Archive for ‘All The Things’

July 16, 2012

The Comparison Trap (Realize Now: You Will Never Compare)

I would love to tell you that since the engagement I have started perusing wedding blogs, spending hours on Pinterest and devouring bridal mags. Unfortunately that just isn’t the case…

I was doing that LONG before Boyfriend popped the question.

Oh! That stack of wedding magazines in the corner? Am I engaged? No. Uhh… I need those to stay up to date on event trends! Jeez!

I never felt any pressure from the magazines as me and my bare left hand flipped through DIY dresses and decorations. In fact, I felt like I could do “all the things!” at my someday wedding. I mean, how difficult could it really be to macrame each guest their own personalized doily?

You guys. Something has changed.

I logged online (is that even a phrase any more without the “neer-neer neer-neer pshhhhhhhhh You’ve Got Mail!” internets?) and perused my Pinterest post promising.  I wasn’t seeing delicate lacy details and quirky favors anymore. What happened to the romantic wood signs pointing towards “True Love” and the restrooms? All I saw were burnt glue gun finger tips, dollar signs and craft fails. How would I ever live up to these nuptials? How would I ever live up to  the wedding I have already created (and practically announced to the world) on pin boards and secret email folders?

Here is the thing. I won’t and I’ll tell you one reason why;

That Wedding with DIY Personalized, Hand Written, Embossed and Glittered Invitations, Programs and Menus? Guest List: 37 + 1 Dog

I’m not sure you would believe me unless I had the link to prove it. One of my favorite wedding blogs actually suggested that I snip out the silhouettes of each guest out of (GET THIS…) LEAVES.

Oh sure! In addition to your RSVP, please schedule a time that you can stop by so I can trace your head. Yup, even all you out-of-towners! XO!

The point I am trying to make here is that it is easy to go above and beyond on the details when you are only trying to impress a small crowd. As appealing as a small, intimate wedding is, its just not in the cards for Boyfriend and me, so there is the added challenge of deciding what details will make the biggest impact, and what details need to be raked.

July 11, 2012

Something Borrowed, Something Bluesie Lou

Big news! Boyfriend and I are engaged. Boyfriend is now Fiance in real life, but will always be Boyfriend here on the blog.

(We like to keep it all “Teenage Dream” where we can.)

It has only been about a week into the engagement and I am already knee deep in bridal magazines, unread wedding blogs and unsolicited advice from anyone who catches a glimpse of my brand new, beautiful sparkler. (Seriously. It looks like it is made entirely of diamonds!) Admittedly, I am already someone whose mind is always going a hundred different directions. I mean, once I started a blog that I let fall by the wayside, I am averaging a new job every 4.5 months (though I am totally digging the one I have now, so I am excited to watch that number grow) and I accidentally maybe got a cat. Can someone round up the sheep, because with my mind racing I haven’t been able to sleep since Boyfriend liked it and put a ring on it.

With a mind like mine, I have never been able to quite nail down my aesthetic when it comes clothing, decorating, etc. Hell! even my handwriting is a jumbled mess of capital and lowercase letters because I can’t decide which I like better. So before when I was debating “Big A” vs “little a”, I now lie awake night debating fondant and frosting.

So if you are ready for the chaos, hop on (or back on) Bluesie Lou now. If not, just show up for the party…

…That is if I ever decide May vs. October.