So. Since I last posted Ryan and I have booked a date, venue for both the reception and ceremony, as well as a photographer.
We will be married on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:00 in the evening. Our wedding will be a stand up reception with an open bar and dessert table. We were originally hoping for a very small wedding of maybe 25 guests, but of course it’s now turned into around 85 people (and that’s still leaving out a ton of family who apparently expect to be invited even though we never see or hear from them). Our budget is small, since we’re paying for the majority of it ourselves, but I think we’ll still be able to accomplish the romantic, intimate, low key evening wedding I’m imagining.
That’s our venue in the two pictures in the top left corner. We’ll get married in front of the fireplace there, since it will be evening, but the outside will be all lit up so it’ll be lovely to look outside at the park’s pond outside. I’m loving lots of gold and candles to get that intimate/romantic feel. I think incorporating sparklers somewhere in our wedding would be a unique touch and especially fitting for an evening wedding.
For a dress I’m looking for something in white, but informal. I’ve gravitated towards a lot of the shorter dresses like the ones in the bottom left and top right, but I’m not opposed to a longer dress that is more flow-y (does that word make sense?). I am loving those Kate Spade MRS earrings and think they will be worth the splurge. And that hair style in the middle on the right? Classic, low key, but romantic and beautiful. Love it so much!
A burgundy/plum will be our accent colour, and I think it’ll look great in our flowers. I’m hoping to decorate without flowers to save costs, but I’ll still have mine and my maid of honour’s bouquets, as well as boutonnieres for Ryan and his best man.
For favors I was thinking smore kits will be the way to go to fit with the dessert theme. Originally we were going to do Ryan’s homemade meat rub (it’s so darn good and really great on chicken or beef), but I didn’t think it worked.
So far wedding planning has been kind of a drag. I feel an immense pressure to get it right after dreaming about my wedding since I was a little girl, and I think I’m just afraid I won’t be happy with my final result. I realize that this is not why I am getting married, so I think I just have to work at being positive and not letting other people’s opinions on our untraditional wedding get into my head.
We are getting our engagement photos done next Friday and I’m hoping the pretty leaves stay on the trees until then. Last week we had unseasonably warm temperatures out of the blue (think 30+ degrees, hello July!) but this week we’re back into cold sweater weather and lots of overcast. I just have to cross my fingers that we’ll get a couple nice photos of Ryan, Wallace and I out of it!
Ryan and I also celebrated our last anniversary as a dating couple on the 26th by spending the day together (after I finished a paper that was due that night), going to the gym and then out for a lovely dinner at a new restaurant. We never go out anymore and thought about not going this year just because we’re so strapped for cash at the moment (Weddings? Expensive. Basement repairs? Expensive. Upcoming birthdays and Christmas? Expensive.) but we decided to go anyways as a treat and I’m glad we did.
Anyways, that’s enough about our wedding. We’ve done a couple of updates to the house in the past month as well, so I’ll have to come back and write about that another day. Tomorrow is Wallace’s birthday, so that’s kind of a big deal around our house.
Anybody else planning a wedding? Did anybody else have an untraditional wedding and feel like they disappointed everyone? Am I being ridiculous and overdramatic?