Wow. How did it get to be March 11, 2011??
Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of my engagement. So many things have happened since then, and I have now had the opportunity to go inside the experience of wedding planning, and have such an incredible understanding of what my clients go through in the process!!
With 22 days to go, I think everything has fallen into place. We are lucky enough to live on Martha’s Vineyard and to have a strong connection with so many wonderful people in “the industry” here, many of whom have gone above and beyond to help us put on the wedding of our dreams. Quite frankly, I think it will exceed our dreams, as our original intent was to have no more than 80 guests. Oops. Guess that didn’t happen. (In truth, Michael’s real desire was to have no more than 30, something that is a complete impossibility considering the number of dear friends we have).
In the next few days, I will try to outline my process in planning, perhaps providing some help to those of you who read my blog. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll write to me. I’d love to share my experiences with you.
To begin with, we attempted to choose a date!
We had limitations as to when we could have our wedding as Michael opens his restaurant at the end of April and we wanted to have our anniversary at a time when we would always have the time to celebrate it, envisioning being somewhere special each year (that was Michael’s desire – he’s quite the thoughtful romantic). We originally chose March 12th (tomorrow!) because it was close to our engagement anniversary and far enough away from the restaurant’s reopening to allow for a honeymoon.
Now here’s the thing: try to be as receptive to advice (even if unsolicited and from a parent) as possible: my mother commented that the weather might be crappy in different parts of the country, making it more difficult for our friends and family from farther away to reach the Vineyard. I hemmed and hawed a little, but then realized that she was right. We then chose April 2nd, which gave us enough time to take our honeymoon AND it was a much more “hopeful”-sounding date. And it might be warmer. AND daylight savings time begins on March 13th! So, all in all, it was a great decision.
Once we had the date set, we made a list of what we needed to do.
Which I will share in my next blog entry.