Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tying the Knot: The List is Getting Shorter!

+ Pick a wedding date
+ Choose your wedding party
+ Find a ceremony site
+ Choose a ceremony officiant
+ Plan the ceremony details (unity, readings, etc)
I am loving the unique and personal touches we've come up with and I can't wait to share them with you soon.
+ Find a reception site
+ Plan the guest list
+ Plan the VIPs/toasts for the reception
In the casual manner that a lot of our wedding is taking on we aren't going overboard with planning these types of things specifically. We assume our parents are going to give toasts at some point (rehearsal/reception/etc) as well as the MaidofHonor/BestMan speaches but we will go with the flow for these.

+ Pick a caterer
+ Decide on a menu
+ Find a florist
+ Find a photographer
+ Find a DJ/Band
+ Find a bakery
+ Decide on a cutting cake
+ Find salon/hairstylist/make-up artist

+ Have an engagement party
+ Take engagement pictures
+ Have a bridal shower
+ Have bachelor/bachelorette parties
+ Plan rehearsal dinner

+Find wedding dress
+ Decide on a veil
+ Find bridal shoes
+ Pick other accessories
+ Decide on Old/New/Borrowed/Blue traditions
+ Pick out bridesmaid dresses
+ Pick out tuxes
+ Decide on wedding bands

+ Have dress fittings and alterations
+ Buy wedding party gifts
All done and even in Colorado already. Just need to wrap and deliver!
+ Buy gifts for our parents
I love the pieces we picked out. They don't scream WEDDING but I hope they serve as great memories of our special day.
+ Buy gifts for each other
+ Plan special dances & "must have" list of songs
A lot of our special moments were easy to put songs to and I have been constantly adding "must play" songs to the growing list. I'm having a bit of trouble with the ceremony part of this step but know a phone call with our DJ will clear a lot of it up.
+ Figure out day-of transportation
This process was seriously so stressful and it definitely shouldn't have been. Between harassing phone calls from a company to round & round conversations with others I'm so glad this is finished!
+ Set up wedding registry
+ Book night-of hotel room
I had grand plans of staying somewhere luxurious but we ended up going with the same hotel where our block of rooms are. It's easy, close to the venue and might be free.
+ Book Block of Hotel Rooms
+ Book honeymoon
+ Place flower order
+ Place bakery order
+ Send Save The Dates
+ Design Invitations
+ Send Invitations
+ Make guest book
+ Design wedding website
+ Decide on wedding favors
+ Create slideshow
+ Make ceremony programs
+ Make escort/place cards
+ Write vows
I know I personally am finished with mine and I believe J is done as well. We both need to print/write them out to have with us on the big day but that's easy!
+ Get marriage license

Only 6 more major things that need to be taken care of. Minus making sure everyone is paid and the last minute details we feel like adding but aren't essential items. I'm definitely feeling good and with only 23 days left the excitement is growing!



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