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Monday, April 10, 2006

Phase One - The Introduction

Phase One – The Introduction

I’ve been blogging for a while and through my days, I’ve learned that a reader is only as sharp as the content they’ve been presented. I hope to provide a keen, analytical and fun digest that will keep you interested and attentive. My wedding date is scheduled in the 4th quarter of 2006, and right now I feel as if I’m spinning out of control. Immediately following my engagement and subsequent announcements, I had this unbelievable momentum that had me searching on-line for details, browsing catalogs for inspiration, and even setting up contracts with vendors in preparation for my special day, then I woke up one morning and realized I hadn’t quite gotten off to a good enough head start and now its crunch time and the buzzer is alerting me that my wedding is around the corner sneaking up on me like a fox hunting its prey, coyly, quietly, and fiercely.

I do have a couple of major things out of the way including my reception venue, the caterer, cake/baker, florist, and photographer, as they have all been booked, contracted and secured. That’s like five down, seven hundred to go – I haven’t started dress shopping just yet but I’m scheduled to go into 3 salons the week of April 23rd. My reception venue is at the Washington Navy Yard (mostly to avoid my huge family of wedding crashers – a customary behavior in my family). The Washington Navy Yard Catering & Conference Center is protected by the gates of America’s finest and its wonderful. I like Miss Georgetown am trying to keep my expenses to a minimum, but time will tell. I’ve already racked up expenses beyond that I’ve budgeted for…which basically means, at this point, I have no liberty to go over allotted budget amounts for anything I book from this point on, including personal splurges.

I call my fiance' “WEYL”, pronounced like “whale” for Whatever you Like”…because these days, that seems to be his stock response to most things pertaining to the wedding. I’m hoping to provide a dose of inspiration by asking him to do the fun task of making our CD Favors (he’s was once a mobile DJ part-time, so this is right up his alley). This past weekend, I hosted a bridesmaids luncheon to jump start the creative metabolism of my bridesmaids and female entourage. We talked about what their roles are, what they need from me, hair and makeup ideas, accessories, set up dress fittings at David’s Bridal (by consensus, not my choice, but this is about what’s good overall for the group), and favor ideas over brunch. It was great and a special thanks goes to my mom for her help with getting these girls in, calmed, and inspired!

Anyways, I’m off to do more bridal research and I’ll be back soon with an update, follow-up and recap.

Next up: Phase Two – Feeling Bridal (stay tuned!)

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