At the very end of October we took a day to go to Columbus and meet with our venue and vendors to make all the final selections for everything from the colors of the linens, the menu, decor, and timeline. I'm so glad I'm not a DIY bride and that the venue is providing 95% of the decor for the day! I'm so looking forward to seeing it all together, it will be beautiful! We spent about an hour and a half at the venue, had lunch, and then went to meet our other vendors at a Panera (which no longer existed and apparently none of them knew either!) so we found a coffee shop just down the street with the best Rice Crispy treats I've ever had. We met our fab photographer, Erica, followed by the videographer and the DJ. Everyone has the timeline and locations of everything and that's the biggest relief! Kyle has been SUPER helpful in organizing everything because he's a big dork and loves lists and charts and using Excel whenever he can.
Our RSVP deadline has come and gone as well and the date they were due, November 1st, we started the day with only 85-90 confirmed guests. We invited 275. SO… needless to say I had some people to find! I posted this lovely photo reminding people to get their acts together and we spent the evening contacting and reaching out to other family members of those who had not responded. I also partially blame our not so fantastic postal worker who doesn't always get the right mail in the right boxes at our apartment, and I think we didn't get all that were sent. By the end of the day we were up to 160ish confirmed guests - hooray! We anticipated around 200 guests to show up and we are looking to be right at that number.
I also had my first dress fitting! I waited to see what I was going to do weight wise and sort of put it off. The bridal shop I bought my dress from does not do in-house alterations, but they do give you a booklet of seamstresses they recommend in various parts of the city. I called the one closest to my house (who also has an extensive resume! She seems very impressive) and she was able to get me in two days later. I went for my fitting and needed a few areas taken in and am adding a single layer of tulle to help with the length. I'm also adding a special touch which I'm sure Erica will capture with the details of the day. It should be ready in about two weeks!
Then, this weekend was my bridal shower at home with my family. My fabulous bridesmaids and sister worked really hard to throw a very "Lindsay" event… from the Taylor Swift playlist in the background to the mini key lime pie desserts (which are my favorites!) and everything pink and sangria and punch… it was perfect. My grandma was part of the game to dress each other in toilet paper as brides and it was literally one of the most precious things ever.
I was so thankful for all the hard work that was put into the day and I'm looking forward to my bachelorette party with these ladies at the end of the month!
With only 30 days to go (ahh!) we just have the final details to put together and all major decisions and plans have been made. All the hard work has been done, now it's time for all the fun stuff! I'm so thrilled and can't wait for the big day to arrive. Enjoy some photos from the shower! Next update will be just about 10 days away from "I Do"!