Wow, we’re getting close now. Only about 17 days until the wedding. My mom arrives on Saturday to begin the final prep. I can’t believe how quickly it’s all come up. But things are really starting to fall into place now. I made the final payment for the ceremony/reception site, cake payment went out last week, flower payment is due on Thursday, and the catering headcount is due the Monday after that!
RSVPs have been rolling in & I’m pretty sure we’ve gotten almost everyone’s. Looks like the final guest count will be around 52. Thanks to everyone who RSVP’d. It’s been a lot of fun opening them up to see who sent theirs back and what music selections they included.
We’ve also been receiving a lot of gifts lately. Thank you to everyone who has already sent something. We are having a lot of fun putting things to use already: new plates, pans, serving bowls, coffee machine, toaster, etc. etc. I’m already running out of room in the kitchen for all these goodies! Formal thank you notes will go out after the wedding.
I also finalized the ceremony wording last week. It’ll be short, but sweet, I think. It feels good to have something that important out of the way, I must admit.
I’ve also made a few last minute purchases for the wedding. I finally got Andy’s ring ordered:
It should be arriving soon. There’s a small delay because it’s handmade.
I also bought Alex and I a few hair accessories for the wedding:
I know how quickly the next few weeks are going to go by, but hopefully I’ll get a chance to update as things progress & we get closer and closer. I can’t wait to see everyone soon!
After lots of searching on Ebay, at the mall, and anywhere that might possibly carry purple dresses, we finally have a dress for Alex to wear as my one and only bridesmaid! The search for this dress seemed never ending! There was lots of emailing back and forth between my mom, Alex, and I with messages full of links and disagreement on color, style, price, etc. I’m happy to have this under our belt & I’m really happy with the outcome.
Here is the dress we finally all agreed on:
After we found the dress, I came across some Steve Madden flats on sale, so I picked those up as part of Alex’s bridesmaid gift(s). Don’t worry, she knows about them already, so I’m not ruining any surprises.
I also bought these lovely and simple pair of amethyst stud earrings from one of my favorite Etsy sellers: Lost and Fawned. They arrived this week & I love them.
I’m also looking to pick up one of these burned silk flower hair clips for her hair. I’ve been loving these since they first started becoming popular on Etsy. I don’t really have enough hair to wear them myself, so the wedding is becoming my excuse to shop for them. Here’s one of my favorites so far from FlowerThyme on Etsy.
The last thing for Alex will be a necklace. I haven’t decided if I’m buying one or making one myself (or having my mom make one), but I’m glad we’ve got this part of the wedding under control.
Still got some work to do on the groomsman. We’ve been tossing around some ideas to help make things as affordable as possible for Kevin. Once I have more news on that front, you’ll know. (P.S. If you find some nice looking khaki or gray sports coats for a good price, give me a heads up, please.)
Andy’s picked a suit! Horray! The other half of the couple shall be dressed. (We’re still working on the bride’s maid & groom’s man. They very well may be naked.)
But I’m still too excited about this suit to be too worried right now – I really like it:
He even got the vest (which I believe makes it match point & win for team Vest):
What I think we both like about this suit is that it has a more modern feel, and it’s made out of cotton, so Andy shall not suffocate in the 100% humidity that is Wilmington in July. Plus, this gray is going to look super fabulous with his purple tie and deep purple calla lily boutonniere, which I imagine will look a little like this:
But our’s will have a little purple orchid accent to match my bouquet as well.
I think we might be getting somewhere with this wedding planning nonsense. Goals for this week – pick a baker and meet with the caters & rental people. If I can accomplish that, then I think most of the big stuff will be out of the way. Besides figuring out what the other people in the wedding party are going to wear… I think right now I’m going for those goofy beach t-shirts that are really long and have the drawing of a well-endowed gal in a bikini and a really hairy guy. It’ll make sure Andy & I are the best looking people up there.
The UPS man dropped off a big, beautiful package yesterday. I’ll give you a sneak peek:
I have two of these which will flank the sides of the rear stairs where the ceremony will be performed. They will be joined by some beautiful southern greenery.
You’re beginning to imagine it, aren’t you? Me, too!
Till then, those lanterns are decorating my small porch. And Andy actually said he likes them! I think it’s the first thing about the wedding he’s said he likes. Everything else gets an ‘eh’ or ‘whatever you like’. That kind of made my night.