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@Novella1186 and other May 2 brides!

dcbride86dcbride86 Washington, DC member
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2 months!!  I realized that we're only 2 months away and almost had a panic attack.  I need to get a more organized to-do list.  I have 1 at work and 1 at home, but they aren't consistent.  My work blocks Google docs and Dropbox, so it's really hard for me to just have 1 list.  I'm thinking I need to just start carrying around a hard copy. 

What are you guys doing now/this week? 

I need to figure out a rough reception timeline.  I got a sample pre-ceremony timeline from the photographer last week, which was really great because now I feel like I have something to plan off of.

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  • Yeah when I looked at my calendar this morning it was like YIKES! 

    FI is picking up his suit after work today, and probably ordering his shoes this week, as well as some groomsmen gifts. 

    We're working on some ceremony details and still trying to choose a reading or two. 

    This Saturday is my first dress fitting, at which I will hopefully finally decide on a veil. 

    We've also been working on designing our programs (FI does graphic design and marketing for a living and we're both creative so we thought it would be really fun to design them ourselves). We originally weren't going to have programs at all because in some cases I just don't see them as being necessary, but then I realized that a good majority of our wedding guests will have no idea what's going on when the Jewish traditions happen so we're using the programs as a method to put brief little explanations. 

    Hm... what else? I know there's like 12 million other things I have on my to-do list. Oh and in regards to you have 2 different lists, I would recommend carrying a little notebook. That's what I do. It fits in my purse, so if I'm out shopping or away from my computer I can pull it out and see what else I need to buy or choose or do. It's been really helpful. 
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  • I am getting invitations out this week. The massive assembly line has taken over my dining room table. 

    I'm taking a break from wedding planning today to SQUEEEEE that our offer on a new house was accepted today. 

    HOLY COW. SO MUCH TO DO. 
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  • dcbride86dcbride86 Washington, DC member
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    Yeah when I looked at my calendar this morning it was like YIKES! 


    FI is picking up his suit after work today, and probably ordering his shoes this week, as well as some groomsmen gifts. 

    We're working on some ceremony details and still trying to choose a reading or two. 

    This Saturday is my first dress fitting, at which I will hopefully finally decide on a veil. 

    We've also been working on designing our programs (FI does graphic design and marketing for a living and we're both creative so we thought it would be really fun to design them ourselves). We originally weren't going to have programs at all because in some cases I just don't see them as being necessary, but then I realized that a good majority of our wedding guests will have no idea what's going on when the Jewish traditions happen so we're using the programs as a method to put brief little explanations. 

    Hm... what else? I know there's like 12 million other things I have on my to-do list. Oh and in regards to you have 2 different lists, I would recommend carrying a little notebook. That's what I do. It fits in my purse, so if I'm out shopping or away from my computer I can pull it out and see what else I need to buy or choose or do. It's been really helpful. 



    I still need to design my programs.  I'm really not looking forward to that part!  But like you, we have enough non-Jews, and I'd like to explain the chuppa and glass-breaking a little more. 

    Also, FI still needs to get his tux altered.  He says he wants to wait until closer to the wedding in case the girl scout cookies he's been eating make him gain some weight.  It's making me SO anxious, though

     

    Good idea about the little notebook!!  That's much better than having 2 actual lists, + little notes in my phone.  For awhile I had a sheet of paper I wrote it on, but that got destroyed in my purse.

  • blabla89blabla89 Atlanta member
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    I'm in full on panic mode, and work is hectic on top of the wedding stuff. Ugh.

    Right now we're working on procuring booze for the wedding, and getting the last few invitations addressed. I need to figure out what to do about RD invitations.

    I've designed the layout for our programs but can't print them until we agree on readings and I just made an executive decision that we're not going to list the readings in the program. Time to get shit done.
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  • mikenbergermikenberger In a f'n cornfield member
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    I'm a 5/1 bride. So I'm crashing your thread :) 

    • I got my invites out yesterday, so I'm excited for RSVPs to come rolling in. 
    • Need to get together with the reception venue to create a table layout so I can start on getting linens lined up. 
    • Need to come up with a concept for tables because numbers are bad. I'd like to have something interesting.
    • And we still need to brew all the beer for the wedding.

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  • plainjane0415plainjane0415 The hills of Tennessee member
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    I'm a 5/1 bride. So I'm crashing your thread :) 


    • I got my invites out yesterday, so I'm excited for RSVPs to come rolling in. 
    • Need to get together with the reception venue to create a table layout so I can start on getting linens lined up. 
    • Need to come up with a concept for tables because numbers are bad. I'd like to have something interesting.
    • And we still need to brew all the beer for the wedding.



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    If FI doesn't order his suit soon.......I may have a melt down. Just kidding.. I don't have much left to do.  **perks of having a tiny wedding**

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  • I'm a 5/1 bride. So I'm crashing your thread :) 


    • I got my invites out yesterday, so I'm excited for RSVPs to come rolling in. 
    • Need to get together with the reception venue to create a table layout so I can start on getting linens lined up. 
    • Need to come up with a concept for tables because numbers are bad. I'd like to have something interesting.
    • And we still need to brew all the beer for the wedding.
    In regards to table numbers: FI and I love to travel, so our tables are named after places we've traveled to together. We're doing "harvest style" or "captain style" seating so there's just going to be about 5 very long tables in rows, so it's not like it will be hard to find which is which. 

    If you're having lots of smaller tables, though, I would recommend still numbering them, because apparently people get very confused on where to look if the table is just a name and not a number. What's the logical progression there? (So you'd put like "Niagara Falls (1)", "Outer Banks (2)" 

    Another cute idea I've heard is putting street names. Like your first date was at a restaurant on Market Street, your favorite coffee shop is on Main, you first met at a place on Michigan Ave, etc. 

    Or-- another thing I thought was cute-- was that they put a table number and then a photo of the bride and groom at that age. So 1. had a photo of them at age 1 and so on. 

    -- Or -- (am I getting carried away yet?) name each table after a thing the two of you are obsessed with, like different coffee drinks, classic movies, Beatles songs, animals you always must see during trips to the zoo, etc. 
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  • mikenbergermikenberger In a f'n cornfield member
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    I am having a slight freak out though about our officiant. 

    We asked a mutual friend of ours to officiate (and he agreed.) and when I attempt to contact him, I get no response. I've tried twice. We really need to start working on the ceremony and if he can't do it, I need to find someone ASAP. So I've now sent FI after him to see if he can get him to say whether or not he'd like to still officiate. I'm trying not to be a crazy person about this, but it's kind of a big deal to not have an officiant.

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    April 18 bride here!  6 weeks from this coming Saturday - eeee! 

    Below is our favor boxes - got them finished Saturday too!

     

     

    Picked out flowers for the centerpieces Saturday, have decided on doing the rehearsal dinner at Olive Garden.  My dress is done, my veil is done.  Supposed to have our wine barrel that we're converting to a card box delivered tomorrow.  We have our final meeting with the venue a week from Saturday to go over details.

     

    Just waiting on RSVP's. 

     

     

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  • pinkcow13pinkcow13 The Concrete Jungle member
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    I'm a 5/1 bride. So I'm crashing your thread :) 


    • I got my invites out yesterday, so I'm excited for RSVPs to come rolling in. 
    • Need to get together with the reception venue to create a table layout so I can start on getting linens lined up. 
    • Need to come up with a concept for tables because numbers are bad. I'd like to have something interesting.
    • And we still need to brew all the beer for the wedding.
    May 22nd here, so also crashing! 

    Well, what we are going to do is name each table after a NYC neighborhood. Instead of escort cards, we're going to have Metro Cards, so guests can pick up their MetroCard and get to their "neighborhood." I posted that a few months ago.

    Apparently my invitations are roaming Queens, right now. I had them sent to my job because I was told they were coming in during the week, but no, they were available Saturday. So they're in Queens until Fed Ex brings them back tomorrow.

    Yesterday, my MOH and I went shoe browsing, and I think we are ready to order our shoes. My first fitting is on the 13th, so I want to get a veil and belt by then. Plus whatever undies I wear the day of. The weather is still crappy, but I'm hoping that midweek things turn around, so I'll start looking around at different stores for the veil and belt.
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    I'm a 5/1 bride. So I'm crashing your thread :) 


    • I got my invites out yesterday, so I'm excited for RSVPs to come rolling in. 
    • Need to get together with the reception venue to create a table layout so I can start on getting linens lined up. 
    • Need to come up with a concept for tables because numbers are bad. I'd like to have something interesting.
    • And we still need to brew all the beer for the wedding.
    FI and I are using pictures of us throughout our relationship as our table numbers.
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  • dcbride86dcbride86 Washington, DC member
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    FI and I were considering doing US Presidents as our table numbers (our venue is across the street from the White House), but we were worried that would lead to absurd political debates, and we didn't really want that going on.  So table numbers it is!
  • mikenbergermikenberger In a f'n cornfield member
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    dcbride86 said:

    FI and I were considering doing US Presidents as our table numbers (our venue is across the street from the White House), but we were worried that would lead to absurd political debates, and we didn't really want that going on.  So table numbers it is!

    Should do the obscure ones: Garfield, Taylor, Fillmore, Harrison etc :) 

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  • dcbride86dcbride86 Washington, DC member
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    dcbride86 said:

    FI and I were considering doing US Presidents as our table numbers (our venue is across the street from the White House), but we were worried that would lead to absurd political debates, and we didn't really want that going on.  So table numbers it is!

    Should do the obscure ones: Garfield, Taylor, Fillmore, Harrison etc :) 
    Haha FI and I actually thought of this, but there aren't enough obscure presidents.  We're going to have between 16-18 tables, and I think we'd have to start dipping into the well-known presidents.  Also, I feel like whoever got Taft would think we were trying to hint that they needed to diet lol
  • So we went after work yesterday and picked up FI's suit. I may be biased but he's the damn handsomest guy I've ever seen! 
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    So we went after work yesterday and picked up FI's suit. I may be biased but he's the damn handsomest guy I've ever seen! 


    Congrats!  This post made me smile.  There's really nothing like looking at the person you love and just thinking they're the best and best looking person you've ever seen! 
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  • Woohoo! Put the invitations in the mail this morning! Somehow that is very relieving.

    Have been working on our wedding rings. Mine is being custom made to fit with my e-ring so I mailed my e-ring yesterday to a jeweler in Chicago who is doing it for a great price. (If you ever have to mail and insure a piece of jewelry I recommend USPS, it was about $60 through them as opposed to the $230 FedEx was going to charge). I tell you, it is totally bizarre to be without my e-ring. I put a plain silver band on so that when I look at my hand I don't freak out that the e-ring is missing. 

    Meeting with someone I found who is going to rent me table clothes and napkins. I was going to purchase but then found this woman who will rent them to me for less including delivery and set-up. 

    I still have a lot to do. I am not good at keeping up with lists. I need to be better at that. 
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  • anjemonanjemon Minnie and Paul (MN) member
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    Holy crap. For some reason this thread just put me into a panic. I'm an April 25 bride and we have about 7 weeks. It seemed really far away... but now I'm like yikes!

    We're picking up the bridesmaid dresses on Saturday. And I'm probably dragging my MOH to look at rental stuff because I don't want to buy a bunch of candlesticks. 

    And now I need to go look at my to-do list because I'm really worried about all the stuff I need to do.

    @dcbride86 When my FI bought his suit it took them about a week to do alterations. So he should have time! Especially if there aren't really any major changes.

    I've also been carrying around a flash drive with all my wedding stuff on it. That way I don't have to worry about having it on the wrong computer. 
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  • Ooh I forgot to share this! My aunt sent out super adorable invites for my shower, which is in a few weeks (so excited!) and the envelope had a photo of me as a little kid printed on it. I heart it! 
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  • Had to bring this thread back (this sucker was hard to find!) because I had my first dress fitting this weekend. And I picked out a veil and a sash! Didn't even think I was gonna get a sash because I didn't care much about it, but when everything was all put together I felt like it just looked so much prettier that way. I'm so excited! 

    We have 46 days to go! What are you ladies up to? 
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  • We are at the point where people are wanting their money.  How rude.  lol 
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  • blabla89blabla89 Atlanta member
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    I sent out evites for the RD last night! Woop woop! It just occurred to me that I don't know what all FILs picked for the menu, and I need to make sure there are some halal options for one of my BMs.

    Today I'm picking out a Georgia Tech themed groom's cake for FI. My options are: sheet cake with either Buzz or the Ramblin' Wreck on it (the ones I posted over in food and cakes), a fondant-covered cake shaped like the GT letters, or a sheet cake with a rice-krispy replica of Tech Tower. I sent a facebook message to one of the GMs for his opinion, but no answer yet.

    Also, this morning as I was getting ready for work and walking the dog, I felt really sad to think that in 46 days I'll be moving out of the apartment and the neighborhood I love so much. I'm so excited to spend every day with FI, and (despite being in the 'burbs) his place is really nice. But I'll miss it here.
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  • Somehow I didn't realize this until a friend mentioned it to me, but May 2 is actually the date of the Kentucky Derby this year. I am not a theme wedding person but if there was ever a theme for me (who grew up riding horses and loves bourbon) that would have been it. The race actually is going to fall right in the middle of our cocktail hour. Since we are down south and serving bourbon anyway, we're going to add mint juleps to our cocktail menu and I have tasked FI with getting his tech savvy friends to figure out how to stream the race in our reception hall. One of them has a projector I know they'd let us borrow so the tricky part will just be getting the race to stream. 

    The only thing I worry about is the possibility of a horse getting hurt during the race...
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  • dcbride86dcbride86 Washington, DC member
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    Had to bring this thread back (this sucker was hard to find!) because I had my first dress fitting this weekend. And I picked out a veil and a sash! Didn't even think I was gonna get a sash because I didn't care much about it, but when everything was all put together I felt like it just looked so much prettier that way. I'm so excited! 


    We have 46 days to go! What are you ladies up to? 



    Congrats!!  That's so exciting!!

    I have my first meeting with my day of coordinator today, and then I'm going to make my FI finalize the ceremony script with me so I can design the programs.  I want to get those done and ordered this week!

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  • mikenbergermikenberger In a f'n cornfield member
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    I started to work on welcome bags and what goes on them and what's going in them. 

    Then I got a message from my SIL on behalf of her and my mother... "So we were wondering if we could get our hotel rooms that are outside of the hotel block at the hotel room block rate. Or we'll be looking for something cheaper." The hotel room block is $105. The regular room rate outside of it is $130. We only did a room block for the night of the wedding because if we didn't fill 75% of the rooms, we'd owe 50% of the cost of the remaining rooms. Yeah, not taking that chance.

    I finally got a table set up for the reception hall, so there's that. I need to get with my day of coordinator to get linens rented. She's in charge of all the set up and tear down of the venue, so that's awesome. I'm happy I did that. I don't want anybody to have to do anything on the day of the wedding.


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  • plainjane0415plainjane0415 The hills of Tennessee member
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    44 Days for me!  I'm just trying to round up some final total amounts... Blah.... Working on the final ceremony order so I can get our programs ordered and printed, and still working on food selections for dinner after the ceremony.  There are going to be 15 of us, including FI and I.  12 adults, 3 children.  We are having our dinner at a restaurant on the resort, and we have a choice of doing a set menu, or just having everyone order a la carte off the restaurant menu.  What would y'all do?  FI and I are kind of leaning toward everyone ordering a la carte, but I'm still kind of unsure.
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  • 44 Days for me!  I'm just trying to round up some final total amounts... Blah.... Working on the final ceremony order so I can get our programs ordered and printed, and still working on food selections for dinner after the ceremony.  There are going to be 15 of us, including FI and I.  12 adults, 3 children.  We are having our dinner at a restaurant on the resort, and we have a choice of doing a set menu, or just having everyone order a la carte off the restaurant menu.  What would y'all do?  FI and I are kind of leaning toward everyone ordering a la carte, but I'm still kind of unsure.

    I would lean towards doing your own menu. Only because the food will likely come out much faster that way. I've worked in restaurants and for bigger events, we always did a special smaller menu just so ordering wasn't so chaotic, it was easier on the staff, and it was quicker for the kitchen. (That's what we're doing for our RD cuz the event manager advised me of the same thing). 

    But, that being said, for 15 people I don't think it would be a big deal to just order off the regular menu. That's not an unreasonably big group. 
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    44 Days for me!  I'm just trying to round up some final total amounts... Blah.... Working on the final ceremony order so I can get our programs ordered and printed, and still working on food selections for dinner after the ceremony.  There are going to be 15 of us, including FI and I.  12 adults, 3 children.  We are having our dinner at a restaurant on the resort, and we have a choice of doing a set menu, or just having everyone order a la carte off the restaurant menu.  What would y'all do?  FI and I are kind of leaning toward everyone ordering a la carte, but I'm still kind of unsure.

    I would lean towards doing your own menu. Only because the food will likely come out much faster that way. I've worked in restaurants and for bigger events, we always did a special smaller menu just so ordering wasn't so chaotic, it was easier on the staff, and it was quicker for the kitchen. (That's what we're doing for our RD cuz the event manager advised me of the same thing). 

    But, that being said, for 15 people I don't think it would be a big deal to just order off the regular menu. That's not an unreasonably big group. 

    Yea, I see your point.  Part of me wants to do a set menu, because for whatever reason I feel like that's more fancy, but then I also like the idea of everyone just choosing what they want.
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  • 44 Days for me!  I'm just trying to round up some final total amounts... Blah.... Working on the final ceremony order so I can get our programs ordered and printed, and still working on food selections for dinner after the ceremony.  There are going to be 15 of us, including FI and I.  12 adults, 3 children.  We are having our dinner at a restaurant on the resort, and we have a choice of doing a set menu, or just having everyone order a la carte off the restaurant menu.  What would y'all do?  FI and I are kind of leaning toward everyone ordering a la carte, but I'm still kind of unsure.

    I would lean towards doing your own menu. Only because the food will likely come out much faster that way. I've worked in restaurants and for bigger events, we always did a special smaller menu just so ordering wasn't so chaotic, it was easier on the staff, and it was quicker for the kitchen. (That's what we're doing for our RD cuz the event manager advised me of the same thing). 

    But, that being said, for 15 people I don't think it would be a big deal to just order off the regular menu. That's not an unreasonably big group. 

    Yea, I see your point.  Part of me wants to do a set menu, because for whatever reason I feel like that's more fancy, but then I also like the idea of everyone just choosing what they want.
    Honestly I think you'd be ok either way. Are any of the people in your group very picky? Or have serious food restrictions? In those cases it may be easier to just let them order off the full menu. 
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  • 44 Days for me!  I'm just trying to round up some final total amounts... Blah.... Working on the final ceremony order so I can get our programs ordered and printed, and still working on food selections for dinner after the ceremony.  There are going to be 15 of us, including FI and I.  12 adults, 3 children.  We are having our dinner at a restaurant on the resort, and we have a choice of doing a set menu, or just having everyone order a la carte off the restaurant menu.  What would y'all do?  FI and I are kind of leaning toward everyone ordering a la carte, but I'm still kind of unsure.

    I would lean towards doing your own menu. Only because the food will likely come out much faster that way. I've worked in restaurants and for bigger events, we always did a special smaller menu just so ordering wasn't so chaotic, it was easier on the staff, and it was quicker for the kitchen. (That's what we're doing for our RD cuz the event manager advised me of the same thing). 

    But, that being said, for 15 people I don't think it would be a big deal to just order off the regular menu. That's not an unreasonably big group. 

    Yea, I see your point.  Part of me wants to do a set menu, because for whatever reason I feel like that's more fancy, but then I also like the idea of everyone just choosing what they want.
    Honestly I think you'd be ok either way. Are any of the people in your group very picky? Or have serious food restrictions? In those cases it may be easier to just let them order off the full menu. 
    If you've eaten at the resort before, pp, it may be nice to set the menu as you may know what is especially good. It doesn't have to be as limited as a regular menu, but I agree there is something kind of nice about having a separate printed menu of favorites to choose from. With this number of people I agree, it's not a huge deal and if you feel like people in your group need a bigger range of choices to find what they would like stick with the big menu. 
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