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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Pushing the Date Back...

Life is constantly changing, and it's hard for it to ever stay the same for too long. A lot of developments have been made on the wedding front, but my mind isn't on the wedding anymore. I'm thinking about pushing it back again. I know everyone is going to think I'm crazy, but it makes sense to me. I'm not sure if I can wait much longer to be legally wed. We might take the plunge and go to the court house on a Wednesday afternoon. More details to come later.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Making a List

With 9 months of planning ahead of me, I have to set my priorities and actually start planning now. I'm going to have to warn you that I am a professional procrastinator. While 9 months may sound like plenty of time to normal people, I know that I'll probably put off everything for another month or two. To better prepare myself, I'll make a list of some things I should start worrying about now...

  • Book Restaurant - This one requires a deposit to reserve the date and also a meeting of the parents. I try to avoid wedding talk with my parents, and oddly enough my dad brought up the need to meet Hubby's parents. He suggested dim sum one weekend, and he even added the subject of the wedding into conversation. It was super weird, but I'll take it. I need my parent's help/hook up to book the restaurant, and this may be the perfect opportunity.
Imperial Inn Restaurant in Philly - Photo by Dave H. from Yelp
  • Come up with new name for Hubby - This is purely for blogging related purposes. I think he deserves a cooler name. Technically "hubby" is not his actual title.. at least not for another 9 months.
  • Wedding Dress - I need to work quickly and set up an appointment to get my dress altered. I have a seamstress in mind, but she also happens to be in Lancaster. I was too impressed with Mrs. Sushi's alterations, and I think I might just have to give her a call. Since I'm uncertain of how it will turn out, I also need a back up plan. That will consist of going to multiple bridal shops to try on wedding dresses. I just wonder when I'll find the time to go shopping. I'm not so sure I want to do it alone either. =/

Is it possible to transform my vintage dress find into this amazing Monique Lhuillier sketch? I think it's worth the try.
  • Save the Date & Wedding Invitations - I know I'm probably crazy, but I think I'm going to try to DIY my invites. It needs to be extra special with a dash of my creativity in the mix. I don't think I can settle for normal or expensive invitations. The STDs will be my first attempt at a DIY project for the wedding, and it'll be a test as to whether or not I can handle it. I need to start brainstorming pronto!
Do you remember these kusudamas? Well I ended up buying a lot of the paper I used for the kusudama on the right, and I'm going to find some way to incorporate that into the invites and STDs.

While the to do list for the wedding will never end until the actual wedding day, I will need to keep myself somewhat on track. Hopefully I can tackle some of the tasks above and get prepped for this planning thing.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Having a Date...

There is something about having a wedding date that makes this wedding feel very real for the first time. It also sets a deadline for me, and it's also a very scary deadline too. In the year and a half that I've been engaged, I didn't actually think that the day would come. You know.. when the date is set and I have no other choice but to plan and stress until the wedding. It's kind of sad to leave the carefree side of being wedding obsessed (just obsessed with no action). I have a feeling that this planning process will be stressful and full of conflicts. The process alone coming up with the date was stressful, and I can only see it getting worse in the upcoming months.

I am glad that I'm somewhat prepared for this journey. I've had two sisters go down the aisle, and I saw firsthand a good portion of how heavily involved this process can be. I know how much stuff should cost (well the price 5 years ago), and I know that this can be a very expensive affair too. Weddingbee and many other wedding sites have instilled in me the confidence that I can pull this off. I've gathered so much inspiration, and I am in awe of how brides can put amazing weddings together everyday.

Now I can only hope that people will understand that I have the knowledge and background to get most of the planning done. I know there will be deadlines, and I'm no stranger to pricing in the wedding world. It doesn't shock me like most people. Hmm.. now if only I can convince others that it's "normal" to pay a couple hundred (thousands at times) for a wedding gown.

Oh and Hubby and I will be paying for this wedding with our money. I'm a very stingy and thrifty gal, and I'm going to make every dollar we spend stretch out like no other. While I'm sure Hubby's parents will help us along the way, I really would rather have no financial assistance. It will help me budget the way I want to and spend more in areas where I deem necessary.

Next step - put a deposit for the restaurant. Our date is still available. We just need to go there with some cash monies. Maybe we'll get around to it today. Then this will feel even more real...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Blog Worthy News

There is some exciting news that I have been meaning to share for quite some time now. We have a wedding date!! Well it's not exactly set in stone, but it on its way to being official soon. FMIL consulted with a family member to determine the luckiest day for our wedding. It was a somewhat bothersome process, which I'll explain in a later post. I'm just glad that we have a date in mind and can work towards getting a wedding planned.

So this wedding date is 9 months away... 9 months!!! Part of me wants to freak out because I am no where near ready to start planning. Then I have to realize that I've been wedding blog stalking for the past year and a half. It should have prepared me for what to expect, right? Well I do know what to expect, and maybe that worries me the most. Somehow we'll make it work. Step one.. book the restaurant. *tries to remain calm*

Oh and there's a second part to this exciting post too! So I think everyone knows how much I adore Weddingbee. Well this post came up in the classifieds, and I jumped at the opportunity. I knew there was a good reason why we live so close to Philly =). I emailed Mrs. Candy Corn as soon as I saw the post on the front page, and I patiently waited a whole weekend for a reply. I usually have no luck with freebee offers, but I guess luck was on my side this time around because we were picked!! After some back and forth conversations via email we scheduled for an engagement photo session for next spring. I am super excited!! I am going to meet a beeeee, and we're going to have our first photo session ever.

I guess you could say that this marks the beginning of the wedding planning process, and you'll see me more often here. I bet you guys have been waiting for my return... haha. Who am I kidding? I only have 2 readers... Hi, Anthony! Hi, Hubby! Hi, Jen! Hi, Brittney... wait, that list turned into more than two in a matter of seconds. Well I'm back, and I'm ready to attack. Be prepared!!