Hello to whoever is still reading this thing! I know I've been gone forever.......I actually ended up taking a new job and moving halfway across the country! And once we got to our new state, we ended up in a not-very-great apartment (which we had to rent without seeing first due to the short notice about the new job), so rather than waiting to house hunt after a year of getting to know the city, we hastened the timeline. We found a fantastic little house, and we're closing on it at the end of january. My time for the past 4 months have been spent packing, moving, starting a new job, house hunting, and now packing again!
So here i am....three months out from my wedding, and I have done almost nothing by way of planning. and because we bought a house much sooner than expected, most of my "wedding fund" has turned into a house down payment. OOPS. I've had to really rethink the wedding and figure out where I can save some money.....so here is the status:
1. Guests---We've had several people drop out, and final hotel payments are due in 3 weeks. Right now, we're at a 46 head count (not including bride and groom). I'm waiting to finalize the seating chart until after final payments, but I'm going to go ahead and start creating place cards. Which leads to the next point!
2. Table Settings (other than sweetheart table)-----Bear with me on this, because i don't have an exact picture to show you. I started out with two inspiration photos:
To save some money, I'll be using the standard white table cloths and chairs from the resort. I bought some fantastic fabric that matches my lighter blue color, which I am making into large table runners (similar to the first photo). For the centerpieces, I'm going to use one bouquet of white and light pink flowers in a copper/rose gold vase, with mismatched rose gold votive candles around it.
For table numbers, I'm going to buy plain wooden ones from a craft store and paint them navy. I'll post photos once I finish.
Finally, each place setting at the table will have a thank you card (to be DIY'd) and a place card. I just bought these adorable sea urchin on Etsy, and i'll print out the name cards with navy font.
3. Favors: We initially planned on doing an elaborate welcome bag, but this is one area where I am really cutting back. We're skipping welcome bags entirely. The thank you note will be at everyone's seat, and we decided to do a simple favor. The welcome table at the reception will have a framed seating chart (TBD), and beer bottles with customized magnetic bottle openers tied around the neck (easy to pack!). The picture on the bottle opener will be the same logo as our Save the Dates. We ordered them today, so I'll let you know how they turn out!
So anyway, that's really the only progress to report. Here's what's on my to-do list right now:
1. Reserve salon appointments for bridal party
2. Create seating chart (after final payments)
3. Bottle opener favors (ordered 1/3/16)
4. Thank you cards for table settings
5. Print place cards to go with sea urchin
6. Purchase and paint table numbers
7. Sweetheart table Mr. & Mrs. sign
8. Sew table runners from fabric
9. Purchase robe for getting ready
10. Shoes, jewelry, hair accessories for leigh
11. Gifts for bridesmaids (jewelry to go with pouches)
12. Gifts for groomsmen (Sperry shoes--half ordered 1/3/16)
13. Gifts for parents (???)
14. Purchase casual white dress for next day family photos
15. Create music playlist
16. Reserve music sound system
17. Purchase and paint vases for centerpieces
18. Purchase candle holders for centerpieces
19. Purchase flameless candles
20. Create ceremony garland backdrop
21. Purchase makeup for leigh
22. Create cards for bride/groom pre-ceremony letters
23. Purchase wraps for mothers/bride
24. Purchase/create fans for ceremony
If anyone has brilliant gift ideas for parents, I am all ears!
Oh yeah! As some of you may remember, we actually picked a photographer in Boston, rather than Mexico. Well, we don't live there anymore! We ended up having to fly back to Boston about a month after we moved away to proceed with our scheduled engagement photos. It ended up being a great way to say goodbye to the city where we had lived for 7 years.
If anyone were to ask where we became "us", I would say Boston. We moved across the country together, not knowing anyone. We struggled without that safety net, but we're so much stronger now because of it. Here are a few of the photos!