EIGHT DAYS. I am eight days away from my wedding! I can’t believe it!
What I also can’t believe is that we still haven’t received the RSVP cards from nearly 20 guests. Luckily, we were able to track them down and see if they were coming. Then we got started on table arrangements, which proved slightly more difficult than I had expected. I had the seating chart from my sister’s wedding handy, thinking it could help with my side of the family, but you wouldn’t believe how much our family has changed in four years! Two cousins had dates at her wedding, whereas now a whopping seven are bringing plus ones. With that considered, her seating chart was fairly moot.
After sorting who was sitting where came the fun part- table names! We decided to name the tables after favorite places that Chris and I visited together, and we made collages for the centerpieces (to go along with the beautiful map flowers) that showcase some photos that we took of the destination. A bit of discussion followed, which ended with the decision not to assign numbers to the tables. Initially we thought it would help everyone find the tables more easily, but then it would diminish the idea of taking a journey. Now when someone asks a guest where they are sitting, they can say “I’m sitting in France!” rather than simply saying a number.
The placecards are postcards that we designed, with the largest photo of the collage serving as the front of the postcard. We figured that matching the photos will help in case anyone gets really lost! I wish I could stay all of these cards are done, but that isn’t the case. It took a few days to find the right paper. We tried card stock, cover stock, shimmer stock, matte stock… after lots of trial and error we settled on an actual postcard stock, with perforated edges and a smooth matte finish from the office supply company Avery. They weren’t quite as thick as we had wanted, definitely not as thick as the postcards you buy at tourist shops, but anything thicker wouldn’t go through the printer. I wouldn’t trust these to go through the mail, but they will handle my wedding reception just fine. After finally choosing the proper paper and getting started, I wasn’t even halfway through when my printer ran out of ink. So that is a job to be finished this weekend. We also have a rubber stamp of a postage stamp somewhere- once that is found all of the cards will be stamped to give them that extra realistic look.
One job that is (thankfully) finished is our wedding favors. We had ordered them quite a while ago, and now with our actual guest count known we realized that we have a few extras. They also required a bit of assembly, so five people worked for about two hours to get them all finished. The first part is a little treat box with a map printed on it, stuffed with a few mints and a few chocolates. The twine that ties it up also holds a suitcase shaped luggage tag.
We still have a few more checks to write and a few more decisions to make before the big day, but so far our wanderlust wedding is scheduled to depart on time!