Chris and I had a great vacation last week! I hope you enjoyed my quick post featuring a taste of Mackinac Island, today I wanted to recap what we were up to over the last 10 days and share more details from the wedding. I really enjoyed the time with my friends and family (even though it always goes by too fast!) and a little break from blogging to recharge. While we were home I was able to spend some time with my friends Jessi and Brooke, visit with both of my Grannies, and relax with my family. Here is a look at my trip…
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I am SO EXCITED for our trip to Michigan this week. We are headed to Mackinac Island for my cousin’s wedding and some much needed family bonding. For those of you who are still in suspense…I chose the Tahari Kathy Dress, it fits perfect and I think love that it can be dressed up or dressed down. I am going to wear it with gold strappy heals and simple jewelry. Thank you so much for your feedback!
It has been over a year since all of my siblings have been together. Do any of you have family scattered all over the country like us? My sister is in Michigan, my brothers are in North Carolina, and I live in California. How do you keep in touch? It has always been a priority to visit my siblings, when we lived in Chicago we tried to drive back to Michigan every 6 to 8 weeks to visit my parents, Christopher, and Ashlie and we were lucky to live farely close to Nick while he was in Chiropractic school in Iowa. Now that we are in California it is more difficult to see everyone but we try our best. Skype, facebook, and phone calls work best.
In less than 2 weeks I will be heading to Mackinaw Island for my cousin Jordan’s wedding. My husband Chris and Jordan went to school together so he is looking forward to seeing his friends and I am really looking forward to spending some time with my family.
My business has been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to go shopping to look for a dress. I decided to bring the store to my house and I order several dresses from Nordstrom and had them delivered. All the dresses were different styles and colors and lucky for me they all fit. The tough decision was deciding which one to keep! My decision is still up in the air but I need to decide in the next few days, below are the dresses I ordered, let me know which dress you like best and stay tuned to the blog to see which one I actually wear!
Moving is a great opportunity to clear the clutter and enjoy a fresh start. When a client hires Kuzak’s Closet to help manage their move and organize their new home we take care of all of the details – from the space planning to the unpacking.
We’ve been working on several relocations lately and today I wanted to share my favorite tips and some pictures to inspire you to embrace the opportunity to start fresh.
Tip#1: Sort and purge before you move! So many people pack up all of their possessions and take them to their new home without sorting and purging. Why bring unwanted clutter into your new home? Take the time to eliminate all of the items you no longer use or need. You’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to unpack!
I develop a sorting and purging schedule with my clients prior to their move. We typically schedule 4-5 sessions to work on each space in the home. This helps me understand their storage preferences and gives me an idea of how often things are used which is a great help when it comes to setting up systems in their new home. This is a picture of a toy pile that I sorted through the day before one of my clients moved…
I wanted to pass on some “thank you note” advice to all of the brides out there…
It is important to stay organized during your wedding process. Many of the gifts you receive will arrive in the mail months and weeks prior to the wedding date. If you are opening your gifts as they arrive (of course you are!) write thank you notes for each gift you open. Keep a check list of the gifts received and note next to each gift when a thank you note is written. Writing thank you notes as the gifts arrive helps to spread out the labor of this task and prevents all of the notes from sounding the same. Once the wedding date comes and goes and you have opened all of the gifts received at the reception, it is time to mail out your thank you notes. Never send a thank you note for a wedding gift before the wedding date!
The best advice I can give any bride is to enlist your groom to help you with the thank you notes. Afterall, he is also on the receiving end of all of the wonderful new items you will receive from your guests. It is more personal this way and it takes some of the responsibility off the bride.
My sister-in-law Kelly enlisted my brother Nick to help write thank you notes. His note was so cute, I totally cracked up! This is what thank you notes should all be like…
I am kind of sad that today is my last day of my week long wedding recap. Each day this week I have featured something new from my brother’s wedding. So far we have covered flowers, cake, friends, and family. Today I am featuring all of the dancing machines that were shaking it up on the dance floor. There is nothing I love more than watching a “Dancing Machine!” At Nick & Kelly’s wedding reception everyone was on the dance floor, even me and I never dance! When I wasn’t dancing I had fun snapping actions shots, check them out!
Stay tuned to the blog for the weekend’s “Sister Sister Sunday” linky party. Ashlie and I have decided to stick to the wedding theme for our party…hint hint! Next week I will get back to normal and feature more organizing tips, recipes, eBay sales, fashion, and before and afters. Keep coming back!
Each day this week I am featuring something new from Nick & Kelly’s wedding weekend. I have already featured flowers and cake, next I am going to feature “Friends.” Wedding guests came from all over the country to be apart of the wedding. It was great to meet Kelly’s family and friends and to see my brother’s friends from high school and college along with my parents friends from Michigan. Many of us stayed at the same hotel so we were able to catch up around at breakfast and around the pool. It was such a nice weekend full of fun and laughs.
All week I have been featuring wedding details from my brother Nick and his bride Kelly’s wedding last weekend. My sister and I got to spend some quality time together in Charlotte. This only happens a few times a year so we took full advantage of it. After the wedding weekend was over and the photos were uploaded and shared, we each took some time down memory lane to remember our weddings. Ashlie married Mark 6 years ago and I married Chris 4 years ago. We both married guys from Bad Axe Michigan whose father’s are accountants…(small world)!
Before we show you our wedding photos we have some important things to reveal. Last week we were lucky enough to have a giveaway from PiperSimone Papers. We are excited to let Jami from “Freckled Laundry” know she won a set of these cute pink tricycle note cards. Enjoy Jami!
Next, we want to reveal our favorite linky post from last week. We just loved all of your projects and recipes and we decided to feature April from “The Painted Cupboard.” Her blog features several awesome projects. We just love how she turned this drab furniture…
I love this picture of Mark and I in our getaway car after the wedding ceremony! Maybe because it’s a little different than the traditional wedding poses. This has been a favorite and was used on our first Christmas card as a married couple!
This is a true sister sister pose! This picture was taken when we got to our reception site. We had a lot of fun taking pictures on the 18th green and enjoying cocktails with our wedding party before the reception “offically” started!
1st Dance Picture
Mark and I did our first dance as soon as we were introduced at our reception! It was a perfect way to start the party! It was also fun for Mark and I to look around and take in everything that we had planned for months!
My brother Nick and his fiance Kelly tied the knot this weekend in Charlotte North Carolina. My family had so much fun, I was going to write a blog post about it but I decided I have too many pictures to fit into one post, I am going to do a “Wedding Recap Week.” Each day I will feature something new. Today, I am featuring the flowers all of the celebrations, everything was gorgeous!
I hope you aren’t getting sick of my wedding recap posts! I have already featured the flowers, cakes, and the friends this week. Today I am featuring family. It was great to spend time with my family and Kelly’s family. I rarely get to see any family because I live so far away. I was sad to say goodbye and tried to soak up as much family time as I could while we were in Charlotte. Here are some pictures of my family and Kelly’s, enjoy!
Each day this week I am going to feature something new from my brother’s wedding. Yesterday I featured the flowers and today I am featuring all of the cakes. Each one looked amazing and tasted wonderful! I am going to have to work out extra hard this week to burn them all off!
Ashlie and I just hosted a shower for Kelly, by brother’s soon-to-be bride. She received so many wonderful gifts, it made both of us flashback to our showers and remember the gifts we received and how much we use them today. If you know a bride-to-be, encourage her to Register! Register! Register! It is so important to have a variety of items at a variety of price points available for your guests to chose from. If she needs inspiration send her our list of favorites…
Wilton Armetale Flutes and Pearls Collection
I love this stuff, it is so versatile and classy, it simply goes with everything. They have really expanded the collection since I walked down the isle 4 years ago. We have several bowls and platters but I think our favorite piece is the pitcher. I have talked so many of my friends into adding Wilton Armetale to their registries and they always thank me.
Dear Kuzak’s Closet,
I really enjoyed your post about Bridal Registries from a few weeks ago. My fiance and I just started registering for our summer 2010 wedding, I am really excited about all of the things we have picked out but I have a question for you. We registered for a china pattern that we love and I was wondering if I should register for the matching serving pieces? There is a matching platter, bowl, cream and sugar set, and a teapot; each individual piece ranges from $110 to $200. I am not sure how often I will use them and I don’t want my guests to be turned off by such high ticket items on my registry, what should I do?
“A Bride to Be”
Thanks for your question. I am glad that you are having fun registering and found a great china pattern. To answer your question, you should absolutely register for all of the matching serving pieces that match your china. What is the point of having 10 place settings if you don’t have the matching pieces to host a great dinner party? If I was you I would register for everything that matches the china pattern and at least 2 platters and 2 serving bowls. You might not picture yourself using your china a whole lot right now, but down the road you will use it for entertaining and family parties. China patterns get discontinued regularly and I would hate for you to not be able to find the serving pieces in 5 to 10 years when you want them. Your guests need gift options in many different price ranges. Lots of people chip in on a nice gift with their friends, don’t worry, no one will be turned off.
Good luck & Best Wishes!
J.Crew’s bridal selection is so great, isn’t this bridesmaid dress darling?
Someday you will entertain and you will thank yourself for registering for nice serving pieces. Many different companies sell nice sets, I particularly like Wilton Armetale Serve Ware. Their stuff is great, it can go in the fridge, freezer, dishwasher, and even on the grill. It goes with everything! Wilton makes several different pattens, some are more simple and tradition, others more modern. I have seen this brand at several department stores, it often goes on sale too.
Don’t be scared of crystal, you will enjoy having it. I love Kate Spade’s Larabee Dot pattern, it is so simple and pretty. You can use the pieces all year round.
Extra Set of Sheets for Guests
Hey, some of your wedding guest may become your house guests, make sure to register for a nice set of sheets to have on hand in a neutral color that will go with everything.
This is the ultimate bridal gift, if you register for it you will get it and you will love it. My aunts gave me mine for a wedding gift which was extra special since they are both amazing cooks.