Post # 1
IT IS OFFICIALLY ONE YEAR
Excited? Flipping out? Neutral?
It feels SO CLOSE now. I know that sounds weird compared to many other brides who have yearlong-10 month long engagements. But we’ve been engaged since May 2012.
ETA: What have you done so far?
Post # 3
@Chrysoberyl: I’m totally freaked out! I just posted on another bee’s thread . Her wedding is only in sept 2014 and she’s all sorted! All I’ve done is found a venue and bought my sari for the ceremony!
Although after responding to that thread I have since emailed my venue and will hopefully go check it out next weekend and I’ve emailed another photog that I have my eye on!
Post # 4
@ms_protea: For the longest time I didn’t do a THING.
Except this past month.
I got my venue (not such a big deal, it’s our Greek Orthodox church. No way it would be booked because we have a very small Greek community here. It’s the only one here.)
I got my photographers (I ended up using the same ones my friend used. They’re incredible and don’t do that slanted picture thing that I hate but everyone loves.
We haven’t booked videographers but I think Fiance will do that once he gets that consultation. He’s also a videographer so he’s completely in charge of that.
I booked a DJ and lighting tech (same person) a couple weeks ago.
Is this a lot? I feel like this is not a lot..
Post # 5
@Chrysoberyl: Lol! I think you’re pretty organised.
We’ve been engaged 11 months!
Fiance and I (mainly I) had big ideas of having everything wedding related sorted at least 6 months out from the date. I don’t quite know if that’s going to happen now…
Since I’m hindu, we also have to plan a whole lot of other wedding related functions as well… Urgh….
We’ve wittled it down to two photogs – Fiance must just decide which one he prefers.
Next up is DJ (super NB for me) and videographer (not so NB)
Our venue is for ceremony and reception and they also do catering and provide all linen and tables and chairs as well as some decor elements.
Decor for me isn’t all that important and since June is winter here, I’m not planning anything too intense, maybe just lots and lots of candles.
Honestly – the hardest thing for me is parting with the cash to pay everyone…
And from today I will be praying that 28 June 2014 in Cape Town , South Africa is as beautiful a day as 28 June 2013… Winter in this part of the world is normally super cold and rainy but today is a pretty decent day…
Post # 6
@ms_protea: Man I wish our venue/church had all of that. I haven’t even looked at caterers. I’m on a diet right now (for once this is working!) and I don’t want to look at lists of food because I’m afraid it’ll just trigger me to snack!
I know how that feels. Fiance is an American but Greeks have TONS of other cultural things that we have to do. Oy. Hahaha
Yes! Same here! It feels like every time I swipe my credit card my soul dies a little bit. LOL
Post # 7
@Chrysoberyl: I’m so happy it’s finally just a year! I’ve only been engaged 3 months and 3 weeks, but I really started my countdown at about 380 days lol, and I feel so less ridiculous now that it’s a year!
We’ve booked our reception venue, which is also our hotel and caterer, and at midnight our wedding planner sent in the application for our ceremony venue, this adorable park, because you can’t do it more than a year in advance. And we’ve figured out the room block for now, just waiting to see the contract. And today we’re going to choose a photographer for our engagement shoot! I made a spreadsheet with links and fees he just has to choose one lol.
I’m a quarter Greek and was raised going to church every Sunday, but I don’t identify with any organized religion. So for that reason I don’t want to have a Greek Orthodox ceremony, and the fact that my fiancé is Jewish gives me a good out. But I would love to incorporate stefana! I told my mom that idea and I think right now she thinks it’s strange to do it outside the traditional ceremony, but I think it would be really nice. Maybe I should ask a priest if he thinks it would be heretical… I don’t want to offend my Greek Orthodox family, but I want to do something to honor my Greek heritage, since it’s the only distinct culture I was raised with. If nothing else maybe I’ll have the band play a Greek song for everyone to walk around in circles too haha, and give out jordan almonds.
Post # 8
@Chrysoberyl: I’m not a June 28th bride, but I am a June 27th one 🙂 We celebrated our “negative one” year anniversary last night with a nice dinner at a restaurant. 1 year out was especially exciting/nerve-wracking because our venue had a rule that they don’t book until exactly 1 year out. Basically it’s a competition as to which bride gets there first. Luckily for me, I have an amazing mom that got there one hour before it opened and was able to book the venue. There was no one else in line though, so it turned out I really had nothing to worry about.
So far, I have a ceremony and reception venue. My ceremony will be a Catholic mass, so that has been booked for a while now. I’ve been engaged since February and the first thing I did besides book the church was find a photographer. I booked her in April.
I also have a caterer and 2 separate decorators (they each do different things). I found my dress last weekend. I recently had a phone consultation with a videographer that I will book as soon as he sends me the contract.
I’m currently working on a rehearsal dinner site and florist, along with bridesmaid dresses. This whole process has me outraged at the price of everything! One bridal store quoted me a price on a junior bridesmaid dress that was more expensive than the regular bridesmaid dresses…insane!
I’m trying to get a lot done now because I started school on Monday and my clinical rotations begin the first week of July, so I won’t have much time at all for planning. To make matters worse, I am getting married about 1.5 hours away from where I currently live. However, I am very excited about the wedding. All day yesterday, my fiance and I were saying this like, “this time next year we will be saying our vows”. I’m glad he is as excited as I am.
Post # 9
@ladyamalthea: I can see your mom’s point of view.. since the stefana have religious implications…
maybe the jordan almonds and the greek song! and I’m sure there’s something else. Maybe a big ole’ greek flag as a backdrop to take pictures. Just like prom! LOL!!
Post # 10
I’m totally freaking excited!!!!
Post # 11
Now that it’s LESS than one year, did everyone have a good negative 1-year anniversary?
I had a small freak out in the morning, when I realized we’re getting married the weekend of SF Pride, but my wedding planner assured me that Saturday isn’t really an issue and we just need to make sure any guests with early flights on Sunday allow for extra travel time because of parade traffic. And it’s nice the whole city will be in a celebratory mood!
Evening was really nice, we made a steak dinner and asked all sorts of questions about our futures in terms of kids and career goals, learned a lot about eachother and nothing was a problem, right before we went to sleep we thought of the first future child’s name that we both really like, a girl’s name. 🙂