Wedding update #6 is focused a bit in the past just to catch up on things. Most of these items are from October/November timeframe, right around the time of my bachelorette and our engagement parties (6-5 months out). This includes the last round of vendors needed for the wedding weekend—florist, hair/makeup, transportation—as well as other fun planning details.
In August, I decided I NEEDED one of these! Not for the planning process but for the week and day of. For a control freak like myself, there was no way I was going to relax and “be in the moment” when I was wondering and worried about the cake getting delivered, the band setting up, the bus arriving on time, etc. NO WAY. Luckily, I found Maggie of Maggie’s Misc.
Can you believe I almost posted this update without talking FOOD TASTING?!?! THE BEST PART OF WEDDING PLANNING? We did out food tasting in September, just in anticipation if we wanted to do plated and needed to include choices on the wedding invitations.
- Crab cakes
- Pan fried oysters
- Crab hushpuppies
- Sirloin bites
- Blackberry brie flatbread
We already knew that we LOVED their country ham sweet potato biscuits and wanted them as an hors d’oeuvres, so we didn’t try them.
- Simple summer salad
- Shoe peg corn & peanut –> I think we might try to do this as an appetizer in shooter cups!
- Bourbon glazed salmon –> My mom brought up that chicken would appeal to more people, so we will be revisiting the other options.
- Stuffed chicken breast
- Beef tenderloin
- Short ribs (braised in a tomato red wine sauce!)
- Sliced prime rib
(Garland wanted to try all the beef options so he knew he was picking THE BEST.)
- Scalloped potatoes
- Grilled vegetables
Save the Dates
I was really adamant about designing the Save the Dates myself. I also wanted to do postcards, instead of notecards, and for them to be more “casual” than I knew our invitations would be! Truthfully, I also KNEW I wanted to use a tubing pic from our engagement session and didn’t feel like wasting money dressing it up with fancy paper and an envelope!
I printed them through a local printer we actually use at work. It came out to about $40 for 125 postcards. On the reverse side, we have our snazzy “crest” and web address on the left, address area to right.
Through Instagram, I pretty much knew who I wanted a few months ago… like, last February… When a local blogger I follow posted a pic of flowers her husband bought her for Valentines Day from a girl named Amanda Burnette. I mean, check out her Pinterest board for starters. first reached out to her in July (9 months out) and she asked to meet with me to talk about my vision… what??? Yes please, because I seriously knew nothing about flowers! All I knew is I didn’t want those silly tall skinny vase center pieces and was really feeling the old-timey metal footed vases, lots of greenery and mostly white flower colors. And OBVIOUSLY I needed a garland for the head table. Lastly: I really wanted dogwood flowers if it was at all possible because V-I-R-G-I-N-I-A!!! She offered amazing suggestions, listened and asked questions to help figure out what I wanted. Since then she’s offered even more fabulous ideas and has been so helpful with recommendations on how I can stay in budget too. I can’t wait to see her creations on April 23!
A snapshot of my floral/centerpiece vision:
In September, my mom and I stopped in to DSW just to have a look around. I’d already fallen in love with $300 BHLDN shoes that I had nearly justified to myself when I glanced at these Naturalizers. Yes, I know, Naturalizers. Come to find out I’m a married old woman already. They were so close to what I was looking for I just went ahead and got them. Also: $59.95 felt good on the wedding budget. 1) They were gray, 2) I loved the strap, *classic*, 3) Great heel height (low) for my comfort level and current wedding dress length. I don’t know if you can tell but they also have a “sweetheart” top line to them which is SO CUTE!
Makeup/Hair, Transportation, etc.
Nope. I didn’t even consider doing my own hair and makeup… or having a sister or bridesmaid do it. Again, this is something I did not want to worry about. And something I knew I wanted to pamper myself with! I looked at about 4 different options—both mobile teams and in-salon service. I ultimately decided on Slingin’ Pretty do to price, convenience and customer service (like Amanda, they asked to meet with me in person). I booked them 5 months out (November) for both me and my bridesmaids. My trial is actually coming up in a few weeks, so I’ve been trying to narrow down what style i want. Definites: low bun look and “natural” side part. I’d say my veil is a bit “old hollywood” glamour so I’m thinking maybe some pinned curls or dramatic waves… but smooth and uncomplicated would be beautiful too…
Transportation, boring but important. We wanted to provide transportation for the wedding party to and from the ceremony—for convenience, safety, and peace of mind that everyone is together and where they need to be. The hotel with the main room block is only 2 blocks away from the reception venue so we know the rest of the guests will be fine. We booked with James River Transportation is November (5 months out).
Next up: Attending “Unveiled”, our 12 hour all-day Catholic marriage prep course (December – 4 months out); Finalizing what the bridal party will wear; Invitations; ALL THE DETAILS!!!