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  • Re: Time Off Before Wedding

    My wedding is on a Friday and I'm taking the whole week leading up to it off.  We have family coming in from out of town starting on Wednesday.  My company gives me an extra 5 vacation days for getting married, so I'm putting them to good use.  I would probably be super distracted if I tried to go into the office that week anyhow.
  • Re: are you using an event planner?

    Mine were too.  Actually I was really wary of getting one because I had this idea in my head that it would be this crazy person who'd storm in and try to push me into getting more expensive everything and would run the show and laugh at my silly ideas or judge my smallish budget.  And then I'd read how other brides who had a DOC (not just Jen, but different coordinators/companies) absolutely loved it and kept saying how it was money well spent, and rather than being some wedding nazi their DOC turned into a friend/therapist/advocate.  So I looked into it, just for the heck of it, and ultimately ended up changing our minds.

    There are plenty of brides who don't use a DOC and obviously their weddings turn out perfectly fine, but I think if you have it in your head that getting one would be a benefit to you, then you should at least look into it.  Not necessarily book, but at least talk to a DOC and see what they might have to offer.

    And FWIW, I've been a bridesmaid in SIX weddings over the last two years (27 Dresses, here I come) and there is absolutely positively no comparison in organization between the 2 weddings who had a DOC, and the 4 that did not.  We're talking relaxed, champagne-sipping brides, vs stressed out, always-looking-at-the-clock brides :-/
    I agree with all of this, but especially the bolded.  I would highly recommend a DOC for anyone who can afford it.

  • Re: Who are you using as Photographer?

    We used Gabrielle Marks.  We couldn't be happier with our pictures.  Gabrielle and Matt were wonderful to work with - I can't reccomend them highly enough!
  • Re: Too much food?

    Ditto Snippet -- no such thing as too much food.
  • Re: Nook vs. Kindle

    I have a Nook.  I bought it originally because I really hated how the Kindle had a keyboard and the Nook runs a version of Android, so I could root it and do other stuff with it.  I'm on my third Nook in about 3 years (all warranty replacements).  The first one basically stopped charging.  The 2nd one was a refurb and never worked right - I think I had it for about 3 months.  I think it also had a battery issue - I'd have a decent amount of battery left and it would randomly turn off and tell me it had insufficient charge to power on.  The third one I've had for over a year and no issues (knock on wood).

    I've heard the Kindle doesn't have "page" numbers, which would drive me nuts.  My Nook gives me a page number for everything I read.  Sometimes the numbering is wonky, but it's really easy to figure out how long it's going to take me to read a chapter (if I know I need to do something in X minutes, should I bother to start a new chapter?). 

    Overall, I really like my Nook.  I also like that I can use the cashback from one of my credit cards to get B&N gift cards, so I very rarely spend "real" money on eBooks.  However, if I have another hardware issue, I'll probably switch to a Kindle since they no longer have keyboards.