November 27, 2012

a practical wedding...

i’ve looked at more than my fair share of wedding books and magazines over the years because, let’s face it, i love weddings. i always have. and i  imagine i always will. and as someone with an extensive background in the industry, you’d think i would have seen this coming. 

here’s what i have discovered about weddings. for someone who is a painfully slow decision maker, seriously dislikes shopping and has an aversion to spending money, no matter who said money belongs to, planning a wedding can be a teensy-weensy bit on the difficult side.

thankfully, there is a glimmer of hope for brides like me and it comes in book form. honestly, i feel sorry for my married friends who had to go though the wedding planning process without this book by their side. it must have been awful.


i really can’t put into words how much i love this book. at times, it’s been the only thing saving me from certain insanity. the days that invitations (or flowers, or ties, or registries) feel like they are taking over my life, i can read this little gem…"a whole industry is set up to sell you a beautiful wedding; it’s set up to sell you how things will look and how they 'should' be. but what matters on your wedding day, what you will remember until you are old and gray, is how it felt. it’s about the feeling that sweeps over you when you fully realize that you have so many people you love in the same room at the same time…and that they are all there to celebrate the massive commitment you are making." that’s something i can get excited about.

November 7, 2012

save the date...

i love a good countdown chain. really, who doesn't? there's one particular countdown chain i've been waiting a looong time to make and it's finally here...we have a wedding date! donald and i are getting married january 26, 2013 at pere marquette lodge in grafton, illinois.  


it's fun to relay this information in person because we get to see people's eyes bug out, especially when talking with a wedding industry professional.  it's going to be quick, but in the end what gets done will get done and what doesn't won't matter.  as our good friend harry once said to sally...

"when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody,
you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible".

November 5, 2012

i said yes to the dress...

in a shocking turn of events, i picked out and purchased my wedding gown exactly two and a half hours after the search began. no one was more surprised by this than me.  

kim, missy and my mom joined me for what was to be an initial scouting trip. the goal for the day was simply to try on a lot of dresses and get an idea of what i might be looking for. when they asked what would happen if i found 'the one' on this visit, i chuckled. given my poor shopping and decision making abilities, i was certain that would not be an issue. but just to appease my entourage, i picked a conservative dollar amount as an absolute max for the day and off we went. nine dresses in...there she was. exactly one penny shy of the max for the day. of course, being the thorough and slightly ocd person that i am, i still had to try on the rest of the dresses on the possibility rack. and put 'the one' on again. and wear it around the store for thirty minutes. and consider the possibility of buyers remorse. but in the end, i did it.  i made the decision. i rang the bell. i said yes to the dress!  

missy . marilyn . shelly


shelly . kim