Setting the Wedding: Part 5

We are a little more than three months away from the wedding now and things are getting real! Looking at my to-do lists for the this month in my wedding planner, the list is so much longer than it’s ever been up until this point. It is a little intimidating seeing so many things that are listed to be checked off, but I’m still keeping a pretty calm mindset. That’s one thing I’ve been pretty proud about so far. I haven’t been a super crazy, overly obsessed stressed bride. I’m just kinda doing things as I feel like it and haven’t worried too much about anything. I’m sure the fact that we’re having a pretty small wedding also has a lot to do with it.
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It doesn’t really feel like it, but a lot has happened over the past month since my last wedding post. We did get our passport books in the mail, so we are all ready to go on our honeymoon! Sandals Antigua is going to be so much fun, I think that’s one of the things Jacob and I are both looking forward to the most. It only took about three weeks for us to receive these back, which is pretty impressive considering how awful the application process was.

We did a lot of shopping and were able to find Jacob’s suit, which we got for a great deal at Belk. It looks so good on him, I can’t wait to see it all put together! Also throughout all of the shopping, we finally found my shoes, my mom’s dress, and my sister’s (maid of honor) dress. I’m pretty picky when it comes to shoes and that was another thing that seemed to take forever. We searched for such a long time! I will be sharing all of those little details after the wedding.
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We weren’t planning on it, but ended up creating a very small registry on Amazon for people who aren’t comfortable with gifting Home Depot / Visa gift cards or cash. Like I’ve mentioned before, our main goal is to paint the entire interior of our house and don’t need much of anything else after living together for three years. We also finally booked a caterer and had our tasting. We were pretty far behind on getting that taken care of, but we did have a few hoops that we had to jump through before we were able to find the perfect one and set the deposit. We’re currently working on the menu and I am so surprised with some of the decisions we’re making.
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Another big milestone that happened this past month was our five year anniversary! We started dating five years ago on June 10th, 2012. We hadn’t ever done anything for our four previous anniversaries other than just stay at home or do something local, which we did do this year too along with something more fun. The day of our anniversary, we took our gheenoe out on the river. It was a beautiful day! The next day, we took a trip to Biloxi, MS (about 2 hours away) and went to see a cirque style show. It’s our first we’ve ever been to and we really enjoyed it!
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Some things that are still on our to-do list from last month are to look at and finalize a florist, hairstylist, invitations, maps, and our rings. We have my wedding band picked out, but we still need Jacob’s. We’re looking for a style like the one pictured below, which is turning out to be a lot harder than we had anticipated.

The new things to add to the list this month are to choose songs, get the rest of Jacob’s outfit accessories such as his shoes, shirt, etc., and to find both of our rehearsal dinner outfits. There are a few other things on the list too, but these are the most important. We’ve been trying to pick out songs since we got engaged and that’s not coming along very well. Especially with my music taste, I’m definitely the most picky.
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There are a few things listed in my planner for this month that I don’t have to do for one reason or another, which is pretty relieving. Since we have such a small wedding party (4 of us, plus our parents), we don’t have to worry about booking a rehearsal dinner or day after brunch. We won’t be writing our own vows, taking dance lessons, or booking a valet service. We’ll be making the centerpieces ourselves, so I don’t have to worry about working with a florist on that. And I’ve already made my dress fitting appointment when I bought the dress. Bypassing certain things like these have definitely been a big contributor in keeping planning easy and less stressful.

Thankfully, most of the decisions we’ve made so far have been pretty easy and taken care of fairly quickly. That is, once we actually get to doing them. But I’m telling you, I’m really not that worried about it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m super ecstatic to be getting married to the man of my dreams, I just don’t want this to be a difficult time in my life that I look back on years from now. I want it to be as happy and joyful as possible. So far, I seem to be accomplishing that goal very well. ♥

~Mani Monday~
This week I’m wearing one of my favorite colors ever. It’s a Julie G nail polish and the shade is called Julie’s Fave. I can see why they named it that! It’s a beautiful color that can pick up either pink or orange, depending on the light and its surroundings. This polish applies very easily and is really opaque, even after only one coat. Their formula doesn’t typically last on me as long as some other polishes, but it’s definitely not the worst I’ve ever tried. I can usually get about 4-5 days out of it.
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What’s on your nails this week?

~Christina~

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