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Only three months to go!  It seems like this was the magic number to really start wrapping up the wedding planning.  It’s really not so much planning any more as executing ideas.  Eric and I had planned on going camping the other weekend, but the weather didn’t feel like cooperating so we ended up staying inside and finishing a few projects.

Where we should have been…

We got most of the invitations addressed, I got all of the bunting cut out and I made the cake toppers and flower girl wands.  We also got most of the ceremony and reception songs picked out.  Thank God for bad weather because we’re not going to want to stay inside when it gets nice out!

We still have to finalize the guys’ outfits and the ceremony wording.  Fortunately, I think those are the biggest things right now.  I took a look at my to-do list and it’s still pretty large, but it’s composed mostly of tasks like “get boarding reservations for the dog”, and “finalize wedding day timeline”.  It’s a good thing, too, because my brain is no longer capable of making big wedding decisions.  I found it’s limit a while ago.

In a perfect world, we will get everything done by the beginning of July so the only thing we’ll have to do that month is put out any fires that pop up, which they WON’T (fingers crossed).   We’ll get the invitations out at the end of this month, and hopefully it’s smooth sailing from there.  Don’t laugh.  It could happen…

I’ve been crazy busy the last three weeks;  I’ve had to move and travel to Helena & DC for work  so there’s just been no time to post anything lately.   I’ll have to do a quick update of what’s been happening.  My dress came in the other day!  I’ll go into the dress shop Friday to try it on.  I’m a little nervous because it’s a mix of two dresses and I’ve never seen the final product on before.  The ladies at the shop said it’s gorgeous on the hanger, so I’ll have to take their word for it for now.  I’m not going to be posting pictures of it, so really this post is more informative than fun.  Sorry!

We’re also in the process of finding ceremony musicians, which is turning out to be a lot harder than I thought it would be.  It’s not time to panic yet, but I’m starting to sweat it.  Hopefully we’ll find someone good soon.

We’re only 6 months away from the wedding, so things are starting to get rolling.  We’ve received the invitations and they look fabulous! Those will get sent out in a few months.  The guys’ suits are all picked out, but we’ll have to go in and put something together for our dads.  We have an appointment with the flower lady in a few weeks, and after that I think most of the wedding planning will be in the details (figuring out the timeline, picking out songs, confirming addresses, etc…).  Super exciting, huh?   I hope August gets here quickly!

Sorry everyone, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.  Turns out December is kind of a busy month.  There isn’t much to report about the wedding (besides the fact that it’s still not here yet!)  I’m getting impatient!  Anyway, we’ve selected the bridesmaid dresses (thanks for modeling, Erika!) and I think they’re pretty cute.  I’d wear one 🙂

Mom and I went to see Sheryl (our day-of coordinator’s aunt) at the party store and some help with figuring out the reception decor (and by some help, I mean Sheryl is the next best thing to Martha Stewart and if it weren’t for her we probably would have called it good with table cloths and that’s it).  Grandma is in town this weekend, so she, mom and I went to the quilting store to pick out fabric for the guest book quilt.  Mom and I will be going back soon to pick out the fabric for the bunting, also.  I was excited to find that the store actually carried replica Civil War era fabrics, which are perfect for our vintage theme (and very cute).  I’m very blessed to have people in my life who have the skills and are willing to help out with things like that.

So that’s what’s been happening over the last month or so.  Christmas had a way of sneaking up on me this year, but that’s ok.   I love this season and everything it means.  Unfortunately, there’s no snow to go cross country skiing yet, but what are ya gonna do?  Eric and I went to see ZooLights (a drive through light display at Zoo Montana) with my brother and sister in law the other day, which was a fun throw-back to our childhood.  We also grabbed some yummy coffee and went and looked at lights around town this week, which was a lot of fun.  Sadly for me, Eric is leaving bright and early tomorrow to go home for Christmas, but I’m excited for him.  It’s been a year and a half since he’s seen his family, so it’s about time 🙂  I guess I can handle being away from him for a week or so.  But I’m excited for him to get back!

In case I don’t get around to writing again this month, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and  Happy New Year!

Have a blessed Christmas season!

 

 

One of my favorite things we’re doing for our wedding is showcasing family and friends’ various talents.  In my opinion, our wedding should be a very personal celebration of our marriage and the people who have helped us get to this point.  Because of this, I’m so excited that so many people have already agreed to help us out with various aspects of the wedding.

For instance, my mom is making bunting to hang up for decoration.

The bunting will look something like this

Mom is my go-to if I ever need any help with sewing.  She has done everything from making adorable decorations to mending my pants (I still have her help me, is that bad?)  She is much more talented with a sewing machine than I could hope to be.  Really, the last time I used one was in 7th grade home-ec class.  That didn’t go so well, either.

My grandmother has agreed to make a guestbook quilt for us.  We’ll have strips of cloth for people to sign, and she’ll make us a blanket that we can enjoy for years to come, instead of having a book we’ll put away and forget about.  Her quilts are beautiful!  I don’t have pictures of the quilt or wall hangings she’s done for me, so I took a picture from my cousin’s Facebook page of the quilt Grandma made for her.   (Thanks, Kaitlin!)

Kaitlin's quilt

My friend and maid of honor Erika will be making our cake(s).  She is currently an aspiring teacher and an incredible amateur baker.  She has made many beautiful and delicious cakes for weddings, baby showers, birthdays, and just because.  I like to find excuses to “help” her try out new recipes (see: taste testing).

A baby shower cake by Erika

Eric’s sister and one of my bridesmaids Tara is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades.  She has her own company called Cate & Ava’s where she sells hand painted glasses, handmade ornaments, magnets, etc that she has created (for some reason I can’t get the link to work…the website is http://www.cateandavas.com).  She also does some stuff with weddings, some interior design, and some graphic design (whew!).  She’ll be helping us with some of the paper goods, like the programs and possibly more.

A picture of Tara's "Chocolate Berkshire-tini" (photo by Dennis Jones)

I’m really excited about and appreciative of all these loved ones helping us out.  I think it will make our wedding more personal and meaningful.  Everyone is so talented and our wedding is going to be gorgeous!  This is just the beginning of our planning…I’m sure we’ll be hitting up more loved ones for help in the near future.  I hate to imagine any talent being wasted out there! 🙂

 

While planning your wedding, did anyone else have that feeling of being totally overwhelmed?  That feeling hit me like a truck on Friday.  The first part of the day was great.  I met my mom and my maid of honor Erika at the bridal shop to look for gowns.  I ended up being helped by a girl I knew from high school, so the whole experience was fun and exciting.  I didn’t walk away with a dress, but I’m 95% sure I found the one I want.  Actually the “one” I want is a hybrid of two different dresses.  I loved the body of one, but loved the top of another and fortunately they were both done by the same designer who is willing to custom make dresses.  The sketch should come in within the next few weeks, so I’ll get to decide if I want to go ahead and purchase it then.  Turns out the dress I like is nothing like what I thought I wanted.  While looking for inspiration, my eye would always be drawn towards dresses that looked like this:

A no-no for Andrea

Turns out this style makes me look wide and squatty.   I also tried on a tea-length dress, and I might as well have been my own flower girl  because it made me look about 10 years old.  I’m not going to tell you what mine looks like; I’m saving that surprise for the wedding.   But I can tell you it’s neither of these styles.

The second part of the day didn’t go quite as well.  I should have known better than to plan a full day of wedding stuff, because I’m really a terrible shopper and I had already been at it for two hours.  That’s a quick way to make me fussy.  Anyway, we met up with my mom’s friend Kevin, who is going to be our day-of coordinator.  His aunt owns a party supply store, so we went there to talk about ideas for decor (centerpieces, etc…).  She was very good about listening to my “vision” (I think I have to call it that…but it’s really more of a blurry mess of ideas).  She started brainstorming some ideas and I was impressed with how she could just come up with things on the spot.  Unfortunately, I was not in the mood for anything wedding related at that point, so I wasn’t having any of it.  I finally just told her “I’m really sorry, but I’ve hit the wall.  I need a break!”  She was great about understanding where I was coming from.  We agreed to re-convene in the fall when wedding season dies down a bit and we can sit down and really hash things out.  After that meeting, I had a very mild panic moment where all I could think was “I’m never going to get this together, my decorations will look tacky, it won’t go smoothly, everyone’s going to hate this, etc…” but fortunately my mom was able to talk some sense into me.  She just told me “Andrea, it will be fine.  You have a year to plan, and besides that, it’s not about what everyone else thinks.  As long as you and Eric are married and happy, that’s what counts.”  She also pointed out that maybe, just maybe, I was looking at too many wedding blogs and magazines.  It’s hard not to feel like your wedding ideas are inadequate when you see all these gorgeous, $50,000 magazine-worthy weddings every day.  Good point, ma.  Whew.  That’s the reality check I needed.  I think our wedding will be amazing because it’s our wedding.  I get to marry my best friend and that’s what I’m over-the-moon excited about.

Did anyone else have a similar freak-out?  What did you do to calm your nerves?

I’m loving this wedding I just found on the Elizabeth Anne Designs website.  It’s so colorful and summery that it makes me want to tweak some ideas for our wedding.  A vintage farmer’s market theme is so much fun! (Maybe I’m biased because going to the farmer’s market is one of my favorite summer activities :)).

All of these things would so easily fit with our venue that it’s easy for me to picture.  How much fun would it be to leave the wedding in an old 1950’s pickup?  Ugh, I’m going to get myself in trouble with too many ideas!

As I said before, I am not an event planner at all. However, lately I have been excited to dig around the internet to get some ideas for our wedding.  It seems like my “planning moods” have an ebb and flow to them:  for  two weeks I’ll be completely disinterested, for one week I’ll scour every wedding site known to man.  Completely despite myself, I have been checking out some really great wedding blogs.  I found this amazing wedding on Style Me Pretty that has tons of details that I had previously thought of for our wedding, but it is done in such a beautiful way it inspired me all over again.  In my head, I see our wedding being somewhere between this (but less formal) and the church picnic scene in “A River Runs Through It” (it makes sense to me).  I just have to remember that we only have from 10 a.m. the day of the wedding to decorate and we’re going to be traveling a couple hours to get there, so I can’t go overboard with ideas or we’ll run out of time.

When I first threw out the idea of having shabby chic decor, Eric couldn’t stop giggling.  I’ve since decided to change the term to “vintage/rustic”.  No more giggling.  I’ve also found some of the cutest handmade decorations on Etsy.

Despite my best effort, I might get sucked into enjoying this process after all.  I’ll let you know how I feel when we’re three months out 🙂