Select a shell, dropped by the seagulls, from Norman’s back porch to put into our rock collection.
Guy Wolfe, at the NMWC, selects a rock as his contribution.
On the day I leave Norman’s, receive an e-mail from David’s Bridal: my gown has arrived! I wasn’t expecting anything until late April. I find it interesting that it comes on the day I’m leaving—just a few hours before I head back, in fact.
Come home from Norman’s to a pile of wedding-related goodies that had come in the mail: the shoes, the handbag, the weekend wear, inserts for the programs/invitations, the garter, gifts for bridesmaids and “helpers,” several rocks from friends: Emily Heckman, Claudia & Jerry Rivard, Gail & Duff Bramley, Helen McGarvie. The book L’Aura promised she’d send me: Your Day, Your Way, also arrives.
Receive Nathan’s wedding gift from me; with Charles, open it up and check it out. Looks great!
Try on shoes—they’re a fab fit!
Take shoes to cobbler to have street bottoms put on—Bethel Shoe Repair; the gentleman spends a great deal of time going over my options. Shoes will be ready for pick-up Saturday, February 25!
Another rock arrives from artist Antony Galbraith, my professor at Burlington College!
Try on the weekend wear from Target: yeah, I’m an idiot, I keep trying the same thing over and over—ordering clothes on line—and it never works. I’m strictly a try-on gal. Target was great, however: there was a no-hassle return. Awesome. I decide I’m just going to wear stuff I already own that weekend. I have plenty; there’s no need to buy more.
Photograph all items that had come in and all rocks for the blog.
Sort upcoming blog entry photos into manageable photos; am posted through up to March now, so I have a few weeks to breathe.
Wedding stuff is starting to accumulate; buy a couple of bins and start sorting and labeling for temporary storage.
Bridesmaid Stephanie Ingram selects the couple of gowns she’d like to try on and e-mails me the photos of them.
Finish mailing the Save-the-Date magnets (I didn’t have time to complete them all before I left for Norman’s).
Create and implement thank-you note design. Mail thank-you notes to thus-far rock contributors.
Start rock contribution list.
Start reading the book L’Aura Hladik sent me: Your Day, Your Way. Wow. Every bride should own this; it’s about the importance of and how not to get run over by what everyone else wants. Thanks, L’Aura!
Receive coupons for 40% off from Michael’s in the mail from my bridesmaid Jen Mayette, who’s going to help me with the invitations. It came at the right time—I need to get a little more “bling,” plus I’m going to pick up some additional cardstock, since they happen to be on sale 3 for $10.
Lisa, my Maid of Honor, shows me her gown. It’s gorgeous.
Invited Maureen, who is taking our engagement photos, over for Saturday so we can get that done and I can get the engagement announcements in the newspapers (yeah, they’ll be a little late, but there was just too much going on).
For Bride/Groom toasting glasses, we’re going to drink out of wine glasses. Let’s face it, we just don’t drink a lot of champagne at home, but wine we do. We’ll use these over and over and over again; they’ll become part of our regular collection. Order them from Invitations by Dawn online.
Call Howe Caverns Motel and check on room reservations. Consider e-mailing bridal party that hasn’t reserved yet (as of this writing, haven’t done it yet).
E-mail bridesmaids regarding dresses.
Pick up gown (after Nathan’s bday dinner on Feb. 22)! So exciting! Make fitting appointment for alterations for March 13. Decide it’ll be a one-shot deal and that’s it: I want the gown ready-to-go by early summer.
Nathan’s Mom sends me an awesome birthday gift: a lovely little book of romantic (as in Sonnets from the Portuguese and Byron) poetry, and a $25 gift card. With the gift card, purchase the “Bride” totebag that I’ve been considering getting for a while.
Book room at Howe Caverns Motel for March 14-16 confirmation/planning trip.
Hang gown in Charles’ closet, where it will be stored so Nathan won’t see it.
Fill out appointment form for a cake tasting at Schenectady’s Villa Italia Bakery, which was recommended by Anne-Marie at Howe Caverns. They get back to me within the hour and we slate our tasting for March 16, 2012 at 11 a.m. Can’t wait! Nathan is in charge of deciding on what type of cake we should get because he loves sweets. I’m just along for the ride…
Maryanne Profeta calls; we’re getting together on Friday night, March 9, to put together favor boxes, which we’ll have to bring to Howe Caverns on March 15.