We have been working on finalizing the menu, figuring out the lighting situation for the back yard reception (btw - it is turning out beautifully!), deciding against renting a dance floor in favor of building a temporary one ourselves, attending my beautiful bridal shower, and more!
Possibly the biggest update of all is that my invitations are in production right now! I am currently in Las Vegas visiting J, but once I get home at the end of the week, I have will be attending a super exciting invitation stuffing party of me, my mother, and any sisters/nieces I can convince to help out :) Once the invitations have time to arrive in the hands of my guests, I will post the electronic images of the suite. Alicia at A&P Design has been absolutely wonderful through out the entire design process. She and her husband run the studio with antique letterpress machinery in St. Petersburg, FL. Alicia is extremely talented and friendly and has amazing suggestions. I did not think I would ever get excited about invitations (i.e. overpriced pieces of paper that eventually go into the trash) but she managed to take my very very broad idea and turn it into a beautiful representation of both my ceremony and reception. Her prices are also extremely competitive and she did not charge me any more for things like different colored papers. I love her work so much, I am buying my ceremony programs and thank you notes with my married monogram from her as well!
Our menu has been through quite a number of changes - tapas to afternoon tea to all southern to heavy seated family style tapas to the final state. Guests have the option of a vegetarian Italian style pasta dish, a Latin steak dish with chimichurri, or Southern pulled pork. I wanted to represent both sides of my family with the Italian and Southern options and Josiah's Argentine connections with the Latin steak, which he loves. I have a tasting next Tuesday with my caterer. I'm looking forward to all the good food I get to try! Mom is coming along, of course. We have been quite the wedding planning duo. But even if she was not so involved, she would still have to come to the tasting because I don't eat steak.
My parents have figured out a way to string light bulbs from the trees to the house all across the yard. Again, engineering father and also very bright mother are great wedding planning resources. The lights look absolutely wonderful! I will have to snap some pictures and make another post about the lighting. The local lighting store called the Bulb Bin is loaning us a chandelier to hang from the trees, which is also quite exciting!
The dance floor will be constructed by my father, brothers and J the weekend after Thanksgiving. The materials will be from my dad's truss business and then will be repurposed into other things after the wedding day dancing is over. We decided this was the best route to go because temporary dance floors are so expensive to rent in any location, but usually rental companies charge a gas surcharge for how far they have to travel to get to my small town. It is quite common in my area for people to build their own dance floors given how handy we are.
My bridal shower was absolutely fabulous! My mom's wonderful friend Ms Billie Jo, her aunt Ms. Gail and her mother Ms. Mary hosted a huge shower for all our guests from church. Two of my bridesmaids were able to attend, which was lots of fun. Melinda flew down and worked worked WORKED through out the entire shower! She had a wonderful system to handle the gift list, the ribbon collection, and the torn apart gift wrap all while managing two of my nieces who were bringing the unopened gifts to me and moving the opened ones to another location. Melinda is by far the best Matron of Honor anyone could ever have. I suggested she do it professionally, but I think she needs a bit of a break after all the hard work she did for me! Again, I will gather some pictures and write a post all about the shower. Sneak preview: Barbie and Ken cake toppers on the wedding cake centerpiece!