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March 13, 2009

This Saturday is going to be all wedding planning all day. Daniel and I will be driving up to look at the chapel and reception site with my mom and my sisters Rose and Jane. This is so that we can start thinking more about what we need in the way of decorations for both places.

While we are up that direction, we are also going to go shopping at the outlets to look for “bridesmaiden” dresses for Rose and Jane (ages sixteen and fourteen). “Bridesmaiden” is the name I invented to use instead of “junior bridesmaid” since these teenage sisters of mine found the usual title offensive. Rose, especially, did not want to be a “junior” anything. Finally, we will also have a cake tasting appointment scheduled for Saturday morning—in fact, we will be doing that first, as nine o’clock was the only time slot the bakery had available that day.

Once we make it back home, my sister and maid of honor Marie and I (and maybe Daniel, if he can come) will go to the craft store to look for invitation kits. Marie is a graphic design major and an amazing artist, and she is helping me to design our invitations; we’ll just need blank invitations so that she can use them to work her magic.

I suppose we could just buy our own paper and cut it down to size the way we want it, but then we would also have to worry about response cards and envelopes as well as reception cards and the outer envelope. Wedding invitations are complicated like that. I’m not sure what we’ll end up doing. All I know is that my goal is to get the invitations out by Monday March 30, which is almost seven weeks before the wedding. I really don’t want it to be much later than that. I am currently in the process of gathering up addresses for everyone on our guest list, which I will hopefully finish this weekend.

Last weekend, Daniel and I started looking more seriously at choosing music for the wedding liturgy and we started reading through all the options for the readings and their commentary in the liturgy planning book Father Rick gave us a while ago. I love that we get to choose our own readings for the Mass, and I love reading them with Daniel as we try to find our favorites, but I have a feeling that it will be hard to actually make a final decision. We like quite a few of them. While we have not so far decided on our readings, we have chosen who we want our readers to be (although we haven’t asked them yet, so I won’t tell you who they are).

I have an aunt who is a florist, and I got around at last—it’s taken me a while—to e-mailing her about wedding flowers. I did not have much of a clue what I wanted or what I could afford before I talked to her, but she is so excited to help and gave me some ideas. It looks like my bouquet will be white roses and yellow freesia with ivy or some other greenery and a few blue flowers thrown in (maybe irises) so that I have both of our wedding colors in there. Obviously there are still more things to figure out flower-wise, but I feel so much better now that I’ve started talking to her about it!

With just a few days over two months left until the wedding, I’m finally starting to feel like things are coming together! I just hope I’m not being lulled into a false sense of security. Have a good weekend, everyone!

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Sarah and Daniel

Sarah and Daniel

Sarah H., 25, has a bachelor of arts degree in Communication Studies and a passion for communicating her Catholic faith, especially with youth. On May 16, 2009 she married her best friend, Daniel. Faith and Family are the two most important things in her life, and she wouldn’t trade either for the world.


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