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prep in motion.

Just 8 days left until the wedding!!!

My mom arrived in town on Saturday. Sunday we spent downtown celebrating the 4th. We took Rufus along with us, and he did not appreciate the fireworks. Poor little guy. But he survived.

Since then we’ve been doing some final shopping for wedding supplies, finalizing details with the vendors, and of course playing with Rufus.

This morning Andy and I went to the Register of Deeds and got our marriage license. So now all the paperwork is ready for the wedding – just need those final signatures on the day. We also walked around Bellamy for a little bit so my mom could see the venue and we could get the layout of tables, buffet, cake, etc. worked out for the big day.

Afterward we got to work assembling the centerpieces so we would be ready to go for next Thursday and just need to be placed on the table.

Rufus helped us out a bit by chewing on cardboard pieces that came in the lantern’s box:

While my mom and I had a small assembly line of assembling the hanging lanterns & getting the flowers tied on.

We also were able to finish printing out the labels for the candy buffet on what were supposed to be place cards that match my invitation set. So all in all it was a pretty productive day!

Now if the weather forecast would just go from 60% of rain to 0%, I’d be happy. I might even settle for 30%.


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designing the centerpiece.

With all this floral/florist talk going on here lately (and there’s been a lot. I think it might be driving Andy insane.), one thing we’ve been thinking more about is the centerpieces for the tables.

A while back I found some small white Moroccan lanterns on eBay that I really liked for a centerpiece idea. With a little bit more looking, we happened upon these beautiful hanging lanterns:

But how to incorporate flowers? With only a few inches between the bottom of the stand and the lantern, it didn’t leave us much room to put flowers underneath. And if we wanted to use live flowers, it got even trickier – how do we keep them from wilting in the heat of July?

But my mom came up with a new idea of using the stand display the flowers (that’s what mom’s are for – fixing things, right?). Using some beautiful silk flowers in the perfect colors she worked up this pretty little arrangement to hang on the curve of the stand.

Pretty, inexpensive, and can be done ahead of time – 3 things important to a DIY wedding.

Another idea we are considering was mentioned by the florists. Since I’m probably going to have orchids in my bouquet, we could use a stem of orchids with several open flowers and a few buds and wrap them up around the stand. Dendrobium orchids come in a beautiful shade of purple and also a light green with a purple center – so we could alternate the colors between the tables. The orchids would have to be done on the day of the wedding, however, and may cost more depending on the type of orchid.

But with those two ideas in mind, I think the centerpieces are coming along nicely. I’ll be excited to see the finished product of one, whatever we decide to do.

Now with flowers (mostly) decided on, the next thing to conquer is the catering. And the officiant. And the party rentals. And the… is it July yet?!


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