Hi Friends! It’s been a while since my last Wedding Wednesday so I thought I’d give you an update on some of the progress we’ve made lately and some things we’re looking forward to next.
We actually didn’t do very much wedding related stuff for about a month and you know what? It was really nice. Although I’m enjoying the wedding planning process more than I ever imagined it was great to just focus on having fun together without thinking so much about the future. Sometimes I reflect on how fleeting this phase of our relationship is. Sure, it’ll be a 13 month engagement when all is said and done and I realize lots of people have much shorter engagements than that (some may think we’re crazy), but there’s something really special about this time and I want to make sure I’m present for it all.
Now that we’re back in planning mode (though of course still fully enjoying ourselves) here’s some of the latest news:
We Bought My Ring!
We bought my wedding ring this weekend and it arrived on Tuesday and I’m in love. I can’t even tell you how mega this step feels. That’s the ring with which I’ll say “I do!!” Wow. I never imagined we’d pick out the ring so soon, but I spotted it at the same place Robert got my engagement ring and it just so happened to be on sale! How often does that kind of stuff go on sale? Never. That’s how often. I knew I had to get it because if I waited any longer I may not have sprung for one as fancy as this even though it’s the one I truly wanted. In many ways this step felt a lot like finding our venue and picking out my dress in that it was nothing like I pictured it would be (though that doesn’t make it any less exciting). I figured we’d go shopping together a few times and try on rings for both of us and make an event out of it. But we purchased my ring online. It was 11 a.m. on Saturday morning and I was wearing a Northwestern hoodie quite possibly for the third day in a row. Classy. I still wanted to make the moment special in some way, so Robert sat with me as I filled in the shipping and billing information (squealing all along–me, not him) and then he put his hand on mine and we pressed down on the mouse together to confirm the order. Welcome to wedding ring shopping in 2013! Now I just have to figure out how not wear it around the house for the next eight months.
My Thoughts on Pinterest for Planning
One of the next big items on our list is finding a florist. I’ve done some preliminary research, but nothing too serious yet. Apparently florists don’t just do flowers they can also take care of things like candles and other pretty elements. You may already know this, but it was news to me. Well, I realized that if I were to contact a florist tomorrow I wasn’t really sure what I’d say when it comes to questions like What do I have in mind? What kind of look do I want? What kind of flowers do I want? Um, IDK. Enter: Pinterest. I’ve resisted making a specific wedding board because I figured it would take any surprise out of the Big Day. Pinterest-friend guests would show up feeling like they’d already seen it all before. But the reality is that a fraction of our guests are on Pinterest anyway, our venue is really unique, and Pinterest is just about combing the web for inspiration. Putting together that board really helped me get clear on what things jump out at me and it appears I like a natural garden feel with soft, neutral colors. I’m sure I’m the only bride in history to ever say that to a florist (yeah, right), but at least I know what kinds of things to say when I open my mouth. Once I have a real conversation with a few florists I’ll also have a much better idea of which things we’ll want them to do and which will go on our DIY/Find on Etsy (and other cool places) list. Even with a Pinterest board we’ll still have plenty of surprises in store!
We’re starting the process of answering the question: who the heck is going to marry us? (Our ceremony will be at the venue and neither of us has a strong religious affiliation.) We also plan to take a very active role in writing our ceremony, which is something that makes me both terrified and thrilled. So more on that to come in the future!
That’s all for now! Hope you’re having a great week : )