Remember the maternity dress fiasco? Well, Mrs. E returned that dress and found another one she likes. So here’s the final lineup (and it better be final because we’ve only got 11 days to go!):

I’m a little worried about the two prints competing with each other, but in the end I know it doesn’t matter. I’ll just have to make sure Ms. R and Mrs. E don’t stand next to each other during the ceremony. :)

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Things we did today:

  1. Sent our ceremony plan to the priest
  2. Dropped off vases at the florist
  3. Bought archival pens for the guestbook
  4. Painted our wedding signs
  5. Made our ribbon wands (well, REMADE the ribbon wands…but that’s a long story)
  6. Designed and printed thank you notes and envelopes
  7. Worked on half of our wedding favors

If tomorrow is as productive, I think we’ll be in good shape for 04.30.2010.

Painting wedding signs turned out to be a really fun time. Jon had purchased the wood and sawed it last weekend, so today we just sat outside and painted.

Two seconds after I took this photo, the sign fell from our second-story balcony. Jon wasn’t too happy going to pick it up.

We made “ceremony” and “wedding” signs to direct guests to where they’re supposed to go, and then this one for fun. Not sure where we’ll put it, though.

And they are precious.

I’m going to work on our wedding signs and ribbons wands for the rest of this afternoon (after eating my Wolfie’s peach custard…yum!). Maybe I’ll update you later tonight!

Jon surprised me yesterday. Apparently, he actually reads this blog and saw the cake topper I listed in my “nice-to-have” list. So he went looking on his own–I love that he knows how to use etsy–and purchased this topper in pink and green (not purple and green as pictured here):

Adorable. Jon’s usually fantastic at surprises, but this one takes the cake. ;)

The nice-to-haves

April 8, 2010

So we’re down to only TWENTY-TWO days before the wedding. It still hasn’t hit me that that’s only three weeks.

So I’ve started prioritizing some things–in 22 days, can we get everything done? Knowing me, probably not. So here’s my list of “nice-to-haves.” If you feel particularly inspired by one of them and would like to help out, please let me know. :)

1. Wooden “wedding” signs to direct our guests to the right spot. Maybe like these (from Flights of Fancy):

2. A fun cake topper. We originally didn’t want one, and I’m fine not having anything there still, but the cute animal ones are just so charming! Like these from the DIY Wedding Girl:

3. Ribbon wands. I would LOVE to have them, but at least point I’m running out of patience to make them and it would just be easier to buy flower petals. Does it mean I’m not putting enough effort into my wedding if we take the easy road for the sendoff?

4. Banners (like these from Wedding Belles Online) or signs at the cake table, the guest book, etc., and placed to lead guests through the house to the garden ceremony. These aren’t really a nice to have; some places will HAVE to have something. But I’m still looking for ideas, so if you have any, feel free to share. :)

I’m sure there’s something else…hmm….

And this time their dresses fit! Now I just need to figure out how I’m going to get them to walk down the aisle–assuming they aren’t too “shy” (their words, not mine).

…and here’s what we’ve been up to.

Jon and I both had Friday off (which was nice, because he hardly ever gets a holiday from work). We went to the N.C. zoo with these lovely folks:

And saw a two-headed giraffe:

And our favorite, this little otter:

We had great plans to kidnap it, but after deciding that a bathtub might not be the best place to keep an otter, we left it in its home.

Then I spent most of Saturday in Salisbury with the maid of honor’s mom, MammaZ. She’s being sooooo generous and letting us borrow some of her vintage vases for the wedding reception, and we went to some thrift and antique shops to round out the collection. Well, when I say vases, I mean vases, parfait glasses, bottles–pretty much any vintage vessel that will hold flowers. And now we have A BUNCH. Here they are on our dining room table:

We’re going to have about 16 tables, with two or three vases on each, filled with ranunculus, peonies, dahlias, roses, hydrangeas, snapdragons, hypericum berries and greenery, and whatever other big blooms our florist can find. There’s lots of depression glass, which I adore. I may still go out and get a few pink or green fleur-de-lis glasses to add some more color, but other than that, I think we’re done. Which is good, because I’m just about exhausted.

I spent the past couple of hours photographing each vase and taking inventory–half of these need to go back to MammaZ after the wedding and I want to make sure we can track all of them. But for now I’m going to call it a night. Hope you’ve all had wonderful Easter Sundays!