I feel like I'm inundate with lists. Guest list. To do list. Potential venues list. Budget. That one is the 'things we'd like to get done on the house before we have an engagement party here in January' list.
Plans are coming together, but frustratingly slowly. Actually frustrating is probably the word to best describe the experience so far - still not at the fun part of wedding planning! Our top contender for a reception venue, a restaurant/bar in the city that has a personal connection to us, sounds and looks wonderful but is absolutely terrible at sending information as promised. I don't think I truly realised how much I liked that place till it seemed like we have to give up on them and find somewhere else. Or maybe it is just the allure of having that decision made, date locked in, and not having to look for venues anymore!
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the one big decision that has been made (although not locked in and deposit paid because we haven't yet finalised a date and that makes me nervous!) is a photographer. I will not share details till absolutely certain but BoyF said when the photographer starting talking about telling the story of the day through photos, he knew I was sold. :)
We're aiming for a late October wedding, a Saturday evening, but can be a bit flexible on date. 12 months seems like such a long time to organise a wedding in but I've written out a to do list, assigning tasks to the different months, and it's length is daunting.
We're wanting a small and relaxed wedding, although still with a sense of occasion, and are aiming for a guest list of about 60. We'll have one attendant each - my sister will be my Maid of Honour but BoyF hasn't asked his Best Man yet.
I mentioned to Jenna about her being Maid of Honour in an email from work, thinking she'd already realised. She was a tad underwhelmed with my delivery - which probably has something to do with telling her I was engaged via text message ;) - so I wanted to come up with something a little bit special to officially ask. I cut letters out of silver glitter paper with my Silhouette Cameo, sewing them into a banner. I carefully placed it in a box, adding a bit of washi tape to the thread so she'd pull the end and reveal the phrase. I think she was delighted, and is definitely excited about the wedding.
A graphic designer, Jenna's already started designing our engagement party invitations. Although they currently state 'A Mexican Garden Party' which I'm not sure is what we're really after, we do have a colour scheme - pinks, peaches, orange, yellow and acid green/grellow.
Since beginning to write this post earlier today, I got in contact with our favoured wedding venue again and was told that the manager/owner would be handling our function from now on as the functions person we'd been dealing with was still a trainee. In the space of about three hours I'd spoken to him, had received an email back with the information promised and had made an appointment to sit down about details early next week. Such a difference!
BoyF and I have our enthusiasm back.