This will be my last WTW post before I get hitched next Saturday. I have guest posts lined up from Angela, Holly and Amber for the Wednesay, Thursday and Friday before my big day on the 4th. Thanks again ladies!
I thought I’d take the time in this post to reflect.
Our engagement was short: Nearly seven months. To be exact, it was 205 days/29 weeks/4920 hours/295,200 minutes/17,712,000 seconds. Never in a million years would I ever think I could plan a wedding in that period of time, let alone my own. It’s been exciting, stressful, nerve-wracking and everything in between.
There were many, MANY times when I wanted to throw in the towel and let someone else do all the work. But – I’m a very “in control” person and while I’m indeed a very lazy person, I’m very driven when I need/want to be. Thus why I didn’t hire a planner. I wanted to be involved of every detail and be in control. Because I don’t work in the mornings, it was easy for me to plan, book and scheme. And – by hiring a planner, it would only cost us more in the end.
A few people have also asked me, “Well, why get married so soon?” Why not? Friends of Kyle and I put a wedding together in 4 months (but I’ll note that they were married in the winter, so not “prime wedding time”). We’ve been together for nearly nine years now, so it wasn’t like we needed time to make sure we were sure.
Another popular question? “Why not elope?” Simple: There’s too many people we want to share our marriage with and the majority of them wouldn’t be able to attend. Also, because of conflicting family members, having them on some island somewhere all together wouldn’t be a good idea.
I think the most important thing I learned about wedding planning is nailing down your venue and vendors right off the bat. My favourite local DJ? Already booked for my wedding day the first week of December. My first pick of wedding photographer? Gone. But – After a little digging, I found some AMAZING people to help pull my big day together and they’ve all been more than helpful.
And the most important thing about the wedding itself? The day is about YOU and your husband to be, and no one else. This was Kyle and I’s motto for everything. It’s our day, with our family and friends. It was important to remind our families to put their differences behind them for at least 8 hours and just be happy for us.
So, in 10 days from now, I’ll be a wife. I still can’t believe it, but I couldn’t be more excited about it. It’s the next chapter of our lives, and I can’t wait.
6 thoughts on “WTW: This is it”
So exciting!! It’s funny how everyone else has an opinion about why you’re doing things your way, but ultimately you’re right, it’s your wedding and you just have to kind of smile and nod, and have faith that you’re doing the right thing for you guys. I’m so excited for you!!
Are you going to wear a Canucks jersey over your dress during the reception? :D
Haha – I wish! My Canucks jersey is bad luck – They never win when I wear it!
I think it’s amazing you planned your wedding in 7 months! Eric and I have been engaged for almost 3 months now and all I’ve done is book my venue, photographer and ask the wedding party. Which is good I guess, especially since we have 13 months left to plan :P
I’m really really super excited for you! I hope you post some great pictures soon after the wedding. I can’t wait to see/read/hear about all the little details!!
Are you guys leaving on a honeymoon right after the wedding or will you be back the week after to recap it?
We’re not going on our honeymoon until the winter. Why leave Canada when it’s (usually) so gorgeous in the summer!? We’ll go when it’s cold and miserable outside.
For two people who’ve been together so long, I don’t see the need to be engaged for such a long period of time. (Unless it were for your own personal reasons.)
I’m so excited for you, and I can’t wait to hear more after the big day! :)