In no particular order, these are the things that are on my (wedding-laden) mind of late:
-how to make 7 bridesmaids (and Matt's 7 corresponding groomsmen) NOT seem obnoxious both in photos & standing with us for the ceremony...can we stagger them somehow? (it's on my "google this" list.)
-deciding what bling to put on my GORGEOUS, undadorned dress. How much do I really want the black sash? Will I regret it in 20 years when I see pictures?
-how to shrink the guest list while still honoring our family & friends who want to see us get married.
and the exciting things:
Ok, I'm so blessed...after several unsuccessful dress-shopping trips, Matt's mom flew my mom in from Philly to surprise me on our 4th (I know...) appointment. And I found my dress! Best yet, we bought the sample so they cut us a deal..then we were told that the designer takes 9 months to order & ship the dresses so I wouldn't have been able to get it in time for our Labor Day wedding. (also, it's silk. I die.) :)
It was amazing to watch my mom & Betty bond while she was here. It's been hard for my mom to reconcile the fact that I am really staying on the west coast, especially now that Anna is looking at colleges (some in WA! yay!) Betty's been an amazing friend & support to my mom, & recognized the importance of having us together to make big decisions before we even did. God is good. So is my future MIL.
We have a date (September 5th) and a venue (Lakewold Gardens) and a dress...last night we met with a caterer and tonight with a photographer that I really like.
So more than anything else, I have realized how much weddings are about details...most of which I had never thought of or really care about. And they are all posed as questions that I feel like I SHOULD have a concrete answer for. Things like, "are you wearing your hair up?" "Will you have a full cocktail hour or just 45-minutes?" "What kind of necklaces will your bridesmaids wear?"
(my answer to every one of these questions has been a blank look and an "ummm, I don't know...do I have to know right now?")
I am the girl who has dreamt of her wedding day but had to put a lid on the dreaming a few years back. I was trusting God that He has the best plan for me, but it no longer seemed imminent that that included a wedding. So I kept some small details in my mind (blue shoes and a photo booth), but have not been a wedding-crazed single girl. That probably scored me points with Matt, but is not so convenient for our vendors...or mothers. So I am scoping it out, immersing myself in wedding porn (hehe) and obtaining opinions on details. Ex: yes! hair up! 45 minutes seems sufficient!
Still don't care about their necklaces, though. Maybe they can pick their own...