Well, tomorrow is the last day of engagement (or I guess, technically it’s today)! Thanks so much for reading my blog throughout these 500 days. I had so much fun working on it, and it reminded me of how much I love to write. I hope you felt inspired by the ideas & enjoyed following along!
If I start a new blog, I’ll be sure to link it here. 🙂 Til then, I’m off to get married & explore Europe! I’ll see you onInstagram.
I’m a little late on my May goals post, due to all kinds of curveballs over here. Kind of weird to have a final wedding goals post!
Here’s what’s left this month:
Finish up my escort cards/coasters
Get our marriage license
Pack for the honeymoon
Besides last-minute things, that’s it! The pros of a long engagement. 😉
This weekend is my friend Hannah’s wedding (she’s also marrying a Jo(h)n!) and I can’t wait to see her as a bride. We have been each other’s texting support from time to time with etiquette/dress/RSVP questions, and I love that we’ve talked about our Jo(h)ns for years and now we’re marrying them in the same month.
I’ve been slowly collecting a list of things I want to do in June/July when things slow down, like take golf lessons and make a pretty gallery wall. Exciting, I know. I’m going to miss writing (500) Days of Engagement!
“Honeymoons are supposed to be relaxing,” people keep saying.
Hahaha. Have you met us, though?
While we temporarily considered going back to the Bahamas for our honeymoon, we couldn’t really pass up the opportunity to take two weeks further away. New Zealand/Australia and Europe were both serious contenders, but since it’s winter in the southern hemisphere, we went with Europe.
I generally consider us to be good planners and budget-conscious (oldest children, woo!), but this trip was a little more complicated. As I was looking through one of my favorite travel bloggers’ site (The Simple Sol), I saw she had a page for travel planning. Yes, please!
In short, having Taylor plan our honeymoon was the best decision. We gave her the countries we wanted and our budget, and she planned everything.
She managed to give us tours and experiences – along with flights, trains (OK, still working out trains – they’re confusing), a car rental, and hotels – all in our budget. She is by no means compensating me to say this, but I’m honestly impressed!
One day when we do get around to taking that New Zealand/Australia trip, we’ll definitely be reaching out to The Simple Sol again.
I wrote in an earlier post that we had looked at seersucker suits, but found nowhere to rent them from. We both really like seersucker, though, because it’s summer-y, it’s light and breathable, it’s just a good look. In fact, John has a seersucker suit and he looks great in it!
While we went with dark gray suits, we still wanted to incorporate something to say “outdoor summer wedding”. Enter Southern Elle Style bow ties.
I met Lauren, the creator, through the Dallas Blogger Collective. Upon looking through her blog, Southern Elle Style, I saw she had a link to custom bow ties she created. I inquired more and learned one of her fabrics she works with is seersucker, and she makes each tie custom to the neck length of each groomsmen. We chose green seersucker to match the sage green dresses of the bridesmaids.
John tried his on this weekend (with a suit he had at home) and we both agreed it was a good fit. 🙂 Can’t wait to see all the groomsmen in them next month!
I have a super cute post about seersucker bow ties coming soon. My male model (John!) has been quite busy being on call at work.
So today, I’m writing about my something old, new, borrowed, and blue instead. 🙂 I was excited to incorporate this tradition (especially blue).
I could count my dress from Second Summer Bride in this category, but I like to think my “something old” is my bridesmaids and friends in attendance. Not that they are old age (ha), but some of them I have known for more than 11 years! I couldn’t imagine my wedding day without my oldest and lifelong friends in attendance.
Shoes, veil, dainty jewelry, the list goes on. “Something new” isn’t tooooo hard.
This is my favorite. I saw this idea on Pinterest years ago and always knew I would copy it. I had my seamstress sew a blue heart from one of my dad’s shirts into my dress for my “something blue” and it might just be my favorite part of the gown now!
So, I don’t actually have “something borrowed”, but I did steal some of my mom’s bobby pins to add to my hair as a last resort! Haha. I would still count that!
Have you seen any unique old, new, borrowed, blues? Let me know. 🙂
Today’s guest post is by my good friend Alex of Wandering Paper Co! Alex was one of my college roomies and she’s an incredibly talented designer (Just read on – you’ll see!). She’s getting married TOMORROW and was kind enough to share her handmade invitations!
Hello, 500 Days of Engagement readers! My name is Alex and I am very excited to be guest-blogging about my wedding invitations here today. I am a graphic designer, so naturally I had to design my own wedding invitations! But first, I want to share with you a little bit about my fiancé, Philip, and me.
Philip and I met in 2012 when I moved to Dallas for a design job, and by 2013, we had started dating. Our partnership wasn’t just a romantic one; we teamed up on many creative projects as well. Through working together on his book, Miraclist, and my printmaking business, we’ve learned a lot about each other and how we function as a team.
Philip is a fantastic person to work with because he and I approach tasks so differently. I am very strategic and analytical; he prefers to dive right in. So when it comes to making creative decisions, he helps me speed up, and I help him slow down.
When we got engaged, we knew we wanted our wedding to reflect our creative partnership. The theme was inspired by this piece by one of my favorite graphic designers, Tord Boontje. We are having a lakeside wedding , and we’ve put together three of these panels to use as a backdrop for the ceremony.
The invitations take visual cues from the backdrop, with a cut-paper style design framing the invitation. The finished design was letterpressed on Crane Lettra 110#.
The cut paper theme will be reflected throughout the different pieces in the wedding décor, including the cake! I’m really happy with how everything turned out, and I’ve had a lot of fun designing such a personal project. I can’t wait to share the rest of the details! Maybe Jen will let me do another guest blog after the wedding 😉
Alex is a graphic designer and printmaker based in Dallas. Follow her on Instagram for more inspiring design work and travel-themed prints.
My dear friend James once told me – sort of jokingly, after I had told him some schedule I mapped out – that he felt sorry for the guy who would marry me one day. Well, this is probably one of those times when everyone would feel sorry for my poor fiancé.
This weekend we’re going to tackle our shared apartment, and I am so excited! Here’s the tentative schedule I have planned out:
I know it, my fiancé is a lucky guy. In my defense, though, I have been wanting a weekend like this for the last year and a half! The weird thing about moving into an already-occupied apartment is I had to squeeze my belongings into the empty nooks, so it has never felt 50/50. More like 90/10! The thought that I might have my very own drawer for socks, or a space to store my Christmas decorations, is going to keep me going this weekend. 🙂
This morning, I woke up to the tornado siren blaring on my phone and the loudest crashes of thunder outside my window. My first thought was, “Oh, no!”
My second thought – after grabbing my cat and retreating to our tornado shelter room – was, “Ooo, I can wear my Hunters and my raincoat today!”
That’s the mindset I want to have if it rains on my wedding day. Like, “Ok, this sucks, but now we’ll break out the cute umbrellas!”
Our whole planning period has been weirdly impacted by weather – from venue searchingduring an ice storm, to running to late to our floristappointment due to flooding, to rescheduling our engagement photos after a tornado. I’m totally prepared for this trend to continue to our wedding day, though I hope for no tornadoes at least.
Here are a few cheery rainy day wedding pictures I’ve found for inspiration on this stormy day:
March is relatively chill when put next to the tornado of activity that was February. I’m ok with that. 🙂
My bridal shower and fittings are in the past (both such great experiences!), and John and I are finally not sick anymore. Thank goodness! He’s better just in time for his bachelor ski trip this weekend, and I’m so excited for him and all his groomsmen!
I can’t believe there are only two months to go. It has felt so far away for so long, and now we’re picking up speed. Eek! Here’s what I’m working on this month:
Mail out invites: Yay! Mailing invites is like the official no turning back point!
Work on escort cards: Well, they’re not cards, exactly. You’ll see. 😉
Welcome bags for hotel guests: I actually delegated this task to my mom, since she’s much better at stuff like this. But I am helping her with little welcome notes on the actual bags.
Go rock climbing again: Oh my goodness. I have been wanting to do this for so long and I think I’m finally ready. We used to go all the time and it was the most fun workout, but after a tragic accident at our gym it was too hard to go back.
SPRING CLEANING: Cleaning and organizing are my most favorite tasks of all time. I am SO EXCITED to spring clean! You don’t even know.