Saturday, December 27, 2008

Organization


I've had a few people ask about the "To Do List" feature in my bio. I figured I would just make an entry here as to how I've managed to make this wedding organized so Jon and I know what's going on.
When we first got engaged, I had several wedding planning books, but I found that most of the stuff in them we wouldn't use. So I decided to just make my own binder and that's been the best decision.
In the front pocket I have my list of stuff to do/buy/send/make. It's basically just a master list. No dates or anything. Just a cut and dry list. I also have a list I printed off the Internet with a countdown to the wedding. (i.e. 12 months have this done). I also have copies of our ceremony music so I can give it to our pianist.
The actual binder is divided by tabs into the following sections:

*Budget (Copy of my excel spreadsheet budget sheet with projected, actual, deposits, and balances due)
*Guest List (Copy of my excel sheet with names, addresses, phone numbers, save the dates sent, invitations sent, number attending, thank you card sent)
*Attire & Beauty (Info for BM dresses & GM attire, pictures of make up and hair ideas, list of appointments)
*Ceremony (List of ceremony readings, sheets to take notes during meetings with priests)
*Flowers (Pictures of flowers, list of who gets corsages & bouts)
*Reception (List of what goes on what tables, floor plan I made for the reception hall)
*Food/Cake (Copy of menu, cake ideas)
*Music (List of music chosen for both ceremony and reception)
*Photography (List of photos we want)
*Stationary
*Favors & Gifts (List of what we want to get the BP and list of websites to get candy)
*Transportation (List of what the limo includes)
*Honeymoon (Information gathered by Jon for the honeymoon)
*Contacts & Contracts (Master list of everyone we are working with, copies of each contract)
*Hotel Accom. (Sheets describing what each hotel accom. includes)
*Misc. (DIY instructions, monthly calendar with what needs to be done)
Also, each divider has a list of things that need to be done for that particular area. (i.e. Ceremony: Meet with priests 4-5 times, Decide on specifics of Ceremony)
I must say, being so organized about this makes wedding planning SO much easier!
AAAAND: I signed onto The Knot today..and saw the countdown was 210 days. When I first signed us up for the Knot...we had 700+ days til the wedding!
Countdown: 6 months, 29 days!

Invitation Inserts


A few weeks ago, I sat down and cut all of the paper for our invitations. It feels so great to have this done!
My next obstacle is to try to make the maps on the directions & reception cards not look so blurry. Wish me luck!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Another check!

I hope everyone had a great holiday!! We had a great Christmas!! Jon loved his Chipper Jones baseball and I about hit the floor when I opened my guitar signed by Luke Bryan! :) I also got two books I've been wanting to read: The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks and Multiple Blessings by Jon & Kate Gosselin (from Jon and Kate Plus 8).

Today, we ordered our wedding bands! We bought both of them from the jewelry store that Jon bought my engagement ring from. Since my engagement ring is so unique I wanted a simple band. I didn't want anything to take away from my gorgeous engagement ring. Jon went with a titanium band--very simple, as well. He wanted something basic. We ordered them and unless we're notified otherwise--we should have them on Wednesday or Friday!! YAYYYY!!!


My band





Jon's Band

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hair Stylist--CHECK!

I went to get a hair trim today and asked if I could go ahead and book for the wedding day. Wellll...small crisis...she had already agreed to do 3 girls' hair for another wedding. Luckily, she was able to move things around. And we have 3 girls that are going to be working to get our hair done! We start at 10:30! It's hard to believe that it's starting to become time to actually set up times for everything! I'm waiting to hear back from the limo company to see if they will pick us up at the hotel! Fingers crossed!! Then we're going to be at the church at 2:00 for pictures! Eee!! I think we'll have the guys get there at 2:30! :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

BM Dresses--CHECK!

The last girl to order her dress ordered hers today!! Yayyyy!! :) It feels so great to get this done! So much less stressful!! YAYYY!!!

Also, the Save-the-Dates are addressed--just waiting on a few more straggling addresses to come in!!


Countdown: 7 months, 9 days

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A little bit of an update

Where to start?

Only one more girl to go to get their dresses ordered. (I may have put that in the last post, but I can't remember.)

We have some gifts figured out:

BMs: Tote bags filled with: jewelry and shoes for the day of, a small make up bag filled with goodies

FG: Mini tote bag filled with: jewelry and shoes, a Build-a-Bear

RB: A gift card (My sister says, "He thinks gifts cards are the greatest things!"), a few other TBD items

GM: To Be Determined

So far I have the bags for the girls, jewelry, and make up bags..getting there! lol

Also...slight change in music:

Unity Candle Song: Feels Like Home-Chantal Kreviazuk

Father/Daughter Dance: Stealing Cinderella-Chuck Wicks (Cuz I'm my dad's "princess") :)

Each set of parents: A 5 x 7 picture frame engraved with our name and date for a wedding picture, a gift certificate to a local restaurant

My sister (She's my right hand man..she basically helps with everything): To Be Determined

Officiants: Not sure yet, maybe a gift certificate to a restaurant, along with a donation of course

Countdown: 7 months, 14 days!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It's official...

It hit me today...the "I'm actually going to be a bride!" moment hit me. I really don't know what is causing it to occur on this particular day. It could be because Jon is graduating next Saturday. Or that I only have 1 girl left to get her dress. Or that my girls are already requesting vacation days for the rehearsal day. Whatever it is...I like this feeling!

In the same breath, I can also say that I feel myself getting stressed out easier now. I have to take a step back and try to rationalize things. I just get really worked up. I think it's because 7.5 months seems so far away..but soon it's going to be Christmas, then New Year's, then our anniversary, then Jon's birthday, then Valentine's Day, then my birthday. Then...February will only have a week left! That means that we will be at 5 months. WOW...yep, that hit me just as I typed that!! :-0!! Time flies!!


Countdown: 7 months, 15 days!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Checks!

We booked the ceremony musician! A small change of plans though. Instead of having 5 prelude songs, she suggested we only have 3. So we went for Only Hope, Bless the Broken Road, and This Year's Love. :)

We booked our hotel room for our wedding night! It's actually the same suite that I'll be staying in with the girls the night before.

I started addressing the Save-the-Dates yesterday. It starts becoming really real when you do that!

And finally, I made our Thank You Cards:


The outside


The inside with a blank 3" x 5" card for writing



The back of the envelope :) The ink is actually blue, not teal.