Wedding Playlist: Hedley – Sweater Song

I heard this new song from Hedley called the “Sweater Song” today and could completely picture it being played at our wedding!!

Consider it added to Mike & Linda’s Royal Wedding Playlist!

So cute!

– Linda

Renting a Wedding Photobooth!

We don’t know where we want the venue of our wedding. We don’t know what themes or colours we want. We’re not sure what kind of food at the reception we should have. But what we do know (and have known, for a long time even prior to the engagement) is that we want a wedding photobooth!

This is mostly because of me. I love photos and photobooths. I think they’re becoming more common at weddings (and other events) these days, but a few years ago they were (to me) a pretty cool and different thing to have at a wedding. Mike agrees!

My wedding photobooth search in the past year (Mike and I have known we’ve wanted to get married for a long time, it was just never official until now but that didn’t stop me from looking wedding-related stuff up, lol) has led to about five Edmonton photobooth companies.

At this point we’ve narrowed it down to two local companies that could provide us with a photobooth on our special day:

Flashworks Photobooth

or

BMP Photobooth

We’ve actually had photobooth pictures taken from both of them – Flashworks while we attended the Bridal Show a couple months ago and BMP when we were at Capital Ex during the summer.

No decisions made on which to go with yet – and we won’t likely decide till a lot closer to the wedding date (which at this point is still an undetermined date in 2013), but it’s definitely something we’ll be budgeting for – and that I think would be a great addition to the reception.

Each guest/group of guests using the photobooth gets two copies. One copy they’ll be able to take home with them and the other copy we want guests to put in our wedding guestbook along with whatever message they end up writing! Something like this:

Photo Courtesy: Kelley Finnegan Blog/Sometimes Sweet Blog

There’s also this really cute Photobooth/Chalkboard idea
(thanks Angie for pointing it out to me!)

Photo Courtesy: welovelaughkiss blog + Love & Lavender

So we may include a chalkboard as one of the photobooth props available to our guests that day as well. :)

The way Flashworks/BMP’s rates look right now (before we try to haggle prices of course, lol) – is it’ll be about $700 for the lowest-end package. Both of those include unlimited number of photos for about 2-3 hours of booth rental time, digital copies, photobooth attendant, customized photo graphic/photo strip layout choice, choice of black and white or colour photos (colour of course!) and of course delivery, set up and tear-down.

I think these are all great features. The only thing I could see us wanting more of is how long the rental lasts and of course seeing if we can somehow get it for any cheaper, lol.

This is definitely something that I would prefer investing money into over say a fancy wedding cake. In fact I think we hardly care about the cake and at a lot of weddings I’ve been to, the cake has really just been an afterthought. Plus I’m not really big into sweets anyway. Mike had even suggested we can do wedding cupcakes instead of a cake – which I am also okay with!

Point is – I’d rather allocate more money towards the photobooth/photographer than on a really nice wedding cake. It’s far more important to me! :)

So have you been to a wedding where there was a photobooth? Was it a guaranteed hit? Have you had a wedding that featured a photobooth? Was it a great investment?

What do you think of having it weddings in general? Are there any other tweaks or ideas you’d suggest?

Feel free to leave a comment!! :)

– Linda

How we became engaged!

I thought it was funny after Mike and I got engaged, when everyone asked for “all of the details” of how he proposed because it’s not like it’s a long story!

It was quick, it was simple, but it was perfect.

On Christmas Eve, Mike and I were headed out of the city to spend Christmas weekend with his family. (Note: We had already celebrated Christmas with my family earlier in the week). We had to stop in Spruce Grove to pick up some bread for Mike’s Aunt’s spinach dip. I wasn’t really paying attention to the drive so it was a surprise when the car stopped, I looked up, and there were lit-up Christmas trees and people ice skating in front of me!

It was very cute! We hadn’t gotten a chance to check out the lights at Candy Cane Lane yet so Mike said this was to make up for that. We walked around the park, talking and taking pictures with the pretty trees, including this one:

There was one part that actually felt like it was out of a Christmas Tim Hortons commercial. People were skating and some were crowded around a bonfire. Then there was another group who were standing and sitting around a bench, pouring hot chocolate out of a big thermos with a Tim Hortons logo on it, lol!

More walking and then we started to head back to the car (didn’t want to be late for the family dinner!) and the next thing you know Mike’s poking my shoulder and I turn around and he’s bending down on a knee with the ring out!! I screamed “Oh my god!” and something like “are you serious” or “are you kidding” – I can’t remember, and Mike can’t either – he says he was so nervous he can’t really remember much about the proposal so he is absolutely no help in the creation of this blog page, lol.

Anyway, he said “Linda, will you marry me?” and I said “Yes!!!!!!!!!”

He put the ring on my finger, we hugged, we kissed, we became engaged!

The ring is pretty styling if I do say so myself. Mike’s got nice taste! Hehe. Unfortunately it was too big. (The above pictured is it in its non-resized form). I have very teeny fingers. Mike knows my size because I also have a promise ring from him (my ring size is 3 and a quarter apparently, while the average woman’s ring size is about 6 or 7!). But the Peoples Jewellers lady who sold him the ring told him they’d rather wait for me to come in and get it properly sized once instead of doing it and then maybe it’s not perfect (because too many re-sizings is bad for the ring!).

I called my family immediately – they already knew because Mike had gone and asked my parents for permission earlier that very same day! He didn’t want to wait around too long after asking them for permission either because he didn’t think that my parent’s could keep a secret for very long, haha! I texted my friends and as is the age we live in – I tweeted and announced the engagement on Facebook. Everyone was extremely supportive and very excited for us!!

Mike and I have been talking about getting married for a long time but didn’t really know when the engagement was actually going to happen. He had been saving money in his “super secret savings fund” for a long time so happy to say that the ring was paid for in full and he is in no debt because of it! (Smart guy!) So while I knew it was eventually going to happen, I absolutely had no idea it was going to happen on Christmas Eve!

Here’s a shot of the ring with the wedding band (below). I like it more than the ring alone but the band will get soldered on separately after our wedding.

So that is how Michael Brown proposed to me on Christmas Eve 2011!

– Linda

Welcome to Mike & Linda’s Wedding Blog!

Welcome to Mike & Linda’s Wedding Blog!!!

This is where we (well, mostly me, Linda) will be documenting the process (adventure!) leading up to our wedding! I will be posting about anything and everything related to weddings and things that would be applicable to our wedding.

Please visit often (I love website hits! lol) and celebrate our engagement and marriage with us online!

– Linda