Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Secretly Thinking Spring

The Dilemma:

We've found our venue and booked the date, but that's all we've done. It's unsettling to admit, but even among those two decisions, I feel a bit of unsuredness and remorse. I love Oxon Hill Manor (our venue) and I am undoubtly getting married there, but our date is scheduled as October 24, 2010, and I've secretely been thinking about having a spring wedding, not a fall one.

Initially I thought I wanted a fall wedding, because we love that time of year and we'd have about a year to plan. However, the hectic holidays and now-very-cold wheather has me thinking otherwise. I've been so indecisive about everything thus far (our colors and our theme), but I think that if we were having a spring wedding I wouldn't be having such a hard time making decisions. I've got so many ideas for a spring wedding. The list goes on and on. I can see it all in my mind's eye -- a beautiful spring day,  soft colors, flowers in full bloom, and the sun is warming the air... Ahh it's such a refreshing thought!

Spill the Beans:

My secret isn't really a secret because we've talked about having a spring wedding. We've actually talked about it quite a bit, but we haven't commited to it yet. I think both of us think (May, the spring month we like) is just too far away! Adding an additional 7 months to the planning seems excessive. What do you think? Do you wish you had more time to plan and prepare?

I think more planning time would be great, but that's because I'm a girl that loves weddings. Plus, I know this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I'm not ready for it to be over in 8 months! I love for it to last forever!

Lacking Ideas for a Fall Wedding:

If we were getting married in May, I'd love to stick with our original color palette of light pink, creme, and green. I like spring colors. I'd also love to incorporate a butterfly theme (have you ever seen a butterfly in October? I didn't think so). I want to have fans and umbrellas outside during our ceremony. I want tulips. I want more daylight and a "May'd for eachother," Save the Date...

So while I continue to covet all of these spring elements, I figured I might as well share them with you. Here are a few pictures that inspire my secretly for thinking spring:

{Photo credit: Martha Stewart}

{Photo credit: Silk Wedding Designs}

{Photo credit: Trendy Baby Boutique}

{Photo credit: Modern Girl Invitations}

{Photo credit: Pink Cake Box}

How did you decide what season you'd get married? Did you and your fiance agree immediately on the time of year? How long did you have to plan?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

we planned our wedding in 6 months and i even felt like it was too much time by the time it arrived. we decided on that time of year because it gave us enough time to plan (and then some) and it was still before college football started : )
but you and many others i've read like to prolong the planning, and more power to ya if that's what you enjoy. you can drag the planning out forever but just remember that no matter what - the wedding day is still only going to be 24hrs no matter how long you've waited.
just do what makes you happy, if that's a May wedding then do it. if you'd rather be married sooner, then stick to October. i'm too biased because i think October is the most beautiful month ever! your wedding will be lovely and a day you'll never forget no matter when you have it!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 4:37:00 PM  
Blogger Miss Fairfax said...

well I can't fault you for wanting a spring wedding, since I'm having one myself! it sounds like that's what you really want, so if your fiance is up for it (and if the parents are contributing, I guess they should weigh in too?), I say have a May wedding. I would say go for THIS May so you don't have to wait so long, but it sounds like you're enjoying the long engagement, so maybe next May would be better (also around here the best venues are probably booked for May).

Having said that, October really is a beautiful month around here, and I think you could work butterflies into it if you want, although it might look better with monarch-y type colors than the pink/purple/blue ones (BUT if you wanted spring-ish colors you could get away with it in the fall, I say).

this is probably not helpful because I'm basically just saying do what you want! but that's what I'm saying.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 5:32:00 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Aww thanks guys!! Your input was SOO helpful!! That's what I need to be told, to do what I want!! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! It's nice to know if I want Butterflies in the Spring, a May 2010 or an October wedding, I can have it!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 6:55:00 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Oh and its nice to hear that it doesn't take a year and a half to plan a wedding. I guess sometimes it just feels like that! You're right Miss Notsojenny... it's 24 hours no matter how long we wait.. SUCH a good point!

Thanks again :-)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 6:56:00 PM  
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010 10:45:00 PM  
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010 12:24:00 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

I don't think it has to take a year and a half to plan a wedding, but I do think that you can push your wedding back to make sure it is what you really want it to be.

My fiance and I got engaged in November of 2008. We knew we wanted to get married in July (I am a teacher who works August-July)) and originally thought we'd get married in July 2009. But then the venue we fell in love with wasn't available, so we decided to push our wedding back a year. When we get married this summer it will be after a 20 month engagement, but, to be honest, we didn't really do much planning until this summer so it wasn't a big deal on that end.

I guess what I'm saying is that even if you extend your engagement, you don't have to drag out the planning.

Whatever you decide, enjoy it!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 12:38:00 PM  

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