- My dress: buying it a year in advance finally caught up to me and I no longer fit very well in it! Luckily, it's from J. Crew, so I'm exchanging the one I have for a larger size. Cost a bit of extra $ unfortunately (I got the dress on sale the first time around), but what can you do?
- Tuxes: signed, sealed, delivered! Well, not really, but Justin & I made a trip to Mens Wearhouse, picked out the tux styles, got him measured, and paid for his! Now, to let the other two groomsmen know . . . (to the Best Man, who is assuredly reading this, it's ok if you get yours when you get back from Russia!)
- Cake: we met with a baker over the weekend, did a tasting, brainstormed an order, and pending parental approval & payment, that's done!
- Transport: after emailing a local trolley company, got their brochure with pricing and decided it's fairly reasonable. Next step is to sort out details and book!
- Honeymoon: will write a full post on this soon, but in short, we changed our honeymoon location (for the second time), booked the hotel rooms, and have already begun the honeymoon registry. Yikes!
- Wedding night room: booked a deluxe room at a local, ritzy hotel for the night. Done & done!
- Bridesmaid shoes: went back and forth with the ladies about colors, but have decided upon silver and will inform them this week and give them the go-ahead to buy.
- Bachelorette party: the hosting b-maid emailed to get a final guest list and we began tossing dates around. This will probably get sorted in the next couple of weeks.
- Day-of coordinator: decided to price day-of coordinators to minimize our stress on, well, the day of. Some were crazy expensive - I got a quote for $1600! - but some were reasonable. I'm having a phone chat with the $300 lady tomorrow.
- Flowers: the florist left a message while I was at work on Thursday. Will call her this week.
- Rental of dance floor, table, chairs, china, etc: we have to rent these things for our venue and are heading to the rental place tomorrow to scope out items and prices.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The bridesmaid ensembles, with choice of two shoe colors (gold & silver), in visual form. Until this, it was all in my head. And she did it "just because" - I didn't have to ask her!
Monday, January 25, 2010
- Days until our wedding: 152
- Guests on the list: 232
- Blog posts about the wedding: 49 (now 50)
- Sites booked: 2 (ceremony & reception)
- Vendors booked: 2 (photographer & caterer)
- Vendors in communication with us but not yet nailed down: 5 (DJ, rental company, day-of coordinator, bagpiper, and ceremony-to-reception transport - a trolley!)
- Vendors waiting to hear back from (but give them a break - I emailed them today!): 2 (baker & florist). UPDATE on 1/26: heard back from baker already!
- Bridesmaid/groomswoman dresses bought: 4
- Invitation ensembles chosen/designed & soon to be purchased: 1
- Ceremony programs designed (all by our little old selves): 1
- Table name signs designed & ready to be printed: 24
- Deluxe wedding night hotel room booked: almost 1 (left a message for the woman at the hotel on Sunday - should be booked this week)
- Tux ensemble picked out: almost 1 (trying on tuxes on Wednesday)
And boy, are my arms tired. There's probably more going on than this list, but I can't think of everything at the moment. Suffice to say that I feel we've gotten a lot done & are mostly on top of the next items on the to-do list. Considering tomorrow is the five month mark, I'm happy with where we are!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I considered going, but ended up making other plans instead. Besides, there are not many vendors we have left to book (DJ and baker), so I didn't feel that I needed to go. However, I am disappointed to miss the exhibit of historic wedding dresses that the UNH Museum is putting on to complement the bridal show.
As an historian and museum professional, I love when modern things give a nod to the past and historic things insert themselves into the present. In fact, the day after Justin and I were "informally engaged" (said we wanted to marry each other, but no ring & formal proposal), I worked my job at a local historical society and remember being so pleased to sit and look at the 1899 wedding dress on display there.
(cross-posted on Museophilia, with some revision. It's my professional blog, after all!)