But a few things were still needed...
1) Someone to marry them and make it official
2) Someone to get the party started at the reception
3) Something to eat for dessert
4) Something to invite the guests
Finding an officiant in short notice was becoming similar to her photographer search, many were booked already and were simply out of the running by default! D:
One of the groomsmen mentioned a family member of his officiated weddings, Miss Boa had met him before and for a while was considering him to officiate, but she still had pending potentials at the time that she found on WeddingWire.
Finally, she received a reply that one of the potential officiants was free! She ending up going with D and J Ministry. They only book one wedding per day, and the ceremony and rehearsal cost $250.
Most important part of the wedding, (the actual marriage): check!
Miss Boa really lucked out on this one, because she used one of the best things in the wedding industry---a friendor!
A friendor is an awesome friend who does something wedding-related and is willing to help you out on your special day! Usually at a lovely, discounted friends-and-family-only price, lol.
After discussing the details with said friend from Blackrrock Sound Solutions, an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception, he suggested that two separate systems be set up: one for the indoor party and one for the outdoors, so Miss Boa's carefully selected ceremony music could be played and so the ceremony could be heard clearly by all guests!
Always a tragedy when the most beautiful vows are spoken yet no one can hear them!
Usually this would have cost quite a pretty penny, given that Blackrrock Sound would need double the amount of equipment to make the event work, not to mention an extra employee to help with setup... But Miss Boa was given the wonderful offer of half the price of the whole package! :D
And this, my friends, is why friendors ROCK!
(Miss Boa plans to tip her pal handsomely for his generosity and hard work. :) )
Miss Boa know where she was getting her cake long before getting engaged!
The sweet confections of Dessert Deli has enchanted many a female in the Western NY area, including me! *sighs*
Their cakes are luscious and decadent, not to mention just plain gorgeous:
Miss Boa's favorite has always been their red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.
So naturally she ordered a red velvet tiered cake, with alternating ivory and dark brown tiers. (fillings to be decided later) It will be decorated with climbing branches dotted with delicate teal cherry blossoms.
I haven't seen the design, but it will probably look something like this, except in the proper colors:
Ooooo, ahhhh! So pretty. :)
And there's an extra bonus too! If you get your wedding cake through them, you get 10% off all future cakes and cookies for life. o.0 So much cake...so little time! XD
Getting her invitations was simple enough, due to the fact that they were the only thing she needed to purchase to obtain her fabulous wedding planner! As long as she purchased the invitations through her, Miss Boa would receive her guidance and assistance.
And surprisingly, there was a wide selection of price points, she ending up spending only $2 per invite for a invite/envelope/RSVP suite in her wedding colors!
Affordable invitations without the agony of printing, cutting, pasting, stamping, etc. over 100+ pieces of paper?! Sounds like a good deal to me!
She does plan on saving money on calligraphy by printing out the envelope addresses on her own. Very smart, I approve. :)
She mentioned that the design was hard to describe, so I guess I'll have to wait until I help her with addressing the envelopes...
So by the time the holidays ended, Miss Boa managed to scratch off the following wedding to-do items:
-Rentals (included with venue package)
Whew! Makes me tired just looking at it! XD
A big round of applause please to Miss Boa!
She has done something I know I could never do, haha.