For the disinterested, just keep moving along. We’re planning dorks so most of this came together really easily. Jow is honestly super involved in the whole process which has been bad ass. It’s funny that we’re pretty much done at this point, it will just be small things like getting documents to be married, finalizing my lingerie picks, etc. We need to get our wills drawn up (not such a small thing ;p) and we already have our financial agreements drawn up.
Ring: One carat amethyst (he surprised me with that, amethyst is my favorite stone and v. magically meaningful to me) with six quarter carat emerald cut diamonds set in platinum.
Venue: In my condo’s development, we have a clubhouse where the office is and where residents can have parties. It’s super cute inside, v. faux (small) English country house with a fireplace. My mom threw me my surprise 21st birthday party there, so good memories and just cozy enough for a cocktail style reception. The reception will be small, about 50 people total. We will likely get fresh local flowers to decorate in a few bunches, maybe some candles for the fire place. I’ll prolly do a few little Miss Martha crafts to decorate too.
Activities: There won’t be too much space to dance, so we’ll be making our own iPod mix. We’re hoping to be able to pull together a little photo booth because those look so fun and it’s an easy way to keep the day. If it’s not raining outside, we’ll set up croquet outside using antique croquet mallets that I still have from SalonCon and will finally get to use. But I also find if people want to dance, they’ll find a place for it ;p
Photog: We have a lot of friends/fam who are great with cameras to help capture the day and we’re lucky to live near an awesome photog (Scott Church) who will give you the disc and is super reasonable so we’ll likely get “engagement” style pics with him.
Ceremony: Justice of the Peace, baby. Mom’s looking into if the church will do a little blessing for us in the chapel for her as I would rather claw my own eyes out than get an annulment. If they do blessings, awesome. If not, oh well. Jow and I will get handfasted by our senior druid and her husband in their back yard under the grape arbor. It will be just the four of us present which feels v. romantic, just us and our officiants.
Hair/Makeup: Either F. if she’s able to or my usual stylist.
Registry: A small registry at Crate and Barrel (which is our fave store to wander through together) and “Fun Ship” dollars with Carnival.
Hen and Stag (Bachelor/ette) Party: I told Jow he can do whatever he wants but he’s not v. interested in the “traditional” drinking/carousing/strippers/what have you so we’ve settled on a low(ish) key party where we can invite way more of our friends. We’re going to do a “Tarts and Vicars” themed party with beer, pizza and wings and one of those tupperware-like sex toy parties in our apartment. We’re thinking June for that.
Honeymoon: We’re going to take a cruise to New England/Canada because we’ve always fantasized about that.
Menu: Caterers have been a total pain in the ass to deal with (as I think our budget is v. small fish to them), but as luck would have it, Jow and I were eating lunch at our favorite restaurant yesterday that focuses on being fresh, local and organic and he noticed they had a catering menu. Turns out, they do everything we want! Which is super awesome because we can stay in budget (even under a little bit) and support a local business we love.
Tentatively, we’re looking at:
Aged salami, olives, marinated artichokes, parmigiano reggiano and fresh mozzerella
Seasonal green market vegetables with house ranch and balsamic vinaigrette
BLT, Turkey Club, Ham and Cheese and Mozzarella with Tomato
Gazpacho Soup “shots”
Bacon wrapped dates stuffed with almonds
Charred steak with a chimichurri sauce on the side
Fig & prosciutto with balsamic glaze
Potato pancakes with sour cream and homemade apple sauce
Chicken skewers with ginger lime
Penne With Market Vegetables Tray
Pasta and grilled seasonal vegetables with basil pesto
Chicken Milanese Tray
Chicken cutlet seasoned with italian herbs, breaded and fried crisp
Vienese Dessert table (I know a lot of bakers so that helps like whoa) – we definitely want french macaroons and cupcakes (we’re thinking chai, pumpkin and chocolate-peanut butter-banana)
International Coffee (flavored syrups, whipped cream, cinnamon, after dinner drinks)
Wines, beers and French Greyhounds
Wedding dresses I’m considering:
Wedding shoes I’m considering: