When Frank came in to cuddle this morning and wake me up, we had the following conversation
Frank: Guess what?
Frank: Guess what?
Me: Chicken butt?
Frank: No, guess what?
Me: Don’t know.
Frank: It’s 100 days til we get married!
Me: Shit there’s a lot to do. I have to make Limoncello next weekend.
Ok, maybe not my best response, but I was groggy. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally excited to be marrying him and to share the day with our friends and family, but there is a crap ton to do.
The three biggest things I’m taking on because I want to, because I know I do it better than I can buy locally, and because I want something very specific. Yes, I know I’m insane for doing it but these particular things are special to me and it matters.
- Cupcakes for all. Yes, I am doing it. I know I’m crazy and am expecting at least on bout of tears with this. I know I can buy them locally for a ridiculous price, but truth be told, I like mine better than theirs. Any of theirs. One place makes them too dry, another the frosting is too sweet, and while I haven’t tried the third option yet, I’m not optimistic that they’ll be better than mine. Right now, we’re working out what flavors we want, but know that the following options are possible: root beer float, chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream, Red Velvet, vanilla with vanilla butter cream, chocolate cupcake with Oreo frosting, strawberry cupcake with strawberry butter cream, and I’m toying with a few other options. I’ll likely need about 200 of them (150-175 people plus extras)
- Homemade Strawberry Limoncello. It’s delicious. I wanted to use it for the toast, but it was too much of a hassle in the end so I’m bottling it for the grown up guests to take home. I’m guessing I should make 150 of these little suckers up and I have to make this next weekend so it has long enough to proof. Now to do some math to figure out how much vodka I’ll need for it.
- Guest Sign In Project. Instead of having a guest book for people to sign when they get there, I’m actually making a very large picture. It features the artwork from our invites that DLovely has so graciously been working on and while initially I wanted to have people use their thumbs to make balloons and then sign them, I decided that it would be too messy and take too long to dry. Instead I have to punch out 200 balloons and find a frame and figure out how to display it so that people can sign their names and glue stick the balloons onto the picture.
That and shopping and details and confirmations, the next 100 days are going to be crazy. Oh and Momma is insisting we have to go shoe and dress shopping. Craziness I tell you!
Luckily I have friends and family who are willing to pitch in, go shopping, and help keep me sane through this whole process.
Why am I doing all this extra work when I could easily have it sourced out? It’s easy. These are things that I can do to make our very special day so very much us. We’re not having a fancy wedding with all the beautiful drippings, we’re having an easy, fun day that is a little different and special, just like we are.