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.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks. 🙂 On August 4, Rich’s family in Chicago surprised me with a remote Skype shower. They had a party at Sue’s house and let us watch as they opened gifts for us. It was a little unusual, but really sweet, and we very much appreciated the gesture. 🙂
On Thursday, August 9, my coworkers threw a big shower in the conference room. There were tons of gifts, great food, and cake. I had a hard time making room in my apartment for all the wonderful presents, but I’m really going to enjoy using them all.
Saturday, August 11, my sister threw a shower for me in my apartment complex’s community room, which went surprisingly well. I did have a moment of panic on the day previous, when I realized that I had accidentally booked a different, smaller room… I was able to call the leasing office and get it straightened out, though, and everything went off without a hitch. We got tons more gifts (my apartment is really full of stuff now), my homemade sangria went over really well, and it was great seeing all the various groups of friends mingling.
I had another moment of panic this week regarding the cake. Rich and I had our tasting back in April, and I decided on the bride cake (he’s yet to finalize the groom cake plans). I emailed the baker the other day because I hadn’t received an invoice yet or paid a deposit. Turns out that there was a miscommunication – they were waiting for me to contact them before putting me on the books, and I was waiting for them to contact me… anyway, it worked out, since they still had my date available. I paid a deposit right then over the phone, so we’re back on track.
Next on the agenda is bridal portraits… and another opportunity for panic and stress. I’ve yet to meet the hair and make-up artists, but I feel confident in their work based on their website, and the owner has excellent email communication, so I’m sure they’re great… and of course I’ve worked with my photographer before, and trust her… what scares me is the weather. I’ve been updating weather.com’s extended forecast every hour for the last week and am really nervous that it’s going to rain on us in the middle of our outdoor photo shoot. We’re currently looking at 40% chance of rain for Sunday… I just don’t know what we’re going to do if it rains.
I have the dress! Sort of. Actually, Tiffany (my sister) has the dress… she’s kind enough to keep it for me since I have no room to hide or store it. She and my niece and I all picked up our dresses on Saturday. Sara’s needs a minor alteration to the halter strap that my mom has agreed to take care of, Tiffany’s is just fine as is, and I’m scheduled to meet with a seamstress on 6-18 to take in my waistline a little. Hopefully the alterations won’t take long, since I need to schedule bridal portraits with Shawna soon.
Wedding invitations have shipped from the printer, so I should have those in my hands in the next few days. Postage (love stamps) still needs to be purchased… I’m going to try to hand-deliver as many as possible, though, to cut costs.
Rich and I are starting to discuss rehearsal dinner (lunch) plans. Our refearsal is going to be noon on the Saturday before the wedding, so we’ll have a late lunch after. We’re currently discussing Sambuca Uptown as a possible venue.
I’ve started a new DIY project – Ribbon wands! I was able to find the parts wholesale, so they’re not costing too much to put together. I’m hoping to get people to wave these (instead of rice/confetti/bubbles)when we leave the reception.
I’m also still working on decorating fans for the ceremony, and have a birdcage for cards and ringbearer books that need to be embellished. These should be fun little projects to tackle.
Rich and his groomsmen are getting together this Saturday to get fitted for tuxes or suits.
So, we’re getting there. Not too much longer to go 🙂
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On Sunday, Rich and I met with Shawna in Deep Ellum and had a series of engagement portraits taken. I wore a swingy black-and-ivory polka dot Ralph Lauren dress with a strand of pearls. Rich wore a vintage-style black and ivory button-down with an ivory straw trilby. We started pics at around 6:45pm and walked around and shot through the evening, until it got dark. Shawna emailed last night to let us know that the pics are ready for viewing – Rich and I will meet with her next week to go through the images and select the best ones. Hopefully we’ll have a link available next week to an online gallery so you all can see.
We’re currently in communication with James from i-entertainment about a DJ contract, so hopefully we’ll have that figured out soon.
Saturday is cake tasting at Frosted Art; I’m pretty excited about that. 🙂
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.
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.