Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wedding stuff

Warning: this is probably going to be a random, rambling post, because I'm exhausted but mentally still "going". Know what I mean?

Well, wedding planning. I believe it is going well... we have a couple big things that I feel should be done by now, but it is what it is. For example, we do not have an officiant yet. I have been playing phone tag with my brother-in-law's pastor in Spencer. I'm beginning to think he is avoiding me, but as Bill logically pointed out, we are probably just not high up on his priority list. Luckily, we have a couple "plan Bs" if he doesn't work out.

Last night we finally hired a photographer. I am super happy with what we are getting, the price, and most importantly, who it is. He is a friend of a friend whom I have met a few times, and he has the exact personality I am looking for in a photog!

This week I also have the Save the Date's ready to be assembled and set out. We're still waiting on a couple addresses, but we have about 95% of them and today I bought stamps, so tomorrow is assemble day! Fun times ...

I need to order invitations. I wish I was creative enough to make them myself, but I am not, nor do I have the motivation. I just got a few samples from Wedding Paper Diva's and they are cute. I am trying to care, but I honestly don't really care. Does the invitation say what it needs to say? Good. I'll take it. (Ok, it's not that bad, but, pretty much).

We are trying to figure out how guests will get to and from the wedding site. It is about 20-30 minutes out of town out in the country. I want people to have a good time, but I also want my guests to get home safely (obviously). This is a hurdle we will figure out with time, I suppose. I am sure we'll hire some sort of shuttle service.

My first dress fitting is coming up on April 12th and I am excited! I took my dress to a tailor here in Des Moines, and they quoted me 60% of what the dress actually cost. I calmly picked my chin up off the ground, said thank you, left and immediately called a tailor that is near where we're getting married (3 hours north of Des Moines in a small town) and she said she could not guarantee it, but it should be cheaper than Des Moines tailors. Plus, due to where my dress was purchased (a shop she works closely with) I will get 20% off. Worth driving for, I'd say.  Wedding related items are so expensive. For real.

The biggest project I have undertaken though, is dropping some weight. So far I have lost approximately 10 pounds. I say approximately because I do not weigh myself regularly. I have weighed myself twice since the beginning of the year I am happy not being obsessed with that number. Currently my scale is in storage as well, and seeing as I am not hopping on a scale at the gym, it may be awhile before my feet step foot on a scale for awhile. Hopefully when I do, I will be at least 5-6 pounds closer that my long term goal of 30 pounds.

Speaking of losing weight. I know I would lose tons of weight if I could get my eating under control and really get better at eating clean. I have been working out like crazy and I know I am burning more than I am taking in, but I am not eating as well as I could be. I tend to eat out a lot out of convenience. I don't necessarily go for a burger and fries regularly (actually, rarely) but I do eat a lot of fast food salads and quick things on the go and I know that it is not as healthy as homemade meals. 

Well, that's about it for me. I'm off to bed and I did not proofread this. Sorry! :p


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I wouldn't be able to make my own invitations either. Even if it saved money it's not something I would take on because I am not good at things like that and it would just add stress to an already stressful time. I am glad you got some big things crossed off your list. I know there is a lot to do between now and the wedding but I also know it will all come together and be a fabulous, fun, beautiful day!

Congrats on the weight loss - you look so great so it's apparent that you have lost 10 lbs already. I think it is good that you are not weighing yourself a lot because I don't think the scale tells the full story, especially when you are doing strength training. Maybe trying doing measurements in addition to weighing yourself as that will give you a full picture of the progress you are making.

Julie said...

I felt the same way about invites because honestly unless they are going to scrapbook it, it most likely will end up in a trash can once the wedding happens. So we picked out a layout from Michaels, designed it and took it to Kinkos for them to play with it and voila our own invites with a great touch!

I hear ya on the healthy eating but with life as busy as it is (I may have gotten a long term job until the end of the year, keep fingers crossed) its just not possible all the time.

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

I think the most difficult part about the invites was getting all the addresses. My side was fine, but his side was a mess because his mom doesn't have an address book. *oy*

Kara said...

I remember the woes of making my wedding invitation. I bought a kit, which meant I had to type out the details myself and print them, then glue everything together. I think I wasted 3 just trying to get them to print properly! Annoying, because I was left with none left over and no invitation for myself as a keepsake. Ugh. (Luckily, my mom kept hers and ended up using it in the decorations for the wedding, and I got that one.)

Wedding planning is totally stressful, but the funny thing is, I'd do it all over again! (I didn't know of Pinterest back then, which is probably a good thing.)

And by seeing your posts on Instagram and Facebook, I can totally tell that you've lost weight - You look awesome!!

Carolina John said...

Good luck getting all of those wedding details lined up! I know it seems like an endless list, but if you keep an open mind everything will fall into place. even the weight thing.

Amber said...

Oh wedding stuff. Looking back now there are SO MANY things I would have done differently and scrimped on more (like invitations). Mind you, we do have one of our invitations framed and hanging on our collage wall and I do still love it but dang they were expensive.

I know you don't like to weigh yourself so this might not work for you but you should consider joining my DietBet from April 7 - May 4! With the rate you are going you will probably even win some money to go towards wedding stuff :) I posted about it on my blog yesterday!

Elysia said...

We spent way more on invitations than we should have..... I loved our invitation, but looking back now - I wish I would have just saved the money. Wedding Paper Divas has nice stuff - but wait for a discount code if you order through them - they're not THAT cheap either. And as far as officiants, I think we booked ours like 2 weeks before our wedding.... I stressed about it, but whatever, it turned out fine! So don't stress! It will all work out in the end!

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

I was the same way about invitations and my mom REALLY cared so I just delegated to her haha. Just thinking about wedding planning stresses me out ha ha, but I promise it's worth it when your wedding is super fun :) The shuttle is something to spend money/time on because everyone will have a lot more fun if they don't have to drive home!
I didn't have to worry about an officiant because Eric's friend did it for us. I think that was one of my favorite things about our wedding- he did an awesome job and it was so much better to have him rather than a stranger in all our pictures ha ha.
You do look great :)

Shoshanah said...

One of our biggest stresses was definitely finding an officiant. By the end we had talked to 4 different rabbis, plus emailed about twice that many. Thankfully it did work out, as I'm sure it will for you, and absolutely love the way our ceremony happened because of it all.

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I didn't have an official officiant until like 3 months before our wedding. I was not stressing but apparently everyone else in my life was ha. Our friend was going to do it(got ordained online) but the fact that we were going to have a gazillion people made him nervous. So, my uncle got ordained online and I am so glad. He was hilarious! I loved it and it made it even more us and I didn't regret any big push towards religion that I don't personally subscribe too. I had my husband pick an uncle to do a prayer before dinner to appease his side of the family and some of them still don't know that my uncle is so not really a minister. I also cared little for invitations, and I picked the wording and my mom picked out the stuff and had a shop make it ha. My mom basically did my wedding, I cared only for the reception.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

It sounds like you've got a handle on everything!!