Sooooo I realize that this is probably way too late to start one of these but I have been meaning to do this for quite some time. Unfortunately with work, school, and wedding planning there was always something else to be done. BUT, now that I have a major chunk of my school work done before we leave for the wedding and everything is falling into place, I find myself with a bit more time to start one now! This probably won't be your typical planning thread as I won't have time (or remember) everything to post, but if there is something particular that you want to know, please ask! I have learned so much from the ladies on this board and consider a few my friends, so please let me know if I can help any of you. So... where to begin. Hmm the engagement maybe? LOL
My FI and I met in 2008 through mutual friends. I don't know how but from the moment I met him, I knew there was something about him that was different (so cliche, I know) We became inseparable after meeting and formed a pretty strong friendship before it became anything more. We had both been burned pretty badly in previous relationships, so we were hesitant to move forward but by the end of 2008, we were official. He is my best friend and I really could not picture my life without him. I have learned so much from him and he accepts me for who I am, but always pushes me to follow my dreams. Ok, enough with the gushy stuff.
We got engaged on October 21, 2013 at our wedding venue, actually! We first visited the VIM in 2012 after my graduation. We fell in love with the resort and the people and EVERYTHING! We joked about getting married there one day and of course, I busted his @#$s about if he would ever get the nerve to ask LOL (we were 4 years in at that point). We promised to return as soon as we could. Of course life has other plans so we finally got around to returning about a year and a half later. I don't really know how I wasn't expecting it. I guess I was so excited for the trip that a ring didn't even enter my mind. Late one night, we walked on the beach and he asked me if I remembered what we talked about the last time we visited and I said a bunch of things that had nothing to do with a ring LOL and he got down on one knee. I don't really remember the rest except that there were lots of tears and I think I was jumping up and down. I will try and attach some pictures.
He had a camera ready:
This is the one area of the planning that went kind of blah. We weren't sure if we wanted to use a TA but decided it would be helpful and one less thing for us to worry about. In the end, I basically did her job for her. I was responsible for most of the organizing etc. but she did help negotiate a pretty good rate for our guests (after I told her that her first set of rates weren't acceptable, they were the same as expedia/travelocity!!) We had some bumps in the road (she booked a brother and sister in a one bed suite after they asked for two separate beds and she refused to fix it at first) but ultimately, it all worked out. She did put together a cute zipper pouch with luggage tags, pens, and their documents so I would say she redeemed herself. I also prepared a pre travel letter for my guests that went in the pouch. If you are interested, I can email it to you.
I got to work pretty quickly after the engagement and started to think about a theme that I wanted. The picture that started it all is this...
We sent out STDs a full 11 months pre wedding. While I knew it was pretty early to get people to deposit, I wanted to give everyone plenty of time to plan. I think I have posted them before but here is the save the date we had made.
Edited by MrsCtoB, 21 February 2015 - 05:08 PM.