So I just thought I'd do a small update on my wedding planning so far. We have made some progress lately. Already have a cake and flower vendor, and someone to do our invitations.
And even better news, my dress came in! I went to try it on a few days ago and it fits SO nicely! I was actually really surprised that it fit so well. I don't think I will need to have much done for the alterations. After wearing it for a second time and having it fit so well, I fell in love with it even more! I wish I had a good picture to show, but the one my sister took from her phone was really blurry. The dress actually has a corset inside, which I didn't notice the first time I tried it on because it was so big. The woman there said it was good for me because I'm so petite. I will probably go back to do an actual fitting sometime in March.
We chose A Cake Life to do our cake. We found them through The Wedding Cafe's Wednesday Night Workshop. Kristen had contacted us through email after attending the workshop, and we scheduled a cake tasting with her. The cake tasting cost $25 which we paid through paypal, and we got to try 6 different flavors. She brought a selection of their most popular cakes, and we discussed our design and how the whole ordering process works. All of the cakes were delicious and very moist! We ordered 72 cupcakes (3 different flavors) and 1 round cake for the top of the display. Kristen has been really patient with us and it's very easy to communicate with her. I'm really looking forward to seeing how our travel-themed cake will look.
For our flowers, we actually contacted someone we knew from high school. Candi's Flowers is a business Alanas friend owns. She has done flowers for many friends weddings and her prices are very reasonable. I'm not a huge fan of flowers so I know I didn't want to spend that much. We just ordered flower bouquets for us and the bridesmaids, a flower piece we could put on the arch (which she is also providing) and boutonnieres for the fathers. We really didn't know where to start with the flowers so she was really helpful! We've also paid the deposit with her, and I can't wait to see how they turn out!
Our wedding venue, Queen Emma Summer Palace requires us to have valet parking with 50 or more guests. We also found Prestige Valet though the Wedding Cafe. I got a quick reply through email with a quote for the event. I also attempted to contact Elite Parking who said they would email me back as they were working on the rates for 2013. I still haven't heard from them, so we just went with Prestige Valet. I thought it was a little weird that we didn't have to sign a contract. We just paid a deposit to secure the date. They also had great communication from the start and were really easy to work with.
I'm excited to see how everything will turn out! It's actually turning out to be much more stressful than I thought it would be, but I'm glad to be making some progress. 5 more months to go!