But I totally have not been slacking off on wedding planning....I promise!!! I've been busy! My to-do list multiplies exponentially daily. oh my. There is literally only 10 more weekends until the wedding. I can't believe it! I can't believe how quickly it's flown by. On one hand I'm so excited for the day to be here. I can't wait to marry Mark and start the rest of our lives together (officially) as a family :) But on the other hand I have so much anxiety because I feel like I still have SO much to do!
Well, even though I haven't been blogging as much I HAVE been trying to mark things off my to-do list. A few of the things I've accomplished in the past couple weeks? Well let me tell you!
1 - Booked the Rehearsal Dinner
I'm so excited about this. I feel like the rehearsal dinner is going to be a really special time. The night before Mark and I make our lifetime commitment our families and closest friends will come together for an intimate gathering. It's a time for our families to bond, for our friends to have fun and a time for everyone to come together to celebrate mine and Mark's relationship. :) I just imagine a warm, loving environment filled with excitement and anticipation! I can't wait!! As for location, it's gonna be at the Cantina restaurant in Birmingham. The space is amazing. A large open room with VERY high ceilings and exposed brick walls. HUGE windows encircle the room. There's ambient, soft lighting with twinkle lights in all of the windows. And the food is amazing! It's an upscale mexican restaurant, described as a "unique taqueria". This is the real deal, authentic mexican food. Fresh quality ingredients served in an upscale, yet rustic, mexican environment. It's gonna be awesome! Thanks to Steve and Jan (my soon-to-be inlaws!) for setting this up! BTW....have I mentioned that Mark and I LOVE mexican food? Cause we do. A lot. A WHOLE lot! :)
2 - Ordered the Flower Girl Dresses
My good friend Stevie's daughter Leah and my future sister-in-law Allison's daughter Kaylee Beth are going to be our "honorary" flower girls. By the time the wedding gets here they will be 1 1/2 and 1 years old, respectively. Sooo...I said honorary flower girls b/c they will be just a *little* too young to be official flower girls. These little darlings involvement will be in wedding pictures only....oh, and looking adorable of course! No temper tantrums or tears at our alter! (well, maybe some tears....but hopefully not from these little girls!) :) They'll sit with their daddies or their grandparents for the ceremony. I found these cute little flower girl dresses on amazon and ordered them for the girls as their presents:
They'll both be wearing the dress in ivory to match my wedding dress! I'm also planning to make them little aqua organza flowers for hair bows. They're gonna be too cute!
3 - Decided on Reception Music
This is a big one!! We've agonized over this decision forever (or at least it seems like it!). So we've finally decided to personalize the music just about as much as we possibly can! It's important to us to have a very personal wedding - b/c that's what it's about. It's about Mark and I joining our lives together in front of God, our family and our friends, and we wanted to make our wedding as much about US as possible. We want to share our lives with our friends and family and just enjoy and love every single part of our day. So...back to music...and what my whole spiel had to do with the music! We've decided to go with both a DJ and a Band. Now, this isn't just any DJ and any band. The DJ is a friend of my sister and brother-in-laws...he was actually a groomsman in their wedding. He's a music lover and just does the DJ gig in his spare time....you know, to pay for that expensive music collecting hobby! His music tastes match up with ours, but he also understands that it's very important to us to please everyone with our music selections. So, I think he'll be a nice fit! We also have one of Mark's very good friends playing with his band at our reception. They're an awesome local Birmingham band called The Grenadines that really fits in with the kind of music Mark and I really enjoy - you know, that kinda low-fi, indie rock vibe.
We're so, SO excited that they've agreed to play! Thanks Michael and Lauren! We figure that with a 3 hour reception we'll have the DJ play to begin with, play for about an hour, then we'll have the band play...probably about a 45 minute set, and then we'll have the DJ come back on to carry the dance floor on into the night...well, until 10:30 at least because that's when we have to be done with the music at the reception - which means, it's time for me & Mark to ride off into the ...errr... moonlight!
Now this brings us to number 4..... Honeymoon.
....I have no announcements as of now, but stay tuned because I should have some big news on this in the coming days!! :)