If I were to host a wedding planning brunch (complete with mimosas), I’d invite Kate Spade for her classic ways, Ina Garten for her delightful and calm demeanor, Nate Berkus for his fabulous style, my mom for her touch of tradition, and my sister for her creativity and always-fun mantra. Who’s style will you borrow?
I’m engaged! So very pumped, and I’ve officially entered into the world of wedding planning. Yikes.
I love a good party, and I enjoy planning fun events, too, but this whole wedding thing is very different from anything I’ve experienced. It’s all about you, or at least it feels that way. For some, that may be a bit daunting (read: yes, I’m talking about me). And you know what? It’s all good.
After we got engaged, we were fortunate enough to be lovingly attacked by questions about dates, dresses and locations. All of which required answers we didn’t have.
Piece of advice No. 1: Enjoy your engagement. There is plenty to follow when it comes to details, but just take it all in. Wise words from my hubby-to-be: just remember, we only have to do this once. He was referring to the four hours of phone calls we made post-engagement.
Advice No. 2: Be a good communicator. MAF (my awesome fiancé) hired a photographer to capture our engagement moment (totally amazing and thoughtful, I concur). The photographer had told MAF that he would post some photos from this awesome surprise as soon as he got back to the studio. Where did he post, you ask? Facebook. Never would I have fathomed communicating this news via Facebook, but times are a changin! If you care to call your family, friends and college roommates before their newsfeed updates, do yourself a solid and micromanage your social media. Turn off your photos temporarily, or make your profile private until you called the people who can still communicate without the assistance of Mark Zuckerberg.
Advice No. 3: Be happy for yourself, the rest is gravy. I have amazing friends. We are all in the same book, but we are on separate pages. That is okay. If you are happy, others will be, too. Some friends are in the midst of wedding season, and your engagement news = dollar signs. Others are sick of the annoyingly awful dates that OkayCupid has produced, and while your news is awesome, they are reminded of their lack of significant spooner. Whatever the case may be, whatever bad mood someone is in—don’t let it get you down. If you are happy, that’s all that matters. We all have moments of weakness, don’t let someone else rain on your parade.
You know the whole experiment I mentioned? Here we go. Andiamo.
The whole wedding process can be overwhelming, and I found myself part of that camp. I’m talking process. Not just planning your wedding, at times I feel fairly clueless about the whole shabang. I’m part of the earlier crew of engaged ladies in my group, which is cool and kind of terrifying.
I was surprised, I’ll admit, as I searched for blogs, books and wise wedded ladies online. I found really detailed info (helpful at times), or things that just didn’t suit my style (hello life on pinterest). Maybe I didn’t google long enough, but I just wanted a friendly voice full of cool ideas and mild mind-reading.
This is my answer to what I was searching for, I hope you’ll join me on my wedding adventure. I can guarantee highs and lows, and total Liz Lemon moments.
Everything’s better with friends.
Hi. It’s nice to meet you, again. Howdy from South Carolina!
I’m the worst. It’s been nearly a year, what kind of blogger do I think I am!? Clearly, I am one who is seeking forgiveness for blog neglect. Please, accept my apologies!
Friends, so many awesome things have been happening lately! I moved! I’m engaged!! I have a new job! I’m back! I’ve missed this, it’s a great outlet and it requires some discipline. I’ve tossed my laziness and excuses to the side, enough of that. I dug my discipline out of the back of my closet.
Blog science in progress.
I’m experimenting, bear with me. What should I put on here? Do I really need to document what’s going on in my life for you? Or for me? I mean, facebooktwitterinstagramgoogleplusemail may not be enough, and this seems to be a personal way to connect. I’ll admit, I’m not the best when it comes to documenting every meal I create. But we’ll see. Anyway, here’s to expressing yourself through writing and getting back on the horse after you’ve fallen off and called a cab to get home.
Food rocks, and it’s a huge part of my life. But I’ve been thinking about what’s taking over my world (in the best way possible), so wedding/marriage planning may come up more often than I previously anticipated. I promise it won’t be annoying, but if it is, please let me know.
A dopo. Va bene.