We set a date pretty shortly after I proposed. It seemed to take forever to start the planning, but I think we are well under way now and making pretty good progress. Here's a few details so far.
Ceremony Site: http://www.carriagetradefarm.com/outdoor_weddings.htm
. We both love the outdoors and wanted to find something fairly close to home, but natural. The farm is really close to Brandywine Falls a beautiful spot in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Reception Site: http://www.cvnpa.org/weddings-in-cuyahoga-valley-national-park.php
. When we decided on the farm, we thought it would be cool to keep as close to the outdoor theme with the reception site, so we started looking around the park and found that you can rent spaces right in the park! The actual site is November Lodge, there are pictures of it on the page I linked to. It's actually an Environmental Education Center in a cool spot in the park. So it totally keeps true to our "Nature Theme".
Food: The reception site has a few approved caterers (you can use your own for another $300) and I've been emailing one back and forth. Hopefully we can set up a time to meet with him soon. He seems cool and like he'll work both with our preferences and our budget. He tries to use mostly organic and local ingredients, which is awesome. He also recommended someone for the cake who actually works out of a cafe here in our neighborhood! She also uses a lot of local/organic ingredients.
Guest List: Okay, here's where I am a little stressed out already. The ceremony site can seat 85 (I'm sure some can stand, but that's not ideal) and the reception site can accommodate around 120. At first I thought this wouldn't be a problem. Neither Kristel and I want a huge formal affair since we are not formal affair kind of people. But, when we first brainstormed the list it was at 152. This includes my list, her list, our list, my mom's list and her dad's list, and a maybe list. We went back again and now it's around 145. This include kids. We are both really kid friendly and don't want to exclude them, but I can't believe there are 25!
I think we'll be okay since around 10% of those you invite don't come, but I'm still a little worried. The other thing I'm not sure about is since the ceremony site can only seat 85, we are going to have to exclude some people who we want at the reception. I'm not sure how to do that??
Dress: Kristo isn't wearing a dress, she's not the dress kind of gal. Currently she's thinking about a white tux, which I think would be totally awesome. So that leaves my attire. I've been looking at dresses online for about a month now and am really not sure what I'm going for. Since the wedding is outside I don't want a real traditional wedding dress. I did go to a giant bridal store last weekend with my mom and tried on 9 dresses! I found one I really liked and I'm hoping to take Kristel back to see it soon. I need to keep looking though because I don't want to become a "two dress bride". I need to make a decision soon, since it can take so long to get it and I know I'll need to have it altered. I'm going to some consignment shops and such and see if I find anything there. I'm a little weary of buying my dress off the internet, but there sure are a lot of deals. Sigh...I'll figure it out.
So, that's about it for now I think. :)