About that time there was an onslaught of weddings…

October 3, 2007 at 2:23 am | Posted in autumn, fads, family, friends, i win at life, luck, mad mad world, philadelphia, travel, wedding | 4 Comments

For the past three years or so, my wedding attendance schedule has been pretty regular – one a year. Coincidentally, the wedding three years ago was in December, two years ago was in November, and last year was in October. I fully expected to continue the tradition this year with a wedding in September, but that was not to happen. Instead, I have 4 wedding lined up for the rest of 2007, and THREE of them are in October. Even though all the travel may be rough, and it’s going to end up costing us an arm and a leg, I am really excited for all the nuptials. During the one weekend where I am not actually attending a wedding I’ll be attending a bridal shower. What better way to indulge in my wedding obsession than spending every weekend at a wedding related function?

The first wedding we’ll be attending is next weekend down in Rehoboth Beach, which is one of my favorite vacation spots ever. We’re lucky to be staying with friends of ours at their family’s beach house, which means we won’t have to fork over money for a hotel room for the weekend. The ceremony is at a church near the beach and the reception is at a vineyard outside town. It should be great, and I’m really excited for it. One of the interesting things will be the opportunity to see what choices the bride and groom made. See, before I started wedding planning I had no idea how many DETAILS there are in the ceremony and the reception. Everything from the music, the vows, the color, the food, the order of the dances, the seating, the silverware, the decision whether or not to throw the bouquet, the dress, the invites: they’re all flexible. Things I wouldn’t have paid too much attention to before – like the kind of flowers in the centerpiece or the filling in the cake, or whether or not they do a bridal party dance – are probably going to captivate me.

We’ll be home on Sunday, and then I have another 5 days to obsess about my own wedding until I hit up my cousin’s bridal shower, followed by her wedding the next weekend. Yes, the shower and the wedding are very close together, but with good reason. Her two older sisters both just gave birth for the first time in the beginning of August and one of them lives out in Vegas and won’t be coming to town until next Friday. Being brand new Moms and planning a shower on top of it can’t be easy.My cousin’s wedding will be very different from the first one we’re attending. For one thing, it’s on a Friday night, and it will be much smaller and more intimate. The church isn’t far from where she grew up, and the reception is at a well known restaurant/banquet facility just over the border in PA. The Old Boy and I are both taking the day off of work so that we don’t miss the 6pm ceremony and will probably spend the morning in our first pre-marital counseling with the new priest who will be officiating our wedding, so it’ll be an extra wedding-y day.

Last, but not least, is Jeremy’s older sister’s wedding in Philadelphia. This one is another weekender, since The Old Boy is in the wedding and we need to be up there for rehearsal on Friday night. Again, this wedding should be different than the other two because it’s taking place right in the heart of Philadelphia at an old Catholic cathedral, and the reception is at a swanky downtown hotel where we also happen to be staying for the weekend.In the midst of all this, I still have 71293164893217483 things to check off the to-do list for my own wedding, but instead I keep adding to it everyday. First and foremost must be the purchase of a dress, because with just six and a half months to go, I am going to be walking down the aisle in a bunch of white bedsheets that I fashion together with rubber bangs and safety pins.

Wedding Update Mania

September 11, 2007 at 2:57 am | Posted in beauty, family, friends, i win at life, music, wedding | 3 Comments

Guest List, Etc.

Our Save the Date magnets have arrived, and I am terribly excited. They look like the image posted above, but obviously they have our names and wedding date on them instead of Amy and Mark’s. Whoever they are. Since we are about a month and a half away from mailing these bad babies out, we’re now trying to finalize our list with the hopes that we can start the envelope calligraphy relatively soon. The problem is that our invite list has taken on a life of its own and grown to disproportionate sizes waaaaayyyy above what we originally were shooting for. Even allowing for the possibility that some of our out of town guests won’t be able to attend, we’re still a good 20 people over our target.

How did this happen? I’d like to say that I have absolutely no idea, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. See, I have a fairly gargantuan Irish family, especially on my Dad’s side. My list really doesn’t even scratch the surface of my family in the sense that I’m inviting all my aunts, uncles, first cousins and their spouses, but just a couple of great aunts and uncles and second cousins that I’m particularly close to. If I had gone the whole kit and caboodle with all twelve of my Dad’s aunts and uncles and all of their kids I could easily have used up the entirety of my guest allotment just with family members. It’s hard to pick and choose, even under budget constraints.

Dress

I am almost 100% positive I’ve picked out the style of my dress! Actually, I’ve picked out two dressed that I wish I could morph into one, perfect creation. I am hiding these pictures under links so that The Old Boy has the option not to look at it, if he so wishes. Personally, I don’t think it’s a big issue for him to see the dress I’ll be wearing. I plan on staying at my parents’ house the night before the wedding, so it’s not as if he’ll see me in the dress, but I don’t want to ruin and surprises if he wants to be surprised.

The first dress is Alvina Valenta, and it’s pretty indicative of the style I want – although I would be wearing white like all fake-virgin brides do. I love the re-embroidered lace top, and I kind of like how this dress has a more gathered waist that will help hide what the girdle misses. I’m definitely feeling the V-neck, and A-lines seem to be most flattering to me. This Jim Hjelm dress is my absolute favorite. I love the neckline because I’m not afraid to show a little boob on my wedding day. The only thing I worry about with this dress is that it seems like it’s in the “mermaid” style where it’s tighter around the leg area. Although it looks fantastic on their size 2 model, I don’t know how flattering it would be once I squeeze my junk into it. Hopefully I can find something similar to both that I love.

The Music

Now that we’ve booked our photographer, the DJ is the next step. We have an appointment with a potential DJ this Thursday, and I’m excited for it. We’re both really picky when it comes to music, so I’m going to have a list of songs I absolutely want played during the reception. It’s going to be music that people can dance to, because that’s the whole point of the dance floor, but it’s going to be music that The Old Boy and I actually listen to. We’ve also started to think about music that we want played during the ceremony and for our special dances like mother/son, father/daughter, he and I for the first time. Here is a partial list:

Ceremony (Strings and flute!)

Pre-Ceremony : 1st Movement- Dvorak
Pre-Ceremony: Arioso- Bach
  Divertomento in F Major – Mozart
Processional: Intermezzo from Carmen – Bizet
Recessional: All You Need Is Love – The Beatles

Cocktail Hour
Lots of Nina Simone, Louis Prima, Keely Smith, Edith Piaf

Reception
Walking In/ Announcing Wedding Party: Happy Together- The Turtles
Our First Dance: God Only Knows- The Beach Boys
My Dad and I: You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker

The rest of the song list will be riiiiidiculously long, and my fingers are cramping, so I’ll save that for another day. I’m terribly excited though, so you’ll have to forgive the impending deluge of wedding type posts that are sure to be coming in the next few months!

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