Crunch time

According to our wedding countdown thingy, we have just 26 days left!  Holy crap! Needless to say, Matt and I have been getting a little bit stressed out about the remaining projects we had planned.  Well, not so much anymore.

Late last week and over the weekend, we simplified our last projects even more!  Here are a couple of examples of what we’ve made less crazy:

  • We had been planning to infuse vodka at home to make homemade aquavit for the toasts (it’s more fun than champagne).  Then we thought over our energy level for this type of project, compared time/costs of bottles, labels, vodka, infusing flavors – vs. just buying some ready made aquavit.  The lazy way won, and we purchased a whole case of my favorite semi-local aquavit: Krogstad.  It’s distilled in Portland, has a nice light taste, and it’s another project totally crossed off the list!  Woot!  This will be served in little schnapps glasses with our wedding ribbons tied to the stems.  Matt’s parents cut about 150 little ribbons for us, to make these a special favor for the guests.  There will be non-alcoholic fancy French soda for those who want (kids, designated drivers, non-drinkers, etc), but we will be strongly suggesting sipping the aquavit rather than shooting it.  It’s strong stuff.
  • We’ve cut two salads from the buffet list.  Instead, we’re going to make one into an appetizer for cocktail hour, and one we’ll just make for the rehearsal dinner.  The cooking for this party, while it’s a large volume, is so simple and fresh!  I’m actually really looking forward to it!
  • Matt had wanted to make my veil, since I had made his bowtie.  It was a lovely idea, but it turned into a project that was so confusing and frustrating that it was keeping him up at night.  You see, he was tying embroidery silk like a fish net. On Thursday, we decided that instead of tying about a million little knots to make the actual veiling, he’d just tie a flat decorative knot for the headpiece that a bit of store-bought netting would attach to.  A 25 hour project just turned into a 1 hour project.  The inspiration for the headpiece (and my hair style) comes from these photos of Alison Sudol (better known by her stage name A Fine Frenzy) modeling Ban.do’s Black Label line of headgear, but mine will be slightly less fluffy all around:

  

So….this week we’re trying out some of the recipes for the buffet to be sure of the ingredient proportions, finishing up the craft projects, and getting ready to work on food prep.  Our cake maker has made a few versions of the lingonberry cheesecake for us to try when she and her guy come over for dinner tomorrow, but first I’ll be shopping for foundation makeup with my makeup artist (I’m naturally a bit too pink and blotchy for nice photos) and picking up 22 Dungeness crabs for the rehearsal dinner, caught and gifted to us by my sister and her husband!  Amazing!  This week is going to be awesome!

If I haven’t said it enough, THANK YOU ALL.  So many people have helped us put together our perfect day, and we wouldn’t be where we are now without you.

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