According to our TheKnot.com website, Andrew and I are getting married in 184 days!
It’s crazy. Wasn’t it yesterday we got engaged? And now it’s happening in a few short months.
July is by no means “soon” but I know it’ll sneak up on us. I feel like we’re at a pretty good place right now though. We have all the big things in order and following The Knot checklist but it’s the little things that can’t be done until the last minute that scare me. Like, SO much needs to be done in the final two weeks. But hey, many couples have pulled it off before and I’m sure we will too.
We have a new venue!
Updates on the wedding front — we’re now getting married downtown! Toronto Islands to be exact. Big drama dropped with our original venue: they ran into some permit issues and couldn’t guarantee a venue for the wedding, so Andrew and I decided to jump ship and find something else. We weren’t sure if we’d find anything nine months out since some venues book out two years in advance. But the heavens opened up and Artscape Gibraltar Point, a venue I had only recently discovered, still had our date available and invited us to tour the space.
Andrew was skeptical at first and I don’t blame him. Artscape is located on the Toronto Islands which means we have to transport everything – guests, food, decor, equipment, etc. – via boat. We went to the tour anyway and fell in love. Everything about it was just so us. It felt right getting married where we live and at a place that has a lot of meaning for us (one of our first dates as a couple was to the islands!)
The coordinator there was lovely and put our minds to rest over all the logistical issues that could come up with having an island wedding; it also helped knowing that they’ve done this many times over. We came home, worked out the numbers, and decided to seal the deal!
Different vibes for different venues
I never knew how important a wedding theme was until I realized it will dictate almost every decision you make!
We had planned for an indoor winery wedding with a semi-formal vibe. Our new venue will be completely outdoors with the ceremony on the beach and the reception on the lawn. Suddenly the theme didn’t feel right with the new casual vibe, and translated to our decor and vendors too. We ended up having to replace some of the vendors we had already booked, which was tough but we knew it was ultimately the right decision.
Artscape is surrounded by lush greenery and Lake Ontario so we’ll let nature do most of the work and stick with minimal decor. I have a few DIY projects on the go and I’ll do a wrap up post closer to the wedding so you can see what we did 🙂 We’re going to attempt our own centrepieces which feels ambitious at this point but if they work out then we’ll have saved a ton of money on florals (which by the way are crazy expensive…holy).
We’re going to do as much DIY without driving ourselves crazy in the process. I think the key is to spread it out as much as we can over the next six months, otherwise we run into the risk of wedding burnout. I love crafting and working on projects but when it’s for a party of 150 people, it becomes a lot of work!
What did you DIY for your wedding?