Post # 1
The African American boards are a little…dead. I don’t want to reply to threads that were started months ago! So here goes.
I am Miss Tattoo and I’m African American. (cue: everyone says Hi Miss Tattoo like they do in AA meetings.)
I am 27 years old and I am planning a June 2012 wedding in Pittsburgh, PA. I am “engaged” to Mr. Tattoo. He is Irish so we are interracial and intercultural. Our theme? DIY. Once upon a time, the wedding machine had me wrapped around her pinky. I thought I needed a $30k wedding with personalized cocktail napkins, 10 foot tall centerpieces, the best food that everyone would just shit out at the end of the night, and a $6000 dress and a $7000 ring. Oh yes, I had everything planned from 7th grade.
Later in life I found out about the Debeers scam, blood diamonds, and the environmental inpact that mining has on our Earth and I cut them out. We have decided to go with moissanite because of ethical and environmental issues.
Also, one day I came across this blog and when I finished reading it, it changed my life. Seriously. Now our wedding is going to be much more intimate and a lot of things I am doing myself. I have even started writing our ceremony from scratch.
I would like to see other AA brides to get inspiration for hair (I did the BC and I am now rocking a natural fro and sometimes straighten it with a flat iron. SO I guess I’m half/half) makeup (because we all don’t look great it pink blush and lipstick) dresses, food, ect.
So there it is. I’m Miss Tattoo and I’m AA. ^_^
Post # 3
Hi, I am trugem! I am a NYD bride. My wedding is in less than 90 days! I have decided to rock a full weave with an insivible part (non of my hair will be left out). It will be easier for me to work with for my honeymoon. Braids don’t work for me because my hair is super thick and my head is big. lol I used 3 packs of hair for my kinky twists lol. My hair was too full and it made me look heavy so I will stay away from braids.
My wedding will have a guest list of about 400. We both have large families and it is not uncommon to have hundreds of people at family reunions, so a 400 guest wedding is not really uncommon for our family. Everyone is excited about our wedding because it is on NYD. They want to dress up and wear tuxes. lol Some people are trying to lose weight. lol
We are going to St. Lucia for our honeymoon. We will leave about 2 hours after the wedding. The wedding will end at about 11 and we will head to the airport at around 2am. It sounds crazy, but it works with our time constraints and it costs more to leave a day late.
The only thing that I have diy’ed is my blinged out shoes.
I have never did anything like this and my family thought I couldn’t do it (everyone except my FH).
Post # 4
@trugem: Those shoes are AWESOME! Wow! Very nice! Now, if I weren’t 5’11 and Mr. Tattoo was a bit taller than 6’2, I would totally rock heels on my wedding day! Maybe I can bling out some flats. ^_^
Post # 5
@Miss Tattoo: Thanks. They are 4 inches. I am 5’8 and FH is 6’2, so I can get away with them. I think blinging out some flats/lower heel would be a great idea.
What are your wedding colors? You can bling them out in those colors.
Post # 6
@trugem: Since our venue is at an outdoor park and mansion, our colors are soft pink and light yellow. I just want gerbera daisies everywhere! It’s going to be like a garden party.
I know what you mean about family reunions. My mothers side is huge and so is my father’s side. I wanted to keep it below 100, BUT when I made a rough draft I was already at 30! And that was my immediate family and first cousins, aunts, and uncles. lol
All of his family will be flying in from Ireland, NY, and AZ. We plan on an afternoon wedding and reception with a huge afterparty later that night.
Since our venue is a park, we have to be done by 6.
What about your colors? What’s your plans so far? You are almost there!
Post # 7
@Miss Tattoo: Pink crystals would look great on your shoes.
My colors are pool, black, silver, and white. I am having a bling theme with touches of damask. I have booked pretty much everything except the videographer. I plan to book someone this week. I will begin working on my candy buffet (which will serve as a favor for my guests).
Our wedding has been a long time coming. We have dated since we were 17 (over 7 years) so this is the BIG event for us and our families. Our wedding is the first wedding in our families a long time. None of our siblings are married and we are the youngest so we are being spoiled a little bit. Everyone is trying to go all out.
Post # 8
@trugem: I love candy buffets! I want one myself. I have been on the look out for apocrathy jars. I’ll probaby start collecting them at the beginning of next year. I think they are way better than personalized matchbooks.
Post # 9
Hi! I’m Cheeks11, I’m an AA and I’m from Dallas, Texas! Our wedding is in less than, 6mos and I’m slowly but surely but surely making my way through my DIY list. Our wedding will be small and intimate with about 40 people including the bridal party. Themes I’m incorporating into the wedding are feathers,bling and zebra print, touches of green apple. I know it sounds a little crazy but the total picture will look great…I hope My 14 year old son will be walking me down the aisle and my other 2 sons will be ring bearers. We are having a sand ceremony to include the kids and hand ceremony as something special for us.
I’m an encore bride but FI has never had a wedding (2nd marriage for him) and so I’m doing it up for him. I wanted the romantic beach wedding/honeymoon with just the two of us but everytime we talked about our wedding he mentioned having his family and friends there so full blown wedding it is!
So far my DIY projects I’ve completed are invites, centerpiece mock up, tears of joy packets, sign in table arrangement and escort card mockups. I’m currently working on OOT bags, programs and aisle feather pomanders and gathering items for my cupcakes in a jar favors.
@Miss Tattoo: I would love to also see some inspiration pics of other AA brides hair. I want kind of a side ponytail updo but my hair isn’t quite long enough right now. I recently bought some clip on extensions to test the look out and should my hair not be long enough by April 2011 I’ll definitely be pulling those bad boys out! lol
@trugem: I loveeee those shoes! I don’t even remotely have the patience glue all those crystals on. Excellent job!
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Post # 10
@Cheeks11: Very nice!!!! I love the zebra print and the green! You’re right! It does work out! And how cute are the tissue packs! (those are tissues right?)
Post # 11
@cheeks: great job!!!!!
@tru love the shoes!!!
I’m crebre80 and getting married next month (EEEEEE) I am doing a simple sideswept style with curls and wearing a birdcage which was semi diy (bought it from another bride and added a fascinator that I did myself)
I am doing everything myself since I work in the industry. We are having a brunch wedding in a loft overlooking the MS River with abt 70 guests. We will have feathers, chandeliers, and damask and yummy foods!!!
I have just completed the semi-diy for my invites and I adore them…
As far as favors go I am doing damask pens and ornaments that will have our wax seal as well as a candy buffet with some caramel apples….
Post # 12
@Miss Tattoo: Yep they’re tissue packets. I’ve gotten so many new ideas since joining WB. Everyone is so talented and creative. It’s so exciting to see everyone’s visions come to life. We all understand each other’s fragile state of mind during wedding planning. I’m always tell the FI about “my bees”. lol
Post # 13
Oh yes, I know what you mean. Before I joined I had this cookie cutter idea of weddings. I never would have dreamed to do ANYTHING myself. Now I have a list and it grows everyday! I just added tissue packs to the list! lol Thanks!
Post # 14
Hi! I’m OurWedding! I’m getting married August 13, 11. We are having a photo themed wedding. We both love pictures, A Lot! Our colors are black and white with blue accents. It looks like we are going to have around 200-225 people, and we’re doing good bit of DIY. Building our own photo booth, flower girl baskets, ring pillow and some of our centerpieces (with help of family friend who is a florist/decorator). I’m also going to make the accent pillows and cushions for our lounge, OOT bags, guest book, invites, and we are also making our own wine. We’ve done some test runs on the wine, and it’s really good.
We are keeping our budget around $10,000 including our honeymoon to the Dominican Republic. That is with my family gifting us some things.
As far as my hair, I haven’t totally decided what the style will look like. Some kind of up-do, but I will probably wearing a lace front wig or micro braids.
I’m glad this thread was started.
Post # 15
I’m tootietoo2, I’m AA & we’re getting married New Year’s Day (Hey Truegem, date twin!!). We’re doing an “Enchanted Winter Evening” motiff & our colors are midnight & silver. We’re older (he’s 41, I’m 40) and trying to keep a practical approach to things. We’ve whittled our guestlist down to 110 people, only 10 are not relatives. We’re having a candlelight ceremony in the little church we attend & being married by the pastor, who actually introduced us. We want it very intimate & only have 2 attendants each, 1 jr. bridesmaid, 2 ringbearers & a bellringer. Those will be the only children at our wedding as we want a more elegant adult event (dinner won’t even be served until after 8pm so not very kid-friendly.
We’ve booked all of our vendors except the florist & will have that done next week. We’ve finalized our menu & the ceremony programs are almost done. Invitations are almost ready to go out, my dress arrived last week & we’ve picked out almost all of our ceremony music, so I think we’re on schedule. FI has been talking about candy buffets lately or perhaps a late night snack of various desserts. I guess we’ll decide on that pretty soon.
I answered on truegem’s thread about natural hair. I’ve been natural for more than 20 years & will likely do a roller set & style it half up-half down. All of my jewelry is ready & I hav esome gorgeous blinged out shoes to wear! I do need to work on my veil (my aunt & I are making it) & finalize the bridesmaids’ accessories.
So nice to see some other sistahs on the board
Post # 16
@Cheeks11: Hi! Thanks. The shoes took about 2 months or so to complete. I spent from an hour to four hours on them at a time. I took a break for a while and I had to do one shoe in less than 3 weeks so that I could take my bridal pictures.
I love the bling on the invites. I wanted to get those for my wedding, but I found out the box invites started at about $45 each! I have two swarorski crystals on my invites now.