Wedding planning so far

21 Jun

Taken from Cedar Hill website

So, one of the topics I want to cover in this blog is wedding planning. I have lots of ideas and thoughts about the whole process, and I hope my experiences can help other couples doing the same thing. So, here are the basics of what I have done so far:

  • Chose the venue – a farm in Wisconsin – and date – 7/7/12
    • This was the very first thing I did AFTER coming up with a budget ($16k) – more on that later
    • I love love LOVE this venue! Here’s why:
      1. Everything will happen in one location – the rehearsal dinner, getting ready (in the farm house), the ceremony and the reception. This makes it easy and more enjoyable for our guests, our vendors and not to mention me and Shaun!
      2. Renee and Gary, the owners of Cedar Hill Barn, are SO nice! It makes the whole process SO much more relaxing to feel like I am working with good midwestern folk rather than some crazy vendor who wants to get me for all I am worth with hidden costs and rules.
      3. Everything in this venue is beautiful – from the quaint farm house, to the oh-so-lovely barn to the immaculate grounds. Look at those multi-colored chairs!
      4. Oh, and the barn was built using old fashioned post and beam methods from cedar in the area. Pretty cool.
      5. It has a keg-orator. ’nuff said.
  • Having the venue and date determined made it easy for me to pick a theme (Summer in Wisconsin/Rustic) and food (Hog roast, of course!)
    • See my inspiration board here
  • Compiled the guest list
    • This, by far, has been the most difficult task to complete so far in the process – who to invite? who to NOT invite?
    • The venue seats about 175-180 comfortably and considering weddings at home are usually more in the 350-400 range, I had to make some difficult decisions
    • Adding to that the fact that a vast majority of our guests will need to  travel for the wedding (Shaun’s family is mostly in Indiana and mine in Ohio) – how many can we invite under the assumption that they won’t be able to make it?
  • My uncle is a DJ – so I contacted him to do my wedding
    • His availability was critical to picking the date
    • At weddings in my hometown (where he normally DJs), we always square dance – it was important to me to have that incorporated into our reception as well and Uncle Slick can help us out on that front!
  • Our friend Lexia is an AMAZING photographer – so we contacted her
    • I am not just saying she is AMAZING because she is a friend. It’s true! See some of her past weddings here and here.
    • Oh, and some of her photos have been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings and she is going to be in SMP this week. How awesome is that?
  • Picked out my wedding dress
    • The designer is La Sposa and that is all I can tell you right now – I want it to be a surprise!
    • My mom (being the maven that she is) found a sample dress that has never been used on for less than half the price of what the store would charge me (remember that budget?). It’s 2 sizes too big but I have a tailor that says she can get it down to the right size without issue.
  • Picked out bridesmaids dresses
    • I went shopping with the women in my family (sister, mom and niece) the weekend before I left. We narrowed it downto four styles and sent them to the other bridesmaids for opinions.
    • Dessy styles 6609 and 2787 won the vote (in midnight blue)

My first DIY project

  • Made (yes, MADE) my save the dates
    • I used wallpaper, card stock and a custom rubber stamp to make these beauties

So, as you can see, I have a lot done so far. My plan was to get alot of the big tasks checked off before coming to Cairo. Mission accomplished, I think. There are still some pretty major outstanding questions like, um, what kind of ceremony/officiant will we have? This task is so overwhelming to me for many reasons, and I just haven’t had the patience and energy to deal with it quite yet…

Overall, though, I really want the wedding to be practical, pretty and personal. How do you think I am doing?


2 Responses to “Wedding planning so far”

  1. Diana Link June 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    You are doing great! I am so excited.. you are the picture of an organized (and non-bridezilla) bride.

    Can’t wait!!!

    Now we just need to plan the bachelorette party…

    Love, Di


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