Friday, September 19, 2014

Wedding planning update

I'm really trying to hit this blog up on a semi-regular basis. And by "semi-regular" I  mean I am trying to not go two weeks without posting again. I thought I'd go with the easiest thing, and talk about planning my wedding, since (obviously) it is the only thing on my mind these days. If you're new to this party, on the day I picked my wedding date, I had 64 days to plan. Roughly two months. Eight(ish) weeks. However you want to look at it, it isn't very long.

My most favorite engagement shot!

I'm hoping to put together a post explaining why I chose such a short engagement, and how I've made it through (so far) without killing anyone or losing my sanity (hint: lots of wine) but for now I'll just update you on the progress of the planning. Here's what we've got so far:

Set a date October 18, 2014!
Book a venue
Book a caterer & finalize menu
Hire entertainment
Take engagement pictures look for a post soon (coughjuliettecough)
Buy a dress
Come up with an outfit for Derek (he is insisting on jeans but I like this or even this)
Find a job for my brother (suggestions?? We are not having ushers)
Order flowers
Order cake/cupcakes
Order wedding day shoes
Book our rentals (tables, chairs, linens, etc)
Hire photographer
Mother of the bride outfit
Mother-in-law outfit
Choose bridesmaids dresses (I am loving something like this)
Finalize guest list
Design invitations/info cards
Print invites
Mail invites
Hire officiate
Finish our wedding website click here!
Plan bachelorette party
Register (?) for gifts
Book hotel block
Order favors
Design/print programs
Paint wedding signs (I've started, but not finished yet)
Buy wedding bands (I've picked mine out, still need to shop for Derek's)
Write our vows
Get a marriage license
Plan honeymoon

Holy moly you guys, I have done a lot since the last time I posted an update! I just crossed off about 15 things. I'm so excited about our officiant - Derek's uncle will be marrying us! I have always wanted someone I know personally to be our officiant, and was leaning toward my parents' preacher, but since Derek did not know him very well I still wanted to try to find someone special to both of us: enter Uncle Neal!

I still am wanting to find something for my little brother (he's 19) to do during the ceremony. I'm sure he is pretty neutral on the subject (actually I'm pretty sure he would be content doing nothing - you know how boys are) but I still want him to feel involved. I am having him walk our mom down the aisle (ya know, since my dad will be busy keeping me calm walking me) and I'm just wondering if that is enough?

I'm also SUPER excited that we've finalized both of or bachelor/ette parties and our honeymoon. We were both lucky enough to have good, gracious friends who are letting us stay at their beach houses. Mine will be in Panama City, while Derek's is in Pensacola - don't worry we aren't one of those couples who has a joint party. We're having a quick (due to some scheduling conflicts with work) honeymoon in NOLA. I've never been as an adult before, and our cute (ancient) little hotel is right in the middle of the French Quarter. If anyone has any suggestions on some fun stuff to do, I'd love to hear it!


Kay said...

Uh you have gotten so much done since the last time! And it's so close! I'm so excited for you!! I don't have any ideas for your little brother, unless you wanted him to announce you at the reception? That could be cute, but not something my little brother would want to do, so Idk about your's! Are you going to have a guestbook of some kind? He could be around to make sure everyone signs it? I'm just throwing out random things now, but I'm sure everyone else will come up with something good!

Kayla MKOY said...

You are seriously superwoman!!!! You've gotten SO much done!!! Maybe he could do a reading?? I think walking your mom down is plenty :) this day is about you two. Can't wait to see more engagement shots!!! That one is stunning!!!!! :)

Jay T said...

I was so excited to read this because I though FINALLY I WILL GET TO SEE ALL OF THE ENGAGEMENTS PICTURES but you're just a big tease so thanks a lot. You are superwoman, are you aware of that? I can't believe how much you've gotten done! I agree with Kayla ^^^ about having him maybe do a reading. Otherwise I think having him walk your mom down the aisle is plenty.

Health, Love & Fire said...

Wow! You have gotten so much done! And that engagement picture is absolutely beautiful! I can't wait to see more!

Corie M said...

I'm guessing you aren't having a bridal party correct? Could your brother read something? Like a poem or excerpt? That's what we had my cousin do during our ceremony. She read an excerpt from The Bridge Across Forever by Richard Bach and it was perfect!

Congrats on getting so many things crossed off so far!

My husband and I visited NOLA when he was stationed at Ft Polk. We did a carriage tour, walked around the French Quarter a lot, and took the ferry ride.

Alexandra Stacey said...

I am so excited for you! You are seriously a master wedding planner.

I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures :)

Tami said...

Holy crap! You are superwoman. That picture is such a tease--and beautiful!!

Sweet Catastrophe Blog said...

What a beautiful picture and so unique! Happy to hear you are crossing things off the list!!

Faith B said...

you are SO EFFICIENT, holy crap. I think I'm coming to you for some serious help whenever I need to plan my wedding.

Also, I'm with juliette - engagement pictures please!!

brooke lyn said...

still can't believe you're planning your wedding so quickly!

Fairy Princess Jord said...

This is all so exciting (and I'm sure a bit overwhelming)! Congratulations!!!!

Cassie Lee @ Sage the Blog said...


Lisa @ Two Martinis said...

Can your brother do a reading during the ceremony? I think that's a nice way to incorporate loved ones!

Kristine said...

You go girl! You're wedding is going to be amazing! I've got a bunch of that ish crossed off my list but my wedding is a year away!

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Damn girl, you've got a TON done! I was going to suggest having your brother being the officiant but I see you already got one. Hmmm... are you religious? Maybe he could say a prayer at dinner??

Kenji is Here said...

Holy are the best wedding planner there is. I could've never got as much done as you did in that amount of time. Tipping my hat to you! Love the engagment photo too!!

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