Mrs. 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!!!
While I don’t exactly have a real dance, I’d like to think it would look something like the animal’s below.
Nothing left for me to do but dance (oh, and 100 other wedding-related tasks). / Image via ImgFave.com
When we first started working on our wedding website I added a little countdown on the welcome page, and at the time it read “488 days until the big day.” And this week? We’ve finally hit double digits, baby!! We’ve obviously come a loooong way since the early days of planning, so with that in mind, I want to share a very top-line recap of what we’ve done and what we still have left to do (in terms of wedding planning).
Mrs. 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.
I took two days off work and headed up north to see my mum and start my dress-shopping journey in my hometown.
The first shop I went into was one that I had looked through the window of ever since I was a little girl, and I had to fulfill that childhood fantasy by going in there. I had not tried on a single dress before, and the only requirement I had was that it must not be strapless. I picked out four and tried them on—they were all all right, and we were gushing over the last one I tried on, but we had three more places to visit that day and needed to keep our options open.
But before any of you take a sneak peek of me in anything, I just have to say one thing.
Mrs. Lemur, Greenville, South CarolinaAge and Occupation: 22, Graduate StudentFiance's Age and Occupation: 22, Security OfficerEngagement Date: October 9, 2012Wedding Date: May 2013Venue: Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat CenterAbout Me: I may fancy myself a doctor after too many episodes of House—but in reality I'm finally almost done with my degree in business administration (less than three months left!). My fiance and I met at school in undergrad hundreds of miles away from either of our hometowns and have been happily running and hiking together ever since. We're undertaking a long distance relationship as I finish school and we plan our casual wedding for a day after graduation—needless to say, it will be the busiest and most exciting weekend of our lives so far!
It’s about time I continued my previous post about invitations with an aptly named Part II.
Remember, we had nixed the full invitation suite in favor of keeping costs and effort down, but I still wanted to do something casual yet fun. I Googled “free wedding templates”—no shame, guys—and found Wedding Chicks, which has some really awesome custom wedding printables and downloads. Take the work out of it and get something personalized for free! Granted, this does not mean you’re the only person to ever use that invitation. I know that—although I figure the chances are slim that someone would receive two invitations using the same template, so I decided to go with it.
I wanted something casual and cute that was at least vaguely in our wedding colors. I think the bunting invitations were instantly my favorites.
Mrs. Squirrel, Tampa, FLAge and Occupation: 25, Genetic CounselorFiance's Age and Occupation: 27, Graphic Designer/ Engineering StudentEngagement Date: March 17, 2012Wedding Date: May 2013Venue: Davis Island Garden ClubAbout Me:
I am a DIY loving, science dork. I like to eat green peppers every day and I wish all clothes would be made with bows and lace. I moved to the South for grad school and stumbled across Mr. Squirrel, aka Southern Gent extraordinaire. We moved to Tampa, Florida and are starting a new life together. We are so excited to get married! Our ceremony will be in a Catholic church and the guests will then take a boat ride to the outdoor reception. We are channeling a Midsummer Night's Dream and plan to have lots of twinkling lights, moss, and whimsy in the air.
I can’t take any credit for the awesome fringed letters from my shower, but my sisters (MOH K and BM A) did a great job documenting the process, so I just have to share! These letters would be awesome at a reception on the gift or sweetheart table, or maybe as a prop for engagement photos. You could make any letter, symbol, or number that your little heart desires. The cost of making these at home is cheaper than buying a plain wood letter at Michaels…
Mrs. Treasure, ChicagoAge and Occupation: 24, Law StudentFiance's Age and Occupation: 28, Equity AnalystEngagement Date: July 30, 2011Wedding Date: September 2012Venue: Saint James Chapel at Quigley Prep/Murphy AuditoriumAbout Me: I was born and raised in Indiana, but now live in sweet home Chicago. I'm a third-year law student and aspiring trial lawyer, which means Mr. T never wins an argument. Other than Mr. T, I love singing, exploring the Chicago restaurant scene, and Notre Dame football. We met in a musical (just like my parents!) and after 4 years together, we are excited to be planning our urban "destination" wedding.
The ceremony was the part of the day I was most looking forward to. We spent so much time picking out all the readings and music, and I was so excited to take our vows and become husband and wife. When I got to the end of the aisle, it was crazy realizing that it was all about to begin.
We started things off with our opening hymn, “We Are Called.”