Miss Mongoose, New Haven, CTAge and Occupation: 28, Digital AdvertisingFiance's Age and Occupation: 30, Business DevelopmentEngagement Date: November 19th, 2011Wedding Date: May 2013Venue: Hotel Nelligan in Montreal, CAAbout Me:
I was born and raised in Queens, NY (though you would never know due to my lack of a "real" New York accent) but currently live in Connecticut with my fiance. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a crazy obsession for planning and organizing things, so it comes as no surprise that I'm currently obsessed with planning our wedding. I love dancing, music, traveling, reading fiction novels, cooking, the color blue, cupcakes, all things space science-related and TV shows created by Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams. My fiance and I have been together for seven years and are so excited to finally get married next year. We are planning a peacock-themed destination wedding in Montreal, one of our favorite cities in the world, with 100 or so of our closest family and friends. While we may look very different on the outside, we have eerily similar personalities (probably due to the fact that we share the exact same birthday) and share very similar passions. But above all else, we love each other and love to have FUN!!!
Hive, I can’t believe I’m finally getting married tomorrow. I’m sitting here in our amazing room, blow drying my hair, and just had room service delivered because I realized I forgot to eat today. I spent a glorious morning at the spa getting a massage and pedicure…and remembering to eat completely slipped my mind. I got back to the room, and Mr. M came about 30 minutes later, gave me crap for not eating, and immediately ordered me room service (this is why he’s a keeper). Saying that the past few days have been a complete whirlwind is an understatement!
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Incredible room—this is where us ladies will get primped tomorrow.
Mrs. Boa Constrictor, Isabela, Puerto RicoAge and Occupation: 22, Undergraduate StudentFiance's Age and Occupation: 23, Soon-to-be Civil EngineerEngagement Date: May 19, 2011Wedding Date: May 2012Venue: El Faro Convention CenterAbout Me: I’m a Caribbean gal, born and bred on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, finishing her last year as an undergrad. I describe myself as a “closet nerd” as I secretly enjoy reading research papers, playing video games, and geeking out on Lord of the Rings movie marathons. I will marry my college sweetheart, a soon-to-be civil engineer, who loves Legos and old-school Puerto Rican cooking. This is sure to be a fast-paced year with our wedding, honeymoon, college graduation, new jobs, and a cross-country move all within less than 30 days of each other!
Three hundred sixty-five days ago I said “I do.” I said “I do” to a lifetime of love and commitment, to sharing my life with another human being, and to embarking on the great adventure that is marriage.
Three hundred sixty-five days ago, I was wearing a big puffy white dress and too much makeup. You were standing in too tight shoes and smelling like Ivory soap. You held my hand at the altar and the world faded away. In that moment I knew I was at exactly the right place at the right time. Every decision I have ever made, some way or another, led me to you, to that moment, and to today. Here I stand, 365 days more in love, one year of marriage under my belt, standing in line for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, holding your hand, and looking forward to the future.
Miss Camel, Athens, GAAge and Occupation: 29, high school teacherFiance's Age and Occupation: 35, high school teacherEngagement Date: March 2012Wedding Date: May 2013Venue: Cloverleaf FarmAbout Me: I'm a high school social studies teacher who started her career teaching English in Japan with the JET Program. I love photography and history. I also like to travel and take naps---two things that you would think contradict each other, but somehow they don't. My heroes are Dwight Schrute, Liz Lemon, the Dude, and T.E. Lawrence. I traveled the world throughout my 20s only to fall in love with the social studies teacher in the classroom next door to mine. He just happened to be the kindest, most compassionate, and selfless person I had ever met and each day I'm so thankful to have him in my life. We are planning a whimsical, relaxed countryside wedding with a little Marie Antoinette flair thrown in for good measure. Please join us on our wedding planning adventures!
Well guys, I am getting married this weekend. Our 14-month engagement is finally at an end! But what would a wedding be without some last-minute DIY crafts? I made these programs and had them printed at a local print shop for cheap. With a dedicated assembly line including my dad, Mr. C, and myself, we were able to assemble 80 of these wedding program fans last night. We tied on little blue, cream, and pink ribbons to tie in with our wedding colors. I ran out this afternoon and bought a basket to put them in for the ceremony. And here is the final product:
I used the wreaths and cameo graphics that I made for our save the dates, so that made these pretty simple to create. I was really inspired by the layout that Mrs. Bunting created for her wedding programs and used that as a guide for ours.
Miss Road Trip, TallahasseeAge and Occupation: 36, Writer, Artist & BookkeeperFiance's Age and Occupation: 47, AccountantEngagement Date: September 30, 2011Wedding Date: November, 2013Venue: Honey Lake PlantationAbout Me: Born in Louisiana (I share my birthday with the state, which I think is pretty cool), I'm a Florida transplant who has (mostly) stopped trying to escape the state and surrendered to its particular charms. I believe in the power of creativity, cocktails, (parenthetical asides), and laughter (usually at my own expense). Riding shotgun, Mr. Road Trip is a Nebraska native who still hasn't gotten used to the Florida version of "winter" but loves woodworking as much as I love paper and paints. We're a couple of sci-fi and gaming geeks who always break for wine tastings. Our wine-a-plenty morning wedding will be small with lots of DIY touches. And lots of bacon.
Organizing some of the bridal-show takeaways had me thinking about how much wedding planning has changed over the last 20 years.
Two decades ago—maybe even only one—most of the planning was done on paper in one of those massive binders or spiral-bound books that you can still find in bookstores. Online involvement was spotty at best, and we definitely didn’t have tools like Pinterest!
These days, the temptation to go 100% digital with the planning is strong. It’s eco-friendly and easily portable if you can access the files via your phone, laptop, or tablet, and with so much inspiration online it just. makes. sense.
If you go to bridal shows, if you pick up magazines, what do you do?
Miss Campfire, Seattle, WAAge and Occupation: 26, Researcher, Counselor, StudentFiance's Age and Occupation: 29, Software Developer ManagerEngagement Date: January 14, 2012Wedding Date: September 2013Venue: Sodo ParkAbout Me: I'm currently a graduate student in mental health counseling, and I work at two super-awesome jobs. I love dinosaurs, shoes, macaroni and cheese, and fancy dresses. I love to cook and bake, and I'm very excited about getting crafty. Mr. Campfire and I met totally by chance at a party of a mutual friend, and the rest is history. Together we're planning a wedding that is lighthearted and sweet, featuring a ridiculous amount of lights/lanterns and some delicious food!
Last fall I decided I was going to hand address all of our save the dates and invitations. I’m not entirely certainly sure why, but it likely had something to do with an article I read by Martha Stewart that said that you might as well tell your guests you hate them if you don’t write your addresses by hand. OK, that’s not actually what it said but I definitely read it to mean that. (Am I the only one who thinks that Martha would totally be blunt like that if you peeled away all of her shiny, well-crafted veneer?)
So I started playing with calligraphy and quickly realized that wasn’t going to work. Then I just tried my regular old cursive, and that was OK but not great. After that I gave up for a while and kept looking for inspiration.
I loved it so much that when Miss Panda posted about being uncertain about going with calligraphy or something else, I fully encouraged her to give the fake calligraphy a shot. She wasn’t sure how nice it would look, so I made her a tutorial to prove how easy it would be.
Now I’m going to prove it to you all, too.
Step one: Write the address in fancy cursive. (Note: that’s the first zip code that popped up for Boston, not Miss Panda’s zip code.)
Mrs. Lyre, PhiladelphiaAge and Occupation: 31, LibrarianFiance's Age and Occupation: 29, Government EmployeeEngagement Date: November 11, 2011Wedding Date: January 2013Venue: Atrium at the Curtis CenterAbout Me: I’m a book loving, photography obsessed, artsy/crafty bride to be, who was dating all the wrong men, until I met the right one, and where one story ended - our new life together began. He’s a video game loving, quirky t-shirt wearing, movie quoting geek who stole my heart, and welcomed me into his. Together we are a happily co-habitating couple, who live in South Jersey, and are planning a wedding in Philadelphia in January 2013. We love to cook, share a bottle of wine, and watch way too much TV; we laugh all the time, don’t sleep nearly enough, and cannot wait to begin our lives as husband and wife!
We had three different styles of tables—two long tables that sat 18-20 guests on either side of the dance floor, four oblong tables that sat 14-16 guests on each corner of the dance floor, and five round tables that held 10-12 guests on the outside corners of the room. Each table style had a different centerpiece (or centerpieces for the long tables). We ended up splurging a bit on the lighting as well, but the chandeliers were our main source of lighting and definitely the focal point of the room, and we had them lit in amber lighting.
Miss Jackrabbit, Brighton, UKAge and Occupation: 26, Office ManagerFiance's Age and Occupation: 25, SongwriterEngagement Date: October 5, 2012Wedding Date: September 2013Venue: Fabrica Gallery, BrightonAbout Me: I honestly thought I'd go all Monica Geller when I started planning our wedding, but in truth, things couldn't have gone much differently. I am working my way through this venture, figuring things out as I go, and adopting a 'Que Sera, Sera,' approach to making decisions. When I'm not organising the biggest day of my life, I can usually be found drinking a glass of wine, crafting up one thing or another, or stopping my cat from head-butting me in the face.
You know when I was telling you about how I came across my invitations? I mentioned that I was trying to find Doctor Who themed envelopes to go with my stamps. Well, I never actually got round to telling you about the envelopes, did I?
I don’t know why I needed to Google “Doctor Who envelopes” really, because it should have been obvious. It should have been really obvious, because as soon as I saw them I had one of those hitting-myself-in-the-head moments.