My work life is about to really get fired up here pretty soon. Between that and starting a work blog about coaching female athletes and team building, I’m crazy busy…and oh yeah, I just got married and would like to have time to spend with my new husband. So I’ve given myself a post schedule in order to not drive myself (and others!) crazy. From now on, I’ll post new content on Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturday and/or Sunday. That was just an informational sidenote for y’all.
I’ve been wanting to talk to you all about some of my favorite wedding posts for a while and have finally compiled my list…so here we go. Happy clicking!
Black brides: Dirty Little Secret was about the absent women of color in the cool (non WIC) blogs & the first Tale of the Tape about the lack of women of color in bridal magazines.
Marriage: Both of these were written well before we got married and I still like them. Check out John Lennon was about imagining a different way to be married and Dear Married People about honesty in talking about the institution.
Wedding Industrial Complex (WIC): Sanity was about my conspiracy theory that the wedding vendors and bridal magazines are in cahoots, and I Think I’ve Figured It Out talked about not getting caught up in the pretty pictures and feeling badly about your wedding.
My dad: As you guys know, my dad passed away in 2008…about a month after I met The Mister so they never met. Here’s a post I wrote before the wedding, Dads, and one I wrote afterwards…on Father’s Day, Daddy’s Girl.
Haters: Every bride planning a wedding has the nay-sayers. I didn’t talk about them a lot, but Things was dedicated to them.
Looking back, I’m happy I did this stuff: Custom stamps! People loved them, I loved them, and I wrote about them here and here. Honoring my father during the ceremony…Giving Honor talked about that. My ceremony reading was a Nikki Giovanni poem called Resignation, which talks about being an independent woman who falls (completely and totally) for her man and realizes what it’s like to put someone else’s needs ahead of her own.
DIY: I’m not crafty or do-it-your-selfy, but we did do a couple of things that turned out pretty well…and saved a ton of loot. I made eight cake stands for less than $20 using stuff from the dollar store. Have you priced out cake stands lately…they’re crazy expensive! We did our own invitations (STD’s, invites, reply cards, inserts, envelopes, ceremony programs…everything) and they were pretty awesome, in my opinion. Finally, my bridesmaids did all of the flowers for the ceremony and reception…and they were gorgeous! I estimate that we saved about $2500 just by doing these things.
Things I fretted over that I shouldn’t have: Having cocktail napkins with our names and wedding dates on them…I still have a whole mess of those things left! *shaking head* Though the ribbon that’s on this same post, Weddingy, was pretty awesome. We used it to hang our pew balls (flowers) and on our reception favors. And here I openly acknowledge my worry as pointless…but continue to worry, lol!
Week of: My favorite post from our wedding week. Mostly because I was dizzy with pure, 100% fortified tired. It’s when I acknowledged that I was a little batty…Weddingese was posted the Sunday before our Friday wedding.
Wedding picture: This one isn’t even from our photographer, but one of my bridesmaids. It’s our first dance and shows how happy I was to marry The Mister. I just couldn’t (or wouldn’t) stop looking at him.
After the wedding: I took two cell phone pictures of The Mister and I’s stuff together and I like looking at them both. The first was our rings sitting together and the other is my wedding dress and his wedding suit hanging together on the same hanger…very powerful images.