Wedding Update

Well, I just booked our trip to Vegas for scouting, tasting, meeting and viewing all the locations and vendors we are considering.  It’s going to be a whirlwind 3 day jaunt, on what’s probably the busiest wedding weekend in Vegas since 10/10/10 falls on it.

I’ve loosened up a lot on what I thought I wanted, namely the ceremony location.  I love the Valley of the Falls location at Mandalay Bay:

But I kinda dig the Flamingo’s gazebos,

and the MGM Grand’s Terazza

so after we see the spaces and find out how the packages can be altered we’ll make the final decision.

I kinda hope we fall in love with Flamingo and that they’re flexible with the packages cuz it’s so super cheap!

The aspect that was stressing me out the most was the whole reception issue.  The in-suite cocktail party may still happen, but I had to loosen my grip on the vision I had of it being more DIY.  The Stardust Suite at the Orleans is gorgeous and huge:

But we have to use their catering, and I’m not upset about it anymore, it may cost a bit more, but as long as it tastes good, I’ll be happy.

Other suites we are looking at are the Vista Suite in Mandalay Bay, the Terrace Suite in MGM, and the Apex Suite at Planet Hollywood.

If those end up being spacious enough for our group, we’d go with that, and DIY the food with an outside caterer that is raved about on the knot, and is very reasonably priced.

If none of these options work out, we will do a more traditional option and have our party in a restaurant.  We have 3 in the running that seem to have decent menus and are not bank-breaking. 

We decided to have a fun treat for our guests after the cocktail party and It’s super quirkycheezy and I’m SO excited about it.  We’re going to do a double decker bus tour of the strip, hosted by……you guessed it…. ELVIS!!!

 (Travis Allen as Elvis)

It’ll be nice to see the strip like this and get to take photos and also have a lil seranade by the King :)

So, we’ve got loose plans, and after our visit we’ll be able to make our final decisions.

We’re having our engagement photos taken while we’re out there too! So excited about this.  The photographer Kacey seems super nice and I dig her work, and she’s very inexpensive for what she offers. I actually found her via craigslist. Check her out here: http://www.kcbeephotography.com/

This weekend I’m going to pick up my dress from Davids.  It came super duper early grrrr.  And they left a message like, well, it’s here come get it we don’t hold it past 30 days.  WTF?!  They told me it would be here in November.  ::sigh:: 

I’m just glad it’s in.  Better early than late!  I’ll definitely try it on and take pics, I’m praying it wont need too much work in the alternations department.  Cross your fingers for me!

Dry Braidout

I usually do my braidouts on damp hair, but last week I did it on 2 day old dry hair that was moisturized and coconut oiled.

I made 7 braids, and didn’t roller set the ends like I normally do:

I am happy with the results (except the ends) and love how fluffy it’s getting.  Much more poufy and way less defined than a braidout done on damp hair.

To recreate this simple style, just rough part hair, moisturize the section or the ends (depending on what your hair needs) and then just braid it up section by section.  Allow the braids to “set” overnight and in the morning unbraid and voila!

Do you do/like braidouts? Why/why not?

Do you normally do them on wet or dry hair?

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