Can you believe it's been a month since the last check in? I can't! Well a month has indeed gone by and lots has happened.
Before we go into all the activity, I'd like to rewind a year. On this day last year, cubes asked me to be his girlfriend. We'd already made the transition from little 'd' to Big 'D' dating, but with a simple question our lives were further joined. "Will you be my girlfriend?" My answer should be obvious, but in case you have doubts, I said, "Yes." I then asked him, "Will you be my boyfriend?" He replied, "Yes."
Okay back to the regular programming. First off, we finished interviewing rabbis and had our first meeting with the rabbi we chose.
Our rabbi is Rabbi Allen Bennett, a permanent rabbi of the Reform Temple Israel in Alameda. We'll be meeting with him regularly over the next couple of months to craft a ceremony. (We also ordered the kipahs.)
(Personal Photo taken with iPhone)
Second we had our first Wedding DIY Project Crafting Day. Annie loaded us up with extra supplies (her rotary cutter was amazing!) to streamline the crafting. DOH Ames and GM Steve hosted the group of us - Mooflyfoof, Hilary, cubes and I - at their house and we finished off the invitations! They now sit neatly packaged waiting to be set free. Etiquette says that they should hit mailboxes 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding date, but with the popularity of our date (10/10/10), Burning Man, initial catering estimates due the week we get back from Burning Man, and Hotel Reservation release dates a week after we get back, these pretties are going out early - 12 weeks before the wedding date (that's July 24th or 8 weeks from now).
We toured (and selected) accommodations for out-of-town guests. We booked and then re-booked our own accommodations for the wedding night. Trading in an in-room treadmill (The Westin San Francisco was sold out of Indulgence/Romance Packages so they offered a Spa Package instead) for an in-room whirlpool.
We planned (and booked) accommodations and activities for our Mini-Moon. A two-month out reminder has been set to contact Michelin Star restaurants in the area for reservations.
Finally we've been on and off the registry merry-go-round. Selecting one bricks-and-mortar vendor and online registry. Attending parties where we're wined and dined (or not). Then adding a second bricks-and-mortar vendor. And then firing the first bricks-and-mortar vendor, keeping the second bricks-and-mortar vendor and the online registry. And just when we thought we were done? Adding a third bricks-and-mortar vendor to the mix. My head is still spinning!
In case you're keeping track, here's the obligatory checklist for those who are playing along with us (for comparison - our first checklist and our most recent checklist):
- (Done!) Ask friends and family members to carry and hold our chuppah and witness the signing of our ketubah.
- (In progress) Book a caterer.
- (Done!) Retrieve wedding bands from jeweler and put in safe deposit box.
- (In progress) Have custom corset made (went for measurements).
- Have lace bodice of wedding dress repaired/reinforced.
- (In progress) Have hat with birdcage veil designed and made (met with Esther).
- (In progress) Find a US-based custom shirt maker and order shirts for the men in the wedding party. (We just need to measure cubes and then we can summit the order.)
- (Re-Done!) Secure hotel room for night of the wedding.
- (Done!) Secure a block of hotel rooms for out-of-town guests.
- (In progress) Finish tablescapes (remove stems from flowers; need more bottles!).
- (Done!) Find paper cutter, glue, etc. and order missing tools (corner punch) and more supplies (deckle and scoring blades, cartridges of ink, etc.) as needed.
- (Done!) Print invitations, information inserts, and reply cards.
- (Done!) Cut invitations and information inserts to size.
- (Done!) Assemble invitations.
- Determine and verify needed postage using scale at post office.
- (Done!) Address envelopes.
- Cut envelope liners.
- Line envelopes.
- Stamp rose on envelopes.
- Stuff envelopes.
- Seal envelopes.
- Apply postage.