Progress post - 151 days to go!
Our venue is my church building, solely due to the fact that it's free. :)
Our STDs. The picture was one of our engagement pictures, which were taken by a good friend of mine in Nashville. She rushed us that edited picture so we could do our STDs. I can hardly wait to get all the edited pictures, they're gonna be so cute!
The invitations. We are bucking tradition and not doing RSVP cards to save money. I also bought a monogram embosser, so we'll use that on the envelopes as well as the napkins for the reception.
My dress ($20 cheaper than when I bought it :( )
This is the garter I'm probably going to get. We're not doing a garter toss, so no need to get two. Trying to figure out if there's an alternative we can do.
My shoes (in purple). We're still trying to find the bridesmaid's shoes, but they're having a hard time finding closed-toe pumps in gray that won't break the bank.
Bridesmaids dress. Only change that needs to be made to the dress is the removal of unwanted shoulder pads!
Groomsmen: This shirt and this tie. Still undecided about whether they should wear a vest or suspenders. The groom is wearing a suit he already owns. The guys are also wearing superhero socks. ;) The ushers will wear black vest with this bow tie.
Table centerpieces. Each table will have two wine bottles in turquoise & purple, with a smaller beer bottle done in gray.
Guestbook. My cousin Johnny has agreed to make one for us, he's an amazing artist.
Flowers... I have no idea. I'm going to talk with my florist some time next week to work out what we're going to do. The only thing I'm insisting on is doing a breakaway bouquet. I've always hated the fact that only one person gets the bouquet and someone's feelings usually end up hurt.
Photographer. These people have already been so awesome to work with. I had a very small budget to start and was starting to worry that I was not going to be able to find anyone ($1k, and that was pushing it with my fiance). Then I found Joshua & Candace. They waved several of their fees to get within my range, then further dropped their price to appease Steven. I seriously cannot say enough about their generosity.
Our MC is a friend of mine who's done this quite a few times, so I trust him. We're also doing an iPod/Spotify reception.
My hair & makeup will both be done as gifts by friends. This is my birdcage veil and hair clip.
His ring & my complete ring set.
We were originally going to have a cookie reception, but then my dad made a call to his brother (my uncle). He offered to do food for both the rehearsal dinner and reception. I'm talking a full meal for both events. So that's really awesome. I need to call them soon & work out exactly what he's going to make so I know how much plates and things like that to order.
Also, instead of a large cake, we will have a small 6-inch cake for us to cut. Cupcakes will be provided for our guests. I plan on buying this cupcake stand, spray painting it in our colors and adding some ribbon so it will look fairly nice.
Our honeymoon is still somewhat undecided, but this is the general idea. Leave via Amtrak to New Orleans the day after the wedding, spend a couple of days there, then get home to Austin by Friday. We don't have a lot of time to work with after the wedding due to his job and the fact that we have to meet a Relocube at home. Has anyone ever taken a train long distance? It's a 17-hour ride from Charlotte to New Orleans.