- I bought five amazing vintage silver serving platters at a thrift shop, thinking we could use them in the wedding. Unfortunately, we're probably going for a California Casual-Chic look that plays with shapes, texture and color (think succulents and bold springtime influences.) Since our home has more modern, clean line, bold color decor as well, the vintage serving platters don't match either our wedding or our everyday life. Great.
- I bought an amazing dress, at an amazing deal, but it no longer fits me or our more casual afternoon-into-evening party. But, when I finally managed to find a buyer, I then proceeded to freak out about how much I love the dress and couldn't possibly part with it. I then had to spend the next two hours looking through simple dresses options with bold accessories that feel much more like my authentic style.
- Similarly, Jason has an amazing Theory suit that he bought last year. So we were cucumber-calm about the status of his attire (and pretty excited about the wedding budget reading $0 for that line item.) Until we realized that an afternoon-to-evening event might call for something less formal than a black suit. Grey suit and vest browsing has begun.
- We decided to go for The Flashdance DJ splurge and couldn't be happier. Only we can't sign the contract with Michael and secure our date because we haven't heard back from the venue about our contract.
- We know our venue, but yeah, getting in touch with them has been a bit difficult. On the plus side, once we sign the contract they're supposedly just as hands-off about rules and restrictions. But, it would still be nice to have a contract for our cheap, non-profit, BYOB, cater/eat-whatever-you-want, we-can-actually-afford-it, venue.
This is what six months of planning and shopping got us: stamps, pasta jars, and the hard-earned knowledge that no one with a long engagement should make ANY decisions in the first six months. Except for the venue. I'd definitely recommend locking down that venue.