Friday, August 31, 2012

The Grand Finale

Now that I've really stepped up my game on the wedding planning front, it is literally all I think about--my entire being is consumed with thoughts of day-of agendas and pinterest inspiration boards.  I should probably give myself another wedding-planning free week before my head explodes, but in the meantime I am first going to ponder our grand exit from the reception.

I don't know why this has been plaguing me lately; I think I subconsciously decided that it is imperative for me to plan this before fall rolls around, because otherwise I may forget and then we'll have the lamest exit in the history of weddings! (In case you haven't noticed, I always leap to the worst case scenario.)

So, without further ado, here are my ideas and inspiration:
1. Not Sparklers
Sparklers are so "been there done that." Despite the fact they've definitely reached cliche status, I absolutely love sparkler exits. They make lovely pictures, plus, isn't it such fun to set things on fire? Unfortunately, most reception venues frown upon setting things on fire, particularly if it is their property. The Martha is one of these reception venues--sparkler exits were banned after a could-have-been-disastrous sparkler exit gone wrong several years ago. So, I guess I can try to be pretentious and say "sparkler exits, I'm over it," but deep down I'm a little disappointed I can't exit through a tunnel of sparkly fire. 

The Martha will be having none of that! 
2. Wish Lanterns
As far as I know, wish lanterns are still kosher at the Martha. They're pretty, they're sparkly, they're safe and biodegradable! However, they are a bit costly--almost $300 for 100 lanterns! I guess I'll just be "wishing" for these! Hahaha! 

3. Confetti
I LOVE confetti exits, maybe more so than sparkler exits. I just love confetti in general. My only concern is people won't throw the confetti far enough or high enough to create a veritable snowstorm of confetti for myself and Matt to walk through. (I have VERY high expectations for this exit.) However that problem can be solved with...

4. Confetti Cannons! 
It has always been a dream of mine to be privy to a confetti cannon/ticker tape parade type of experience. I came SO close at a T. Swift concert several years ago, but I guess were in the cheap seats because our section had zero percent confetti precipitation. To me, nothing says "this is it! this is a life-changing moment!" like a confetti cannon. 


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5. Ribbon Wands
Ribbon wands are the wave of the future (pun intended!). They're super cute, easy to personalize, AND easy to DIY! My only concern is making sure they show up in pictures, since it will be dark. I guess I would just have to use some kind of sparkly, glittery, shiny ribbon...definitely not a problem at all. 

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6. Fireworks
Not going to happen. But a girl can dream, right?

Matt and I clearly have some some decisions to make. There are many ways to weigh the pros and cons of these exit options, but when it comes to wedding planning in general, let me fill you in on my thought process:
1. Is it sparkly, shiny, or glittery?
     -If not, can we make it sparkly, shiny, or glittery?
2. Will it fulfill any childhood dreams?
3. How well does it photograph? (Please don't take me as shallow for being so obsessed with how things look in else will I remember my wedding day when I'm old and doddering? And by old, I mean 30.)
4. Is it baller?
5. Is it feasible? 
6. Is it cheap?

If the answer is "no" to questions 1-4, then it is back to the drawing board. If the answer is "yes," then we make it happen! 

And that's all I have for the reception getaway. Any ideas? If you do offer me ideas or suggestions, please keep in mind the above thought process. 

And is ALMOST September! 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

August, I'm Over It

Is it me, or is the month of August seriously dragging its feet? Here I am, ready to leap into a post about "Whoooaa, we're almost at three months away," and then I realize it's not even September yet. Come on! I feel like time is teasing me, dragging out these last few days of the month, driving me up the wall, and then once September rolls around I'm going to blink and it will be December 8th. Such is life!

In the meantime, I plan on taking advantage of these imagined "extra days." Since my last post, we've accomplished two more major wedding planning tasks: ordered Matt's wedding band, and ordered Matt's suit. Now it's on to setting up hair appointments for my ladies, planning out a tentative agenda for the day, and finalizing my ideas for favors, welcome bags, and our reception exit. I know this sounds like a lot, but don't worry, I've got soooo much time since August can't get its butt in gear and get out the door already!

Here's an exciting update--our wedding invitations should be arriving TODAY, much earlier than I anticipated! In related news, last night I had my second anxiety dream about invitations, only within five days of the last one. My first dream involved me going on a frantic search for inner envelopes and reception cards. Last night, I dreamed our invitations arrived and looked nothing like the picture online--they had this weird, sheer overlay and were covered in yellow tulips/daffodils. Talk about a nightmare!

And before I leave, I would like to note that I wrote this post over a span of a couple of days, during my spare time. And yet, it is STILL August...come on!

See you in September, like, a million years.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wedding Planning MACHINE

Over the summer, any time someone asked me the oft-heard phrase "how is the wedding planning going," I would raise my eyebrows and cryptically respond with "it's going." These days...well, these days, not much has changed. I still give the same response, but mostly because I like to be dramatic. Lately, I typically follow up with, "actually, I am feeling less panicked than before." However, that is an understatement, because I am actually starting to feel pretty great! Yes, I still get stressed, and yes, I still have wedding anxiety dreams, but all in all I am feeling quite confident. I've checked many things off the to do list in the past couple of weeks and I am pretty pleased with myself. Sometimes I think it's all too good to be true, and I'm just waiting for the next disaster to come along, but in the meantime I will bask in the glory of all these accomplishments:

There was some drama over inner envelopes and reception cards, but all was resolved and they should be arriving the second week of September!! SERIOUS TIMES!!!!

2. Had a Second Fitting
Only one more fitting to go, which is in two weeks! I figure at this point, unless I do a cleanse, my weight won't change much. I can probably stop feeling guilty every time I eat Taco Bell.

3. Scheduled Hair & Makeup for Myself and my Mother
Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezey!

4. Set the Menu for the Reception
All you really need to know is that there will be baked mac n cheese. NOM.

5. Ordered part of the Bridesmaids' Gift
You better believe this was another one of those simple decisions I agonized over for 24 hours.

6. Ordered a New Dress for the Rehearsal Dinner
Yes, this was on my to do list. It's an important component of wedding planning.

7. Booked Rehearsal Dinner Location
I'm still concerned over whether or not we will fit everyone...

8. ALMOST Ordered Matt's Suit
We designed it, we just need to get his measurements so we can order it. And yes, we're going with 3 piece suits instead of tuxedos. Ultimately, it came down to what Matty and I thought was more baller--and that's how we make decisions in our household.

Can you even BELIEVE that list of accomplishments??? I am on a roll and I don't plan on ever stopping--I feel like I could do this in my sleep! (And I actually thought I was, when I dreamt the other night about ordering wedding invitations.)

I will have even more updates shortly, especially since I plan on ordering Matt's suit this weekend, and possibly picking out his wedding band as well. At the moment, I have to get my beauty rest. I'm currently at a training for new 4-H agents, and my brain is dunzo--it's a miracle I was able to pull this post together. I mean, earlier today I couldn't even think what animal "equine" referred to!!  I cannot describe my level of shame over that faux pas. We have another very full half day tomorrow, and I intend to be on top of my game since we're going to cover some hotly contested issues. So, until next time, peace out girl scout!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Holiday is Over

My self-imposed exile from wedding planning has come to an end. While I really enjoyed my "Treat Yo Self 2012" vacation (which involved shopping, dinner dates with friends, celebrating Matt's birthday, and a fun-filled hour on a high ropes/zipline course), there's less than four months to go until the wedding, and boy have we got some work to do! 

Let's take a look at all the things I am hoping to accomplish during the month of August:
1. Order Matt's Suit/Tux
Apparently, trying to find an acceptable suit for Matt takes just as long as me trying to find a wedding gown. 

2. Order the Groomsmen Attire
Sorry fellas but you can't just roll up in whatever happens to be clean that day. This is a WEDDING, not an afternoon at the casino! 

3. Order Invitations
I suppose I should retract my previous statement about Facebook invites. It has come to my attention that many of our wedding guests are NOT on Facebook, and they do, in fact, exist. (Or perhaps, some people can't use Facebook, because they "forgot their password." I'm lookin at you, Mom.) Paper invitations it is! 

4. Select the Dinner Menu
I know I stated before I was going to go with ordering soft tacos in bulk from Taco Bell, and I apologize to anyone who was looking forward to that delicious meal (I know I was!). Unfortunately, the taco bell in my hometown recently burned down. SO TRAGIC BEYOND WORDS. So, looks like we will have to pick some second rate option, like garlic encrusted pork tenderloin, from the catering menu. 

5. Start Planning Honeymoon
We've made some progress on this--we're going to COSTA RICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Except I firmly told Matt, "I am not roughing it on my honeymoon." I'm all for backpacking through the jungle, but once this whirlwind is over, all I want to do is sit on a beach somewhere, drink, and eat. 

This is basically what I have told myself NEEDS to happen by the time Labor Day passes us by. I have a million other things that I would like to get done, but you know, we've got to get realistic here. 

Despite this behemoth of a to-do list, and despite jumping back into all of this mess after such a relaxing break, I am actually super excited. My first bridal shower is this weekend (a lingerie shower, oh my!), I have a second dress fitting coming up, and Matt is so wonderful, I can't believe I am lucky enough to marry him! 
My handsome fiance and our little angel, Poe Bear.

Have a lovely weekend.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

4 Months, what?!?

I have so many things to tell you, mainly about my wondrous week of relaxation and zero wedding planning (treat yo self!). But, at the moment I do not have the time, as I am on my way out the door (obvi not literally) for a sushi double dinner date. I thought I would just check in for a moment to let you know the following: 
1. I am still alive. 
I know it has been a little while since my last post, but rest assured I have not fallen off the face of the planet. 
2. Treat Yo Self 2012! was a fantastic week. I can't wait to have another one. 

When did this happen??? No, seriously, someone please tell me, WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN??!?!? Because the last time I checked, it was still July and I had plenty of time to finish wedding plans. 

At this point, with nine months of engagement experience, I know better than to read those "friendly" reminders I receive from Wedding Channel and The Knot. Odds are, I probably haven't done half the things that are "supposed" to be completed by the four month time frame, so I no longer trouble myself with actually opening the emails. 

That's all I have for now. If you will excuse me, I have a date with a spicy tuna roll. 

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