As of tomorrow, there are 100 days left until I. Get. Married. It’s crazy to think that my countdown started in the 500s. I know everybody says this, but our engagement has flown by.
At this point, all the big stuff is done. The vendors are booked and many of the essential tasks—like addressing the invites, writing the ceremony, buying or making décor—are completed or underway. But there’s still a lot to do before October 29. Here’s a peek at my to-do list:
- Apply for a marriage license. Enough said.
- Create a day-of timeline. We have the basics nailed down—like ceremony start time, cocktail hour, and reception—but we still need to figure out the schedule for hair, makeup, photos, first look, etc.
- Have tanning, hair, and makeup trials. I have an idea of what I’d like my hair and makeup to look like, but I still need to test those looks out with SM Makeup Inc.
- Mail invitations. I have all of the pieces in hand, now it’s time to assemble and address envelopes. I've been practicing the art of calligraphy for the past seven months, so I hope it pays off!
- Get my dress altered. It shouldn’t need too many alterations, but this is still a crucial to-do.
- Finalize music selections for both the ceremony and reception. I know I want Lake Minnetonka String Quartet to play “Canon in D” as I walk down the aisle, but my fiancé and I are still struggling with choosing a first dance song! Suggestions?
- Wrap up DIY elements. As a very hands-on bride, I wanted to take responsibility for some elements, like the programs and signs. The goal is to have all of my projects wrapped up by October 1.
- Figure out welcome bags. We have so many guests who are coming from outside of Minnesota (about 120 of the 180 we invited), so we want to welcome them to their hotel room with some Minnesota goodies. I'm thinking Honeycrisp apples, maybe some Pearson's candy, and, of course, a copy of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.
- Plan honeymoon itinerary. Our 10-day trip to Hawaii is booked and paid for, but we still need to plan some activities on the Big Island. I want to strike a perfect balance of adventure and relaxation.
Whew! I still have a lot to get done, but I don't want to make these last months stressful. I'm trying to soak up every minute of this engagement, and to commemorate this special time, I've decided to keep a journal of the last 100 days before Sam and I become husband and wife (thanks, Pinterest!). I haven't decided what I'll do with the journal yet, but at the very least, it will be fun for us to look back on for years to come.