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Tonight I did something big. I started to my wedding shawl.
I also sent out save the dates.
This whole wedding thing suddenly feels a lot more real.

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Merry Christmas

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!

Food / dining ettiquette

Food / dining ettiquette.

I found this while poking around on pinterest recently.  I can’t even remember how many weddings I’ve been to where we debate the ‘which utensil is used first?’ issue but I think this handy little graphic shows that the Pretty Woman rule of starting from the outside and moving inward is a good rule of thumb to remember

dinner rules

Decisions

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately.  Mostly about this whole wedding thing.  For a couple weeks after we got engaged I jumped right into planning mode.  I started making lists and spread sheets for venues, caterers, and all sorts of things.  

And then last week I had moment sitting in the car, driving home with Rob, where I started to think about the small simple wedding we had often talked about.  And I wondered what happened to that idea?  It’s his wedding too and he’s always said he’d like to keep it small.

It seems like most people instinctively know if they want a big wedding or a small one.  But what about those of us who are up in the air?  How do you find the right balance of people, budget, and everything else?  

This is one of those hard decisions that we’re still working on.  I’m trying to keep my budget down but I also want to have an awesome, fun, joyous celebration with our friends and families.  I’m not entirely sure where we’ll end up on this issue. Both of us are still thinking about it, but I think we’re going to end up doing something smaller than the 100 person bash I started to plan. 

A Practical Wedding Book Buy!

In case you’ve never heard of Meg Keene or her blog A Practical Wedding, I’m here to tell you that if you’re planning a wedding or now someone who is you need to go buy her book now. It’s just been shipped from her publisher and will available soon. This is one of the few sane wedding resources I’ve been able to find and I can’t recommend her blog enough. So if you want some practical and sane wedding advice head to Amazon now and buy it.  At $10 it’ll be the cheapest thing you buy for your wedding.

 

Rules = Broken

I have just broken the wedding rules.  I actually might have broken several in one go.  And you know what? It’s amazing.

So what have I done that could set the wedding industry after me with torches and menacing farm tools?  I bought a dress.  I bought a dress without having tried on a single dress.  I bought it on an impulse that this was the right thing to do for me.  I do not have a theme picked out for my wedding.  I don’t even have a venue picked out.  Actually, I haven’t even visited a single venue, nor talked to a caterer, florist, DJ, or any other person who whom I’m suppose to speak before buying a dress.  I have only a vague idea that we will get married next fall and I will knit myself a red lace shawl.

I’m sure some of you are balking right now.  But you know what?  I’m pleased as punch.  I found a dress I’d been eyeing on the web that retails for $350 for $80 on ebay.  I love my dress and I love that I spent what feels like a reasonable amount of money for it.  And now I don’t have to worry about finding the time to get dress shopping.  I can just day dream about how pretty I’ll look at where ever it is that I end up getting married.

Seriously, this is amazing.  After my ebay dress success, I feel empowered to take on the rest of this wedding craziness because I know breaking those crazy wedding rules is ok.

Collecting Ideas

Have you guys heard of Pinterest. Lately, I’ve been addicted to it. Mostly, I’m collecting ideas for the wedding.  We still have no definite plans so I’m just having fun looking around and day dreaming and I like finding pretty pictures.

One of my favorite things that I’ve found so far, via another pinner, is this…

I have a feeling these words will become ingrained in my head over the next few months.  It’s an important reminder as Mr D and I embark on this whole wedding planning thing.

For the curious here’s my wedding pinterest board.