The other day we were talking about the wedding and a friend commented that 8 months wasn't really that long. I've since realised that the countdown is much closer to 7 months than 8, and 7 is almost 6 and that's just freaky. Where did the last 5 months go?
There has been progress - we've chosen a celebrant we're very happy with - but I'm realising that each decision results in more questions. What rituals will we do? How many readings do we want? What readings and who will read them? Oih.
During our first meeting the celebrant, Leigh, talked through the running of a service. By the time she mentioned father walking daughter down the aisle - the very start of the rundown for goodness sake - I was battling tears. I think it was the first time the wedding was really real for me. We aren't just planning a big, expensive party; we're pledging to spend our lives together, with all the love, optimism and tradition that that entails.
Oh, and just like the photographer talked about wanting to capture the story of the day, when the celebrant said she provided a copy of the service printed up nicely to keep, that's when Mike thinks I was convinced. ;)
We had an appointment with a cake decorator on Saturday morning and spent the rest of the weekend snacking on the delicious samples they sent us home with. In the end though, we decided to ask my sister-in-law to-be Peta to make our wedding cake. When we were considering the possibilities Mike, who can be quite sensible at times, asked how I'd react if the cake wasn't as I imagined or there was a last minute disaster. That's not a comment on Peta's cakes, she does beautiful work, it's just much simpler to feud with a cake shop than your sister-in-law. ;)
Speaking of family, my sister has come up with a design for the Save the Date cards and I'm just waiting for her to send the final file through so I can get them printed. I've ordered the envelopes (for the RSVP cards too) and they should arrive any day. I bought a couple of small things when I was at the shopping centre last week too, so the wedding is starting to have 'stuff'. I organised all the wedding paperwork on the weekend (oh, I'm a rager!) but we'll need somewhere specific to store everything else. (Realised last week I'd misplaced my passport so I'm not on a great track record at the moment!)
After an appointment with a florist on Saturday, I've been keenly checking my email waiting for her quote. She is the second florist I spoke to, and the other quote wasn't unreasonable (flowers aren't cheap!) but I felt more confident in her. With an untried wedding venue, we feel we need someone assertive who could whip them into shape on the day if required. Plus, my photo is on her website from when I was a bridesmaid a couple years ago. Surely that means it's destined. ;)
And along with having made a hotel reservation for our wedding night - Mike wanted somewhere in walking distance but the 6 blocks might be stretching it for a post-very big day stroll - we've made our first honeymoon booking. A tour including 4 days trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, 2 nights in the Amazon and 10 days sailing the Galapagos Islands. So yeah, I'm going backpacking on my honeymoon. Oh, and our cabin on the boat has bunk beds. How...romantic. ;)