OMG!!! I feel like I've missed so much on here the last few days.
Sandy- I LOVE your dress on you!
Update for me: We've booked our room; date set for May 28, 2011, I put the deposit down on the dress from Alfred Angelo's, I picked out my bridesmaids dresses from Alfred Angelo and they are supposed to put a deposit down on their dresses by Oct. 15th, I sent out STDs the beginning of July; I created our website and it's up and running valquishaandalan.com; we sent out booking information and requests via email asking everyone to put a deposit down on the trip by October 15th; I plan on sending out the invitations by November and asking people to book by January 7th - that's when the rate changes; we've decided on the photographer - the same one who did our engagement pictures - we're paying for travel and $600 for his services, he's doing the rehearsal dinner, getting ready pictures, the ceremony, and the reception. He said he's willing to do the trash the dress session for $200; I'm waiting to hear back about the centerpieces because they quoted me $75 and I just can't see myself paying that much!
I'll keep you posted on how that works.