After a fair bit of wrestling, a 27-email exchange, and a little blood, sweat and tears, Tom and I are now the proud owners of a wedding date at the Danada House.
It has taken us over 3 weeks just to secure a contract --- No easy task, I assure you.
When we inquired to the availability of the 19th, we were told that we were #3 on the list. Really? #3???
We went back to the drawing board. How about the 12th? Nope - there was a wait there, too. The 26th (despite the fact that its my parents' anniversary)? Nope - taken as well. June 5th (my birthday)? The only available date, as luck would have it. And while its certainly not the norm to be married on your birthday, at this point, I couldn't think of a better present :) (and I mean Tom, not the wedding).
And even though this wedding date wasn't our 1st, 2nd, or even 3rd choice, (and as early as yesterday we were trying to be talked into July or August), we're so very excited to have something permanent in this planning process. From here we will begin the search for our caterer (who will undoubtedly play a HUGE role in the day --- food, linens, rentals, etc.) and hopefully make a decision on the photographer. Next on the list? An officiant and florist would be priorities #3 and #4. We're hoping to have contracts signed, deposits down, and plans in place by March, making the rest of the spring and summer relaxed and major-planning free. :)