Friday, June 25, 2010

RSVP woes - c'mon people, send them back!

We've passed the '2 weeks to go' mark for the RSVP return date, and still are waiting on 30 RSVPs to come back for 55 people. I think we'll be doing a lot of chasing up :(

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Makeup trials

I was searching for inspiration on the net last night and came across a picture from the Sydney Fashion Festival 2008. The model was wearing all corals - cheeks, eyes and lips, and it looked fantastic. The Adore Beauty article very handily had the makeup colours listed. I checked the eyeshadow (Paradisco) on the MAC site and found that it was a frost finish, which means it's got a fair bit of shimmer in it. I try to stay away from sparkly shadows as they don't suit me, and also they can reflect in photography so not good for wedding styles. Instead i had a look through their matte and satin finishes to see if there was a similar colour in a different finish, and found the closest matches were a satin called Girlie and a matte called Free to Be. Girlie was the closest match so i started searching on Google again for pictures using it.

Most of what i came across was makeup used on Kirsten Davis for the Twilight movies. There's a lot of websites which have the listing of the colours used on her, which for the eyeshadow were Blanc Type, Flute (no longer available, Girlie is the closest) and Wedge. I haven't seen the movies but they had a picture of her there and it was a nice natural look. Wedge is described as a soft muted golden beige taupe, in matte. Girlie is a soft muted rosy-pink with subtle shimmer in satin, and the highlight colour i will use is Shroom, a soft muted golden beige with opalescent shimmer (satin). I think these three will go well together, and i'll use Showstopper in the outer corner of my lid.

I need to go out and buy these before i do a proper trial, but in the meantime i had an old Maybelline compact in Designer Chocolates, which had a brown slightly darker than Wedge and a pink, so i used that to do a trial today. I also got to use the false lashes i bought :) 1000 hour individual lashes in Flared Medium Black. They're incredibly long so i'm glad i got medium instead of long.

In the first picture i've got 4 lashes on, but i decided to try 6 on the other eye, which blends the line of the lashes in better with my natural ones. The shadow seems *really* heavy to me in real life, but as you can see from the photos it looks subtle on film. Next trial we'll take in daylight with Rob's SLR to get it as close as possible to what the wedding photography will be like. These pics were taken indoors with my little compact.

DIY wedding invitation photo frame

I've also seen these called wedding shadow boxes, but mine's just done in a regular photo frame (16"x20" from Ikea), rather than a shadow box, as we didn't have anything that's more than a few millimetres thick.

This is it half finished. I have kept a space for our Order of Service and our Thank You postcards, and also a spot for a red autumn leaf and any other small items that we see that we know will remind us of the wedding. I also plan to stick all the pieces to a black backing sheet when i can find one, so they're on a temporary white one at the moment. Black will show them off better and look far more dramatic; white tends to clash with the ivory colour of the invitations.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Wondering how many RSVPs we'll need to chase up?

We've just passed the 4 week mark since we sent out the invitations, and so far we've had 9 responses out of 70 invitees. I'm really happy that those 9 have taken the time to post back their responses, but am more than a little worried that in three weeks we're going to have to make 20 or so calls to find out who will be coming! Fingers crossed that most of them start coming back now that it's closer to the date.

I think even with a destination wedding, there's really no need to have such a long RSVP time period, especially since people had already make up their minds whether or not they were coming after the Save the Dates. For anyone about to send out their invitations for a destination wedding, i would recommend the same amount of time for your responses as you would for a local wedding - 3 or 4 weeks (assuming of course that you've sent Save the Dates in advance).

Monday, June 14, 2010

Accommodation booked

Took a break from wedding planning for a few weeks, and i'm just slowly easing back into it now. Tonight we booked the accommodation for us, my sister and her boyfriend, and our photographer. We will also book Rob's brother's room when he has bought his flight over.

We also made the final payment to the photographer tonight. One more payment out of the way (and out of our accounts).