Photo by Kelly Brown
We have a winner, folks! After doing a complete a 180 degree turn on our wedding plans, we landed on a location. Collin and I will walk down the aisle—and drink many a cosmo that night—at the beautiful Graves 601 Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. There are so many great things about the Graves. We loved the fact that both the ceremony and reception could be in one place without much fuss (other places we checked on quoted a three hour turnaround time). We also loved that since it's a hotel, we can kind of make it our "home base" for the entire weekend. Both Collin and I have a lot of family and friends coming in from out of town, so having a dedicated hotel makes decisions a whole lot easier.
Speaking of our out-of-town folks; we also made a decision on some activities for the gang while they are here. Since both Collin and I will have three or four girls in our wedding party or participating in the ceremony in some way, we thought it would be fun to treat the girls to a little spa day on that Friday! We're going to rent a limo and take our gals—and moms—to my friends at Skin Rejuvenation Clinic for a little pre-wedding pampering! I swear, it's going to look like a scene from Sex and the City minus Miranda's no-fun attitude. Now, that night, following the rehearsal dinner, we are still toying with a few ideas. Just like the actual wedding, we want everything surrounding the event to have the same feel: A BIG OL' PARTY. So, instead of going with some fancy place (and we have a lot of favorites, Bar La Grassa, anyone?) we're thinking of going more casual and laid-back. More on that later . . .
Back to the actual wedding for a minute; the only big decision—or should I say marriage mountain to climb—is flowers. We have a vague idea of what we want, which is simple, refined, and understated. But where and how to accomplish that? We definitely don't want something that looks like the wedding scene from, Steel Magnolias, with blush and bashful flowers draped over everything. We are thinking white flowers of some sort in a tall vase for the center pieces. I know, pretty vague . . . told ya! I'll pray to the flower gods this evening.
I mentioned before that Collin and I are pretty like-minded on most things and that includes the bridesmaids dresses. Out of all the decisions to be made about our big day, as far as the dresses, I'm kind of like, "Ok whatever you want." So, Collin is picking up and handling Operation: Dress! I do know we both want a dress that's functional and looks great on all body types. I hate when the dresses only look good on those that look like they just stepped off the runway in New York. Those aren't real gals. Size 0 scares me. I came out of the womb with a 34 waist.