At that unencumbered one-year-before-the Big-Day mark - last October - we (referring to the WEdding “WE”: Em, Ry, and Ry’s parents – Nancy and Matt) had already chosen the Barn at Wesleyan, the second Saturday in October, and the minister . WE then reserved blocks of rooms at nearby hotels - which, by the way are starting to fill. And WE watched the fall foliage a little more closely than usual, especially the display on the one-year-ahead -of-the-wedding weekend, to get an idea of the colors and temperatures we could expect in October of 2011.
That was the one-decision-at-a-time stage of wedding planning. One week, sign with the photographer. In another week or two, draft the flower agreement. Later in the month –a guest list pow-wow. Leisurely planning for sure.
WE’ve now reached simultaneous decisions-making time. Full menu choices (WE opted for fall fare), lighting arrangements(ceiling, yes; support beams, no), and figuring out the time to start and finish the party were the particulars of last week(last item being more complicated than one would think). Shower date,shower place, and shower menu are coming together this week, along with hotel-to-site and then back-to-hotel guest transportation for the day of the wedding. And I’m being asked pretty regularly, “Get your dress yet?”