(all photos this post courtesy of the inimitable Yvonne Wong, who blows my mind every day with her talent)
Something must be in the air these days…all of my friends are getting engaged! It’s wonderful. It makes me bubble with happiness…and a teensy bit of jealousy that they’re just starting the wonderful whirlwind that is planning a wedding.
Typically when I get the squealing I’M ENGAAAAAAAAAAGED! call from a girlfriend, I have two pieces of advice:
1. Don’t take any advice from anyone right now.
2. If and when people start asking you for details about the wedding (especially sensitive stuff like “Who are your bridesmaids going to be?!”), say, “I’m just so excited to be engaged that I haven’t thought that far ahead yet!”
And then I send them ma’blogs. Ma weddin’ blogs. This is an ever-changing list of the wedding-related blogs that I find most inspiring, as well as the name of the shop where I bought my dress because my experience there was so wonderful. Here’s a copy of a “for the new bride” email I just sent this evening, to the fantastic new fiancee of Dave’s best college bud:
okay, this is the mother of all DIY wedding blogs…but it will suck your life: http://weddingbee.com
and THEN! you have to look at this one because it’s about once a day and very pretty: http://snippetandink.blogspot.com
and THEN! if you look closely, you’ll see a couple you know featured on this one (a few weeks ago, I think): http://greylikesweddings.wordpress.com
and this one is pretty quirky, but there are some total gems: http://oncewed.com
here’s my photographer: http://yvonne-wong.com/blog/
and here’s my invitation designer: http://atlasandcampbell.blogspot.com
and then this one always made me drool: http://www.ritzybee.typepad.com/
and this one: http://www.inspiredbythis.com/
and then this one has a lot of good seattle resources: http://junebugweddings.com/
oh, and here’s my awesome videographer: http://cabfareproductions.blogspot.com/
…okay. that should do you for now. also, i got my dress (for cheap!) at I Do Bridal in Wallingford. if you can resist the siren call of couture, you should consider looking at La Belle Elaine’s near downtown because they have a runway in the middle of the store and it’s the ultimate trying-on experience. just be prepared to have to turn down the kate moss lookalike who is your salesgirl.
See? Aren’t I a nice new-bride-email-sender? You can’t even TELL that there’s a tiny, petulant voice in my head screaming LET ME PLAN ANOTHER WEDDING SO I CAN HAVE ANOTHER PRINCESS DAY! RIGHT NOWWWWWWWWWWW!!! The good news is that the tiny voice is the reason I’m able to listen for hours on end to the brides in my life – I’m living vicariously through them, and will absorb every little detail they want to share about wedding planning. I even have thoughts on which nude-color thong underwear looks best under ivory organza.
How do you guys respond when the ladies in your life take the giant leap into matrimonial planning?