFC Unleashed during commercials, of course), and I got many ideas for our wedding. For instance, what wedding would be complete without beer-drinking llamas? I certainly would feel like the evening was not complete without a chugging contest between a llama and Dad. Also, I think a cage fight between me and my sister would be very appropriate at the reception- perhaps that could take the place of the dollar dance? After all, nothing goes better with a bridesmaid’s dress better than a bloody nose. Or maybe it would be better to have the fight at the end of the bachlorette or bachelor parties. In either case, I need my hair done in the morning by a drunk little person hairdresser that rides a scooter.

Also, I think we should change our reception venue to a strip club, and Jeremy and I can dance around the poles for our first dance. Then we’ll cut and fight with the cake, get covered in paint, and hop in the shower immediately afterward. We can have ice-shot things that are anatomically correct and a wet t-shirt contest.

As for the ceremony, I think Team Groom should escort Team Bride out by slinging them over their shoulder, and Team Wedding should wear matching outfits. Of camouflage, pimp hats or Halloween costumes. And we could get married in a tree stand. Somehow, I think getting married in the back of the truck would suit us better. But if it’s not running, we could always put it on a flatbed to drive off.

Most importantly, Mom should come on the bachelorette party and participate in body shots. I think tequila would be best.