Monday, June 25, 2012

Wedding Update: Three Months

The last month has flown by!  Here's what we've accomplished so far (updates are in blue)....
Extra updates are in pink!  I couldn't wait until the two month update to post some of this stuff.  It's kind of like how I write things on my to-do list after I've done them, just so I can have something to cross off.  :-)

Groom -  Michael Malone
Date - September 22, 2012
Wedding Venue - Raytown Christian Church (the church I grew up in)
Reception Venue - The VanNoy Mansion.  It's SOO pretty!

Colors -  Blue, White and Ivory
Gown - It's top secret....but I have it.  (I'm trying not to second guess my decision!!)
Shoes  - Holy frustration!!  I hate buying shoes.  And when it comes to wedding shoes....I hate it even more!  I have really long, really skinny feet.  Seriously, I wear a 10 narrow.  Let me just tell you how many cute shoes come in a 10 narrow.  Virtually NONE.  So I've been battling the shoe war.  I ordered six different pair of shoes on Amazon and not one of them fit me.  Yesterday Michael and I set out to find me some stinkin' shoes that fit!  And wouldn't you know?  I found them at our first stop!  Thank you DSW!!!!  I wanted blue shoes, and I actually found some that fit!!!

Now I have to find some shoes for the reception....because those suckers aren't going to make it past the ceremony!
Makeup - Thanks to a reference from a friend, I found a really sweet makeup lady.  I'm excited to have a run through with her so I can see what the end result will be!
Flowers - Garden Roses, Peonies, Hydrangea and Lisianthius
Maid of Honor - Meredith (my sister)
Bridesmaids - Three of my best friends in the world!!  See here.  
Bridesmaids Dresses -  We picked them out and have them ordered! Read about it here.  
Best Man - Andrew... A great friend of ours!  He was a co-conspirator in the proposal plan.
Groomsmen - Jason, Matt and Greg  (Obviously...they're all friends of the groom.)
Florist - Amy Cason  (She's a friend of mine and is absolutely phenomenal!)  Check out her work!
Engagement Photos -  My friend Allison (also a bridesmaid) took them for us.  Check them out here!
Wedding Photographer - Soo...apparently I know lots of people in the wedding business.  My friend Allison Carenza is doing those.  Again...she's phenomenal!  Here's a peek at her work.
Flower Girls - Georgia, my friend Courtney's daughter; Michael's niece Kyndall.  We've purchased both of their dresses and we're just waiting for them to come in!
Food - We booked our caterer!  We are excited to be using Brancato's Catering.  YUM!!!!  Now we're just waiting to see how many RSVPs we will receive.  Everything (and I mean everything)is based on our guest count.  Which means those RSVP cards are much more valuable than I ever realized!  After planning this wedding, I will always be prompt in returning my RSVP card to events!
Cake - We had three great cake tastings, and I agonized over this decision!!  But I finally decided on using Classic Cakes.  We're going to have a round, four-tier wedding cake.  We (really, I) had a terrible picking the flavor because they were all DELICIOUS!  So we ended up picking several different flavors for each tier of the cake.  We're a little worried about people taking more than one slice (if you've not purchased a wedding cake, it's priced - not cheaply - by the slice.  So this, too, is based on the guest count and has the potential to get really, really expensive.)  We're thinking of hiring security to monitor the cake table.  ;-)  Just kidding!!!!  As far as the cake decoration, no fondant for us!  We're going old school and doing a stucco icing.  This is an example of stucco.  

SO excited!!!  

DJ: I finally booked a DJ.  For some reason, those people don't return phone calls.  So when I found a company that seemed really professional and they actually returned my phone call, I booked them!  We're going with Complete Music DJ and Video.  If you've used them and they sucked....please don't tell me.  I've already put down my deposit!
Rentals: Our tables, linens, etc. are all booked.
Save the Dates: We've sent them out!  
Invitations: We're ordering them this week and hope to have them addressed and ready to go before I leave for China in July.
Wedding Website:  Glad to have that up and running!
Registries:  I think our registries are finally finished!!  We registered at Bed Bath and Beyond, Crate & Barrel, and Macy's.  
Decorations: We're going up to the church this week to try out some decoration possibilities.  I'm such a visual person, that I need to see things set up before I'll know if I like it.  I'm not a fan of a traditional candelabra, but my friend/florist Amy has a couple that are very unique.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to love them!
Thankfully, things seem to be moving right on along!!

Next up:
*Reception shoes
*Mom's dress
*Groom's tuxes
*Mailing invitations!


  1. Sounds like you got all things under control! : ) Praying for you!

  2. Thanks, Paige!! Trying to get a wedding planned in a month and a half is serious work!!! :-) I'm leaving for China in two weeks and am really trying to get everything finished before I leave.

  3. Wow, you've got a lot done! I had nearly a year and a half to plan my wedding and I didn't have this much done a year into it! LOL!!! It sounds beautiful, though. The shoes you've purchased are gorgeous! Might I suggest flip flops for the reception? :-) Just for fun!

    I'm really enjoying your blog so far this week.

    God bless!

  4. you are the perfect person to have a short engagement. I think if it were longer it would actually be harder! That being said, I know it feels like a lot and I know it can be stressful. (we were only engaged for 3 months). I think you are doing an amazing job and everything will be gorgeous...not that it will matter down the line! all that matters is that you have the right guy and you obviously do :) We've been married almost 7 years and I would change almost everything about our wedding, so don't worry too much about what you choose because it will be perfect. Just enjoy!