#MeetTheMindells: Two Months Out!
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#MeetTheMindells: Two Months Out!


Two months. As in eight weeks. I kind of want to puke thinking about that! But hey, we’re plugging along getting things done. Here’s the update!

DIY Lemon Drop Favors
The favors from my bridal shower! Photo by You Look Lovely Photography

What We’ve Done

Invitations. Signed, sealed… soon to be delivered! It feels SO GOOD to have the invitations designed and at the printer!! I’m sharing the TINIEST sneak peek, as I want to keep some things a surprise for our guests! But, we went with an all-calligraphy invitation mixed with some fun print backings and liners. Lauren finished up the envelope calligraphy and they’ll be put together and sent out in the next week or two. HOORAY!

Invitation Sneak Peek

We booked transportation for our guests! We rented a 48-person shuttle that will be doing a few trips from the hotels to the venue. This was our most economical option and we were ok with having to do a few trips because the hotels are really close to the venue.

We partnered up with Wayfair and will be creating the charger/favor/place card combo of my DREAMS! This is another project I don’t want to share too soon. But guys. It’s amazing. AMAZING! I’ll be sharing all about it after the big day!

We secured a pretty awesome escort card display, that is very Studio DIY and totally hilarious. Eeep! Secrets! There’s a tiny hint hidden in the photo below as to what it is.

Studio DIY Donut Stools
Photo by Jeff Mindell from the studio tour!

We finalized our linens (well, as much as they can be finalized this far out). We’re using a gorgeous neutral linen from La Tavola that will be romantic and drape-y on our two super long dining tables. We decided to do some custom napkins, so we ordered plain white ones and Bash will be dyeing them to match our color palette… pink pink pink!

I had a few long chats with Holly about some more floral details. We talked about how many bouquets and bouts were needed, and what the centerpieces would look like. Because we are having a family style dinner, we unfortunately are limited on how many flowers we can put on the table. However, Holly has a few great ideas for incorporating florals right into the platters and food display pieces and it’s going to be gorgeous!

Music! Our bridal party will be walking down the aisle to Married Life from UP and I’ll be walking down the aisle to Carl Goes Up also from UP (0:53 would be the part, if you’re curious!). I’m really happy about this and we always knew (well, since the movie) that this would be what we’d walk down to. I tear up when I hear the songs now! Our exit music is a secret! SHAZAM! For the reception, Jeff and his mom have a song, my dad and I have some great options (Thanks, Dad!) and Jeff and I are about THIS close to finalizing our song. I am most excited about dancing at the wedding. By far.

CAKE!!! We placed an order for our cakes! We’re having seven 9″ round cakes (they are four layers each though! WOAH!) and, sorry guests, but I gotta share some of the flavors here. Chocolate Peanut Butter with Salty Caramel (DIE!), Carrot Cake (Our personal fave!) and Meyer Lemon with Pomegranate are just a few of them. I am just DYING. We’re also beyond excited to be working with Minted & Vintage to outfit our cakes with some schnazy cake stands!

Everyone is clothed! OH HEY! Our bridal party isn’t going to be naked anymore! We win. Since the last update, I finally finalized what the girls are wearing, aside from one shirt for my niece.. but I’m working on that! Below is what we went with. The darkest skirt is way more maroon-y raspberry in person and not so red, by the way! They ‘maids will all be wearing this shirt. Jewelry is still TBD! We just ordered this tie for all the guys (fingers crossed we like it!) and the little dudes will be wearing black pants, white shirts and suspenders to keep things easy.

Bridesmaid Attire

Pink Skirt, Coral Skirt, Peach Skirt, Oxblood Skirt / Metallic Spot Shift, Gold Dress, Gold Skirt

I had my second dress fitting. Things are coming along! I’m now on the hunt for one final vintage piece to pair with it. I can’t say more because Jeff will yell at me. But if you could all read my mind and help me out, that’d be great. I recently got really badly sunburned on my back and have a really attractive racerback tan line to show for it. If any of you know how to get rid of this without self tanner, please let me know. Not gonna look so hot with my dress!

We got our rings in hand! Jeff’s needed to be resized and now I’m thinking I might have it engraved with a really funny Friends reference that I say to Jeff basically every day. Though I’m kind of mortified to tell the jeweler what it is! Ha! Mine fit perfectly and is a done deal.

We’re partnering up with Zazzle to create some AWE-SOME bags for our welcome bags with Lauren’s calligraphy. Eeep!

Studio DIY Welcome Bags

We booked our mini moon! After looking at all of the awesome suggestions you guys left on this post, we actually ended up deciding to stay put in Palm Springs at the Korakia. Because it really is the most gorgeous place ever and I couldn’t think of a better place to relax for a few days post-insanity!

We had our tasting for the welcome reception at The Saguaro and finalized our menu. We’ll be doing passed appetizers, charcuterie and a risotto station. We didn’t want this to be a formal sit down dinner so we kept it all very portable so it creates a more casual vibe!

 What We Need To Do

We need to finalize lighting and any small decor we’re bringing in to The Saguaro for the welcome reception.

We still haven’t finalized our day after brunch, though we now know for sure that we are just doing a light continental style brunch. We just need to make it happen!

Doughnut Plant
Photo by You Look Lovely Photography

Once some of those tasks are done, we need to put together a schedule of events for our wedding website.

We need to send out our invitations! Eeeep! Exciting! I really have no idea how many people will come (since everyone would/will be traveling) so we’re kind of at a loss for finalizing numbers until we start to hear back!

Jeff needs shoes. Bridesmaids need jewelry. I need *unnamed vintage item.* But hey, we’ve finally almost moved attire off the “Need to Do” list. SCORE!

We need to figure out the rest of our day-of paper goods, namely escort cards, menus, signage and ceremony programs. Ah paper! I love you, but you stress me OUT!

We need to finalize serving pieces with our caterer and Bash so Holly can begin designing floral pieces around them. We also need to conceptualize ceremony decor and whether or not we are bringing in some shade for us and the guests.

We still need to pin down a reading for Jaclyn to read at the ceremony. We clearly suck at finding something for this. We want it to be fun and funny and not at all wedding-y and traditional.

We need to fill our welcome bags! (And we’re asking your advice below!)

How We’re Feeling

We are just ready to be MARRIED already! We’re ready for November to be here. I think if we could do this all over again, we’d have a shorter engagement so decisions were made faster and the engagement period wasn’t so long. (Well, actually we’d probably elope but shhhh! I didn’t say that!) We’re really excited to get this show on the road! A lot of people have told me not to rush it getting here because it goes by so fast, but we are just anxious to get a move on!

Photo by You Look Lovely Photography

Oooh! We’ll also be sharing our engagement photos soon! Hooray!!!! Stay tuned.

Help! (Or, Questions for You Hitched Folks!)

Welcome bags! Welcome bags are actually one of my favorite things about weddings. I think they are so fun and easy to personalize, for both the couple and the location, and it’s a great extra touch to say thanks to your guests who have traveled so far! So, I’m curious… what’s your favorite item you’ve received in a wedding welcome bag? Or, what’s an item you put in your welcome bags that everyone went crazy for!? Was it homemade or something you can only get in your hometown? Something that meant something to the two of you? Tell us, tell us! At Jeff’s cousin’s wedding they put homemade choreg (a sweet Armenian bread) in each of them and it was THE BEST. Can’t wait to hear your guys’ thoughts!

And with that, we’re off for what is sure to be two really hard and intense months, that I hope are well worth it in the end!

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  • Janice

    Anything edible! (and water). I once had Georgetown Cupcake in a welcome bag!

  • Niki

    customized KOOZIES in welcome bags! Our guests went crazy for them (August 30th). Purchased off of etsy from a great seller – rook design co, lots of cute but modern designs.

    • Kelly

      That’s so fun! Jeff’s cousin got married last year and had custom koozies as the favors. Everyone LOVED them!

  • Jen @ Marshmallows and Margaritas

    I think edible is always good, and something to drink — that way, the guests will have something to snack on before or after the wedding. And personalized to the people or the location is always way more memorable.

    Our wedding was in Michigan, so we ordered these delicious things called “Wonder Bars” from Cherry Republic, which is a Michigan company specializing in cherry products. We also put tiny bottles of bourbon in everyone’s bags, because my husband is from Kentucky and his family has a bourbon company. I had wanted to bake cookies myself and put them in everyone’s bag, but that really wasn’t practical.

    The most recent wedding I attended had Berger cookies as favors, with tiny personalized photo books to go with them. The wedding was in Baltimore — the only place you can get Berger cookies — but I thought it was kind of funny because the bride can’t eat them! She’s allergic to chocolate.

    • Kelly

      I really like the idea of something being local to the wedding location! Now I just have to think of something you can only get in Palm Springs!!

  • Heather Smoke (Curly Girl Kitchen)

    It’s fun reading through all your planning, and feeling a sigh of relief, because I just got married two weeks ago, and now I can relax! 🙂

    I love the idea of something edible in the favor bags. I made homemade jam for all my guest favors, but maybe some personalized drink bottles with cute straws, and some snacky stuff in little bags?

    Your cakes all sound so amazing. I made my own wedding cakes, and I had german chocolate, vanilla bean with ganache filling and speckled shaved chocolate vanilla buttercream, lemon poppyseed with homemade lemon curd filling, almond chocolate chip, and chocolate espresso. Also I made shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt, toffee and crushed nuts, as well as shortbread tartlets filled with homemade lemon curd, salted caramel and ganache. I’m all about having lots of desserts, so I know your guests will love what you have planned! 🙂

    • Kelly

      Congrats!!! Those cakes sound DELICIOUS!! Especially almond chocolate chip. Wowza! Definitely agree on having lots of desserts. It’s really the only thing I care about! Ha!

  • Vanessa

    My husband was from Ohio and I’m from LA. We did an LA-wedding and included these special chips you can only get in the Midwest (http://www.ballreich.com/). They are AMAZING! It was a nice treat from home for all of the out-of-towners.

    We’re also big drinkers and wanted to make sure our guests had a good time, so our welcome bag had a bunch of funny “hangover cure” items.

    At our reception we had an In-N-Out truck surprise everyone as a late night snack since they don’t have In-N-Out in Ohio. Thinking for your bags, you could do a small gift certificate for a local treat on the way out? That could be fun.

    Everything you’re doing sounds so delightful! Can’t wait to see how it all pans out.

    • Kelly

      AH! I wish I was a guest at your wedding! It used to be my dream to have the In-N-Out truck at my wedding! I’m sure the hangover cures were very appreciated! 😉

  • Jamie

    So I totally went and listened to 0:53 and got legit chills! What a sweet and unique song…and I love that movie! I didn’t know “they” let you walk down the aisle to anything?! I don’t know how you’ve made all these decisions. Congrats on being a little bit closer to the grand finale!

  • Marie Dannettelle

    I’m a huge fan of Studio DIY and am loving all of your wedding prep/behind the scenes. Your shower was KILLER! For our welcome bags we included a bottled water with custom label, chocolates, band-aids, advil, mints/gum a funny little figurine that went with our theme and some snack items. The guests seemed to appreciate them. I’d some to send some of our personalized Signature Sour Lolli’s for your welcome bags. Marie@sweetsindeed.com

  • Zen

    Love the ‘maids skirts- they’re so practical and reusable! 🙂

  • Caitlin H

    Welcome bags are such a thoughtful addition, especially for out of town guests! My friends created a little handwritten and collaged guide to Richmond, Va., with their favorite restaurants, shops, and sights within walking distance of the hotel.

    • Kelly

      Love that! I think we are definitely going to try and incorporate a map of Palm Springs with some of our favorite spots!

  • amanda

    I just have to say your favors from the shower are ADORABLE! What a great idea – the label just makes it perfectly complete!

  • Kristin

    Hi! I am a new fan of Studio DIY and am loving all of your wedding prep/behind the scenes. My fiance and I are getting married in October and feeling quite the pressure and a bit over all this “wedding planning” talk… I agree, there is something nice about short engagements. Off topic, I just adore your lemon dress you are wearing above. Do you happen to remember where you purchased it? Thank you!

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