(Because I couldn’t think of a more creative title for this post)
-Venue.. check!: Despite Hurricane Sandy’s efforts to destroy our venue, the Yacht Club where we are having our reception is very much in tact. Some flooding prompted a first floor renovation, but it could have been much worse. Should be up and running well before our October 5 2013 wedding date.
-Church.. check! Also got our pre-cana out of the way nice and early
-Photographer.. check! Came highly recommended by several very happy customers and somehow were right within our budget. Win-win.
-Dress and veil.. check! The bridal shop I went to was fabulous and they could not have been more helpful. Will arrive sometime in April. I live in the southern NJ area and lately I have heard of a lot of brides going to Kleinfeld in NYC (Say Yes to the Dress) for dress purchases. I am a huge advocate of supporting local businesses (mainly because my father is a small business owner). Your local bridal shops carry many of the same brands that Kleinfeld does without the NY pricetag!
-Florist.. check! I always knew if I got married around here I would seek the services of Manic Botanic. Their work is absolutely beautiful, creative, and tasteful. When my mom & I met with them to discuss what I had in mind, they could not have been more attentive and patient.
-Save the Dates.. still a work in progress. Magnet or no magnet? How creative do we want to be? Really trying to save money on this one.. shopping around.
-Invitations.. also a work in progress. To say that my mom and I appreciate beautiful stationery is an understatement. We didn’t see much that appealed to us online so we visited a local stationer and o-m-g, blown away. We both have the same idea in mind – a traditional invitation with a formal feel. The price kind of shocked us.. but we are taking some time to think about the investment we want to make in these. I love a beautiful, classic invitation, but are they worth the cost? I am pretty sure I am the only person who saves everyone’s wedding invitations and save-the-dates. If we splurge here, we’ll have to cut back somewhere else.. hmm.
-Transportation, DJ, Bar/Bartenders.. check! All being arranged by my fabulous Fi! He’s awesome like that.
-Candy Bar.. Nixed! Decided to go another route. And also worried about candy wrappers and hands reaching the bowls.. I am so neurotic sometimes.
A lot more to do, but enjoying it along the way!