Wow! I can’t believe we are down to 300 days! (Okay, so it’s a little less than since I started writing this post several weeks ago). It has been 7 months since Luv proposed and we are completely engulfed in the wedding planning process…and school…and work…and finishing the basement so that I can finally have a study space that doesn’t consist of a pile of books, notebooks, and my laptop strewn all over our bedroom.
Still, we’ve been able to make some sort of progress in the past few months.
1. We hired a “day-of” wedding planner, which I didn’t even know existed before we started planning our wedding. I got some crap for this one and a lot of people thought it was unnecessary, but given my propensity to be a little high-strung and stressed out when throwing a simple birthday party, we decided it would be in everybody’s best interest for there to be someone there to crush xanax into my coffee, if necessary. It really wasn’t too expensive and I figured it was worth it considering psychiatric units are much more expensive and I’m not keen on spending my honey moon in one.
2. We paid for our ceremony location and put a deposit down on our reception venue (which I’ve already posted about).
3. We paid deposits for a photographer, videographer, florist, and DJ.
4. We decided on our theme (I’ll post about that later, including the reasons why Luv wanted to name it “Indecisive Lesbian”).
5. I bought my wedding dress and it was only around $100. Although, that doesn’t include alterations…which are going to be
a shit-ton “just a tad” more than I planned on (Still cheaper than an actual wedding dress, though).
6. We found an amazing gluten-free bakery that makes amazing cupcakes and cakes that taste like heaven instead of sawdust, and that don’t weigh as much as a brick, either.
6a. We found out how much those amazing cakes cupcakes cost and about shit our pants when we calculated that the total just for the cupcakes would be a little less than half of the cost to rent our reception location and a simple single-tier cake is about half of our photography budget. (Seriously, the gluten free industry has got to be making major bank!)
7. I gave Luv the job of finding the caterer and bar tender after the caterer I picked out gave us a dinner menu that looked more like an appetizer menu with items that had names that neither of us could pronounce and ingredients that I couldn’t even eat. I’m not sure what he thought we meant when we asked for dinner for a bunch of Italians and current/former Mormons (both being cultures that enjoy food), but I thought we made it clear that our vision was family-style or stations with casual favorites, not an Instagram post with the hashtags #whatthehellisthisfancycrap #imstillhungry.
8. We narrowed down the guest list a little, which suuuuucked and made us feel like we were picking dodgeball teams (only with really expensive dodge balls that we didn’t have the budget to feed).
9. I finished the website…I think.
10. I reserved a block of hotel rooms for our out of town guests.
11. We had our pictures taken for our Save the Dates and are waiting to get them back so we can send them out.
12. We officially chose our wedding party.
13. We found a rental company to rent tables and chairs from, along with some other cute decor that is also very budget friendly and won’t make us trade the kids for payment.
14. We only had 3.2 fights, which I hear is pretty good when two anal-retentive and stubborn people are planning a wedding.
15. We only considered eloping a few
dozen times. Well, until Luv reminded me that her Italian family would probably take out my kneecaps if they didn’t get to see us get married be very disappointed.
All in all, I call that progress! Here’s to the next 300-ish days of planning our Big Fat Lesbian Wedding!
I’ll try to keep you updated throughout the rest of the process, but you know me…the next time I blog will probably be a month after the wedding.