As we get closer to our wedding date, there have been a few moments recently that have made the wedding seem more real, as opposed to this abstract event I’ve been planning for 12 months now. One of those moments was when I received a huge box in the mail recently—the invitations had finally arrived!
This is the outside of the pocketfold invitation with our monogram (and of course a peacock feather!) / Personal Photo
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I know a lot of people hate the term “bridezilla.” I’m not sure I actually like it, so let’s change it to “crazy bride,” shall we?.
What I enjoyed most about the book is that I am sure that if I had read it in any other time of my life, I would have found it ridiculous, hilarious and a bit silly—how on earth did this woman make such a big deal out of flowers? However, since I read it in the last stretch of my wedding planning journey, I felt related to this girl. I felt her pain, understood her struggles and felt compassion for her situation—Why do you care? Let her have the darn flowers she wants!
And then it hit me…how much of a crazy bride I had been. I realized how Mr. Toadstool and my family (especially my mom) let me have my way more than once in order to preserve peace in the universe; how they put up with my crazy ideas and my mood swings (I get very cranky when I am stressed out), in the hope that after the wedding it will all get better.
But why do we become crazy brides? I firmly believe we’re unconsciously pushed into it.
It official. The Blue Whales are heading to Canada for our honeymoon. We just couldn’t resist this…
Image from Rocky Mountain Magazine
Mr. Whale and I were both a little bummed that the Rocky Mountaineer train ride was a little out of our budget. But we decided we can still see everything. We’ll just have to drive ourselves. The tentative plan is to fly into Calgary, rent a car, and stay a few days near Banff or Lake Louise and a few days in Jasper.
Alternative title: How to Get Out of Going Dress Shopping
I’m pretty sure most of you won’t be able to relate to this post, but if you can, I hope it is encouraging to you that not everyone looks forward to the dress shopping experience. And if you’re a bride who loved going to stores and trying on dresses, that’s awesome! It just wasn’t for me.
Because most brides do look forward to dress shopping, right? It’s often one of the most anticipated and biggest events of the wedding planning process. For various reasons, this was not how I felt—from the very beginning. In fact, the idea of going shopping with a group of females and trying on dresses was pretty terrifying. I’m fairly small, so I was afraid that dresses would look huge and unflattering on me…and I’m also working with a pretty small budget, so I was worried about finding a dress in my price range. I’m also just not a shopper. I buy a lot of clothes online and in thrift stores and generally avoid high end stores and fancy dressing rooms.
(Again, this whole post is the way I feel about wedding dress shopping-probably not the experience of most!)
After the newly engaged period was over, I immediately turned to looking at dresses online. One of the first places where I looked was J. CREW, for three reasons.
1. J. CREW has the kind of simple understated elegance I was looking for in a wedding dress.
2. The prices weren’t more than my entire budget combined.
3. I know my size from J. CREW, which meant I could order online and not worry about it fitting.
I had several favorites.
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Today at work I had a major panic. I happened to notice my patients were booking appointments the week before our wedding. WHAT? How is that possible?
Our wedding is in the very far and incredibly distant future. Why would my schedule be filling up?
And then it slammed into me like herd of elephants….
1. The countdown has begun. [When I think of all I have left to do my brain explodes a little bit.]
2. Crap! I had better block my days off work!
Spring 2013 used to mean “next year.” Now we just have to make it through Valentine’s Day and in my book, spring is here. Instead of having a pity party panic session, I quickly utilized my most powerful wedding stress coping mechanism:
|Image Via The Private Travel Company|
…and then I switch to a little bit of this,
I alluded to our book themed wedding in a previous post. After discarding the math theme (somewhat sadly—although I was only ever semi-serious), we fully embraced a books, words and just a general literary theme. We are planning on including several ideas besides the book centerpieces, which to recap, look something like these (the two on the left):
I’d like to use a mix of books from family members and books that we bought ourselves. Some of my family members have already mentioned that they have copies of several classics, but the idea of having books to take from the wedding to start our own personal library is also a huge draw for me. In ten or twenty years, I want to be able to look at the books we bought (in our library of course) and know that they have been with us since the beginning. Mr. Lemur and I have started looking at old bookstores and thrift shops and buying just a handful of our favorite books at a time. An older man from our church who loves old books has also sweetly bought over twenty classics as a wedding present, which is so special!
But besides the book centerpieces, I love these inspiration pictures of crossword puzzle programs: