Follow Friday # 1 | Cris from Kiss My Tulle
Welcome to the very first Follow Friday. I've been thinking about this series for a while. You know the whole Follow Friday Twitter hashtag, right? Where people tweet something like:
#FF @hindsightbride @ELD_Lauren @TheRogueBride @T30SB @kissmytulle
Well, I love it. I'm a big fan. It helps me to find new and interesting bloggers. But Twitter doesn't allow for much information about WHY I should follow someone. So I'm taking it upon myself to tell you.
Today we have Cris from Kiss My Tulle
What I Love about Kiss My Tulle:
Cris is a mountain bride, just like us. She also happens to be planning a second wedding ceremony, just like I did. When I was planning two ceremonies–one on each coast–I quietly crept around the internet looking for advice. What I found was a lot of snark on the discussion forums that accused “twice-as-nice” brides of being greedy and tacky. Ouch! People have all sorts of reasons for making the decisions they do. No need to judge before you know the details! That's what I love about Cris. She clearly, thoughtfully, and bravely shares her story of planning two weddings on a shoestring budget (while also remodeling her house.)
What You'll Love About Kiss My Tulle:
Budget, budget, budget! Cris has a million balls in the air with her wedding planning and house re-model. She's one of the most budget savvy brides on the web, and she has plenty of stories and advice from “the trenches.” One of her most recent posts that I loved: How to Plan A Wedding in Three Days. Yep, you read that right. No matter the post, you'll find great “hindsight” advice on lots of alternative wedding situations, from having two weddings, to planning on a ridiculously small budget, all the way to juggling the rest of your life with the wedding-planning beast.
Now More about Cris:
How did you come up with the name for your blog: Kiss My Tulle is play on the phrase, “kiss my ass.” Basically, I wanted a name that reflect my blog’s aim to say no to over-the-top budgets and lavish just-to-be-lavish weddings. As the anti-“Platinum Weddings”, I wanted a name that would be a bit irreverent but also stand out from all the other blogs out there with the word “wedding “ in their name. I literally stood in the shower one day saying “kiss my ____” over and over and just sticking random words in there. Tulle was the winner since it’s one of the most used fabrics in weddings and it sounded great. Go ahead… say it. Kiss My Tulle. Makes you smile, doesn’t it?
Tell us something only your closest friends know about you: I have Social Anxiety Disorder. This makes it really, really hard for me to meet people and even to leave my house. My bridesmaids are the lovely ladies who were with me when I got diagnosed and they were the ones who helped me through therapy. They have seen me at my very, very worse and loved me anyway. And funny, how-small-is-the-Internet story? Brian of The Groom Says is the son-in-law of the doctor who diagnosed and treated me!
I'm totally addicted to serial killer television shows – not the fictional shows but the true crime shows. I literally watch the ID channel by the hour (seriously, my DVR tries to turn itself off!). I think my husband is scared that I’m trying to figure out a way to off him and not get caught!
I love wearing yoga pants. They’re like real pants but for lazy people!
I love to collect artwork from etsy. You can find the best stuff and for an amazing price!
When I'm not blogging I'm: remodeling our craptastic house. Check it out on At No. 64 (http://www.atno64.com)
My signature drink is: Pepsi. WHAT?!?!? I was raised Mormon and never got into alcohol (it smells) so caffeine is my vice, y’all.
My writing style comes from: myself. One of the best compliments I have ever gotten was from an old high school friend who reads my blog. She told me, “When I read your blog, it’s like I’m talking to you all over again. I can hear your voice and the way you speak and even see your body language.” Best. Compliment. Ever.
My motto is: ”Oops! I made art!” When I was a kid this artist came to our school and taught us painting. At some point, she held up my paper and told the whole class, “This is exactly how NOT to create art.” I was so embarrassed and never tried anything artistic for nearly 10 years. Then one day, I decided to just play. And I made a really cool quilt. Then I made a scrapbook. Then I started teaching kid’s craft classes. I did not allow my students to say, “Oops, I made a mistake.” – they were only allowed to reflect on what happened and see where it would take them. Often, the coolest things started as a mistake – after all, the chocolate chip cookie was an accident!
Thanks for taking the time to join us today Cris! MWAH!