I have had several requests of folks who are not local and wish to be kept up to date on my wedding plans. So, I am now going to take my "write anything Mondays" and use this space each week to recap progress or setbacks, or even wacky fun associated with planning a wedding.
My fiance gave me 4-1/2 months to plan this and he lives in Colorado, so he's not even here to see me get all frazzled. Of course, he reads this and talks with me every night, so he knows. :) Now, all of this is doable, but it meant a massive attack at the beginning to get the major details out of the way. Now, we're settling into somewhat of a routine. Weekends are the primary time for wedding work, so Mondays will be perfect as everything will be fresh in my mind.
First on the list is the talk with the possible planner/decorator. Because I haven't had much luck gathering support from friends or others from my church, the task of doing all the crafty decorations, centerpieces, church aisle bows and wedding favors seems a bit daunting. So, we've got a request for a proposal from the planner. We'll see if she's within our budget. Otherwise, we might just have her do the reception hall decorations.
The best part about that meeting was her asking me what ideas I had for decorating the hall. I gave her the "deer in the headlights" look and told her "I have no clue." When I said colors, flowers, bows and other fru-fru stuff was out of my league, she smiled and told me I needed her. :) Well, yes, either her or someone else who's good at this crafty stuff. That's not me. I'm far better at design and funtionality as well as practicality. Color swatches, fabric samples, coordinates? You're speaking a whole other language!
So far, here is what we have done:
* church booked
* reception hall booked
* cake decorator done and cake designs chosen
* florist selected, bouquets and boutonnieres chosen
* photographer hired with a BIG discount
* gown purchased
* bridesmaid dresses selected with bridesmaids still to choose their styles
* tuxes possibly chosen, but not 100% sold on style, waiting on groom to get fitted
We've begun compiling small items for decorating and jotting down other ideas to go with the mish-mash of a theme planned, but that's all for now. Come back next week for more fun.