Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Writing About Weddings

I have a wedding Web site that comes with a blog, and if you know me then you know I can't turn down an opportunity to blog! I'm trying to decide if I want to keep wedding-related stuff over there, or just post it at both places. If I keep it here I'm changing up the design of this site again. Any thoughts?

From Feb. 15:
I'm Getting Married!
I've only been engaged for a little more than 24 hours, but I already can't stop staring at the sparkling ring on my finger. Every time I look it just reminds me that this whole experience wasn't just a dream.



It's one thing to think about weddings and to be in love with the idea of falling in love and getting married, but as I'm soon finding out, it's an entirely different experience to be involved with creating a wedding. Oh, and did I mention that I'll be doing most of the planning without my fiance? He'll be stationed in Georgia for most of the time and deployed for another few months.

My approach to this whole thing—like many brides-to-be say they'll be—is to remain practical, calm, and open to suggestions. I'm incredibly excited to make this as unique as possible and can't wait to see how this whole experience turns out.

I hope you'll stick around for the journey :)

From Feb. 16:
A Long Road Ahead
Like most long-distance relationships, couples can only manage to see each other during short periods of time. With that said, my diamond ring and I are currently sitting on an airplane flying back to Albuquerque, and my fiancĂ© is driving the lonely two hours back to Warner Robins from Atlanta. He’s going out of town for work during (almost) the entire month of March, so we’re hoping to see each other in April or May before he deploys again in June (gotta love the Air Force)!

We’ve only been engaged for two days, but already I can tell the bridal magazine industry is going to receive a large chunk of my paycheck each month. I currently own four wedding magazines, and let me tell you, these suckers are not cheap! In fact, one of them actually says “Book” along the spine and set me back $14 at the airport magazine shop! Turns out it’s my favorite go-to guide so far…money well spent. I have a feeling the wedding industry isn’t seeing a large dent in their pockets due to the economy.

Even though Kenny and I are envisioning a wedding in late January, February, or March (…that’s at least 12 months away for those of you who are counting, and once again we can thank the military for such a long engagement), it seems like so much planning needs to have started, oh, about five minutes ago. Not only do I need to decide what my colors will be (because without my colors how can I pick invitations, flowers, cake, dresses, etc.), but I also need to find a location for the ceremony and reception. I also need to set a budget, which will most likely be one of the first things to cross off my list. Allowing myself to be flexible and frugal are two things I’m counting on during the next year.


this was my mom's dress...she hasn't touched it since 1980!

Here's what it looks like:

4 thoughts:

Claudia said...

Hmm I'm not sure about writing things there and here. All I know is that I bookmarked your site and will be keeping up with it. :D

If you want I can send you my Anti Bride planning book. Eric gave it to me and if anything it was nice to look through it and just CHILL. :P

Your mom's wedding dress looks great! I love the fabric-it seems so flowy!

Jessica Lynn said...

I don't know if you'll see this on here, Claudia, so I'll also send you an email. I would love to borrow that book! I've seen it around and considered picking it up.

I think I'll blog over here and then just post stuff on the other one, for those people who are just interested in wedding stuff.

Thanks for your input!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I came across your blog and just wanted to tell you congrats and i will be keeping up with it! :) a budget wedding planning site that is really helping me is www.big-wedding-tiny-budget.com
it's free, unlike those $14 bridal eye candy magazines!

amy

Anonymous said...

OH i think i can make that site clickable...
big wedding tiny budget

congrats again!

amy

 
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