90 days!

Just three short months to go!  This week I’ve scheduled my 60 day walk-through at TDG for July 7 at 3:00 (any family members who are curious to see the venue are welcome to join).  I’ve also signed a contract and paid a deposit for Carpe Diem Bride to do my hair and make-up.  I’ve received my invitations, and will pass out a few to family tomorrow.  The rest will have to wait until I get the return address stamp that I ordered from Etsy last week (I’m not gonna do all that by hand!).  I’ve ordered and received love stamps from the post office (they have orange calla lilies on them!).  I’ve purchased a bridal headband from a seller on ebay and am awaiting shipment on that.  I’ve contacted my DJ and requested some song selection advice, and he responded with a wonderful sample list that’s very much to my tastes (everything from “Volare,” to “Hey Ya!” to “Jump, Jive, and Wail!”).  I trust he’ll help make our wedding into a really fun event.

That’s about it for now.  Rich and I are taking a break today and doing something really fun – we’re attending Beerfeast 2012 at The Flying Saucer.  I know, it’s totally unbride-like to drink lots of beer, and it’ll totally ruin my diet, but I think I’ve earned something fun.:)  Tomorrow we’ll be visiting with family and celebrating Fathers’ Day.  I’m looking forward to a really relaxing weekend!

Monday, it’s back to wedding stuff… Tiffany and I are headed to Alfred Angelo at 6:00pm for my dress fitting.

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Invitations ordered!

I heard back this afternoon from Kristin, the florist, and she’s ok with the change in time, so I think everything’s in place. I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the invitation order, so no more changes! It’s official – the wedding will be at 5:30 pm. 🙂 It felt good to finally place the order – I’ve been looking at this invite for months, and have just kept putting it off.

110 Days to go…

Panic’s starting to set in. Well, who am I kidding? I’ve been panicing for weeks. So many little details to coordinate. I’ve recently realized that I need to firm up the ceremony start time so I can get the timeline in place and order invites with the right time printed on them. Back when we originally reserved the venue, we were thinking we wanted the wedding to start at 5, so we reserved the space from 4:00 to 11:00. The next vendor we met with was the caterer, who told us that that wouldn’t work – they’d need 2 full hours to prepare, so we couldn’t start the ceremony until 6. We were ok with that, but concerned that starting later meant a shorter party, and we’d lose people too early in the reception. At some point some other vendor told us that we should just move it up to 5:30, so I started telling people 5:30… Anyway, it was a whole big mess, because some people were given a 5:30 start time and some 6:00. So my big task of the weekend involved emailing all the vendors and making sure everyone was ok with a 5:30 start. Caterer said that was fine, but we’d need to reserve the venue from 3:30 for it to work. String quartet and coordinator said no problem. Florist has yet to get back to me. TDG agreed to extend our reservation for an additional charge (yay, more unexpected expenses) so we can accomodate the caterer. Anyway, I think it’ll all work out, and I’m planning on ordering the invites today – Wedding Paper Divas has a 25% off deal that ends today, and I’d like to take advantage. Am hoping to hear back from the florist today, but I don’t think she’s going to have problem with the change.

Other stuff to do:
Dress fitting is this Saturday – I’m a little nervous about that! Hope everything goes well. I didn’t lose as much weight as I’d hoped, but I should be proud of the 8 pounds I managed to drop and keep off the last few months. Maybe I can lose 2 more this week.

I need to finish up my wedding favors, but I think I can knock those out in a few hours.

Rich and I need to figure out our first dance song and learn how to dance to it. We’ve set up dance lessons in July with Elaine from Vow to Dance (she’s the one who taught us to salsa and swing), and she’s promised to help us with song selection as well as choreography.

Need to figure out the rest of the songs for the reception… hopefully the DJ will do most of this, but we want to have some input.

Need to write our vows and come up with some inspiration for the officiant, so he can start writing his bit.

Rich needs to figure out his groom cake design.

Other little details like escort cards and table numbers, where we can either be boring and basic, or show our creativity.