265 Days to Go

29 Jan

St. Joseph Abbey is Stunning and a Dream

Before I know it, our wedding will be here. Less than 9 months to go and I have made a ton of progress. Honestly, planning this wedding has been pretty easy… so far.

Church… check! St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, LA is a 120-year-old monastery that I always dreamed of getting married in. I received the official signed letter from the Abbot this week, confirming our wedding for Saturday, October 20th, 2012.

Reception… check! The Lake House in Mandeville, LA will be where we will party with friends and family all night long. It sits right on the lakefront in Mandeville, so we will be able to see the sun set. It’s a two-story building with a large outside space and balcony, very New Orleans.

The Lake House

Band… check! We booked the Neighborhood Stars. A Louisiana local band that would always play at restaurants after football games. The 1980s and 1990s R&B and Soul Artists influenced band plays anything from Boogie Shoes to Zydeco. I am thrilled we were able to book them!

Photographer… check! I booked a husband and wife team from Alabama to take the photos at my wedding. Posh Images photos are always stunning and after personally speaking with Amy, I know it will be a wonderful experience.

Inspiration for Bridesmaid Dresses

Wedding Dress… check! I’m not sharing any details on this one.

Bridesmaids Dresses… check! I am doing something a little less traditional here. I am letting my bridesmaids pick their own dresses. As long at they are a shade of tan/taupe with some sort of strap, they can wear it!

Rehearsal Dinner… check! Thanks to my sweet fiance and his great parents who helped conduct the research on this place, we booked the Conti House in the French Quarter. It is a two-story house that we rented out for the Friday night before the wedding. We will have cocktails upstairs and a sit down dinner downstairs.

The Conti House in the French Quarter

Photobooth… check! I really wanted a photobooth at our wedding, but wasn’t sure I could find an extra $1,000 in our budget. Thankfully, Scott forwarded me a Groupon for a photobooth in the New Orleans Area. I scooped it up and booked it! I saved 70%! Thanks so much to Mobile Memories Photobooth.

The next big items I am looking to check off my list are the hotel accommodations, limo and shuttle services, save the dates and cake. Fingers crossed everything keeps running smoothly. At this rate, I feel like I could plan weddings for a living!

Cake Inspiration from Yummy Cupcakes

Badgley Mischka Wedding Shoes??

Would LOVE to have a Peony Bouquet

Unique Calligraphy on Invites

Instead of a Traditional Guest Book?



4 Responses to “265 Days to Go”

  1. Leslie Denstaedt January 29, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Caitlin – I love reading about your plans! The church is amazing!

  2. ashley January 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    What an incredible assortment of ideas!! I can’t wait!

  3. rebalenzi January 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm #


  4. revjoe01 March 20, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    Great choice on the church! I went to the seminary there. Good luck!

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