Yes, engagement season is here.
Facebook timelines are crowded with engagement announcements, every other commercial on television is a jewelry advertisement, and Youtube videos highlighting elaborate marriage proposals are going viral, like this one:
Last Thursday evening, Chicago Bulls cheerleader Ariana Rosado received the surprise of her life when boyfriend, Shane Zackery, popped the question during a third-quarter dance performance in front of a crowd of basketball fans at the United Center. What started out as a choreographed routine, left Rosado stunned when her boyfriend of two years popped out of a fake mascot costume and dropped down on his knee to propose.
Rosado said YES.
Apparently, Zackery just upped the ante for everyone out their preparing to pop the question during the holidays!
Are over-the-top marriage proposals your style?
We did it!
Saturday was amazing. Despite the chilly weather, we had a lovely outdoor ceremony in the courtyard at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, surrounded by 75 of our closest family and friends. The ceremony was followed by a casual cocktail hour in the visually stunning art gallery and theater at our venue. We ended the evening in Kendall Square at EVOO for an intimate (and delicious) dinner celebration with cake and cupcakes from Oakleaf Cakes.
We have a million memories and photos from Maureen Cotton Photography to share with everyone, but my husband (oh, I like saying that) and I are packing for our honeymoon, so for now enjoy this peek of us on the big day...
Our wedding is officially 30 days away, and in the straightforward words of my brother, who I spoke with this morning to wish a happy birthday,
"It's about to get real."
Any other brides-to-be out there at the one month mark? Here's a helpful checklist to keep by your side as you get closer to your wedding day:
A Month Before The Wedding...
- Send out final payments to vendors.
- Meet with your officiant to discuss the final order of service, musical selections, readings, etc. for the ceremony.
- I've already started this one, but break in your wedding day shoes. Wear them around the house. Trust me, your feet will thank you!
- Draft a wedding day timeline. This document is VERY important for your vendors, esp. your wedding planner/day-of coordinator.
Harrass Hunt down StalkPolitely contact those who have not yet RSVP'd to find out if they plan to attend. Once RSVP cards begin to come in, start the seating plan for the reception. Remember not to seat bickering family members next to each other!
- Make sure bridesmaids and groomsmen have their outfits and accessories for the day of.
- If you are like me and not hiring a DJ, create a music playlist. The Mister and I have a selection of songs for our cocktail hour and dinner music. Back the playlist up on another iPod/iPad...just in case.
- Attend your final dress fitting.
- Book a massage or spa service for the week of your wedding as a way to de-stress before the phone starts ringing off the hook with family members asking a million questions that could've been answered if they just visited the wedding website that you worked on for hours with the intention that people would check it and not call you! Sorry, I just had a moment. Let's get back to the checklist...
- Get your marriage license.
- Confirm all arrival/delivery times with vendors. Communicate this to your day-of coordinator.
- Mail rehearsal dinner invitations.
- Take advantage of every moment in between the wedding craziness to enjoy your partner. Squeeze in a date night. Remember the wedding is one day, the marriage is a lifetime!
Did you catch the recent Good Morning America segment on Barak and Michelle?
No, not POTUS and FLOTUS. Boston.com, meet the other Barak and Michelle:
The bride- and groom-to-be are planning to wed next year and, of course, it will only be appropriate to go with a presidential-theme complete with groomsmen dressed as Secret Service agents and reception tables named after all the wings in the White House!
Hey, Barak and Michelle, if you're looking for a wedding planner, CALL ME!