It’s Leap Year!  Leap Day?  Leap Year Day?!?  I don’t know.  Either way, we’re making up for lost time.  I hope everyone has spectacular plans for their extra day.   For me?  Work and spinning class.  So no, my plans don’t wow, either.  Oh, well.

I haven’t been blogging much lately because, frankly, I don’t know what to blog about.  There have been lots of little things going on with the wedding but little things don’t really make for interesting reading; it’s more like reading through someone’s to-do list.  I really don’t know how to not bore everyone at this point.  But, I said I would update people with our wedding info on this blog, so here goes:

My dress came in the other week so I got to go in and try it on for the first time.  It was pretty big on me, which was kind of a nice feeling, but it made it hard to picture myself in a well-fitting dress.  It shouldn’t be a problem to take in, though, so that’s comforting.

Not me, but I can pretend, right?

We have met with a music group to do the ceremony music, and we’re pretty sure we’ll go with them.   That was the part that was making me worry because it seemed like everyone I called last month was booked.  Not a good feeling.

We’re close to getting all of our babysitters for the wedding.  We just need one more girl.  The other two girls we have babysitting have worked in the church nursery or with Awana for years and have plenty of experience.   If our guests decide they want to bring their children, we know they won’t have anything whatsoever to worry about when leaving their kids in the care of these girls!

Everything else that has been happening are little things (purchasing a cake serving set, figuring out music, etc…)  Not anything people are thrilled to read about 🙂  I hope everyone else has been having a great start to their 2012!

I’ve been crazy busy the last three weeks;  I’ve had to move and travel to Helena & DC for work  so there’s just been no time to post anything lately.   I’ll have to do a quick update of what’s been happening.  My dress came in the other day!  I’ll go into the dress shop Friday to try it on.  I’m a little nervous because it’s a mix of two dresses and I’ve never seen the final product on before.  The ladies at the shop said it’s gorgeous on the hanger, so I’ll have to take their word for it for now.  I’m not going to be posting pictures of it, so really this post is more informative than fun.  Sorry!

We’re also in the process of finding ceremony musicians, which is turning out to be a lot harder than I thought it would be.  It’s not time to panic yet, but I’m starting to sweat it.  Hopefully we’ll find someone good soon.

We’re only 6 months away from the wedding, so things are starting to get rolling.  We’ve received the invitations and they look fabulous! Those will get sent out in a few months.  The guys’ suits are all picked out, but we’ll have to go in and put something together for our dads.  We have an appointment with the flower lady in a few weeks, and after that I think most of the wedding planning will be in the details (figuring out the timeline, picking out songs, confirming addresses, etc…).  Super exciting, huh?   I hope August gets here quickly!

I took the plunge and put the down payment on my dress today! I’m really excited about it.  It’s actually a custom design, so it’s going to take a little longer to make.  I loved the top of one dress and the bottom of another, so I’m going to have them combine the two (nothing too outrageous or bridezilla-y).  Luckily, they were both by the same designer, and they love doing custom work like this.  I’m slightly nervous but mostly excited to see the result in 5-6 months. Sorry, there will be no pictures to show you what it looks like.  The dress is going to be my little secret (well, mine and my mom’s and probably my bridesmaids’ little secret).  But I can tell you it won’t look like this:

Octo-dress. Good stuff.

Next we’ll need to start figuring out what my bridesmaids will be wearing, and what Eric and his groomsmen will be wearing.  We have a few ideas, but that’s about as far as we’ve gotten.  But that’s ok, we still have 10 months to go!

While planning your wedding, did anyone else have that feeling of being totally overwhelmed?  That feeling hit me like a truck on Friday.  The first part of the day was great.  I met my mom and my maid of honor Erika at the bridal shop to look for gowns.  I ended up being helped by a girl I knew from high school, so the whole experience was fun and exciting.  I didn’t walk away with a dress, but I’m 95% sure I found the one I want.  Actually the “one” I want is a hybrid of two different dresses.  I loved the body of one, but loved the top of another and fortunately they were both done by the same designer who is willing to custom make dresses.  The sketch should come in within the next few weeks, so I’ll get to decide if I want to go ahead and purchase it then.  Turns out the dress I like is nothing like what I thought I wanted.  While looking for inspiration, my eye would always be drawn towards dresses that looked like this:

A no-no for Andrea

Turns out this style makes me look wide and squatty.   I also tried on a tea-length dress, and I might as well have been my own flower girl  because it made me look about 10 years old.  I’m not going to tell you what mine looks like; I’m saving that surprise for the wedding.   But I can tell you it’s neither of these styles.

The second part of the day didn’t go quite as well.  I should have known better than to plan a full day of wedding stuff, because I’m really a terrible shopper and I had already been at it for two hours.  That’s a quick way to make me fussy.  Anyway, we met up with my mom’s friend Kevin, who is going to be our day-of coordinator.  His aunt owns a party supply store, so we went there to talk about ideas for decor (centerpieces, etc…).  She was very good about listening to my “vision” (I think I have to call it that…but it’s really more of a blurry mess of ideas).  She started brainstorming some ideas and I was impressed with how she could just come up with things on the spot.  Unfortunately, I was not in the mood for anything wedding related at that point, so I wasn’t having any of it.  I finally just told her “I’m really sorry, but I’ve hit the wall.  I need a break!”  She was great about understanding where I was coming from.  We agreed to re-convene in the fall when wedding season dies down a bit and we can sit down and really hash things out.  After that meeting, I had a very mild panic moment where all I could think was “I’m never going to get this together, my decorations will look tacky, it won’t go smoothly, everyone’s going to hate this, etc…” but fortunately my mom was able to talk some sense into me.  She just told me “Andrea, it will be fine.  You have a year to plan, and besides that, it’s not about what everyone else thinks.  As long as you and Eric are married and happy, that’s what counts.”  She also pointed out that maybe, just maybe, I was looking at too many wedding blogs and magazines.  It’s hard not to feel like your wedding ideas are inadequate when you see all these gorgeous, $50,000 magazine-worthy weddings every day.  Good point, ma.  Whew.  That’s the reality check I needed.  I think our wedding will be amazing because it’s our wedding.  I get to marry my best friend and that’s what I’m over-the-moon excited about.

Did anyone else have a similar freak-out?  What did you do to calm your nerves?