It has been some time since I’ve posted about the general details of the planning process, as my last post was dedicated to sharing the details of our honeymoon, and I finally feel like I’m at a place where I can justify an update!
A massive part of the past few weeks has been dedicating my weekends to DIY. I remember, months and months ago, a friend asking me if we were doing a lot of DIY projects, to which I had responded, “no, not that many.” However, after coming up with ideas and seeing how much prefab versions of those ideas cost (and how awful the typography was), I realized it would be more cost effective and, simply, better to do things myself. The answer I gave to my friend was knocked right out of the park.
Fast forward a couple of months and we’ve DIYed our card box, ring box, favors, stationary (that was a given), table numbers, signs, cake stand, cake topper design, and guest book design—plus a few other things I’m sure are escaping me. This weekend is dedicated to purchasing the last of the signage materials, staining as many of the wood elements as I can manage, continuing signage work, and definitely continuing favors, which has been an ongoing, evening project for me.
Once this next chunk is done, it’ll be onto the last of the printed materials and finishing a few things here and there, but we’ll be close to finished.
I had a very exciting moment this past week, as I set out to begin scheduling vendor follow-up meetings before our coordinator heads on a two-week vacation in a few days. I was going back-and-forth with her, our caterer, and the venue owner to schedule a walk-through the other day and she mentioned scheduling a call to go over details about the day, before our final walkthrough.
**Cue wide-eyed deer in headlights look**
Now, that walkthrough isn’t for a month. But I was suddenly astounded at the thought of any meeting being final. HOW ARE WE TO THAT POINT ALREADY?!?! It set off a slight panic in me; but more so than anything, it got me incredibly excited and—shocker—a tad emotional because I get to marry my best friend so soon. I had a very real and long-lasting, “Holy crap, I’m getting married” bout.
But now, we have our final catering selections meeting scheduled for tomorrow, the walkthrough with our coordinator and caterer scheduled for the first week in May, my general hair appointment (to color my hair and match the extensions I got) on Wednesday, my hair and makeup trial for the following Wednesday, my first gown fitting for the 14th… we are moving right along!! Not to mention, I’m aiming to get as many final payments out this weekend as possible for vendors who have a set price (not dependent on final head count).
Phew!! We’re gettin’ there!
A Fit Bride
If you’ve been following other areas of my blog (though it’s been a while since I’ve talked about the subject), you may know I’ve been on an endeavor to get fit and healthy over the past 4-5 months. It is super common to hear that a bride wants to be in great shape for her wedding and I am no different.
I have been exercising every day, both slimming down and gaining muscle. I’ve been tracking my progress along the way (photos to come in a couple of weeks) and I have seen some incredible results up to this point. I didn’t set June 9th as my goal date, but April 14, which is when my fittings begin.
Though my reasons for wanting to get in shape extend far beyond our wedding (a.k.a motherhood (when the time comes)), it has been a great motivator for me along the way. I won’t get into all the reasons I’ve made the changes I have, but I will share why the wedding has a role in it.
Every woman wants to feel beautiful on her wedding day. So yes, I’ll say it: I want to feel beautiful on my wedding day. That doesn’t mean I am in the best shape of my life or my skin is the clearest it’s ever been or there isn’t a flyaway hair in sight. It means that I feel good in my body. I feel healthy and radiant—I feel on the outside the way I do on the inside. I’ve accepted a lot of things about my body over the years, but I still don’t want to be thinking about any of my perceived flaws on my wedding day. So I’ve put in the work and made some real lifestyle changes for the better. Can’t wait to share progress!
Wrap it up
It is crazy to think that we are just ten short weeks from our wedding already! It feels like yesterday I was going out of my mind waiting for Nick to propose. We have a lot left to do, but are in a great place for being 10 weeks out… like really great. It’s been incredible seeing all the details come together and I can’t wait to see what these next few months will bring!