19 April 2017

192 Days

Back on December 31, 2015, I said yes when the man of my dreams asked me to marry him.  473 days later and we are 6 months away from our wedding.  EEEK!  I'm not nervous, I'm excited!  I'm excited to throw a big party for family and friends to celebrate with us.  But I am more excited to be saying yes to the person I want to spend the rest of my days with.

To be honest, as excited as I am to be getting married, I was kind of happy with the long engagement.  It meant that we have not stressed over any part of this wedding planning.  We have taken it one step at a time and have not let it overwhelm us.  What is basically a destination wedding for about 3/4ths of our guests has been relatively easy to plan.  What would make it easier would be vendors who understand that brides and grooms might have full time jobs and can't just take time off in the middle of the day.  Fortunately, it seems the only thing we are going to have to juggle our schedules to fit in is the menu tasting for the reception.

We have managed to check almost everything off the list:

Wedding dress - check
Venue - check
Save the Dates - mailed
Engagement Photos - check
Photographer - check
DJ - check
Wedding Coordinator for the day of - check
Favors - picked out
Invitations - picked out
Bridesmaids dresses - check
Flower Girls - picked but not finalized
Tuxedos - check
Officiant - check
Venue - check
Flowers - check
Rehearsal Dinner - booked
Honeymoon - booked except for flights

We are really in great shape with six months to go.  We are going to schedule our tasting soon.  I need to decide on hair and makeup.  We need to finalize flower girl dresses.  I have ideas in mind for welcome bags for guests at the hotel.  There is not much left to decide on.  And I feel really good about where we are at with what is left to do.

Let me just take a moment to gush about two things.  First - my wedding dress.  Oh how I love my dress.  It fits perfectly.  I am 18 pounds away from my goal weight, so I might need to have it taken in in a few months.  We'll see.  It may not.  Either way though, I had a moment when I went for my fitting a couple of weeks ago where I almost burst into tears in the alterations area.  Standing there in my dress and seeing myself in the mirror, if you had asked me four years ago if I would have been standing where I was, I would never have imagined it.  Four years ago I was 100 pounds heavier and just not very comfortable in my own skin.  Four years later and I was standing in front of a mirror, in a wedding dress that fit perfectly and I almost didn't recognize myself. 

Second, I'm going to gush about this guy.  This perfect man for me.  If I could have written down on paper everything I wanted in the man I would marry, I would be describing Phillip to a T.  He makes me want to be a better version of myself.  To keep pushing for my goals.  He is my biggest cheerleader.  I fall in love with him a little more every day.   I cannot wait to be his wife.

192 days from now.



Jeanne Osborn Di Muzio said...

You are glowing...enjoy the journey!

Nichole Mancone said...

Thank you Jeanne! We have been enjoying every minute.

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