Early to Late March 2013

Things have slowed down a bit on the wedding planning front. Thankfully, that’s because most of the big vendors have already been nailed down; all that really remained for us to do as of the last post was to find our cake baker and caterer. Still, with an earlier-than-usual appearance of the Jewish holiday Passover this year, a job interview, a week-long professional conference, and the impending wedding of a good friend, it wasn’t always easy to find time to make these decisions in March.

We met with Maralyn from Have Your Cake and sampled her white, chocolate, and almond cakes, in addition to her lemon, chocolate, vanilla, and raspberry frostings. Natalie’s pretty particular about dairy-free frostings because too many have a heavy-Crisco flavor (yum, right?), but we were both pleasantly surprised. Not only did we like her cakes, but we liked her demeanor, too. She was upfront about labor costs involved with certain decoration styles, about transportation costs and issues, and really listened to us vaguely describe what “looks” we liked and wanted. We believe we’re in good hands with her!

Additionally, we met with Wendy from Too Catering over a lunch hour. We provided her a list of brunch dishes that we liked the sound of, and she asked us tons of questions about the day-of timeline that we hadn’t even considered yet. But we could tell from her questions that she knew what she was doing, was on top of the ball, and most importantly, an advocate for us and what we wanted our wedding to be like. We received her proposal and will review it with her after Passover ends next week. But we’re almost certain we’ve found our caterer as well.

We found the ketubah design and language we want to use. We went to two local Judaica stores and looked at three online stores, and yet we kept coming back to this one. We can’t wait to share it with you on the big day.

The paper samples came in and we decided to purchase one set of envelopes from one company, another set from another company, and the notecards for the invitations from yet a third company. We maximized savings -even with the additional shipping costs- by doing it this way. We’ll be printing them soon and getting the Save the Dates out in the mail as soon as we can.

Natalie made an appointment with a dress designer and maker down in the Los Angeles area in late May. After her dress is finalized, the bridesmaids‘ and groomswoman’s dresses will also be selected from a short list of Alfred Sung designs. Shai has looked at tuxes at Men’s Wearhouse and is also considering tuxes and suits from other stores.

We’ve created a registry and started discussing honeymoon options – we’re thinking a warm beach a few hours’ flight from the Bay Area, so Mexico, Hawaii, or the Caribbean. Perhaps Costa Rica.

With the help of our moms, we’ve found a few different flowers and flower arrangements that we think are manageable for our DIY intentions. We’re considering ordering from stores as diverse as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Costco, and Fiftyflowers.com.

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