I had my first pre-wedding nightmare last night. I dreamed that I was cutting out pictures for photo collages while attempting to do my own makeup. My dad was in the background painting an arbor and my mom was forcing me to calm down and drink some tea. This was two hours before the ceremony. I woke up in a cold sweat and vowed to be more organized on my real wedding day.
Without Roger to console me (this was at 6:30am), I stared at the bedroom ceiling and went through a mental list of all the things we have
checked off. We're at the 10 month mark now and contrary to what my subconscious believes, I really am on pace with preparations. Just three hundred and seven days to go!!
I have TheKnot.com to thank for keeping me organized. This is my homescreen when I sign in on my mobile...
And outlined below is what we've done so far (compiled as much for my mom's sanity as it is for mine!)
- My parents threw us a beautiful soirée back in July to celebrate our proposal. It's hard to believe we've been engaged for 6 months already!!
- We're officially tying the knot in my hometown. The ceremony and cocktail hour will be held by the lake and we will traverse to the main building for the dinner and reception.
Whenever I'm home for the weekend my mom and I visit the venue for inspiration. So far we have seen the set-up for four different weddings, all of which have been pretty minimal in terms of decor. I fully intend to make better use of the tree for our ceremony--it needs some brightening up, don't you think?
- We have hired an event planner to provide some of the essential decor for our day: flowers, linens, window/ceiling drapery, and chairs. The pretty details will be a mixture of Etsy purchases and DIY crafts made me and any helping hands. I'm SO excited to go into decorating mode, but I'm saving this until the spring.
Photographer and Engagement Photos
- We found a local couple who specialize in wedding, engagement, and family photography. Natalie did such a fantastic job with our e-session, we are so excited for her and her husband to photograph our wedding day!
- I found "the one" that I can't wait to wear! Finding the perfect dress was an adventure to say the least. After trying on almost 30 styles, I went back to the very first one I tried on and bought a slightly different version of it. My first fitting will be in 5-6 months; I knew dresses took a long time to order, but I was not expecting such a long wait. I'm happy to say it's one worth waiting for.
Guest-list and Table Arrangements
- Roger is a spreadsheeting genius so we have the most advanced Excel document outlining who's invited and where they'll be sitting (with floor plan included.) He also crafted an interactive budget to track payments, savings, and projected costs. It's pretty
Save the Dates
- We designed our cards on Minted.com and had them shipped from the States. We also purchased a custom-made stamp with our names and return address for the envelopes. If anyone has received one, take a look at the back inscription... I bet you would have never guessed that it was Roger who wrote such a beautiful summary of our love!
- We're officially registered with Hudson's Bay! Scanning items with the gun was as fun as it sounds.
- May 24th (currently being planned by my lovely and oh-so-organized Maid of Honour, Tiffani)
- June 13th (see comment above)
Bridesmaids Dresses (soon to be crossed off) - I found a girl on Etsy that makes beautiful dresses. I'm loving this exact colour and style! Not everyone feels comfortable in a strapless dress, so the neckline can be altered accordingly. My Maid of Honour is going to order first and if she loves it, we'll have all the girls follow suit.
Officiant (almost crossed off) - We have arranged a meeting with someone next month and hopefully we can have her marry us!
There are still a few BIG things I'd like to get crossed off before December (the 6-7 month mark). I'll keep you posted as the planning unfolds!
- Choose suits for the boys (that's Roger's department)
- Choose shoes/accessories for the girls
- Decide on what we're doing for the late-night treat (Sundaes?)
- Arrange accommodations for out-of-town guests
Okay, I can breathe now.