Meet my Maid of Honor!

There has not been much wedding talk on the blog lately because there hasn’t been much wedding planning. The wedding planning is definitely taking the back burner right now, but that doesn’t mean it’s not constantly on my mind. Honestly, I just don’t want to half-ass my own wedding, so I should probably wait for a time where I can sit down and get things done the way I want them done.
There’s been a little progress with the venue selection, and then a few steps back, but we’re getting there. Worse comes to worse, we start all over again.
Still no date, still no venue…and that’s ok! We want our day to be perfect, not rushed.
There is one decision that we made and we’re pretty excited about it! The decision was actually made a long time ago, but I think it’s time you guys met my Maid of Honor!
This very important decision comes pretty easy when you grow up with a sister who is seventeen months younger than you. Not only are we practically twins, but it was a pretty sweet set up to have your sister as your best friend. It wasn’t always this easy, but our sisterhood has become an amazing friendship. There isn’t anyone else I could imagine helping me plan my wedding.
Another plus, her and MJW get along just fine. They’ve been hanging out, bickering, laughing and drinking with each other as if they were brother and sister for over seven years now.
One big happy family!
Our wedding is going to be a blast with Shannon my our sides. I finally asked her formally last month when we were both home for our engagement party. My original plan was to do something really fun and creative and ask my maid of honor and bridesmaids at the same time. But I’m still working on the rest of my bridal party and I wanted Shannon to know ASAP that it was official. I took one of my bridal magazines and put a post-it on one of the pages saying “Shannon, you will” and then on the following pages circled the rest of the question word by word…”be” “my” “maid”…you get the point. Corny, cheesy and really awesome.
Funny story though…I actually ended up asking her flat out when we were taking Reddick for a walk.
Oh well. She did see the magazine, but basically she came into the room when I was doing it and started flipping through other bridal magazines. The timing just wasn’t right, but it was still a nice thought, right?
I’m so excited for her to start helping me plan and basically kicking my butt into gear. And somewhere down the road, I can’t wait to return the favor to her!

Don’t get any ideas

You could guess that being a bride-to-be increased my excitement for today’s events. Of course, watching the royal wedding is nothing like browsing through magazines and wedding blogs, as I frequently do to get ideas. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t afford her left shoe. I tried not to fall in love with every single details (I fell in love with the long winded ceremony, and I’m not even Catholic.) I thought I might be in trouble.
But, believe it or not, I did pick up some affordable ideas.
1. Pippa’s dress –  Loved the simplicity and elegance, and especially loved that it had the same lace trim and button details as Kate’s dress. And that’s all I have to say about that… 😉
2. Modernizing the vows. Did you know that Kate took the word “obey” out of her vows? I have no idea if we are going to write our own yet or go the traditional route, but I loved that she changed it to fit their lifestyle better.
3. The Survivors Brunch 
Price Harry is hosting a brunch (I heard at 6am?!) for the bride and groom. I love the idea of a farewell brunch for the family and friends who might be traveling from wherever for our big day.

4. Amazing Food
It wouldn’t be the wedding of Amanda if their wasn’t good food. Pea guacamole? Rhubarb creme brulee? Yum.

5. It’s an all day event
I’m pushing for an all week event.
What did you love most about the wedding?
My post was inspired by the knot, whose wedding coverage was amazing!

Planning To Plan

I find it hard to believe that we have been engaged for almost two months! Almost every day I find myself daydreaming back to Christmas Eve and wishing to relive that day over and over again.
I know a few other couples who got engaged around that time and they seem to have everything under control. Their planning has begin, date has been set, dress is picked out…it’s well underway. Our story doesn’t really go like that. Our planning has barely started.
I am a planner. I will be the first to admit that. At first I wanted to jump right in, set a date, get things sorted and have our wedding within the year. Now that I have had some time to think about it, I really want it to be perfect and we have decided to take our time and plan things slowly and carefully. Plus, I love being engaged! I love telling our story and showing people my ring. I think it’s a really fun time in our relationship that shouldn’t be taken for granted, because before we know it, our wedding will be over and done with. There are so many things that I want to happen between now and the end of my wedding, I should really slow down and take my time.
We do have three things that we need to accomplish first, and then we are smooth sailing (right, brides?!). I guess we could call this my first “wedding planning post”. So here it goes, the three things that once they are done, our wedding planning has officially set off…
Pick a date. Stating the obvious, right? If you read our entry for the contest, I said that a New Years Eve wedding would be our ultimate wedding date. It’s a great idea, but not set in stone at all. The cold kind of terrifies me but the snow is so pretty. A summer or fall wedding also makes perfect sense. I guess we need to pick a season and then a date.
How cute is this picture?

Pick a place. And by place I mean place in the world, church, venue, etc. (I guess this is multiple steps.) We live in the DC area. All of our family is in the Adirondacks. We had some awesome times in Orlando. And I’m sure that the Caribbean is a beautiful place to get married, but so is Paris, and Africa (MJW’s idea). We all know that it makes the most sense to get married up north, but who knows where we will choose…

A wedding on Lake Placid (this venue is where I had my prom)
A wedding somewhere in paradise

Selecting the wedding party. For me, this seems like the most stressful part. It kind of makes my stomach hurt thinking about it. I have amazing people in my life and it’s going to be hard to narrow it down. But my wedding mantra has been whatever we decide will be perfect. I’ll just keep saying that to myself over and over again.

My aunt had the cutest little flower girl in the whole world, my cousin Reid! By the time I make all my decisions she might be old enough to be a bridesmaid…
It looks like I have some pretty hard decisions to make, but they will be fun! I can’t wait for it all to begin.
Bring on the wedding advice! What were the first three things you checked off on your wedding planning list?