planning. in every sense of the word.

February 17, 2010 § 1 Comment

Planning a wedding is a lot of work, but it’s a fun project to take on. I mean, when else can you sit and ponder flower details and color palettes and shoes and everything frivolous and not feel guilty about it?

As a (relatively) newly engaged girl, I spend a fair amount of time perusing wedding blogs that may or may not pop up new posts, pictures, and creative goodness in my google reader all day long. And while this is great for coming up with ideas for planning the look and feel and details of the wedding, there is a lack of focus on what comes after the wedding.

Like, you know, the marriage?

Why is that? Besides the obvious fact that weddings are usually pretty and have a lot of visual interest to catch blog readers, is it just not that interesting? One site that is good about discussing the life-after-wedding is A Practical Wedding. Not only is it funny, but it really helps put everything into perspective. Sure you’re going to have this great party, but the real point of the day is to bring the bride and groom together and create a new family.

So how does one plan a life with someone when for 20-or-so years they planned life for themselves? What are the steps to creating a partnership that lasts a lifetime?

I don’t really know where I’m going with this, and I hope this doesn’t sound negative or anything like that because I am truly happy to be going through this with Eric and I think our life together will be great once we figure out what it’s going to be. I just wanted to ramble on since most of the big-picture wedding decisions have been made (location? check. bridal party? check. dress? check. photographer? check. florist? check. dj? check.) and now my wedding-crazed brain gets a little reprieve.

Anyone want to share helpful hints? No? Ok, next time will have pictures, I promise …

-kt

oh the places we’ll go

December 28, 2009 § Leave a comment

As Christmas is winding down and before we get to the new year celebrations (go bearcats!), we’ve had some time to think about early plans. It appears as if we are definitely going ahead with the late October date, despite worries about it being too short of a time to plan.

Have no fear!

Yesterday morning I spent awhile going through a planning timeline I found in the Real Simple wedding issue (gorgeous design by the way). I converted their time line into a month-by-month goal list for E and I to follow. Though it is a bit daunting (not to mention we need to find a place to live at the same time!) I think it is manageable now that we have a guide. January is a pretty easy month, mostly just finalizing bridal party selections and beginning guest lists and establishing what ind of look and feel you want. Can’t you tell that last part is the designer’s paradise?

There is one important job we have to take care of this month.

Location.

That’s the hard one, isn’t it. So many variables. Outside. Inside. Church. Traditional. Casual. Contracted vendors. Costs.

Location, location, location.

At this point, we have two contenders for the ceremony and reception locales in Cincinnati. Both will do both the ceremony and reception (either inside or outside should the weather cooperate) and both are local landmarks. Neither are what one would call traditional, though both are breathtaking and will require little to no extra decorating. After meetings this week and next, hopefully we’ll have a better idea and I won’t feel so overwhelmed by all the decision factors currently running marathons over and over again in my brain.

Of course I’ve started to think about all things design and I’m thinking a cute design theme would be to use initials everywhere, like invitations with “kt + e” really prominent. And some nice floral or vine-y illustrations. Thoughts?

-kt

hi all!

December 23, 2009 § Leave a comment

Welcome to Katie and Eric’s wedding blog. I have some big plans for this baby!

I thought this would be a great way for us to chronicle our months before the big day, as well as serve as a planning tool. Eventually registries and and event details and all that fun stuff will be here; kind of a one-stop shop for any and all who will be joining us in our celebration.

My hope is that both Eric and I will contribute as authors so we can both lend our insights and opinions and complaints and stories, giving everyone else (and each other) some laughs along the way. Look around, stay while!

-kt

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