One day after my blissful engagement, I had a venue booked. Efficient? Or crazy? You decide . . .
I had always known that I wanted at least a year to plan my wedding. I'm a perfectionist and I needed time to figure out the details. I'm also from Green Bay, Wisc., and there aren't as many options available as, say, Minneapolis or Chicago.
The Fiance knew that I wanted a summer wedding and he'd heard of my "year" rule . . . so in a typically guy's thought process he decided to wait until the second to last weekend in August to pop the question. It's still summer, right?
My mom knew said engagement was coming for about a month before I did, so she made a few calls to places that I had mentioned would be potential options for my wedding. I never before had an appreciation for the word "soft hold" like I do now.
After the champagne glasses were empty, we all decided to get down to business. (It made sense to pick a date since Fiance's family was in town for the the event, and we were all excited to get started.) Given my mom's sleuthing, it was between July 28 in Green Bay or August 4 in Kohler. Both had their advantages and disadvantages, but after a familial deliberation, we decided on July 28. And then we got down to business.
I always thought all I needed to do in the beginning was book the majors: the venue, the church, the band, the photographer, and the florist. What I didn't anticipate was the hotel block causing stress. And finding a priest. And making time to pick a wedding planner. And a photographer. And a florist. And a band. And save-the-dates. All. So. Soon.
My goodness. Thankfully, two weeks later, the venue is still set. And so is the church. But we're still on the hunt for a priest (apparently they're not too big on e-mail or voicemail). Our first choice for a hotel was totally booked up in Green Bay, so my mom quickly visited the other top options and booked blocks at all three.
Thankfully my florist was available, so now I'm pulling pictures from magazines of bouquets that I like and don't like for our first meeting. The wedding planner interviews are set. And I'm heading to a stationer tomorrow. I'm still looking for a photographer and a videographer.
And the band, oh the band, that's a story for another day.
In short, I guess I didn't realize how much work went into it all so soon! What were the first things you did? And what surprised you? I'm eager to hear!