There are only 10 days until I’m a married woman.
There are only 10 days left of writing the word “Nelson” behind my name (well… not technically, because I won’t legally change my name until after the honeymoon).
There are only 10 days left for me to get this planning to all come together in a successful party.
There are only 10 days left of this fantastic blog.
Well… that last one is slightly false. I’ll be doing one last post when I return from the honeymoon with all the wedding details and honeymoon details, and images of the final product, etc etc. But only 10 more days of being a “blogger”… maybe….
Our last Alpine meeting
This evening Craig and I headed out to Alpine Park and Gardens to have our last meeting with the venue owner/manager/wedding-extraordinaire. Before heading out there, I posed some questions to followers on Twitter and friends on Facebook, asking for suggestions from married friends on things that I should definitely ask at the meeting.
I asked for things like “Was there anything that, knowing what you know now, you would have asked before hand?”
Here are some of the responses I received:
“If they cut and serve the cake, make sure they know whether or not you are saving the top tier for your 1st anniversary!”
“Make sure you do a preliminary audio/visual check if you have music for them to play, microphones, videos, etc.”
“Ask them to save some food for you! I REALLY appreciated that our reception venue put a basket together for us to take with us – we had no time to eat! They also packaged our cake topper nicely (even threw in a polaroid of us with the cake as a surprise). Will they have someone on hand to “fluff” your dress before you go down the aisle? Might ask if you can bring in subway sandwiches or something for the bridal party. Side try have to be there so early its nice to have a little something to eat.”
“I think it’s best to kind of trust the venue. After all, they’ve done this before, you haven’t and no need for you to stress!”
“I told them that if there were any issues/ decisions to go straight to my mom that I didn’t want to know so I could relax and enjoy my day I mean it for a sooo fast and I didn’t want to have to be all stressed out. Make sure dj has a list of events and when there happening.”
“Make sure you find out when you can get there to decorate, and how long you get to decorate! I only had an hour and it was horrible!”
Thank you to everyone who helped out! These were great suggestions, and made me feel better going into the meeting. I ended up typing up a couple pages of questions and brought it with me. The owner went over each question with me and even used his own pen to fill some in!
All in all, the meeting went fantastic! Set up is going to be a blast and a breeze, and everything is going to go great. When I said, “My mom would like to be my ‘point person.’ The one that people go to when there’s a problem. I don’t want to know.”
He replied with: “What problems? There won’t be any problems.”
And that is why he’s booked for the next two years.
So this was going to part of the bridesmaid’s surprise present, but this is too funny not to share. Plus, it’s such a tiny part of their present that I’m not worried about letting it slip.
So a while back, my mom and I were looking for some “gold” bracelets to go with the gold shiny shoes. We went to the awesome store in Springfield called Charming Charlies (thank GOD we don’t have one where I live, or I’d be there all. the. time.) and looked for some fun jewelry. We found this grouping of gold bracelets that came in what we thought was a pack. Each pack had 12 total bracelets, broken up in 3 different patterns. So 4 of each pattern. So we thought we were geniuses and bought two of the packs, so that each girl would get three bracelets, one of each pattern. Go us!
Once I got home to Columbia and I was putting together the rest of the bridesmaids’ gifts, I got out the bracelet “packs” to put 3 into each of the girl’s gifts.
Each “pack” of bracelets was actually just supposed to be worn by ONE PERSON. They were all looped together connected!!! I was laughing so hard.
So tonight I finally decided that what I needed was a wire cutter. Then I’d snap these babies on their seem and separate them. Turned out to be harder than I thought… but Craig ended up finding a hidden talent! He’s a PRO at bracelet separation technique:
Okay. Let me start this off by saying that I know that a 10-day forecast is not accurate. Buuuut… at the same time, it’s really nice to look at it and let myself get excited. The 10-day forecast now hits our rehearsal dinner day!