Archive for September, 2009

iPhone App: zing!

I’m supporting my friend’s new iPhone App zing!. It’s a pretty fun soundbox application which has a bunch of cool sounds (ba dum bum, car crashing with the hubcap rolling and wobbling, and bow chicka bow wow). Oh, and it also works on the iPod Touch. Check it out on Zing! !

You can read a bit more about it in their press release.

Learn more about the app on the zing! website.

Scarf Girl, sounding off.


Fast Wedding Planning?

So one of my friends was telling me about her friend who’s going to get married “this fall” but hasn’t chosen a date or made any plans. Well, the fall is coming up and it got me wondering about how quickly someone could plan a wedding if they haven’t been dreaming about this day since they were 5. My guess is that they could plan a wedding in 4-6 weeks.
The best way to pull this off is to find a venue in their geographical region that would have a wedding package or a list of vendors which works at the venue often. This way, it eliminates the process of searching caterer/photographer/florist/etc.

So here’s what I think are the steps:

Week 1:
1) Find a venue. This will dictate your date.
2) Tell all your guests via phone/email/evite/paper invite. If you have fewer than 50 guests, you should consider calling them (it’s cheaper). Besides, it would be nice to have a chat with them. If you have more guests, maybe you could send out an email/evite. If you think that’s too tacky, then go to Michael’s (w/ a 40% off coupon of course!), Office Depot or Target and buy some blank wedding invites to print at home (or after hours at work when no one’s looking).

Week 2:
3) Find/Shop for a dress (unless you have something white/off-white/cream/any color works really, except maybe for black). It’s your wedding, you can wear whatever you want.
4) The Groom can wear a nice suit that he already owns, though maybe he could buy a new tie for the occasion.
5) Nix the wedding party, but if you must, choose 1 bridesmaid and 1 groomsman. This way, they can wear something they already own and you don’t have to worry about matching.
6) Choose a caterer and taste the foods to select a menu. It would be convenient if the caterer also does cakes. Though you could go around tasting cakes from other places, because it’s fun and who doesn’t like free cake?
7) Choose a photographer from the list of vendors.
8) Find an officiant (if your venue doesn’t come with one. It could be a friend or relative).

Week 3:
9) Find a florist or choose your flower package if it’s included with the venue package. Just stick with the minimum: bride’s bouquet (and one for bridesmaid if necessary), groom’s boutonneire (and groomsman if necessary), corsages for moms and boutonnieres for dads. You could also make your own wedding flowers if you or your friends are somewhat crafty. Just buy the flowers from Costco, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, etc. This route definitely saves you money but is more trouble.

Week 4:
10) Make dinner seating chart.
11) Make day of schedule.
12) Find some friends to be ushers/gift table & check-in table workers.
13) Apply for marriage license.
14) Gift registry.

I think that pretty much covers the basics of wedding planned in a short amount of time. There are other things one could add, but it’s all icing after these things. Here are some other things you could end up doing but aren’t essential:

1) Hair & Makeup (if you know how to apply a bit of makeup and curl/style your own hair, you’re set).
2) Guest book (how many people actually look at this afterwards?)
3) Transportation (you could rent a limo if you wanted)
4) Multiple outfits (some brides like to change into other dresses)
5) Bride accessories (jewelry & hairpieces)
6) Programs
7) Cake topper and serving set.
8) Manicure & pedicure (though you can just do your own).
9) Random other stuff I can’t think of at the moment.

And there you have it. You COULD plan a wedding in 4-6 weeks if you don’t have any preconceived ideas about how it should go.

Scarf Girl, signing off.