"I still have so much to do!" I thought to myself. I still have vendors to book and invitations to order! And then the bridal store called..."We just wanted to let you know your gown has arrived!" the cheery voice on the other end of the phone said to me. (Gulp!) "Okay, great," I said, trying to sound excited...while inside my head I was screaming "NOT YET! I'm not scheduled to deal with you until September!" And then she continued with "We will only hold your dress for one week." Gee, no pressure. I had it in my head that I didn't even have to THINK about my gown until after Labor Day, so of course I hadn't even begun to think about WHERE I would store it until the big day! At least the alterations lady will keep it for awhile.
So...what does a bride-to-be do after a phone call like this? Call her MOH of course! (That's "Maid of Honor" in wedding-speak.) After Heather successfully talked me down off the ledge, reassuring me that it's MUCH better to have the gown arrive 3 weeks early rather than 3 weeks late, I called the bridal store back and made an appointment for my first fitting, which happens to be today after work :) Heather and I are going together, and it's been on my mind all day!
Okay, so wait a minute...Is it really as bad as I think it is? Of course not. I've really got it all under control, mostly. In fact, there is not all that much to do in the way of "big" things. We've had the major items done for awhile now, we managed to knock off a few more items on the list this past month, and there are more to be checked off very soon. Technically, all we really still need are Matthew's baptismal certificate and the marriage license and we're good to go. Everything else is just fluff, right? Time for this BTB to relax, breathe, and reach for that cool, glass of sweet Riesling...err, I mean reach for that Easy button. This is fun stuff! Really!! :)
More Registry Fun...At the beginning of August, Matthew & I attended a "Sip 'n Scan" event at Macy's Home Store in Mission Valley. It's not as glamorous as it sounds - basically, you check in and are handed a scanner and a sugary "mocktail" and sent on your merry way in search of items to create your Macy's registry.
After browsing for awhile, we selected some smaller kitchen accessories we missed at Great News, some bedding upgrades, a great set of everyday dinnerware, and some bath linens before the scanner died. This led us back to the registration area where we spent our remaining time browsing China patterns and deciding what we really wanted to do about China in general (insert political joke here). We scanned a bunch of items in one pattern, and then, all of a sudden, a different pattern caught Matthew's eye...and that's about the time the lights flickered and a young man's voice said it was almost closing time. So we called it quits and decided to return later to "really" decide on China and continue looking in other areas we missed.
Penguin SuitsI think I was secretly dreading the task of getting the tuxedos arranged. Having never worn a tux (nor ever planning on it), I don't know the first thing about them except that wearing one can turn just about any man from Joe Schmoe into James Bond instantly. I also knew that Matthew owned his own and so does at least two of his groomsmen, potentially complicating matters a bit if they differed in style. We knew there were a couple of guys, including my Dad, who needed a tux, so we decided to go to a tux shop together and get it all figured out.
A couple of weekends ago was my cousin Theresa's wedding. Since there was a 2-hour gap between the ceremony and the reception, Matthew & I spent the time going to a tux shop to check things out. When we were finished, I turned to him and said "I could never have done this without you!!" We decided on a great style for the guys and successfully checked off another item on the list!
Makeup and MirrorsLast week I found an artist who I am really excited about! She specializes in brides who don't wear a lot of daily makeup and want a more natural look for their wedding day (PERFECT for me!!), and I am really looking forward to working with her!
I'm also doing a little research to see if doing our own reception centerpieces will be less expensive than going with the florist, and in the process I found the 12" round mirrors I was looking for so desperately! Thanks to my bridesmaid Casie, I got them for less than Wholesale Flowers' price! :) Now I just need to choose between two different designs I like and decide if it's worth DIY-ing them or just letting the florist do it.
Engaged EncounterOur Catholic friends and family know what this means, but allow me to explain it to those of you who may not be aware of what it is. Think "Pre-Cana." It's a weekend away with 39 other engaged couples where you share (privately) with each other learn tools to help you have a successful marriage. Basically, it's all about communication and developing intimacy and unity in your marriage; laying a strong foundation now so that you can better deal with the hard stuff that your marriage may face down the road. And it involves a LOT of listening, writing, sharing, repeat for 2 1/2 days.
With Sophie in great hands staying with the McCays and playing with Bruno all weekend, we headed up to Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside. When we arrived, we discovered it was the feast day of San Luis Rey and they were having a big celebration for him on the mission grounds. We were quickly directed around the party traffic and to the "retreat center parking lot" away from the festivities. After our "retreat" started, we did have to pause for the fireworks at one point, and it was a nice treat to see them - we were SO CLOSE to them it was eerie!
We met some nice couples, and particularly hit it off with one of the team couples (probably because they're from New England ha ha). Our respective roommates were nice to get to know also (even if they did make us feel a tag "older.") My roommate is a "new" nurse and her fiance is a firefighter, and they're both from good ol' East County. A few Godincidences we discovered as we conversed with them: She knows Deacon Dennis (who is doing our marriage prep) because she grew up going to OLPH; the deacon doing their marriage prep is a deacon I know from the last Cursillo weekend I worked! And finally, we found out they own a BOXER! Not only that, they're already members of the boxer meetup group that I organize. "He" (the firefighter) hasn't been to a meetup in awhile but now that they know us, they're going to try to make it to some now. 'Tis indeed a small world in which we live...
Overall, the weekend was a HUGE success and Matthew & I had an amazing experience! There were a lot of good conversations, some new discoveries, some reassurances and affirmations, and a beautiful ending where I received a red rose from my betrothed :)
As I said in my Facebook post yesterday, words cannot adequately express how amazing this weekend was for Matthew and me. It was definitely a pivotal point in our relationship and we have SO much to look forward to as we prepare to enter into this beautiful Sacrament of marriage. I think we're finally ready for this! God is SO good, indeed!
And I cannot tell you how emotionally and physically exhausted we both were after we got home late Sunday afternoon. After a long nap and some dinner, we realized neither of us had enough energy to even drive down to pick up Sophie! Fortunately, Danielle was going to be in the area on Monday morning, so she brought her to us...and it was nice to have the pack back together again.
So...it's getting there. If someone could go around the world in 80 days, we can certainly pull off an incredibly fun wedding celebration in that time!
I leave you with a fun "list" that I found quite entertaining (maybe it's just because I've got "wedding planning brain"). I can honestly say I can't quite identify with the last two items on the list, and I hope it stays that way ;) Click here to see 12 Signs You're Planning a Wedding