Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Guest Post: The Groom's Guide to Wedding Planning

Warning!  This blog has officially been hijacked!  The words you are about to read are straight from the mouth of Kate's fiance Brock Johnson (okay, that's a pen name; my real name is Matt). I'd like to first start off by apologizing in advance to all those reading and expecting quality context and prose.  If you haven't already noticed, Kate's blog has officially "blown up!"  I've told her countless times that she should pursue a full-time career in the field, as her weekly posts make me LOL for days.   I have to admit, when she asked me to make a cameo appearance on her blog I was a bit nervous.  Let's face it... it's A LOT to live up to!  So you'll have to excuse me while I take another sip of Bud Light before continuing.

Ahhh.. that's better!  Okay, let me start off by saying that I am the luckiest man in the world.  I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would meet someone who makes me feel the way Katie does.  I knew from the first time I met her that she was special and for me it was a true case of love at first sight.  When you know... you know!  What makes our relationship so wonderful is that we just get each other.  It seems like such a simple concept, but I doubt that any couple knows one another the way that Katie and I do.  I can always tell when she's parched by the way she glances my way with lips puckered and eyes as big as saucers.  And how I need to give her space as she zones out in deep thought, psycho-analyzing dreams from the night before (this happens at least twice a day).   In all seriousness though, she is my best friend and I thank God for bringing her into my life everyday.

Now that I've gotten all the gooey stuff out of the way, I can get back to the real purpose of this post; Wedding planning from the grooms perspective!   My father taught me many things growing up in NOVA.  I learned the importance of family, education, loyalty and most importantly keeping the woman that I love happy!  For this Bill Thomas, I thank you for providing me with the most useful insight on wedding planning that any guy has ever received or needed.

Rule number 1 -  Ask your bride-to-be what she wants and agree with it!

Rule number 2 - If your bride-to-be asks your opinion on something always reply with the following - "What do you think honey?"

Rule number 3 - Repeat rules 1 and 2 appropriately.

Congrats guys.... you now own the idiot proof guide to planning a wedding from a grooms perspective.  I've managed to book a honeymoon, order tuxedos, pick out groomsmen gifts and avoid fights that undoubtedly would have taken place without the wisdom of my father.  That's why he's my best man after all!

That is all... Wish me luck!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Honeymoon Conundrums

Oh friends, sorry for still being a slacker on my blog posts, but hey, at least you're getting roughly one post per week, right? Besides, I've been super busy doing actual wedding things, such as handwriting addresses on our invitations; paying someone else to do it looks better and better every day.

In addition to staining my hands with silver ink, there has been much discussion about our honeymoon. With less than three months to go, we've realized we need to light a fire under our butts and get plannin! With less than three months to go, we've also realized we have no idea where we want to go. 

Beach--always an option on the table. But WHICH beach??

I know, I know, earlier this year we very decisively stated "Southern Italy or Costa Rica--there are no other options." Then, we very emphatically said "Costa Rica." Now, in the past couple of weeks, we've also referred to St. Thomas, St. John, Antigua, Turks and Caicos, and St. Lucia. We're hopeless. 

Maybe we should have really thought this through six months ago--but we always thought this would be the easiest part! Well, it's not. With so many Caribbean beach destinations, and with two indecisive types like us, coming to a decision will be a momentous feat. We are currently in talks with a travel agent, hoping to come to a decision shortly, but in the meantime, here are a few things I've learned in the honeymoon a-plannin process.

1. Know ya boo
Just kidding. If you're married, then hypothetically you should already "know ya boo." What I mean is, know ya budget. Sure, Bora Bora looks dreamy, until you find out how many organs you'd have to sell on the black market just to get over there. 

2.  Know whatcha wanna do
Do you want to backpack across Europe? Hike the ruins of Machu Picchu? Sample every bottle of wine in the Napa Valley? It's pretty essential to decide up front what kind of experience you're looking for--adventurous, romantical, relaxing, etc. At first, we thought we might go to Southern Italy and be touristy. Then, we actually started planning a wedding, and realized we wanted to do NOTHING. In my opinion, the best place to travel to and do nothing is the beach. 

3. Know whatcha can't live without
Once you've decided on the type of experience, it's time to decide where to stay and what you'll do to fill your days. Sometimes, you may know already have a list in mind. Other times, it may not hit you until the middle of the night, when you wake up and realize you absolutely cannot stay ANYWHERE unless there is a swim-up bar on the premises. 

Hitting golf balls into the ocean--definitely a must. 

4. Know whatcha don't want
It's also easy to rule out destinations when you know what you don't want. For instance, I don't want a family friendly resort, and I don't want to go to Jamaica. I feel like the family friendly resort is self-explanatory, but don't ask me why I refuse to go to Jamaica. I just have no interest in going there, unless it involves reenacting Cool Runnings. If so, we'll talk. 

Kayaking...probably a bad idea. If you ever want to hear this story, just ask.
So there it is, my foolproof guide to planning a honeymoon! Well, maybe not so foolproof, considering we still have no idea where we're heading. But, it's a start, and maybe by this time next week we'll know exactly what we're doing.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Save the Date...Revealed!

Miracle of miracles, September has finally arrived! And boy, has it ever...this past week we've had gorgeous weather, and I'm just itching to get outdoors and go buy myself a pumpkin. Fall has also brought with it an abundance of ragweed, triggering allergies I never knew I had. Thus, I've felt MISERABLE the past week and a half, and all I want to do is lie under a blanket and have a pity party. 

Pity parties aside, I decided to put on a brave face and hammer out a post for all my dedicated blog readers. Lucky for you, today is a special treat! As promised, you're finally going to get a glimpse of our Save the Dates. Hooray! 

Without further ado...

Whoa! Who are those adorable children??

Ta-dah! Those super cute children flourished into the handsome couple you see before you. Save that Date!

I hope you enjoyed our totes presh Save the Dates, as well as the professional quality of the pictures you see above. Now, if you will excuse me, I've got to get down to addressing some wedding invitations. 

Less than three months to go!!!

I'm linking up with Something Charming for Wedding Wednesday! Take a moment to check out Joelle's blog, it's very classy and I highly recommend all things classy.

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