So, it's been 6 months since I wrote anything about wedding planning and here's where I'm at with things (without giving too much away!):
- Venue: Booked. Since I'm an event planner I didn't want to go with the usual venue plan: Example: load in at 2, ceremony at 5, reception at 7, done by midnight or so. I wanted it to feel different than my usual Saturday plan. So we're going with a private estate in Carmel Valley, California. It sleeps a bunch of people and we'll be able to have a home base and guests can have a nice spacious place to pop in and say hello as they arrive. Major plus: all my friendors can have all the time they need to set up + style the weekend.
- Vendors: Obviously I am surrounded by some of the best talent in the industry and I can't even begin to express my absolute gratitude for those who are bringing the best to my wedding day. From flowers, to rentals, to photography... I'm SO covered it's not even funny.
- Wedding Papers: DONE! Everyone knows I adore my friends at minted.com, and with their new customization options I was able to create a custom design that I really love, that suits the venue, my own style and the style my wedding day is taking on. (PS you guys - Minted's customer service is wow. They have made the process super easy, and we all know I'm not easy to particularly easy to please-especially when it comes to stationary.)
- DRESS: OH yea. Done. This was one of the first thing I checked off my list actually. I agonized over what to try on and to be honest was not looking forward to the dress trying on experience-not to mention the expense. Long ago, I always thought I would say I DO in a Claire Pettibone, but then of course, I fell in love with Monique Lhullier (haven't we all!). But I was really stumbling over a serious problem with every dress I looked at: they all reminded me of one of my brides, or one of my client's brides. I'm not delusional. I KNOW I'm not going to have the most unique wedding there ever was, but I wanted my dress to really be mine. So after months of researching online, I gave up. But one day, I got a wild hair and decided to head to this place in SF that sells sample dresses, Glamour Closet. It was seriously a free for all. BUT guess what. I stumbled across a beautiful and pristine and perfect dress by Peter Langner and IT FIT PERFECTLY. No alterations needed. I'm pretty sure this never happens. And now it's MINE.
- Shoes: If there is a scale of shoe obsession I rate alongside the highest. So the shoe shopping for the wedding has been a real struggle-how do you pick just ONE pair?! I have a few promising options...but we'll see what I land on. For now, I'm going to keep this internal struggle to myself.
- The Workout: Fact about me: I HATE TO SWEAT. Like on purpose. If I'm at the beach and it's hot and I can take a dip in the water, sure. I don't mind it. But this whole #sweatingforthewedding thing is for the birds. But not really because I want to look (and feel!) amazing when I walk down the aisle. So I signed back up for my trusty ass kicking workout: Pure Barre. They have a fantastic studio in Walnut Creek and the girls are so nice and the classes are efficient and rad. I'm working on going five times a week, realistically right now it's been about three times a week (I'm real busy guys).
- Skincare: I have a dream: to have flawless, blemish-free skin that I only have to wear mascara and little tiny bit of powder with. I know it's not realistic to expect that for every day of my whole life, but on my wedding day....I feel like it's something to work up to. I went and had an amazing facial at a local spa and while it left me feeling great, I would definitely need to fork out the cash every 6 weeks or so. And I still was not sure what products I should be using at home in between. So I wandered through Nordstrom one day and discovered this amazing lady at the Kate Somerville counter who is not only incredibly nice, she knows so much about skincare! I also discovered that you can get free mini oxygen facials at the Kate Somerville counter here in WC! We had a nice little chat and she set me on the straight and narrow of skincare. MY SKIN IS NOW AMAZING! I have to admit, I've been a wedding planner for all this time, but I never really understood the struggle brides go through to sort out the skincare thing. More on that here.
Next on my list: Registering on Zola and Bridal Shower / Bachelorette plans.... stay tuned!