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It’s no surprise that I’m a horrible wedding blogger. In my defense, I’m been a “great” employee who gets a moderate amount of sleep each week and has been slowly but surely checking off everything on our wedding to-do list. Needless to say, I get many, many reminders each week of how we’re running out of time.

The latest — DL said to me last night, “I checked our website and did you know we’re 70 days out…that means we have 10 more weekends to go.”  Oy! So here’s what’s left on our to-do list now that we’re getting close and well into Phase 6: Details.

To-Do List

Phase 1: The Engagement

  • Buy ‘The Ring’ & Get Engaged
  • Announce Engagement & Have Engagement Party
  •  Create Master Plan

Phase 2: Plan & Book

  • Work Out Budget (Not much to say here except that DL and I will not be a candidate for the Budget Savvy Bride’s Budget Wedding of the Week)
  • Settle on Head Count (Technically, this wasn’t really finalized until after all the invites went out…more on that in a later post)
  • Set a Date (Read about this ordeal here)
  • Book Ceremony Venue (Read about our long search for a venue here, here, here and here)
  • Book Banquet Restaurant (Read about the relatively quick pick thanks to lack of options here)
  • Determine Wedding Party (Haven’t really written about this, but we have a party of 12, not counting me & DL. The unfortunate part of this story was that I though my cousin who had 14 bridesmaids and groomsmen had too many. I’m bitting my tongue and eating my words now)
  • Book Photographer, Videographer, Photobooth (Read all about it here, here and here)
  • Buy ‘The Dress’ (Not exactly the “Say YES to the Dress” moment that most girls anticipate, but it was definitely a family affair and overall pretty awesome experience…more on that in a later post)
Phase 3: E-Pic Time
  • Take Engagement Photos (Had beautiful shoot at a historic movie theater, beach and park….will share the photos in a later post)
  • Book Makeup Artist (Killed two birds with one stone here by doing my makeup & hair trial SUPER EARLY and getting my make up done for the engagement shoot….highly recommended strategy)
  • Book Officiant (My awesome cousin – the Internet-ordained minister – will be marrying us! Woo-hoo!)
  • Buy Bridesmaid Dresses (More on this in a later post, but in trying to get a good deal, I “rebought” these dresses at least three times because a new sale. The moral of the story is — timing is everything) 
Phase 4: Saving the Date
  • Design and send Save-the-Dates (STDs) (With my professional illustrator brother’s help, I pretty spent most of my Thanksgiving holiday making our save the dates cards)
  • Build and Launch Wedding Website (This project single-handedly held up our save-the-dates since it took me FOREVER to finish )
  • Register (Correction, setting up and filling out our registry is actually what held up our save-the-dates. My indecisiveness reached new heights cause asking for gifts can be so awkward)
  • Buying Clothes for the Men Folk (Since DL said no to a penguin suit, we settled on suits. So what better day to buy suits than Black Friday at 6AM. More on that later…along with near-impossible to find ties t0 match the specific shade of maroon for the bridesmaid dresses).
Phase 5: Flowers & Paper
  • Determine Wedding Colors and Theme (The best way to describe our color & theme is fig, mums and butterflies. Normally, the theme and colors would be settled before you pick the invites but let’s just say the invites pretty much made the decision for us)
  • Design, Assemble and Send Invitations (Took us TWO MONTHS to finish this project — from scoping out stationary makers to buying everything form Paper Source and making them ourselves in a factory assembly line for several weekends)
  • Book Florist (The moral of the story with this vendor pick is “age before beauty.” In other words, don’t be fooled by the flashy website and fancy office space…20 years of experience and an actual portfolio is sometimes all you need.) 
  • Book DJ (This has to be the most typical task that is assigned to the groom. Needless to say, DL booked the DJ and is building out the play list)
Phase 6: Details
  • Bridal Shower (Kudos to my wonderful bridesmaids for throwing me an awesome tea party…more photos and stories to come)
  • Order Wedding Bands (Technically done…unfortunately, the jeweler ordered the wrong size for David so we’ll need to make another trip back in a month to pick it up)
  • Paper Production (With the invitations out of the way, now its time to make the programs, escort cards, table number cards, misc decorations and the ever so important day-of play book)
  • Book Ceremony Musician(s) (Scoping out two possible vendors right now…but I’m thinking strings – either acoustic or electric would be great )
  • Cake (Oh crap, the cake….how did we forget about the cake until now….)
  • Transportation (No, I won’t look sweet on a bicycle built for two….that simply won’t do. We’ll need a bus for 20+ … feel free to send suggestions our way.)
  • Ceremony (So what’s this going to look like? I’m not sure….need to think about this some more)