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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Check In: Less than 3 Months to go!

Time sure flies when you're planning a wedding, coordinating a Burning Man camp, building a 2.5 ton musical instrument that throws fire, and working full-time.

Lots has happened since we checked in over Memorial Day Weekend. We were so busy we missed a milestone (read the next installment of Our Story if you're curious).

Our biggest accomplishment since we last talked? We completed, stuffed, and sealed our invitations. And... We mailed them! Or at least the majority of them. A few need new addresses.

We had our second Wedding DIY Project Crafting Day where hands were flying cutting and gluing.

We also worked on lots of other smaller projects. We planned and started acquiring goodies for our Out-of-Town Bags (for cubes' immediate family) and Day-Of-Survival Bags (for the Wedding Party).

We worked on our ceremony with our Rabbi and drafted our vows. Here's a preview of the ceremony from Our Programs.
We ordered striped socks for the boys. (The final choice is a surprise. Which pair do you think we chose?)

Whew. Just listing those recently completely tasks makes me tired!
Here's our current checklist, which as other couples have warned never seems to get any shorter:
  1. (Done!) Book a caterer.
  2. (In progress) Have custom corset made (went for first muslin fitting; purchased silk; now scheduling second muslin fitting).
  3. Have lace bodice of wedding dress repaired/reinforced.
  4. (In progress) Have hat with birdcage veil designed and made (met with Esther).
  5. (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.)
  6. (Done!) Finish tablescapes (found out we can't use our tapers, going to fill bottles with baby's breath).
  7. (Done!) Determine and verify needed postage using scale at post office.
  8. (Done!) Cut envelope liners.
  9. (Done!) Line envelopes.
  10. (Done!) Stamp rose on envelopes.
  11. (Done!) Stuff envelopes.
  12. (Done!) Seal envelopes.
  13. (Done!) Apply postage.
  14. (Done!) Drop completed, addressed invitations in the mail.
  15. (In progress) Wait patiently for RSVPs to come in.
  16. (In progress) Plan Burning Man ceremony (talked to Josh, set date - just before dusk the day of the False Profit Tuesday Night Party, and secured location - Syzygryd).
  17. (In progress) Determine arrangement of tables for dinner and assign seats.
  18. (On the chopping block) Make pillows to soften Gothic chairs that guests can sit on during cocktail hour (selected and ordered plush that matches our wedding colors).
  19. Figure out music for dinner and reception.
  20. (Done!) Write vows.
  21. (In progress) Prepare day-of-survival bags for wedding party (selected items to put in eco-friendly bags and have begun sourcing).
  22. (In progress) Order gifts for the women in the wedding party.
  23. (Done!) Review various Jewish ceremony options and choose the one or parts of each we like.
  24. Design our ketubah.
  25. (In progress) Get marriage certificate (need to determine if we want license from San Francisco (can set up appointment, most expensive in Bay Area) or San Mateo County ($47 less expensive, no appointment).
  26. (In progress) Find 1950s outfits for kitchen shoot (bride's outfit is secured, need to get shoes and finalize outfit for cubes).
  27. (In progress) Find getaway outfit (dress and hat secured, need to get shoes).
  28. Prepare wedding day timeline.
  29. Create vendor and wedding party contact sheets.
  30. Send out invitations for Burning Man ceremony.
  31. Make bride's wedding outfit for Burning Man ceremony.
  32. Find groom's wedding outfit for Burning Man ceremony.
  33. Make (test) leave-no-trace bouquet for Burning Man ceremony.
  34. (Scrapped!) Make LED outlined pillows for Burning Man reception.
  35. (Scrapped!) Concoct and test Signature Drink for cocktail hour.
  36. (Done!) Find bartender for cocktail hour/reception.
  37. Purchase beers for cocktail hour/reception.
  38. Borrow coolers for beer/ice/non-alcoholic drinks.
  39. (Scrapped!) Purchase supplies for Signature Drink.
  40. (Scrapped!) Create signage for Signature Drink.
  41. Add personal touches to Guestbook.
  42. (In progress) Purchase supplies for Guestbook Table.
  43. Create signage for Guestbook Table.
  44. Iron/fold napkins for reception.
  45. Iron/organize tablecloths and napkins for reception.
  46. Finalize cake design.
  47. Drop off cake topper with baker.
  48. Drop off wedding favors, tablescape items, linens, decor items at SAH.
  49. Pick up flowers from Flower Mart.
  50. Make bouquets and boutonnières.

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NOTE: All photos on this blog are personal photos unless otherwise noted.

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