Sunday, June 26, 2011

We're Married!

The wedding day was absolutely beautiful and we are so happy. I'll do a full recap of everything later on, but for now I'll leave you with a couple of sneak peak pictures, courtesy of our wonderful photographer!

Mark keeps repeating "you're my wife!" over and over again. I could get used to this :)

We leave for our honeymoon shortly, so I'll have lots more to share very soon. Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

6 days.

Only 6! Wow.

I don't have much else to say. I feel like there is a lot to do still, but really there isn't. My aim is for everything to be finished by Tuesday. Wednesday is our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, and Thursday is my bachelorette party. Friday I'm going to get my nails done and Mark and I have a birthday celebration to go to that night - hopefully it will help us relax and de-stress a little bit. Then Saturday is the BIG day!

I will update all of the upcoming events with posts and pictures accordingly, I promise!

Friday, June 10, 2011

No time!

Life is going crazy right now and I feel like I have no time to do much of anything anymore! I'm working at an internship in addition to waitressing, finishing up last minute wedding details, and in the interim I am basically asleep. In fact, I apparently work at either job for the next 13 days straight with no day off! Not to mention some double shifts thrown in there. This could not come at a more horrible time of course, since we're talking about the 1-2 weeks before my wedding. It just figures, doesn't it?

Accomplishments this week:
-Final head count
-Seating chart finalized
-Supplies purchased for escort cards
-Final meeting with florist - paid in full
-Final meeting with venue - paid in full
-Mailing out payments for bakery and DJ tomorrow
-E-mailed photographer and will be sending that payment once balance is finalized
-Purchased veil & earrings
-Received marriage license

Next Week's To-Do List:
-Complete escort cards
-Purchase remainder of wedding party gifts
-Help mom decide on rehearsal dinner menu (we're having a BBQ at their house)
-Purchase garter
-Still need a necklace - perhaps that will be my "borrowed" or "old" item
-Final hair cuts & verify hair appointment times for day of
-Finalize & final payment with videographer
-Tweak song list
-Mark's bachelor party weekend in Chicago

After that, there will only be the wedding week remaining! Let's start praying for some good weather, shall we?

Friday, June 3, 2011

3 more weeks!

Are you getting sick of me posting about this wedding yet? If so - click off of this page, and hurry!

3 weeks from tomorrow is our wedding day, and with no shortage of tasks to complete before then! I am actually a little bit behind on some of the things that I am supposed to have already accomplished, but it's okay. Everything will get done eventually.

We still have a few RSVPs that are outstanding as of right now, but for the most part everyone has responded. Right now we are at 131 attendants! (This includes Mark and me). This means that at most we will have 168 attendants which is perfect for me. I was hoping for 175 or less, so I am very pleased with the outcome here.

My mom and I started working on the seating chart a bit last night and it is a HUGE pain! I'm going to have to get together with Mark's mom too and see what ideas she has. It annoys me that some tables might not have a full 10 people seated at them.

I also went out last night with my sister (who is also my maid-of-honor) to shop for some jewelry. I didn't find a single thing that I liked! Very disappointing. I am pretty picky as it is when it comes to shopping in general, and I almost never shop for jewelry, so I'm not really sure what I'm going to do. I'm going to go back out tomorrow and see what I can find. I might end up using some form of jewelry as my "something borrowed" in the end.

I found a PDF template to use for escort cards, so now I need to drag myself to Michael's or Joann's and get some cardstock and start my first and only DIY project. I am not a crafty person by any means, so I've tried to avoid doing any projects, but this one I can't justify spending too much money on. So we'll see how this goes.

Yesterday we met with our videographer, which I am pretty excited for considering we thought we wouldn't be able to afford one. It turns out Mark knew someone that he worked with who went to school for such things and she is giving us an AMAZING price, and in turn using the video for her portfolio. I can't wait to see how it all turns out, and I think that in the end I would have regretted not having any video footage of our wedding day. As far as other vendors go, next Thursday we meet with our venue for our final headcount and payment, and I'm in the process of setting up a meeting with our bakery to choose our final cake and cupcake flavors and also pay that. I think we need to set up a meeting with our florist as well.

Our DJ will be calling us the Monday before the wedding to go over our song packet (which we have yet to choose any songs! gasp!). I've been in correspondence with our wedding officiant making sure that our ceremony wording is all set. And I'm not sure if our photographer requires a final meeting, or if we can just call/e-mail for last minute details. I've been working on our must-take pictures list as well.

Besides all THAT, (as if that wasn't enough!), I have 2/3 of the bridesmaid gifts completed, just need to add one more element and get some gift bags. I need to choose a gift for our jr. bridesmaid and jr. groomsmen, and help Mark choose gifts for his groomsmen and the ushers. My hair cut and highlight appointment is already scheduled, and I am planning to meet up and purchase a used veil next week. I also need to get a garter as my "something blue" and then decide on whatever I'm going to wear for "something old." We've done the majority of the shopping for the honeymoon, but I think I want to get another new pair of shorts and maybe some sandals. We also need to get some sun screen and maybe a cooler or picnic basket.

ANYTHING ELSE? I'm sure there are other things that will pop up in the next few weeks. I thought that planning a wedding for two years would leave less to do in the final weeks, but apparently not! Some things just have to wait until the end, I suppose!