State of the wedding

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Initials carved out of vintage books. Can there by anything cooler for a literature- and science-themed wedding?

As of tomorrow, we’re exactly four months from the big day. Items are being moved. A first song has been selected. Jewelry has been borrowed. I’m getting used to the “W” word — wife — and actually accidentally called Spencer my husband recently. Husband! Six months ago, I could barely say “fiance” without giggling. Though Spence and I had discussed marriage, obviously, I felt like daydreaming too much about being a fiancee myself would somehow jinx things.

Like they could be jinxed.

So: 123 days. I’m starting to get nervous, as expected — mostly about the logistics of coordinating so many people on such an important weekend. But I’m mostly excited. We’re more than halfway through the planning process . . . I mean, can you believe I got engaged more than seven months ago?! (Maybe you can. Sorry if I’ve been exceedingly annoying.) I knew the whole experience would fly by and . . . yes, it’s definitely flown.

Next on our giant, sparkly “To Do” list is to get our invitations addressed. They’re already stamped, both with the calligraphy address stamp and the postage stamps, but I haven’t been pushing hard to start addressing them with guests’ information because . . . I love mail. You know this about me. I’m really, truly looking forward to mailing these babies when my soon-to-be mother-in-law is in town next month (we’re even driving to a specially-named town because, you know, it’s the little things).

After the invitations are sent? Well, hopefully the RSVPs will pour in. I think I’ll feel calmer about the 220-plus invited guests when I have a better idea of who will actually be attending our nuptials. It’s hard to visualize everyone being at the same place at the same time, but that’s also the most exciting part! I’m enamored with the idea of my friends meeting my extended family and Spencer’s awesome family and everyone just hanging out and eating cupcakes together. That’s what life is really all about.

And I’ll totally be eating cupcakes too, y’all. No doubt about it.

Spence and I have been tackling various decor projects recently, which has been one of my favorite parts. Because we had 11 months to make decisions, we’ve been accumulating pieces — flasks, glassware, book-themed goods — over time. Those book letters at top are the latest acquisition. With my mom’s encouragement, I felt brave enough to turn the “S” from a textured purple to a rich red. As someone who admires craftiness and creativity but lacks the ability to bring her schemes to life, I’m so happy with how it turned out! And I know just where we’ll put them.

We have tons to do, no doubt. But as we get closer to both my sister’s wedding and mine, we’re also getting into the really fun, celebratory stuff. And I can’t wait.


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16 thoughts on “State of the wedding

  1. Congratulations! My best friend is getting married this weekend and even though I am not the bride, as you are, all the craft projects and DIY I have been able to participate in have been really fun. Hope you really enjoy the next four months!

  2. Hurray! I can tell you that I started getting a little anxious (not about getting married but just everything coming together etc) right around the 4 month mark. We got married this past April, and January was when I really started feeling it! I kept telling myself, you’re only going to be engaged and planning a wedding once! When you get stressed, just take a deep breath, stretch and tell yourself everything will go perfectly because little things go wrong (they will, but who cares, you’re getting married!). Doing a preferred activity like a pedicure, or sinking into a comfy bed with a really good book also helps.

  3. Ahhhhh I feel like you’re so ahead of me and I only have 74 days to go. Dyingggggg.

    I feel like I spend most days hurrying-up to sit around and just worry. Not productive at all, I tell you!!

    I guess this post is my cue to go do something productive, right?

  4. How exciting! It sounds like everything is going well. I can’t wait to hear more about it. Enjoy this time and try not to stress too much…I know it’s easier said than done though! 🙂

  5. Oh my! I love it. Brilliant.

    Hang tough. Remember the important thing is you and him and those vows. 🙂

  6. Oooh, how exciting!!! I know what you mean about the whole “jinxing” stuff. I’m not engaged, but I try not to live out that portion of my future too much in my head… otherwise, I’ll get carried away! 🙂

  7. Congratulations! How very exciting. I love the vintage books/initials project – what a cool idea – you’ll have to post a ‘how-to’. Sounds like a lovely wedding.

  8. Yay! I love hearing the updates. It will be here before you know it. And I know it’s going to be such a beautiful celebration for you. I love the care you put into the details. : )

  9. OH my gosh!! It’ll be here before you know it–especially as you’re also busy with your sister’s wedding as well. I can’t WAIT to see how it all pulls together at the end.

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