We’re getting married (Canadian) Thanksgiving Weekend and I couldn’t be more excited!! Our ceremony reception is at a boat club on the Atlantic Ocean, we’re throwing a modern-quirky-us-themed wedding with navy and bright green as our main colours and grey as our accent.
This is the stuff we have complete/booked:
Venue – Paid
Caterer – Paid
Photographer – Mostly Paid
Officiant – Not paid but booked.
Cake (cousin is a professional baker, score!)
Guest Book – we’re doing Jenga Blocks – had to buy 2
Cardbox – we’re did an antique mailbox
Stuff we have decided on but haven’t bought:
MY DRESS (I’m getting measured next week… ahhh!!! So excited!!) – Paid
Linens – we’re buying online because it’s cheaper than renting.
My Ring – my ering is pretty unique so we need to get one custom made. We have a quote but are just saving the money).
Flowers – ordering various white flowers for decor from Fifty Flowers and yellow rans or garden roses for the bouquets. MIL used to be a flourist she’ll be doing the boquets and the girls will be arranging the vases the night before.
Decor – one of my friends is making our table runners – we just decided on navy and white chevron fabric and we have yet to raid target (we’re in Canada) so in May we’ll head South and pick up some cafe lights.
Favours – Milk & Cookie bar – need galvanized pails, favour bags, glass containers and milk.
DIY Projects underway –
Wedding Website & Save the Dates – SO has this under construction – we’ll send out a picture e-mail STD directing people to our wedding website. (Complete in February)
Invites – we’ve designed and purchased the paper products (incl stuff for thank yous and menus, etc) from Paper Source (seriously GREAT to deal with!!! they went above and beyond for me). All we need to do now is print and assemble. (Complete for mid-March)
Bow Napkins – fabric and velcrow purchased, just have to wait until the linens are ordered! (Complete in August)
Vases – we’re doing yarn wrapped bottles for vases – yarn is purchased and perrier is being consumed as much as possible. (Complete in May)
Backdrops – for photobooth, head table and milk & cookie bar (Complete in January)
Cookies for Cookie Bar – 24 dozen (mini size) of 6/7 types. Sounds daunting but I am a major baker (hello professional cuisinart mixer!) – I have an empty deep freeze and a lot of will power for storage (Complete in June/July)
Stuff we have no-sweet-clue what we’re doing:
Ceremony Music/DJ – we’re debating between doing the ceremony and reception music ourselves… we’re music geeks but at the same time we don’t have to worry about it… which is why we might hire a DJ and give him a playlist. If our funds permit (SO is a PhD student.. ) we may hire a band that’s holding the date for us.
Bridesmaids Dresses – I’m debating whether the girls should choose their own in the Alfred Sung line.. or just pick their own navy dresses. I’m not picky, I think they’ll look beautiful in whatever they wear, which is why I’m inclined to let them pick whatever in navy.
Grooms Attire – the boys will be wearing grey suits they all already own, but we’ll be gifting them custom shirts and ties… just not sure where or what they’ll look like.
Ceremony Decor – we’re drawing a blank on this category we’re doing so much DIY for the reception (while trying to keep it simple).
SO Ring – he’s trying to decide between 3 designs.
Basically we have the big things out the way but the little DIY things will take some time, but I think we have a good timeline and left two “flex” months of May (half-way through) and September/October is for all those other things we didn’t think of. I feel really fortunate because SO is REALLY helpful – he’s cutting/pasting/drilling and basically knees deep in DIY stuff to help me out <3
As for your colour question – are you 100% sold on the pumpking thing? Personally I’m not a fan of pumpkins because of their shade of orange (I know… I’m being super weird by saying that), but having said that I have fallen in love with pumpkins that are decorated. Which means you could do navy and any colour you wanted… like copper, rust/burgendy, green, etc. There are lots of tutorials on how to do it (it seems easy to boot!) but I understand that some people don’t have the time.