Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wedding Theme

My friend Teresa and I have cooked up a totes bril wedding theme. Before we get to that, let me give you some background...

I've mentioned before that I'm no fan of the word "chic." In fact, I'm pretty sure that I've detested the word since I was a young child, probably because I would watch HGTV shows with my mom, and that word would be thrown around so much it literally had no meaning. Honestly, most of the time they were just painting furniture and calling it "chic" to sound sophisticated. Also, chic sounds so much like the word "shriek," which means something frightening has just happened. Who likes being frightened? Not this girl!

Enough of that rant! Just because I dislike that word, doesn't mean I dislike wedding themes. I think wedding themes are completely necessary--it just makes planning your wedding that much easier because you have an overall look you are striving to achieve. In fact, while typing this paragraph I just come up with probably the best wedding theme ever...willy nilly! You could combine the very best elements of all the different types of weddings--beach, rustic, modern, vintage, formal, shotgun, etc, and combine it all into one glorious day. When you hear your aunt whisper to your grandma that the decor is "just willy nilly," then you can beam with pride!

Now I'm getting off topic. Back to the friend Teresa and I play a fun game. We think of some utterly horrific theme for a wedding, then add the word "chic" to the end. It makes it classy! During a facebook match-up of this game, we stumbled upon what might possibly be the best theme the wedding world has ever encountered: vintage contemporary cat lady.

Now, don't go off and steal this theme (patent is pending)! Ever since we combined those four words into one magical style, I've been trying to think up what would really be involved in a vintage contemporary cat lady wedding. I'm thinking instead of a bouquet toss, all the single ladies receive a kitten, and the entire dinner is served from boxed and canned food. All of the happy couples' feline friends would serve as the attendants: Mr. Paws, Helga, Otto, Lucky Face, Pitter Pat, Socks, Snowflake, Snowball, Snow petal, Reese Piece, Thomas the Tomcat, Little Bit, Taco Tuesday, and Bill.

Yes, I do have an actual wedding theme. We are getting married in December, so we're going for a winter wonderland feel, but you know not winter and not Christmas, but you know, nice and stuff like that. And not tacky...or gaudy..but definitely pretty! These are the lengths I will go to avoid using the word "chic."

So, do you have a wedding theme that you're trying to follow? What about some other ways to create a vintage contemporary cat lady wedding? Comment and let me know, because I'd love to see that happen.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I Just Wanna Dance!

This girl likes to dance. I like to dance in the car, in the shower, in the kitchen, and sometimes in my desk chair at work. So of course, when I spotted a $50 groupon for private dancing lessons, better believe I snatched that offer up! 

Not that I need dancing lessons, I mean I'm a bonafide pro! I could be giving the lessons! But I thought it would be a nice activity for us to do, in preparation for our first dance. A little choreography couldn't hurt. 

All of my friends and family were so lessons, what fun! All of Matt's friends and family responded with "Matt dancing? Can I watch?" Bless his heart. 

Actually, Matty was perfect on the dance floor. He's never had formal dance lessons in his life, and he picked up the basic waltz, foxtrot, and swing dance steps in just one short lesson. In fact, it was a very short lesson--only 40 minutes. We didn't even get a chance to discuss choreography for our first dance song! Which is probably a good thing, because we haven't decided on that just yet....and if we did, do you think I would announce it here, for the whole Blog world to see? Well, maybe. Lord knows I love the attention. 

This gentleman is a fine dancer!
Anyway, all this talk of dancing lessons and first dance songs just makes me giddy with excitement! I mean, this you-know-what just got real (I'm not going to curse on this blog, that's vulgar). Yesterday I looked at more wedding dresses (and buddy, that is its own post), we've already sent our first thank you note, and not to mention our engagement pictures are just a little over two weeks away! I think it is all starting to hit me, which probably explains why I've been so emotional lately. On Saturday, Matt and I watched a Disney Channel Original Movie called Geek Charming, and I'm pretty sure I cried throughout the entire second half. Yep, ya know, just practicing my tears for the wedding. 

In conclusion, after starting a post about dancing lessons, I guess what I'm really trying to say is this:
 "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." --Ferris Bueller's Day Off 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Let's Party

The party, my friends, is what makes a wedding a wedding. Sure, there's the ceremony and the vows and the papers that make it all legit, but without the ensuing celebrations it's little more than a business transaction (in my opinion.) I know that I'm stating the obvious when I say that marriage is one of the biggest commitments you'll ever make in your life. You're pledging to spend your life with that person, forever, through all the ups and downs. You don't bail out when things got rough (unless you're Kim Kardashian), and you don't toss it away if something slightly more appealing catches your eye (unless you're Kim Kardashian).

So I realize I'm starting to get a little off topic, and I may be sounding like a Negative Nancy. Yes, commitment is a very heavy word with so many connotations; that being said, I think that marriage is one of the best commitments you will make in your life, and that is the reason to celebrate. Hooray! You've finally found your Person, your Best Friend, your Soulmate! You no longer have to search your friend lists to find someone willing to go with you to the Farm Museum, because your significant other would happily go on such a silly adventure with you. (Not that Matt and I have ever been to the Farm Museum, but if I asked, I have no doubt that he would agree to go in a heartbeat.) And now that you've found that person, you're willing to declare to God/Your State/Social Networks that this is it, you're taking yourself out of the game forever.

Personally, I have found it to be a huge relief, not having to play those games anymore, and it really is wonderful to be happy doing anything, from the mundane to the extraordinary, with your fiance. Now, can't you see why the party is so important? The party on your wedding day let's you release all the joy and exuberance you feel over committing yourself to the person you love, for life. And, the best part is, you get to share it all with the people nearest and dearest to your heart. THAT makes the wedding.
We like to party, party

Speaking of parties, these days an impending wedding tends to spawn all sorts of extra parties! Engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, etc. I mean really, there's no limit to what you can dream up--two people who love each other are making the ultimate commitment, so any party leading up to the Big Day can easily be rationalized with this logic.

You better believe Matt and I already have our party hats on! (Metaphorically speaking, of course, although possessing REAL party hats would be an excellent idea.) In fact, we've got two engagement parties coming up the next two weekends. One we will be having back home in SWVA, with my parents and my mom's family who live in the area. Next, we will have one at Matt's parent's house. This will mostly be the bridal party as well as a few close friends and family members who live in the DC area. Now for some people who already have trouble wrapping their head around an Engagement party (i.e., Grandma Eide), two parties might seem excessive. However, it just seemed the best thing to do. With so many of our friends and family scattered around, hosting two parties manages to include (almost) everyone.

My advice to future brides would be to hop on that celebration train and don't hold back. Ideally, you're only going to get married once (unless you're Kim Kardashian); hold onto every moment.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

World Travels

Look at me, publishing a post within a month of the last post, I am really on top of things! Anyway, once again my life has become a hectic, chaotic mess (but in a good way). I spent two weekends in a row working, then the next weekend I hopped on a plane to Nashville, Tennessee. Yes, that's right, I was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. For some reason though, once I arrived, there must've been a glitch in the system or it was all a practical joke, because they all acted like they didn't know me, and I could not get past security! They will be hearing from my lawyers.

All joking aside, I went to Nashville to visit my best friend and Maid of Honor, Ashley. She was graduating with a Master of Arts in Teaching, so of course I had to be there to cheer her on. It was a pretty wonderful trip. We went to Arrington Vineyards and met Kix Brooks, of Brooks and Dunn, and he signed the corks on our wine bottles:
Yep, Ashley arranged a meet and greet with a famous country music star.
At the vineyards, we had some delicious wine and delicious cupcakes. The cupcake sparked a new obsession for me--not necessarily for baking cupcakes, but for eating them. Such a delightful, tasty treat.

Monday I went to Ashley's kindergarten class as a guest lecturer. My topic was "Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Borderline Personality Disorder: An analysis." They weren't too interested, so we switched things up and sang a song about the oceans instead.

We finished up the trip with an Ingrid Michaelson concert. This wasn't my first time at the rodeo--in fact, it was my third Ingrid concert. She is my absolute favorite musician, and her shows are always awesome, they never disappoint.

So you see, not much time for wedding planning! Although Ashley and I did discuss many things in detail, including bridesmaids dresses, food, videographers, and of course, the wedding dress. So there's no need to worry, wedding planning is well underway! More to follow soon.

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