Editor’s note: This post was written by Mr. Sugar Cube.
Mr. Sugar Cube here.
When it comes to wedding planning, we as men usually pass the proverbial remote control to our wonderful ladies, but let’s be real—as a man we want our wedding day to be awesome! However, you shouldn’t expect your SO to want to be a part of it all every minute of every day. Most men have been to a wedding or two in their day, but most of us have NO IDEA how much planning is really involved. Here are a few things that Miss Sugar Cube did that really got me hooked into planning our day, along with a tip or two on how to keep him involved.
First, she makes it easy. Miss Sugar Cube knows me very well and knew that too much detail would send my head spinning, and not like it did the first time we kissed. So one of the very first things we did was sit down with a notepad and pen, and write out a list of everything that needed to be done in chronological order, under the months the tasks needed to be completed by, from last August until this November. This helped to break down what needed to be done now and what could wait. She also didn’t overwhelm me with a million choices, and she was ALWAYS open to my opinions and thoughts. Like whether we wanted an indoor or outdoor wedding. Together we would come to an agreement, and then, with a lot of the details, she would come to me and we would choose what we liked. Tip: Everyone loves crossing things off a list, so Miss Sugar Cube printed the list and made it so I could cross things off as we go.
Now that we’ve given an overview of the route we took, I want to go over the different elements of our trip. For our accommodations, we really mixed things up. We certainly slept on a wide range of sleeping surfaces on our trip.
OK, so I really tried to dork out and come up with a witty title that tied in to Lord of the Rings (“Keep it secret, keep it safe”). I failed. But onward and upward—to dressing the ring bearers!
My MOH A’s sons are serving as our two ring bearers. It’s not hard to make them look adorable. They’d charm the crowds even if we sent them down the aisle in paper bags. But A was looking forward to seeing her guys decked out in fancy clothes, so we headed to Pinterest for inspiration.
Inspiration struck in less than two minutes. Since Puff and I are getting married at a pretty vintage-looking venue, the trend of putting little boys in suspenders and newsboy caps fits perfectly.
So, while I painstakingly sift through our hundreds of professional photos, I thought I’d do a little rundown of our honeymoon to tide you guys over. We were insanely lucky with our vacation time and were able to visit a ton of cities in Europe for this (much like Mrs. (!!) Narwhal and her awesome West Coast honeymoon!), so rather than go through city by city, which would take ages, I decided to do a fly-by list of recommendations for each place. Fair warning: This is a beast of a post. I promise I won’t be offended if you decide to ignore it or skim it.
That being said, let’s start with Santorini!
Clockwise from top left, that’s: the view from our sunset sail, our dinner at Sunset Ammoudi Tavern, the view from our hotel room, a photo of one of the beaches from our sunset sail, fishies during the snorkel portion of the sail, and the hike down to Sunset Ammoudi
All images personal. Mostly taken by Mr. Hammerhead, because I have no patience for such things.
It is now October, which means I am just a few weeks shy of my wedding. Thanks so much for following along if you have been. As you might have noticed, my blogging will become a bit sporadic as we get into this final stretch. But I promise that I’ll get to all the fun details in time!
As for right now, I’m fresh from an amazing weekend with my closest friends and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
I went into this weekend knowing next to nothing about what was planned. I had a round-trip bus ticket to New York from Boston and an address for an Airbnb in DUMBO, but that was the extent of what I was prepared for. When I got to the location on Saturday afternoon I was surprised and delighted with this: