Dancing To The Altar

The countdown is on. Shellee is down to the final details.



The countdown is on! Thirty days out came and went four days ago. I’ve had three lovely showers and so many offers to help with this project and that. This is truly a time in a girl’s life when she is reminded of all she has to be grateful for: family, dear friends, and of course, the whole reason for all this hoopla ― the love of her life.

I’m working on some last minute details today. Something that’s not exactly my forte, but I think is so important: the song list for the dance. For all you readers who will be at the wedding, I remind you to bring your dancing shoes! The checklist for the photographer is complete. The hour-by-hour wedding weekend timeline is next. If I get to it, I will have a seating chart for the reserved pews at the (cozy) church. My wedding planning philosophy, which I’ve developed through years of observing brides at weddings I’ve catered, is to micromanage every last detail up until one week prior, at which point I intend to see what happens and hope for the best.

I’m amazed and touched that so far we have almost a 95 percent acceptance rate. Still have to track down a few responses and then it’s on to one of the most challenging tasks: the table and room layout. (Tip: I asked for the RSVPs back very shortly after sending the invitations and that worked well; people didn’t have time to set them aside and forget.)

We will have floor-length ivory cloths, burlap runners, the infamous chocolate chargers, insulator candle holders (they stand up upside-down by placing a washer beneath them!) and bluish-green ball jars with ivory hydrangea, roses, and calla lilies. I picked up some fabulous fabric for the cake table and skirt and am going to use curtains for the backdrop. Finally, I have about 40 more of the letter S to stencil on cardstock circles. These will be attached to the backs of the chair covers. At a shower, I was contemplating how to go about cutting all these circles (I was envisioning myself tracing upside-down plates and then cutting with an exacto knife!), when I was informed by the more tech-savvy ladies that I needed a Cricut. (I thought it was a cricket, until they actually presented me with one.) It is amazing, and it inspired me to make my own guestbook.

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