Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Save the Dates Mailed!

I'm so excited to have most of the save-the-dates addressed and in the mail! Of course, we're still rounding up a few addresses, but the main work is done. RJ was amazingly helpful (no surprise there) and got the contract with the Best Western Leesburg squared away, too. That means there are 30 guest rooms blocked off for wedding guests and (at least some) transportation for folks who won't be bringing their own vehicles.

Tomorrow morning I'm meeting with the caterer who will probably be making our wedding cake, and fingers crossed that the florist will get back to us today too.

Wedding productivity. Super huge win. Being able to share our special day with friends and family, biggest win of all.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Bitten by the Bridal Bug

I'm not sure if it is being done with coaching volleyball for the season or just that there's only about four months until the wedding, but the bridal bug has definitely bitten me. I'm flipping through girly magazines, buying LED candles, organizing lists of friends and family, and daydreaming about our honeymoon cruise to the Caribbean.

Until recently, I would definitely say I was taking the whole wedding planning gig in stride, but now it's definitely become something I think about everyday. About 10 times a day. I know it will get worse, but I'm embracing it. As far as I'm concerned, being engaged is a once in a lifetime experience. I plan to make the most of the next four months while avoiding the famed "Bridezilla" issues.

Mostly, I'm just so excited to get to marry my best friend at an amazing party we get to throw for our family and friends. Honestly, how can you let little things like typos overwhelm the awesomeness of that?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Save-the-Date Prep

In preparation for planning our wedding, I've spent some time looking at planning lists in wedding organizer books and magazines, as well as online. Here's a little something they don't tell you before suggesting you send the save-the-dates 6 to 9 months in advance: you have to do a third of the planning before you can get the things out the door!

Things to secure before you send a save-the date:
  1. List of people you plan on inviting to the wedding. You need this so you have a rough guest count, which is required to find...
  2. A venue. If you're religious, count on needing both the church and the reception site secured in advance, because a critical component of the save-the-date is the...
  3. Date for the wedding. Come to think of it, this might be important to figure out - at least in the abstract - before hunting for venues. In our case, we wanted it to line up with my spring break from school, so it limited our choices quite a bit.
  4. The addresses or email addresses of all of the people on the list from #1. You want them there, you've got to get them the details, like...
  5. Where to stay. Blocking off hotel rooms for out of town guests is on the many lists I read, but not until about 4 months before the wedding. Giant fail if you have 75% of your guests coming in from out of town. These guests need details, which is why you also need your...
  6. Wedding website. Include everything you can and then just update like crazy as you go to avoid a million phone calls.
  7. An actual design for the save-the-date. If you're having someone design all of the stationary, you've got to secure that person too. Oh, and if you want a photo of you and your love on it, you have to find...
  8. A photographer for your engagement photos. Luckily, this is not the same person as our wedding day photographer, so we still have another couple months to handle that. If you're not using a picture, you still probably want your save-the-date to reflect ...
  9. Your theme. And if you are not the type of girl (or boy) who has been planning your wedding since childhood, this can take some time. Thank goodness RJ and I knew exactly what we wanted, and who we wanted in our...
  10. Bridal party. Best to let them know a bit before everyone else about the upcoming nuptials. Saves on another million questions later on.
I'm capping the list at ten. If I figure out another thing I thought I still had months to do, but actually need to finalize before these save-the-dates go out the door, I might as well just send invitations and forget about saving the date at all.

Which would be a total shame, because the design is looking really awesome. :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

We're getting married!

If you're here, you probably already know that Richard and Heather are getting married this coming March. Please consider this your one-stop-shop for anything and everything you need to know about the upcoming nuptials (and probably more that you really don't care about at all!).