Wow, I feel like things have hit the gas lately with wedding stuff! All the little things need to be checked off, which has made things feel even busier lately but it’s also nice to have some things DONE. And, the hunt for wedding shoes is over! I wanted classic wedding heels that I could wear over and over after the wedding, so I splurged on some gorgeous nude pumps. More on that below + what else has been happening!
Meeting with our wedding planner
Tommy and I chatted with Marla, from Marla Lawson Events, for almost two hours last Saturday. We went through SO many little and big details. A lot of things I had on my mind for a while, but I wanted Tommy’s opinion, and with our schedules, it’s been really hard to find time to go through all of them. We knocked out a lot of decisions on this call and got clear direction on the items we still needed to work through. Marla also thought of so many things that hadn’t even crossed my mind.
I feel like I say this to her over and over, but it’s true: I couldn’t have done this without her. I would have been so overwhelmed and truly would have overlooked so many things. A lot of things are “nice to have” that I wouldn’t have done without her help. I’m so happy we’ll have a really nice wedding, that’s not over the top, has attention to detail and still feels like us.
The Little Details
With the help of Marla, we made decisions on party favors, frames to display some of our engagement photos, place cards and more. We also chatted about some ceremony logistics, e.g. who holds the rings, who holds my bouquet, etc. – things we had to talk through since we don’t have a bridal party!
I still need a cake stand and a cake server set but don’t want to spend a ton of money on them since it really just doesn’t matter. (Some cake server sets are $80+!) I like this cake stand from Anthropologie and I think this knife and cake server would work too! Any other suggested places to look? I asked some local friends and family about borrowing those items, but strangely, no one has them.
Finally figured out music!!!
I was originally planning just a playlist and speakers, but logistically, it ended up being way more complicated than anticipated. (Graylyn doesn’t have a sound system that works well for events.) We went the route of a single musician, James Tucker. He’s actually a sponsored artist who is moving to Nashville to write and record songs so I’m really happy we snagged him!! My friend Casey grew up with him and he’s INCREDIBLY talented. Seriously, go watch some of his Instagram videos. This, this, this and this are some of my favorites. Okay, they’re all favorites. He’s also part of a duo with Brad Matthews, a guy from England. I can’t wait to see where James’ career goes!
We are still working through the song selection for key times, i.e. ceremony, first dance, etc. We have some picked out but still need to decide on a few more.
We did our food tasting at the Graylyn last week. It wasn’t quite as fun as our cake tasting (um, best day ever), but it was still good!
The chef has been accommodating with my dietary restrictions, which I appreciate. We didn’t love a couple things so we changed some options, but I’m sure it will all turn out okay.
(I have my outfit details linked here)
Marla came with us to the food tasting so we could do a walk-through of the venue and make a few decisions about layout. I’m SO glad she there since there a lot of decisions where I’m just like, “uhhh I don’t know!”
She also gave Tommy and me the SWEETEST gift filled with things that we will use our home together after the wedding – Savannah Bee Company honey, a “dog mom” and “dog dad” coffee mug set, a giving plate, coasters, a towel basket, a North Carolina cutting board and more. She even had a toy for Maizey (an eggplant, I died) and ordered my favorite gluten-free cookies from Boone (which we’ll have at the wedding!).
Hammering out the timeline
This has actually been one of my favorite things to do, once I started it. (I’m also the person who likes to map out by the hour and sometimes minutes how I’ll spend my weekends sooooo…) I was a little overwhelmed not knowing when we really needed to “start” the wedding stuff, e..g what time does hair start? What time do I need to put on my dress? So, I just typed up what my “ideal day” would look like, starting from the moment I wake up to the moment we leave the reception. The timeline started to come together pretty easily with that approach. I felt so much more at ease knowing the plan. (Tommy knows I LOVE plans 😉 )
I also leveraged the timeline resources our photographer provided, which were really helpful. He had some GREAT tips and I discovered a few things I’d forgotten about. I’m having him look at my first draft of the timeline since he thinks like I do: being rushed is the worst and time buffers are the best.
The Great Wedding Shoe Hunt is OVER
I mean, holy crap guys. The shoe hunt was insane, but it’s finally over after ordering (I think) 15 pairs of heels. I’ve never felt more high maintenance in my life. I narrowed it down to two options: these Agata bow heels from LK Bennett that my friend Anna found and a classic nude pointy toe pump. I took them both to my last dress fitting, and I actually LOVED the way the nude pump looked with my dress. HA! If only I’d known that from the beginning, it would have been a lot easier! 🙂
I like the idea of a special pair of pumps since it’s a shoe I will DEFINITELY wear a lot afterwards, so I ordered a pair of Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps and a pair of Jimmy Choo Romy pumps. If neither of those work (i.e. the right shade and comfortable), I have a trusty old pair of Sam Edelmans that I know will work. I’ll just need to get them polished before the wedding since they’re a bit beat up. Manolos and Jimmy Choos are a HUGE splurge, but I like the idea of having a shoe that will last me for YEAR vs. a one-time wear. (I have a friend who has a pair of Jimmy Choos from 2003 and she said they still look amazing!)
The countdown is on
October will be here before we know it so I’m trying to soak in the joy of this time. I still get overwhelmed with gratitude that I get to spend the rest of my life with Tommy. We work so well together, even in stressful times, and just have so much fun together. Okay, I’m tearing up just writing this so I’ll stop gushing now! 🙂
Hope you’re having a great week!
Your turn: what was your favorite part of your wedding? (I may steal your ideas 😉 )