3 months before the wedding
Yachts de Paris was supposed to send us the information for any extra's when it comes to the reception. I contacted Jessica (no longer with the company) and asked about the information. Jessica emailed me back stating that the information wasn't quite ready yet and she would send it soon. It ended up being closer to 2 months before the wedding and we had a lot of choices to make for the ceremony and reception. I prepared another check list for the bride and groom along with my parents. The initial plan we chose with Yachts de Paris included:
A month before the wedding
I started working on welcome bags for our guests. My cousin Sarafina was a great help with ideas for this (she previously planned weddings). I selected simple bags with a thank you label on the front. Inside was a print out of our itinerary, a map of Paris including the metro system, Aleve, Altoids, Shout Wipes, a sewing kit, and once I was in Paris I purchased a box of 4 Macarons per bag.
We wanted to bring an extra thank you gift to the staff of Yachts de Paris along with Valerie at Tourisme Avenue Hotel. I again went with simple bags and a thank you note in French on the front. Inside was a bottle of Maple Syrup, Sea Salt, and Caramels all from Massachusetts. A little something from home.
Two weeks before the wedding
I began sending out emails to all of our vendors to reconfirm our bookings and details. Everyone from the hotel to the transfers got back to me right away and and confirmed we were all set. I was disappointed in Yachts de Paris though. I sent Jessica (our contact) an email and received an automated response saying that she was no longer with the company. What! The woman assisting in the planning of my sister's wedding was no longer there and no one let me know....stress! I sent an email to Anais (the new contact) and stated my concerns. In the end Anais was a wonderful help and the wedding went beautifully.
Next blog post is all about our actual experiences with our vendors.