I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.
I’m heading to Indianapolis this weekend to spend time with Alicia and Andrea, my two besties.
I’ve been feeling semi-unproductive on wedding planning stuff this week, so I figured it will help ease my mind if I wrote down what I’ve accomplished so far and what I still need to do these last few days in September and the month of October.
To break up all the text, I’m adding photos I’ve pinned recently on my Wedding board.
Accomplished So Far:
Colors/”Theme” – Decided. (More on that here – it has changed just slightly, but overall, this is dead on)
Portrait/Invitation Element – Ordered (I share that here.)
Venue and Church – Booked. (I wrote about those here.)
Hotel Block – Booked. (But I still need to check in and add more rooms since they’ll only let you do 25 at a time and I think I will need 35+.)
Priest – Booked. (Aaron and I have started to go to a church within walking distance from my house. The priest there will reside over our ceremony.)
Catering – Booked. (We hired a company called FreshTable and I am super excited. We go for our tasting on October 10.)
DJ – Booked.
Ceremony Musician – Booked.
Photographer – Booked. (I wrote a post on that here.)
Make-up for Bridesmaids/Mothers – Booked.
Bridesmaid Dresses – Ordered. (That happened just two days ago! It’s a bit of a risk because they are from online and no one has tried them on, but I’ll bring them with me this weekend to see if we like them. If not, it should be an easy return. Knock on wood.)
Wedding Website – Started but still needs a lot of work. You can preview it here: emilylovesaaron.com
Table Decor – I’ve started to collect/buy all the materials needed to create the centerpieces for each table.
Guest List – This is finalized but I have a few addresses I still need to collect.
Dessert/Cake – We are meeting with our lovely vendor (who just happen to be our friends) for drinks and tastings on November 3. I want to make the actual cake myself, a small one for Aaron and I, but I will need help creating cake/cupcakes for the guests.
Groomsmen Attire – We went to Men’s Wearhouse to ask some questions. They were super helpful but told us to come back in March when they get Spring apparel back in the store. Aaron wants grey suits for himself and groomsmen but if they are too pricey then he will do the Black by Vera Wang (the affordable stuff) tuxes in gray with the gray vest.
Registry – We put a good dent on our registries. We have lists at Amazon, Crate & Barrel, Macy’s and Design Public. I’m iffy on Design Public. I might do a local option instead. For 250 people, they told us to have 450+ items total and we are probably 40% there. Registering is a weird thing…
To Complete in September/October:
Save the Dates – We (Aaron) are designing and printing these ourselves. They will probably just be postcards. We plan to get them in homes the first week of November, right before the holiday storm.
Bridesmaid Dresses – If the ordered dresses don’t work, we need to find ones that do.
Priest/Catholic Stuff – Send priest information to the church
Flowers – Meet with florist to talk flowers (I tried to call earlier and she told me to wait until I had my bridesmaid dresses)
Shuttle – Book shuttle service and finalize pick-up/drop-off details
Rentals – I need to order chairs, tablecloths and the outdoor veranda tent (my venue is providing tables, thank god)
Hair – Book wedding day hair appointment for bridesmaids and mothers while I am there getting my hair colored
Rehearsal Dinner – Begin to plan with Aaron’s parents
Website – Finalize all information before sending out the Save the Dates
Diet & Exercise – This begins full force. I have been working on my arms since the night I was engaged but I need to step it up on cardio and eating more clean. I will say – there is extreme pressure to be “wedding ready.”
Phew. That’s a lot of words and not a lot of photos.
What are y’all doing this weekend???
Any advice for me on wedding planning? What am I missing 6-7 months out??