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.

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76 days…

We went wedding band shopping yesterday.  First stop was Robbins Brothers – the storefront near the Galleria is so huge, I figured they’d have a massive selection.  Turns out that they just have a massive building… they don’t have any more rings than any other mall shop.  Anyway, it was a good first stop.  We found a few possibilities, but nothing that knocked our socks off.

Next stop was Zale’s at the Galleria, where we found a band for me.  I wasn’t sure if I’d be getting a wedding band or not – my engagement ring is rather large, and doesn’t really need any more embellishment, but we managed to find a band that was contoured just right to fit against my center stone.  And it was on sale, and deeply discounted, and the stones were bigger than the more expensive one at Robbins Bros.  And it didn’t even need to be sized.  So I couldn’t resist. 🙂 

Rich is still on a quest for the perfect ring… he started the day wanting something titanium or tungsten carbide, but ended the day leaning more towards white gold.  He likes hammered finishes, which look more realistic when done on gold, and look like chiseled facets on the harder metals.

We found one at Bachendorf’s (alas, I can not find a link to it) that was really unique – platinum, white gold and yellow gold blended together.  But it was ten times what he was expecting to spend, and four times what I was expecting.  So we’ll keep looking.  Hopefully we’ll find something for him soon.

I also found my shoes yesterday.  I’m going with these from the Tom’s bridal collection. 🙂  I tried them on at Nordstrom, but they only had one pair, which looked a bit worn – they’d clearly been tried on quite a few times.  So I ordered them online and will have a new pair shipped to me.

Also today I initiated contact with James Johnson, who will be doing out clean-up/tear-down after the wedding.  We’ll meet with him on our final walk-through (note to self: remember to call him when I’ve scheduled the final walk-through!)

This Saturday at 3:00 is our 60 day walk-through at TDG.  I think we’ve got everything pretty well in hand at this point, so mostly we just need to take care of our next payment.  It’s always good to see the venue again, tohugh, so I don’t mind doing another walk-through!

 

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.

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.

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.

Texas Discovery Gardens Grand Hall

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Yesterday, Rich and I attended TDG’s Open House, where they showed off the new terrazzo tile floor. Pictures weren’t allowed inside, but I snapped this shot from the gardens out front. If you look closely, you can see a sample lighted logo on the back wall. We’re planning on doing something like that with our lighting, and we’ll have similar uplighting (though not the multi-color seen here). We enjoyed getting to see the space from the inside and trying to visualize our table arrangements, and got to spend some valuable time chatting with both our planner, Courtney, and our caterer, Rachel, who were among the hosts.