Argh! This planning is just giving me the jitters. Just when I was getting excited, I started worrying about our expenses. Anyway, I am a bit relieved after getting some recommendations from my co-workers. So far their recommendations seem good and cheap. Now I have to book all of them but the main problem is putting down deposits to book them. Oh well. So today, I got my paycheck, and finally, after waiting for my cuzin's response (he said he might be able to get a discount at the hotel he's working for), we decided to book our first choice (we also found out that the hotel was charging a lot). I'm hoping we get the accomodations reserved for our out-of-town guests (and hope we get the discount as well). Yes, I am getting nervous, but I guess my worse fears is over - not being able to book our reception place. And after a quick visit over lunch, I was satisfied, since we got the main dining area instead of the banquet hall the manager originally showed us. That really made my day. My questions were answered as well by this nice young lady (also an awesome multi-tasker). Also my visit made me happy since I saw that the place was packed on a Wednesday! And it was filled with all these businessmen (as I talk to the person booking, I was hearing acquisition talk in the background). So this gives me the impression that important people like dining at this place so it must be good. I feel relieved in a way that I can knock-out the ceremony venue and reception off my list (all I have to worry about now is the payment, hehe).
UPDATE - Al and I went back to the reception venue after work and it was still packed with another banquet/meeting going on, and others. It ain't no Marriott and there are no views, but I'm hoping that my co-worker's recommendation follows through. The banquet manager seemed nice, and more of our questions got answered. We finally signed the paperwork, got the lay-out for the floor, and decided on more things. It's lookin' good so far, so I'm just crossin' my fingers.
At work, we also celebrated another wedding with a cake for my co-worker who got married over the weekend. Congratulations Mich! Also, my sis Nat sent me this good read for the day (plus the KulArts calendar for the year). Thanks Nat!