Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Follow the Bride: Planning Mode Shifts to Full Throttle

Thirty nine is the magic number. That means I have a little more than a month to wrap up all these plans. Fellow brides, you know how I feel, right? I’m a little panicked, really excited and happy all the time.

I love the planning part of this wedding. Sure, I stress over more than I should, but I really love creating something and putting my name on it. That’s why I work in magazines. I like the reward of flipping through a clean, crisp new issue at the end of a month of hard work. Well, this wedding has been over a year of hard work, and I’ll certainly have my name (literally) on everything that day. I can't wait to see the results.

Last weekend we went on a crazy wedding planning rampage and I loved every minute of it. Here are some of the highlights:

Thursday 6:00 pm: First Dress Fitting!
It fits! And it’s more beautiful than I remembered. I didn’t want to take it off at the end of my appointment. I’m headed back April 19th for a second fitting and my mom will come this time. I can’t wait for her to see the dress again.

Friday 3:00 pm: Ordered Wedding Bands
A simple diamond band for me and a white gold band trimmed with yellow gold for Keith. They’ll be in in two weeks.
Friday 7:15pm: Dinner Date with Keith
The excitement of my wedding gown wore me out and it was time for a break! Just kidding. Friday was the perfect opportunity for us to enjoy a cocktail, some good food and map out the rest of our weekend.

Saturday 8:25 am: Couldn’t get out of the house because we lost the car keys!

Saturday 9:05 am: Meeting with Deacon Carl at St. Anne’s
This was the third time we met with Deacon Carl. The first was to take our FOCUS test (It’s like the Catholic Church’s version of the SAT’s for married couples). Now we’re going over our answers with him. The marriage preparation we’ve been doing is really interesting and something I think all couples should do, regardless of your religion. Talking about how you fight, how you listen (or don’t) to one another and how you’ll start and continue family traditions has been very enlightening to us.

Saturday 12:00 pm: Final Cake Tasting at Sweet Maria’s
We brought Maria the cake plate and stands for our cake buffet and the three of us played around with some design ideas. She’s a genius, all the credit should go to her. We settled on designs, placement and flavors of each cake—but not before she let us taste her Mexican Hot Chocolate (amazing), Tiramisu (even better) and German Chocolate (Keith’s favorite!).

Saturday 2:30 pm: Trip to the Mall

Keith still hasn’t settled on ties for his groomsmen. The ones he has now are not right, so it’s back to the drawing board, err, Macy’s to find something better.

Sunday 6:38 am: Up early so I finish writing thank you notes for my shower.

Sunday 2:00 pm: Trip to the Outlets
I need a new bathing suit for the honeymoon, two or three new ones would be nice. But I have very specific bikini requirements—I have a small chest and a big butt—and the lighting in the dressing rooms was really unflattering. I did find a floppy beach hat for $29 at J. Crew and a cute pair of purple chino shorts for $32.

Sunday 9:00 pm: Scheduled Final Walk-Through at the Lawn Club
An e-mail from our wedding coordinator to book our final walk-through was the perfect way to end our wedding planning extravaganza. We saved the date for April 7, exactly one month before!

The weekend flew by, but it was really productive. Any other spring brides in the final planning stage? What major tasks do you have left?

1 comment:

Koru Kate said...

You're on the home stretch- exciting!!! Enjoy every single moment :-)