Holy cow, where did the time go? Back when we first got engaged, our June 1 2013 wedding seemed so far away. I thought I had all the time in the world. Cut to midnight on New Years Eve when my girlfriends started to text, variations of “You’re getting married this year!” I started to sweat a little bit… Okay, a lot.
Less than 6 months to go now and the clock is ticking. The closer we get, the more I start to worry about deadlines; making sure that everything is ordered on time, paid for on time, confirmed. So it felt like a good time to check in again with the Digby Rose time line I’ve shared previously.
Start thinking about cultural traditions for your wedding.
Nothing specifically planned. My mom has found a nice prayer to have a family friend say before dinner, just need her to share it with me.
View wedding invitation styles and research proper wording. Compare pricing, place your wedding invitation order and book your calligrapher.
Check. We’ve picked our invites from Cheerup Press and had a few revisions. They’ll go to print as soon as we confirm our menu and whether not any food choices need to be indicated on the reply cards. No calligrapher for us.
Look at photos to get ideas for wedding cake designs, and meet with bakers to taste samples. Choose your baker and finalize wedding cake.
Soon. I’ve pinned a few cakes that I like and we’ll be meeting with Cake & Loaf soon to taste samples, hopefully before the end of the month. We’ll be bringing along a friend or two to help choose, since I don’t have a sweet tooth.
Discuss menu ideas with your catering manager.
This week. We’re going for our tasting this Tuesday. I’m hoping to have a few fun items for the passed hors d’oeuvres and maybe the late-night foods, that are different from what they usually serve.
Shop for wedding rings. Purchase your wedding rings and send for engraving if possible.
Soon. Our plan is to visit the jeweller that made my engagement ring in February.
Look for the groom’s tux and decide what the grooms men will wear.
Check. David and I picked these out in December.
Confirm your bridesmaids ordered their gowns and decide on accessories.
Check. Gowns and shoes are set, accessories, sort of.
Have your mother and future mother-in-law coordinate and select their dresses.
Soon. Both moms aren’t 100% what they’d like to wear, but they’re going to start the hunt soon.
Get ideas for wedding favours.
In progress. I’m pretty sure I know what we’ll be giving as a favour, I’m still figuring out how to package it, but keep your eyes peeled for a post on that soon.
Confirm dates for bridal showers and bachelorette parties.
Close. April and May are going to be busy months!
Make sure you’ve started your registries before bridal shower invitations are sent. Give your guest list to your shower hostesses and check that your registry has enough items.
Soon. I’m hoping we can find time to get registered before January is over.
Reserve rental equipment such as chairs, tables, linens, tents, etc.
Almost. Chairs and some of the linens are set, but the layout and type of tables has yet to be finalized.
Research and book you rehearsal dinner location.
Check. The rehearsal and dinner will also be at the wedding venue.
Get ideas for wedding hair and make up.
Check. I’ve been pinning some looks that I like and I think I’m pretty sure what I would like.
Notify any family or friends whom you would like to give readings, sing solos, serve as a guestbook attendant, etc.
Not yet. We haven’t started to write our ceremony just yet, so we’re not sure if we will have readings. But a friend of ours will be playing music for the ceremony and we let him know way back which songs we would like him to learn.
Interview and hire any additional management staff and babysitters if needed.
Check. We’ve got a coordinator or two all figured out and a plan for babysitting as well.
Update your wedding website.
We opted not to have a wedding website.
So not too bad this time. I’m feeling pretty on track at this point.