Whoosh…went the weekend.

Well, Saturday marked 6 weeks until the wedding. eeek!

Saturday was spent running around with my mom doing things for the wedding. First, I had my second dress fitting. The seamstress is working on the bust area and after adding some fabric in places and taking the dress in on the sides, I feel 110% better about my dress.

We ran to Old Time Pottery to look for votives and lanterns and came close, but no cigar. Same with Hobby Lobby. Then we tried HomeGoods and we found the lanterns for our aisle markers!

My mom and I got the idea to use large black lanterns as our aisle markers after looking at an album that our photographers sent us of another wedding at The Beach Club:

Photo by Grand Photography

The lanterns we found at HomeGoods are about 20 inches tall (hopefully almost as big as the lanterns pictured) and are also black, but they also have criss-crosses across each pane of glass. We got 4 lanterns, 2 for the front row and 2 for the back row. I suspect we’ll have 4 rows of guests rather than 5 as pictured here.

Acquiring the lanterns was a bit of a wild goose chase once we found them at HomeGoods. They only had 2 of the lantern in stock at the Highway 31 Hoover store, so we had the manager call the Highway 280 store. Luckily they had 2 more in stock and agreed to hold them for us. But beware, T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods now have a “no-hold” policy — they only held the lanterns for us because we had the manager call and ask nicely. So we had to drive completely out of the way to the other HomeGoods location at Brook Highland on 280 to get the other 2 lanterns.

On Saturday, we also found some goodies for our flower girl and a sand and water playset for my nephew/ring bearer. He turns 3 tomorrow. Happy third birthday, Jake!!!


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