Since getting engaged in June, my awesome fiancé and I have pretty much locked down all our vendors, etc for our wedding this coming October. The past 5 weeks have been a whirlwind, but I feel really confident and in control at this point.
Venue: City Hall, an awesome restaurant in Tribeca NYC, which is the perfect size for my 80 person reception. No need to rent any tables, linens, etc, since it’s a restaurant, and no site fee, just food minimums (and a $500 fee for the ceremony setup and breakdown), which we’ve more than met, since we’re filling the room to capacity.
Officiant: A good friend was ordained online by the Universal Life Church, and registered with the City of New York as a licensed wedding officiant. I’m really excited to be married by a close friend. It seems more special and personal.
DJ: Just mailed the contract and deposit for“DJ Shakey”, one of my favorite wedding DJs ever. No obnoxious props or guest harassment, just great dance music, heavy on the funk, soul and reggae.
Photographer: We hired Brian Friedman, an AWESOME photographer who specializes in NYC destination weddings for couples who come here from overseas to get married. Conveniently, my sister in law is also a photographer and will do my “getting ready” shots, and additional candid photos.
Florist: We did splurge a bit on the flowers and went with our venue’s preferred florist, Mel Furukawa. He’s really talented and super flexible, though, and instead of traditional centerpieces, we’re doing fuchsia and clear votives with rose petals and rose blooms strewn on the tables with silver & clear paillettes. We opted against boutonnieres & corsages, since I’ll be making handmade silk flower pins for the honored women and silk pocket squares for the honored men, (and saved hundreds of dollars by doing so.)
Invites: My future husband is a graphic designer, so he designed up gorgeous invites, thank you notes, etc, and got an amazing deal with an offset printer he uses for work. They went to print this past Thursday, and arrived this morning. They are positively gorgeous! We also found very appropriate stamps for the wedding of 2 designers: “Pioneers of American Industrial Design,” which actually feature the china we registered for!
Apparel: I bought my dream dress from BHLDN, which fits amazingly well and looks fabulous (no alterations needed!) and I got gorgeous, sparkly shoes from Kate Spade. My maid of honor’s dress was bought from Ann Taylor’s bridal collection online. The flower girl’s dress and the ring bearer’s suit are from Janie & Jack. My future husband is wearing a really nice charcoal grey wool suit he already owns, and might splurge on a custom-made shirt and a new pair of dress shoes for the occasion. We’re considering silver-grey ties from J.Crew for the best man, officiant, and my father.
Lingerie: Since I design for Hanky Panky, you’d think I would have a crystal clear idea of what kind of bridal undies & wedding night lingerie I want. But we have so many great options, I’m paralyzed with indecision!
Rings: Well, my engagement ring belonged to fiancé’s grandmother, and it’s just perfect for me. It’s very classic with a hint of art deco. We lucked out with wedding bands, too. I have my grandmother’s wedding ring, which I love, and it looks great with my engagement ring (both white gold), and my fiancé has his father’s wedding band. His ring does have to be sized down, however, but we’ve been in contact with a local jewelry designer friend of a friend, who’s going to do it for us. I really like that we’re wearing rings that will remind us of happy memories with loved ones who are no longer with us.
DIY: My future husband hand-addressed all the envelopes in calligraphy, and did an amazing job. So far, I’ve made matching fuchsia silk habotai pocket squares with hand-rolled hems for the groom, my Dad, best man, officiant and a tiny little one for the ring bearer. I’ve also made 2 different birdcage veils to take to my hair/makeup trial this week, to see which looks best. I’m leaning towards the one that looks like a tulle flying saucer that happened to alight on the side of my head. Once I decide, I’ll embellish the winner.
We still have a lot of projects left to do (guest book out of handmade paper my fiancé and I made at an art workshop together, silk flower corsage pins, silk flower headbands for my flower girl & maid of honor, ring pillow, card box, programs, table numbers, etc.) but I feel like it’s all coming together wonderfully, and I’m confident that it’ll be a great party, and a wonderful start to a long and happy marriage.
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