Bride-to-Be Blogger Danielle: The Home Stretch

Wow, we are really in the home stretch here. With just over three weeks to go, all I should have left to worry about are details, but it seems like there is still so much left to do.

The biggest thing hanging over my head: I still have not booked hair and makeup for me or my ladies. I guess I just deemed this less important than some of the other things that were more focused on my guests’ comfort and enjoyment. But I know that I absolutely have to do this before the week is up, so I’m documenting it in this public place in hopes someone will keep me honest about it. I have plenty of recommendations, it’s just a matter of making calls and booking whomever is free. Please — someone hound me about this! (Someone aside from my awesome MOH who checks in nearly every day but clearly does not scare me enough as she should.)

While I am totally incapable of DIY hair and makeup, I am DIY-ing something for my hair. I love the look of a floral hair accent, and that will tie together nicely with my dress, but I know that real flowers can wilt and droop before the reception even begins. I also know that $200 for a hair clip (the cost of the one I loved at Priscilla) is a price I can’t justify, no matter how hard I try. So, I’m making one. I bought flowers and clips and I will create two (one for backup!) this weekend. I promise I will not start this until after I book a salon and stylist. And ladies, I’ll let you know how it goes, because the materials cost less than $15 at AC Moore and Wal-Mart (I swear!), and that is with extra on-hand for trial-and-error.

Tim and I also began working on the particulars of our ceremony. We truly believe that the ceremony should be the focal point of the wedding. We’re writing our own vows, and we have the privilege of being married by a special family member of Tim’s, “Uncle Moe.” Uncle Moe is taking his responsibilities very seriously, and we’re also taking the ceremony seriously. We’re currently searching for a reading that embodies how we feel about each other and what we are committing to each other on our wedding day. Tim and I are equal partners in life. We work because we are a good fit, but also because we have mutual respect for one another. We get through everything together, no matter how tough it is, and we know that compromise is a two-way street. We’re looking for a non-religious reading that typifies the respect and love we promise to show one another for the rest of our lives. We have a few candidates, but I would appreciate any suggestions.

In addition, we have a lot of orders to place for the rest of our reception centerpieces and decorations, as well as our wedding favors, which I’m keeping under wraps until after the wedding. Hey, a girl has to keep some things a surprise! I will say that the favors adhere to our beach theme, they are useful (no tchotchkes, I promise!) and they are easy for our out-of-town guests to transport home.

What was the biggest thing hanging over your head as you neared the home stretch in wedding planning? Did you need someone to hold you to task? Who helped you choose readings?

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