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Week 6 is over! Only one month until our wedding!
Michael was out of town for work again, but he is normally always home on the weekends so I get to see him really soon! We got a lot done this week again though. One thing I really wanted to talk about is combating any potential stress by keeping things fun! Hence the below picture. Just be silly with each other. There is honestly no need to be so caught up in wedding plans that you forget the real reason for everything you’re doing. You’re getting married to the love of your life – you should have fun in the process! It also helps to have an amazing coordinator at The Joseph Smith Memorial Building who tells me it is her job to worry about things, not mine. But remember that everything probably isn’t going to be 100% perfectly how you imagined it, and that’s ok. You can get things pretty darn close to perfect and get everything to feel the way you want, but remember to be flexible. I had a good friend tell me just today this wonderful advice, “The more flexible you are, the happier you’ll be”. I believe that to be true. Enjoy the ride and don’t let the little things ruin anything for you. This is you and your sweetheart’s big day – it’s going to be amazing no matter what because YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED! That’s what is most important. So get some sleep, have fun and be happy!
The below video recaps the highlights of our week with some fun pictures! Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and check out the bullet point list below the video. Enjoy!
- Dress fitting scheduled (December 14th – you need AT LEAST 3 weeks before your wedding to get fitted, get the alterations done and then try it on again to make sure everything fits just right)
- Final proofing of invitations
- Michael got sized for his ring (I’m working on getting him one now )
- Honeymoon booked! (We’re going to the Bahamas on a cruise!!! So excited!!!)
- Booked wedding videographer – Nathan Pickett
- Gathered all addresses from friends and family (figure out which ones need the sealing (wedding ceremony) invite and wedding dinner invite)
- More Pinterest to figure out how I should do my makeup
- Figure out signage and quotes for the reception
- Figure out which pictures to print for the reception (my sister is printing a few for my bridal shower that I can use at the reception as well)
- Talked to our bishops for advice on preparing for marriage (I would definitely encourage anyone to talk to their ecclesiastical leader if you are of a religious affiliation, or family members on preparing for not only the wedding day, but marriage in general – it is very helpful because this is a HUGE step and change in both of your lives, it’s good to hear what others have to say about it)
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Michael was out of town again this week for work. I’m glad he has a good job – I just wish they wouldn’t have picked during the holidays to be super busy and send all the engineers out of town every week, but we’ll roll with it. What else can we do?
We got a lot done this week though. I finalized a lot more with our coordinator and continued staying organized with check lists and calendars (such a life saver – you’ll see some of this in the video). Michael and I try to keep each other up to speed on everything throughout the week. We’re still looking into a honeymoon location, but we definitely want to try and find a nice cruise somewhere. I’m also still struggling finding some shoes for my dress. I have to find them soon so I can get my dress hemmed to the right length. But everything is still going really well.
We also had a wonderful Thanksgiving with our families! Figuring out how to work the holiday situation with two different families is rough because you want to spend a lot of time with each family. We’ve been thinking a lot about this and how to do all the holidays and even Sundays. It’s definitely a new adventure to figure this out with two local families, but it’s fun! I love having even more wonderful people to celebrate with! This year we had Thanksgiving dinner with my family and dessert with his family. We spent a good chunk of time at each place so it worked out great! Christmas will be nice too because Michael’s family does a big celebration on Christmas Eve and my family does ours on Christmas day, so that couldn’t be more perfect – all the fun things you need to think about as you get married
Check out the video below to see highlights of this week. 1-4:22 minutes talks about calendaring and checklists (awesome tips) and minutes 4:23-14:20 is a new conversation with our awesome coordinator, Chris!
Also, as usual, below the video you’ll find a bullet point list of EVERYTHING we did this week. Check it out! Have fun!
- More registering on Amazon.com
- Michael’s mom finalized the wedding dinner reservations (Tucanos! Michael’s brother did his wedding dinner there and they really liked it)
- Working on compiling our list of those to attend the wedding dinner
- We sent out our Google form on Facebook to compile addresses and it is working like a charm!! (we need to get the total number to our printer when we give the invitation design files to him next week)
- We’ve narrowed down our engagement pictures to 5 we really like and Tammy gave us two drafts of our invitations. We’re waiting on the second drafts to see how they turn out! She’s doing amazing! )
- Decided on meeting with our baker for the cake after Thanksgiving
- Made my hair appointment for the big day! (My sweet hair lady that I’ve known since I was about 5 is going to do my do for me.
- Michael has been working on looking into locations for our honeymoon (we’re looking into a cruise )
- Michael will be putting together our video for our display at the reception
- Talked with my coordinator again and changed up some things with linens. We also finalized more with the set-up (how many tables, placement of tables, placement of our line, possible food, etc…) (p.s. we’ve decided we’re just going to have Michael and I in our line so our families can mingle and rest whenever they want)
- Talked for two seconds with Colleen from Flowers Squared since I found a napkin at the Garden Restaurant that is the EXACT orange color I’m looking for to use in my flowers! Colleen found an awesome rose in that color!
- Working on finding me some shoes to wear with my dress! (I need to find them quick so I can get my dress altered to the right length soon)
- Working on getting Michael’s ring
- Finalized the color and type of ties for all of the boys
Wow…this week has been amazing, and crazy, and fun, and super productive!
If you were to ask me what my biggest accomplishment was this week, I’d tell you I FOUND MY DRESS – finally! 4 dress shops later and much debating over pricing, but I found what I love! There were several dresses that I really liked so kind of hard to choose, but I found one I wouldn’t have to alter too much and it is pretty much everything I’ve been looking for! My sweet mom and sister reminded me I will only get married once, so I should get a dress I really love – after all, I’ll be in that dress all day and it will be in every single picture. “Well”, I thought, “That make sense to me.” So I purchased my dress! Now I just need to find my shoes and then I can go in for my fitting and get marked for alterations!
I met up with Michael later that day and we spent some time registering. Ok, seriously, it is so much fun figuring out what we want in our home! It was fun to see that we have similar tastes. We went to Bed Bath & Beyond and did the scanning thing. It was Awesome! Below are some pics.
We are also registered on Amazon.com, but we haven’t finished that registration yet. We decided to get more of the linen and accessories (towels, bedding, oven mitts, bathroom rack thing, etc…) at Bed Bath & Beyond and then we’re getting everything else on Amazon.com. FYI: so Michael is a genius for thinking to register on Amazon because when you register there you’re guests can just purchase an item and it gets shipped directly to your house with no shipping costs! How convenient is that? We were glad to go to Bed Bath and Beyond for our more linen items though because we could physically touch the fabrics and see if we liked them, but Amazon is great for everything else.
This week I also met with my fabulous wedding event coordinator, Chris. She is so much fun! I’m amazed at the details she considers and her expertise in EVERYTHING in the world of wedding receptions. It’s amazing to me that she will help me with all of my reception planning. From the lighting in the room to the color of napkins on the tables to helping me go through my list of guests and figuring out how many to plan for – best investment I’ve ever made, and she doesn’t even cost me anything!! I get her help for free just by booking my event here in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. She seriously takes a load of worry off my mind because I know that she knows what she’s doing and she’ll make sure to make mine and Michael’s reception exactly what we’ve been hoping for. Most of the below video is my conversation with Chris. She gives some great advice and ideas, so check it out! (Just try to ignore the fact that my ear is poking through my hair ha ha…I hate that. Oh well, such is life)
And as usual, you’ll find a list of things we did this week underneath the video. Enjoy!
- Found my dress!!
- Had lunch with my best girl friends to celebrate my engagement
- Did our registry at Bed Bath & Beyond (we still need to finish our registry on Amazon.com)
- Talked with my coordinator, Chris, in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building (figuring out colors, tables, placement of things at the reception and so forth)
- Narrowed down engagement pictures to about 20 favorites (we need to pick the finals soon!!)
- Looked for wedding dinner location
- Some of the sisters (Michael’s and mine) have gotten their mint dresses – super cute!!
- Michael’s mom found some mint ties for the boys
- My mom and sister have been prepping for the fam bridal shower
- Finished our Google Docs form to compile addresses (we’re sending this out via Facebook tonight)
- Our moms are helping compile our family addresses
- Michael has been out of town for work again, but he was home in Salt Lake for a few hours in between trips so we went out to dinner together.
- Figured out accommodations for some of my family traveling a little bit further for the wedding (my sisters kids need a nap in between the wedding and the reception so they’ll be staying at Michael’s home)
- We also decided on the different items that need to be included in the envelope with the invitations we send our guests. Some of these include: invite to the sealing (for those we’re inviting), invite to the wedding dinner (for those we’re inviting), To-do’s in Salt Lake and Temple Square (for those coming to the sealing and have a few hours to kill before the reception)
Planning a Winter Wedding? Check out this site for some wonderful ideas…If nothing else, it will get the wheels turning to help you come up with your own special ideas! www.bridalguide.com
Below are some ideas on how to create your own “Great Gatsby”/1920′s wedding!
1. Pick a venue built in the early 1900′s or a venue created with that type of feel.
The Joseph Smith Memorial Building/Hotel Utah was built in 1911. This is just one venue idea but there are several. Even an outdoor wedding event can be transformed into the 1920′s with the right decor.
2. Get a good florist and event designer to complete the look in your venue of choice.
Floral Centerpieces with Feathers – made by Flowers Squared
Feathers are a huge hit!
3. Find the Perfect Dress.
4. A beautiful, 1920′s inspired headpiece is a must!
5. A vintage bouquet tops off your whole look!
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A fun idea for an easy, yet unique action station at your wedding reception. We absolutely loved serving up these doughnuts!
Assorted glazes – Chocolate Sauce, Carmel Sauce, White Chocolate Raspberry Sauce
Toppings – Marshmallow Cream, Crushed Oreo Cookies, mini M&M’s, Shredded Coconut, Chocolate and White chocolate Sprinkles, Chopped Peanuts and Pecans, Diced Dried fruit. Finished off with an ice cold glass of milk. Yummm!
Doughnut Reception featured in the Bonneville Room of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
We are less than a month away from the New Year and with that in mind we start planning and setting goals hopeful that 2013 will be bigger and better.
In addition to those expectations, we’re excited to announce that Salt Lake’s Premier Wedding Show will happen on January 19 2013 at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building and the Lion House – and because we all love countdowns, our blog will keep you in the loop with our special “15 Posts to Salt Lake’s Premier Wedding Show”!
How will it be?
We’ll post three times a week on our blog about the major researched wedding topics (dresses, colors, arrangements, invitations, etc.) and we’ll have a bonus post the week of the Wedding Show.
Why is that?
Despite popular belief, planning a wedding doesn’t have to be stressful, it can be really fun! We’re here to help you be on the right track, knocking on the right doors and making the most of it. By writing about these topics, we hope that you get inspired and even more excited about your big day.
It’s a Date!
Don’t forget to check our blog for some helpful tips – we are always available.
We also love questions and suggestions, so please send them our way!
Thank you for registering for The Salt Lake’s Premier Wedding Show and we look forward to seeing you.
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Winter weddings are beautiful at Temple Square. They resonate a very elegant, quiet beauty. The Joseph Smith Memorial Building makes for a perfectly gorgeous reception venue afterward. Thanks to Ravenberg Photography for capturing the beauty of this wedding, and thanks to the Joseph Smith Memorial Building Event Coordinators and Catering for creating such a fabulous reception!
Photographed by Elizabeth Taylor Frandsen – etfphotography.com
This stunning couple had their reception in The Joseph Smith Memorial Building Empire Room, a wedding luncheon in The Garden Restaurant and Gorgeous pictures through out Temple Square. Absolutely breath taking.