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The past few weeks, wedding planning seemed to be a bit trivial in light of the recent events in Boston. I felt sort of guilty running around planning the rest of my happy life while other people’s lives were changing for the worse.

However, in an attempt to return to normalcy, here is a MUCH needed wedding update.

 

A few weeks ago my aunts, mother, future mother in law, and maid of honor threw me a BEAUTIFUL wedding shower. I was absolutely floored at what they put together. They tried to keep it a surprise, but I did eventually find out. After all, I couldn’t just show up in my pjs! I’m also nosy and hate being left in the dark. Anyways, everything was above and beyond my expectations. I also underestimated the sheer amount of gifts that people bring to these things. Good God. I think Mary’s living room gave a McNealy Family Christmas a good run for its money! A few weekends ago, I ripped apart my kitchen and put everything we got away. I’ve never been so excited to use a blender in my life.

A week later; Kate, Elaine, my mother, and I got together and put the invites together. We did them “assembly line” style, which worked out perfectly. They were sent out a few days later. The only bummer about the invites is that the RSVPs are going to my parents house so i dont get to open any of them. However, my mother is doing a very good job at giving me daily updates about who is coming and who is eating what. The majority seem to be choosing the filet meal option, which isnt much of a surprise, but it may or may not send my dad into a spiraling fit of anxiety. Don’t go all George Banks on me, dad!

The week after that, my mother and I met with the florist again to tie up some loose ends to show us some samples of flowers. I am absolutely thrilled with what we were shown. I met a girl at our marriage-prep class that said that she has only talked with her florist via email, even though she has a shop only an hour or so away. She has no idea what flowers she is going to be using or what they look like or what her center pieces look like. TRY MEET WITH ALL OF YOUR VENDORS- CAN’T STRESS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS! If not yourself, then someone else who you trust that lives near whoever you have been speaking with. For the peace of mind alone, its worth it.

 

The week after THAT (ugh), I went for my first “real” dress fitting. I tried it on a few weeks back, as you know, but this time they figured out alterations and stuff. There isn’t a whole lot that needs to be done, thankfully. Just a hem and a tuck here and there. I brought along my veil to make sure the length looked right with everything. Spoiler alert: it looks great. I am really really really really excited for it all to come together! Still looking for a hair piece though. When I went for hair trial, my hair dresser gave me what she wore in her hair. Its really nice and almost exactly what I am looking for, but I think I want something of my own to keep.

We are really getting down to the wire here…only 43 days left! I am definitely losing more and more sleep. As soon as the lights are turned out, my mind starts racing. I’ve been putting everything i think of into my phone when this happens, but it stop me from thinking about it over and over.  

I am starting to look into the whole name change process. Its a lot more intense then i originally thought. There are a few kits that I can buy online for $30 that will give you all of the paper work and pre-fill it in for you. It might be worth it just to be sure I don’t miss anything important. I’ve heard that missnowmrs.com is the way to go. 

 

Did i forget anything? I dont think so. Hopefully I will have the energy to write a few more times before the wedding…

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Oops!

I feel like I’ve started nearly every entry the same way: “sorry”. I’ve been neglecting the blog and for that I apologize. However- we have actually been able to get a few things done!

A few weeks ago, my bridesmaid Caroline met Andrew and I out in Amherst and took our engagement pictures. We have only seen a few so far, but I am loving them already. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Caroline and Paper + Frame did a great job setting everything up and making us feel comfortable. I can’t wait to see the rest of the pictures!!

This past weekend I had the worst cold I’ve had in years. Probably ever. I’m relieved to be semi-over it.

Earlier today Drew, my mom and I met with Jennifer at CMS Flora in Bourne and talked flowers. She was able take all the pictures and descriptions I’ve been sending her over the past few weeks and visualize what we want. I feel so relieved to have the flowers under control. She talked to us about the centerpieces, the bridesmaids bouquets, my bouquet, the groomsmen and groom’s boutonnieres, corsages, and church flowers. And best of all- we came in under budget. PUMPED. Its so important to find a place that will actually sit and talk with you…I’ve read that a lot of places will just have you fill out a questionnaire 8 months before your wedding and you don’t hear from them until the day of. Ugh, I can feel my anxiety rising just thinking about it.

We also booked the hotel room where I will be staying the night before the wedding, getting ready the morning of, and where we will be staying the wedding night. The Flying Bridge Restaurant is owned by the Coonamesset Inn in Falmouth which is gorg. I was actually a contender for the reception. They gave us a 10% discount (hollaaaa) since we are using one of their restaurants for the reception. The wedding suite is HUUUUGE and so cute inside. The perfect amount of room for myself and the bridesmaids to get ready and for getting pictures taken.

I feel like we’ve made a lot of progress in the past few weeks. Its all little things & baby steps, but its going to help so much knowing that they are out of the way come crunch time. Only 8 more months to go! (i’m throwing up right now).

Until next time…hopefully sooner than later!