At the end of August, I wrote about the plans for our wedding in Germany, which will be held this year on December 30! There, I wrote that we had set a date and location, I had my dress, and we sent out invitations.

Planning a wedding in Germany

Here is what we’ve gotten done since then:

Our wedding is small and simple, but finding a great photographer whose style we really liked was important for us. We sent emails to about 15 photographers in our city. We were pleasantly surprised when our two favorites quoted us reasonable prices for a three-hour photography package (digital copies of all edited photos included).

Funny story: after making an appointment with one of the photographers, we happened to see him “at work,” while we were walking through the city. We just watched without saying hi. When we met with him the next week, we really got along with him, so we booked him on the spot!

Groom’s Suit
After going to several different stores and ordering (and sending back) at least 10 different colors and styles from online retailers, Marco finally found the perfect suit! He has also already purchased a vest and tie. I don’t want to give too much away, but here is the picture that inspired Marco’s outfit:

All he has left to buy now is a shirt and shoes.
The standard length of a wedding reception in Germany is 8 hours. Yes, my American friends, you read that right: 8 hours. So, our wedding reception is going to be 8 hours long.
With such a small guest list and a long time frame, we knew we needed good food and an open bar. Since Marco really loves to eat, we also opted for the buffet and a late night snack. We met with our event planner in early October to set the menu.
The following weekend, we went to the hotel’s wine distributor to choose the wine that will be served at our wedding. That was a lot of fun, and I was definitely tipsy by the end of it.
Wedding Cake
My soon-to-be-[practically-step-]mother-in-law (i.e. my fianc√©’s father’s long-term partner) has graciously offered to make our wedding cake. She already has plans to make a three-tier cake, which should be plenty for our 30 guests. However, just this weekend, she also told us she will make two additional cakes as well. All I can say is that I hope our guests leave room after the buffet!
We also plan on using my parent’s Precious Moments cake topper, which they still have from their wedding. I think it’s pretty darn cute.
Precious Moments wedding cake topper
Well, that’s about it for now! Next up on our list of things to do: design/print menu cards, choose centerpieces, buy wedding favors, and get a sound system.