Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Wedding updates: caterer and photographer

There aren't many updates to the wedding, but I did want to keep tabs on what's going on.

So far, we only have the ceremony and reception location confirmed. Jason and I went to the best Italian restaurant to find out what we need to do to get them to cater our reception, but as they know my sister Lori's in-laws, all they said was "no problem" although it was a little comical because the sister-in-law of the owner of the restaurant has a very strong Italian restaurant and a little on the older side, and kept giving me a hard time because the wedding was over a year away and "not even the same year!" Ha-ha [but not really] because I want to figure this stuff out before someone else does and takes all the people we want for our wedding! The owner, Bruno, is really funny and kept talking to us, while we ate the best lunch ever, and when we were done eating, the lady told us that she put our name down for 10.10.10 and then said, "that was in November, right?" and I must have had a funny look on my face, because she was just teasing me and started laughing at me, but told me that she had it down and that we didn't need to worry! But we did leave without knowing any pricing or anything, so I'm not sure how we're supposed to not worry, when we don't know how to budget without knowing how much it will cost! Oh, well, I'm sure they'll give us a good deal. We'll just have to go there when the man in charge of the charging part is there so we can find out more information on how much it will cost. Also, I think we'll have them make homemade bread for all the tables and then have mostaccioli spinach stuffed ravioli, and a chicken Parmesan or mostaccioli with meatballs. Again, it's all up in the air still until we get more details on cost.

I've only met with one photographer and I really like them! Two people, somewhat local and very comfortable to talk to and tell them what I want and what I don't want. Unfortunately, they are on the pricey side, but I think they're still reasonable. $2,000 for 8 hours and $2,400 for all day long, unlimited. The only thing is... that my friend Laura recommended them, she is getting married next June and is only paying $1,200! I don't know if she got a different plan, but that's quite the difference if you ask me!
There are other options I've looked into but they go around 3 and 4 or even up to 7 thousand! Oh, but I did ix-nay on one photographer... I checked out her online blog and found not one but TWO pictures of the bride with the maids bouquets laying on the bottom of her dress, somewhat as a frame! WHAT? I DON'T THINK SO! NO WAY!
There is so much to figure out! I need help!

That's all I got for now... so... who wants to help me???


  1. $2,400 for the whole day sounds reasonable to me. Have you seen a lot of what this photographer has done for wedding shoots? If not, do so. Also ask about the difference in price.

    Maybe I'm weird but I like shots with the bouquets around the hemline of the bridal gown.

    Your menu sounds delicious.

  2. I think you should definitely talk to Elizabeth. I think you'd like her style - it's a little more modern. And you can't beat her prices!

  3. The dinner menu sounds wonderful. I think you should keep looking for the photographer.

  4. Not about photography, but I thought of you when I read this thread on one of my homeschooling boards about wedding favors. Keep in mind that these are a bunch of frugal/practical women, so take it for what it's worth to you...

    I did like the suggestion of flower seeds. Maybe something like this http://treeriver.blogspot.com/2008/03/flowers-appearsong-of-solomon-212.html but a little more fancy with your names, date, contact info and a "Think of us when the flowers grow" type of message. Maybe they could be used as place cards. It would be easy to use flowers like sunflowers or something else to match your color scheme. One fall I got a ton of flower seed packets on clearance at W*lmart for 2 cents each, but still, they are fairly inexpensive.