Happy Thursday, party people. Ok everybody, real quick: put your hands in the air if you’re engaged to be married, were engaged at one time and have since gotten married, plan on someday getting engaged, or at least know a best friend, acquaintance or frenemy who knows someone who knows the guy at the bike shop whose friend from college just proposed to his girlfriend.
K, I totally saw the vast majority of you put your hands up just now. AWESOME! You’re gonna like this post, I can feel it. Oh and hopefully you like the chance to win a $1000 Amazon.com gift card, too? YEAH? Ok, this is going very well.
Now you guys, I truly love hearing couples’ engagement stories. You could go on forever about how you met your sweetheart and got engaged and I would probably start trying to escape only after like, the *third* hour of you talking about it. That’s REAL INTEREST! And I love them all; the simple ones, the long-planned ones, the so-quick-they-seem-spontaneous ones, and even televised ones on occasion. Somehow, they all manage to be so unique from each other. Each one is one of a kind, and that’s what makes it so special, isn’t it? Oh, and there’s the two-people-committing-to-a-life-together part, too. That is also special. ;)
But here’s where it gets weird; people tend to have an *interesting* reaction to engagements that they perceive as having gone on too long, no matter the reasons or choices going on in that couple’s personal relationship. Society has made it a touchy subject, but the truth is, it happens more often than we think. Honey and I have actually been engaged for a while, I don’t think I’ve mentioned that – and I find that I keep trying to get my butt in gear to get the planning going, since we both know roughly what we want in our nuptials, but then not surprisingly, life and work TOTALLY get in the way. It’s a vicious cycle of having no time! But the thing is, I know we’re not alone. You know what else I know? I know that it’s always a good idea to see other people experiencing something similar, especially when it’s in movie-form! Which is why, when Universal Pictures contacted me about their new comedy The Five-Year Engagement, which hits theaters on April 27, I was like LET’S DO THIS.
You guys, I am seriously overflowing with excitement and toddler-like patience to see this movie already, I must tell you. April 27 can’t come soon enough. Did you know the director and writer/star of the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall + the producer of Bridesmaids = WHO/WHAT’S BEHIND THIS MOVIE? So seriously, is it my birthday? Because that’s essentially what I’ve wished for, for the past couple of birthdays, in addition to more french bulldogs and pajama jeans. Y’see, it’s not every day a movie like this comes out, that’s so guaranteed actually to be funny. For one, we’ve got the comedy stylings of one Jason Segel, then we’ve got the hot’n'funny Emily Blunt, we’ve got an engagement that defies the space-time continuum in its persistence (I don’t even know what that means), we’ve got something mutually pleasing for you and your behbeh to do on date night, AND we’ve got a $1000 Amazon.com gift card OH RIGHT THE GIFT CARD I ALMOST FORGOT!!!! Just kidding. It is impossible to forget a prize this furiously amazing…
The Five-Year Engagement Save the Date Sweepstakes
So, to celebrate the release of The Five-Year Engagement, Universal Pictures has joined with just over a handful of wedding bloggers to give away a crrraaaazy amount of $$$$ in the form of that Amazon gift card. I know, niiiiiiiiiiice.
Here’s the lowdown on how to enter the giveaway!
The journey between popping the question and tying the knot doesn’t always go as planned, and Tom and Violet are no exception to the rule. They’ve sent out 10 Save the Dates over the past 5 years – 10!! – here’s hoping that #10 is the last one! To enter their Save the Date sweepstakes, make sure you head over to their Facebook page and visit each of my fellow bridal blogs featured on that page. Each of our blog posts highlight one of the adorable Save the Dates Tom and Violet sent out between 2008 and 2012. Simply collect any 4 dates (as shown on the Save the Dates on this and any other participating blogs identified below) and enter those dates into the sweepstakes page for a chance to win that $1000 Amazon.com gift card! No seriously, it’s that easy.
FYI, The Knotty Bride’s bringing up the caboose on this sweepstakes. Below you’ll find all the blogs who shared various other Save the Dates earlier in the week before we kicked out the final one here on TKB!
Ok friendlies, best wishes that it’s one of you who wins that amazing prize! And then you can make it rain allll over Amazon.com. And then after you win, we can all go see the movie when it comes out April 27 and just gossip the crap out of it for tickles and giggles afterwards! That actually sounds like a GREAT IDEA. But anyway…
On another note, if you’re down with sharing it, I’m curious to know… what’s your engagement story? Remember, I love hearing about all of them, from the outrageous and well-planned, to the short and sweet. I’d really love to hear your stories, especially after I kinda awkwardly came clean about the fact that Honey and I have been engaged for like, EVER. Kinda embarrassing, in a way. Bleh.
xoxo! - Alison