Photo Credit: Milo&Ben by Melissa Lowry.
I haven’t ACTUALLY accomplished anything wedding related since my last post, but I have made some moves.
1. I got in touch with All Season Weddings to find out about fees and if they had any officiants available. They replied saying they did have some availability on my date, and asked if i had any specific officiant requests…. I’ve given the Toronto website officiant bios a read-through and currently i’m kinda digging Helen Sweet. The word ‘light-hearted’ was used in her bio and she runs the Bride’s Project. So perhaps I’ll message them back and see if she is available. What surprised me most about looking into officiants, is the cost! To book with All Season Weddings in Toronto is nearly $400, and all that gets you is one free meeting, and the ceremony – oh and unlimited emails and phone calls…. BUT here’s my question. What if you meet the officiant they’ve booked for you and you don’t jive? Do you have to pay the $100 extra meeting fee? Also they charge extra you for the Rehearsal? Which i really think is key, cause it will likely be the only time prior to the wedding that you actually hear how your officiant will read the ceremony which can really set the tone of the whole thing…. So $400, for what works out to be maybe 1.5 hours of work. Max. As an experienced fake-officiant. I have to say, that’s highly over-paid. I mean i did about 13 mins of work performing the ceremony for a friend and her husband a couple of years ago. But i guess it’s like everything, it’s a necessary evil when planning a wedding and because it’s wedding related it’s probably over-inflated a wee bit.
2. I have sourced a potential wedding photographer. I’ve been reading some nightmare stories of bad wedding photography lately, coupled with stories of people having to settle for someone they didn’t love because they waited too long to book. On Friday night i was curled up on the couch with B drinking wine flipping through wedding blogs and i made it my mission to go through every.single.real.life.wedding on WeddingBells.ca and see if i could find someone awesome, and who didn’t cost $4000. I believe I have found that person! I don’t want to jinx it, so i will share her blog with you after we’ve met, and I’ve actually signed the contract. Apart from the venue, photography was the biggest thing i was worried about.
3. Cake topper. I have found the absolute cutest cake topper ever. On the weekend I was telling a girlfriend how badly i wanted a penguin cake topper. And I’ve been checking sites and haven’t found anything overly awesome. Until today. I found this on Etsy: Milo&Ben. Umm? How cute are those?! I’ve gotten approval from the fiance, and I am purchasing!
4. And finally, I have ordered some samples from one of those custom crap online stores. I say custom crap in a completely non-crap meaning way. It’s just a term i use, and i mean it in the nicest possible way. I’ve ordered some printed napkins, in two different colours that i’m debating, a matchbook in my colours and a ‘tea favour’ which is a tea bag, individually wrapped in a paper that can be customized. There’s a few websites out there that do custom party things, but i’ve ordered these from ForYourParty.com mostly because they had the option to get a shiney gold napkin, which i prefer over a matte gold. Which – let’s face it, isn’t really gold at all.
So there you have it. Moves, I’m making moves. I feel a little better about the to do list. Next up to tackle is food and guest list with the fiance…. if i can tear him away from the TV long enough, i might have to entice him with the promise of dinner!