I cannot believe that we're within a month now!

Friday, September 03, 2004
Eight months ago when Michael proposed I didn't think this day would ever get here and now it's just a few weeks away!!!!

Next weekend is our last shower in Broaddus. The weekend after that is the bachelor/bachelorette parties. The next weekend is a FREE weekend - that I am trying to keep open for anything last minute. Then the next weekend is the wedding!!! I can't believe it's so close!

Michael and I are both ready and anxious to get it over with! Weddings are a lot of planning and work! Thank goodness the place we're having our reception takes care of everything for us. I definitely recommend for all brides-to-be out there...don't try to handle the catering, DJ, entertainment, decorations, etc. for the reception on your own! Get a place that does it ALL for you! That's has been one of the greatest things. In the beginning I thought we were going to have to rent a place, hire a caterer, buy decorations, be up the night before to finish decorating ourselves, rent tables, chairs, plates, whoa - just talking about all that is stressing me out! We didn't do that Hanna, relax! Breathe!!!

Mother picked up my dress for me yesterday and it is now hanging up at her house...then we all went to the reception place to finalize our choices ~ menu, bar, colors, cake (they are even doing my cake for me)! It was nice to mark something else off our list! Now, really the only big thing we have to do is finish the programs (they're done - they just have to be printed) and put the favors together. I think we're going to try to do that after the shower in Broaddus when we're all together ~ I think that'll ago the fastest! Michael and I also have to get our license and figure out where we're staying after the wedding. We have to get up the next morning (early) and drive to New Orleans to catch the ship for our cruise so I want to stay somewhere that's on the way out of town. Any suggestions? And we do have one issue with a ring bearer's tuxedo...apparently they can make all other parts (shirts, ties, vests, pants) to fit a 2 1/2 year old, but not the jacket. So we have two choices - rent everything from them except the jacket and buy him a jacket somewhere else or buy a complete tux for him from somewhere else. So, that's another dilemma that we have to work through!

I am almost at that point where I can exhale!