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A few days off work + wedding help

Thursday, June 27, 2013

So I've been off work since 1pm on Tuesday. For those who don't know, I dropped a whiteboard on my foot and, since it probably weighs nearly 20lb, it hurt. My boss told me to stay off work until it was better and for once I'm actually doing as I'm told, but for a funny reason...

I can't wear shoes. I can't have any pressure at all on the top of my right foot, so wearing shoes is painful. I can't go to work in my slippers (I asked) so I am stuck at home until the bruising and swelling goes away enough so that shoes aren't painful anymore.

I hate being sick and injured. I'm not built for it. Reports are due so I've been working on those, but once those are finished I don't have much to do except google wedding stuff, which is dangerous with my wedding budget long gone.

On that note - I've never gotten married before so I don't know what I need besides the big stuff (which is booked). I'm going to put a list below and if you think I've missed anything please feel free to add to it! As a note I'm talking essentials - we are on a tight budget!

- Venue (with food and booze included)
- Photographer
- Dress, shoes, veil, bra
- Celebrant
- Bridesmaids and groomsmen (we are having a groomswoman as well!)
- Flowers
- Hair and make up
- Suits, etc
- Invitations and save the dates
- Wedding favours (cake pops, so cute! We are having a bride and groom cake pops for our cake topper)
- Cake
- Wedding night accommodation
- Honeymoon (if we can afford it... It's so expensive to leave NZ because we are so far away and I'd prefer an overseas honeymoon)

Am I missing anything big?
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PHEBESS 6/29/2013 4:03AM

    Music? Are you planning on dancing, or just background music? Live or recorded? DJ or not?

And a suggestion - I used www.theknot.com as a tool for wedding planning, found it to be a huge help. They also have boards like the teams here, where you can share ideas and get feedback. Not sure if they have an NZ board, but worth looking.

I also made a lot of good friends on our team, and some of us are still in touch, almost 10 years later!

(Not sure if my Knot bio is still up, my name there was also Phebess - or it might be too long since we got married.)

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APED7969 6/28/2013 6:14PM

    Registering isn't done much here in Aus either but my friend that used this site is Australian: http://www.notanothertoaster.com/na
tv3/ I can't remember how she let guests know, I think she had a tasteful mention of it in with her invitation or some of the directions to the venue. She may have had a wedding website that had the link. I think word of mouth helped when people asked what she'd wanted. She'd been living with her fiancÚ for years so she really did not need household items. I know it really helped her pay for an awesome honeymoon. I registered for my wedding since it is done in the US and a lot of my family wasn't able to make it from the US but wanted to send gifts. Even if it isn't the 'done' thing it might help you afford a good honeymoon and I know as a guest I loved being able to help my friend with that for her wedding

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BUBBLEJ1 6/28/2013 5:11PM

    Hahaha colette I'll wear undies... Maybe. But I can just wear what I have at home, whereas I have to buy a special bra that can't be seen under my dress. The dress fitter is going to sew some support (and padding, I miss my boobs!) into the dress for me but I still might need a bra.

Thanks for the advice people. It's so hard when everyone has different priorities. For example I'm willing to spend money on hair and make up because I'm paying a lot for a photographer, but I'm not willing to spend much in other areas.

Also registering wold be a waste of time in NZ. No one does it and no one would ask if we were registered.

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COLETTEISGREAT 6/28/2013 9:53AM

    I love your list of "dress, shoes, veil, bra"... um, maybe you want some undies? emoticon

Not sure how long you'll be standing all day, but (1) make sure you have worn your shoes "in" first, and (2) get some white satin slippers... they are perfect to change into when your fee start to hurt :-)

How long before your wedding? i'm thinking of your poor sore foot!!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 6/28/2013 7:14AM

    congrats on your upcoming wedding - crazy they won't let you wear slippers of some kind to work with an injured foot! Feel better soon

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ELEANORKR 6/28/2013 7:00AM

    I saved a lot of money by doing my own hair and makeup. It's really not rocket science and unless it's something that's really important to you, I would suggest doing it yourself or asking a friend to help out. You've got time to try out styles and perfect the look you want beforehand.

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JSTETSER 6/28/2013 6:55AM

    Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

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APED7969 6/28/2013 5:25AM

    Register for gifts or you can ask for contributions for your honeymoon as a gift. My friend used a website which you could use to buy various holiday items like drinks by the pool or a safari (they went to Africa). People like to have an idea of what to get you. Also I noticed you have shoes dress and bra sorted but one of the best suggestions for me was to have cups built into my wedding dress so I didn't have to deal with a strapless bra. Also music/band/dj took longer than I thought to sort out.

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BUBBLEJ1 6/27/2013 10:22PM

    Bridal party gifts aren't really done. If I was asking them to do anything besides buy a dress and look pretty I probably would :D

Photographer is all booked. Photos are actually the most important part of the whole day for me. They, plus the rings, are the things that will last. My parents had my uncle photograph their wedding and it is their biggest regret, so dad was very insistent that I hire a good photographer (which I was happy to do!)



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LIVEDAILY 6/27/2013 10:16PM

    Not sure if this is done in NZ...it's customary to give small gifts to members of the wedding party. I gave my ladies earrings; I think the men got key fobs. I didn't have formal photographs taken. I asked everyone to bring their cameras and I also had disposable cameras all over the place. We saved a lot of money by doing that.

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