Wedding Update: 4 months and counting!

Gah! 4 months! That’s it?!

And yet at the same time, we still have a whole 4 months? Let’s do this already!

This month has been insane, but I haven’t done much in the wedding planning department. We’ve been focusing our efforts in other departments, and since we’re already pretty far ahead of schedule for the wedding planning stuff, I don’t really mind.

I ordered our invitations and they came in the mail so I’ll start addressing and sending those puppies off within the next month!

I have two bridal showers set on my calendar – one is with my friends and family upstate and the other is for Tom’s family downstate. I’m excited to meet Tom’s family members whom I haven’t yet met, and see my family members that I haven’t seen in years. And my mom and my friends who I haven’t seen in a couple months. That’s just too long!

My bridesmaids and I were discussing the details a bit for the shower and one of them agreed to bake me a giant heart-shaped cookie. I hope I get a bite of it before someone goes mental on it.Bridesmaids stupid cookie bridal shower Kristen Wiig

Tom and I completed the difficult task of cake-tasting this month. Man, oh man, I’m pretty sure nothing on the wedding checklist will be that stress-inducing. I mean, we had to try 5 different buttercream topped cupcakes. And we could only choose one.

Oh who am I kidding? This was probably one of the best and easiest checks I was able to mark on the checklist. We cut the cupcakes into fourths so that Tom, his parents, and I could each have a taste. We each narrowed it down to our top 2, and all of us overlapped on one of the flavors. So that was what we chose! And it was so deliciously easy!Cake tasting

I guess the highlight of this past month happened just a couple days ago, when Tom and I went to his friend Jason’s wedding this past weekend in Maryland. It was a blast! I wore one of Tom’s sister’s dresses and got a few compliments on it (thanks Casey!) and even tried out false eyelashes for the first time!

I must say they looked pretty cool and I will definitely feel more comfortable wearing them at my own wedding. When I only had one eye done and asked Tom’s opinion, he thought both eyes looked the same. I realized either I have super great eyelashes to begin with or he is blind. I’m glad they weren’t super noticeable; I just wanted to enhance my natural lashes, so I guess that was accomplished.Tom and Holliday

So anyways, while sitting outside, waiting for the ceremony to start, I turned to Tom, smiling, and said, “This will be us in 4 months!” He looked so handsome in his suit, I got butterflies. It was such a nice feeling.

Jason and Amanda totally lucked out with the weather for their outside ceremony – it was a sunny 70 degree afternoon. And apparently it had rained the past few days. I hope we are just as lucky!

Vows were said, the kiss and proclamation of ‘husband and wife’ were made, h’ors d’oeuvres were had, the usual dances and toasts were made, dinner and drinks were consumed, and dancing and laughing were had and enjoyed. Everything was wonderful. It was a fun and fantastic (and much-needed!) Saturday night away from the every day worries of work and life. It made me really excited for our own wedding!

Jason and Amanda are a great-looking couple, and it’s completely obvious how much they love each other.  And I had only just met them that night! Also, they told me they read my wedding blog updates; it was nice knowing someone enjoyed them! I don’t get feedback like comments or likes on my posts (I only see numbers of views) so I never actually know who reads them until someone tells me or makes a comment in person about something they read on my blog.

Although they’re on their honeymoon as I type this, maybe they’ll read it when they come back. Except now they don’t have to worry about wedding planning, so maybe they’re done reading for good! Either way, congratulations Amanda and Jason! I didn’t get any pictures of your wedding on my phone, so I’m hoping I can snag one or two from Tom’s phone later today…keep an eye out!

Not only did we have a great time, but we found out towards the end of the night that one of the women at our table is the daughter-in-law of the pastor that is marrying us! How serendipitous! She was just talking to another couple at the table about shooting guns (they’re all from upstate, so shooting guns in terms of hunting) and mentioned ‘Dave and Babs.’

I cut in, “Wait, Dave and Babs (last name here)?!” She said yes and then everything made sense! She knew who I was because her parents-in-law talked about the wedding as ‘the one in Long Island that they really don’t want to travel to.’ They don’t like traveling long distances, so they were very hesitant about coming. “But it’s our dear, dear Holliday,” Babs said. They have nothing to worry about as we are taking care of all of their travel necessities.

That was just so wild that we were sitting there, sharing stories and laughing at the same table for hours before we realized our connection and bonded that much more! I have to say that’s one thing I miss when living and working in a big city; you meet or encounter so many people every single day, but you never get those connections like you do in a smaller town.

I guess that’s pretty much it for this month’s update – sorry there isn’t more to spill but I’m sure the next 4 months will come with many stories and more stuff to talk about. If not, oh well. Less stress on this girl!

Oh, and if you didn’t get enough of our knack at taking bad pictures (as seen in our outtakes post), here are a couple more.

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Wedding Update: Halfway There (6 months to go!)

We are halfway there folks! There are only 6 months left in this journey to the altar! And guess what…saturday night live so freaking excited kristen wiig

A lot of progress has been made this past month! We finalized the bridesmaids’ dresses so all my girls can put their orders in and I can’t wait until they receive their dresses so I can see them and have peace of mind in that department. The online company that the dresses are from is actually sending me a swatch of the dress color so I can use that to match the guys’ ties.

Speaking of, Tom and I agreed on the guys’ attire, so we just need to go somewhere like Men’s Wearhouse, find the tuxes we want, and get measurements and orders in. This one is a front-runner:

dumb and dumber orange tux dance gif

We sent out Save the Dates about 3 weeks ago, and it made me feel really good to hear that people thought they looked nice! The following week, I started looking into invitations; goodness, I just finished getting the STDs out, do I really need to start getting invitations already? I’ve let Tom look at a few that I personalized and we have an idea of what we both like, so that’s progress.

Since we sent out our Save the Dates, our wedding website is now public! If you want to go check it out, it’s right here; it includes not only the updates I’ve published here on my personal blog, but also has the proposal story and will continue to have new wedding-related posts that I might not post on here.

Also, we received our first engagement gift this month! One of Mrs. Harrigan’s co-workers/friends (who is invited to the wedding) gave us a set of BEAUTIFUL crystal champagne flutes. They are absolutely stunning, and surprisingly heavy!

Waterford Crystal Believe Flutes

We went to a florist last weekend, and I have to admit that this was one of the pieces of planning that had me kind of stressed. So far, everything has been fairly stressless – our venue, my dress, the bridal party attire – and yet I’m worried about flowers. Is that weird or what?

I had ideas about what I wanted, but there are just so many options when it comes to bouquets and centerpieces and other arrangements. I think most (if not, all) flowers are pretty, so it’s hard to narrow it down! I mean, you can start by figuring out the color(s) you want to use, but after that you still have so many options and combinations!Wedding flower collage

I figured it was time to start hammering out the flower situation, so I made an appointment with a florist in Melville, NY since they have worked with our venue before. I wasn’t too keen on the idea of meeting with multiple florists and having to go over the same layout multiple times and then have to choose which one to go with and then start doubting my ideas and decisions.

The lady we met with was very knowledgeable and thorough in all aspects of the typical wedding flower arrangements. She sat with us for about an hour and a half going over everything from bouquets and centerpieces to boutonnieres and corsages.

We decided that since she was so great and we would be getting everything we wanted/needed, we would just go with this florist instead of shlepping around to others and spending more time when we could just get it done and over with. I’m really thankful that Tom agreed to go with me because I know it’s not something he really wanted to spend a couple hours doing on a Saturday.

Not only did he come with me, but Tom actually contributed his ideas and opinions! I honestly don’t think he realizes how happy that made me. It may seem silly, especially to guys, but I’m sure that all engaged girls out there can appreciate those moments when our grooms participate in the planning process, no matter how small the task. Unless you’re a bride who wants no one else’s opinion but your own; that’s fine, carry on.

But seriously Tom, you’re amazing for picking out flowers. I love you!stefon aww gif saturday night live

Anyways, I guess we can step off the corny train now.

I really want to go cake-tasting. Like, bad. I don’t think that has to happen until about 2 months before the wedding, but I want to go now. I want 20 different flavors of cake, with buttercream frosting, all cut into bite-size pieces, so that I can pop those suckers in my mouth and savor each and every one of them. Except, then we have to decide on only one for the wedding. Bummer.wedding cake tasting

We’ve discussed the honeymoon situation and I think we’ve come to a decision. Since we’re getting married in the middle of August in Long Island, holding a separate reception upstate the next weekend, and I’ll (hopefully!) be starting a teaching job soon after, I don’t see us having time to go on a proper (i.e. week+ long) honeymoon for awhile after. So we’ll go on our honeymoon over winter break; not only would that give us a few months to settle into married life (living together and me starting a new job, for starters) but it’ll also get us out of the cold for a bit!

Alrighty, well, until next month: cheers!