Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Wedding update: What we've accomplished so far

Days into engagement: 132

Things we've accomplished:
  • picked a wedding date
  • selected a venue for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception (Doing everything in one place makes planning much easier.)
  • nailed down a caterer (Killed this second bird with the same stone by having the reception at a hotel.)
  • tried on, purchased, and ordered my dress (It was the third one I tried on, I totally had the moment, and I LOVE it!)
  • took unofficial engagement photos (I love having talented friends.)
  • ordered, reordered, and sent out save the dates
  • registered for gifts at a few stores
  • chose the bridesmaids' dresses (It was the third style my lovely bridesmaid, Lindsay, tried on!)
  • booked a block of rooms for out of towners (Again, that hotel thing can't be beat.)
  • finalized where we'll stay the night before and the night of the wedding
  • created our wedding website
  • handed off my bridal shower and bachelorette party lists to my wonderful MOH
  • contacted about a million photographers (Choosing one will be the next step.)
  • was notified by my MOH that the dates of my shower and bachelorette party have been set
  • scheduled our tasting
According to my wedding planning checklist on the The Knot, only 142 things -- and 157 days -- to go! I'm excited, stressed, happy, nervous (and maybe slightly crazy) all at once.

Monday, June 3, 2013

We have a date and a place!

It's official! After touring 12 (yes, twelve) potential wedding venues in Columbia, Jefferson City, and St. Louis, surviving a tornado, and having my parents come to town and revisit our favorites with us, we have chosen where and when we'll be tying the knot.

Drum roll, please...

We're getting married on November 30, 2013 in a beautiful hotel in St. Louis!!!

And that 3 on the end of 2013 is no typo. Our wedding is just under 6 months from now! Although some people look at me like I'm crazy and ask me why I'd inflict this stress upon myself when I tell them our wedding date, I'm not worried. Like, not at all. Six months is plenty of time to plan our wedding, especially considering that by nailing down our date and venue, we know where and when our wedding ceremony and reception will be, where our out-of-town guests will stay, who will cater our food, who will make our cake, who our wedding coordinator will be, and probably a few other things that I'm forgetting at the moment. So, no, I'm not worried, and yes, I couldn't be more excited that Tom and I know the date we'll be celebrating our anniversary every year in the future :)

What's next? Well, a lot of things. We've already asked our bridal party to stand by our sides. We've already met with one store about tux rentals, and we have an appointment at another store tomorrow evening to compare. My mom is flying up in two weeks to go dress shopping with me (sooo excited and a little bit nervous, too). We'll be placing the order for our save the dates this evening (using these photos taken by my talented friend and coworker Danielle Rodabaugh). We've registered for gifts. Our website is close to being finished. We're working with another talented friend on our wedding stationary design. Tom's parents are getting started on the rehearsal dinner. I'm busy researching florists, photographers, and DJs in the St. Louis area (SUGGESTIONS WELCOME!...for anything really...hair and make up, transportation services, you name it). Of course, there are a million little details to handle, but things are really starting to come together, and we really couldn't be happier!

I can't wait to marry Tom, and I'm so happy I don't have to wait long. November will be here before we know it!

A here's a horrible-quality-but-we're-so-happy-we-set-a-date picture.
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