This past week was full of encouragement, celebration, congratulations, and other kind words from friends, family, and everyone in between! It has honestly been a little overwhelming, but we are glad that so many people share in our excitement.
I’m hoping to document most of the wedding planning process – for fun and to share my ideas with others. Remember: This is what we did, not what you have to do! Plus some of this is just noted so I remember what we did when 🙂
Week 1 of being engaged:
–Started making the guest list. Jacob and I listed out everyone we want to invite, and then asked each of our moms to make a list of people they would like to invite. We’re hoping to keep the invite list to about 150, so we will see where we are once we have everyone’s lists.
–Decided on size of wedding and location. Jacob and I both graduate from college in AR in May, so that is why we decided to get married here (in AR). Because Jacob is from NC and I’m from MI, we know that some people won’t be able to make it. We really considered having a really small wedding here in Arkansas and then receptions back in MI and in NC, but the more we thought about it the more that seemed like the stressful option! So we ditched that and are back to one wedding in AR.
–Snagged 50 free prints from Snapfish.com. I’ve been a member of Snapfish for a long time, but I usually have a big order here and there, with lots of time in between the orders. To entice customers to start ordering again, they often send out email coupons for 50 free prints. I got this in my inbox about a week ago and kept putting it off. But I didn’t want to miss out on this great deal, so I snagged it before the coupon expired! I just had to pay $3.75 for shipping, so that was awesome. I already had some ideas of how I wanted to use pictures at our wedding, and I had already started collecting a ton of pictures of Jacob and I. Originally the pictures were scattered all over the place, so I made a new folder on my computer and gathered up a bunch of the pictures and titled them the date they were taken so they would stay in order 🙂
(If you don’t have a Snapfish.com account, you get 20 free prints when you sign up – still a good deal!) (Another side note: I got a “101 free prints” email the day after I ordered the 50 free prints…crazy! No idea how that happened, but I’m excited!)
–Started thinking about colors. I was near Lowe’s the other day, so I stopped in and grabbed some paint chips of potential color ideas. Because Jacob’s last name is Pinkerton, and we both like the color pink, we want to use that somehow. I’ve been having trouble picturing it, though, so grabbing some paint chips was helpful. We’re thinking pink and grey, so we just have to decide on more specific shades (maybe a fuschia-type pink?).
–Contacted premarital counselor. We have one person specifically in mind that we would love to have for premarital counseling, so Jacob contacted him to see his availability over the next few months. Jacob will hopefully meet with him in the next week or so to see if he is free to counsel us. If he isn’t, we have another person in mind that someone suggested to us, so we will go there next. Premarital counseling is really important to us, so we got started on that right away!
–Double-checked ring size. My ring seemed to fit perfect, but it does slide around a little. We visited the jeweler again and they said that it does need be a little smaller. I’m not ready to give my ring up for a few days yet, so we’ll drop it off in a week or so. By the way, Jacob got the ring from Underwood’s Fine Jewelers in Fayetteville, AR – we are already thankful we got it from a private, locally-owned place – they are awesome! By the way, Underwood’s is apparently “the best single jewelry store in the United States”! Seriously. Check out their website.
–Started seeking advice. I knew that I couldn’t ask for TOO many people’s advice right away (that would be overwhelming) but I wanted to ask a few girls who just got married if they had any advice. That was helpful because I got a few brilliant ideas right away and answered some big questions that I had!
–Requested samples. I really want people to throw some kind of confetti in the air when we leave, but we plan on getting married outside and I didn’t want to leave confetti all over the grass. I found this great site – ecoparti.com – that has ecofetti, AKA biodegradable confetti! I just sent for some samples and can’t wait to see what it is like.
And one of the most important things: –I started reading “Taking Charge of Your Fertility”. I’m not even joking. (Guys, you can stop reading here unless you want TMI!) Someone recommended it to me and it is awesome. I think every woman (with a cycle) should read this. The book is so empowering because through it you learn how to understand your body and what is going on through all parts of your cycle. I’m only like 15 pages in and I’m so excited to keep reading. Also, maybe this is TMI, Jacob and I want to do natural birth control. (I don’t like the idea of filling my body with chemicals and other things to try to control something that can be done naturally.) And this book is already diminishing my fears of the “What if?!?”s because it is teaching me what I need to track and pay attention to in order to not get pregnant (it also presents the other side of things if you are trying to get pregnant). Anyways, I’m excited to keep reading!