I’m Getting Married!
I’ve only been engaged for a little more than 24 hours, but I already can’t stop staring at the sparkling ring on my finger. Every time I look it just reminds me that this whole experience wasn’t just a dream.
It’s one thing to think about weddings and to be in love with the idea of falling in love and getting married, but as I’m soon finding out, it’s an entirely different experience to be involved with creating a wedding. Oh, and did I mention that I’ll be doing most of the planning without my fiance? He’ll be stationed in Georgia for most of the time and deployed for another few months.
My approach to this whole thing—like many brides-to-be say they’ll be—is to remain practical, calm, and open to suggestions. I’m incredibly excited to make this as unique as possible and can’t wait to see how this whole experience turns out.
I hope you’ll stick around for the journey 🙂
A Long Road Ahead
Like most long-distance relationships, couples can only manage to see each other during short periods of time. With that said, my diamond ring and I are currently sitting on an airplane flying back to Albuquerque, and my fiancé is driving the lonely two hours back to Warner Robins from Atlanta. He’s going out of town for work during (almost) the entire month of March, so we’re hoping to see each other in April or May before he deploys again in June (gotta love the Air Force)!
We’ve only been engaged for two days, but already I can tell the bridal magazine industry is going to receive a large chunk of my paycheck each month. I currently own four wedding magazines, and let me tell you, these suckers are not cheap! In fact, one of them actually says “Book” along the spine and set me back $14 at the airport magazine shop! Turns out it’s my favorite go-to guide so far…money well spent. I have a feeling the wedding industry isn’t seeing a large dent in their pockets due to the economy.
Even though Kenny and I are envisioning a wedding in late January, February, or March (…that’s at least 12 months away for those of you who are counting, and once again we can thank the military for such a long engagement), it seems like so much planning needs to have started, oh, about five minutes ago. Not only do I need to decide what my colors will be (because without my colors how can I pick invitations, flowers, cake, dresses, etc.), but I also need to find a location for the ceremony and reception. I also need to set a budget, which will most likely be one of the first things to cross off my list. Allowing myself to be flexible and frugal are two things I’m counting on during the next year.
this was my mom’s dress…she hasn’t touched it since 1980!
Here’s what it looks like: