Dazed and Confounded

I think I finally know how men feel. They supposedly think about relations about 19 times per day (no, not every seven seconds – that’s an urban legend. Here’s my source). Well, I’ve got men beat. I decided that yesterday I would count how many times I thought about the wedding. And my number? 31 times during the 16 hours I was awake. And women think men have one-track minds… Plus, those 31 times I thought about the wedding didn’t count the time that I was actually working on it. As Justin said, “How are you going to keep track? –Actually, it will be easy. Your number will be one because you think about the wedding all day long.” It’s true, I’m completely consumed with everything about the wedding. My head is filled with so many different...

The Fine Art of Wedding Invitation Wording

Imagine walking through your local outdoor shopping center and all of a sudden hearing someone yell out all the details for a neighbors wedding. Sound strange? Back in the Middle Ages that was how it was done. Town criers announced weddings to everyone in the village and all who heard the invitation was welcome to come.  It actually sounds quite nice to me. No worrying about offending family and friends by not inviting them, no horrid nightmares about sending out the wrong date on the invites, and definitely no late nights staying up and stuffing invites into envelopes. Not only is it not as simple now to get the wording on wedding invitations just right as it was in the Middle Ages, it’s not even as simple as it was two decades ago. Let me explain. I have four...

Why I Wish I Was More Like Rachel Green Than Monica Gellar

Yes, we are talking the phenomenal sitcom Friends here. Let me set the scene for those of you who are unfamiliar: Rachel and Monica are best friends. Monica is super organized – some might even call her anal and Rachel is a bit light-headed but easygoing, you could say what one lacks, the other has. Every few months I get a catalog from the wedding branch of Oriental Trading. When I open my mailbox and see that catalog sitting there I always cringe. I just find the items so cheesy. But instead of throwing it right in the recycling bin, what do I do? I look through every page. That’s strange, right? Most of the items in the catalog are the same every time and whatever seasonal items they have that are new aren’t better than the old ones. So I wonder what...

The Devil’s in the Details

I don’t think I fully grasped that saying until three nights ago. Cue the cool effects and dreamyharp music… Oops, I thought I was in an episode of Saved by the Bell for a minute. Before  November I thought planning a wedding was the most fun thing that ever happened to me. That’s when things were simple. That’s when I was making the easy decisions like picking out my dress, venue, caterer, florist, and photographer. For some reason the bigger decisions were easier ones. But, nothing is simple anymore. Now it’s time to choose if we are going to have gumpaste or real flowers on the cake,  gifts for my bridesmaids, my jewelry, what color shirt and tie Justin is going to wear, what color shirt and tie the groomsmen are going to wear…I could go on and on...

Wedding Vows, Cleavage, and Tracking Status

Last night while planning our wedding ceremony, Justin and I came across this statement on the internet: “We discourage brides and grooms from attempting to memorize their vows.   We even discourage seasoned actors from memorizing their vows. Here’s why. Your Head takes a Vacation” (http://www.wedd101.com/bx-about-wedding-vows.html). Point taken. Justin and I both agreed quickly that we wouldn’t be memorizing our vows. What followed was quite an interesting conversation:  Me: Where are we going to put the vows if we don’t memorize them? Maybe Kevin (the best man) can hold them. Justin: Kevin can’t hold your vows, that’s not right… why can’t you hold them? Me: Where am I going to put them? Justin: Have Ariel (the maid of...

My Most Boring Post Yet (It’s About Change)

Wow, if that title up there didn’t want to make you read this blog post, I don’t know what will. Anyway, here we go…change can be endless when you are planning a wedding. Justin and I think of new people we would like to invite almost every day. Sometimes we think of something we forgot to add to our registry. I can’t make my mind up about shoes and have purchased three pairs now. Other times the change is bigger like when we realized I made a rather large mistake with the budget (more on that later). Justin bought a suit but thinks he might want something different. I almost changed my mind about my wedding dress, I even tried a different dress on few weeks ago. Justin and I aren’t even indecisive people, these kinds of things just...

Goldilocks and the Three Pairs of Shoes

Goldilocks and the Three Pairs of Shoes

Shoes. Who would think they would be the hardest thing to pick out? I found my dress the second day I went out looking but I have been searching for the perfect pair of shoes for six months now. I ‘m like Goldilocks and the Three Pairs of Shoes. The first pair was too high but pretty, the second pair was comfortable but not so pretty,  hopefully the third pair will be just right (when I find it). My initial instinct was to wear flats or a very very small heel. I was being practical at that point. Then I started seeing photos of brides in really beautiful high heels and let the fashion side of my brain take over (which of course is also the more expensive side of my brain). So, I ordered the most beautiful pair of heels, see… They were gorgeous but...

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate Version Two

Apparently I didn’t follow my own advice in my Communicate, Communicate, Communicate blog post. I asked Justin to take care of researching ordaining since we want my Uncle Michael to lead the ceremony.  I have been getting a daily email now for the past two weeks reminding me that this task is overdue and it’s starting to get annoying. Anyway, he looked into it this past weekend while My Mom and I were working on my veil at her house. When I got home I asked him what he found out. I got a very simple one sentence answer, “friends and family can’t marry us without being ordained but we can marry ourselves.” Not exactly the scope of information I was looking for. I could easily blame the lack of research on Justin but in the end it was my fault. I...

What Goes to Vegas Stays in Vegas

Picture a poor, lonely network wedding diagram sitting on a bedside table in Vegas… I naively thought that I would have time to work on applying the schedule to my network diagram while I was in Vegas this past weekend. So I spent a bunch of time printing it out, cutting it down, and taping it together last week so I would have a portable version I could write on. Justin and I both decided that the plane to Vegas was no place to be thinking about our wedding. Once we got to our hotel room I took it out of my purse, put it on the bedside table, and promptly forgot about it. Big surprise! Now that I am back in the real world I have had an opportunity to print out my network diagram again and apply the schedule. It didn’t take me long to realize that this is...

I Bet Barbie® Never Made a Network Diagram

I Bet Barbie® Never Made a Network Diagram

Here’s a little tidbit of information for you: Barbie® and Ken® were never married. This is according to a website called manbehindthedoll.com. I swear they had kids together. Perhaps out of wedlock? What a scandal! But my early childhood memory could be playing tricks on me. Apparently Barbie’s friend, Midge® and her Husband, Allan® are the only married characters in the Barbie® doll line. I did a little quick research and found on Wikipedia that in 2004 Barbie® and Ken® decided to call it quits and then in 2005 rekindled their flame after Ken® got a makeover. That’s what you would call a modern day relationship. Anyhoooo, I digress. Needless to say since Barbie® never got married, she never had to do what I just did. It took me quite a number of...

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