Wedding Update: 37 Weeks Out


Hope everyone’s having a good week! Mine’s started out a little rocky, as I think I’m fighting a sickness of some kind. I’ve just been crazy exhausted for the past few days, and Friday night I got hit with the WORST headache of my entire life. It was so bad that I practically had to pull the car over on the way back from seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron. All I wanted to do was cry in the dark somewhere with my hands over my head.

I am fortunate in that I don’t tend to get very many headaches (I have so much sympathy for those of you who deal with migraines and the like), but I think that just meant I was even less prepared to deal with this one. It lasted almost all weekend! At first I thought maybe it was my body reacting to the liquid sugar I poured into it (in the form of a White Raspberry Icee) during the movie, but when it didn’t go away… I dunno, the headache coupled with my exhaustion over the past few days does lead me to believe that perhaps it’s something more. Maybe I’m legit getting sick, or perhaps it’s stress-related, or, hey, maybe it’s even tied to my monthly ladytime.

Whatever the case may be, I’ve basically spent the past few days sleeping a lot and generally just moping around the house being useless. And while that has indeed affected my ability to be productive with, like, my job (yesterday I took a sick day — my first since I started working for Yelp), it hasn’t stopped me from trying to be productive with regard to another component of my life.

With that component obviously being wedding planning. Duh.

First-off, here’s the latest update on where we’re at with the major wedding-related items:

Date: ☑

Venue: ☑

Dress: ☑

Caterer: ☐ (tastings scheduled)

Photographer: ☑

Videographer: ☑

Flowers: ☐

Centerpieces: ☐ (in-progress)

DJ: ☐

Cake: ☐

Save the Dates: ☐

Invitations: ☐

In addition to having selected our date and venue, as well as my dress ordered, we’ve now got the photographer and videographer officially selected as well. Contracts have been signed, deposits have been sent out, and things are starting to come along!

I’ve scheduled tastings with our top two caterer choices, though we won’t be doing the tastings until after my parents return from their vacation in southern France (sooooo jealous) in mid-June. And as far as centerpieces/wedding decor goes, I’ve already started on some of it!

Not sure if you know this about me, but I actually really enjoy crafting. I’m all about that craft life, man. Give me a roll of butcher paper, yarn, some Mod Podge, and a truckload of glitter, and I’ll be occupied for hours. So, that being said, I am indeed planning on DIY-ing quite a few elements of the wedding — almost all of the centerpiece components, escort cards, even the majority of my own bridal bouquet.

I know it’s kind of early still, but since I have a lot of relatively ambitious projects in mind, I figured it’d be much better to get an early start on the wedding craft projects. That way, if I get tired/annoyed/too many papercuts/high off of spray paint fumes, I can take a breather without feeling the pressure of being on a time crunch just yet.


For those of you who are interested, I definitely plan on writing posts that detail the various craft projects I’m working on.

Of course, with so many different components that I’m creating myself, I know that I’ll need some help to make sure everything gets set up on the actual wedding day. So I’ve also been chatting with a few different planners about day-of coordination.

Some folks might not see the value in hiring a day-of coordinator, especially when you have friends or family who might be willing to help out. I, however, really loathe the idea of inconveniencing anyone, so I think it’d be better just to have someone specific in charge of all the day-of tasks — getting the centerpieces on the tables, making sure the dessert bar labels go out, moving decor from the ceremony space to the reception space, helping to pack up at the end of the night, etc. Plus, I hear time and time again from past brides that the best thing they did was to hire a day-of coordinator! How can you argue with that?

Now, as mentioned, a lot of what I’ve already started working on isn’t super time-sensitive. After all, we’re still a good 8 months out from the wedding date. The most time-sensitive thing is probably our Save the Dates, which I am definitely trying to get out soon (especially since our wedding will be taking place somewhat close to the winter holidays, I want to give folks as much notice as possible.)

Sean and I were supposed to have our engagement photoshoot with my brother and sister-in-law (Taylor & Ben Photography) on Sunday, but, alas, circumstances intervened. So we’ve rescheduled for Friday instead! Which means I get to spend another four days obsessing over how I should wear my hair and whether I’m making the right accessory choices, heh.

Once we have our engagement photos in-hand (or, rather, in-computer), I’ll hopefully be able to whip up a quick Save the Date design (I’m thinking I wanna do a magnet), order ’em, and get them out pronto. And once we have our photos, I’ll also be looking to launch the wedding website that I’ve been working on!

Anyway, I think that just about catches us up to where I’m at with the whole wedding planning shebang! Still quite a few “big” items to nail down, but we’re definitely making headway.

Here’s to many more weeks of getting glue on my fingers, obsessively comparing vendor proposals, trying to figure out if it would be truly crazy to try and DIY the wedding flowers (all of my family members say I’m muy loca for even considering it, but A Practical Wedding make it seem soooo doable…), and glitterizing, well, everything.

Did you DIY (or, perhaps if your fiance is less glitter-averse than Sean, DIT) any of your wedding components? 


  1. I did a lot of DIY for our wedding! – designed our wedding invitations/info cards/response cards, place settings, guest book, accent pieces, programs, gifts, etc. It was a lot of work but SO.MUCH.FUN because I got to make them personal, & exactly how I wanted them to look. It makes the day that much more special, in my opinion 🙂 you’re doing great so far!

  2. Day of Coordinator is a great idea!! Especially if you know what you like and what your budget is there isn’t any need for a “wedding planner”. I hope your headache doesn’t come back. I’ve been stressed and not sleeping well so I try to make sure that I’m getting a few more salads in and plenty of water. Of course wine and pizza are never excluded.

  3. You seem to have this wedding stuff under control, but I do have one suggestion: Go ahead and clear out a whole room for “wedding stuff”. I took a picture of our spare bedroom like a week before our wedding and literally the entire room was filled with wedding stuff. You couldn’t even SEE the guest bed. It’s crazy how much STUFF you accumulate while planning a wedding!

    • With all the various parts that I’m sure will accumulate between now and January, I’m SURE that I’ll be doing this. I’ve already talked to my parents about being able to take over their guest bedroom! 😉

  4. Ambersays:

    I know a ton of DJs — some expensive, some cheap, and some who’d make good MCs in addition to playing the music. Let me know if you want me to put you in contact with anyone!

  5. LeesaBsays:

    I think the diy aspect is really cool, though one major difference I see between A Practical Wedding and yours is that theirs was in warm weather, and yours will not be. Definitely something to take into consideration. Also, how familiar are you with the flower markets in your area? You might talk with someone who works at the flower market to see what will be readily available that time of year.

    Have fun, though! The pics you’ve posted with your current diy projects look very intriguing.

    • I’ve definitely been putting a lot of thought into what flowers will be in season in January. Luckily most of the typical wedding flowers — roses, hydrangeas, etc, are available year-round, and I do like a lot of winter flowers (ranunculus and anemones are supposed to be available in January, I believe.) Unfortunately, my January date definitely rules out peonies, but I’m sure there are still lots of options!

      That’s a great idea to check out the flower markets here and get some advice on seasonality (and maybe pricing, too!)

  6. Ooh, I see all the glitteeeeeerrrrrrr. My wedding is in 6 months and literally 2 weeks before all the holidays and I just sent out my Save the Dates (which my mom keeps calling STDs and then giggling… thanks mom) so you’re in good shape!

    What are your wedding colors? Have you already said that? I cannot wait to see how everything turns out. I LOVE how DIY wedding stuff looks, but unfortunately I absolutely hate doing it myself hahaha… bridesmaids to the rescue?

    • I don’t think I’ve actually mentioned my wedding colors on the blog specifically, but they are gold, black, and blush/ivory (haven’t really settled on that final accent color yet, hahaha.)

      • Oooooh either way that’s going to be GORGEOUS! Mine are gold and red, but I’m using book pages for a lot of the crafts, so I guess white and black are a part of my colors too? Lol. I just bought confetti from etsy that’s made out of Harry Potter book pages that I’m putting on the tables 😉

  7. I’m so impressed by how much you’ve already accomplished! I had most of the “big” things done about a year in advance (engaged in June, married August the following year)–dress, venue (and venue handled food, cake, and most of the decor), photographer… so I was able to work on the little stuff throughout the year. By the time the wedding came, there was literally nothing left to be done last-minute–and it was awesome! You seriously need to just give yourself a big pat on the back. As for DIY stuff… I’m not that creative, and Pinterest didn’t exist in 2007, not really anything… but I did do the Save the Dates myself!

  8. Katherinesays:

    Hey there! I’m Joanna’s friend who sat next to you at Gigi at the Kennedy Center. I stumbled across your blog – congrats on the engagement! I’m in the midst of wedding planning too and have to ask, who is your videographer? I’m having such trouble finding one in my price range!

    • Hey Katherine! Congrats yourself!! So exciting. 🙂 My videographer is Doug Stanford — — and my brother & sister-in-law also do videography —! Good luck with your planning, when/where are you getting married? 😀

      • Katherinesays:

        Thanks! We’re getting married in April 2016 at the Carnegie Institute for Science in DC. I’m very impressed with your dress search too. Looks like we have similar taste in Hayley Paige! I haven’t found “the one” yet; it’s harder than I thought it would be. You’re so right, everything looks good, so it’s hard to choose!

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