Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wedding Wednesday

I love reading other bride to be's blog posts about their "Wedding Wednesday" so I decided to give it a shot! Next week marks the 4 month countdown until we say "I do!" The exclamation point is intentional because I truly cannot wait to marry Austin. We will have been engaged for 19 months by the time our wedding rolls around, so it is definitely a well anticipated day for the both of us. We cannot wait to share it with all of our closest friends and family. It looks like I am going to be busy the next four months, because I still have quite a bit to do!

Set a date
Book venue
Book photographer
Book videographer- not doing one
Book Band for reception
Ask bridal party to be in wedding
Book caterer & bar- included at club
Create wedding website
Book florist
Buy wedding dress 
Book ceremony & cocktail hour musicians
Book rentals- meeting with Salt Harbor over Christmas vacation!
Take engagement pictures 
Select bridesmaid dresses
Have bridesmaids order dresses
Select and order groom & groomsmen attire
Have groomsmen order suits
Select Groomsmen Ties- This. Will. Be. The. Death. Of. Me.
Purchase veil
Book cake baker
Hire coordinator – meeting with Salt Harbor over Christmas! 
Buy cake knife & server- Let's be honest, this never crossed my mind
Order save the dates
Finalize guest list    
Send save the dates  
Book officiant  
Pre-marital counseling
Order guest book- have something in mind :) 
Hotel room blocks
Hire a calligrapher- THANKS MOM!
MOB & MOG dress shopping
Find wedding shoes
Find wedding jewelry- keeping it simple!
   Find garter   
Book makeup artist & hair stylist 
Book hair and makeup trial appointment
                                                   Select Reception Food
Take bridal portraits – still deciding on this, necessary?
Dress Fitting- thankfully I think I only need one with the style of my dress, thankfully!
Order ceremony programs
Order invitations- picked out!
Mail invitations- early February
Book rehearsal dinner venue  
  Rehearsal Dinner music
Buy Rehearsal Dinner dress- waiting for Spring stuff to come out!
Bridal Party Transportation
Buy bridal party gifts
Bachelorette party – March! Woop Woop
Bachelor party- Boys working on this in March
Bridal Showers – Working on this! Early Spring
Purchase wedding bands- picked out!
Put together picture list for photographer
Get marriage license- YAY! 
Order wedding favors- picked out
Book transportation from reception to hotel- next door to reception venue
Book honeymoon – IT’S A SURPRISE!
Honeymoon shopping
Gift for Groom- picked out 
Rehearsal Dinner  invitations- picked out
Music selections to band and ceremony artist
Book wedding night hotel room
Order thank you notes
Getaway Car
 Walk down the aisle & say I do!

Is there anything I'm leaving out? I'm sure there is. In my opinion, sometimes weddings can get a wee bit out of control excessive. I'm all about trying to keep it simple. I try. I feel like these days there is so much pressure on having an over the top, extravagant wedding. Austin and I are practical people, er, we try to be. And some aspects of wedding costs I truly cannot wrap my head around. I read a great article the other day talking about having a "practical wedding". Do you really need that monogrammed aisle runner? Probably not. Do I see my mother showcasing a 24x30 bridal portrait of me over the fireplace? Probably not. At the end of the day, Austin and I will be husband and wife and that's really all I could ask for. As long as we don't forget the rings and the marriage license, the rest will fall into place. Right? 




  1. How exciting! By the time June gets here Keith and I will have been engaged for 18 months, so I know how you feel! You have so much more done than I do though!

  2. Congrats on your engagement!!! When is the big day? Happy New Year!