Friday, January 16, 2009

Save the Date! (No, Really, Save It!)

So I'm happy to report that our crazy date saga has come to a resolution! We are pleased and sooo excited to announce that our wedding will be taking place on Sunday, August 9th, 2009.

Our lovely photographer, Kara, who has been with us since the beginning, has saved us the date. I will be meeting with our prospective florist, Kristen with Kio Kreations, on Monday to discuss options and sign the contract. Our ceremony will be held at a lovely park/garden/conservatory in Elmhurst, IL, called Wilder Park. We will be hosting a brunch reception to follow at the always delicious and sophisticated Maggiano's.

We are also extremely excited to announce that one of Tom's good friends from school has agreed to marry us! We have the utmost faith in him to write and officiate a fabulous ceremony that will be tailored to us.

So while we have the big things out of the way, we still have a few more things to check off the list, including:
  • Purchase wedding rings (I've been eyeing a few, just haven't jumped yet!)
  • Finalize brunch menu
  • Choose ceremony music and figure out logistics
  • Choose and create reception playlist
  • Choose & book rehearsal dinner location (we're leaning towards a good old-fashioned BBQ at our apartment, or possibly a fab "crosstown classic" themed dinner @ Harry Caray's)
  • Register!!
  • Take engagement photos
  • Reserve convertible for the wedding day (one of Tom's friends works at a rental place, so he was more than eager to take this task on!)
  • Decide on favors. (Do we bother?)
  • Design invitations, programs and menus.
  • Print invitations, programs and menus.
  • Assemble invitations, programs and menus. (I think you get the picture!)
  • Research and book honeymoon! (We're deciding between a Mediterranean cruise or a land excursion of Scotland, London & maybe Paris!)
  • Apply for marriage license
  • Buy ties & pocket squares for the groom, groomsmen and fathers
  • Assemble the bases for the flowergirl flower wands (PS - Congrats to Becca and fam -- we're officially adding little Charlotte Joanne to our wedding party in May!)
  • Create seating chart and have it printed at Kinko

I can't really seem to think of anything more, though I'm sure there's plenty I'm forgetting! Anybody else have any suggestions about what I've forgotten so far?


Becca said...

Yeah!! I am so excited for you both! Now it's time to get to the celebrating! Rick and I and all of our girls will be there!!

Anonymous said...

Beth and Tom, Dad & I are so pleased for you. August 9th will be a perfect day for you! Mom

Marie said...

-Pick out flower girl dresses
-Have couple time (you can't send all your time planning and getting everything ready)
-Figure out how we are getting the 2 youngest down the aisle
That is all I can think of
We can't wait!

AuntJ said...

We have August 9th saved for you Beth and Tom. Grandma and I are looking forward to your special day:)
Sounds like a beautiful day.