It looks like I missed a lot when I posted earlier! We must have all been writing near the same time. I LOVE your finished bags, Claire! I can't believe how talented you are! You could sell those hangers on Etsy (and even bags - I bet they took a ton of work because they are so beautiful) and make a fortune!
Ladies I am a crazy cat lady at heart, but I love ALL animals so much so it was nice to see a picture of a furry friend here. Chrestena your story of how your puppy came into your family was so wonderful. Liana it kills me to leave my babies alone too when I travel but usually they have Tyrel home to take care of them. For the wedding I did a ton of research and finally found a wonderful set of women who will be our hired cat sitters while we're gone. They even vacuum and sweep, take out the trash and bring in the mail.... and they asked what toys Maggie and Zain like best so that they can have them available for when they come to watch them. I think it will be some of the best money I'm spending on this trip and I feel soooo confident now that they're in good hands. They've even come over for a meet and greet with the cats. Told ya I'm a crazy cat lady, haha!
Chrestena thank you so much for sharing how you got your dress clean. I have my beautiful wedding dress, and I also purchased a cheap knock-off dress that I intend to wear for my TTD session, however it is HUGE on me, so when I go on July 13 to have my wedding dress taken in and sized I am going to ask how much it would cost to have the cheap TTD dress sized as well. If it is too much money to have it sized then I will probably wear my real wedding dress in the TTD session. The only things that scare me are 1. It is mermaid style underneath so I do not want to drown! and 2. I worried that I wouldn't be able to get it clean and I don't want to pay to have it professionally cleaned because I just saw a 1/2 off Groupon for wedding dress cleaning and it was still $250! And you're right - I will probably never wear it again anyway. I don't want it to be ruined though, so I can see myself soaking it in the tub as well haha. Thanks for the picture! I may show that to Tyrel so he doesn't think I'm crazy!
Can I ask what are you ladies thinking of getting your bridesmaids as gifts? Or what have you purchased for them if you are a former bride? I got them necklaces to wear with their dresses, but I want to put something else special in their OOT bags that are special just for the bridesmaids. I feel a bit bad, because I put down the 50% deposit on the spa services for everyone and I know some people will pay for their bridesmaids hair and makeup, but it totalled $500 for the 50% deposit (although that included my $150 as well) but still very expensive so I just sent an email 'gently reminding' or asking if they could please e-transfer me the deposit which most of them had said that they would do months ago when I first booked it. I am trying to free up some space on our credit cards because we only have 48 more days until our wedding and I know that once we get to Grand Palladium I am going to have a big, fat bill waiting for me at the end of the trip and I need room available on my credit card to put it. Do you think it was rude for me to ask them to pay me back the deposit? Do you have any suggestions of something nice, meaningful but not too expensive that I can put in the OOT bags to go along with their necklaces? I have 5 bridesmaids.
Thanks for your help!