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Knocking things off the list

by Meghann on January 2, 2013

Hellllooooo out there!

My apologies in advance if my blogging is a bit spastic this week. We are in full on wedding mode at my parents’ house and I’ve barely had time to check my email today. This is the first chance I’ve had to sit down and relax and man does it feel amazing. 🙂

The good news is we managed to get a LOT done today. A couple of the major things I had to cross off my list were the hotel bags and the seating chart.

The hotel bags were pretty straight forward. We picked up a few snacks at BJ’s this morning (individual packets of almonds, granola bars, apples, and water bottles) and filled the kraft bags I got a Joann’s with the goodies.


(psst…. many thanks to my cousin Angela and mom for being awesome helpers today)


I also had a letter for the welcome bags.


It read:

” Dear Friends and Family,

Welcome to Titusville and to Meghann and Derek’s wedding weekend! We are beyond happy that you are here with us to celebrate this amazing day. In this bag are just a few treats for you to make your stay more comfy. In addition, here is some general information that might be helpful:

On Saturday, a shuttle will leave the lobby of the hotel at 4:00pm and take guests to the wedding location. If you wish to take the shuttle, please be in the lobby near the front desk a bit before 4:00pm. Shuttles will begin leaving the reception site at approximately 8:30pm and will run until 10:30pm.

We will be hosting a Morning After Brunch for all of our out-of-town guests on Sunday, Jan 6th. The brunch will take place at the bride’s parents’ house at XXXXXX from 10am -12pm. Please join us and have a nice full breakfast so we can all see each other off!

Thank you again for making the trip out to be here. Your presence on our wedding day is what makes it so extra special for us. See you soon!

Love Meghann and Derek”

It took a while to get the letter for the welcome bags just right. I had a lot of help from the WeddingBee boards. 😉

On the flip side I included some suggestions on what to do and where to eat in Titusville.


Derek and I had fun selecting the bride and groom recommendations for all of our favorite spots. I thought it was a nice way to personalize all of the suggestions.

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The final bag contents:


I called ahead and discovered 15 rooms were currently booked under our block. We made 20 bags just in case there were any last minute check-ins. I dropped all the bags off at the hotel this afternoon and asked if they would distribute one bag per person booked under our room block. The hotel clerk was really sweet about it and told me it wouldn’t be a problem.


Next up: the seating chart.

This was my inspiration.

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Our original plan was to buy the tags at Staples and handwrite the names, but neither of us had great handwriting. Then my mom had this idea to buy clear labels to print the names on and place on the tags. When we went to check out the clear labels we discovered these

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Printable tags. Brilliant.

I downloaded the template when we got home and had all the names loaded and ready to print in no time.


We decided to spice the tags up a little bit and stamped some snowflakes on the print outs before we printed the names.


No set pattern, just random snowflakes stamped with copper, silver, and light blue ink.


Unfortunately we were on such a roll that I forgot to snap a picture of a finished sheet before we punched the cards out. Here’s an example of one where the alignment was off and the date was wrong (it’s 4.30 not 4.31) aka a “mess up.” The sheet had to be re-printed, but luckily we had extras ready to go for situations like these.


And here’s the final product.


LOVE them!

Our table numbers are dates which represent important moments in our lives. I’ll have to do a separate post on the table numbers (which already look AWESOME) when they’re finished.


The tags will be clipped to some string my dad has rigged up between two polls. It’s the same set-up my brother and sister-in-law used to display photos at their wedding. Recycle, reuse – right?

We took a sub break for lunch after we hit BJ’s this morning and I got a roast beef and horseradish cheddar sub from Publix.


I had some carrot sticks and hummus for a late snack this afternoon.


I also had a very important person to pick up from the airport.


Ashley is here! She just returned from St. Croix and looks so tan and relaxed. I’m so excited to have another bridesmaid in town!!

We stopped for dinner at a mediterranean place by the airport.


I ordered the falafel platter with falafel, tabouli, and hummus, which was good, but I definitely had order envy for the mediterranean salad Ashley ordered. That salad looked good.


I’m beat. Tomorrow we’re tackling the flowers and a couple of other last minute tasks. My sister, twin brother, and Derek will also be here in the morning – YAY!!!!

1 TorontoRunner January 2, 2013 at 11:18 pm

My gosh, there is a lot to do for a wedding eh!
Eeeek, so exciting!!
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2 Reenie January 2, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Love the name tags, so cute.

3 Sabrina January 2, 2013 at 11:36 pm

Such a cute idea with the tags!!

Crackerjacks must be good, huh? I’ve drive by several times but never stopped in. Maybe I’ll have to make a point of it next time I am up that way. We always tend to gravitate towards Dixie Crossroads when in the northern part of the county.
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4 Ashley January 3, 2013 at 1:13 am

That tag idea looks sooo cute!!!! Glad everything is coming together for your day!
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5 Michelle January 3, 2013 at 6:22 am

The tags look great! Only a few more days!
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6 Kristen @ notsodomesticated January 3, 2013 at 6:48 am

Yay, only a couple of days left! Enjoy every moment!! 🙂
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7 Cher @ Weddicted January 3, 2013 at 6:52 am

This post made me miss wedding planning!

Those tags are so cute! I can’t wait to see the finished product.
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8 Kathy January 3, 2013 at 7:16 am are talented beyond…Meals and Miles may have to change to “Meals, Miles and More (DIY)” 😉

9 Lauren January 3, 2013 at 7:21 am

I love your idea of a guest letter with suggestions for out of towners! Good luck this week girl. It will all be so amazing! xoxo
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10 Kaitlyn January 3, 2013 at 8:36 am

I LOVE the hotel bag idea! I was at a wedding this past weekend where they included mini packets of advil in the bags…haha.
GOOD LUCK finishing up all the wedding details over the next few days!! I bet it’s going to be a beautiful wedding.

11 Liz January 3, 2013 at 8:39 am

WOW you have to be the most organized person in the world. Your wedding is going to be so awesome. And you don’t need to apologize for not blogging. We all understand. 🙂
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12 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats January 3, 2013 at 9:09 am

The tags came out great! The snowflakes really made them stand out. As a guest at many out of town weddings, I think the letter with suggestions is fantastic.
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13 Chelsea January 3, 2013 at 9:09 am

Looks good! What’s with the 04.31 table, though? There is no April 31st.

14 Meghann January 3, 2013 at 10:29 am

You’re right it’s 4.30. That was a mess up and went in the trash 🙂

15 Chelsea January 3, 2013 at 10:46 am

Ah, cool, that makes sense! 🙂

16 NYC Fit GIrl January 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

Have an amazing time this weekend!!!
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17 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 3, 2013 at 9:15 am

I love the table numbers, that is such a cute idea! Ahhh I’m getting so excited for you!
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18 Natalie @ Free Range Human January 3, 2013 at 9:28 am

It looks like it’s all coming together! I’m so excited for you!
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19 Sara January 3, 2013 at 9:42 am

April 31, eh? Not a real date.

20 Meghann January 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

I know. That was one of the reasons we threw the sheet out, but thank you for reminding me that it should be 04.30 🙂

21 Emily N January 3, 2013 at 10:03 am

You accomplished a TON! I remember arriving to my mom’s on the tuesday before the wedding and doing the gift bags as well! 🙂
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22 Amanda January 3, 2013 at 10:04 am


23 Meghann January 3, 2013 at 11:13 am

What can I say? We like to add days to April. 😉

24 Jennifer V. January 3, 2013 at 10:51 am

Love the bags!!!
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25 Ashley @ Eat Run Live Happy January 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

I just started reading your blog a couple weeks ago and I already feel like I know you. I’m so excited for your wedding and can’t wait to plan my own one day! (Even though I’ve been married once I never had a wedding… It’s one of those if I could take it back things.)
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26 Beth January 3, 2013 at 11:23 am

Best wishes on your big day!
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27 Ally January 3, 2013 at 11:40 am

I find it quite offensive that you used the word “spastic” in the first sentence of this post. It’s inappropriate, and doesn’t even make sense in this context….

28 Kasandra January 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I get where you are coming from, but not everyone knows the reference to cerebral palsy, especially here in the US. In fact, Merriam Webster simply defines “spaz” as a shortening of the word “spastic” and “one who is inept”. And for the context, seeing how the word is defined (as detailed supra), it makes complete sense (not that saying M is “inept”). Re-lax. It’s not like she said she put jimmies on her ice cream.

29 Lesley T. January 3, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Yeah, I think “sporadic” or “sparse” would have made, you know, sense.

30 Melissa @TryingtoHeal January 3, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Ok, I had to skip over the welcome letter so I could read it when I get there!! I can’t wait to see everything!! 🙂
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31 joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

So exciting!!! This post almost sorta makes me think of your Summit planning posts haha I think you were well prepared for wedding planning. 😉
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32 Sara @ fitcupcaker January 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I wish I was tan lol… And those tags are brilliant! I had falafel for the first time and loved it!
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33 Annette @FitnessPerks January 3, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Those tags look awesome!

Have fun with everyone there 🙂

34 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions January 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I love your place card and table numbering idea! I’ve been to A LOT of weddings over the past 12 months (5, to be exact), and I’ve got to hand it to you for not doing the “Pictures of us at age 1 on Table 1, pictures of us at age 2 on Table 2” thing. I went to exactly one wedding that didn’t do that, so A+ to you for doing something more creative. The place cards are also so adorable! I love that you stamped snowflakes on them. So cute!
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35 Janine @ The Purple Giraffe January 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Guests in our wedding block loved the Out-of-Town baskets – there are so many things that people forget when traveling to a wedding!

We included AA batteries for cameras (I always forget extra), snacks, Emergen-C, crystal light, bottled water, mini champagne splits (everyone’s favorite part addition to the baskets), advil, excedrin, those “wisps” disposable toothbrushes, play packs for the rooms with kids (crayons and mini coloring books), things like that – they were much appreciated!
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36 Army Amy* January 3, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Yeay for getting big things out of the way! Hopefully you’re feeling more calm as the days go by and not more stressed out. It sounds like things are going swimmingly and you have lots of help.*
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37 Katie @ Livehalffull January 3, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Wow, I’m so impressed with your DIY skills! Hope the timelines I sent helped out and the big day goes off without a hitch! (Or at least hitches that are fun to laugh off!)

38 Jenn January 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm

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39 Brittany January 3, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Yay! The big say is soo close. I’m super excited for you and can’t wait to see pictures.
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40 Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement January 3, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Having help makes it SOOO much easier. I loved putting together for our Charleston themed wedding gift boxes.

Publix subs are a MUST when I come to Florida…there is a reason people rave about them!

41 Diana @ designed by Diana January 3, 2013 at 7:38 pm

I love Publix subs and roast beef and cheddar is my fave.

The place cards came out super cute! The snowflakes gave it just the right touch
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42 Rebecca@Runningfoodbaby January 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm

I love your seating chart!

Take it easy tomorrow/Saturday and try to just let everything sink in – you will be very surprised how fast the day goes by!
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43 Melissa January 3, 2013 at 9:07 pm

So exciting! I love the dates on the place cards!
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44 Sara@RunningInPinkProject January 3, 2013 at 11:13 pm

The name tags turned out great!!!! Enjoy the rest of wedding week. 🙂
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45 Lizzzzzzzy January 4, 2013 at 6:42 am

Love love love your gift bags. I need to add them to my Pinterest boreds!!!

I went to a wedding four weeks ago that was out of town and they gave us so much stuff in the bags that I left it behind in the hotel for the maids. Simpler is better!

46 Brittany January 4, 2013 at 10:38 am

What a fun idea – I love all of the creative aspects of your wedding! I just got married in October 2012 and incorporated some fun Pinterest ideas into my wedding…but you’ve really outdone yourself. I bet it will be gorgeous! 🙂 Congratulations – enjoy every single moment…it truly does fly by!

47 Julia H. @ Live Young & Prosper January 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Loving the idea of the hotel bags. Bet everyone will appreciate the healthy snacks!

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