Wedding Wednesday {Bring on the Worries}

laughingI’ve been engaged for just about a month now, and still don’t have anything set in stone about our wedding details. I never thought I would be 10(ish) months away from my wedding and have nothing 100% contracted yet. I have had a overall idea for my wedding since I was younger, I’ve known the perfect venue for months, I have had the perfect guy for two years, and I have have my planner and notebooks all setup, yet things aren’t happening how I envisioned.

My planner brain is starting to freak out a bit, but I still have everything under control and I know the deadline for things to be done. Heck, one of my friends planned her entire wedding in 2 weeks, 10.5 months will be no problem.

While the venue is still in limbo, some other things are starting to fall into place, I’ll outline the worries and then the fixes!

Worry- The invitations I love are $11 each!

Fix- Dave is a Graphic Designer, and he fully planned on designing our invitations (I didn’t know this until we talked about it last week). We both agreed on the style we would like to have and how he plans on designing them, and decided to send the file off to a print shop and see what the pricing would be. Well, I got the quote back yesterday and it is around $300! We will have to assemble everything, but I am so excited to not be spending $1,200 on invitations!

Worry- I have zero idea what style of wedding dress I want.

Fix- I finally made an appointment to try on dresses! My entourage and I will be going to David’s Bridal first, and then going to an amazing boutique once I know what I am looking for.

Worry- We haven’t figured out the plan for engagement pictures

Fix- We decided on locations, photographers and some props. We still need to figure out attire, hair, etc and a date but we are 3 steps closer!

Worry- Engagement Party details

Fix- I finally found a dress for our engagement party! We haven’t decided on a date yet, but at least I know I will have a dress!

Worry- What if something happens to my ring?

Fix- I finally called the insurance company to have my ring insured, as well as add Dave to my renters insurance plan, since adding these two my car insurance went down, thanks Geico!

 

Happy Wedding Wednesday!

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Two Years Later

July 29th, 2012 was mine and Dave’s first official date. Heads up, this is going to be a mushy post….We had been “hanging out” for about a month, and for the 6 months prior to that we were great friends. I was so excited, nervous, happy the day he finally asked if we could go on a real date and instantly started thinking about what I was going to wear. The morning of, I told him to pick me up from my friend Gina’s house because I knew she could try and calm my nerves before Dave arrived. Once he got there, I took a deep breath and walked outside to greet him.

He told be I looked beautiful, and I told him to stop lying. I was so nervous, and looking back I have no idea why. Dave has always made me feel so calm and relaxed that I had no reason to feel anything but excitement. He didn’t tell me until we were in his car, and he obviously had been paying attention since the day we met because we were on our way to the Aquarium. I must have talked about this once a week, most of you know how obsessed with Sharks I am and I hadn’t been to the Aquarium in years.

We had the most perfect date. As soon as we arrived I wasn’t as nervous anymore, and it was so much fun. We moseyed around for several hours, watched the sharks for a little while and decided to walk around the Inner Harbor and get something to eat. We decided on Bubba Gump, and talked for another few hours about everything. I was totally falling in love.

I love every single memory we have had, and we have been on so many adventures together that I couldn’t imagine anyone else by my side. Dave has been there during the lowest point in my life, to giving me the best moment so far when he asked me to marry him, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I truly have found the one, and I am so blessed to have these two years with him so far. I will always remember a few weeks before my uncle passed away he said that he knew Dave was the one for me, and that he hoped I would marry him somebody. Well, Jughead, I am <3

Dave, if you decided to read this, I love you to infinity and beyond, plus two, and thank you for being my everything.

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Weekending…

It’s Monday again, and as the story goes, weekends should be much longer. Luckily, I had a great weekend to hold me over until Friday. This weekend I will be spending time with my bff, her husband, his sister and most of our friends. I am so excited to be reunited again and make more memories. Our friendship began when I had just turned 21 and Allison was always up for a night out. We made so many memories the winter, spring, summer, etc since my birthday and it was terrible to see it end once she moved to Paris. Thankfully, we have more fun to look forward to in a few days, even if it just for a weekend.

When Allison still lived in America her now husband, would come and visit often, every time he was here we would all cheers to him being in America. Now that there are three visiting from France, we are able to do triple the shots! It is a tradition we enjoy carrying on, and we even had some shots when Dave and I were in France. We will be going to an awesome bar by Dave’s house in Federal Hill called No Idea, where they have amazing pre-game specials. Think $9 all you can drink for 4 hours…actually don’t just think it, do it, because that’s what it is and it is awesome. Who knows what we will get into afterwards.

Anyways, the reason for this post..this past weekend. Friday after work Dave and I headed down to Soloman’s Island where Dave’s parents live. I have been there several times, but we have never had the chance to really explore and relax because we normally go for a planned event. I was really excited to be doing something different this time and not going off of any sort of schedule.

Friday evening we got dinner on the island, and it was amazing. My first recommendation if you are ever in Solomans Island, MD is to get the rockfish bites from The Pier. so. good. My mouth is watering for them right now. It was great to see where Dave worked growing up, and see some of his friends that I hasn’t met yet. Everywhere we went, Dave knew somebody.

Saturday morning was spent relaxing and helping with a few things around the house. In the afternoon we decided to go to Running Hare winery, we had such a fun time. The winery looks like it is straight out of an Italian movie, the vineyards go on forever, there is an adorable chalet at the top of a hill, and there was a setup for a wedding! As we did a wine tasting, I was talking about how I need 800 wine corks for the wedding, being the amazing Fiancé that he is, Dave asked our server after I left the table. What do ya know, they save them for brides…and guess what…I am a Bride! We got a bag of about 80, only 720 more to go! I think my family, Dave’s mom and my bridesmaids can pull that off in just a few months.

Saturday Evening we went back down to the island to meet up with some other friends and have some drinks by the water. We got the coolest bucket drinks, there are 4 recipes around the bucket measuring different alcohol’s and juices to make drinks, I had to get another because they were so neat. I decided to call it a night a little early since we had lots of moving to do on Sunday.

We got up a bit early (okay, 9ish is early for me on a weekend), packed up and homeward bound we went. Sunday was spent making a plan for Dave to start moving his things into my house! I can’t believe my house is about to become our house. It is so exciting, yet a bit nerve racking because it seems that I have A LOT of stuff. I also am a memory “hoarder” as Dave calls it. I keep everything that reminds me of something, and that is a total problem. It took me a good 3 hours to go through everything in my room so we could being the process of rearranging.

We decided how to move the furniture, and also decided that I have to get rid of my favorite thing in my room, my “getting ready” dresser. I always wanted one of the dressers with a mirror above it, and I finally got one 3 years ago while I was working at IKEA, I also got a great deal on it. But knowing I couldn’t keep it, I listed it on a yard sale Facebook page, and it will be in it’s new home in a few days. There are so many people interested it’s crazy!

Once we had all of the current furniture where it needed to be, we decided we needed something for Dave to put in the bottom of his closet, and off to IKEA we went. It worked out perfectly because we hadn’t had dinner yet, and we both love their meatballs. Dinner and shopping? perfect. I know we will be making several trips back there within the next few weeks, but I’m not complaining.

I still feel like my house in turned upside down but it is slowly getting put back together, I just need to be able to squeeze in yoga a little bit more. I also had my first mini breakdown about our wedding today, but more about that on Wednesday!

 

I am linking up with B Loved Boston for Weekending!

 

 

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Would You Rather…

Happy Friday! This post idea has been floating around the blog world, and after seeing Vivian from VivianStonexo join in, I decided to jump on board as well! Enjoy :)

 

1. Be blind or be deaf~ deaf. I need to be able to see my children, family, friends, and look at pictures. I would also hate not being able to actually watch football. Most announcers do not do the trick, and I yell at them all the time.
2. Be taller than you are or shorter than you are~ Shorter. I am only 5’8 and already taller than 95% of my friends.
3. Be a teenager or a senior citizen for the rest of your life~ This is so true. I believe youth is wasted on the young, so I will say senior citizen. You are wiser and hopefully have more money in the bank to get your travel on. #DreamBig
4. Have no hands or no legs~ no legs. I would be fine being like the little mermaid, ha. But really, look at what people can do with prosthetic legs.
5. Lose your front teeth or both eyebrows~ Teeth. There are some awesome ways to replace teeth now, and then I wouldn’t have to keep getting them whitened, I blame coffee.
6. Eat a worm or a cockroach~ worm! I would literally pass out if I had to eat a cockroach, I HATE bugs.
7. Spend a day in the Sahara or North Pole~North Pole, you can always add layers, but you can only take so many off.
8. Have a personal chef or a personal driver~ I really wish I could say both. I can’t stand cooking or driving (sorry- Dave). In the end I would have to say chef, I need to eat every day but I don’t have to drive all the time.
9. Always have to whisper or always have to shout~ Whisper for sure. Shouting would be exhausting and I think it would make people mad.
10. Can’t taste or can’t smell~ I’ll say taste because it would be easier to eat healthy. I have to at to stay full but I would be able to only eat vegetables or whatever makes people skinny.
11. Wipe with sandpaper or saran wrap~ Saran wrap. Sand paper would be total torture!
12. Have Twitter shut down for a day or your blog disappear for a day~ Twitter, it’s my least used social media tool.
13. Text of your blog is screwed up or all the pictures you post on your blog are blurry~ Text. I am very visual, and pictures are worth a thousand words.
14. Never be able to post another GIF or never be able to receive comments on your posts~ Never post a GIF, because I don’t anyways. I’m not sure I even know how to post them.
15. Have a permanent wedgie or have the tag on your shirt constantly scratch your neck~ Both are terrible, but I will go with wedgie. I would eventually get used to it I think. My mom always asks if I have a permanent one because of my choice of underwear (or lack of according to her lol).

Wedding Wednesday {Standing By My Side}

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Happy Wedding Wednesday! This is for sure my favorite day of the week lately, I love organizing my thoughts and sharing the progress so far (and as I said last week, sharing more engagement photos!). Last week I mentioned that we had 95% finished everything for our wedding party and I am happy to say it is about 98% now. We even asked our first bridesmaid, groomsmen and my maid-of-honor this week, but I will leave that story for another Wednesday once we have asked them all. We still haven’t decided what to do for our Ring Bearer, but it will come to me. 

This post is mainly about how I choose the girls standing by my side throughout this process. My sister, and two of my cousins were a given. We have been in each others lives since they were born, and I wouldn’t want anybody else to replace their spot in my heart. Besides the three of them basically being a given, it was very hard for me to decide who else I wanted to stand by me. I have many best friends and all of them are near and dear to me in different ways.

After talking this over with my mom we decided that there are a few things that I will need to be managed during the day of our wedding, and why not have a few of my closest friends. So instead of having a ton of bridesmaids, I’m going to ask a few girls to be apart of my wedding in a different way. It will really mean a lot for me to have friends doing some of the important jobs during such a big day for me. I can’t wait to ask everyone else if they will be a part of our special day!

Now for a few updates on everything else wedding related!

-We finally heard back from our dream venue. They don’t have a permit for weddings currently but are working towards getting a new one. We are praying that everything gets worked out within the next few weeks, but have decided to start looking into some other places

-We had our first vendor meeting. Who would have thought it would be with planners. Since I am a planner, I knew that even I would need one, however, I will only be using one month/day of to pull everything together while I am busy getting myself together

-Still no luck finding a photographer. I have found a few that I love but they are way out of budget

-No outfits yet. I am looking for 2 engagement photo outfits and one for the engagement party, any ideas where to look?

-I am making my dress shopping appointment next week! I am going to David’s Bridal first to decide which style dress I want, and then to a few dress boutiques around the area

I’m so excited to be inching my way down the to-do list, and I can’t wait to get some more done!

Wedding Wednesday

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I Thought The Customer Was Always Right?

I have went back on fourth about posting this or not posting this, and I decided I have this blog for numerous reasons, one of them being to vent, so here I am typing this ranting post. About 2 months ago I start purchasing dresses and jewelry from Monday Dress, a cute online boutique with dresses that really fit my style. Although, they are a bit expensive (hello, Marshalls) I like the quality of the products and the clothes are adorable.

I picked out a dress for my engagement party, and was looking for something else to meet the $50 mark for free shipping, when I received an email with an adorable shift dress for only $29.99. I knew right away that I wanted this dress since it was such a good price, but then I quickly changed my mind. I clicked the image within the email, was directed to the Monday Dress page, and noticed the dress was listed for $44.99. I figured this was an error since an email had just been sent out with it listed for $29.99, so I contacted their customer service. I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting, but it wasn’t the response I received.

A few hours later I was told that the price for the dress is $44.99, and they are sorry I was confused…whatttt?! I am the one that is confused? No, I read the email, clearly with the $29.99 price tag, and then was directed to a website with a higher price. I believe the internal team is who is confused. After working in retail for 4 years, I realized that it isn’t always the case that the customer is always right, but I do know if something is clearly marked wrong and the item number or picture match, then the customer is actually, always right.

Monday Dress has totally lost my business, I even unfollowed them on Instagram. Customer Service is really something online businesses should be great with, in the end it is the only way they can communicate with their customers directly. I’m sure my bad experience won’t really be much of a loss for them, but for me, I won’t be saying anything positive about them in the future or purchasing anything else.

Just to prove I’m not crazy, here are the screenshots from my email ($29.99) and the website ($44.99)

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A new BLOGMOPOLITAN quiz!

Woohoo. I love these Blogmopolitan’s. Before I post my answers, I want to clarify my answer to the Housewives questions. I am not cold-hearted, I just laugh all. the. time. Whenever I am nervous, scared, or sad I happen to laugh, it’s weird, I know. This would totally be mine though because the producers always misquote the housewives in their intro (you would know this if you watched the RHOBH reunion when Joyce said her tagline was totally wrong). OH and ps. is anybody else as happy as I am that Carlton ISN’T coming back next season!

 

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