PERSONAL POST | My little big life announcement…

Hey everybody, happy number two post of Saturday, March 3rd!  Ok I’m crazy excited and don’t exactly know what to do with myself, and therefore I don’t know what to do with this post.  The gist is, 2012 is shaping up to be one of the most intense, exciting, neurotic, rewarding, busy, bringing-out-of-all-insecurities-known-and-yet-to-be-happened-upon-at-inopportune-times, fun, exhausting and joyful years of my life, for many wonderful reasons related to work and play, but the most important one being this next one:

Honey put a ring on it a whiiiiile back, and it’s time.  We’re right here right now kicking off the planning of our wedding.  And we’re getting married in the fall of this year.  High kick, woot!

Some of you might be thinking to yourselves, “wait, THAT’S the news?  I thought she was married already.”  I’m not. :)

I seriously took forever and ever to come to the decision to announce this finally, and therefore start planning.  I think it’s a potent combination of “holy s**t it’s happening!” mixed with my intense fear of making something that’s so private, just so incredibly, overwhelmingly, can’t-take-it-back-edly PUBLIC.  Especially being such private people, the way we both are.  I mean, once you get the wheels rolling on something like this, it’s not something you can just put a stop to if you’re feeling overwhelmed, and I wanted to be really, really ready to start these planning wheels a-rollin’ in such a public way.  And the thing is, I wanna share the experience with you.  The whole process.  The good, the not so good, the downright insane.  Even the emotional meltdowns, if I have any.  LOL I WILL HAVE THOSE.

I’m also very open to and excited about hearing your thoughts and suggestions, if you might have any.  I get inspired by you guys all the time.  I’ve already been feeling really overwhelmed just via the act of getting ready to start planning, so you can imagine how *interesting* a process this will be for us.  But I think, above all, it’s going to be the bestest, funnest year ever.  And I can’t wait to watch it all happen.  And even more, I can’t wait for the day I get to tell Honey how much I love him in front of all of our family and friends, kiss him right on the FACE, and then walk back down the aisle, my hand in his, married, and ready to start out on this road together for the rest of our lives.

You guys, I can’t wait.

:)

I wonder if any of you are getting married this year, too?  Or if anyone has any advice for me, or for Honey, or just in general?  I would love to hear anything you might have to say. :)

xoxo!  - Alison, soon to be Mrs. Honey. ;)

Image by Elizabeth Messina; design by Lisa Vorce of Oh, How Charming!; design and florals by Mindy Rice.

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  1. Tamra {ever swoon} on March 3, 2012

    That is so incredibly exciting!!! Congrats for setting the date in 2012!! My advice to you is to celebrate every win, (every booked vendor, everything you check off the list) this allows you to really enjoy the planning process and also reminds you of what a wonderful celebratory time being engaged is!! Enjoy the process and live in the experience!
    xo, Tamra, everswoon.com

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  2. Mindy on March 3, 2012

    Congrats! I am getting married in May and lemme tell ya, people aren’t kidding when they say it flies by. Our 16 month engagement is suddenly down to 2 months. Enjoy every moment, plan ahead, expect the unexpected, read “A Practical Wedding,” and create a fun, meaningful day that represents both of you. Yes. Have fun!

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  3. Jessica on March 3, 2012

    A short planning phase is the way to go – if you plan for too long the wedding just becomes this uncontrollable, all-consuming entity. Best of luck!

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  4. Stacy on March 3, 2012

    I’m getting married this year too!! August to he exact…its such an exciting time and I’m so happy for you two! I really enjoy reading your blog…it is THE MOST entertaining and I can’t wait to see what you will share about your wedding!! Cheers!

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  5. Zenna on March 3, 2012

    Exciting!! I’m curious who would take THEE best wedding portraits for you?! How do you decide?

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  6. Stephanie M. on March 3, 2012

    Wholly schamolly, congratulations! What a sweet, sweet blessing. My husband and I have been married 8 years (on Tuesday), and we have been and are going through the most difficult things we have ever dealt with in life. And I couldn’t imagine going it through it with anyone else. Believe me when I say, we are lifers!

    My advice to you would be (and perhaps you know these), don’t accept services from family or friends. Pay extra, hire a vendor. I hired a family friend to do my photography, things went wrong, it got awkward (he was doing me a “favor” at a discount). My wedding photos suck. Contracts for all your hired services. And just because your bridesmaid, mom, or mom-in-law to be like something, you don’t have to. You are the bride, it is your day, everything should be what you and your beau want. Sometimes I felt bad saying no, and I even got in a fight with my bff/maid of honor because she wanted to wear the same shoes I was already wearing. Wear them at your own wedding!

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  7. Jo-Anne on March 3, 2012

    congratulations! When you first posted that you had an announcement, i was like shes either pregnant or engaged… and your last one said you werent pregnant so… i guessed it! haha I just got married in 2010 and it was amazing. Definitely just remember that its you and Honey’s day… I found a lot of people had opinions about what we should do so the best piece of advice I can give is stick to what you want and always remember the vision you have for your day. You’ll remember it always so best to do it without any regrets.

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  8. Lyndi Lou on March 3, 2012

    Yay!!!! We’re getting married this fall, too, on October 6! 2012 is the best!

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  9. Sofia {Brancoprata} on March 3, 2012

    First of all: congratulations ;) I’m so happy for you! My best advice is: enjoy this time, enjoy planning the wedding, enjoy or wedding day…. but above all, after the wedding day enjoy every single moment you spend together with your husband!!! Be happy!!
    xo

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  10. Estefy on March 3, 2012

    I kinda always knew you weren’t yet married! So glad you’re finally doing it! I’m so happy for you! I’m excited for you share your planning! That’s going to be so fun!

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  11. Katie on March 3, 2012

    yay!! congratulations! I’m getting married in September in New York. you are so ahead of the game with all that vendor love on tkb. it’s gonna be great! I started blogging too to share my planning but mostly to record the whole process, to capture this time in life that’s a total whirlwind which completelyyy flies by. I know I’ll want to be able to look back on it after the big day. so you’re writing will be an amazing tool! I can’t wait to follow along & share all the fun with you :) woooo the knotty bride will be a bride!!!

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  12. Teresa Real on March 3, 2012

    Yay for you and your honey!!!
    The time spent planning It’s the most exciting time ever. To me, it certainly was! Exciting and absolutely crazy but I loved every single minute of it.
    Here’s hoping you guys do it with a smile on your faces the whole time :)

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  13. Rachel on March 3, 2012

    Congratulations Alison! How exciting!! I got engaged on November 30 (we already have a little nugget so it was pretty much inevitable) :) and I live for all things weddings and have planned about 30 completely different weddings in my head and have not made one decision! Were planning for July 13,2013 (he’s Italian and 13 is a lucky number in Italy so I’m not afraid of all those 13s). Since I have been slacking on the planning my only advice is to get past the guest list…there was yelling and there were tears (MIL) but I’m pretty sure it’ll be smooth sailing from here on out :) can’t wait to follow you in your journey and see (and probably steal) all of your amazing ideas!!

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  14. maria on March 3, 2012

    holy congratulations! what big and exciting news! you’re going to have so much help planning this thing with all the amazing vendors you know. i LOVED planning my wedding and hope you can enjoy it, too! advice? a wedding planning schedule was really helpful to me. good luck!

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  15. libby on March 3, 2012

    Congrats!!!! This year is going to be one of your favorites. And you are going to be a pro at the planning part. The hardest part is narrowing down all the loveliness and not second guessing your decisions. And the emotional meltdowns are all part of the fun.

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  16. Jennifer on March 3, 2012

    Yah! That is exciting! I’m looking forward to following your journey. Just keep your sense of humor! I can only imagine it could be overwhelming, being in the wedding industry, but I’m sure you’ll do great. As a wedding photographer, my advice would be to invest in a great photographer, but I know you already know that! And as someone who has been married almost 17 years (yes, I was a mere baby when we got married!), my advice is to always remember what’s truly important: you and honey (and Bambino).

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  17. Koru Kate {Koru Wedding} on March 3, 2012

    Congratulations! Just relax, enjoy & create the wedding day of you & Honey’s dreams!!

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  18. Kristina on March 3, 2012

    Congrats! Enjoy every step….when things start to get stressful remind yourself it’s supposed to be fun. And still go on dates with Honey….dates where neither of you can bring up the wedding. :)

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  19. Colleen {Soundtrack To I Do} on March 3, 2012

    So exciting!! Congratulations! Can’t wait to hear about the planning process. I’m sure you’re day will be incredible!! No pressure though. ;) Planning will be crazy I’m sure, but I think trying to keep the big picture in mind – you know, the love part – it will help when you’re stressing over the details. Excited for you!!

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  20. Ariella on March 3, 2012

    You’re right. I was thinking, “Wait. I thought she WAS married.” HA. Well, darling, I’m happy for you! Congrats on setting the date and good luck with all of the planning craziness sure to come your way. You will have the most wonderful and beautiful day.

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  21. Casey on March 3, 2012

    Wow-congrats!!!!! You obviously have such a creative mind, I’m sure planning will be smooth sailing! Mine is coming up in April (!!!) and it happens so SO fast. Enjoy it! And thanks for sharing :)

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  22. Amy Jacobus on March 3, 2012

    Huge congrats!!! :)

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  23. Brandy on March 3, 2012

    Congratulations to you and Honey!! I’m still a kinda new reader of your blog (2 months?), but I am a huge lover of it and recommend it to others all the freaking time. :) Our wedding is August 10th this year! My best advice (and I really hate to give advice because it IS all about you and Honey, and what you two want)… BUT! Take your time picking out your dress! Seriously. Think about it, talk about it, look at others you never thought you’d consider, and think about it some more. Even if you end up going with what your first pick, at least you made sure! I got crazy über excited and bought my first really awesome LIKE. It’s absolutely beautiful but not ME. I have now sold it for 1/2 of its worth and shipping it off Monday. Now I’m 5 months away from the big day, with less money, and no dress. Frightened…but eerily calm. Anyway, that’s my biggest advice. Have fun and celebrate everything along the way during the process. :)

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  24. Loe on March 3, 2012

    Ahhh!!! Congrats!!! I’m getting married this fall too. Go fall weddings!!! Will Bambino be involved? He should! Congrats again!!!

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  25. chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day on March 3, 2012

    YAY. So glad you announced and so happy for you! Big congrats my dear! My advice: start with the venue – it is the hardest decision and everything falls in to place easier once that’s decided. And try to enjoy it and breathe and savor it. And don’t let mean people ruin it for you or try to spoil your fun. And do what makes the two of you happy. and be happy. I’m always here for venting for advice :) xx

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  26. Tara @ Dashing in Pearls on March 3, 2012

    Yippee!! Congrats to you and Honey!! My honey & I are getting married this June and I CANNOT WAIT!! My advice: when you get frustrated/overwhelmed just remember that if at the end of the day you are he are married then it was a success!!

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  27. Jessica Williams on March 3, 2012

    Congrats girl!! It’s going to be fabulous I just know it!!

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  28. Meg on March 3, 2012

    Congratulations! So exciting! I don’t think you need any help judging by your awesome creativity demonstrated on this site! My only words of advice (mind you, I’m not married, this comes from a 4 x MOH) is ENJOY THE DAY and don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s about you and him and everything else is just icing.

    Will Mr. McPuppypants be your ringbearer?! Please say yes, I will DIE!!!

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  29. Nicole on March 3, 2012

    YAYYYYYY Alison!!! Congratulations!!!! xoxo

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  30. Rebekah on March 3, 2012

    That’s so great! Have so much fun with it, can’t wait to hear what you share about your process ;)

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  31. Stephanie Marie on March 3, 2012

    CONGRATS!!! I’m a semi-new reader (a few months now), so I assumed you had already announced an engagement/were in the process of planning. A fall wedding is THE BEST– I know, I’m getting married in September of this year too! 2012 is shaping up to be THE year for weddings! Cannot wait to follow your journey– thank you for sharing it with us! Sending you lots of love!

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  32. Kelsey on March 3, 2012

    Yay!!! We’re getting married 10-20-12 and boy has it been stressful! Luckily my H2B is super into the planning and after every deposit or decision we go have a beer somewhere. :)

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  33. Lena on March 3, 2012

    ABSOLUTELY SQUEALING FOR YOU MY DARLING!! This is going to be such a joyful, wild, BIG year, and there isn’t a girl I’m happier for right now! And a bit of advice, from one crazy blogger to another–there will be a deranged moment when you think, “What if this isn’t chic/cute/clever/classy (I had to stick with the c’s once I got rolling) enough for my loyal readers and the ENTIRE WORLD?!?!” Tell yourself to shut the hell up and keep doing exactly what makes you and Honey smile.

    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

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  34. Em Scott on March 3, 2012

    Girl!!! I am so so excited for you guys. SO EXCITED.

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  35. Tif on March 4, 2012

    Congratulations!!! I love your blog and I’m so excited that you’ll get to experience the incredible fun of a wedding day. The best advice that I was given before my recent wedding (Jan this year!!) WA to make sure we took a few moments at the reception to stand quietly in a corner and just observe the room. It gives you a beautiful picture that you’ll remember forever of all the people you love smiling and celebrating YOU and your Honey. It’s hard to find the space and time to do it because everyone wants a piece of you, but we just asked people to give us a few moments and people were happy to oblige. I’m so glad I did it…I will remember the happiness in that room always. The other useful advice is to have a really comprehensive shot list for your photographer to make sure you capture all the important moments and people. Good luck! This will be amazing xxx

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  36. Chatti on March 4, 2012

    this is so awesome! yea yea! Tj and i got engaged in november of last year but it took us a month to finally let on. mainly because we were so far from friends and family and facebook wouldn’t cut it. so i completely understand the need for privacy. i’d say enjoy the engagement period. we’re not marrying till next year so it’s a long engagement. also, i’ll stress out with you. i might even burst out in a british accent swearing. it’s all good.

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  37. Shannon on March 4, 2012

    Congrats! I got engaged this Valentine’s day, we’re getting married this June, and I’ve never had more fun planning anything :)

    My biggest advice on not getting overwhelmed is intentionally limit your choices. We live in a large, spread-out city and it would be easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of choice.

    Focus on your first two or three things, and then the next 2-3 things, and make your decision and then move on. I had the ceremony site, reception site, and had met all my prospective photographers in the first 2 weeks, and it has made everything so much easier. My sister in law had 7 months to plan her wedding and stressed herself out second guessing everything.

    And do yourself a favor and be flexible in your plans :)

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  38. Sweets Indeed on March 4, 2012

    I am so, so excited for you. I thought I’d take a moment to finally comment (I’ve been following for awhile). Your blog is my favorite. And lemme tell you…there’s 68 that I follow in my Google Reader. No matter what kind of day I’m having, I look forward to The Knotty Bride as it always makes me happy. Thank you for sharing your life with us. As far as wedding prep goes, I always say…do what you and your fiance want…what reflects your relationship.Don’t be swayed by nay sayers. Oh..and one if I had mine to do over, I would hire a videographer. I wish I would have budgeted different and had one b/c there are just some moments you can’t capture on still. Happy planning!

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  39. nina {nina renee designs} on March 4, 2012

    Congrats & happy planning! :)

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  40. Erin on March 4, 2012

    Congrats Alison & Honey!

    I’m getting married in September, yay! So glad we’ll be on the same journey together!

    My advice: To stop myself from second guessing my choices, I imagine on the day of our wedding, it’s just my fiance and I…and I ask myself, if it was just the two of us and no-one else, would this be the venue? the dress? the centerpieces? My answer each time is, yes! It helps me calm down and realize we’ve made the right choices for us.

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  41. Ashley on March 5, 2012

    Congratulations!!! How funny is it that it’s your turn now?! You provide so much inspiration for others, you have such a great melting pot of inspo at your fingertips!! Good luck planning! If I could offer up a piece of advice; I found most surprising that I fell in love with and will always remember my DIY projects. You think they’re a pain in the ass at the time you’re doing them, AND everyone calls them ‘a labor of love’ like it’s sarcastic, but it’s really true, I see the touches to our wedding that we did ourselves and I’m so happy to be able to say that we made this or that. Know your limits, but if you think you can do it, DO IT! You’ll thank yourself!

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  42. Isabel DreamWeddingItaly on March 5, 2012

    Awwww… best wishes for you! hope you’ll still share with us your great inspirations and details of your OWN wedding! REally happy for you!

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  43. Jennifer on March 5, 2012

    Congrats! I am a Sept. 29 bride this year, so maybe our dates will be close together! The planning is frustrating in the beginning, then slows down, then i hear it picks back up again. Invite lists and seating charts are supposed to be a b*tch, so maybe we can go through it together! Good luck and fun times ahead!!

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  44. Katie on March 5, 2012

    Alison!!! Congrats! I TOTALLY now how you feel! Planning your own wedding can be so awkward and stressful! And like you said, there is no turning back! Aaaaahhhh! But we are in the same boat so we will get through it together! Right?!? Yes, we will!
    I’ve found talking about it helps, usually. Also, giving yourself pep talks daily about it’s just a wedding and that as long as on that day to MARRY the LOVE of your life, it will be a success!
    Don’t worry Alison, between Honey, those awesome parents of yours, and all your loyal readers (and I’m sure a bunch of other people that I don’t even know exist, but you love you dearly!) we will help you through this one decision at time!
    It’s gonna be great, I can’t wait!

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  45. Marit on March 5, 2012

    Woo hoo! I THOUGHT that was the announcement. So exciting–happy planning. You obviously have a LOT of amazing resources right at your fingertips. :)

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  46. Kristine {In Love, Engaged} on March 5, 2012

    Congratulations soon-to-be Mrs. Honey!!! (Love that, by the way.) Thanks for sharing your huge, personal, intimate announcement with us. I look forward to more tidbits along the way and experiencing wedding planning from your hilarious, humorous, and witty perspective. And from your sentimental, romantic side too. :)

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  47. Rebecca on March 5, 2012

    That’s SUPER exciting! I’m also getting married this fall. Can’t wait to follow your posts as you’re planning your big day! Take a look at my Wedding Fever posts for some inspiration.

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  48. JuliaEnchanted on March 5, 2012

    Omigoshyay! First, congratulations! Second, how do you know ALL of my thoughts? All of them. I totally thought you were preggers on the first one, and totally thought you were already married until this one. Third, I can’t wait to see the parts of planning that you share with us. My selfish side wants to see every bit, because you Know About Weddings and I want to see how it’s done. I’m not getting married, but I might get engaged this year and I’m already collecting photos and webpages and ideas. Good luck!

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  49. Shulie on March 5, 2012

    I had a feeling that you weren’t married yet. You’ve always mentioned your Honey… but I was really really curious so I did some digging.. I went to your “About” page and searched and searched.. still didn’t find a definitive yes or no. Until.. you had written a post about grandparents or parents.. and you had said that someone “will not” be at your wedding. So.. yeah. I’m creepy, I know. A bit of stalker-status, don’t you think?

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! :) Excited for you and your Honey, can’t wait to hear about your experience!

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  50. Shulie on March 5, 2012

    Alison, I feel really dumb for bringing that post up, and I hope it didn’t bring you down. I wish I could delete it. I’m sorry. :(

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  51. Tim Duncan on March 5, 2012

    Congrats! I can’t wait to see what you pick out for your wedding.. it’d be wonderful!

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  52. Leah on March 5, 2012

    That’s SO wonderful! Congratulations to you both. I’m getting married in 3 weeks (as of yesterday) and am going through the “is this really real??” stage. :)

    My advice to you would be:
    1. Involve him in only the stuff he wants to be involved in so you don’t have unnecessary arguments. My fiance loves food/beer and music so he helped with all of that. The rest he could leave if given the option so I handled it for the most part.

    2. Make sure you use a good calendar that has reminders so you remember to mail things (thank you notes or payments to vendors) or order things (food, flowers etc). This will help reduce a lot of stress.

    3. Have fun with it. I just ordered silly things like personalized coasters and drink stir sticks because it’s very “us”, but to some it may be a waste of money. This is your day to be as cute, funny, sweet, practical etc…as you two want to be.

    4. Finally, remember to start your sentences off with things like “our wedding” or “we decided” to reinforce to yourself and others that it’s your day together because, honestly, without him you wouldn’t be a bride! :)

    Again congratulations! I think its wonderful news and I am excited to see how you navigate the planning process.

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  53. Gloria Atherstone on March 5, 2012

    Love the bouquet

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  54. Karen Wujek, simplymoxie.com on March 5, 2012

    Congratulations!!! The planning can be so stressful but is so incredibly rewarding! We got married in Oct 2011 and the best advice we got that I’ll pass on is this: Remember that this is the only time in your life when ALL of your family and ALL of your friends are in the exact same place at the exact same time so enjoy and remember every second that you can- the day flies by faster than anything!! Good luck!!

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  55. Marie on March 5, 2012

    You know I want to make something for you babe. I must!!!

    I think that with all the great advice I see you give on your blog, you should be just fine. You’re gonna make it after alllll! (This is the part where you toss your beret into the air ala Mary Tyler Moore)

    But, for those times that you do need support like everybody does who is planning such a major life event, we are here for you. xo

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  56. Allie on March 5, 2012

    Congratulations!!! 2012 is a great year to get married, IMHO :) My wedding is September 1. Best of luck to you in planning everything!!

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  57. Janna (Sparkly Love) on March 5, 2012

    This is so exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats to you both (and of course bam! will he be ring bearer??) I guess my advice to you both would be, don’t get caught up in worrying about what people will think or trying to impress people or plan the most insane wedding imaginable just because you have the most amazeballs wedding blog on the planet. Just be you (which shouldn’t be hard, because you always are) and you’ll have the greatest day ever, ever, EVER! <3

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  58. Ruth @ My Love Wedding Ring on March 5, 2012

    Congratulations, that is such lovely news. You’ve given out so much sensible advice in your posts that it seems like the best thing to say is just to enjoy the ride!! Am sure the preparing and the wedding will all be more fun than you can imagine – so enjoy it!!

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  59. CLuzFashionAccessories on March 5, 2012

    So EXCITING! Congratulations!!!! That’s wonderful news;)…wishing you the very best and good luck with planning everything! Bit of fashion advice: If you or your bridesmaids choose to wear a strapless, In lieu of a necklace, you can accessorize your strapless dress with some fabulous Austrian crystal straps for that extra bling and support so your strapless won’t slip down. Securing the dress will allow you to dance the night away hands-free ;) You can find the new StrapN’Guard pin straps on Amazon or website. They work like a charm! The best part? no sewing required. Again, Good Luck! ;)

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  60. Laura Smith on March 5, 2012

    I have been married for almost 13 years now.

    One thing I have to say about marriage is really quite simple: treat your spouse as you would a best friend. We tend to love and overlook things our friends do because they are friends; but then we expect so much from our spouse.
    He will mess up and you will mess up but remember, you are both just human beings…not just husband and wife.

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  61. Dina on March 6, 2012

    CONGRATS, ALISON!
    Getting married on July 15th. As far as advice goes, I pretty much got most of it from you.

    Love you, so happy for you!

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  62. Emily Heizer Photography on March 6, 2012

    CONGRATULATIONS Alison. Seriously, so awesome. And yes, I am totally and completely and utterly guilty of it too, i totally though you already got married. LOL

    I am so happy for you both and I hope everything goes smoothly for you!!! YAY!

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  63. Annamarie M on March 6, 2012

    CONGRATULATIONS!! How exciting for you two! I totally knew that was going to be the announcement! I could just feel it! 2012 is the year of marriages and 2011 was the year of proposals. We are also getting married this year, in September, HOLLA! My most important piece of advice is to relax and not let the stupid things get to you. Keep a positive attitude about everything and it will keep you sane. I swear by this. My MOH has been shitting a brick over everything and I have to keep the positivity here. WTH?! It’s ok though because fiance and I are both relaxed people that DON’T like to stress. So keep it positive and RELAX!! Telling people to shut up helps too. :o)

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  64. Ilana on March 6, 2012

    What fantastic news! I am so looking forward to hearing about your planning process and I cannot wait to read all about it, and all the comments that people have. I’ve said it before, but the comment community on your blog is incredible and I get so much inspiration and joy from reading each of them (and yes – I read all 68 before my post). We went about planning our wedding (May 25, 2012!) in a round-about way. I pretty much had wedding planning overload last April so we decided maybe we should just elope. We considered it very seriously, but it gave us a chance to start from thinking about what WE want and ended up essentially planning an elopement with company. Our style is so laid back and family-oriented that the wedding planning has been an absolute dream. We made our wishes very clear and have had nothing but amazing support and encouragement from everyone. When I look at my FH and think about our wedding day, I am so thankful that we didn’t try to plan something that wasn’t us. I know our celebration will be a perfect representation of who we are, and that’s how it’s meant to be. Congratulations again, and don’t sweat the small stuff. At the end of the day it’s a celebration of your love and devotion to one another. Don’t let anything get in the way of that. XOXO

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  65. Jules Thomas on March 7, 2012

    Congratulations! How exciting for you! I too am getting married this year, August. it’s funny everyone presumes you are already married, but for me this is my second go around, my biggest tip, use a planner…. I wish I had as i don’t have enough time to devote to getting it all perfect.

    Best of luck and best wishes

    Jules x

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  66. CONGRATS!!!!!

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  67. Theresa on March 7, 2012

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I am a lurker, but have been reading your blog religiously since even before I got engaged (don’t tell my man, lest he think I am some sort of cart-before-horse-putting nutcase). Your blog posts are always SO entertaining and well-written, and I have to say, that screen shot of Ben next to Francine has circulated (with my help of course) around my office and EVERYONE agrees that they potentially share a parent. Corporate America thanks you for that.

    What I mean by this, is that I am really super happy for you, and I wish you and Honey the best :).

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  68. Sara Lucero on March 8, 2012

    I have advice up the ying yang for you…. but right now all i really wanna do is SHOUT FOR JOY! How fun that after all this time of living vicariously through other brides you actually get to BE A BRIDE! And dayum, such a gorgeous bride you’re gonna be. I want to shoot this wedding. Ha

    Crazy happy!

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  69. Christina on March 14, 2012

    This is such exciting news! CONGRATULATIONS! You will have your ups and downs throughout the whole process, but you are going to have so much fun! Wishing you and your Honey all the best!

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  70. Nikki Jones on March 14, 2012

    Congratulations!!! I’m getting married in 2 1/2 weeks and FREAKING.OUT. Enjoy the engagement – mine flew by so fast. Also, take your time picking out your dress – i’m still having second thoughts, ACK!

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  71. Joanna Blake Hill on March 23, 2012

    wow wow wow! i apologize for being a bit slow on the uptake here, but i really wanted to offer my sincerest of congratulations. this honestly is a special time in a gal’s life:)

    enjoy!

    xo

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  72. Joanna Blake Hill on March 23, 2012

    ps- my one wee piece of wedding advice: ENLIST IN THE HELP OF A WEDDING PLANNER! i so wish i had.

    congrats again:)

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