The Final Days of Wedding Planning

Final Days of Wedding Planning

Well guys, this is it. After two years of wedding planning and 8 months of writing about my wedding planning on this blog, we’ve only got a few days left and this is my last Wedding Wednesday post! (I’ll still post wedding planning tips, there just won’t be posts following my own planning!) I’m stuck at work still today and tomorrow, but then Friday the wedding weekend begins! We’ll start with some wedding prep (ie a trip to the nail salon). Saturday is the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, and Sunday is the big day.

Our life has been a flurry of planning lately. I’ve virtually been taken over by a slew of to-do lists. Most of them are long. And scary. The biggest tasks lately have been the seating chart, final meetings with vendors and putting together the wedding day timeline, and buying tons of last-minute items that we’ve forgotten. Dave had this bachelor party last weekend and I had my final dress fitting! I’m going to be exhausted after a day of dragging around that bad boy, but it’s going to be worth it!

Strangely, it still hasn’t hit either of us that we’re getting married in just a few days. Maybe it won’t until the wedding day? Or until I’m walking down the aisle? Who knows.

The wedding day isn’t even here yet, but I can finally see all of our day coming together as we finish up the last few details. It’s been a lot of work, to say the least. Luckily I’ve got a fiance who wasn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and get his wedding planning hands dirty.

And even if it doesn’t all come together and the day is a disaster, that steak, open bar, and marrying the most amazing guy ever will sure make it the best day of my life.

I Don’t Want to Adult Today

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Let’s be honest. We all have those days where we wake up in the morning and don’t want to adult. At all. Or maybe I’m being too generous. Really, there are probably several days at a time, or a week, where I don’t want to adult at all. Or maybe you’re just one of those people who has never really grasped the concept of being an adult at all. There are definitely times when I feel like that.

I’m having one of those days today. I just don’t want to adult today. I have to, because I AM an adult and have an adult job to go to so I can make an adult paycheck and pay my adult rent. Unless someone wants to take care of that for me? Didn’t think so.

Physically, I’m at work today. Mentally, not even close.

Mentally I’m still wearing my pajamas. I haven’t left my house, since Dave took the dog out. My mom probably stopped by and made me pancakes with chocolate chips and blueberries. Obviously I slept super late too.

I’m sure as heck not checking my email in my hypothetical day. My job can wait. Forever. I’m definitely not cleaning. Laundry? Dishes? What? Nope. I’m certainly not cooking, because that’s way too adult of a thing to do. And I don’t want to adult today. Definitely ordering a pizza.

I’m getting married this weekend. That’s a pretty adult thing to do. In real life, I have plenty of things I could and should be doing. In my hypothetical world where I’m giving adulthood the middle finger, I’m not doing any of those things.

The day is fulled with Netflix and naps and it’s a great one. One for the books. If there are books about the laziest day ever.

Unfortunately, that’s not how my day will really go. I’ll get up and shower (bleh), put on real clothes, and go to my adult job.

Weekend Recap: A Graduation

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I don’t typically do weekend recap posts. I figure that I already talk enough about my life in my daily posts, you probably don’t care exactly what I do with my time each weekend. Well, this weekend was particularly special. On Saturday, my brother graduated with a Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin. It was a day we never thought would come (just kidding).

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The weekend was filled with excitement, including two fantastic dinners and the graduation ceremony at the infamous Camp Randall stadium. We braved the humidity to watch over 6,000 graduates receive their diplomas and Katie Couric give a rousing speech.

It’s hard to believe that two years ago already that was me wearing that cap and gown, walking across the stage and having no idea what I was going to do with my life. It’s an exciting time, but it can also be an anxiety-ridden one.

If you, like my brother, are one of those lucky ones to be graduating this year, enjoy it! You don’t have to have a great job in your career the day you graduate, or even the month you graduate. I certainly didn’t. That will come with time and plenty of energy writing, rewriting, and circulating your resume. Whatever happens, just remember. You’ve already done something awesome. You’ve already accomplished something great. You’re a college graduate!

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Weekend Recap Graduation

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Weekend Wonderfuls, Vol. 5

Weekend Wonderfuls

1. As someone about to get married, this post by Rebecca on what marriage is completely spoke to me and made me look forward to my marriage even more!

2. In lifestyle blogging, there is a jagged line between too personal and not personal enough. This post offers great tips on how to find a balance between personal and helpful blog posts.

3. I spent way too much time picking out mine and Dave’s wedding hashtag, only to decide on something relatively simple (#mellonwedding2015). This post offers some tips on choosing your wedding hashtag!

4. I love reading blog posts where bloggers talk about their favorite blogs. I love discovering new blogs, and this is how I’ve discovered a lot of my favorites! This post features some great ones!

5. Once the wedding craziness calms down, I’m going to be in the market for some new summer reading. I love this post because some of the books are already on my list and some I’ve never heard of, but now they’re on my list!

I’m off to see my little brother graduate college tomorrow. What’s in store for your weekend?

A Fresh Look with New Glasses

I’ve needed corrective eye wear since middle school. Let me tell you, it sucked having to get glasses for the first time. I was able to wear contacts most of the time, but having to wear glasses was always such a bummer. A huge hassle and I never felt like they looked good on my face. Now I still wear contacts most of the time, but luckily have grown into glasses and finally enjoy finding a pair I think look good on me.

I’ve been wearing the same pair of black frames for a few years no. I typically don’t like to upgrade too often, mostly because of the cost. Glasses can be expensive! That’s why I was so excited recently when I was contacted by a company called Firmoo, wanted to know if I’d like to try a pair of glasses. They have a really fun collection, so I had a difficult time picking a favorite. I finally got it down to this pair and this pair. I ultimately went with the burgundy and light pink pair because, since I already had a plain black pair, I wanted something a little more fun.

The first thing I noticed about the website was how low their prices are! I was worried that might mean getting a cheaply made product, but that’s definitely not the case. Mine came just a couple of weeks ago and they definitely feel as sturdy as my more expensive glasses. The other great thing about the website is a feature that allows you to “try on” different pairs of glasses, or even just see them one someone with similar features.

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I’m absolutely loving the new glasses. Let me know what you think of them!

I received these glasses free from Firmoo. All opinions are my own.

Creating a Wedding Day Timeline

For your wedding day (or weekend) to run smoothly, it’s important to create a timeline so everyone is clear where/when events are happening, and so that it’s easy to stay on track. Your wedding day is going to be a busy one, and any sense of order you can get will make a huge difference. Being only a week and a half away from the wedding and having had our final meetings with all of our vendors, I am in full force finalizing the timeline. Here are some tips I can offer to far.

Creating a Wedding Day Timeline

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+Consult with your vendors. Your hair stylist knows better than you how long it will take to do hair for six bridesmaids, just like your photographer will know better than you how long pictures will take. Make sure to talk to all the vendors before setting anything in stone.

+Skip the gap. Often times a couple will have the ceremony early in the day and then have several hours before the cocktail or reception. People are becoming less tolerant of this. Have a later ceremony and take pictures during cocktail hour.

+First look or no? Obviously the tradition is for the groom to not see the bride before the wedding, but many couples and ditching that tradition in exchange for a first look. You’ll have to be ready earlier, but it saves time after the ceremony. For the record, Dave and I are sticking with tradition. He won’t see me until I’m walking down the aisle!

+What type of dinner are you having? This will definitely play a role in determining your timeline! If you’re having a large wedding or a buffet dinner, you’re going to want to budget extra time.

+Leave wiggle room. If one thing runs late, you don’t want it to throw the entire day’s schedule off drastically. Schedule more time than you need for everything.

+Don’t street about changes. I guarantee not everything on your wedding day is going to start at the exact minute designated on your timeline. That’s okay. Don’t let it stress you out and throw off your mood for the whole day.

+Trust your vendors. They are the experts. They are professionals. They have done countless weddings before and I guarantee several of those had the timeline go out of whack. Defer to them and trust that they can help straighten things out.

For those who have been married, what are you best timeline tips?

Currently, Vol. 4

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Watching: I’ve honestly barely been watching TV at all (gasp!). I know, it’s so unlike me! I’ve mostly just had HGTV playing in the background as I get stuff done that, it turns out, is more important than watching TV.

Reading: I have had SO little time for reading lately! I really try, but I just never end up making the time. I started reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. I’m very interested in it, so I’m definitely going to finish it. I’d love to say I’ll finish it before the wedding, but that seems unlikely!

I’m still reading The Kite Runner as well. I only got a few chapters into that one, but plan to pick it up again when I have more free time. In like a month and a half.

Listening: I’ve spent the last week tirelessly listening to music for the wedding playlist. I just finalized the songs for the ceremony, grand march, etc a few days ago, so now I’m working more on a reception playlist. 

Planning: We’re less than two weeks from the big day, but all of my planning energy revolves 100% around the wedding. I was hoping to be devoting more time to planning my new blog design, but so far it’s just been unrealistic to finalize the wedding, keep up with my blog, and continue working on my new design. 

As far as the wedding goes, I’m definitely behind where I wanted to be for planning! I’m hoping to work my butt off this week and get just about everything done so I can relax the last few days before the wedding!

Loving: Honeymoon plans! We aren’t creating a strict itinerary for the entire time we’re there, but our plans are really starting to come together for the things we are planning. Some tidbits involve staying in a castle, drinking Guinness, and going for a horse back ride! 🙂

Dreading: The amount of stuff I have to get done at work to prepare the office for my two week vacation. I’m the only staffer in my office, so it leaves a big hole!