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Our Rock & Roll Carnival wedding is rolling along now!

Discussion in 'Bride World Wide & Grooms Grooves' started by jseconds77, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. jseconds77
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    by jseconds77 » Sep 19, 2016
    Hello Pricescopers!

    Remember me from http://www.pricescope.com/forum/show-me-the-ring/my-handmade-ring-is-complete-replicated-my-girl-s-tats-t212434.html thread?

    I thought it would be a great idea to start a new thread as our rock & roll wedding carnival comes to life! What is an r & r carnival wedding? It's a hybrid of our lifestyle and dating history coming to fruition for all our loved ones to participate in. Mind you, this is a long and in-depth post, what did you expect? I have a flair for the written word and verbage.

    We wanted a rustic barn venue because we're not a traditional kind of couple, so we spent months going on weekend road trips hunting for our perfect venue. Discouragement and frustration set in, but we leaned on each other and proved that together, we can make dreams come to fruition albeit expensive dreams.

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    The owners were very friendly and we ended up staying for close to 3 hours. We get to stay the week of our wedding at their farmhouse b&b on the lake and with all their antiques in place, we felt right at home with the vision we wanted. After weighing the pros and cons and taking mental breaks with my motorcycle, guitar and yes, football we decided that it we should put down a deposit. So, thousands of dollars poorer we were still able to smile at each other and brag to our loved ones we finally secured the venue.
    We know it will be a little more work because we have to DIY but with a built-in vintage soda jerk bar and our affinity for classic diners, it all came into place.

    My fiancee is a brilliant designer and has such a flair for color and schemes, so merely tacking up images and cardboard rock & roll decorations was not in the cards. Relentless image sourcing for our Pinterest boards, yes, plural resulted in countless ideas but we still lacked cohesion. My father knows me all too well but still struggled to understand what a rustic barn was and what exactly we were attempting to do. My fiancee unveiled a presentation complete with mock-ups of how our venue, or how we hoped it would ultimately look. With a snap of his fingers and a bunch of 'I sees' he was on board!
     
  2. jseconds77
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    by jseconds77 » Sep 19, 2016
    Our dates always consisted of Ms. Pac-Man and skeeball and since my fiancee has a natural, pin-up mole like Ms. Pac-Man it was only fitting for us to build our own arcade for the wedding. Wait, what? How do those things go together for a wedding?
    Lots of phone calls and e-mailing, which I found more fun than my on-site job resulted in securing 2 vintage skeeball machines, Ms. Pac-Man, and pinball. With a happy face and a few keystrokes we were rolling along.... rolling, skeeball... :lol:

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    Until my bride-to-be reminded me that we had to find a caterer, photographer dress, hair & makeup stylist, dessert truck, et al. And she added a lot of et. alls.... I did not want her to get too overwhelmed. Everyone wants their wedding to be perfect or as close to perfect as possible. I was so flattered when she changed her old Pinterest board(before we even met!) from 'If I get married.... to "When I get married..."
    With all the inspiration we get from one another we still had to swallow our pride and admit that a wedding coordinator could be a good idea. Now we got 3 people on this! How can this not happen?! Our coordinator has 18 years of successfully making weddings happen for happy couples and as rookies, how could be we possibly top that? So months of e-mails and phone calls commenced, which are still happening to this day....Though our wedding is summer, 2017 I have a feeling we still have lots to do and time will creep up fast.

    We all want to look our best on The Big Day. Still resting on my laurels from securing the arcade games, I went shoe shopping and sourced these kick ass kicks. Did she complain and gimme the 'You're not seriously considering wearing those?" routine? Nope, but she is tough on my ongoing, color matching struggles. I have multiple ties I sourced to match those kicks, or so I am hoping....
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    My quest for a seafoam green suit came to a grinding halt when suit makers straight faced me that it would cost comparable to a vintage motorcycle, albeit one that still needed work but still! That put things in perspective so I'm going with a modern cut black suit, seafoam/mint shirt and one of those ties that I secretly hope match.

    My fiancee is looking at retro 1950-1960s style wedding dresses which she will compliment with liberty curls. I hope the check we cut to the stylist we finally found didn't bounce.....
     
  3. jseconds77
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    by jseconds77 » Sep 25, 2016
    Catering proved challenging because my fiancee is a big fan of TV food-based shows, and social media cooking videos. Not so much of cleaning up after cooking, though. Keeping true with our wedding theme, we sourced a lot of carnival-based dish ideas but it took me awhile to be more flexible because not everyone wants to eat what I want i.e. 'I'm a fat boy on weekends."

    We learned catering costs can get absurdly high and fast, so we chose the company that usually feeds guests at our venue. I consulted with an old pal that is a pro chef and he green-lighted their quote. I still find it ironic as a non-drinker I have to purchase booze for others but common ground had me winning the Open bar is Insanely Priced discussion :) We're going with one signature drink, some craft beers and wine, I believe. I'm going with some kegs of high-end root beer and some choice bottled pop for our vintage ice cream soda fountain.

    After some hunting around our coordinator scored us some vintage-styled popcorn & cotton candy machines. This is coming along nicely....

    My fiancee found a very reasonably priced cupcake dessert truck, which is great because I use it to say 'Our dessert only costs this much to feed like 100 people, we should re-think (insert big ticket item here)." :naughty:
    Segue to classic photo booth.
    Every date we have ever gone on as well as trips together had us enjoying a photo booth. Guess how many companies have a working, classic booth and are willing to drive all the way to our wedding? Yeah, I thought so. Finally settled on this small, independent company that had just what we were looking for. Cost? $1,000. With no basis of comparison our coordinator said if it's important, go for it. I slept on it and agreed, I can always look at the bill and lament later.

    Thanks so much to all of you that keep reading and leaving nice, supportive comments!
     
  4. jseconds77
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    by jseconds77 » Oct 14, 2016
    Hi Price Scopers,

    Since I am no longer able to ride (ugh) due to motor issues my season is cut short, thus freeing up some time for me to update.
    We're going to a bridal trunk show tomorrow and I'm very excited despite obviously being unable to witness my fiancee actually trying on dresses. The designer she likes is from the UK so this is a great opportunity to score THE DRESS or at least get a stronger idea of what she may want. I really liked their vintage designs and envision her going with one.
    I'm left with the task of taking her family members around and showing them some form of fun for like 2 hours.

    We're struggling on deciding whether to rent an actual carnival truck for fried desserts, blinking lights and all! Every quote I got months ago was absurd but for some reason this new company, thus far is reasonable. I liked the cupcake company we were originally going with because of more variety and....much cheaper price :) I know the blinking lights fit our theme perfectly but I am a reasonable man navigating the unreasonable world of weddings.

    So it's been high 60's here and no rides for me. My bike sits broken (for now?) in storage and that's the sacrifice I am making. Full speed ahead with wedding plans!

    Did I mention I ordered the perfect tie for me this week? Whoo Hoo. big news there :appl:

    Take care everyone!
     
  5. jseconds77
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    by jseconds77 » Oct 22, 2016
    My fiancee scored her wedding dress! It's vintage inspired and I have no doubt she will look breathtaking.
    Today is round 1 for me to go suit shopping. I have given up my quest for a seafoam colored suit as the only pics I sourced were from runway shows featuring outrageous prices. I'm going with a mint shirt to match my shoes and a modern fit black suit. I'm also hoping to change into a black shirt with mint & black striped tie tied together with a mint blazer.

    Let the challenges of color matching begin! :wall: :lol:
     
  6. jseconds77
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    by jseconds77 » Jan 4, 2017
    Happy belated holidays to all!

    I scored my wedding suit but sadly, it's not seafoam as I originally intended. I looked high and lo and it was too challenging; Ones I came close to finding cost way too much and I couldn't justify spending that much. However, I am very happy with my choice and think I will clean up nicely :wink2:

    So, to anyone awesome enough to continue reading this thread I will keep updating. Let the countdown begin! It's 2017 and the date is approaching faster than I think....
     
  7. dollyanjuli
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    by dollyanjuli » Mar 20, 2017
    i love your threads!! keep posting and updating :))
     

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