Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Our Wedding: Planning Updates

We're halfway through the week- woohoo! Today we are chatting about wedding planning! Tim and I have gotten a fair amount done with such a short time frame. I'm proud of what we've accomplished so far! The last thing I shared was our venue search where we decided on the Newport Rotunda at Eastons Beach.

Let's pick up where we left off shall we?

We attended a Bridal Expo at Mohegan Sun on Sunday February 25th which was a great way to see what wanted and didn't want for our wedding. Since we already picked our venue we didn't visit any of those booths but were able to check out DJs, photo booths, caterers, etc.

I love the color of these napkins! We collected tons of brochures and free items and then grabbed lunch at Bobbys Burger Bar before heading home.

Cheese fries are always delicious!

We collected quite a bit of stuff to go through...

We took a ton of information on honeymoons as well which we don't yet have planned. Although the event was rather overwhelming we had a great time checking everything out!

I purchased a wedding planning binder! So far it seems super helpful and I'm glad I bought it- you can buy one too right on Amazon. I've come across another bride who had the same binder and she couldn't stop raving about it either!

My Papa and his girlfriend Vivian sent us these beautiful flowers for our engagement! It was such a sweet surprise!

On Saturday March 3rd we had a meeting with a potential photographer in Newport and also planned on meeting with Peggy at the Rotunda to officially view the inside of our venue. We had already put down a deposit because we loved it but walking around the inside just made even more excited about our day!

In case the inflatables are confusing you- in the winter they have something called "Beach Bounce" here. They will be finishing up and redoing the floors and painting the walls before wedding season begins!

I love that there are windows around the entire room and that the view is gorgeous! I love how light the room is and how we can bring in any decor because it's so plain. I hate dark spaces and knew that I wanted a room with white (or light walls) so this is absolutely perfect.

And the starfish accents? Perfect!

Our potential photographer gave us this magazine to look through with some of her pictures inside during our meeting. Thoughout the course of our meeting I became completely sold on having her. I was 99% sure going in that we were going to pick her but when we heard that she got married at our venue and has done a ton of weddings there I was sold! Plus her personality is just the best- she seems like just the right amount of laid back. So we will be using Ella Grace Photography for our wedding- contract is signed! (And our engagement session is scheduled for this weekend!)

On Sunday March 4th we headed to Crate and Barrel to start our registry. This was mostly due to the fact that they give you a free gift when you register. You guys know I'm all about the freebies!

We picked out a ton of nice things and then stopped at Avvio for lunch.

It was pretty good!

All about that ring life!

The free gift Crate and Barrel gives you when you register is a pair of their stemless wine glasses. We didn't have any wine glasses so we will certainly use them for our non-wine drinks!

Last Saturday March 10th we headed off to turn in our caterer contract! I had put Tim in charge of choosing a caterer and he did an amazing job! We decided to go with Blackstone Catering who has done a ton of events at our venue. The woman we are working with, Shannon has been nothing short of amazing and we are sure we made the right choice!

Plus they have a huge fork outside their office. While we were there we scheduled our tasting for the end of April!

I will keep the updates coming as we do more wedding things! I have a feeling that with only 223 days to go we will being doing wedding stuff pretty much every weekend for awhile :)

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