In all of the wedding cake, hope is the sweetest of plums.
— Douglas Jerrold
Five months out, the wedding momentum is building as we check important items off the to-do list. Since the last installment (https://pewperson.wordpress.com/2010/11/12/mother-of-the-bride-chapter-8/), we have booked the reception band, decided on a cake baker, determined the rehearsal dinner caterer, shopped for invitations, honed down the guest list, and most exciting of all, had the first dress fitting!
Our trusty coordinator, Joyce has been holding our hands through the process; she knows the right questions to ask, and makes really good suggestions. She recommended that we try a local cake baker named Susie Edwards, and we loved her! No nonsense, knowledgeable, happy to oblige our ideas, creative and easy to work with. She offered a plate full of cake samples, almond, white, Italian cream, butter, dark chocolate and milk chocolate. All were yummy. Selecting a design was a little more problematic, given her amazing portfolio, but guided by a provided photo, she nailed down an estimate that fits nicely into our budget.
We’re really excited about the band for the reception! I predict some lively dancing to the sounds of The Swatchmen out of San Antonio. Their specialty is 80’s dance music; interestingly enough, that’s the genre that Shannon and Kat love. I am grateful, because I love that kind of music, too!
Shopping for invitations was quite eye opening, with a bewildering array of options: paper, font, color, double envelopes, lining, enclosure cards, wording and assorted other bells and whistles… don’t forget the postage stamps (two per invitation). Whew! How happy we will be when those invitations go in the mailbox. But wait, the lady said I should hand cancel them at the post office so that the stamp doesn’t get lines all over it. Really? Does anyone else do that?
Now that we are a little more educated in the subject of invitation options, we will be better able to make an informed decision next week as we meet with our preferred stationer. Mary is a friend from church who has helped many a bride select the perfect one; she’s known Shannon for years, and is delighted to help with this important detail.
But the most fun was the initial dress fitting at the bridal gallery. Previously, Shannon had tried on the sample dresses there at the store, with a bunch of clamps to tuck her into it. But this time, it was HER dress, sized to fit, which it did very well! With a few nips and tucks, plus hemming and making the bustle, Shannon’s dress will be perfect on her special day.
This week also brought an appointment with a cantor who will be co-officiating the service with our pastor. Both Shannon and Kat were very enthusiastic about his views and ideas about how to make it a balanced interfaith wedding. Soon they will attend a pre-marital counseling session at our church, which will help guide them through the wedding and beyond.
Next week, we’ll visit with our organist to discuss the music for the ceremony; Shannon has some specific pieces in mind, and we know that Rob will be able to accommodate her; he is a musical genius!
Down the road, we need to nail down a number of other details, meet with the photographer, the director of catering at the reception venue, etc. etc. etc.
So far, we are really having fun on this journey… I am glad about that, because it could be absolutely overwhelming if I let it be so. I credit Joyce for keeping us focused, but also serene and confident that we are on the right track.
Stay tuned for the next installment of the Mother of the Bride chronicles!