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…


I Found the Gown Y’all!!

Well, it happened. The second big “IT” of the whoooole wedding process. I got my wedding dress!! I said “Yes” to the dress, I found the gown, what have you- I (mom/dad) purchased the dress I will be getting married in. Can you believe it? I sure can’t.

This past Saturday morning, I met my mother, Aunt Mary, Kate (MOH), Jane, and Amelia (flowergirl) at Platinum Bridal in Southboro. It had SO many more options than the first place and they could work with almost any budget. When I gave her my price point, I had plenty to choose from. The very first dress I tried on I absolutely loved…it was exactly what I wanted in every way. It was definitely going in the “maybe” pile. I went through about 10 other dresses and nothing compared. I felt bad saying “no” to them all just because it was a lot of work getting in, getting out, clipping, etc. I didn’t want to waste everyone’s time, so after I finished with what they had pulled for me, I put on the first dress.

You know how on SYTD they keep saying that you’ll have your “bridal moment”? Totally happens. I didn’t cry or anything, but I could NOT stop smiling. It just felt good (despite it being 98402934892349230 sizes too small). When I put a veil on, I was sold. It really does pull everything together. And the best part of the whole thing? It was waaaaay under budget. Like, so much so that I thought my mother was going to fall off her chair when she was told how much it was. I HIGHLY recommend this place to all future MA brides…I had such a great experience there. I’m a little sad that I won’t be able to see my dress for another 6 months, but it’s just one of the many things I have to look forward to!

I’d post the link to the dress, but just in case Drew ever reads this (yeah, right) I can’t allow myself to do that. I’m not taking ANY chances.