Candy is Dandy, but Liquor is Quicker

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The Dress Hunt

I’m going “serious, for real, this is the one” wedding dress shopping tomorrow. I’m going with two of my closest and most honest girlfriends: Katie and Teddy.

The idea is that we will pick “the dress” and some good runners up. Then, when my family comes to visit the first weekend in May, I will just take them to one or two places for the experience and purchase the dress with my Grandmother, who is amazing and wants to buy it for me.

Katie and I did a “dry run” at RK Bridal a few weeks ago because I was off the charts nervous about trying on dresses. Turns out - it is not scary at all. We had an awesome stylist who made the appointment fun and I think I accidentally tried on the dress that day. I mean, I still think about it and look at it on its little website and will likely compare every dress I try on this weekend to it.

So, why am I wasting my time on Saturday, you ask? Well, I am not sure if it is the dress and I want to see a few more before I call it a day.

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Sorta freaked out

I realized last night that the laundry room in my building is really death trapish.

You take the elevator down to the basement, then if it is a weekday between 9:00 AM and 10:00 PM, you’re supposed to be able to access the storage units, where there is an exit to stairs and you’d survive a raging inferno.

However, if it is the weekend (or outside the hours above), that door to the storage units is occasionally padlocked (depending on the porters schedule) and you’re left to die.

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I’m engaged! Now what?

That’s how I felt, anyway. We got engaged right before the holiday season, so we decided not to do anything right away. I went home for the holidays and did all the requisite “oohing” and “ahhhing” over my ring, and general engagement, with my family. We hosted a New Year’s Eve party at our place, then, all of a sudden it was January 2014.


Control freak Lacey springs into action! I had no idea how much in advance I’d need to book our venue. However, my spidey sense told me places book up fast in Manhattan. And, I sure didn’t want to say we “settled” on a second choice.

I started my research in the most logical place - the Internet. There were a few venues I’d heard about and knew we should consider and a few places I knew were out because of friends’ weddings (i.e. Tribeca Rooftop).

Here’s my initial list:

Blank Spaces:
The Glass Houses
Manhattan Penthouse on 5th Avenue
The Upper Crust / 91 Horatio
620 Loft & Garden
Penthouse Six
Studio 460
632 on Hudson

Bryant Park Grill
Gramercy Tavern
Colicchio & Sons
One if by Land, Two if by Sea

Trump Soho New York
Gramercy Park Hotel
Bowery Hotel
Hudson Hotel
Bryant Park Hotel

Yeah, our final choice isn’t even on that list. How many places did you check out before you finally made a choice? How far in advance did you book your venue?

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Yum! Can’t wait to eat tonight with @veuveclicquot ! How pretty is this menu by @lhcalligraphy ? #VCtasting

I’m learning calligraphy. Can’t wait to try it on chalk boards!


Yum! Can’t wait to eat tonight with @veuveclicquot ! How pretty is this menu by @lhcalligraphy ? #VCtasting

I’m learning calligraphy. Can’t wait to try it on chalk boards!

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14 Pieces of Actual, No-Bullshit Wedding Planning Advice

Mostly, this is pretty helpful advice. She’s not wrong about the amazingness that is Google Docs (hat tip to Emily on that one! ).

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