Wedding Planning Phase One

1 Aug

I just got back from Rochester yesterday after two days of meeting with vendors.  Turtle and I sat down and crunched numbers and finally decided on the number of guests and made some vendor decisions.  I got the venue I wanted, my baker is a talented, the photographer is so professional, and the DJ seems like a party animal.  This wedding will be a blow-out!

I had to make some compromises like ditching top shelf liquor and sticking with house call brands.  The guests will live.  I also promised to find a cheaper wedding dress.  Lemme explain that catch 22.

Last week I went downtown to buy kenakelon hair for my cornrows.  Since I had 30 minutes to spare, I popped into this bridal store I had once purchased a formal attire from.  I only wanted to look around since according to my master project sheet, wedding dress shopping is not to commence until next month.  Well sha, I spied this lovely ivory dress – and of course if it caught my eye, it had to be expensive.  A whopping $1200 – double what I budgeted.  I decided, hey- it is out of my price range so I can try it on for fun.  I tried it on.  And I never want to try on another dress again.  It was georgous!  A fall 2011 Alfred Angelo.  One of the disney collections.  So I promised Turtle I would find something cheaper.  I lied.  My maid of honor and I have decided to put it on layaway and pay it off half now and little by little on the side.  What Turtle does not know won’t hurt him abi?  Besides, when he sees me walking down the aisle, he’ll forget how much I paid for it.

So far so good.  The venue is very beautiful.  We will be using an outdoor pavilion – canopied, with chandeliers and lighting.  I am soooo excited, I can’t wait!

Yes, it is a complete turnaround from the crying, whining bride-to-be of last month.  Wedding planning is so much fun!  (Well, it is fun now that I get to make all the decisions).

Hold on to your keyboards, you will be reading a lot about this.  Just promise not to get tired of it.

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12 Responses to “Wedding Planning Phase One”

  1. CaramelD August 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    As Miss Carry Last on your news, I am happy I’m first here to say ‘not going to get tired!!!’. Feel free to rant and write, it’s allowed 🙂 Congrats again!

  2. Neefemi August 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    I am so happy for you. Congrats again

  3. Ginger August 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    Glad you’ve cheered up. you got me worried there.
    Talk about falling in love with a dress. I do admire your decisiveness 🙂

  4. EDJ August 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    So glad to see that you’ve found a dress and you have lots of time to pay for it, which is great! Also, I guess this means you’re getting married in Rochester? This way it’ll be much cheaper for me to make it. I hope you have set aside the “bloggers table”…lol

    Glad to see you’ve cheered up. Really, wedding planning should be fun (or so I’ve heard!(

  5. Myne Whitman August 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    All the best on the planning.

  6. mpb August 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm #

    Awww, I am a bridesmaid at a wedding this month and the bride dragged us 1hr away to the Alfred Angelo store since that was what she wanted. I must say i loved her dress and our bridesmaid dresses as well. Have fun planning your beautiful day!

  7. taynement August 1, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    Yay to the turnaround.

  8. LohiO August 1, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    YAY!!! knew it was only a matter of time till you became an excited bride! happy for you hun!

  9. Tee August 2, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    Yay you…this is ace news

    Good luck with all the planning

  10. uniben82 August 5, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    Seems like i’ve missed all the fun. Congratulations, darling-:)

  11. Vera Ezimora August 8, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    You’re a mad woman, but i totally love you for sneaking that wedding gown. Tehehehe *evil laugh* Brilliant! You’re starting now to become a “perfect” wife. I throway yansh for you. LOL. Yay for the wedding planning 😉

  12. Chinwe August 18, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    Yay to wedding planning… It can be fun and

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