While my week was less than ideal, I did manage to sign some contracts with three pretty important vendors. I'm glad things are *moving along*, but I still feel like I have a LOT to do.
Planning: I hired a planner. Most people might not understand why someone who is having a budget friendly would want to hire someone. Let me tell you, I'm not one for stress. I love to plan things and make To Do Lists, but I get a little weary at the thought of planning an all-day party with lots of details that need to be figured out. Sure, I could count on our families to do some things, but I just wanted to make sure that nothing was forgotten and everything would be (as close to) perfect as it could be. I also wanted our friends and family members to be a part of the party--not setting it up!
I hired someone who was familiar with my venue and who has a ton of decor items that I could use. I don't need to worry about purchasing anything ceremony or reception related (as far as decor goes), and she has been helpful so far with everything.
Photography: Hooray! I'm excited about this one. I had met with a few photographers that were checkbook friendly, but they were just not...good. At all. I met another company, and I was thoroughly impressed. They are a young married couple who seem pretty awesome. I felt comfortable when I met them, and I know my fiance' will like them too. They're even going to set up a faux photo booth at the wedding so everyone can have ridiculous portraits!
Transportation: Since I'm having a beach wedding, everything is pretty much "close" to one another. However, our ceremony and reception sites are right over a small bridge from the part of the beach I would want everyone to stay at. Sure, you *could* walk it... but it would first off take forever and not be high heel friendly. I knew I wanted some sort of transportation to cart us back to the hotel at the end of the night, so I started looking at my options.
I was considering a 10-seat rocket ship. No, really, I was.
But, the logical move is to pick something... larger.
We actually had one of our first dates on one of these beach trolleys, so it is pretty cute. At least we know everyone has a safe ride back to their beach hotel after the reception.
I'm pretty excited about these things, but I'm wondering why hiring a DJ is so difficult! Maybe I'm just too picky... more on that later.