The Best Laid Wedding (And Life) Plans

Here is a message to all those about to get married, thinking about getting married, and those whose wedding is long past.  It is also a message I suppose to anyone looking forward to anything, which I would hope, is everyone who has stumbled upon my blog....more

How Much Will Your Wedding REALLY Cost?

The weeks and months after getting engaged can be overwhelming for many brides. Planning a wedding is a totally new experience and so many of us don’t know where to start. I was the same way! Last week on the blog I shared 8 things to do after getting engaged. This week, I’m going to delve a little deeper into one of them: the wedding budget....more

Creating Your Wedding Guest List

Creating your wedding guest list can be a difficult undertaking. For me, it was the most stressful part of wedding planning. It was the only part of wedding planning that I actually shed tears over as I watched my once-small wedding get larger and larger, until the guest list had 100 more people on it than I originally envisioned. It’s the aspect of wedding planning that can make or break your budget, and also the aspect that your familiar will like have the most to say about. Trust me, your parents will have a lot of opinions on the guest list....more

The Wedding

The Raven Lunatic, July 6, 2015 — We anticipated the family wedding for months.  Our great-nephew was engaged to a beautiful girl from Cincinnati and we “saved the date” for nearly two years.We are a small family; our son is five months younger than our great-nephew.  We’ve shared many family occasions,  and wouldn’t miss this wedding for anything. Our son flew in from the East Coast with his girlfriend....more

Don't Be Selfish By Having a Child-free Wedding

This summer, my husband and I have approximately 10,000 weddings to attend. OK, that's an exaggeration, but it definitely feels that way. In and of itself, our plenitude of weddings are a good thing. Drinks! Dinner! Butter cream frosting! The only problem with all these weddings this summer is that the vast majority of them don't include an invitation extended to our offspring....more
Why the hell should anyone be anything BUT selfish on their wedding day, of all days? You're the ...more

8 Things You Should Do After Getting Engaged

For many, the day you get engaged will be one of the happiest days of your life to date. This was definitely true for me. And while it’s an amazing day, the hours, days and weeks following can be overwhelming. There’s suddenly so much to do!For most of us, this is our first time planning a wedding. If you were like me, the engagement ring was unexpected and you weren’t anticipating planning a wedding. Today I’d like to offer you a few tips to make that hectic time a little easier. Here are 8 things to do after getting engaged:...more
great list! we should use this !more

Throwing a big party that no one will be at.

In ten days, I'm going to throw the biggest party of my life and I'm pretty sure no one is going to come.I'm getting married. And this date was chosen over a year and a half ago. And everyone in my family knew it was chosen when it was chosen because I asked permission to get married on the 4th of July.You see, it was/is my grandparent's anniversary, so naturally I asked if grandmother and grandpa were okay with my beloved and I sharing their day. And approval was given along with a blessing and all was well and good....more
ginnybosch Thank you so much for the kind words, Ginny! It turned out to be a lovely day, with a ...more

10 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wedding Photographer

It is definitely wedding season!So many weddings to attend to and I’m super excited! I still remember pawing all over the internet looking for my wedding/engagement photographer. As many of you know, I love taking pictures, pictures are like my memory treasure.  So picking the right photographer to me is very important.For those brides who are looking for the right photographer here are some of my criteria when looking for my photographer!Make sure you have great chemistry with your photographer. ...more
richard_milnes You may be right! Thanks for the tip!more

A Wedding Story Part Two

Getting Ready for the WeddingAfter setting up the venue I went to my parents house to get ready. The same house I grew up in I was now getting ready to marry the man I love. My mom made me a sandwich and poured me a glass of champagne. The champagne glass was etched with the initial W for Wilson, this was to symbolize my last day with that name....more

A Wedding Story Part One

A Wedding Story...more