Wednesday, September 29

It's all happening!

So my fiance and I made it to St. Louis, and it’s all finally happening! The past four days have absolutely flown by since we arrived, and now we’re just 3 days away from the wedding. THREE! That sounds incredibly weird to say out loud.
We drove through the night Friday and arrived very early Saturday morning. My fiance drove the entire way and we stopped just three times for gas fill ups, making the entire trip it in a record time of a little over 14 hours. After arriving at my mom’s house where we are staying during our visit, I slept for a few hours before excitement woke me and I convinced Joe to drive with me around the city for some shopping and errands. We dropped my dress off at the boutique where we’d purchased the maids’ dresses so I could have it pressed, then we picked up Joe’s tux from Men’s Wearhouse. Later that night I was whisked away by my Maid of Honor and Bridesmaids to a wonderful bachelorette party evening. First we met with my mom, aunts, grandma, and Joe’s mom and sisters at a mexican restaurant where there was lots of fun and laughter as I opened gifts of underwear. As I was opening each mysteriously unmarked gift, I was supposed to guess who it was from. It was a difficult game and I think I only guessed two or three on the first try, but it was all in fun. After we finished a delicious dinner and drinks, the maids and a few other friends took me to downtown St. Louis where we enjoyed more drinks and some dancing. We even spiced up the evening with some all-too-sexy neon bob wigs and got lots of attention for our “Lady Gaga” look (as so many people described us). Bachelorette Party #2: Epic! Enjoy a few pics:
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Me and my Sis (Maid of Honor)
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Having Fun Unwrapping the Mysterious Panties
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The Entire Group!
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Just the Maids and Friends
Sunday was intended to be a restful, relaxing day, but as always during wedding preparation week, the unexpected is prone to happen. Joe had told me we needed to attend an anniversary party for his aunt and uncle, so we needed to dressed nicely and be ready to go at 2 pm. As usual, I lounged around until the very last minute and therefore was forced to rush around frantically getting ready, but we made it to the party fashionably (30 minutes?) late. Except, when we arrived, it wasn’t just a party with Joe’s side of the family. To my surprise, it was actually a “shower” party for Joe and I, and my side of the family and friends were also all in attendance!! Since Joe and I live in Florida and don’t often get up to St. Louis to visit, it was a great opportunity to see friends that I hadn’t seen since last year, especially since I probably won’t get to spend as much time with those individuals as I would like at the reception this weekend. So although I was entirely exhausted from the drive up and the bachelorette party, the 8 hours of combined sleep from the past two nights weren’t enough to keep me from having a good time. The food and decor was absolutely wonderful and in a Japanese theme since Joe is half Japanese. The cake they’d gotten us had the DIY invitation transposed onto sugar, so we got a chance to actually eat an edible version of the invitation we’d worked so hard on! It was really creative and thoughtful. The shower was a wonderful surprise from Joe’s family and a great way to kick off the week’s festivities. (Pics coming soon!)
Monday was just as busy as the first two days since it had begun with an early meeting with my hairstylist for a hair cut and a highlight. That literally consumed my morning, and I was in a bit of a rush to run around gathering the last-minute supplies needed to finish Joe’s wedding gift. I ended up working on it literally ALL DAY… I didn’t meet up with Joe again until 8:00 that evening! It was so much work but I think he is really going to like what I’ve put together as his surprise wedding gift, and I’ll be sure to reveal the big secret in my recaps after we get back from the honeymoon.
Tuesday was spent running errand after errand and was almost just as hectic as the first few days. We met with the owner of Goodies for Guests to pick up our welcome baskets for out of town guests before meeting for lunch with my dad and grandparents, who flew in from Florida on Monday night. My grandma absolutely loved the welcome baskets, which contained all sorts of snacks and treats specific only to St. Louis:
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After lunch we were busy shopping for silly photobooth props when my mom called and asked when we planned to apply for the marriage license. I’d totally forgotten about one of THE most important parts of my to-do list!! We decided to immediately get it over with since it was obviously at the top of our priority list, so we drove 45 minutes to apply for the license. Luckily, in the state of Missouri, you don’t have to be a Missouri resident and you can get the license instantly — there is no waiting period or blood work to be done before you are approved. So the process was entirely painless and we walked out of the office with the official marriage license in hand! That was really exciting.
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The rest of the evening was spent organizing centerpiece kits, writing thank you notes, and wrapping attendant gifts. I think we are almost there with getting everything done… it’s finally all happening!!

Wednesday, September 22

The Final Countdown Days...

Omigosh! Just TEN days until the big aisle walk! My fiance and I will be leaving Florida on Friday for the drive to St. Louis and will arrive sometime early Saturday morning. That same day is round two for the Bachelorette Party, which as of yet is still a mystery to me… Then on Sunday I plan to partake in some serious pampering and relaxation before the busy week begins! We’ve got tons of errands to run during the week leading up to the wedding, but with the help of our family and friends, I know everything will come together. Friday afternoon is the ceremony rehearsal, followed by a BBQ dinner at my grandparent’s house. Check out the DIY postcard invitations I made, which we mailed out to guests a few weeks ago:
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With the day quickly approaching (Is it appropriate to describe it as “quick”? I mean, I HAVE been counting down for 600-something days now!), I’ve been busy preparing our vendors and bridal party with the plans that are in place. With 11 vendors to orchestrate on one day and no official wedding planner to help, I decided to create my own “vendor packet” with all the pertinent information that I believed each vendor needs for the day go off without a hitch. I included a list of each vendor and their full contact information, a list of the bride and groom’s support team, and a timeline of the day’s events including exactly when each vendor is expected to do their part. I wasn’t sure what kind of response I would get, but everyone seemed to be really receptive and grateful that they have the information they need to keep them in the loop! If you’re doing your own wedding “coordinating”, I would definitely recommend emailing everyone a timeline and list of contacts so that the vendors can familiarize themselves before the actual day.
If you acted as your own wedding coordinator, how did you (or will you) prepare your vendors for the wedding?

Wednesday, September 8

Save the (Birth) Date!

Ah! The stress is setting in! Well, has been for a while now really. So many last minute details and things to be taken care within the next 23 days before the Big One is here. I apologize that I haven’t been blogging much but I’ve just been so busy. The programs are nearly finished and will hopefully be under wraps tonight. We completed the reception seating chart in record timing over the weekend… it only took about 30 minutes! Currently I’m working on creating the escort cards by day, and creating our reception centerpiece table kits by night. Recently I ordered the napkins from the Get Married shop for our signature cocktail drink and I can’t wait to see them in person! I loved all the customization options on the Get Married site, and the price was unbeatable at just $19.50 for 100.
napkin Save the (Birth) Date!
Last Saturday I got to enjoy my first bachelorette party with my girlfriends here in Tampa (photo below), and in just a few weeks I’ll be driving to St. Louis to celebrate a second bachelorette party with all of my bridesmaids and Midwest girlfriends. Things are getting down to the wire and I feel like everything is happening so quickly! I’m doing my best to remain calm and stress free, but I’m really looking forward to that honeymoon cruise…
The shirt they got me from Victoria’s Secret was SO cute!
Hard to read in this photo, but it says “Kiss the Bride”.
 Save the (Birth) Date!
(Left to Right: Amanda F., Amanda G., Me, and Melinda)
Today I thought I’d share this adorable and creative idea I found from Martha Stewart Weddings. This bride and groom put a calendar next to their guest book at the ceremony so each guest could record their birthday for the couple to always have record of:
Martha Stewart Weddings Save the (Birth) Date!
Isn’t that incredibly smart, yet simple? I’m thinking about doing it too! What do you think? Have you ever heard of this idea or would you consider doing it?