Gonnnnnna get m-a-r-r-i-e-d?!?! Yup, my friends, I am officially a grown-up. I’m gettin’ hitched. The girl who still sleeps with her childhood stuffed bear and whose mom has her Barbie collection ready for her holiday visit this year is a-walkin’ down the aisle. And you know what that means? It means it’s time to start planning. Won’t you join me?
I would lurrrrv to hear from y’all about the parts of your wedding that came together to make it truly unique and special. Are there examples of DIYs you constructed that worked like a charm? Was there a type of food/bridesmaid dress/song/vows that contributed to your day feeling like a fairytale?
With so many thoughts and ideas swimming around my head, the idea of putting everything together is at times totally daunting. Yet slowly but surely I’m starting to explore the wedding blogs (aka PORN FOR WOMEN), various nuptial magz (eh, completely underwhelmed here), and many of my friends’ brains (thank you, homies!) for ideas, inspiration, practical advice… you catch my drift.
But first, in the great words of David Byrne in one of my all-time favorite songs, “Once In a Lifetime“, How did I get here?
It’s actually a cute lil’ ditty, about a Boy who met a Girl back in college. They were friends, occasionally running into each other at Boy’s legendary frat parties (helloooooo PHI DELTS!).
Boy and Girl graduated and moved off in separate directions, presumably never to see each other again.
Until 10 years later, when Boy contacted Girl to inform her he was living a mere two hours away. Well ya don’t say…..
So Girl drives down the California coast one weekend to see her pal from the glory days of ol’ college. To their slight surprise, Boy and Girl experience something along the lines of a-thees:
Boy and Girl get to know the LA/San Diego route very well over the next year and a half as they fall in love…
And then, well, the rest is history.
So now, here we stand, with T-minus 359 days to go and a wedding fiesta to start planning (think Florida, beachy, sand-between-your-toes rustic chic nuptials). Oh, goody.
So tell me, darling readers, what worked for you? Anything you’d do differently? Did you have a signature cocktail? Is a videographer necessary? Any cost-cutting tips? As my wedding will be a smaller to mid-sized affair, I plan to keep it intimate, fun, and most importantly full of love.
Luckily, there is something I’ve already taken care of – my photographers. Bless you, glorious ladies at joielala. I knew you were good this summer when you managed to make this humble Midwesterner look like something out of a James Bond movie:
So let’s jump in, head first, shall we? Let the games begin….