Thanks to everyone who made our wedding special and helped us put on a great party!! It was the best day ever and we still can't believe the timing with the rain.
My one regret of the day was that I didn't get to spend much time (or any time) with everyone. My bustle broke at least 5 times and we kept trying to fix it. Had that not happened I may have made the rounds a little more. If I didn't get to say hi to you just know I love you all and so happy that you were there!
Wow, not very far to go now! In just 4 days I'll be a Mrs. Thimsen. :) Mrs. John Thimsen!
Thank you in advance to everyone who has helped out or will help out this weekend!
We've got a list together of things that will need to be done and most everything is packed. I'm getting a manicure and pedi Wednesday evening and then off Thursday and Friday for any last minute prep. Our rehearsal is Thursday night and Friday I'm heading to Tulalip with a couple of my girls. :) Then Saturday is the big day!
If you have questions or need directions or anything please give us a call. Heather: 206.265-3041 John: 206.406.3696 Our coordinator Christine: 425.681.0090
The wedding starts at 5pm so guests should start arriving around 4:30.
Hidden Meadows: 11805 Springhetti Rd • Snohomish, WA • 98296
I'm so looking forward to seeing everyone! xo, Heather
Just under 20 days to go and it's been a stressful week. I ended up switching up the bridal party so now John's sister is going to be a bridesmaid. It's unfortunate that my friend Jodi had to drop out but it will be fun to have Crystal on the team. Now Jodi can enjoy herself the day of the wedding and not worry so much about being home right after the ceremony to get back to her little girl. I think it worked out for the best.
My mom's dad has had a lot of health issues this week. His adema came back full force a few weeks back and on Thursday he was given a new medication that had an adverse effect. He ended up in the hospital Thursday night, even quit breathing but is still with us for now. He is a tough ol' guy....survived WWII, Federal Way Fire Chief for many years and now this. He won't be able to come to the wedding anymore but I do hope he makes it a little longer so we can share a video of it ASAP after the ceremony. I will miss him greatly. AND my dad's dad is not doing well either right now. I won't go into details but he may have to have one of his leg amputated due to an infection from diabetes plus he's got a bladder infection and high white blood cell count. Not looking good at all. I guess the bright spot in all of this is my grandmother is doing better since her heart attack in January and will be at the wedding. ;) It's just been a tough year.
We got a lot of stuff done for the wedding this week...met with the DJ, Caterer, Wedding Coordinator, Officiant and soon the Photographer. Little by little things are getting done. It seems we pretty much only have the programs, vows, music and some of the timeline to figure out. There's probably more but those are the big parts of the puzzle. It's getting so close.
We are going to Panama for our honeymoon..for two full weeks! I'm excited to finally go to the Carribean and see the Panama Canal.
We won't be leaving til a few weeks after the wedding. We were hoping (and still are) to go to Sasquatch...all three days or even one day of Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately tickets sold out early this year, but I'm still really wanting to make it happen. (Hint hint...if anyone has extra tickets or would like to give us theirs for a wedding present I'd gladly taken them!)
It will be nice to have a few weeks between events for packing and shopping and getting out thank yous, etc. etc. It will be very hard to go to work on Monday morning after the wedding though...
I just ordered wedding sparklers for John's and my big send off as man and wife after the wedding. It will be so fun to run to our limo through a sea of lit wands waved by our friends and family. I hope we get some great pictures from them!
I'm heading to Sandpoint, Idaho this weekend to visit Melissa, my Maiden of Honor. I can't even remember the last time I saw her! ... I fly to Spokane Friday night and then we'll drive to Sandpoint and go out for some drinks. Saturday we have a Spa Day! We're getting massages, pedis and facials.
The rest of the weekend is up in the air but I'd like to go shopping for a dress for my bachelorette party in a few weeks and want some spring clothes now that the sun is finally showing itself. I am ready for a relaxing weekend away and when I get back Sunday the rest (almost the end!) of the planning and crafts will begin. 37 days and counting. I'm almost a Thimsen!
We are down to 46 days til the big day! The days just seem to be winding down quickly at this point! I've been doing a lot of little projects... Last night I painted the frame of a chalkboard I found at Good Will for $2.99. We will use this on the bar to showcase our Signature Drinks. Today I bought a cake topper and some treats that will be part of the wedding favor. I seem to be crossing two things off my list and then I add one more. Hopefully that math works out right so by May 19th or so I'm done. :)
I had my 2nd dress fitting on Saturday. It went well...it fit and we scheduled my pick up of the dress for May 21st at 2pm! Two of my girls and I will be staying at the Tulalip the night before the wedding so on the way there we'll just stop off and get my gown. I do want to try it on one more time just to make me feel better that it is all done... things are tacked together with pins still right now and there's one button that needs to be fixed. I just want piece of mind that I won't get stuck by pins as I'm walking down the aisle or that my button won't fall off or some other disaster. I know Darcy is great and will get it done...I just want to see for myself before picking it up 24 hours before I wear it...
I also sent out Rehearsal Dinner invites! May 20th at 6:15 pm we will be at Hidden Meadows dotting our I's and crossing our T's in preparation for that Saturday and then off to La Palmera for dinner and drinks and toasts. :)
Thank you to everyone who made it to my bridal shower on Sunday!! I had a great time and it went off without a hitch. There were a few no-shows who I missed due to illness but I was glad to have the my friends and family who were there. We even got greeted by my friend Kassy's husband who delivered her present when she was not able to make it. We had lots of food, dessert, games and so many gifts! The weather was blustery, but what better reason to stay indoors! Hopefully I'll get some pictures soon.
Now on to continuing to plan the wedding and rehearsal dinner!
We went out to Discovery Park and into Ballard for engagement photos with the lovely Amelia Soper this past Sunday, which just happened to be our 4 year anniversary. The weather was just about perfect for our shoot. Here are some of the best photos – we get a disc soon with more photos we haven't seen yet.
It's been a busy week and I've hardly been home, which doesn't really work too well when planning wedding stuff. I'm glad to have seen my grandma and chat with her for over an hour on Wednesday and had a wonderful dinner with some friends too. But the planning continues...
We met with our officiant, Julie Cooper, last night over cocktails and food and had a fun time getting to know each other more.
I had my first dress fitting with Darcy of Fragile Fit last Saturday. I don't know what I was expecting but I was in and out in about 20 minutes flat! I put on the dress with my silvery shoes, she pinned, she bustled and I said everything looked good and away I went. I'll go back on April 3rd for the second fitting.
I also worked on some wedding decor type stuff with Christine on Saturday after the fitting. We finished some garlands, discussed some other decorations we will have and had a fun afternoon. We also looked into what it would take to order wholesale flowers and have them delivered but I think I've decided to just have my florist do everything.
Speaking of florists, Kristen of Denney-Designs emailed me this week to tell me we had to order flowers NOW and payment was due. It kind of freaked me out because it seemed so early for that. After several emails and questions of what we want and discusson on costs, I finally called her and my last question to her was "and I just want to make sure, but is this early for ordering flowers? The wedding is May 22 and it just seems early to me." Well, she thought we were ordering for March 22 even though she had May 22 on the contract. Phew! At least we made some decisions on things and are pretty much set until the order gets made in a couple of months.
We also found a couple of cake stands at Costco last weekend...two come in a box for $19.99. I think we are going to also borrow some from a few friends and family and hopefully we are set. It's hard to know exactly how many we need until we get a full headcount but at least we know that Costco has more if we need them.
Lastly, we have a box full of 150 paper lanterns in gold and white in our garage. I can't wait to see how they look all hung up when the day comes.
We are going to have 3 mason jars on each table to fill with flowers. My question is do we have the florist do this and have all the flowers match the rest of the flowers in the wedding or do we stop at a few flower markets a day or two before the wedding and do them all ourselves?
I don't really care if we are all matchy matchy and I think the Pike Place Market would be a lot cheaper than the florist. So I think it comes down to how much time will it take to do this? With hanging 150 lanterns and some garland in various places I'm hoping I will have a lot of helpers. Plus I think we are taking photos before the ceremony and will have to be beautiful early in the afternoon. We only get our venue at noon so I think from one or two p.m. we will be doing photos. It's just crazy how much goes into all this. I know we will get it done though!
I didn't get much done this weekend on the wedding. I've kind of come to a point where things can't be ordered yet or I'm not sure what needs to be ordered. I also need to come up with a list of things that need to get done or bought in the next two months.
I am meeting with Christine this week so I'm sure she will have some ideas and thoughts on what needs to happen from here on out. We have had a lot of trouble getting together so far...seems someone gets sick or can't make it at the last second so we are doing wedding stuff both this Thursday night after work and next Saturday afternoon. I'm looking forward to it and hope to get a lot done. The next few weekends are starting to look busy so I will be so happy to cross some more things off the list.
Today John and I went to The Tux Shop in Northgate and talked to a salesperson on whether we should have the guys wear tuxes or suits. For a while now we were thinking charcoal grey suits with indigo blue ties. Well today, we changed our minds. The guys are going to wear black tuxes with black vests and different colored ties depending on their role in the wedding.
John is out of town in Reno this weekend so I'm having some of my girls over for wedding crafting. Saturday my coordinator Christine and I will make mats for the centerpieces. Sunday a bunch of us will make tissue paper flower garlands, more tissue paper flowers, fold boxes, and start working on the escort cards and table names. I hope to get a lot done! Every detail is not worked out yet so hopefully I'll get some inspiration and ideas along they way too!
It's also SUNNY in Seattle! I hope to get out on my bike at least once this weekend. It's too nice to be indoors. I hope it stays nice for next Saturday but it isn't looking good. John and I have engagement photos on Feb. 27 with Amelia Soper but if it rains it will be moved to March 13 probably.
I also bought a sweater and an umbrella for the wedding today...just in case its cold and/or wet on May 22. Cuz you really never know what the weather is going to do here. Who knew it would be 57 degrees on February 19th? I still can't get over how nice it is today.
I've been thinking a lot this morning about what I want to get done this weekend. I'm looking forward to THREE days off.
1. Declutter my home. Organize. Throw things away. Rearrange. 2. Shop for a new mattress 3. Work on wedding decor 4. Try on rings 5. Look at Men's ties 6. Figure out wedding music 7. Work out 8. Relax, get outside, see friends
We'll see how I do... we are going out tonight and Saturday night. I need to fit in seeing my grandparents and would love to go snowboarding....and if we don't go snowboarding I'd love to go out for breakfast or at least make breakfast... Sunday is also Valentine's Day.
And how could I forget...the Olympics start today!
Our invitations went out this morning! I gave the guy at the post office two shoe boxes full of invites this morning. I cringed a little when I heard him dumping all of them into the cart around the corner from me...I've put so much time into them, I'm worried they will fall apart or something on the way to people. My hope is they make it to everyone okay and we start getting RSVPs soon. :)
Invitations are almost done! I'm so excited to get these out of the house--I will finish the remaining 10 or so this weekend and they will all be sent out early next week. :) Be watching for an amber colored square envelope to be coming to your house soon! I can't wait to start working on something else...
This weekend John and I biked to Seattle Pie Company and tried their cherry and strawberry rhubarb pies. YUM! We've decided we will be serving some pies from them and cakes or cupcakes. I went searching for some cake stands today and found one that is 3-tiered at Ross and 1 large cake stand from Goodwill. If anyone has a cake stand or two or three they'd like to donate to me let me know!
I still love the idea of having many cakes and pies for the reception. I think this is a great way to go to keep the cost down on something too and it gives a nice variety of things so everyone is hopefully happy with the dessert...just not sure where I'm going to get all of the cake stands but I guess I can always make my own (if time allows).
We are going to stay at Tulalip Resort and Casino the night of the wedding! Above is a picture of one of their king-size rooms. We are hoping to keep the party going after the reception and hope that others will be able to stay there as well.
If you would like to book a room call 866-716-7162. There have been some rooms blocked out for a cheaper rate. King-sized rooms will run $149 and Queen-sized (2 double beds) will run $169. When you book tell them you are calling for the Kuver-Thimsen Wedding Room Block. Reserve by 4/22/2010 for these prices.
We haven't figured out if we will have shuttle from the hotel to wedding and back to the hotel or not yet. If that is a concern please let us know...that may sway us one way or the other. The drive to the hotel is about 20 minutes from Snohomish.
Wedding planning is gearing up again. I have not done much over the past couple of weeks. We went to Cabo, which was beautiful and relaxing. Now it's the new year and 4 months and 19 days to go til the wedding! So much to do and I'm sure it will go so fast. This week I hope to get most of the RSVPs printed and start gluing the invite part. Next week we might be able to start addressing everything.
Other things we need to do: Set up RSVP on Web site Register at Macy's Call Tulalip Casino to block rooms (I already did this once but no one called back) Start coming up with a list of music to play at wedding and reception Decide on men's clothing Buy an address stamp
And the list goes on...
I've worked out the past 3 days too. I drank way too many cervesas last week. Only a month til I need to call to start getting fitted for the dress so working out is a priority right now.
I'm also a little worried about my bridesmaid gifts... I have them ordered and only 2 have come. I'm not sure what happened to the 3rd one. Hopefully it's in the mail.