24 days

It’s been a busy week for wedding planning!  When I wrote last, I was in a panic about possible rain on bridal portrait day.  As it turned out, I got very lucky and it was a warm but dry day.  Tai from Carpe Diem showed up at my apartment a little after 7 to do hair and make-up, and Tiffany arrived around 8. We finished up a little later than expected – mostly due to Tiff forcing me to eat something, and then taking a while to properly lace the dress (not her fault – it’s complex!).  Anyway, she managed to shove me and my dress into her car and got me to the Arboretum at 10.  An hour past when Shawna was expecting us, but not so bad, all things considered.  Shawna spent about two hours shooting, and found some beautiful backgrounds for me.  She emailed me a couple days ago to say she’s ready to show me the proofs, so I scheduled to meet with her this afternoon after work.  Hopefully we got some good shots – If there’s one I particularly like, I’d like to purchase a canvas wrap print to display at the reception.

Yesterday, Rich and I started our day with a nice long walk to the Dallas County Records building to obtain our marriage license.  It’s a big paper with a gold seal on it.  Very fancy.  🙂 Afterwards we walked to the Iron Cactus and celebrated with tacos and margaritas for lunch.

And at 5:00, my fiance’ and vendors and I all gathered at TDG to do our final walk-through.  We spent almost two hours gathered around a table, discussing details like the number of tables, where the gift table goes, what color table cloths, etc… We decided on 15 tables of 10 – that’ll give us more than enough room for the 130ish people I expect to attend.  And we’ll have a long rectangular head table on the stage.  There are so many little details that still have to be worked out, but it was really refreshing to see such a sharp, experienced group of people bouncing ideas off each other, and in such a familiar way.  It was clear that they all knew each other well and had all worked together many times before.  And as we were winding things up, someone started talking about a wedding they had at TDG last week, when there was a fierce rain storm.  They somehow managed to squeeze 180 guests into the butterfly house for a quick ceremony, while they set everything else up in the Grand Hall for the reception.   Courtney showed me a couple pictures, and it looks like it was a lovely ceremony. 🙂  So, I feel bad that that couple was somewhat inconvenienced, but at least my team now has a workable rain plan in place and know that they can do the same for me if the weather requires it.

The last few weeks…

I just realized it’s been a while since I’ve posted an update. We haven’t done too much lately, but I did sign a floral contract with Bride Associates (there will be roses, tulips, daisies, and a few orchids involved). And we met a nice DJ that we’ll probably end up signing with.

I’ve also gotten started on my wedding favors. 🙂 Not going to spoil the surprise here, but I think they’ll go over well. There’s a bit of DIY involved, but I enjoy doing crafty stuff.

I’ve sent a fabric sample (of the indigo organza from the bridesmaid dresses) to Rachel at Jim Lee Events so she can color-match the linens. I’m thinking white tablecloths and blue napkins, but will see what she thinks when she sees the swatch.

This Sunday is a big day for us – Shawna the photographer is going to meet with us for our engagement shoot in Deep Ellum. I’m pretty excited about that, but a little anxious about what I’m going to wear. Am contemplating doing a mid-shoot costume change. 😉 Once she has the photos, she says it’s a very quick turn-around to get me some prints to use as save-the-dates. So expect to see those in a couple weeks.

April 7 we’re meeting with the awesomely talented Frosted Arts Bakery people to talk about cake. I’m looking forward to that meeting – I already know how talented the bakery is; I just have to see if they’re affordable with our budget.

To do:
1. Sign a contract with a DJ.
2. Find someone to do the up-lighting.
3. Order invites – we have a pattern that I think we’re both in agreement on – I just need to place the order.
4. Find hair/makeup artist. I found a nice one that works in Deep Ellum that I may go with.
5. Buy veil, jewelry, shoes, and accessories.
6. Write vows, select readings for ceremony.
7. Confirm officiant.
8. Legal stuff – marriage license, name change, etc.