How are wedding plans coming??
My short answer to this is usually, "Oh, they're coming alright." (said in very thick, sarcastic tone). And then I quickly follow that up with a seemingly endless wedding related rant. Sorry you asked? Bet you are. Ever gonna ask again? No? Good. Totally kidding. I don't mind people asking. I just always wonder if they really care that much after they hear me go off on one of my tangents.
The planning has definitely kicked into high gear the last several weeks, and it has also completely kicked our a$$e$. We eat, sleep, and poop (don't ask) all things wedding. My number one advice to someone planning a wedding would be this: If you want a summer wedding, try to plan it for the beginning of the summer. We love where we're getting married. Wouldn't change it for the world. And we love our wedding date. It's so special to Jesse and I that we're able to say we're getting married on my parent's farm, and also on the same date Jesse's parents got married on 40 years prior (we're just hoping its roughly 20 degrees cooler than it was on their day). And I know that without the months of May, June, July, and August to prepare we would not be able to pull this big shindig off. But I'd be completely lying straight through my teeth if I said I didn't regret the timing. I feel like I have barely done any of my regular summer activities because we have been neck deep in wedding plans. So next time we are totally getting married in May. 'Nuf said.
Also, I am super envious of those brides who never got stressed out in the midst of planning. In fact I want to meet those brides and shake all of their hands. In my mind those brides (if they even exist) rule the school. Their ability to be grace under fire (anyone remember that show?) is quite admirable. But hold my hair because it also makes me want to throw up a bit too. The planning sucks; however, being able to answer to Mrs. Jerle come August 27th is going to make it all worth it. Here's hoping anway...
Can we do anything to help?
If I had a nickel for every time someone has offered to help with something...well I'd have a gosh darn lot of nickels. I cannot get over the people who have come out of the woodwork to help out on the farm, and in other areas of the planning. Jesse and I can't be on the farm every weekend, but my parents are, along with several of their friends. The generosity of these people is simply astounding. While we appreciate all of the additional offers to help, we really do have a lot of things covered. In fact for everyone's sanity, Jesse and I decided not to go down to the farm this weekend. We got a lot accomplished up here in Minneapolis, though. Yes, the house is still a mess, and I still have several small mountains of laundry in dire need of washing (and folding, and putting away), but that's fine by me. We were able to make it to our friend's daughter's first birthday party, and both catch up with folks who probably wanted to unfriend us on Facebook and in real life due to our inexcusable absence lately. Super great to reconnect with everyone, and not have our minds completely consumed with the wedding.
Have you found Jesse's wedding attire yet???
If you've read this blog faithfully (all four of you), or talked to me in real life, you know that finding something for Jesse to wear for the wedding has been one of the many banes of my existence (there I go being all dramatic again). Que trumpets blaring--I am so happy to announce that we have FINALLY found Jesse something super snazzy to wear on I Do Day. It only took me several months of constant nagging and pleading, but I finally wore the man down. Hey, it ain't easy getting this man to dress up, so I am quite proud that I won this battle. Wanna see a picture? OK. If you insist.
Doesn't he look handsome? Rarrrr! I am so glad we can finally cross this off our list. That's Gerald behind Jesse. He's holding the vest in because it was a bit big. Gerald was uber helpful in finding Jesse the look
I also recently picked up a second wedding dress (what!!?!) after a trip to Marshall's earlier this month. I love my wedding dress but I fear I won't be able to stay in it all day and all night. I am not completely sure if I will put this dress on, but I like that it's there for me in the event that I need to slip into something a bit more comfortable. Plus, I got it for an amazing deal at only $60. It's a Ralph Lauren linen dress (complete with pockets, sa-weet!) that was originally $200! And since I am a firm believer in embarrassing myself on this blog whenever possible, here is a lovely picture of me the day I tried it on. Jesse was there with me when I picked it out. He calls it my Marilyn Monroe dress. Love is clearly quite blind with that boy because I think I look closer to chubby, blonde Marilyn Manson in this picture than any other Marilyn. Oh well, whatever trips your trigger, Jesse.
I also nabbed those shoes on super clearance while at Marshall's. I thought they were cute, and as of right now, that makes them the fourth pair I have purchased for the wedding. The good news? At a whoppin' $11 they have been the most expensive pair I have purchased (by far). The bad news? I now need to choose which ones I am going to wear!! I might find a way to wear all of them.
Where are you registered?
You need to be more specific. Do you mean where SHOULD I be registered? As of recent, most days I feel I like I should be registered at an insane asylum. Uhhh, what? You don't mean it like that? Ohhh. You mean registered as in where are we registered for wedding gifts?? (insert awkward silence here) We are registered at Crate and Barrel and Target. We made the decision to not put our registry information on our invites because I hear that's tacky or something? And considering the majority of our wedding festivities are taking place in and around a building that used to house livestock, we felt it best to limit the tacky wherever possible. Sometimes I wish we had put it on the invites because that would be one less question I had to answer. I am pretty sure I have shared my feelings on gift registering, though, but in case you forgot, you should probably read this.
Can we still get a hotel room?
If by hotel room you mean, sleeping quarters with a lovely view of the stars, then yes, there are plenty of "rooms" available at Casa Cooper. BYOT (bring your own tent). Sadly, there are no longer rooms available at the hotel where we had a block of rooms reserved. They actually all got booked before the block got released back to the public. I was a bit surprised by this, but also very happy because this means a lot of people plan on sticking around and making a night of it. There will be a shuttle that will transport you from the farm to the hotel. Please take advantage of it. Please don't ruin our wedding day by deciding to drive after a few adult beverages. That would be super lame. Plus, Dodge Center cops are always hungry for suspicious out of towners to pull over. True story. Also, side note: If you really want to get a hotel room, I might be able to work my bridal magic. Email me. Facebook me. Text me. Call me. Find a way to get a hold of me and I will see what I can do.
So there you have it. Do you have anymore questions for the blushing, overwhelmed, out of control, crazy bride? How about for her poor groom? Shoot away! ◦