wedding countdown

I can’t believe our wedding is less than 2 months away! If you are familiar with the knot, you know those annoying emails that come, proclaiming “Two Months to Go! Here’s what you need to do!” I delete it because it stresses me out and then end up going directly to the website so I make sure I’m not missing anything. :)

Last weekend was my bridal shower and bachelorette party with my good friends and we had a blast! It was wonderful having a weekend with my closest friends!


Onto the other wedding details…


Although our tasting was months ago, we still haven’t made any final food decisions. (I’m sure the knot will send me a reminder any day now.) Between me and you, I’m kind of thinking that they might come out with new menus for summer/fall and it would be just horrifying to decide without all of the available options, don’t you think? We have started to narrow it down however.


Are finally decided on! After loving one, ordering another, canceling the order, loving another one all in about the time span of 72 hours, a decision was finally made – just in the knick of time and they went out last week. Do you know how expensive paper is? (I’ll never tell my Dad, buwhaha)


Apparently I don’t excel at making decisions. Like the invites, before I knew what happened, I had ordered 5 different dresses, finally trying on “the one,” making a decision – and then moving on to shoes and jewelry, which are almost done! Hint: it’s an everyday designer and was the least expensive “major” item purchased!


The venue is grey and white so we are using a splash of color with magenta flowers. I can’t wait to see them!



Because we aren’t getting married in a church, we have to really hash out a lot of the ceremony details on our own and it has now moved to the top of our priority list! The fun part is that we can add our own twist, and really have a blend of religions and cultures.

And that leads me to today – with a long to-do list and a teensy frazzled feeling, I’m starting to get really excited for this wedding! (The one that is in 52 days, not that I’m counting or anything) :)

the wedding weight debate

Every bride (and groom) wants to look their best on the “big day” – myself included. You can bet that I’ll be eating clean, keeping up on workouts and probably trying every face mask, deep conditioning hair treatment (just started Moroccan Oil last week!) and nail growth polish I can get my hands on in the weeks leading up to my wedding.


Sometimes, a wedding is all the motivation you need to start some healthy habits, but sometimes,  it can also swing a little far on the other side. I’m talking brides losing a significant amount of weight pre-wedding. (Not a few pounds due to stress, etc.) First of all, I don’t always understand it. Wouldn’t you want to look and feel your best all the time? (I do – you can call me vain!) Secondly, it doesn’t seem like looking like a different person on your wedding day would be desirable. And if it is all for one day, is it all lost the day after the wedding?

My views are this: I’m all for people getting healthy and in-shape and feeling their best. For life, not just for a wedding.

Thoughts? Did you start a new, healthy regimen before your wedding?

why i registered for china

Like many, I initially scoffed at the idea of registering for china. Why would I want people to spend over $100 on a single place setting? Who uses china in this day and age? Where am I going to put it? (hello tiny apartment) When would I ever use it?

It seemed over the top. It seemed old-school and old-fashioned. It seemed like a waste.

But then over a lunch in Chicago with my Mom and the Taster’s Sister, they totally convinced me. As in, in less than a few hours, my Mom and I were at Macy’s checking out the selection.

Lets back track a bit to how they convinced me.

They told me to look ahead 10-15 years…Easter at our house… {envisioning mini red-heads running around :) }

And I started to actually think about the future.. I recalled Easter at my parents house and I recalled eating off of china on a daily basis at home. Not that we were fancy but my Mom always used the china that she had – one set for every day – one set for special occasions. China also reminds me of my grandparents and although I was very young when my grandma passed away, if there’s an opportunity to feel close to her, I’ll take it.

There really is no sense in getting china if you aren’t ever going to use it, but I will use it and I’m excited to use it.

Unfortunately it seems that it is kind of a now or never decision as china isn’t really a thing you go out and buy 15 years down the line. My Mother explained it best with, “you’ll be paying for dance classes.”

So we registered for china, and while the Taster isn’t completely convinced, I have a feeling he’ll come around one of these days…especially if there’s a little red-head running around the table on Easter.

Thoughts on China: Have it? Love it? Never use it? Want it?

wedding update

I’ve been promising some updates on the wedding planning…kind of a cheesy post, don’t say I didn’t warn you ;)

Planning a wedding is like planning the biggest party of my life.

Which may sound incredibly stressful to some, but I’m so fortunate to have so many people to help. Not to mention that I love party planning.  Obviously the Taster is part of every decision (most of them at least ;) ) and our families and friends have been beyond wonderful, amazing and SO helpful. It makes me feel very grateful and so fortunate to have so many wonderful people in our lives.

The last few weeks have made everything feel so real. Up until now, we’ve mainly been thinking about the big picture.  But then my Mom, Amy (Tasters Sister) and I went dress shopping in Chicago and I think I found my dress – I’m very indecisive so I’m going to order it and then try it again :)  Dress shopping was so much more fun than I expected. I guess I’m not sure what I expected…what could be better than a weekend in Chicago with the two sole tasks of shopping and eating? Mom, want to go back?

The invites are 75% decided on, hair ideas in the works, and hotel, shuttle, musicians and makeup artist booked. Our ceremony, which will be held at the reception site is something however, that I really need to start focusing on. If you have any amazing ideas, please let me know! I just had a dream the other night that I forgot to plan the ceremony so I’ll take that as a sign to start planning!

Our photographer, Brandon M Sweet, is amazing and just what we were looking for in a wedding photographer – and I’m so excited for our wedding pictures after seeing our engagement ones!

We have yet to even talk about the food, although we are leaning towards stations and not a sit-down dinner. I kind of want to have macaroons for dessert or maybe an ice cream bar, but all of those details have yet to be discussed and worked out. Do you like the traditional route of cake for dessert or something with a twist?

And I’m sure this will sound completely vain, materialistic, and fill-in-the-blank with whatever you want, but I’m also really looking forward to registering for some fun kitchen toys. I would totally be lying if I tried to say I wasn’t.

It’s becoming more and more real by the day, and although I know our life won’t change much after September 17, I can’t wait to marry my best friend.

Hopefully you were able to follow that post…more to come!