We've been in the thick of wedding planning for almost eight months, and with just over six months to go until our big day, I realized that I've been planning a day I didn't know I wanted until I very much did.
You see, back when The Boy and I first started discussing marriage, about five years ago, we always discussed it as an elopement, a trip to the courthouse with our parents, not as a wedding with reception, bridesmaids, and all of that. We are not very public people, which is surprising considering this blog here, and we are both shy in large groups of people. At the time, the idea of standing up in front of a large group of friends and famly members was frightening to me, and the idea of a low-key celebration was a good one.
Of course, as things always change, so did our vision for our wedding day. In the years since that first discussion, we have talked about potential wedding locations and venues that were not a courthouse elopement, but such places as a backyard, a park, the chapel where we went to school - locations all near our hometowns, and places that had and have our hearts. We discussed music selection - settling on our first dance song years ago, before we even made mention of actually planning our wedding day. Our bridal parties were set well before the words "let's get married!" were ever said.
Indeed, we were planning a wedding that was far from what we originally discussed. The day we got engaged the courthouse wedding came up for all of five minutes before we were off buying a wedding planning book and binder and asking friends and relatives to stand up with us on our wedding day. Our wedding is a long-awaited event to all of our families, and it is a day we want to share with our loved ones, family and friend alike. I am excited to stand up in front of our parents, grandparents, friends and families and declare that I intend to be with The Boy for the rest of our lives. I am equally excited for the party that will follow our exchange of vows.
Certainly, wedding planning can be exhausting at times, but in the end, it will be so worth it. We will be married, and I'll get to wear the dress (in a style I wasn't planning on picking until I had it on and didn't want to take it off, but that's a story for another post) I love, while being surrounded by the people that mean the most to us. I cannot wait for our wedding day. Indeed - it will be here faster than we think!
*Photo in this post taken by the incredibly awesome Sarah Warda Photography