The Big Day is a mere 12 days away. Gifts are arriving, last minute wedding invitations are popping up and my fiance has turned into a goofy man child (though still helpful and awesome).
First, a complaint. I am very disappointed in Walmart. They have the option of having registry gifts shipped directly to my place, which with our families spread across the country was a huge plus. HOWEVER, unlike Uncommon Goods (which gift boxes the contents and has the receipt with the buyer’s name sealed inside an envelope) Walmart just ships it like it would anything else. No separate packaging, and NO RECEIPT OR INDICATION OF WHO SENT THE GIFT. So I now have several gifts (one accidentally opened because I didn’t realize how stupid Walmart is) with no way of knowing who sent them. So, as convenient as Walmart is, either don’t use them or don’t use the ‘ship gifts to registry person’ option. I have yet to receive anything from Menards, so I don’t know if they have more common sense, but they probably do.
Decorations are going well. The burlap ribbons for the pews are done as are the ribbon wrapped jars for the reception tables. All that’s left to do is put birdseed in the roses we made (you flick the roses at the couple and it throws the birdseed! Genius!). As a note, the roses took the most time to put together. One thing that’s really helped with decorations is that for once in my life I am on point for trendiness (rustic theme) and Hobby Lobby and Amazon had everything I needed.
A Rustic theme is both easy and generally inexpensive.
The only thing really left to finish up is the food. We have the lists of what we’re buying done (that was fun!). I love love love the pre-order feature at stores! We’re going to pre-order everything we need, then swing by and pick it up the day before! Some things I learned: Hy-Vee has amazing food trays! They’re expensive, so it’s best to weigh whether you want the gourmet layout or spend less than half the price at Sam’s Club for the same amount of food on a neat but not fancy layout. For us, we’re getting the meat trays from Hy-Vee. Probably 80% of our reception food is coming from Sam’s Club. Good pricing, huge variety and the trays are presentable. Anything we don’t need in massive bulk we’re snagging at Dillons, because fuel points.
Panic Level at this point: Low with spurts of medium and high. I’m a ‘get things done ahead of time’ person, so now when I think of something yet to do I panic a bit, get it done/arranged, and then relax. My friend-turned-wedding-planner has been in Panic Mode Medium-High for the past several weeks and is making sure all the details are being filled in. My Fiance has Panic Level – I want Pizza.
Other things: My Fiance and I have officially known each other for a year! To celebrate, Fiance took me out to a nice sushi place. Yum! I also had my bachelorette party. We did an Escape Room (we escaped with 3 min. 33 seconds left on the clock!) then had a taco bar and played board games until most of my friends had to leave. Those of us hard-core gamers went on an ice cream run then dominated Donkey Kong on the Super Nintendo until we were too tired to coordinate and kept leaping to our deaths. Breakfast followed a few hours later.
The next two weeks are going to be full of last minute planning and a determined trip to the RenFest (Because not even a wedding gets between my friends and I and a dressed-up day of pirates, lords and ladies).