With every wedding there’s inevitably a thing or two that comes down to the last minute. I’ve observed my friends who have gotten married over the years and taken careful note of what their frantic moments were leading up to their big day. Here’s my list so far: the welcome bags, cards for the wedding party, last minute alterations, typing the readings, gifts for the wedding party, place cards, ceremony programs, and pulling together the requisite “something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new.” Since Apres, the Minneapolis tent company that we are using in Green Bay, is heading to Wisconsin on the Tuesday before the wedding to start assembly, I feel like I’m going to have my hands full with making sure the tent looks how I envisioned it. Therefore, I won’t have time (like anyone ever does) to tackle the usual last minute to-do’s, so I’ve decided to be proactive. We’re using small canvas bags from LandsEnd for our welcome bags in the hotel, which we’ve already ordered, received, and unpacked from the shipping boxes. I’m working with Antoinette at Paperista on the informational pamphlet that goes in it with the schedule (I cannot wait to show you, as I’m in love with the illustration on the front . . .), and we’re already pulling together the other items that need to go in it. (We’re holding off on the edibles for at least a few more months.) Call me crazy, but The Fiance and I have also decided to handwrite a note to go into each bag, welcoming our guests personally. So many of them have traveled so far to celebrate, I feel like the least we can do is take the time to greet them individually. (I do, however, plan to start writing these notes as soon as possible to avoid any last-minuteness.)
I also just ordered these ADORABLE cards on Etsy (my favorite site) for the wedding party. Practically Perfect Design is an amazing place for affordable paper products that can be personalized, and I’m so excited to share them with the wedding party! My wedding planner had to laugh when I told her that I already had the readings we’ve chosen for the Mass typed up and printed out—she said this is something she’s usually frantically doing the day of the rehearsal. Though we have yet to even ask half or our readers, once we decided on the readings, I thought why not just type them up now so we can be prepared? (Also, I’ve been a reader before and there’s nothing worse than fearing that your reading won’t be up there on the day of . . . this way everyone can have a copy. Just in case.) As I’ve mentioned before, my bridal party gifts are already well underway. Though I cannot say the same for The Fiance, he knows this is a top priority on his to-do list, and we are definitely open to suggestions . . . ! We want something different than the usual flask, but at the same time, we want something that will be usable for the guys. We’ve also just ordered these fantastic gifts for our dads. Click here to see them. (Dad, if you’re reading this, you better not click that link!) I can’t take credit for that idea—my best friend was married this past weekend, and I’m full on stealing her idea. Finally, the “something borrowed, something blue, something old, something new.” I’ve already arrange with my mom to borrow a blue ring that she’s had since the start of her marriage to my dad. They just celebrated their 38th anniversary, so I’d say that’s pretty old, too. For my something new, I plan to meet with local jeweler Penny Larson at L’Atelier Couture to create a “wow” bracelet that will compliment my dress without snagging the lace. I know there's still plenty to do, but tackling this early version of my preventative to-do list has kept me feeling like I'm staying on top of everything that needs to be done . . . I'm just doing it sooner rather than later! Happy planning!