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Crowd-sourcing Wedding Ideas (for reals)

Early on, I had joked about crowd-sourcing our wedding planning; you know, hitting up friends and coworkers for ideas and having other people decide what we should do because Gavin and I seem to be too busy to do any of it.

Well, what is that saying- you get what you ask for?

Invitations

My bride-to-be coworker shared with me a fantastic idea for RSVPs! I had originally decided on RSVP postcards to save trees. But I made a game-time decision to, instead, go with an answering machine…

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…and an online RSVP form on our website.

It is basically generates a code snippet in the form of an iFrame that you can embed into any HTML page. Then, on the backend, it aggregates the responses into a neatly organized little Google spreadsheet that Gavin and I can check periodically. (So far, there are four people coming to the wedding, but I’m going to give it some time. After all, we just sent them out this week.)

Live-Stream Video

Later in the week, a different coworker shared a Mashable link with the two of us on how to Live-StreamYour Wedding. This lead to a group conversation (aka ad hoc brainstorm) on how convenient it is that Gavin and I are getting married on a Friday and how much fun it would be for the office to Skype into the wedding from a conference room.

We would, of course, designate a corresponding Foursquare location so that everyone can checkin to the wedding (moving target). “It would be like the royal wedding!” someone said. I have a drawing of the logistics of camera placement from an award-winning film-producer. (I’d have to talk you through it.)

TBD on whether or not we are going through with this but I’ll keep you posted. (Gavin said it’s totally fine, as long as we kept the volume on mute.)

Undergarments

I received a boatload of advice regarding undergarments (also at work) from a person who just got married in November. Since my dress has a super low back, I’m going to have to get creative with the things I wear underneath and explore some options.

The Best Bridal Shower Ever

I owe well over a hundred thank you’s to everyone who was involved in making this day not only happen but be the most well-organized, detail-oriented, thoughtful, beautiful and ultimately super fun bridal shower that I could have ever imagined. From planning and preparation to the actual day-of responsibilities, these guys really knocked it out of the park.

From what I’ve both heard and seen, here is the list of everyone who had a part in making this amazing event happen:

Executive Producer: Katie
Assistant Executive Producer: Mom
Coordinator: Katie
Assistant Coordinators: Bridesmaids
Creative Director: Mom
Creatives: Katie, Jessica, Amy, Janice, Nicole, Victoria, Karin
Production Team: Katie, Jessica, Amy, Ashley, Mom
Publicity Director: Katie
Print Design: Mom
Audio Engineer: Jim
Floral Arrangements: Jim, Mom
Chefs: Mom, Amy, Momma
Cooks: Jeremy, Katie, Ashley, Amy
Cake & Cupcake Design: Mom & Momma
Additional Food/Drink: Mrs. Thomas, Aunt Joan, Jeremy, Victoria, Katie
Culinary Quality Control: Dad
Wardrobe Stylist & Fashion Design: Mom
Costume (Hat) Designer: Janice
Gift List Management: Amy
Official Gift Presentation: Momma, Jessica
Photography: Gavin, Katie, Jackie
Videography: Dad
Gift Storage & Organization: Dad
Transportation Crew: Dad, Katie, Jim, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas
Set-Up & Breakdown: Jessica, Katie, Amy, Jeremy, Kris, Victoria, Momma, Dad
Best Husband-to-Be EVER: Gavin

“Most Distance Traveled” Award
First Place – Jessica from London, U.K.!!
Second Place – Mr. & Mrs. Thomas from Rochester, NY
Third Place – Aunt Lynn from Binghamton, NY

More to come as I gather photos and mentally digest all the wonderful things that have happened this weekend. (Gavin also got baptized!) Thank you again to everyone. Amazing. Simply amazing.

Weekend in DC

Gavin had a wedding in DC so he headed up on Friday night. I spent one last night hanging out with Jessica in Brooklyn and then headed up on the 7 am bus the next morning. It was the first “night” of sleep since that big project at work launched (check it out here.) By 1:30pm , I had picked up the hotel key, freshened up and was head-to-toe clad in my black wedding assistant gear and ready for work, shot list in hand. We got a room in the same hotel as the wedding- super convenient.

The wedding was really interesting.  It was an African wedding and I had never been to one before. I’m sure Gavin will post on his blog when the photos are ready. The next day we enjoyed our time in DC and visited some friends.

Gavin’s friend Evan works at the W and he took us up to the roof deck for some champagne to celebrate our engagement.

Absolutely beautiful. Oh, and apparently the street vendors take their jobs very seriously in this town. Check out that signage.

We took a picture in front of the Capitol building. The Capitol didn’t really come out in that one.

Other weird sightings happened along the way, like a huge tour group of people riding Segways. We went to a few museums and walked- a lot!

Then Gavin and I met up for dinner with his friend from RIT (and also newlywed), Sarah, before heading to the bus stop where I spent the majority of the wait time as a ball of nerves, constructing contingency plans in case the bus was late or full or got stuck on the way back. These are the things Gavin has to deal with.

Overall, it was a fantastic weekend and three years after our first trip to DC (the first year we were dating.) Look how young we were!